[FoRK] Crafty Germans: well-crafted economic incentives optimizes market for solar

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Oct 19 07:41:11 PDT 2012

In the 80's, everyone in our neighborhood has Solar, but it was a cost 
savings for pre-heating water into the water heater.  There was no 
conversion into electricity and absolutely no backwards spinning meters, 
which I think is the best part.

My favorite green technologies are:

1) Green crude, because it can be mass farmed, grown, and uses the same 
exact refinery equipment and distribution as current petrofuels (which a 
lot of people don't like as it still burns things).

2) Fuel cells, micro-turbines, and combined fuel-cell micro-turbines. 
They produce clean energy at an efficiency well beyond both individually 
and well beyond any current mass produced technology now and in the next 
two decades.  The best part is, it can be decentralized.

The biggest barrier to clean energy was the 15 year regulatory 
misinformation campaign by existing electricity produces that made the 
cost of hooking up to the grid requiring $50k worth of parts and 
unionized labor instead of the $50 worth of parts and shared grid safety 


On 10/19/2012 7:31 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> In the late 70s, I took the ~one~ course about solar design available
> from Western Michigan University, and bought half a dozen of the
> engineering-related books available.  I studied up, designed a passive
> structure, and merged it with my (built in 1860) home.  At twice its
> previous size, energy costs dropped about half.
> At that time, only one business in the county was focused on solar
> engineering, solar energy, and solar heating.  That guy moved into
> window replacement for a few years... and now he does SEO!!
> A great argument for more solar:  it keeps people from going into SEO!  LOL
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