Diesel Health Warning Underscores Value of Solar Energy

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), noting the new EPA report, which confirms that diesel fumes can cause cancer, is calling on lawmakers to put in place incentives to replace diesel with solar on our national parks, Indian reservations and agricultural areas.

Washington, D.C. – September 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “The first place dirty diesel should be replaced with clean solar is on our national parks,” said Glenn Hamer, SEIA’s Executive Director. “Congress could legislate that tomorrow. Beyond that, we should look at replacing dirty diesel on our Indian reservations and across rural America in order to improve public health while providing clean, Renewable Energy to grow our rural economy.” Solar power in off-grid agricultural applications is already price-competitive with diesel, while requiring less maintenance and eliminating the need for refueling. More and more federal parks are moving to solar, but diesel generators continue to chug away, even on some of our most pristine federal lands. Diesel generators are also used extensively in the developing world, where some two billion people are not connected to an electric grid. For the same reasons it makes sense in rural America, solar power is booming in the developing world.
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