Is Your State Going Solar?

Via on Sep 24, 2012

Cheaper installations of foreign-made solar panels are making solar competitive.

According to the Wall Street Journal, when Jimmy Carter installed a solar-powered water heating system in the White House in the late 1970s, solar panels cost $15 per watt of electricity generated, about $50 in current dollars!

Now they only average 84 cents a watt.

States like California have created subsidies for solar power developers in a genuine effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and fight climate change.

Is your state doing anything comparable?

From where I am writing in Nova Scotia, Canada, the province is turning steadily to wind power.

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About Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis met the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and, following Rinpoche’s invitation, immediately moved to Boulder, Colorado to be a part of his young and vital sangha. The predominant themes in her life have been teaching in contemplative schools–Vidya, Naropa, and the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia–and studying, practicing, or teaching his Shambhala Buddhadharma wherever she finds herself.

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5 Responses to “Is Your State Going Solar?”

  1. Thanks, Linda! Just posted on the elephant green facebook page & tweeted from @mindfulgreen. Cheers!

  2. [...] Grassroots activists all around the country are hungry to fight for the world they want, not the best that can be negotiated by groups that believe close collaboration with corporations is the way to transform policy—the policy dispute over fracking is part of this much larger difference of strategy about over how we can actually save our planet. [...]

  3. guyerme pawo says:

    Each day, 100 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy – more than the combined flow of the world's freshwater rivers.

    Research from US-based Electric Power Research Institute identifies the Bay of Fundy as perhaps the most potent site for tidal power generation in North America.

    When fully developed, new in-stream tidal technology has the potential to generate 300 megawatts of green, emission free energy from only two locations in the Bay of Fundy – enough energy to power close to 100,000 homes.

    Nova Scotia has potential.

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