Posts Tagged ‘solar conference’

Solar Conference’s Optimism Shines

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Political and economic developments certainly gave renewed purpose to the ASES conference as speaker after speaker hailed the resurgent interest in solar energy and exhorted the participants to redouble their efforts to take advantage of this unique combination of events. There has never been a better chance to integrate solar technology into the mainstream of energy generation not only in the U.S. but also in other countries throughout the world. Solar energy can make a significant contribution to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. I have summarized some of the themes of the conference and in the months ahead SolarTown will revisit some of these issues in the Learning and Community sections of our site.

Arriving in Buffalo for SOLAR 2009

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

As you fly in, you cannot help but notice the new wind mills dotting the landscape in the rural areas outside the city. They are all relatively small, not the huge windmills that you see in some of the areas near Palm Springs in California. I remember meeting a man back in the 1980s who was adamantly against windmills because of the humming sound that they made. As we surge into the future of alternative energy, we are going to have to figure out ways to accommodate a little humming, but there undoubtedly will be new battles with legitimate arguments on both sides of the aisle. Exhibit Number One of course is the battle between trees and solar panels in California, and that will be just the tip of the iceberg.