I definately agree with city goverments assisting their communities with installing clean energy devices such as solar panels. And yes, technology has brought the cost of these technologies closer to realistic magins, and the rising cost of unregulated electricity continues to make it a more attractive alternative with the added benifit of your very own power security.
I'd love to see rebates and programs where you could have solar panels, windgenerators, etc... installed in your home.
Think about this: If one out of every 10 homes in America has some sort of independant energy generation system that would allow them to stand alone comfortably without reliance on any gridwork, then the threat of national power outages via power plant terrorist strikes suddenly vanishes.
And if all of those homes were tied into a grid, it would mean someone would have to take out the whole of the nation in order to knock out out power grid.
"BAF! BAM! KAPOW!" - Batman and Robin