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5 July

Solar Independence Day

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Solar Independence Day, 2015 (credit: composite of photograph by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker (R) & The Spirit of'76  painted by A.M. Willard (L) via photoshop work by Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Solar Independence Day, 2015 (credit: composite of The Spirit of’76 painted by A.M. Willard (L) &  photograph by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker via photoshop work by Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

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2015 is a momentous year for us, the Solar Enthusiasts! That is why I wanted to create a special image for the July 4/5, 2015 weekend post (above). For this image, I learned to use photoshop during the weekend of July 4/5, 2015!

July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument, Public Domain-U.S.Airforce Employee

July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, Public Domain-U.S.Airforce Employee

I am simply ecstatic! In the end of June, 2015, I came across some data (for PV projects as part of a 600-megawatt procurement, some new data on developer bids was just released by Austin Energy) that I want to share with you.  According to Austin Energy’s vice president of resource planning Khalil Shalabi, the utility received offers for 7,976 megawatts of project after issuing a request for bids in April. Of those bids, 1,295 megawatts of projects were priced below 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. During a presentation before the Austin city council, Shalabi displayed an exponentially declining curve for PV projects in Texas,

Austin Solar Prices (Source: Austin Energy)

Austin Solar Prices (Source: Austin Energy)

 

 

he said, “If you continue the curve, you can see that if the cost points continue along this sort of exponentially declining curve, we expect to see prices out in the future that are possibly below $20 a megawatt-hour.” Wow! $20 a megawatt-hour translates into 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (between 2018-2019)! That is definitely cost competitive (costing less than any other energy source if the cost of the plants, insurance, environmental costs, and operating costs are all being taken into consideration) when compared to all other energy sources.

Another exciting break-through is the fact that Solar has reached the 1% mark of global electricity demand. The actual figure may be even slightly higher than the cumulative capacity (178 GW) that’s being presented below because some countries (such as USA) did not include distributed solar into the calculations. With such an exponential growth, it will not be too surprising if/when solar will reach 10% of global electricity demand by 2025. According to EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), in three European countries: Italy, Germany, and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of the electricity demand.

Global Solar PV (Source: Solar Power Europe)

Global Solar PV (Source: Solar Power Europe), Tweeted by Jigar Shah

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globally, Europe is the world’s largest player with more than 88 GW installed at the end of 2014. China is now the fastest growing solar country/market, installing 10.6 GW in 2014, followed by Japan with 9.7 GW, and the USA in third place with just over 6.5 GW in 2014.  Solar Power Europe (SPE) indicates that capacity could reach 540 GW in five years’ time in a high growth scenario and would reach 396 GW in a low-support case.

In 2015, according to GlobalData, China is likely to retain its world leading status, with US becoming the second, Japan third, and followed by Germany and India, for annual solar addition. China has revised its annual target to 17.8 GW and is well on its way, given that about 5 GW of solar capacity was already installed in Q1. “In the US, annual installations are expected to remain high during 2015 and 2016 owing to tax incentives for power stations that come online before the end of 2016. Solar additions in 2015 are expected to hit 7-8 GW largely due to continued policy support.””Japan’s lucrative solar PV policies have been attracting an increasing amount of investment since 2012, with annual installed capacity in 2014 reaching 8-9 GW, the country’s highest ever installed capacity in a single year. However, annual installations in 2015 are unlikely to reach 2014 levels.”  I just want to remind us all that the solar/renewable energy world would not have come thus far if it were not for spear-heading effort and policy by Germany’s Hermann Scheer.  I am thrilled to see both China and India (two nations with the most populace on planet earth) are making a great deal of effort in development of solar future.

Then, the California Senate recently passed SB 350, the legislation that sets a goal of 50% electricity from renewables by 2030.

These are all signs of what is to come….the Solar Tsunami that will bring about the change of our entire planet’s energy matrix mix. Dear friends and viewers/readers of Sun Is The Future, time to wake up to and share the fact that cost of solar is dramatically lower than what it used to be. We are ready to unshackle ourselves from the fossil fuel, and be ready for a much healthier, cleaner, and brighter Solar Energy Future!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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16 September

Why Should Utility Companies Consider Working With FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)?

