I want to make the significance of solar energy very clear…
Solar energy represents TWO major paradigm shifts taking place in the world, today.
The first shift is from fossil fuel to renewable energy. (… from bottom to top of diagram.)
The second shift is from corporate control to control by the individual. (…from left to right side of diagram.)
I like to call the result: “Personal Energy Independence”.
This diagram can get you thinking about a lot of interesting questions… which I plan to address in future blogs. But for starters…
As you know, monopolies do not like giving up control or profits… and Personal Energy Independence threatens to impact both. (Just like PCs and cell phones threatened the control and profits of other monopolies.) So, what kind of resistance to Personal Energy Independence can we expect from them? The newest craze is electric utilities attacking Net Metering policies around the country.
Jason Szumlanski, General Manager of Fafco Solar, says it well… “Opponents of Net Metering… are pushing their agenda under the guise of less regulation, less government, and lowered solar subsidies. This is the same utility electric industry that would not be possible without strong regulation, government protection (monopoly status), and massive fuel subsidies and tax breaks. This is a power struggle (pun intended).” Read Jason’s full blog.
Here’s an example of one utility company’s reluctance.
An article from Solar Today … on page 10.
And a blog from Rocky Mountain Institute.
Fafco Solar’s mission is to create “Personal Energy Independence”. When you’re ready to set yourself free, call us at (239) 574-1500.