Half Baked Idea - US Govt buys solar farms?
Many (probably most) Americans would agree that we need to reduce the amount (and percent) of energy derived from fossil fuels. Most would agree that we are taking too much time changing.
In my view, the alternative energy industry is being held back waiting for congress to extend (or not) the renewable energy tax credits due to expire in 3 months. If delayed, PV and Wind will tank for a while with layoffs and investment $$ yanked away from startups. Also, I dont believe that free enterprise goes from 0-60 faster than a hybrid on this - research, investment $, supply chain alliances, IP, UL testing etc take time to rev up (install PV).
Why not take a more agressive step than just tax subsidies? Could the US government ?simply take bids on say giant solar farms and transmission lines with the contracts going to the (US based) PV firms that can guarantee 20 years of xx cents/KWh? This keeps the most efficient PV firms booked up with orders (and growing). It also gets PV making energy for the US grid sooner rather than later.
Whats our common GOAL? Should just some groups/investors benefit from (eventual) PV investments or should we all benefit?
I know this is half baked - so what do you think?
Sparty Boone Brutus
Last edited by SpartyBrutus : 08-28-2008 at 07:15 PM.