[New York Times] The sun was shining for a change, which was good news for Richard Thompson, known throughout these parts as Solar Richard. “Pennies from heaven,” Mr. Thompson said as his electric meter spun round – in reverse. Not that a shining sun is required for the meter to spin backward. An overcast sky does the job. The meter just spins a bit more slowly. That would be the meter attached to Mr. Thompson’s house, painted sunshine yellow with a large solar panel out front next to the bedraggled remains of giant sunflowers—”organic solar trackers,” he calls them.