The real "losers" are the electricity users of the Tennessee Valley, and our future generations. Yep, I did what you suggest, and bought the panels last year, when there were rumors of cutbacks to the TVA Green Power Program. My home system produced $133.87 of electricity in Chattanooga under cloudy, rainy skies this April. In addition, I power my 100% electric Nissan LEAF car with the gallons of sunshine that fall from the sky. Now, who is the real loser?
To rick1 --
I guess you didn't read all of my post. I indeed do drive a 100% electric vehicle. It's a Nissan LEAF, to be built in Smyrna Tennessee by 1,300 newly hired Nissan employees at the end of this year. The electricity to run my LEAF is generated by a 4.9 kw SunPower solar array. So I didn't just talk about being green, I did something about it. Yes, I still have a gas-powered vehicle for road trips. But it just sits idle in the garage about 80% of the time.
Just more narrow-minded dribble from the Times Free Press editorial department. You must really stop watching Fox News, listening to Rush, and reading all the Big Oil news releases. Fossil fuels and alternative energy can (and must) exist together, if our grand kids are going to have any future at all. I suggest you actually get on the email list for www.350.org and get a taste of what Bill McKibben and others are actually talking about. Yes, I am one of those ludicrous "green extremists" and I'm right here in Chattanooga. I have solar power on my roof and a 100% electric car in my garage, and couldn't be happier.
I suppose Chattanooga won't be getting a riverboat casino anytime soon, either.
Conservative: So we're supposed to be all about jobs and helping the economy. And don't forget the environment. Your money is already propping up Big Oil big time with tax credits, all while they are making obscene profits. I suppose you would rather see us frack the state of Tennessee for gas and remove all the mountain tops for coal.
If the Production Tax Credit for wind is allowed to expire at the end of the year, an estimated 30,000 to 37,000 people will be jobless.
About 20% of Iowa's electricity is wind generated. Germany produced over 50% of its electric power on a windy, sunny day in July with a combination of wind and solar. It just makes so much sense to develop clean, sustainable power. Blow, baby, blow.
On September 23, explore 100% electric and electric extended hybrid cars in Chattanooga. The future of clean, green transportation is available at car dealers in Chattanooga right now. Our local "National Plug In Day" begins at the Chattanooga Market at 12:00 noon followed by a "Flash Drive" of electric vehicles to the five-bay solar charging station at 2 Northshore for an "Electric Tailgate" from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Visit with local owners, ask questions, take a test drive and enjoy green alternative exhibits.
I have snappy comebacks for all of the negative comments and myths posted here. So I want to invite everyone to "National Plug In Day--Chattanooga" on September 23 at the 5-bay solar charging station at Greenlife Grocery starting at 1:30 pm. EV car owners and dealers will be available to answer your questions and offer rides and drives of the cars you've been wondering about.
Gary: Just a response to your comment that "billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on green energy companies that didn't produce reliable alternative energy resources, economic growth or new jobs." That's your opinion. My opinion is we need to spend MORE on alternative energy.
I drive a 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, to be manufactured by year's end in Smyrna, TN by 1,300 newly hired workers. By the way I love my LEAF--best car I have ever owned.
Speaking in June, TN Republican Senator, Lamar Alexander explained why he voted against ending EPA regulations for the coal industry. "We have 546 coal miners in Tennessee, and every one of their jobs is important. We also have 1,200 men and women that work at the Alstom Corporation in Chattanooga and Knoxville, who make the pollution control equipment that will go on coal-fired power plants across America to implement this rule."
I power my LEAF with my own solar produced electricity. I have a 4.9 kw system on the roof of my home. Shine, baby, shine.
A recent report by the Tennessee Solar Institute stated there are 174 for-profit (100 of which are small business) and 62 nonprofit entities involved in solar in Tennessee. That doesn't include the hundreds of new jobs coming up in the Walker Chemie plant in Charleston and the Hemlock plant in Clarksville. I could go on, but I've made my point.
I see that Exxon/Mobil made $16 billion in the 2nd quarter of 2012. That's $104 million a day. Perhaps they could help out the poor and seniors with a "buy one, get one free sale" on a gallon of gasoline once in awhile. Something to show their appreciation to those they've addicted to oil.
After 14 months and 6,400 miles, I still love my 100% electric Nissan LEAF, to be assembled by year's end here in Tennessee by 1,600 new employees at the Nissan plant in Smyrna. Best car I have ever owned. Recently, I've added a 4.9 kw solar panel system to my home here in Chattanooga. I'll be charging my LEAF for free, and selling excess electricity back to the TVA. By the way, I live in a normal 2,700 square foot house.
A Liberal kook here who is having a SunPower solar array installed on my home roof THIS WEEK. I mainly wanted it to charge my 100% electric Nissan LEAF car, but the system will be large enough that I might not ever get a power bill from EPB again. In fact, I plan to make money with the TVA Green Partners program, that buys my excess electricity.