My parents are in the midst of building a new house — their retirement home, as it were — and I spent a little time (okay, very little) trying to persuade them to include some green building techniques. The pat answer was that there’s not enough sun in Middle Tennessee to run solar panels.
Put aside the fact that solar is the tip of the green-building iceberg. Is it true that solar panels are only useful in areas with tons of direct sunlight?
According to a fascinating post from Jamais Cascio, no: Solar can be effective even in areas where it — gasp — snows. Read the post and follow the links. Interesting stuff.