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1 January

Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago


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Recall the book A Golden Thread (by Ken Butti and John Perlin) in the previous post on “Time To Let It Shine“? I’d like to point out and share with you a paragraph in the Foreward of the book A Golden Thread (by Amory B. Lovins) for it has pointed out  the  problem that appeared as far back in the 1970’s as it does now:

People who point out the obvious merits of solar energy still face the same obstacles  they have always faced: lack of fair and symmetrical tests (how do the costs, rates and risks of solar energy compare with those of not having it?), misinformation from competing vested interests, and above all a widespread ignorance of what has actually been accomplished, both recently and in prior ages.

Because of this, I am quite thankful to have learned about Value of Solar and Karl Rabago, presented below in the video (I also found out that Youtube seems to be having some storage issue with regard to the video interview with Mr. Karl R. Rabago momentarily. Please be patient and Youtube is working on the issue at the moment):

I wanted to post this interview on the January 1st of 2014 because this is an extremely valuable interview for any one interested in learning/solving issues in solar/renewable energy and most effective and fair way for our world to transition into a sustainable future quickly. Karl R. Rabago has over 20 years of experience in clean energy, electricity regulation, sustainability, and advocacy.


His resume spans across the full spectrum, from being: Major of U.S. Army, Associate Professor of Law of University of Houston, to Public Utility Commissioner of TX, Deputy Assistant Secretary in Utility Technologies of U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Program Manager of Environmental Defense Fund, Vice President of CH2M Hill, Principal Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainability Alliances Leader of NatureWorks LLC, Energy Solutions Group Director of Houston Advanced Research Center, Government & Regulatory Affairs of AES Corporation, VP of Distributed Energy Services of Austin Energy, and Principal of Rabago Energy LLC.

Through his knowledge, insight and experience, we learn about this innovative “Value of Solar“, the missing link for widespread use of solar energy since the late 1970’s. Finally, with the long delayed fair and symmetrical tests (how do the costs, rates and risks of solar energy compare with those of not having it?) and availability of super data and technology, Karl R. Rabago will take us to the path of the inevitable Solar Age. After three decades of believing that solar energy is the only soft energy path we can truly afford-economically, politically, and environmentally while realizing the obstacles such as misinformation from competing vested interests and widespread ignorance of what has actually been accomplished….it’s been discouraging at times. This is the first time, I see the last piece of that incomplete puzzle surfacing and realizing that the solar transition that is already underway will gain the breadth and speed that will astonish every one! For Value of Solar is here! I hear drum rolls…Solar Energy Age has finally arrived! For more details on “Value of Solar”, Be sure to check out:……

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Efficiency (DSIRE)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

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31 December

Time To Let It Shine!


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Let It Shine:The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy by John Perlin (posted here with permission from John Perlin)

For the last post of 2013, I’ve reserved sharing the most special chance meeting of the year with you all.  It is either an event of kismet or a reflection of the fact that Solar Energy Age has truly arrived in mainstream! So much so that every corner one (at least is in the case for yours truly) turns toward, one would run into some one who is connected to the solar industry. Or perhaps I have simply become a magnet attracting all kinds of solar enthusiasts…take your pick.

It happened on the last day of the conference of SPI2013 (Solar Power International 2013) in Chicago. We (hubby Mike-my camera man and tech support, and I) stayed at the Palmer House (mind you, this is not the hotel where the conference was being held). We simply have a soft spot for those nostalgic hallway photos of stars from yesteryears and the beautiful architectural details  rarely found in most other hotels. As we were getting ready to leave the hotel to catch our flight back to Florida,  some one entered our elevator with a beaming smile on his face.   Interestingly enough, this person, Thomas Barr, from Jacksonville, FL,

Thomas Barr, General Manager of Oncology Matrics, a part of Altos Solutions, who also worked for solar back in the 70's

turned out to be in Chicago for a different conference,  actually worked in solar business back in the 70’s-80’s and now is working as a General manager in Oncology Metrics (a division of Altos Solutions, Inc.), providing information products and services for the oncology community to promote and measure quantitative improvement in clinical and business processes at the provider, practice and enterprise level.

In the few minutes of this chance meeting in the elevator, Mr. Barr highly recommended a wonderful book, A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology by Ken Butti and John Perlin. I found out later that:

A Golden Thread by Ken Butti and John Perlin

Its author John Perlin

John Perlin, sole author of Let It Shine , co-author of A Golden Thread, now at University of CA-Santa Barbara, Physics Dept.

has also authored Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy (cover above) and From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. As a matter of fact, I just purchased Let It Shine’s kindle version  right before starting the trip to Chicago for SPI2013.  So, what do you think: are these chains of coincidences… or am I simply a magnet for all things and people that are solar…or perhaps we have simply arrived at a time in human history when solar has finally become sufficiently mainstream…as now that America has more solar or wind-power jobs than it has coal or steel jobs. As investments are shifting dramatically from coal and nuclear to wind and solar, will renewables finally have sufficient political clout to fend off increasingly desperate attacks by its endangering rivals? Time will tell….

Until the fickle finger of fate and time will unfold their mysteries, I will continue relishing each and every one of these events presented along my journey of advocacy for solar energy.

Finally, I implore all of you solar enthusiasts out there to take a look at these two books.  I love how Amory B Lovins, cofounder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute of Old Snowmass, CO, puts it:

Switching at last to renewables will be one of the greatest transitions in the history of our species: inventing a new fire that finally makes us safe, secure, healthy, and durable.  Even if we need never again reinvent this renewable-energy wheel, we must understand where it came from. Let It Shine shows how today’s renewable revolution builds on the tenacious efforts of countless generations of innovators whose vision we may finally be privileged enough to bring to full flower.

Yes, this has definitely been a cumulative effort for many generations. If I or any of us has been able to make a dent in pushing the slope at the inflection point, it would have been a great privilege.  And let us hope that the Renewable/Solar Energy Age is finally ready to blossom, for the sake of all human kind.

~have a bright and sunny day~


Below are web links to “Let It Shine” shared by author John Perlin:



Review of the book-,Socrates+didnt+invent+solar+architecture,60,a27294.html

Strictly photovoltaics-


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