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!
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.
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
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.
Bring on the solar. Bring on the wind. And if they can ever get nuclear fusion
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
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.
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.
"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?