Have you been sold on Solar Power yet?Solar Energy is a viable means of producing our electricity needs. Many are still skeptical and I understand the skepticism. We hear so many different stories from people against the development of energy alternatives such as Solar, Wind , Hydro, and Geothermal. The fact is they are all viable alternatives and as we invest more time and money into the advancement of these technologies, they will become much more viable. In the 80′s we were headed in the right direction, electric cars were in production, the White House had solar panels, yes you heard me, In 1979, more than 30 years ago, the Carter administration installed 32 solar-thermal panels that captured the sun’s rays and used them to heat water.
Here is what President Carter predicted at the dedication ceremony: “In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.” A statement has never been more accurate.
Two weeks after becoming president, Carter famously appeared in a cardigan and urged energy conservation on a resistant American public. (See attached Video) Ultimately, that and other efforts led to a more energy-efficient economy as well as cutting oil imports in half by 1982, but out went Carter and in came Reagan and with in a few years the U.S. became even more dependent on imported oil and many of the alternative energy efforts inaugurated during the Carter administration—solar thermal power plants, electric cars and biofuel from algae—limped along until finally getting more traction recently.
If we had only listened to Jimmy Carter we would be 30 years ahead of where we are right now, but we didn’t.
That brings us to today, it is like we have gone back in time, but finally we are catching up to former President Carter and his ideas. If you don’t believe me maybe this will convince you.
Big oil is getting into the solar energy industry.
BP has been slowly building BP Solar for years but has had a hard time completely jumping in. In 2010 was the company announced it was increasing capacity at its joint venture manufacturing facility with Tata Power in India and signed a supply agreement with JA Solar. BP isn’t a big player yet, but you can see the direction that they are heading in.
One of the world’s major oil and gas groups, Total, gave the solar industry a huge endorsement with a purchase of 60% of SunPower‘s shares. Combined with a $1 billion credit facility, Total’s investment in the solar efficiency leader is $2.4 billion. Sounds like an endorsement to me.
The big Electricity is also putting their money into the Solar industry
General Electric, which builds and supplies natural gas and nuclear plants, is investing $600 million to expand its solar panel capacity. The 400 MW plant won’t get the company close to First Solar‘s leading thin-film position, but its 12.8% efficiency could challenge the solar giant.
NRG Energy has also set it’s sights on solar, they decided to write off their investment in Nuclear plant development and is investing up to $450 million and $800 million of equity in the California Valley Solar Ranch and Agua Caliente solar developments, respectively. For an energy company who is generating electricity from fossil fuels to make such an investment in Solar, that speaks volumes!
If that isn’t enough to make you take a closer look at the Solar industry, how about the fact that one of the most oil rich countries in the world is also investing in Solar.
Saudi Arabia recently announced that they are planning to build 5 GW of solar power and invest “at least $100 billion into clean energy resources.
Weather you like it or not, Clean energy, Solar Energy is here to stay, and it’s not just the Tree Huggers and environmentalist who are jumping on board.
Go Green America, Go Solar!
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Jeff (Jf) Davis aka The Go Green Guy is from Maine
Moved to LA to follow his passion as an actor
these days he is still acting, lives in LA with his wife and two boys
an writes about Green Living for his website Go Green America TV
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