Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

More Evidence that Solar Power Is Mainstream!

by Brent Sauser

Change 04Evidence that solar power has become a cost effective, common sense choice over conventional choices for power can be found all across the United States. I dare say it has reached the level of acceptance as mainstream and can now compete based on cost with the more standard non-renewable sources for energy. But, don’t take my word for it. CILCK HERE to link to an article from the Star Tribune written by David Shaffer on December 31, 2013.

Change 02Consider this; recently a judge in Minnesota has ruled that Xcel Energy should invest in large solar panel arrays instead of new natural gas generators. Consequently, Edina-based Geronimo Energy plans to build about “20 large solar power arrrays on sites all across Xcel’s service area at a cost of $250 million”. What could be more “mainstream” than your local utility? When they can see the long term economic benefits of solar versus the old, non-renewable resurces for power . . . that is a significant revelation we all should take notice of. If they can see the virtues of going solar, what about us? Have you checked your power bill lately?

green building 5The VP of Geronimo Energy was quoted as saying, “It says solar is coming in a big way to the country and Minnesota.” NOTE: If this ruling is upheld, Geronimo Energy would receive NO state or utility subsidies. NONE! However, they would be eligible for federal tax credits, as we all are through the year 2016. Hey! I think they are on to something! They can see that even without state or utility subsidies they can still profit from going solar. If they can . . . how about you?

clipart 23She was also quoted to say, “The cost of solar has come down much faster than anyone had anticipated. This is one of the reasons solar is going to explode.” (I’m sure she means that in a positive way!) The largest of Geronimo’s projects will cover 70 acres, with other sites located in 17 Minnesota counties.

CleanEnergy photo 1You can’t get more mainstream than that. The transition to solar and other Net Zero products is gaining momentum. Whether public or private, many more projects are taking a good hard look at going solar and making the right decision . . . for them, the community, and the environment, because it is now a mainstream, competitive cost choice!

We can do itMay 2014 bring more amazing stories such as this one and bring us all closer to energy independence! Let’s make 2014 the year that renewable energy becomes the energy resource of choice.

Happy New Year!

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