Politics influence the domestic solar power market
After reading an article in the New York Times recently, we started thinking about the politics of solar energy home.
A survey by the nuclear industry showed that the first choice for electricity generation does not come from nuclear energy, coal or natural gas, but from solar energy. However, at the time of the survey, solar was only used for about 0.01 percent of America’s electricity. Solar power is popular, but there is not enough investment!
Solar energy is at risk
In Washington, where the energy policy is signed, solar power lobbyists typically work on small budgets in the tens of thousands of dollars. If you compare it to the tens of millions of dollars that nuclear, coal, gas and oil lobbyists have at their disposal, you can only guess which energy policy our beloved politicians agree with.
But if you look at countries like Germany and Japan, their government policies have increased solar power implementation beyond what was thought possible. With government support, not only have manufacturing costs dropped due to scale sizes, solar technology has also made rapid progress.
We know that government regulation in America, where many of us believe that our capitalist markets should be left alone, is not very popular. According to Vinod Khosla, partner in one of the largest venture capitalists in the world, VC Firm and major investor in green technologies:
“… market-driven improvements aren’t fast enough to put solar technology above much more than a boutique investment.”
We agree with Mr. Khosla. As long as the American solar industry is not supported by the federal government, our solar power costs and technologies will always lag behind the rest of the world. And as long as this happens, solar energy in the United States will never become more attractive on the mass market.
With the new government change, however, there are three different factors that give us the certainty that solar energy is about to start in America.
Is Renewable Energy Political?
1 – The new President-elect and his government set aside big coal and oil and give green technologies higher priority. In addition, their new laws will help limit the power and influence of rich lobbyists to new energy policies.
2 – Some states, such as California and Hawaii, are not waiting for Washington to adopt the new energy policy. Instead, they take the initiative. Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Million Roof” campaign will not only create a new industry, it will also reduce global warming and create thousands of jobs.
3 – And finally, we, the home panel solar power users, have the biggest role to play. All energy policies and campaigns would be useless if the population did not accept solar energy at home. But from the survey and what Mr. Khosla said, that’s not a problem. The people of America are not only very interested in solar energy, but also support it with investments.
And although it can take years to pay the solar electricity costs, people are still investing. And if cost is an issue some are so keen to get involved that they learn to make and install their own home solar power. So let’s go further towards solar energy and support the politicians and companies that promote green technologies.