The year Two Thousand and Nine ended on, if not a high note, at least a hesitant quaver somewhere above middle C. After long years of repressing the value of solar energy and energy conservation through a scheme of regressive economic machinations, the statement from a utility executive in our nation’s sunniest state that “[the highest-consumption customers] drive our costs more”, is a welcome admission.
What orchestration might carry and continue that melodic line is only one of many challenging puzzles that must be solved in Twenty Ten. Here is the Rate Crimes current list of brain busters:
- The repressive rate schedules and the hidden, regressive taxes they create.
- The lack of performance requirements for solar modules in the U.S. market. The increasing risk of substandard modules threatens the solar industry’s domestic reputation.
- The solar industry’s reliance on incentives; especially when those incentive programs are regressive and catalyze further questionable market schemes.
- The education of a rapidly growing solar workforce. So far, the creation of a professional workforce has been haphazard, at best.
- Inadequate industry stewardship and oversight.
What do you think? Would you propose a different order of importance? What’s missing?