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27 June

Good News! Reduction of FIT Rate Deadline Is Delayed By UK Government To August 1, 2012

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Dear Readers & Friends,

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I would like to use today’s post to respond to one of your concerns.  This is what DS commented,

Making cash as a home-owner with solar used to be easy but with the government’s FIT being drastically reduced, consumers won’t get the money back they want from solar panels.”

Hi, Dear DS,

I need to clarify that http://sunisthefuture.net is inclusive of solar energy issues from all corners of the planet. Some parts of the earth is ahead (such as Germany and UK) of US in terms of the effectiveness in implementing Feed-In-Tariff policy, even though FIT originated from US back in the 1978. We only have very few municipalities in US that had introduced very effective FIT while majority of the US does not enjoy the effective FIT policy at all.

Having said that, consumers who have already installed their solar panels in UK should/would have received the guaranteed Feed-In rate for 25 years (please correct me if I am mistaken) or so at a very profitable level. However, after many people in UK have signed up and installed their solar panels, the periodic evaluation adjusted the Feed-In rate to a much lower level to reflect the decreased need for more solar panels to be installed in UK. So those who did not sign up early enough would not be able to obtain the higher and more profitable Feed-In rate.  So, Hurry Up before the August 1, 2012 deadline is reached! Below, I have a video clip of an UK solar company (Green Home Company) reminding every one that UK government had delayed the reduction for FIT rate deadline to August 1, 2012.

But even this will be subject to change because the whole research and development system is quite dynamic. As better and more efficient  technology will surface, the cost of generating solar energy will be lowered. When the cost of generating solar energy will be much lower than the retail rate, even the lowered feed-in rate will become profitable for consumers again. All governments that implement FIT should have periodic review of the feed-in rate and may increase or decrease according to the need. Our focus should be on lowering the cost of generating solar energy so to increase the profitability of installing solar even at a lowered feed-in rate;this can be accomplished much more quickly by implementation of FIT world wide. The more solar energy is in demand, the more innovations and R & D, and this will lead to decreased cost of generating solar energy. After all, our main concern is to help all earthlings to move onto a new renewable energy age and be weaned from dependence on fossil fuels.  FIT simply helps to provide the initial incentive to get people to start paying attention and get active!  It is the most effective tool in getting the engine started in the vehicle for Survival of All Earthlings Through Renewables.

Please let me know if you’d like to have any part of the above paragraph further embellished. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain FIT.


~have a bright and sunny day~

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23 June

Sun Is The Future—>The Future Is Now

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Dear Readers,

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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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4 August

Prelude To President Obama’s 50th Birthday Present-Grass Root Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program Petition

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Dear Friends, Readers, and Fellow Fans of Sunshine,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I’d like to share with you one of my correspondences today:

to info@barackobama.com,
Energy <Energy@eog.myflorida.com>
date Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Greetings, Director Bird,

I would like to celebrate President Obama’s birthday with all of his supporters, but my 79/80 year old mother is having health problem this week and I am watching her carefully today. I will try to make it to the celebration if her condition improves more. But if I will not be able to make it to the celebration, then I would like to present my birthday present for President Obama here, with all of your help, my/our effort in trying to start a grass root movement (support for the the Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) in the form of petition campaign that would help to address the question of job creation and economic prosperity for the state of Florida and many communities of USA if we would implement Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program. I have started a web site, http://sunisthefuture.net , to promote better understanding of renewable/solar energy and to educate general public and hopefully to drum up sufficient attention and support for Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program in order for FIT/CLEAN Program to be introduced as a separate Senate Bill for state of Florida. I will be setting up the petition page later today (I am targeting before midnight of  Aug. 4, President Obama’s birthday), but in the mean time, I would like to invite all of you to view articles and listen to all the video clips at http://sunisthefuture.net . Go to the search box at right side of the Homepage and type in:
Feed-In-Tariff
Solar Plane
Cars of the Future
Solar Hot Water Heater
Solar Shingle
Incentive For Solar
Why Should We Power The World With Wind-Water-Sunlight Quickly
Peak Oil
Why Solar
What Is Solar Cell
etc.
Please pay special attention to discussions on Feed-In-Tariff because I believe this incentive program will be able to help create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Florida and USA, boost our economy, and move us toward the Renewable/Wind-Water-Solar Energy Age. I have seen first hand how much hope and enthusiasm this program had generated for many other countries. Please publicize this program and the site http://sunisthefuture.net so we can get the petition campaign started. I thank you for your attention and time. Please tell as many of the supporters about http://sunisthefuture.net as possible. I was told that I would need more than 700,000 Floridians’ signatures. We need to get started ASAP.

