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23 June

Sun Is The Future—>The Future Is Now

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Dear Readers,

(Please click onred linksbelow)

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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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

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

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