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February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
…Solar is Here! It’s not a Moment, It’s a MOVEMENT!
President Obama’s proposed 2012 (FY) budget provides $3.2 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a 44% increase over 2010 levels, and increased spending for clean energy research. Who can fault more government spending for solar and clean energy research? Not me. Well, maybe just a little.
Research appropriation lobbyists will argue more and more money for research . . . looking for that ‘Sputnik’ moment for solar . . . Really? Hey lobbyists, time out! The Sputnik moment was October, 1957. PV already was an adolescent in 1957.
PV grew up with the NASA program. The first solar-powered satellite was Vanguard I in March, 1958 . . . 55 years ago!
PV technology has become more efficient and less costly in every year since! PV equipment costs are down 40% since The Great Recession. Now, is the time for large-scale adoption.
Today . . . not ten years from now, but today . . . grid-tied PV technology is a proven renewable and sustainable energy resource. It is affordable and economic in markets across America.
Honestly, we do not need more government research to commercialize PV. It’s already commercial, and the venture capital industry continues to fund billions more to advance PV technologies and applications. Thank you very much VC’s.
Solar PV is not a ah ha moment!
It’s a groundswell MOVEMENT.
Hey thrifty congressmen . . . want to see large-scale adoption of clean technology and the ensuing job growth . . . well let’s cut back on research in your pet congressional districts and spend a fraction of the amount on a nationwide public awareness campaign to educate homeowners, business owners, and the population at large on the attributes and economic benefits of grid tied PV solar electric systems?
For years, the highly subsidized fossil fuel industry and electric utilities have spewed volumes of misinformation about how someday, in the far away future, solar PV will be economic. Well, it’s 2011, and that dog won’t hunt! Let’s get the message out!
Well, how about Got Solar?
PV solar electricity is positioned to take its place in the America’s electric future. It will only get better, and the benefits are immeasurable. We do not need a Sputnik moment – we need broad scale adoption. PV will succeed as a groundswell movement, not in the national laboratory.
Let’s get serious. Light from light! How cool is that?
Chet Boortz, CEO
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