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Cheap solar & wind power

This is too good to be true, so obviously it isn't. I wonder how much of this could be adapted to marine use. But the claims for home use are so obviously BS that I don't want to invest the $49.00 to see how bad it is. Anybody out there who just couldn't resist and now wants to share their misery?

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Yes, indeed looks way too good to be true. I'd love to hear from someone that has given it a try.
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That website just screams...

SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM!
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There was a reference on the web site saying it was recommended by popsci, however PopSci has no reference to this guy on their web site.

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Is it just me, or do all these DIY solar/wind websites look exactly the same?

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When someone tells you they have the solution to all problems, but you just have to send them some money first to join the enlightened and Hallelujah! be saved!....

RUN AWAY.

There's no way Joe Consumer is going to build any power source for $50 that competes with ones that are sold by the lowest bidders for ten times that price. Built with toxic chemicals and materials unavailable at your local home store.

But if you want to earn karma points, send 'em your money then ask the US Attorney General's Office or Dept. of Consumer Affairs to pick up the prosecution.

And if anyone out there is shilling this crap and takes offense at my blunt point of view, please, feel free to send me a set and I'll promise to post an update after I've seen what it can or can't do. Just don't ask me to invest a dime in it.
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I just scanned the webpage and it appears that you are buying a book that tells you how it is done, not the hardware with which to do it. So, maybe not a scam, but also not what it appears to say it is.
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If the first part of the book tells you to invest ten million in a factory and production line...that would still be a scam. The overall tone of the web sites is that somehow, you're going to send them pocketmoney and they're going to show you how to whip solar arrays out of your, ah, shorts.

Apparently Barnum was wrong, suckers are being born way faster than once every minute these days.
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Wow

I was talking to my friend this weekend and he is the manager of energy systems at our local electric utility. He went thru the math in his head quickly and determined that at today's prices it would cost about $48,000 to buy enough solar panels and batteries, etc. to power a small to medium house (his house). That doesn't include installation, just the cost of buying the hardware. So the bottom line is it can be done but it's not cheap as the site would lead you to believe.


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buy this Kit
follow directions
send me $39

Not really a scam, well almost. These guys write a few pages telling dummies how to assembly things, where to get the parts, offer it for sale on the a fancy web page and there's more hype than help, well maybe it is a scam
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