The BBC News states that “the cost of installing and owing solar panels will fall even faster than expected. ….solar panels would be cost-competitive with energy form the grid for half the homes in Europe by 2020 –without a subsidy.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8386460.stm
Arise Technolgy, a company dedicated to becoming a leader in high-performance, cost-effective solar technology, was offered $ 80 million in financing by the German government in 2008 to locate a factory in Germany. Part of this money was in the form of a grant to Arise. Where are the Canadian government's incentives to alternative energy companies? Why wouldn't Canada want a company like Arise creating jobs here? Why wouldn't we be investing in clean power instead of protecting the interests of big oil?
The federal government seems to want Canada's economy to stay a samll, open staples economy.. and that baffles me.
The good news on a personal level is that solar panels function longer than predicted and will be cheaper to install - thanks to the German government.