John Hoffmire: A case for solar energy

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  • theNaturalist Smithfield, UT
    Oct. 27, 2016 3:19 p.m.

    Solar energy is empowering for individuals, families, and businesses. Being able to make your own power frees us from relying on government monopolies, utilities, and large corporations. With battery storage, anyone who owns land can put up solar panels, create and store their own energy. With the growth of electric cars, before we know it, all our transportation, air conditioning etc. will be run with our own energy. This is the American way: Freedom, independence, and individual wealth creation.

    Add to this a true free market where any producer can sell their energy to any other individual via micro-grid and we have a whole new economy.

    No wonder the fossil fuel companies and big utilities are fighting this!

  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    Oct. 26, 2016 6:23 p.m.

    When the planet was created we were endowed with "enough" for man's needs. Enough is an interesting word, it does not mean that we can continue using something for ever without consequences. For the industrial revolution to occur it depended on a new form of energy, Europe was running out of wood (a renewable form of energy) to burn, so coal was used.

    We have now developed other forms of renewable energy and they are becoming cheaper than coal particularly if you include the externals of the health effects of coal dust and emissions, let alone the general pollutions caused.

    So it is time to move on to a bright new future, leaving coal behind. It has happened with all sorts of Technology in the past. Anyone seen a typewriter mechanic lately? Or a hatter using mercury, because the mercury they used sometimes gave them mercury poisoning.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2016 10:06 a.m.

    2 Bits:
    Thanks for writing your comments. There are many ways of arriving at a right answer. You explain your support of solar in a way that many folks who, for political reasons have not supported solar energy in the past, can get behind.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 25, 2016 10:17 a.m.

    IMO the case for Solar is clear. If you can't see the advantages of solar energy now... no argument will help. And it's not about Global Warming (for me). So let's not go off on that tangent. That's not the topic.

    Solar energy makes sense without GW rhetoric. That just gets people bickering.

    Current energy staples (natural gas, coal, oil, hydro, etc) are limited resources. They run out, and finding more is hard. They will probably run out when we are least prepared to handle that if we don't work on replacements WAY before they start to run out.

    World population is growing. More people need these limited resources. If we don't do something in advance there are going to be severe shortages of food, water, and energy. When people start to run out of those... they are willing to fight for their life (these things are required for life). Wars have been fought over oil, water, etc. It could happen again in a crisis.

    The more we can individually replace reliance on these limited resources... the better (IMO).

    For me it's a preparation thing (prep for energy supply interruptions). Also helps monthly electricity bill.

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    Oct. 25, 2016 9:51 a.m.

    Bring on the solar. Bring on the wind. And if they can ever get nuclear fusion to work...

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2016 9:50 a.m.

    The best news is that the cost of solar has dropped enough to make it competitive, and it will continue to drop. So even if you're a human-cause climate-change denier, you have no reason to oppose the increase in clean, solar energy. It solves pollution problems and creates jobs, far more than coal mines would.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Oct. 25, 2016 9:45 a.m.

    The levelized cost of solar is fairly competitive with most conventional energy sources and has fallen dramatically in the past ten years (when it was as much as 10X more expensive) and will likely continue to fall - the faster we scale it up the faster the unit price will fall.

    And let's not forget how much Warren Buffett has invested in alternative energy in the past few years. No one can argue that he bets on non-competitive ventures.

    For both environmental and economic reason, the time for alternative energy is here.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2016 9:33 a.m.

    Solar energy offers the prospect of unlimited energy without degrading the environment the way fossil fuels do. Solar energy is thermodynamically neutral, whereas burning fossil fuels converts free energy to useless bound energy.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2016 7:18 a.m.

    "With these thoughts in mind, it is imperative to increase efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "

    When is this newspaper going to stake out a position on global warming?