Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.
But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.
Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same.
to aim for zero-carbon local transportation by creating ‘complete streets’ designed for all users, walkable neighbourhoods, and a world-class cycling environment; and by adopting world-class policies for transportation demand management, transit, ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles and freight.
There are great examples of pedestrian streets and centres in Europe. In Copenhagen, 36% of commute and school trips are made by bike; Bogota and Curitiba have shown the way for bus rapid transport; San Diego is showing the way for electric vehicles.
If you didn’t make it to our event last night, you missed a good one. About 50 people were fascinated by Ben Giudici’s presentation on solar photovoltaic systems, connecting solar systems to the grid, and the potential of solar energy In BC. Hands were popping up for questions long after Ben had expected to be finished.
Ah, the bustle of election fever, combined with spring bursting out everywhere. But where does all that lovely warmth come from? The Sun. Without the solar energy that supports everything we do, our economy and everything we love would collapse in an instant.
On November 23, 2012, BCSEA Vancouver hosted guest speaker Edward Suzin at the Railway Club on 579 Dunsmuir Street, to speak about his experiences developing and installing free-standing solar panels in the remote areas of the South American rainforest. Edward highlighted the difficulties in accessing these rural locations, and the ways in which solar powered lighting transformed people's lives.