Editor's blog

picture of a messy desk and computer screenFew things are more satisfying and rewarding than writing about something about which you are passionate. For me, the environment is one of the things for which I have the greatest passion. As a father of two young girls, and, more generally, as a member of global humanity, I believe there is nothing more important than ensuring that our planet is a livable place for its incredible array of organisms for as long as possible. Few things are more crucial to making sure this occurs than a truly massive shift from fossil -- and finite -- fuels to renewable, clean forms of energy like solar.

3 steps to leaving gasoline behind for solar

editors-blog-entry3Yes, solar can, and DOES, replace oil, despite what the so-called "expert" energy analysts claim -- which is that solar is not in direct competition with oil.

The video above, which I produced today (June 27, 2015), illustrates that solar does indeed replace oil!

I've been using solar energy to replace oil for 18 months now in my 2014 Nissan LEAF. It's been 100 percent powered with home solar generated electricity and so-called solar-offset generated electricity.

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Split EV/gas car households hurt charger growth


It's great to have EV chargers in the city -- but that's far from the only place they are needed. [Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Michael Hicks]

The one (pure) electric car + one ICE crutch household is putting a serious crimp on EV charging infrastructure growth and expansion.

How so?

When 98 percent of EV owners have a gas car crutch in the garage too -- this estimate might be a tad high, I don't know; sadly, no one is keeping track of this stat -- and they all ditch their EV in favor of an ICE crutch for mid- and long-range trips, there is NO incentive at all to build out mid- and long-range EV charging infrastructure.

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Elon Musk: Oil & gas where real subsidies are

elon-musk-on-oil-sudsidieseditors-blog-entry3Ah, gotta love Tesla Motors CO Elon Musk!

He always has a comeback, and it's always spot on.

Not much more I can say about the advocacy graphic above than that. In fact, the graphic, and Musk's quote, speak for themselves :-)



EV range isn't problem, not enough chargers is


I used to think that electric cars needed more range. I still do.

But it's not range that's the biggest problem, it's a lack of EV charging infrastructure.

Personal experience has gotten me to change my view.

I got hit by a divorce six months into a two-year Nissan LEAF lease, and was left with a pure EV as my only car -- to haul me around, and, when I have them, my two kids as well.

I've run out of charge twice in the past 10 months, both in the winter with temps around 15 degrees out. Wasn't fun -- but we (both my kids were with me both times) survived. 

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Grid parity won't grow rooftop solar very much


Consumers being used to paying for electricity on a monthly, rather than on an upfront basis, is the single biggest factor undermining potential homeowner adoption of rooftop solar in the United States.

editors-blog-entry3If you follow solar energy closely, and even if you do not, chances are, you've heard that solar will soon be reaching, or already has reached, "grid parity" in multiple places in the United States and around the world.

Basically, "grid parity" means solar-generated electricity costs the same, or less, than natural gas generated electricity, coal-generated electricity, nuclear power generated electricity, etc.

The solar industry -- and solar lovers/proponents -- think grid parity is a big deal.

It is.

But, at least in terms of rooftop solar and the individual American household and interest/desire and, most important, follow-through on actually going solar, grid parity is nowhere near as important as many advocates make it out to be.

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