For many it started with the tiny calculators at school; covering the dark plastic rectangle and watching the numbers on the tiny screen fade away was a piddling distraction from the math lesson. Few could have predicted the magnificent potential such a small wonder could have in such little time.
Solar power has revolutionized before our eyes; and while you can’t look directly at the sun, it’s hard not to see its brilliant consequences. “Mr. Sun” has become the most authentic marriage of the socialist and market spirit, and he’s shining down on everyone.
The Elon Musk’s of the world are investing in technology that was argued to be insufficient for our demands and they’re making it the energy source of choice. Window glass and roof tiles can now harness the power of the sun and fuel homes around the world. Musk himself is collaborating with the Australian government to provide 50,000 homes with free solar energy; an answer to the unreliable coal which has been leading to mass black-outs throughout Australia.
You don’t need your very own Bruce Wayne to get into the game though. With every new development the cost of solar (which has always required a high initial investment) is going down. In 2017 the cost of high-efficiency solar panels went down 37%. If you live in Canada, there are rebates and credits available in each province and territory. Research locally and you’re likely to find a reasonable solution to your solar demands.
Solar is solving problems we thought could only be fixed with large and reliable infrastructure. Schools in remote regions of Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa with poor power grids, are working with computers and tablets, and teaching their students electronics engineering thanks to solar powered classrooms. Countless hospitals in India are relying on solar to save lives.
Mr. Sun is not relying on the “trickle down” theory, he isn’t as dependant on the affordable transportation of goods, and he’s probably not planning to patent the idea. Solar energy is offering the independence we all want, and the demand is incentivizing the market to get into the game.
Solar is leading the charge in green energy, and it’s forecasting a bright future. The best news out of all of it? We’re seeing that being environmentally sustainable doesn’t mean you have to give it all up. Humans learn and adapt in a wonderful way, and they improve. Being conscious about the planet doesn’t mean an end to great and fantastical innovation and technology. Challenges inspire and humanity thrives under pressure. And Mr. Sun keeps on shinning.