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With respect to our post of September 15, 2012, in http://www.sunisthefuture.net, one of you commented to me that “It is laughable that utility companies would consider effective FIT (Feed-In-Tariff). Why should they make more work for themselves?” To this, I respond: Let’s try to remember what happened in the music industry with mp3–>resistance and delay on the part of the music industry in providing music in mp3 format prevented the music industry from making a lot more money.  Another example is Kodak:  Kodak’s unwillingness to ever embrace digital photography led to its eventual demise, bankruptcy (Chapter 11) of Kodak.  Learning from history, one can see the importance for companies to try to work with its targeted consumers, to meet the needs/wishes of the people and to embrace new progress/ technology. For delaying the process, at best will lead to less revenue, and at worst will lead to its demise. Furthermore, it is our moral imperative to do our best to help one another to transition into the Renewable Energy Age with least amount of turmoil. Please take a look at our post of September 15, 2012, for a possible workable solution. Below, is a short summary of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) by Hermann Scheer (the hero for Germany’s renewable energy program or Feed-In-Tariff (FIT))


~have a bright and sunny day~

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
Homepage:  http://www.sunisthefuture.net


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23 June

Sun Is The Future—>The Future Is Now

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.

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Dear Sunshine Enthusiasts,

Time to clear the fog and myths….

It is with great joy that I am posting this image (I had to wait a few days to get the permission from pv magazine to post this image, but it was well worth the wait.), at the end of this post below:

I would also like to take this opportunity to respond to an article in Solar Industry, dated June 21, 2012, titled “What Is Holding Back Solar Feed-In-Tariff Programs In The U.S. Market“?

Personally, I believe the reason US does not have an effective Feed-In-Tariff now is due to three important factors:

1. We need a courageous and dynamic politician with stature comparable to that of Hermann Scheer (former German member of the Parliament most instrumental in pushing FIT through in Germany) to overcome all resistances, as Hermann Scheer had to in Germany.

2. Our system of government (Feed-In-Tariff  originated in USA during the Carter Administration back in 1978 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed-in_tariff) requires that both federal and individual states’ governments have to agree on the issue and rates with respect to energy, in this case, the feed-in rate. At present, the federal government had only set the minimum rate  for the feed-in rate to be the avoided cost because our federal government leaves much of the responsibility and final decision of rate-setting to individual states. So, many of the states simply use the minimum, avoided cost, as the feed-in rate, which is not necessarily optimal and it is insufficient to generate incentives for people to participate in renewable projects quickly or massively. Therefore, in order to have an optimal feed-in rate in order to truly give general population the incentive to actively participate in renewable energy, we need well informed general population to support the issue and vote for the optimal feed-in rate or effective Feed-In-Tariff.

3. There, I said it, we need well informed and well educated population in order for true democracy of the Republic to take place optimally.  This is the reason I’ve set up the site, http://sunisthefuture.net and I would like to invite you all to visit its April 17, 2012 post and video clips .  At this post, there are many colorful links to other posts at http://sunisthefuture.net that discuss FIT, just click.

It is not an issue of  German or European FIT that works, we have also seen FIT being effective in our own state of FL, in Gainesville, FL, community that was able to generate much jobs and economic prosperity as a result of implementing FIT. Now, I would like to share a video clip that I’ve posted previously regarding Feed-In-Tariff, on Oct. 14, 2011, where Hermann Scheer’s emphatic statement about the reason why/what is holding US back from FIT:it is simply a matter of getting the information out there. The problem is only in the mind(s).  Video clip, below:


 

Now, we simply need to get the information to  the American people in order to implement effective FIT.  If that fails, one may still maintain one’s optimism simply because the cost of solar energy had made tremendous progress these past few years that it is  becoming competitive with fossil fuels and now it is clearly on track to fall below fossil fuels too. Please refer to/click on the link below:

Graph Imagery at PV-Magazine that is titled, “Setting the solar story straight

Setting The Solar Story Straight-PV Magazine

 

 

So, should I change from Sunisthefuture to Sunisthenow? Or simply state Sunisthefuture and Thefutureisnow !

