yes, I totally agree with you that Japan is suffered from horrible events. Although the US generates only about 8 percent of total energy out of nuclear energy but it still should be an avoidable part.
Now to your question. A friend of mine already have got a solar panel on his roof. That panel he had set up about two years ago. I have talked him and he told me that he got the information from a website that offers a step by step guide. You may shall check out the link I have posted beneath. The guide got him hooked, so I guess it has been worth it to set up solar panels.
You can find further information on how to receive your own electricity with renewable energies, on this website:
· 9 years ago