Panel: More Green Power to the People

Posted on 23. Sep, 2010 by in Design & Culture

Solar power—specifically, making it more affordable and accessible—was the dominant theme in the first panel presentation of OG 2010. Moderator Lex Heslin, president and CEO of Beautiful Earth Group, brought together some great voices in green power for the session.

Bill Kelly, managing director of SunPower, a manufacturer of solar cells, panels and other solutions, introduced us to a “zero energy” new home community in Pleasanton, Calif. These homes generate as much energy as they consume.

PG&E’s Hal LaFlash, director of emerging clean technologies, walked us through the company’s sustainable energy journey, which dates back to solar and wind research in the 1960s.

And Keely Wachs, from BrightSource Energy, a manufacturer of large-scale solar plants, had some good news and bad news for the OG crowd. First the bad: We’re not working fast enough to keep up with the massive amount of power needed across the globe, while at the same time making reducing environmental impact. The good news: We have the technology and the know-how, and we’re starting to implement policies and standards to curb climate disaster.

Another key message in this session and an earlier one this morning revealed a hot political issue in California this fall. So far, two speakers have urged participants to vote no on Prop 23 in November. Proposition 23, if passed, would suspend California’s landmark clean air legislation, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It’s a good bet we’ll hear more about this one as the OG2010 conference continues.

Written by AHA! for Opportunity Green.

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