Damn you, solar energy. How badly we want you to power our homes. How clearly we don't have the tens of thousands of dollars we need to make it happen.
Renewable, abundant solar energy may power the future but for now, only green-minded millionaires can afford it.
Or so we thought.
In fact, Photovoltaic panels are getting smaller, cheaper, and more efficient. Installation costs are declining too. The future may not be here, but it's getting cheaper and easier for households to get involved.
MNN outlines fives ways you can harness the energy of the sun for under $500. These mini solar investments are no more involved than a weekend project. Check them out, and if you have your own, add it to the comments.