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Supply and Demand of Solar Energy

To lower dependence on fossil fuels some Americans have installed solar panels on their homes to produce their own clean energy. This decision involves a cost-benefit analysis of cost and environmental impact. In some regions this cost-benefit ratio has been upset by fracking, and the cheap natural gas that it produces. How does supply and demand impact the cost of energy? How does the cost of energy impact people seeking alternatives such as solar energy? Listen to learn how one family has dealt with this shifting energy landscape.

Economics Environment Earth and Space Science Energy

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National Public Radio © 2012 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 02/16/2011


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