20 Oct '11, 11am

Solar power’s ‘nasty little secret’ isn’t nasty or secret

Is Burgess a whistle-blower or just a wily businessman? Photo: Steven Depolo Cross-posted from The Phoenix Sun . The charges leveled by a solar industry insider recently were deadly serious. "Solar panels do not work that well ... and few know it," revealed Ray Burgess, president and CEO of Solar Power Technologies. Writing in AOL Energy on Oct. 7, Burgess appeared to be a reluctant or even heroic truth-teller, airing the solar industry's dirty laundry with the best of intentions. (Several times while reading the piece, Jerry McGuire's Mission Statement came to mind.) Burgess wrote that "if we who love solar and alternative energy do not put our house in order, those who believe solar is some kind of government-funded shell-game will do it for us. This would be a disaster for our country." In other words, Burgess is not just a whistle-blower, but a patriot. Using anecdotes...

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