27 Sep '11, 8pm

Attention, pundits: We have the makings of a serious U.S. solar program

Attention, pundits: We have the makings of a serious U.S. solar program

In my last post , I noted the disdain U.S. elites feel for the grubby-but-necessary politics of clean energy deployment. It's all well and good to advocate for sweeping macroeconomic solutions to carbon pollution, but there are all sorts of proximate battles being fought on the ground today. They'd be easier to win if pundits like Fareed Zakaria would weigh in on the right side. As an illustration of what I'm talking about, let me describe three current projects that together could put the U.S. on course for a major solar expansion. SolarStrong Start with an announcement a few weeks ago that should have gotten more press. The military has contracted with SolarCity for a five-year, $1 billion project called SolarStrong to put solar panels on the roofs of 160,000 housing complexes on 124 military bases in 33 states . It would be the single largest residential rooftop solar p...

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