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Solar Energy is Sexy


So concludes William Pentland blogging on So all of you critics should not stand in the way, because it is what the public wants. As Pentland says, "Solar energy is easy to beat up, but impossible to dismiss. Solar power is a shoo-in for public support for reasons that go well beyond the sex appeal of solar panels. This is where the skeptics of solar power are wrong. They fail to appreciate the profound psychological appeal that drives the public's support for solar energy."  

With the New Year approaching, there is news throughout the country of homes and businesses going solar. In Washington County, Maryland, the local newspaper the HeraldMail reports that "Solar energy is no longer some futuristic, pie-in-the-sky idea in Washington County." The article describes several new businesses that have placed solar panels on their roofs to generate electricity.  If you are driving across Hagerstown, "you might notice a few extra electrical gadgets and lines running outside" a printing and graphics shop. "They are connected to a system that includes 142 solar panels installed on the roof of the printing shop."

GetSolar reports on several large and small installations throughout the country where that "are helping save money for businesses, municipal governments and homeowners." According to the article, "In Westborough, Massachusetts . . . [one entrepreneur] is installing a solar farm that will feed clean power into the electric grid" at a cost of $2 million, but credits will offset the cost of the energy that his home and businesses consume.

In Takoma, Washington, the News Tribune reports that a brewery is going solar. The paper reports that,

The brewery will have 40 solar panels, nearly one panel for each of the restaurant's 46 seats. The roofline of the more than 100-year-old building wasn't suitable for the panels, so crews have to build a separate structure to hold them. The brewery will sell the solar power it captures back to Puget Sound Energy, with the goal of creating as much power as the brewery uses.

The plethora of reports of solar installations, large and small, going up on roofs and in fields underscores Pentland's conclusion that  when the skeptics finally wake up and see the overwhelming support for solar energy, "they will likely realize the vast promise of solar power for preventing dangerous global warming and providing a source of clean, cheap power for future generations."