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John Lackner's Comments

November 29, 2013

Should Solar Face West not South?

A west facing system may produce more power during peak energy demand but a south facing system is better for overall ANNUAL production. Here in Los Angeles the best direction for annual production is about 195 degrees southwest.

July 12, 2013

Another Banner Year for California Rooftop Solar as Successful Rebate Program Winds Down

I remember Arnold Schwarznegger's Million Solar Roofs program. Why is the rebate program winding down when there are still 840,000 more roofs to go?

June 11, 2013

SolarAid Is a Winner in Google's Global Impact Challenge

Solar energy's ironic twist - those who could benefit from the technology the most are the ones who can afford it the least. It's good to see somebody is doing something about this.

November 29, 2012

The Solar Industry Waves Goodbye To One of Its Biggest Advocates

Former oil tycoon turned solar advocate - we definitely could use more of them!

November 10, 2012

Solar Goes Mobile, Changes Lives in Remote Regions

As with many things, the people who could benefit from solar power the most are those who can afford it the least.

May 08, 2012

Wind Industry Looks to Karl Rove for Answers

Sandcanyongal: If you are using electricity you are just as much a part of the problem as anyone else. The best way to solve the energy problem you're talking about is to stop using electricity altogether, but I don't see anyone volunteering to do that.

On a different note, the main reason utilities are building wind and solar farms is so they can still SELL it to you. If you have solar on your own roof the electricity is all yours for free. The utility companies don't like this.

May 08, 2012

Wind Industry Looks to Karl Rove for Answers

All this stuff that is being put up is to meet YOUR demand for electricity. If you don't like where it is coming from, stop using it. Then all the sources of power you are complaining about will no longer be needed.

April 17, 2012

Bringing Solar to the Masses: Community Shared Solar Gains Popularity Nationwide

A 27-year-old PV system is definitely one that was built in the "pioneer" days of solar power. Things have changed a lot since then, all the way down to the wires. There's a saying that goes "pioneers are easy to spot. they are the ones with the arrows in their back". Just about everything is due for an upgrade or replacement after 27 years, especially something that is exposed to the weather and is based on technology that is rapidly changing. How many people are still using things they bought 27 years ago like Windows 3.1 or landline-based answering machines? community solar is a great idea, but the Arizona system is past due for a well-deserved upgrade.

April 13, 2012

Rural Africa Looks Beyond the Grid

The people who could benefit the most from renewable energy are the ones who can afford it the least.

December 01, 2011

Evergreen Solar Finds Chinese Buyer for Its Technology

This could be part of a master plan. Sell the product outrageously cheap, wait for the American companies to go belly up, then buy up all the American companies.

May 20, 2011

Europe Leads Offshore Wind Market

I'm surprised the city of Chicago doesn't take offshore wind power more seriously. After all, they don't call it the "windy city" for nothing, and Lake Michigan is a perfect location for offshore wind.

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