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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13 June

Solar Power/Energy Revolution

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Just came across a pretty good documentary footage on Solar Power Revolution, reminding us of the initiating country’s, Germany’s contribution to this revolution and the important incentive policy, Feed-In-Tariff , that’s responsible for Germany’s leading position in the world during our renewable energy age. For better understanding of effective Feed-In-Tariff policy, please refer to various links provided in April 17, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net .Thanks to Hermann Scheer (will be seen in the footage),  the member of German Parliament who was courageous enough to  push through the Feed-In-Tariff policy despite all odds/resistance.  As Feed-In-Tariff spreads to other countries (such as Spain) from Germany,  the faster the cost of producing solar energy goes down.  As the cost of electricity goes up and producing solar energy continues to go down,  we are facing a world where solar energy is now cost effective. Solar energy has become the modern fuel and has provided us with a new paradigm shift/change that cannot and should not be delayed…for the world cannot wait until the last drop of oil or last ton of uranium or coal to prepare for this shift.  As the need for world’s energy consumption increases, even oil producing world/nations are shifting toward the sun.   In the effort of saving the planet while meeting earthly consumption needs, the United Arab Emirates commissioned a Swiss engineering firm to devise a plan in constructing a huge off-shore solar islands because the ocean has a much higher percentage of high sun areas than the deserts. There is also enough water in the ocean that can be desalinated from salt water into the fresh water(water that can be used to store energy in hydrogen and water that make steam to drive turbines).  The islands float on a special construction so that they can always face the sun.  Each sun island is expected to produce many gigawatts of power/electricity.  For those of us who are proponents of decentralized power distributions, including Hermann Scheer, the paradigm that is in favor of multiple medium and small ownership (in place of monopolistic structure or few big centralized power plants) or broad ownership is more likely to help generate local/regional/national autonomy.  Technological advancements continue to drive solar energy toward the cost effective end of the spectrum.  It is time for the world to receive solar energy with open arms.  What was possible in Germany is achievable else where in the world.  Let’s hope that solar energy has already completed its phases of ridicule and resistance, and has finally reached its final phase of acceptance. Let’s take a look at various stages of this solar revolution through the informative video clip, below:


Your comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns are always welcomed here at Sun Is The Future of http://sunisthefuture.net .

~have a bright and sunny day~

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11 November

Do You Want Energy Independence or Our Democracy to Return To Us?

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I am a mathematician, so numbers are very important to me….11/11/11 contains such a unique combination that I should not let the day pass without posting something significant and meaningful, on this day.

I desperately want and need to share these words of Hermann Scheer, member of the German Parliament who was responsible for implementing the German Renewable Energy Act (equivalent of effective Feed-In-Tariff) and also known as the Hero of the Green Century, spoken before his passing. From his life experience with politics, he sees the necessity in the shift into distributed renewable (particularly solar) energy in order to keep human society’s democratic human values. It is an Ethical Must! He warned and compared our current status of energy dependency to that of feudal regime. America is not independent and neither is European democratic system. Self-determination would vanish if the life fluid of all activities would have to come from another. He also wrote, “a solar based economy would overcome global economic disparaty” (two of his books:Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy, The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future).  Finally, in his words of hope and encouragement, do not wait for others but mobilize for our own renewable energy change/shift.  “Only then, movement comes…”  I would like to invite you to finish viewing this series of three videos of interview with Hermann Scheer below,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awqzMmWsCow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdek8ilEOec

followed by my article on Why and How We Should Power Planet Earth With Sun-Water-Wind Quickly, below:

Why and How We Should Power Planet Earth With Sun-Water-Wind Quickly(written and published by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, parts also published at http://sunisthefuture.net)

It is an exciting time to be alive. We earthlings may have many problems to deal with, but we are also equipped with many tools, terrific minds, and fantastic ways of communications. My thirst for solutions for earth’s energy problem combined with my online teaching jobs permitted me to travel to various places from time to time to search for answer…to seek lessons learned and wisdom gathered….Yes, I’ve attended many lectures by many scholars who have studied the energy issue. Today, I want to share with you a talk by Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere/EnergyProgram and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, available at http://sunisthefuture.net, July 31, 2011 post. Professor Jacobson started the talk by explaining what the problem we earthlings are facing today and why is there such an urgency in needing to deal with it quickly:

• temperatures are rising quickly

• Arctic sea ice area is decreasing quickly

• air pollution mortality is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and highertemperature contributes to deaths

• higher population and growing energy demand will lead to worsening air pollution andclimate problems over time

