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March 29th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

BIG I: Solar Power

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Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
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  1. Tracy Cohen

    Imagine if the Solar industry was subsidized in our country like big oil! There are millions of buildings in the US whose roofs are suitable for solar panel installation! Imagine each of those buildings generating it's own electricity! You have to ask yourself who would this hurt? Those entities are the solar industry's biggest enemies and political lobby!
    BIG MONEY and CORPORATE POWER have ham-strung the solar industry since the first panels of the 60's! SHEER STUPIDITY and CORRUPTION! That is why this renewable is the smallest on your charts!

    March 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Kaylynn

    I currently live in a condo with flat roofs that could hold a few panels. only thing holding holding our association back is high cost. we only have 36 units and our association budget is small. how about incentives for multi-unit housing complexes to put panels on their roofs?

    March 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  3. John L. Coulson

    I enjoyed watching Randi's piece on Solar. I have been developing a Solar hybrid Invention for two years now. It was recently enetered into General Electric's 1st Ecomagination contest and out of the over 4000 global entries, my alternative energy invention finished 19th overall, 1st for Canadian Inventions and 4th in its category (Renewable’s) yet somehow it and I still remain invisible to investors with not one single inquiry coming in about what I have Invented? What I believe is really stifling creativity and productivity in this North America is the investment communities blind eye attitude that an Inventor should also be the Captain of the ship! Wake up rich folk!! Want to lose your investment, just give it to an Inventor! Want to cash in?? Then provide that Inventor with the tools they really need! And most need a company of professionals beside them all the way. I personally have near 600 invention concepts and over a dozen of these that have been previously developed at a major University in Canada, yet I remain poor and on welfare and seemingly invisible to the investment community, and I am not alone! I and many of my fellow Inventors do not want to run the world or even our own company, we just want to deliver it some really solid invention ideas that could help us all! The world will truly miss out if my Solar project goes undeveloped!! Can you help?

    March 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  4. sirwinston7

    Solar.NH is in turmoil over the Northern Pass coming through our state to Canada. I don't know which is worse, Nuclear energy or The Northern pass.I think nuclear is more dangerous and not visable until its too late. solar and wind power would be my choice. some say the Northern pass would affect the beauty of the mts. but i feel that the ski industry and condo developement , snowmobiling, four wheeling , and some hiking trails has cause for alarm in destroying the forest.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  5. robert hopkins

    I believe that the new way of adding solor film to windows should become standarized code thoughout the USA. Also all out side residental lighting should incorporate solar panels. On the commercial side ,I think that all signage should be by code, should be lite by led lights and powered by solar panels.This is how the power those billboards out in the middle of nowhere. Also requiring by code that all signage and lighting be operated by energymanagment systems, so thes items are not on all day long. These items alone would save the country billions of barrels of oil a year.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Paul Johnson

    I looked into the solar power issue, and was told that the only company that manufactures the photo voltaic cells is located in Golden Colorado and the only place they sell to are people in Colorado.They do not ship to any other state.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  7. Gene Lucas

    Solar power in large "farms" are marginal – especially solar-thermal. However, residential units are becoming cost effective, especially with the new thin-film technology. Even electric utilities are starting to invest in this technology. However, solar-thermal power is VERY effective is used directly to produce heating and cooling, rather than to produce electricity.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  8. william h fitch


    PV is available to anyone in the world from well over a dozen Mfgs.
    They are Mfg'ed in the USA, China, etc..
    Who ever told you the Colorado "thing" was giving you a real, you know what...
    Do some Googling please....!!!!.....


    March 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm |

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