Solar is a bad idea as a major power supplier, but a great idea as a supplemental power source. Solar power plants make very little sense because they are unpredictable and have a limited on time, which makes them a loser in the utility business. Having solar panels on your house on the other hand makes great sense and everyone should look into a supplemental power source for their home. Here in the valley of the sun, not having solar on your house is just plain stupid. Every house and business should make the minor investment in a few solar panels that can reduce their peak consumption. I make about 10 KW a day right now in the winter and it will cut my consumption by 75% in the winter months. This is a pretty good deal if you ask me. It offsets the energy that I suck off of Palo Verde Nuclear Plant and if everyone did so then that available power source could be stretched further. This is just plain smart and it really doesn't cost that much if you go through Solar City or some such company. Even if there were not cost breaks it would be worth the price in the long run. I heard people saying that it should be mandatory for builders to put it on houses and businesses, but I believe in choice and those who don't can pay for their stupidity with higher energy prices. Small scale solar is smart, big utility solar is stupid.