Getting Solar Power For Less

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House with solar panels on the roof

Photovoltaic systems, commonly known as solar panels, are a growing alternative energy source for homeowners. A conversion device is used to transform the power from the solar panels into grid power that is used within the home. Richard Schmidt-Zuper/iStockphoto hide caption

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Could solar generated power be the answer to our energy crunch? It won't be if Congress doesn't act soon. Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association; Frederick Morse, senior adviser of U.S. operations for Abengoa Solar Inc.; and Brad Collins, executive director of American Solar Energy Society and publisher of Solar Today, look at the battle over the renewable investment tax credit and why solar industry execs are biting their nails over the legislative snarl.

Meanwhile, tired of waiting for Congress to act? Ira Flatow looks at how you can bring solar to your sockets faster, without taking out a second mortgage.

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