New Exposure in Solar Energy
by WaterElement on November 26, 2016 - 1:35am
The future of energy is coming and Tesla is leading the path. A company ran by Elon Musk; the renowned automotive manufacture has made the next step in their plan into global sustainable energy! A brand-new article written by James Vincent explains how Tesla completed its acquisition of SolarCity merging the two companies under one brand. The company recently just demonstrated the power they can bring to the table with their solar panel technology. Tesla announced the project of wiring up an entire small island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The island previously ran on three diesel generators and required the diesel to be imported in. Which I agree with the author, is an illogical method. Also, each generator burns up to 300 gallons of fuel per day or a horrible 109,500 gallons of fuel per year (Vincent 2016). The island will now be using the resource that’s often overshadowed, solar energy. 5,328 solar panels have been installed on the island to generate 1.4 megawatts. A section of forest was cleared out will now can store 6 megawatt hours of storage and will be able to supply the island for 3 days without sunlight (Vincent 2016)! This will provide 99% of the required power to the 600 of its residents. Furthermore, the article interviewed a local who promoted the reduction of a carbon footprint. The local Keith Ahsoon said, “Living on an island you experience global warming first hand”. He further explained, that “the beach erosion and other noticeable changes are part of life here” and “hopefully this project will set a good example for everyone else to follow”. I believe due to recent criticisms global warming, needs to have more exposure especially from people who experience it severely. This is a great example of how there was a state failure which led to SolarCity to take the initiative. I am hopeful there will be new governance regimes to achieving more sustainable solutions. Currently, I believe there is a great disinterest in solar energy from the pro-oil American government. I also think there is a great amount of knowledge available to the public to implement a shift in focus. In the end, this up to the public to question whether the preservation of our natural environment is worth more than the money offered by energy generation by crude oil extraction and other unsustainable methods. It should be also noted there are negatives to this article such as the manipulation of the land to implement the solar panels. There would be a large amount of energy required to extract materials and create the panels, which may be expensive and laborious and overall could be more expensive than the diesel supply required for long period time. The installation such as the forest being cleared, was not discussed along with maintenance fees. Tesla was also using this project as marketing, so at face value the company’s focus may look ecofriendly and sustainable but the company could be profit focused. All-in-all, this is an example of humanity doing some good for the planet by switching to more sustainable methods that I agree with. A mass realization of green energy is required for the future of our planet.
Vincent, J. (2016, November 22). Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops. Retrieved
November 25, 2016, from The Verge website: http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/22/13712750/