Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sustainable Power for Small Consumers

We watch helplessly the perils of recent natural earthquake disaster in Japan.The question arises- can we live with less fear of loss of power, food, water and other resources? Can we learn to live with nature and understand how to use Nature's free gift of air, water, land, wind etc.? The answers lies in how we change our thinking and allow the development of local developments and produce our own resources.

"Net Zero" or "Energy Independent" community concepts are possible today if we are willing to invest and plan with long term in mind. There are real life examples of such communities in Europe that have shown that they need no oil or other resources imported to serve their needs.

Sun shines, Wind blows and precipitation falls on the land everywhere. The Smart Green communities accept it as gift from nature and use it locally to power their buildings, supply water to grow local food and recycle their wastes to make fertilizer to be applied back to the farms. In nature there is no waste. Everything can be used again and again.

Our Leaders at National, State, County, Town or Villages need to provide tax free bond funds to the local residents, institutions on a 30 to 40 year loan for investing in Nature based Green alternative energy and water& waste recycling technologies. The day of energy independence for America can come in 20- 30 years with such programs. Each community can exist as self reliant and not dependent on power made somewhere else and food grown and shipped from miles away. Let us empower local farmers and workforce to have jobs and economic development. Nature is trying to tell us something.. Force of the nature is immense and we need to act accordingly as we adopt and learn to live with it.

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Oil Prices are up. Time to Act is NOW to seek freedom from Oil.

As the oil supplying Kingdoms fall or threatened to fall, the speculators help raise the price of oil. More money goes out of our country and most of us wonder what to do?
We can take immediate steps for the long term future by investing in the alternative energy field. Government can provide long term capital as Green Loans so these systems can be financed over 25 years and deliver stable energy for next 3 decades.

Current financial incentives make it possible for all small consumers to produce on site power for their own use and stop worrying about the price of electricity via net metering programs.What is missing is the Green Revolving Loan fund that can provide money to build these systems at 3-4% interest rate paid over 25 years. Once the funding is available( which will never run out as borrowers pay back their loans and new ones borrow from it),our journey for energy independence will accelerate.

It is a sad truth that sometimes a crisis motivates action by people. The gas price of $4 to $5 bucks may get us going. On the other hand it is better to act now, keep the money in America and save money for ourselves.

Are we ready to start?