18 June 2011

A waste of the sun

Just flew over Phoenix and something made itself abundantly clear. Nearly every house had a swimming pool; most buildings had large, flat roofs; and there was miles upon miles of low buildings. Yet I didn't see a single solar collector. Not one panel. What is wrong with this city? They are renoun for hot, sunny, dry weather and they don't utilize all that rooftop real estate. The malls didn't even have skylights.

If I was mayor I'd certainly look into regulating solar collectors, making buildings with more than x square feet of rooftop space have solar collects build. Encourage people to build more with tax credits and what have you. Seriously, it's silly, this huge city and I could even spot one panel. Craziness.

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