|Mark Hanson's home|
Make that a qualified maybe. There are still a few obstacles to overcome, but one of the biggest -- price, is fading like a light bulb in a black out.
And that's generating new enthusiasm for long-time renewable energy fans like the men in my story, Mark Hanson and Mark Howard. As we toured Hanson's home which is chock full of renewable energy and carbon footprint shrinking technology, the thing we heard over and over is that the cost of solar panels has come way down. Enough that the two Marks, and their club, REEVA for Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicle Association are hoping more people will get in line to try what has been historically a passion reserved for hobbyists and environmentalists.
REEVA is an active club, and their website is full of pictures of projects the group has taken on -- often at the homes of other club members. But they will go to just about anyone's home to help install wind, solar or electric car equipment, if the person will just buy it.
|Hanson's custom electric VW|
The Marks and the rest of the club make valid points about our dependence upon non-renewable energy sources. It's hard to argue with a solar panel, which as Howard points out, "... Has no moving parts. Once its installed it just produces energy."
Say one thing for these guys and, from what I can tell the rest of the club. They talk the talk, and drive the drive. They are offering to donate their time and their minds to see others discover what they already believe -- that there's a better way. I wish them well.