Ummmm, you know, the Spartacus analogy concerns me because the 6000 that stood up were all crucified. However, I agree that local government, utilities and fossil fuel companies all conspire to inhibit and restrict the adoption of renewable energy. The RE industry inhibits itself with the use of NABCEP certification requirements. This requirement artificially excludes many potential workers and users of renewable energy.
It has long been my contention that the RE industry adoption of NABCEP certification requirements is and was a mistake. NABCEP is taking enormous funds from potential energy workers and the unemployed for training, testing and certification. Taking this money from the working class seeking to better their careers or just get a job is immoral and unnecessary. While certification may lead to a more qualified work force the way it is being done now is making the administrators of NABECP rich at the expense of working Americans. It also discourages a lot of potential workers who would enter the industry but cannot afford ridiculous NABCEP fees. In this regard, NABCEP is contributing to the national unemployment rate. If the RE industry continues to insist upon certification requirements then a more equitable and fair system needs to be adopted.
I think I am the only business offering solar lighting in the central/southern Colorado region.
First of all, the San Luis valley is some of the most desolate land in the west. There is little or nothing there in the way of logistic support or supply. Everything would have to be trucked in which would would add considerable transportation costs to any project. Second, this auction was scheduled during the period when the government was essentially shut down and not functional. The government is barely functional when it is open. Third, the BLM has a long history of being niggardly and selfish with the land it controls. Trying to conduct business with a government agency that has a legacy of turning away business is not an attractive prospect. And last, most of this land was taken from Native American tribes who still claim ownership and spiritual connection with this land. There can be no expectation of local support or labor for any large scale business endeavor in this region.
Another myth is the promise of more jobs and putting people to work. The RE industry does everything it can to discourage and exclude new workers from this industry. Frivolous use of background, credit, certification and drug tests keep many American workers out of this industry. Screening of new employees is taken to an extreme and contributes to the unemployment problem in the nation as a whole.
CPS will use any excuse to raise rates on their end users. CPS has been gouging SA consumers for over 40 years on electric utility rates. What is needed is electric utility deregulation in San Antonio. CPS needs competitors to keep them honest - which they ain't.
Unbelievable, an article that mentions Solar San Antonio and doesn't show Bill Sinkins' name. Oh well, the thumbnail shows his picture. Not that Bill actually does anything. He just likes his name and picture shown in any press he can get. Old Bill is the Paris Hilton of the solar industry.
This is an issue that has killed more than one wind turbine company. Southwest Windpower being the most recent casualty. Wind turbine companies have sold a lot of wind turbines with no plan or strategy for servicing these machines. The fact is, if you put an electro-mechanical device outside in the weather they are going to break down. Because it is a fact of life that lightning loves these machines. And if you don't have a plan or strategy for taking them down, being without their power and repairing them then you should not put them up at all. It tends to leave a sour taste in the mouth of consumers.
Someone from the Chamber of Commerce or the RE Marketing Department wrote this drum beating article. This is BS and borders on out right lies. The solar industry in particular spends far more energy on excluding workers than it does hiring. This industry closes the door and locks out new workers claiming American workers can't pass background, credit, drug and certification tests and aren't qualified enough to harvest sunshine. Most RE business operations generate just enough activity to appear to be a valid business to government agencies and grant writers.
Vestas came into Colorado making big promises and obtaining tax concessions from the City of Pueblo. After the initial noise and hiring what followed were layoffs and a plant slow down that almost resulted in a shut down. There are no jobs available at the Pueblo plant now. Local applicants are never good enough or qualified enough to get a position there. But foreign workers do seem to come and go. And that is the story with most renewable energy jobs in the US. If an applicant passes the many required background, credit and drug tests they get rejected because of certification requirements. It is a deliberate attempt by the renewable energy industry to exclude as many workers as possible while looking like viable business to government tax agencies and grant administrators.
The Green Industry has been busy shooting itself in the foot. I doubt the Sequester will make much difference. Not allowing or considering potential workers unless and until they are trained, tested and certified does nothing but put money in the pockets of the self-appointed boards who keep a choke hold on the Green industry in general. It also maintains a running contribution to the unemployment numbers in this country. I know very few people in the building and construction industry who have any desire or motivation to build to Green industry standards. All the Green industry bureaucrats do is introduce more cost, complexity, paperwork and bullshit to the building process. But their ultimate sin is the industry works harder to exclude workers than embrace and include.