This part of the talk helped me to realize that black carbon (main component of the soot particles) is also a very important factor for causing global warming, in addition to CO2 emission. Annual premature earthlings’ deaths due to particulates is about 2.5-3 million (in U.S. that is translated into 50,000-100,000 and in Europe, 300,000-350,000 annual premature deaths due to air pollution).As any good engineer/scholar would approach a problem, Professor Jacobson did not just alarm uswith problems but also evaluated possible solutions both with and without cost considerations. From reviewing and ranking major proposed energy-related solutions to global warming, air pollution mortality, and energy security, his talk also considered various impacts of the proposed solutions such as water supply, land use, resource availability, reliability, wildlife, and risk of cancer and nuclear proliferation. Some data I was not aware of in the past was presented, such as the dramatic increase of organic gases (formaldehyde, 200% and acetaldehyde, 4500%) and increased ozone generated from using ethanol. In the final analysis, with consideration of materials, transmission infrastructure, costs,and politics, Professor Jacobson concludes that the best way to power the world is with Wind,Water, and Solar (WWS) technologies.By 2030, the cost of using fossil fuel (13.5c/kWh) will be higher than using WWS (8-13 c/kWh)technologies. Using WWS technologies will also eliminate 2.5-3 million air pollution prematuredeaths/year and global warming and provides energy stability. Furthermore, converting to WWSand electricity/H2 will reduce global power demand by 30%. The greatest concern regarding use of WWS is its variability;this is also addressed by Jacobson’s study by: ( 1.) interconnecting geographically-dispersed WWS;(2.) bundling WWS and using hydro to fill in gaps;(3.) demand response(provide incentive to discourage use during peak/high demand period);(4.) oversizing peak capacity and producing hydrogen with excess for industry, vehicles;(5.)on-site storage;(6.)better forecasting.The study concludes that the best way to power planet earth in the future is with Wind, Water, and Solar(WWS) technologies. It is feasible both technically and economically. Its potential barriers are upfrontcosts, transmission needs, lobbying, and politics.

Relevant papers can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/susenergy2030.html.

Dear Readers, this is exactly why I have written the series on effective Feed-In-Tariff, in Sun Is TheFuture, available at http://sunisthefuture.net trying to urge all of our local and federal governments(not just the Floridians or residents of USA, but residents of planet earth) to give all of us the incentive to participate in our move toward the Renewable WWS age. We, as individual home or business owners, may not be spending multiple millions of dollars for lobbying, but we are just as concerned with the future of energy use and welfare of our planet earth as any large utility companies. We earthlings are all connected. The particulate matters from China or India or radiation material fromFukushima will impact all of us earthlings. So, as individual earthlings, let’s start by calling attentionand action for our immediate communities. I, here in Florida, will try my very best in asking my community and local government to consider effective Feed-In-Tariff (discussions, articles, and videoclips available by going to the search box at upper right hand corner of http://sunisthefuture.net and type in “feed in tariff”). Effective Feed-In-Tariff, now rebranded as CLEAN program, may be utilizedby individual home owners, small businesses, organizations such as schools, Y’s, hospitals, libraries,local McDonald’s, WalMart, police stations, and large power/utility companies/plant (refer to the pieceI wrote on July 13, 2011, Answer For The Future Is In Hybrid Marriage-Solar And Fossil Fuel at http://sunisthefuture.net) alike. We need incentive for individual home owners, small businesses, organizations such as schools, Y’s,hospitals, etc. with rooftops and surface areas, that would provide us with sufficient economic incentiveto move into the renewable age. Here is an example (in the video of July 27 post at http://sunisthefuture.net, with data provided by World Future Council) of another country,Germany, with far less sunshine and insolation than we have here in Florida, but with the help of Feed-In-Tariff (key features listed below):

