While the oil gushes up at the rate of about 50 gal. every 10 seconds and the blamers, distracters, fake levelers, levelers, computers and placators argue over it, the solar energy industry is blooming and booming like never before. It’s beyond Paul Maycock’s wildest dreams (editor of PV Magazine and solar advocate for 40+ years). No one’s laughing at Paul’s predictions anymore.
While the world economy is up and down but never quite up and up, solar is shooting up so straight, the curve is completely gone. Who wants oil after that mess. Most people aren’t that smart, I know I’m not. And, I don’t have the time to crunch all the numbers and triple check the news reporter’s calculations. After watching this disaster and then seeing that photograph of live Golden Pelican totally covered in oil, I’m done. Ever since I can remember, our government wastes money like crazy. It might as well go to solar development instead of oil and coal companies, strip mining operations and worst of all creating toxic waste that lasts 200,000 years, what’s that all about.
A nuclear physicist, Tom Moss, who was the Administrative Assistant for U.S. Cong. George E. Brown, Jr. once told me that the problem with nuclear power wasn’t the reliability of the plants. He even said he would be willing to live next to one. Rather it was the storage of the nuclear waste they create. To this day no one has found a place to put the stuff for what, 200,000 years, without causing near riots. How more remote and desolate a place can you find than Yucca Flats, Nevada, but fat chance they will ever put it there. Practically, the whole population of the State of Nevada has rejected it. Hey, what about Louisiana?
The good news is very time we turn around we are being asked for 10 more containers of modules (1 MW) of one type or another. Just 10 years ago we were thrilled that we sold a pallet of them. Now we are bidding 10,000 containers, a thousand MW’s. We only have about 50 employees, mostly engineers. Best to stay small we think, move fast, and be prepared for economic reality in case the politics of solar go south, someone comes up with something better, or worse, another one of these recently popular Armageddon-like disasters starts heading our way.
Sales in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa are all good. It seems everyone, everywhere, wants to go clean and use solar energy. We are still able to come up with unbelievable deals on modules even while the current shortage pushes prices up. Uni-Solar at $1/watt, SUN at 1.50/watt.
It’s a beautiful thing when you get the right office chemistry. It’s takes a long time. We are growing and we are friends here. Working at SUN is one of the best things that I have ever experienced.
Solar development is going well. The oil spill is a disaster but the universe is a big place and we’re sure it will all work.
BP should start paying everyone on earth for it for the immediate damage they have caused, its only fair. British accents sound cool but I am beginning to sense fake leveling behind the cool and calm speeches by their management. It feels like self serving rhetoric.
Cover it with thousands of rocks then pour cement on it. Bring in the Navy to dump all of boulders on it for weeks. Aircraft carriers full of rocks and bull dozers and container ships with thousands of containers filled with cement filled containers with remote controlled blasts to open them up when strategically placed on top of the pile. That’s my crazy idea, it’s probably stupid but what’s yours? It’s more fun and healthier for you to think of it as a challenge than whining, we think.