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More research before selling the goods would probably have been a good investment, especially with the ethanol boondoggle.

Unfortunately throwing the massive subsidies at those things makes everyone a bit more careful/cynical when the real thing finally makes it here.

Note that individuals have the same advantage in small renewable energy projects that they do in small caps. The return on investment for research in these is too poor for the large investors. For the individual - I could afford over 200 hours (average) to save 10% on average $20,000 projects! :-)

I look for places where I can replace money with labor, sort them out according to expected % return, then work on the best available. In both small caps and small projects.

No $20K projects yet. The most expensive was around $5K, and would have been less but for a goof that required some rebuilding. Just finished paying for itself, and should be good for longer than I'm likely to live.
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