• Gives RE (renewable energy) priority access to the grid

• Obliges grid operators to purchase electricity from RES

• Sets the price for RE electricity for fixed periods

• Sets no limit to amount of RE feeding into the grid

Fundamentally, with an effective Feed-In-Tariff incentive program, any one who produces excess renewable energy may be able to sell the power he/she generates back to the power/utility company.Feed-In-Tariffs have been so successful in Germany and many other countries because of the long termplanning security it provides by having 12-20 year contracts ( this is crucial to investors);it givestechnology-specific incentives (this is crucial for driving new technologies into the market);it adapts totechnological development (this fosters innovation). Germany was able to create more than a quarter million jobs in renewable energy sector in less than five years, economic impact of new industrydevelopment with total turnover from renewable energy sources of approximately 25 billion Euros in2007, and saved about 150 tons of CO2 emissions…all due to the help of Feed-In-Tariff. Most importantly, Feed-In-Tariff have made Germany the world leader in solar power. Another important lesson to take away from the presentation of  World Future Council video clip of July 27 post in  sunisthefuture.net is the fact that majority (more than 80% in Germany & or 90% in Florida) of the market share is from residential rather than the utility scaled facility (about 10%). That means, we, the individuals, will have far more combined impact on the industry and would benefit from the industry of renewable energy via Feed-In-Tariff. Please do view these discussions and video clips on Feed-In-Tariff, accessible at sunisthefuture.net, beginning from May 8 through Aug. 11 of 2011, at sunisthefuture.net. If you’d get to my May 8th post on Incentive For Solar (8)-Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), at http://sunisthefuture.net, there is a very informative discussion by a panel of scientists and policy makers and even our very own Floridian Ed Regan, you would also see in my August 11 post that:the first form of feed-in-tariff was actually implemented in US in 1978, under President Jimmy Carter’s administration, telling Americans that the energy crisis was a “clear and present dangerto our nation” and drew out a plan to address it.The problem with the federal mandated feed-in-tariff rate from 1978 is that: the federal governmenthad given individual states the authority to set its own FIT rate as long as it meets the minimal level ofavoided cost. So, we ended up getting a lot of states simply setting its FIT rate at the avoided cost (for FL, this avoided cost is much lower than the cost of producing solar energy, therefore, there is no incentive for any one trying to produce extra energy). It simply would not be economically feasible.You can also find this discussion in my June 8th post and video with Craig Lewis of CleanCoalition, at http://sunisthefuture.net I have another issue with this avoided cost FIT rate: that is, itis set at a fixed rate without the consideration of what time in the day when the energy is produced. The value of energy changes throughout the day because energy is in greater demand during the day time and when sun is up (esp. in FL when it is on a hot summer day, when AC is in huge demand). The current fixed avoided cost FIT rate ends up favoring the wind energy producers and very unfavorable for the solar energy producers (solar energy is produced when demand is highest and therefore during the time when the energy is/should be more valuable.) But this can all be modified/monitored with current technologies and smart meters. So, what we need from the state government is an effective Feed-In-Tariff rate that would provide incentive (economically feasible) for every/any one who wants to participate in production of renewable energy (solar, water, wind, etc.) to do so feasibly. Some of you may argue to wait until the cost of producing renewable (esp. solar in FL) energy to be much lower and continue the status quo for now. But I (and many others) feel that we cannot afford to wait any longer because it takes time to educate, implement, and assist the general public to make the transition into a new world of renewable energy. If we want a smooth transition, without too much societal disruption, nor increased unemployment or dramatic lowering of standard of living, the most effective strategy is by implementing effective Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program (as indicated in World FutureCouncil http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/feed_in_tariffs_in_us.html) ASAP. We have seen how effectively implemented Feed-In-Tariff had already benefited our neighbor Gainesville, FL community(and at least 65 other nations and territories):

https://www.gru.com/AboutGRU/NewsReleases/Archives/Articles/news-2011-06-23.jsp

http://blip.tv/etopia-news-now/ed-regan-at-gru-talks-about-gainesville-s-first-in-u-s-feedin-tariff-1777179

http://sunisthefuture.net/?p=873

We would simply like to ask our state legislators to consider re-examining the issue of Feed-In-Tariff and come up with a plan for an effective Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program that may be inclusive of all,the small users, medium users, and large users (even utility companies). For we are all in this together. I am sure that the power/utility companies are well aware of the fact that it is much better to serve acommunity of economic prosperity, because 10% of a smaller number is still larger than 100% of zero,(such would be the case if/when the power company has to cater to the needs of a lot of unemployed users.) To insure a win-win situation for all, it would be feasible to consider working out an agreeable percentage of the net profit (resulting from renewable energy produced from effective Feed-In-Tariff) going toward the power companies for the use of the power grid.I hope you, the readers, in addition to talking to your friends, family, neighbors, and your legislators about effective Feed-In-Tariff, I urge you to sign the petition page available at http://sunisthefuture.net and tell as many people about this web site and petition drive as possible. To encourage you all to think positively about our renewable/solar energy future, I have also written and posted various topics at http://sunisthefuture.net for your perusal. Simply type these topics in thes earch box at upper right hand corner of http://sunisthefuture.net and see/hear….about….

