And the whole house systems my friends are looking at run in the 25-30k range for everything. The principle to grid tied isn't to become a net energy provider but to eliminate the hassles and expense of maintaining battery banks, the bane of my off grid friends' existence. (Not really a bane, more luke a constant, low grade pain in the ass.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
where we agree is probably the cutting of red tape. in a growing nation, there are going to be electrical facilities near some people. make them as safe as possible. and yes, as i previously stated, i would volunteer my own town. what i'm not willing to do is wait until it's too late and a company decides they might finally be able to sell the idea to shareholders.
some vital utilities may not be efficiently delivered by for-profit companies. interstate highways and the electrical grid are two excellent examples.
America is best served by an electrical grid with enough reserve to allow us to transition from oil to another fuel using electricity as the bridge. right now, we don't even have enough electricity to meet current demand in many areas. it has to change, and waiting for it to become profitable is not an option. energy is a national security issue, and it should be treated as such.