The process author Naisbitt used in identifying his “MegaTrends”, involved tracking column-inches of articles, by topic and over time, in five “bell-weather” states. He found that all major changes in the U.S. began in those five states. California is most often cited for new trends. Here’s one that, like it or not, may be spreading. And from the results already measured, the outcomes seem to be quite positive – in terms of sustainable living.
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Mandatory Solar on Newly
Built Roofs Could Be Coming
To All of California
The city supervisor who wrote the policy for San Fran-
cisco is bringing the concept to the state legislature.… Keep reading
None of us want to pay a penny more for power than we have to. Now, forgetting all the benefits of carbon reduction or clean air, clean solar power has just become the cheapest form of energy generation.
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Solar power is now the cheapest form
of energy in almost 60 countries
We just hit a major turning point.
23 DEC 2016
It’s official: solar became the cheapest source of new energy in lower-income countries this year, giving both companies and governments alike another reason to ditch coal and gas for renewables.… Keep reading
When our first Garden Atrium sustainable home was completed in 2002, we had 72 2’x4’ photovoltaic panels on the roof, providing the 3 kW we estimated would provide 100% of the home’s power needs. The next three Garden Atriums have 24 PV panels – to provide the same 3 kW. And the last three have 14 panels to provide the same 3 kW.
Efficiency keeps climbing and cost, naturally, keeps dropping. Recently, PV power became less expensive than coal, which is why coal companies are closing and PV companies keep expanding.… Keep reading