I'm not picking through 280 posts. If anyone wants to start a non-political thread on solar panels out in the sailing forum, have at it.
I suspect we’re on the same page with all this Bob. I like to buy as local as possible, but I’ll only be a financial martyr up to a certain point. I don’t mind paying a small premium to support local businesses, but I’m not extreme about it (nor am I rich enough)....I do buy local when it makes sense, but let's say I'm buying a solar panel in the town where I keep my boat(3 hours north of my home), first no one has any panels in stock. Ok no big deal, next choice is to go to a marina and have them order me a panel, what do you want to bet I'm going to pay a premium for that panel. Well I could keep it in state the closest place I know that has panels is a 4 hour car ride away and I got to take the truck so 100.00 in gas each way... Well last is the interwebs. Amazon, ebay and a like place the order and 2 days later it show's up at the boat club. ...