Feed-In-Tariff

Incentive For Solar

Solar Impulse Solar Plane

Cars Of The Future

Solar High Speed Trains

Solar Shingles

Solar Hot Water Heater

What Is Solar Cell

BIPV

Why Solar

Solar Decathlon

Veolia World Solar Challenge

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Please feel free to email me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com if you have any suggestions, questions or comments. Any of your input will be welcomed.

Written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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14 October

In Memory of Hermann Scheer (April 29, 1944 – October 14, 2010)

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Dear Readers,

On this day, exactly one year after his passing, I would like to share with you all the memory and work of the man, Hermann Scheer, most instrumental in bringing about the impact of effective Feed-In-Tariff policy in Germany (May 8, 2011 post of http://sunisthefuture.net) and subsequent impact on renewable energy for rest of the world.  In addition to  paragraphs taken from Wikipedia ( in bold print) below, I would also like to share with  you all, his words of passion and urging/warning those of us who love our system of democracy, the need and hope for the change toward renewable energy…. eight months before his passing :


 

Dr. Hermann Scheer passed away a year ago, on Oct. 14, 2010.

Hermann Scheer (April 29, 1944 – October 14, 2010) was a Social Democrat member of the German Bundestag (Parliament), President of Eurosolar (The European Association for Renewable Energy) and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. In 1999, Scheer was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his “indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide“.

Scheer believed that the continuation of current patterns of energy supply and use will be environmentally damaging, with renewable energy being the only realistic alternative. Scheer had concluded that it is technically and environmentally feasible to harness enough solar radiation to achieve a total replacement of the foclear (fossil/nuclear) energy system by a global renewable energy economy. The main obstacle to such a change is seen to be political, not technical or economic. In 1999 he was one of the initiators of the German feed-in tariffs that were the major source of the rise of renewable energies in Germany during the following years.

Life
Scheer was born in Wehrheim, and became a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 1965. As a student, while majoring in economics and law, he was active in student politics at the University of Heidelberg, and participated in the German student movement of the 1960s. In 1979, he graduated from the Free University of Berlin as a doctor of political science.

He became a member of the Bundestag in 1980, representing Baden-Württemberg; in 1993, he also became a member of the federal steering committee (Bundesvorstand) of the Social Democratic Party. Scheer had a solid track record as an anti-establishment figure within his own party.

He called the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia a war crime.

In his election districts, he always had to rely on a suitable placement on the party list to receive his mandates. He never had an executive post in government. In the preelection shadow cabinet of Andrea Ypsilanti, candidate for prime minister of Hesse in 2008, Scheer was pegged unsuccessfully as minister for development, environment and economics. The final list long after the election mentioned him as secretary of a downsized ministry of economics Scheer announced ambitious energy policy plans. The announcement of Scheer boosted the Ypsilanti campaign in the beginning but enhanced innerparty doubts about a non realistic approach in Hesses political and economic surroundings which made him fail finally. Scheer assumed Ypsilantis policies would result in a big big triumph of his party at the federal elections 2009.

His book Energy Autonomy was instrumental in the making of the film Die 4. Revolution – Energy Autonomy in which he stresses the revolution in capitalist ownership of our energy supply.

Death
Fourteen days before his death he was seen live on German television making a statement in the Bundestag about a highly explosive (“hochbrisant”) 60 billion euro breach of contract (“Vertragsbruch”) by Germany’s privately owned nuclear power corporations. He suddenly died in a hospital in Berlin from heart failure after an unspecified short and severe illness.

Books

  • Energy Autonomy, The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy, 2006,Earthscan, ISBN 184473556
  • A Solar Manifesto, 2005, Earthscan, ISBN 1902916514
  • The Solar Economy, Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future , 2004, Earthscan, ISBN 1844070751

To understand more about this most effective incentive program, Feed-In-Tariff, that would help to generate local jobs, local economic prosperity, and help to transform the economic balance of power in favor of people and nature, please refer to my posts between May 8-July 31 of 2011 and Nov. 8, 2011 at Sun Is The Future at http://sunisthefuture.net

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