As I write this, there is a bill being discussed here in Los Angeles that would make it easier for people to install solar panels on their home. The major obstacle that most people face is the price; for a medium-sized home it would cost about $20,000 for installation (before state and federal rebates), which makes them a major purchase for almost anyone. However, if this bill gets passed, the city would loan homeowners money to install the panels and spread the payments over 20 years on top of their property tax bill. Personally, I think this is a brilliant idea as homeowners would not need any money up front to put solar on their house – they can have them installed and starting saving money (and possibly making money by selling power back to the grid) right away, no up-front investment necessary. If the homeowner moves, the loan gets transferred to the new owner. It’s a win-win for everyone, really. I hope we start seeing more of these types of incentives all over the country, as natural gas and oil prices are skyrocketing. People need all the help they can get!