How to generate electricity out of solar panels?

Since the devastating events in Japan, I'm trying to change my thinking. Is there a way to generate power with renewable energies? I'd like to have my own solar panel on my home. I'm living in Scottsdale. So, I think, the insolation over here is pretty good. I've searched the web on all this stuff... show more Since the devastating events in Japan, I'm trying to change my thinking. Is there a way to generate power with renewable energies? I'd like to have my own solar panel on my home. I'm living in Scottsdale. So, I think, the insolation over here is pretty good. I've searched the web on all this stuff but cant decide which way to choose.
Can you help me?
Thanks =)

John
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