I write this blog with great disappointment, because our Federal and State governments have failed us and greed controls many of the now inept utility companies that have sat on their previous prowess. A recent study found that 10 out of our 50 states can produce 35% of America's solar electricity. However, they cannot achieve this amazing task, because these 10 states are hindering the expansion of solar electric energy. Only in America could such an ironic statement like this be made: Several states with the most sunny days are sabotaging the solar industry and hard working Americans who want to install a solar system.
The study reported that Florida and Texas are the most gravest offenders, because they have the second and third highest potential for rooftop solar and are only producing 2.7% compared to the total 16% of their rooftop solar power.
Additionally, these 10 States such as Virginia, Nevada, Florida, and Texas, are contributing to making it more difficult for the United States to meet Fossil-Fuel Emission reductions established by the Paris climate change accord.
One can only assume that the utilities are in fear of losing income with solar customers, because they failed to act years ago to bring affordable solar energy to America. Now the utilities have competition and they are getting political leaders from any party to help defend them and their market that they cornered so many years ago. The defense comes in many forms, from Democratic and Republican governors or legislatures. Rules are put into play, such as if you put solar panels on your roof, you must own them. You cannot put panels on your roof that are the property of some solar company, because you are leasing them. Thus, a leasing program that makes solar energy affordable, saves homeowners money, and our environment's future for all our grandchildren, is now null and void.
Some States who are wearing the white cowboy hat are Arizona and California. They are producing more and more solar power each day. This saves money, energy, and our environment, while creating new jobs year after year. This makes it even harder to understand how other States just go along with policies that are preventing all these blessings. Then again, it is also hard to understand why leaders of some countries fear freedom and still believe the illusion that they must control their people.
In order to preserve this great planet of ours, we must be willing to put the best interests of the people before profit margins. Until that happens, the Earth and all of us living on it remain in jeopardy.
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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