Ahhh, the memories of the once start of alternatives here in the U.S., which actually did start in changing construction practices in commercial and residential by us tradesmen as well as even new product lines even though the alternatives products themselves were stopped as they were just starting to be perfected by our once innovative workforce and entrepreneurs back some forty years ago. What we started is now being used by many all over this planet. China which built it's growing economy om the readily available old dirty energy sources now is leading in turning itself green while we here are blocking even government investments in same as those sitting at the top in the supply side capitalism hoard that capital instead of investing in growth as their sales pitch of the new capitalism was supposed to do.
08/21/11 - Ok, those Germans are just showing off now. Not only has the nation announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants and started the construction of 2,800 miles of transmission lines for its new renewable energy initiative, but now the village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs! The small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria is generating an impressive $5.7 million in annual revenue from renewable energy.
It’s no surprise that the country that has kicked butt at the Solar Decathlon competition (to produce energy positive solar houses) year after year is the home to such a productive energy-efficient village. The village’s green initiative first started in 1997 when the village council decided that it should build new industries, keep initiatives local, bring in new revenue, and create no debt. Over the past 14 years, the community has equipped nine new community buildings with solar panels, built four biogas digesters (with a fifth in construction now) and installed seven windmills with two more on the way. In the village itself, 190 private households have solar panels while the district also benefits from three small hydro power plants, ecological flood control, and a natural waste water system.
All of these green systems means that despite only having a population of 2,600, Wildpoldsried produces 321 percent more energy than it needs – and it’s generating 4.0 million Euro (US $5.7 million) in annual revenue by selling it back to the national grid. It is no surprise to learn that small businesses have developed in the village specifically to provide services to the renewable energy installations.
Over the years the village’s green goals have been so successful that they have even crafted a mission statement — WIR–2020, Wildpoldsried Innovativ Richtungsweisend (Wildpoldsried Innovative Leadership). The village council hopes that it will inspire citizens to do their part for the environment and create green jobs and businesses for the local area. read more>>>
Just think where the U.S. would be today if we hadn't blocked the growth of for now some forty years and the now meme of that blockage, climate change, continues the fight by the special interests in stopping a whole industry of innovation and innovative workers, we'd be the leaders, as we once were in many area's, and probably already leading in other forms of clean and cheaper energy sources.