A 14th Century mystic poet named, “Hafiz” gives us this cheerful
“Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens
with a Love like that.
It lights up the ‘Whole Sky.'”
Here is some ‘food for thought,’ in a much more serious tone:
“If we use our fuel to get our power, we are living on our capital and
exhausting it rapidly. This method is barbarous and wantonly wasteful
and will have to be stopped in the interest of coming generations. The
heat of the sun’s rays represents an immense amount of energy, vastly
in excess of water power. The sun’s energy controlled to create lakes
and rivers is for motive, purpose and transformation of arid deserts
into fertile land.”
~Nikola Tesla, September 9, 1915
Solar energy became popular years ago, but a recent report mentioned
and gave ‘credit’ to President Jimmy Carter’s administration in forming
close relations with the D. O. E., which is the Department of Energy.
I follow Greenpeace and have been posting on this subject with updates,
from time to time.
There is an acronym for India’s governmental energy program. I may
have informed you of some of their solar home systems. The ‘newest’
fact I found was there are 150,000 families in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal,
Vietnam and South Africa actively participants of SELCO.
Solar solutions are followed by a “Solar Foundation” here in the United
States, where “so far, its operations include 13,000 plus megawatts of
cumulative solar energy.” This amount which the average layperson,
myself included, might think were rather ‘low’ in its numbers.
Interestingly enough, my instinct to guess this to be ‘not much to speak of,’
really has the capacity to serve 2.2 million American homes.
The Solar Foundation carries out a solar job census of solar workers, which
gave a remarkable number of 143,000 solar workers in the U.S. This has
increased in numbers since 2012 by 20%.
Pioneers in solar advocacy formed by two men named Daniel Yergin
and Neville Williams have been working to increase awareness on two
They are a great ‘resource’ on the subject of solar power.
You may wish to check them out at:
Neville Williams’ first book was called, “Chasing the Sun.” President Bill
Clinton said of Williams’ book:
“I really loved your book. I made everyone in the Clinton Foundation
read it. It’s terrific.”
The late Sir Arthur C. Clarke said of “Chasing the Sun:”
“A fascinating account of the author’s odyssey to promote solar
energy in the developing world.”
Here is something to be ‘proud’ about they tallied up the states which
have the best usage and most actively working with solar energy.
The Top 10 States in the U.S. are:
1. California 6. Massachusetts
2. Arizona 7. Hawaii
3. New Jersey 8. Colorado
4. North Carolina 9. New York
5. Nevada 10. New Mexico
Since President Obama came into office, there have been 550 new
major solar project. Sixteen of these have been permitted on federal
land with over 6,058 megawatts generating capacity. If you look back
at the total number given previously, this is about 50% of the solar power
presently available in the U.S. These are huge ‘strides’ or progress in
pursuing energy generated by the sun. This is in great part to realizing
the importance of other resources than gas or oil, thanks to collaboration
between both political parties.
The newest Neville Williams’ book is titled, “Sun Power: How Energy
from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World Empowering America
and Saving the Planet.”
Quite a lofty goal which all of us around the world can appreciate.
The hope for the future is to have more common usage by people
everywhere. By becoming a leader in solar power, our country could
become a major catalyst for global, political and economic change.
This is one more quote to bring you smiles:
“Solar power is the last energy resource that isn’t owned yet- –
Nobody taxes the sun yet.”