We need to switch to 100% renewable resources by 2020. Together we can make this happen.
Documentary videos include Wilson Natural Home (25 minutes), The Solar Village (45 minutes), and Hope for a Change: Renewable Energy (60 minutes, featuring Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Hermann Scheer, and Chris Turner).
Here Comes the Sun Solar Energy Revolution, Investment Opportunity and Social Change
This documentary video introduces you to the innovators creating the future of the solar revolution. This changes everything. Learn how the economic giants of today and tomorrow are making the switch to clean, local, renewable, solar energy, making profits, creating jobs, and reducing the potential for energy wars.
The changes we need must happen in the next three or four decades as we approach three critical limits. First, the finite reserves of non-renewable's (fossil fuels and uranium). Second, increasing demand for energy. Third, increasingly destructive impacts from global warming. Combined these threats pose the greatest challenge ever faced by society. Our children's future depends on our rapid move to 100% renewable energy everywhere.
Economically, socially and scientifically the only way to avoid disaster is a global switch to 100% renewable energy. Only this can realistically address the challenge. No other option can be implemented as fast. Only with renewable energy is the reserve and growing demand problem resolved, and yes sufficient free supply is available, with more than 1000 times more renewable energy reaching earth from the sun (and available equitably and locally everywhere in the form of solar, geothermal, biomass and wind). By rapidly reducing and eventually eliminating the emission of carbon, global warming can be averted with many economic, social and political benefits.
The secret ingredient for making this transition to sustainable renewable energy is a simple idea. Copy the lead of Germany and implement fully a Renewable Energy Act (ie. a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) or MicroFIT program) that has the following requirements:
- Guaranteed access to the grid
- Guaranteed long term price
- No limit
With these three simple laws all countries can follow the lead of Germany and make the switch to 100% renewable energy in the next ten years. Germany has implemented more than 20,000 MW of new renewable energy (creating 250,000 jobs) in the past two decades using older technology. Now, with the latest technology, a country like Canada, specifically Ontario for instance, could easily implement 20,000 MW of wind power in the next five years. Combined with the existing hydro power this would make Ontario 100% powered by renewable energy. Where is the problem? The problem is only in the mind. Technically, economically and realistically the fastest, most beneficial way for Ontario to beat the economic down turn and prevent global warming is to switch to 100% renewable energy in the next five years.
Using non-polluting, equitably available renewable energy we can then maintain economic, social, political and individual autonomy. Peace, freedom and happiness can be ours in a world that need not war over resources. That is the ultimate hope for a change envisioned by this documentary. Companies are now developing the large scale industrial level production systems and the technology is now evolve according to moores law. Technology companies are gaining the upper hand against the old energy companies despite the energy companies being the largest and most powerful organizations in the world.
People are now going to be able to look at rooftops everywhere and ask their owners if they'd like to invest in solar or lease their rooftop in order to earn a profit. The scale of growth opened up by this new idea will change everything. The technology now exists and is being proposed to power all of Europe with power from the desert areas on the north coast of Africa and the Sahara desert region. Oil producing nations in the middle east are looking at a transition from oil to solar. Large scale solar thermal and concentrating solar thermal are now making it possible for massive areas in the desert to be used for gigawatt scale production. A large system in the Mojave desert has more than twenty years of large scale production that pays for itself. Now that the price of solar energy is approaching grid parity everything will change. This is the next big thing. We seen the information revolution with the internet. Now it is the energy revolution and solar, that ancient and most sacred of all gods is now poised to change everything. On top of the energy problem, the switch to renewable energy from the sun will also resolve the global climate change catastrophe and the economic catastrophe. Solar power, implemented through feed-in tariff allows for distributed generation and distributed ownership. The potential exists to create a far more equitable world as long as we follow through on the potential of the idea that we can all own our energy production where we live and work.
As the father of the solar revolution, Hermann Scheer says that he sees himself as the type of leader who knows that with such new ideas people first fight, then ridicule and finally they join. For further information on Hermann Scheer and the solar revolution see the documentary video Hope for a Change: Renewable Energy.