Apr 25, 2014
Steven, I'm all for renewable energy, but it seems more info and in-depth research is needed. Solar panels are great in some locations and on some roof types, but not everywhere. For example, think of a large high rise condominium, with a relatively small flat roof, already covered by mechanical systems. Or homes that do not get a lot of direct sunlight, due to orientation, shading by trees or adjacent buildings etc. It may be more effective to keep providing incentives, rebates and tax breaks, to encourage installation of renewable energy systems by those who can and wish to do so. Perhaps you can elaborate and provide more info on your idea. Cheers !..
May 26, 2014
Dear StevenVidlund, It sounds like a good idea. I think you can provide more details about your proposal. Do you think this is feasible in all states? For example the southern states could benefit more than northern states. In that case, involving different renewable energy options could be an option for different climates, such as geothermal, or wind. Good luck, Gunesh
Jun 4, 2014
Hi Steven Very interesting idea, but like the other commenters it would be very helpful to see more info about the proposal. It is worth looking at a couple of different scenarios: - incentives to encourage adoption for example financing options for homes undergoing major renovations. some building codes require buildings undergoing major renovations to be updated to the most current building code. - legislation to provide widespread energy use diversification, so instead of solely relying on solar, how does wind, geothermal, hydro, waste to energy fit into the scenario. These are options that could appeal to locations where solar may not be completely applicable for direct installation. - also keep in mind that building codes vary from state to state, and sometime between locations within a state. For example New York, has a State Building Code, but Manhattan has a specific City Building Code. Good Luck!
Jul 5, 2014
Hi Steven! The contest deadline is near! Please don’t forget to complete your proposal so that it is easier for potential supporters to elaborate upon your ideas. Best Sara