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We still need manufacturing plants to make cars, but there's not much to positioning a solar panel to your roof. It is just another consumer commodity. Does Xcel think anyone doesn't know this? How much of their finances are transferring to the solar leasing market? There are better ways of funding those who can't afford solar, and it is not the triple P we need to do it. We can be our own banks. When we all do better we all do better.
Big banks no more. The world had enough in 2008.
Distribution and transmission system purchase is necessary for the more rapid transition to RE and EE that Boulder plans. Can't be instant, but much more rapid over time.
Plenty of gripes about China. What is Bob's plan for that? And if the US is so pure, how come we have been directly contributing to their dirty manufacturing of the solar panels we buy from there? Relativistic arguments can't be used to justify bad practices.
Does the cost-effectivity of 900 acres centralized PV include the costs of distribution and transmission? Yet Boulder is criticized for purchasing distribution and transmission? Double standard.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency gives us products we need. And in greater abundance and with more, better and relatively safer jobs. More importantly it adds value by way of the avoided costs coming from the implications of climate change.