Respectfully,
Susan Sun Nunamaker
sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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2 August

Feed-In-Tariff Overview

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For additional overview of FIT, I want to share with you all this site with multiple clips (some of which you may have already seen) on Feed-In-Tariff from different parts of earth: http://wings.sezars.com/%2BFeed+in+Tariff/

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Homepage:  http://sunisthefuture.net http://sunisthefuture.com http://sunisthefuture.org
Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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15 April

Incentive For Solar (1)

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Hi,  dear readers and friends,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Remember I’ve previously mentioned the importance of bringing down the cost of solar technology and increasing incentives from the government to stimulate solar energy use.  Incentives are crucial in speeding up the process of conversion to the renewable energy era!  So, my feelings had been rather mixed in recent months as a result of finding out more about SunShot Initiative.

Our current administration, President Obama, is keenly aware of the need to develop clean/renewable (specially solar) energy and wise enough to bring some one who is actually technologically savvy (and who is not simply in office to maintain the status quo) yet pragmatic enough to suggest painting our roofs white, the Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, on board to head the Department of Energy (DOE), at this critical juncture in history.   Much work needs to be done during this time of transition into the clean and renewable energy era and we need to see a lot of actions!  Building on the legacy of President Kennedy’s 1960s “moon shot” goal, which laid out a plan to regain the country’s lead in the space race and land a man on the moon, the SunShot Initiative will aggressively drive innovations in the ways that solar systems are conceived, designed, manufactured, and installed.  As spoken in President Kennedy’s September 12, 1962, speech, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  So now, we are facing the hour of change and we choose solar energy, not because it is easy, but because it is the best route/energy for the future of planet earth.  In addition to investing in improvements in cell technologies and manufacturing, the SunShot initiative will also focus on steps to streamline and digitize local permitting processes that will reduce installation and permitting costs.  To achieve the SunShot goal of reducing the total installed cost of large scale solar electricity by about 75 percent (to roughly $1 per watt,  corresponding to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour) so that it will be cost competitive at large scale with other forms of energy without subsidies before the end of the decade (2020).  This would translate into rapid large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States, re-establish American technological leadership, improve the nation’s energy security, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness in the global clean energy race.  In this effort, DOE will be working closely with partners in government, industry, research laboratories and academic institutions across the country.

I was all pumped up until…. I  looked at the budget/money allotted for the SunShot Initiative. at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfL57T8ZGfc

Comparing it to the MoonShot program would not be quite on target!  The MoonShot/Apollo program had a budget of close to $200 billion (totaled about $170 billion in 2005, according to Wikipeida) in today’s dollar, in a span of about 11 years.  That (Apollo Program) would translate into approximately $20 billion per year.  The SunShot Initiative, as far as I have seen any figure,  has totaled to less than $0.5 billion per year (federal loan guarantee cannot be included).   That means the ratio of amount of money that will be spent on SunShot Program to the amount of money spent on Apollo Program is less than 0.5/20  or less than 1/40  .  So the two programs/initiatives are not in the same magnitude or ball park, my friends.  Last I checked 1/40 is a far cry from 1/1.  The optimistic side of me reasoned:  perhaps this is just a beginning.  Historically, most of the budget of Department of Energy would spend far more on nuclear energy and essentially nothing for wind or solar or geothermal.  We are at least seeing a number that is greater than zero.  But the more anxious pessimistic side of me exclaimed: if we (citizens of USA) truly want to re-establish American technological leadership, we need to take giant leaps rather than baby-steps.  We cannot  sit idly by while cost of fossil fuels continue to rise, while having learned from the experience of Fukushima.  Our friends in Germany have already taken the more responsible and ethical approach/step in bearing much of the cost of early  research and development in solar energy.  In our land of democracy, if we truly want to see some actions, we need to gather the strength of our people, our friends online, our neighbors, our family, every where.  We need to let our government know that we want clean, safe, and least-war-driven energy.  While our President and Secretary of Department of Energy have to abide by the rules of politics, we need to help uncuff their hands and truly let them lead us into the renewable energy era.  We need to let our administration know that we are ready to take giant leaps, rather than baby-steps, toward solar energy.

 

In the next post, I will go into details of certain incentive programs that have been tried and tested in many other countries .  My friends and readers, this is an exciting time, I hope you are all getting ready to move toward the sun because there will be plenty of opportunities for all of us!

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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