Solar power has been around for quite some time, but cost has kept it out of reach of the average American household, let alone anyone in more humble conditions. However, the trend has been that costs are going down, while quality and storage capacity have been improving. See the article behind the link (above) for the latest.
We’ve been watching this – eventually we’d like to take advantage of the huge yard on the south side of our house to put in solar collectors (well, and a green house). But, we’re taking baby steps. There are so many other things to do to make this house stable for the next century!