Nearly all known life is powered by the sun. A recent press release by the Mitsubishi Corporation announcing the development of a highly-integrated organic photovoltaic (OPV) module gives us a glimpse of our future in which energy solutions are grown to gather, rather than mined to be melted or burned.For now, we must promote the economical solutions that exist. Not only because of their current economy, but because they are promising leads or catalysts for a sustainable energy future. For energy solutions, economy comes down to life-cycle cost-per-watt. Any particular technology will remain a nifty toy until cost parity with extant solutions is reached. Even if a technology proves itself in the field, inordinate expense will consign it to its niche(s). Scarce, hazardous, or intractable materials; exorbitant energy requirements for production; and/or untamed complexity can conspire to keep a technology a promising curiosity. Organic and biological technologies in conjunction with the practice of ecological design techniques, such as biomimicry, promise to help overcome today’s constraints. Despite the designs of Monsanto and their ilk, we can look forward to someday freely sharing ‘seeds’ that will ‘grow’ into systems that gather and concentrate energies other than food calories. The day may come when money does grow on trees. That day may be brought closer through the convergence of organic technologies and ecological design with yet another crucial design method derived from biology: evolutionary computation. Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, has made a fascinating presentation on genetic algorithms - a particular application of the evolutionary computation method - as applied to the design of a solar collector. While elegant, this design remains a somewhat static, mechanical solution. Dynamism and adaptability are hallmarks of life. Organic and biological technologies allow these central attributes to be incorporated into more flexibly responsive designs. This joining of biotechnology, evolutionary computation, and ecological design is evolutionary ecological design. This approach to design should be applied not only to technological solutions, but also to organisms of social policy. As Rate Crimes has stated before in the context of analyzing the design of rate schedules, energy policy is the design for society. Astounding technologies, beautiful design, and even magic will remain bereft of power in the face of bad public policy. Energy policy should be informed, consistent, and adaptable. Today, it is too often rigidly reactionary in defense of atrociously bad decisions born of a dangerous status quo. By applying modern design techniques, this blundering beast may be encouraged to evolve into a more graceful creature.
 Cost accounting should be comprehensive, but we have a spectacular collective talent for deluding ourselves by ‘externalizing’ and hiding real costs.