03 Aug '11, 11am

Energy Policy in the US: Does Solar Power Stand a Chance?

Guest post by Brittany Mauriss* Solar power: it’s clean, renewable and becoming more cost-effective every day. But in a political landscape so mired by fossil fuels that our government has gifted Big Oil over $150 billion in tax breaks and subsidies since 1950, solar power’s progress has been slow-going, to say the least. And yet, the amount of federal, state, and local incentives for solar installations have grown exponentially over the past 15 years. Where a 4-kilowatt home solar array would have cost you $600,000 in 1970, that figure has dropped dramatically to about $18,000 today. Think about that for a second. Although there’s still a long road ahead in turning the country away from environmentally-toxic energy sources to solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric power, we’ve made a small but very real impact in American energy distribution. What would it take to ...

Full article: http://ecopolitology.org/2011/08/03/energy-policy-in-the-...

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