Here comes sun power

  • Article by: Lori Sturdevant
  • Updated: June 4, 2009 - 12:28 PM

Imagine gliding along University Av. in a light rail car powered by solar-generated electricity, and spotting solar energy panels on nearly every rooftop you pass. Better still, imagine that one of the buildings outside your window is a manufacturing site for solar panels, employing scores or maybe hundreds of workers. 

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jakeywJun. 4, 0912:48 PM

Why would you want to waste taxpayer money to create an inefficent system that only works during sunlit hours and on sun lit days (MN has relatively short winter days)? The only answer I can come up with is that she wants to make MN "green". Well lets define "green"; giving the governement too much power to spend money on wasteful industries and make work jobs that neither promote the health of the environment nor promote the interest of the economy. Solar power is too inefficent and too expensive. If it were cost effective and efficent then it would ALREADY be in use today!!!! Get your head out of your @$$!!!!

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tbrown141Jun. 4, 09 1:01 PM

or any electric company being too excited to see homeowners and businesses produce their own electricity. After all, it appears that electricity is the power of the future. The demand will drive up the price, and what electric company wouldn't want to wallow in the giant profits... Be afraid, be very afraid of any company that encourages you to stop using their product, or even cut back. Like a tobacco company telling to you quit smoking and saying they will even play you to do so.... something would be wrong.

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amanda80Jun. 4, 09 1:39 PM

This column is just so precious, yet so predictable. Hurry Lori, the Good Ship Lollipop is leaving.

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iluvminnJun. 4, 09 3:39 PM

and Amy Klobuchar's offices in TC and Wash. I've been working on this stuff for 30 years and want to serve my country. So far it looks just like another "earmark" with the public out of the loop.

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marpalleclJun. 4, 09 4:04 PM

"Imagine". When it is cost effective and does not require a subsidy, lets talk, until then it is R&D and not something the government has any business or idea of how to do it.

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mariezzJun. 4, 09 5:45 PM

Most cost-effective is conserving. First and foremost, money should go toward insulating houses, replacing roofs with lighter roofing material (as they need to be replaced), caulking & weather-proofing, and more efficient furnaces and household appliances, especially refrigerators (forget replacing windows - you're better off insulating well around your existing ones). Yes, let's continue putting money into solar power, but the most benefit there (at least currently) is when it's done on an industrial scale. There's plenty of sun, even in MN, for solar (the comment which says otherwise is wrong), but solar does not make sense on a household by household basis until we've stopped the energy leaks from houses.

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