Someone’s thinking straight. Hint: It’s Jan Perry.
Here’s a crazy idea: apply the same incentives that have made Germany the world leader in rooftop solar power to a place that is actually sunny. Also, use the power generated from these panels to zero out the electricity costs of people in low-income housing, so the city has more money for education.
Those are the suggestions of a new study from the Los Angeles Business Council, which argues that just sticking solar panels on commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings could generate enough power for 30,000 homes. Extending the program to individual homeowners, the study’s authors estimate, could easily double that.
L.A.’s city council president Jan Perry is about to introduce a resolution to create a pilot Feed In Tariff program for the city, which means anyone generating power can sell it back to the local utility at an advantageous rate. This, coupled with up to $300 million in Federal incentives, should make scattering panels across Los Angeles an economically sound investment. Projected cost? As little as 19 cents a month for the average city household.
Everyone likes to make money. Well, if you have enough money to install solar panels on your house, or in a field near your house, then once you pay off the amount spent on the installation, you will be able to get paid for the electricity you product (in germany anyway). That’s what I just learned from the WONDERFUL website GRIST.ORG. Click on the title above for more info. (My bit about getting paid and happy women is below)
So, this is why the state and private companies need to train the unemployed to alter the current (dumb) grid and make it a “smart grid” so individuals can produce energy for neighbors and everyone else. Now obviously, electricity providers won’t like this. They basically have monopolies in certain places. People don’t have much choice or don’t know they have a choice. If you free people of having to pay high electricity bills and they’ll get back to buying other stuff. Now come on, fess up - you have to like that plan! 70% of the US economy runs on consumption (buying stuff aka retail and hotels/restaurants aka the service industry) and 80% of all that is done by women. So dudes, if you want to make your women happy, here is a plan. Convince your local/state representative (do you know their names yet???) to subsidize solar panel installation (in your neighborhood) and hire your unemployed friends to build the smart grid (or hire one of these companies). In a few years you will be producing electricity, not consuming it and you will be the green guy who has no electricity bills and your wifey can buy those shoes she’s wanted for a while.
Great insight into an unusual way of harnessing the sun’s energy and simultaneously assisting hydroelectric power. While I think overground aqueducts could lessen evaporation rates by covering them with solar panels to generate electricity, the state will probably continue to see problems and leave it at that.
This article leaves you asking: who owns all the reservoirs and dams? Who in the state manages them?
Could someone find one person per reservoir or ideally per state, get all their emails/phone numbers and ask them if they would like to buy solar panels to produce energy they could then sell? And simply have all the emails be available online for people to suggest ideas, solutions, offer help and invest.
Roosevelt created The New Deal and built the highways of America - among many other things. Now, imagine thousands of unemployed college graduates being trained (in one month or so using video conferencing to start with the basics at no charge) to install solar panels on reservoirs quickly and efficiently.
The companies winning contracts listed in the NYTIMES article include:
MDU Resources group (Bill Connors seems interested)
Solaris Synergy of Israel
What are your thoughts on this?
Note that Clean Energy won! Typical for a bunch of treehuggers I guess…
This didn’t get much press coverage…
This isn’t investment related or clean energy related. It is simply for the progressive revolutionary in you.
I like to evoke De Tocqueville’s concept of “self-interest properly understood” to convey the need for the top 1% of America to revolutionize the country by investing it’s huge financial resources into new technologies and cleaner energy sources that are being created by research institutes, entrepreneurs and start ups. This will help the entire country in the long run - and create vast new amounts of wealth and opportunity.
However, the article provided in the link above (click on the title) states that China understands much better than the US that clean energy is in it’s own self-interest. China may have gobbled up resources and churned out carbon emissions by burning coal at huge rates over the last few years, but so did the US. Now China has recognized the limitations of non-renewables and leapt to the front of the green industry while the US bickers over antiquated policies and subsidies allowing lobbyists to determine national energy policy. Rather than looking at the data, the future and what’s best for the people, the environment, the nation and the world in general, the politicians are faltering and failing their constituents.
If America wants to lead, it needs to enact policies that make people want to follow it again. Clean energy is essential to successfully leading countries towards a prosperous, healthy an dynamic future. This is obvious.
GREAT piece from Merseyside on a financial investment revolution that is occurring and leading investors towards organizations that create positive socio-economic change for the world.
Since 2008, the competition has provided hundreds of teams from over 60 universities with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to bring clean energy technologies, products and services to the marketplace. Past winners that have gone on to form companies in Massachusetts include: FastCAP Systems which is developing an energy storage system for hybrid vehicle batteries; Levant Power Corp which makes energy-recovering shock absorbers that reduce vehicle fuel consumption; and FloDesign Wind Turbine which has developed a high-efficiency wind turbine inspired by airplane jet engine designs. The MIT Clean Energy Prize competition was founded by MIT, NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 to catalyze a new generation of clean energy solutions through innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition, affiliated with MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, is run by MIT graduate students under the leadership of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Previous Winners:
Since 2008, the competition has provided hundreds of teams from over 60 universities with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to bring clean energy technologies, products and services to the marketplace.
Past winners that have gone on to form companies in Massachusetts include: FastCAP Systems which is developing an energy storage system for hybrid vehicle batteries; Levant Power Corp which makes energy-recovering shock absorbers that reduce vehicle fuel consumption; and FloDesign Wind Turbine which has developed a high-efficiency wind turbine inspired by airplane jet engine designs.
The MIT Clean Energy Prize competition was founded by MIT, NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 to catalyze a new generation of clean energy solutions through innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition, affiliated with MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, is run by MIT graduate students under the leadership of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.
L. Hunter Lovins isn’t simply a cool name, she is a writer, speaker, educator and a globally recognized consultant on sustainability to companies, governments and others. In addition to her own organzation, Natural Capital Solutions, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Thank you Clean Technica, Wind Power Today and the International Wind Energy Development org.
Worth a read if you’re wondering what the Canadian military minds are concerned about in the not-too-distant future. Falls in line with my argument for the world the reach The Green Tipping Point as soon as possible.
According to this fireside chit-chat with Paul Gilding and the subsequent blog post, we may reach an economic disaster in 2018. From there people will be forced to wake up and we will see something more sustainable.