If you're pining for solar, you may find that installation costs in your area won't be too bad thanks to available rebates and other funding programs. But if your city isn't offering rebates, for instance, and you'd still like to go solar, how about this: install those panels yourself. This article over at Mother Earth News is all for DIY solar panels, with panels that use micro-inverter technology (meaning the panels are a little easier to handle for DIY-ers). Is this a project you'd be up for? Is this the kind of impetus you'd need to go solar, or are other things holding you back?