OTG a Solar Solution Not a Green Street Gang
Trend setting California is again leading the nation; this time in the development of solar strength. But California isn’t alone and it´s not just strength companies and automobile manufactures finding religion in going green. Many of the motive plans being put forward by companies are a consequence of federal stimulus dollars packaged with state and local programs. These programs are making going solar a viable different for homeowners. Modeled after German FITs (satisfy in Tariffs) which already though Germany isn’t known for sunny weather, it has become a global leader in the use of and manufacturing of solar panels. PG & E (Pacific Gas & Electric) recently joined forces with solar finance company SunRun to provide money for PG & E customers to go solar. This comes at an interesting time as PG & E has been dealing with some controversy about its’ Smart Meters and the loss of Proposition 16, a largely PG & E sponsored bill designed to limit consumer choice for energy.
The energy business has indeed been turned on its head. People are realizing there are options and they are not just “consumers” to be prayed upon. There really is a choice. One niche within different energy is the world of the OTG’s as I like to call them. OTG? Sounds like a gang with whom you don’t want to mess with uh? Anyway it stands for Off the Grid. OTG’er and DIY (Do it yourselfers) can be people who live in rural areas where it’s difficult to connect with the electrical grid. In some situations however it maybe a choice for those who are the most independent among us. It is interesting to mirror that in California some of the early users of solar strength in the 70’s were people seeking a lifestyle away from city and suburban life. Solar panels provided electricity to mountainous areas that it was almost impossible to get municipal cable lines to.
Today in the US small extent solar systems are freely obtainable. You can start creating your own solar strength, one solar panel at a time. Photovoltaic thin films are being woven into backpacks to provide energy for hikers and outdoor solar lamps seem to be cropping up like flowers. But it doesn’t stop there, researchers from Cornell University are reporting that organic material similar to that found in blue jeans function as solar cells. This is a improving because the solar industry has been looking for ways to enhance efficiency in thin film and plant like material to lower costs. The reports first were published in the journal character Chemistry. the time of action uses molecules often found in blue jeans and ink dyes for building on an organic framework that could rule to flexible and lower prices for solar cells.
Around the globe over 1.6 billion people are without grid tied energy. Small solar devices are starting to provide electricity to these areas, lighting up the night and lighting up new hope. Maybe soon you’ll hear the sounds of aspiring artists crooning under night time solar lights…do wop, do wop.