First Solar just agreed to install and sell solar electricity within the next 18 months for less than new coal in New Mexico (5.8 cents per kWh - much lower than the 11.3 cents per kWh for residential electricity in NC). "3X or 5X" must be based on old data from before solar prices fell like a rock in the last few years.
Is a Hurricane Sandy every year "affordable" ($50+ billion) as you think burning fossil fuels at today's rate is? Fossil fuels appear to be affordable when you forget about the high price of their pollution. I'm proud of our country for making renewables the majority source of new power generation capacity in 2012 with record installations of wind (13 GW) and solar (~3 GW). And I hope that we can continue that trend in the future. Onwards in the Sustainable Energy Transition!
-proud UNC-CH alum Dennis
And thanks to the Hrens for being inspiring models for all of us. A major part of the solution is making active transportation SAFE and accessible, so that everyone from children to seniors can enjoy a bike ride or walk to work, school and play.
The East Coast Greenway ( www.greenway.org ) aims to help communities in the Triangle and from Maine to Florida establish the interconnected corridors they need for low-cost, green and healthy transport.
Onwards to an oil independent future-
Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Durham
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