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Every 24 hours, enough sunlight touches the Earth to provide the energy for the entire planet for 24 years.

MARTHA MAEDA, How to Solar Power Your Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply


The use of solar energy offers huge potential for natural resource and climate protection, and for the expansion of renewable energies on the road to a future-oriented energy supply.

MARGARETA WOLF, speech, June 20, 2004


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The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.



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We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy -- sun, wind and tide.... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

THOMAS EDISON, attributed, Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel & Charles Lindbergh


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Clearly, we need more incentives to quickly increase the use of wind and solar power; they will cut costs, increase our energy independence and our national security and reduce the consequences of global warming.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, speech at Cleantech Venture Forum VIII, October 25, 2005


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Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.

SCOTT ADAMS, "An Interview with Scott Adams", Moneywatch, October 4, 2008


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There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.

BONNIE RAITT, "Bonnie Raitt's No-Nuke Blues", The Harvard Crimson, May 19, 1978


Another advantage of solar energy is its safety. An enormous amount of time, money, and energy is put into keeping fossil fuel plants and nuclear plants safe. An oil spill can devastate the surrounding environment. Coal mine accidents often cause death or injury. The security companies and police SWAT teams that protect nuclear power plants must be alert to guard against terrorism. By contrast, solar energy is safe from terrorist attacks. There is nothing in a solar plant that could devastate the environment. A breakdown in a solar energy plant might mean a broken mirror. A breakdown in a nuclear plant could mean a major disaster.

JIM OLLHOFF, Solar Power


All energy is ultimately derived for the sun and harvesting it directly through solar power seems to be the best way to transition to renewable energy.

PETER RIVE, "SolarCity Unveils World's Most Efficient Panel", Time, October 2, 2015


You're living in the twilight zone.
What's wrong with solar power? (No profit)
Money money money

DAVE DAVIES, "Danger Zone"


On the Earth's surface, solar power is also handicapped because it is intermittent. A 1000-megawatt coal, gas, or nuclear power station needs only a few acres (or hectares) of land and operates day and night. A 1000-megawatt solar power station occupies square miles (or square kilometers) and works only in the daytime. Even so, the dream of producing electric power from sunlight on a massive scale won't die. Solar cells have been used to power satellites and space probes for decades. Someday, they may help to power a moon base. Unlike the situation on Earth, sunlight shines constantly in space, and the idea of deploying enormous solar cell arrays in near-Earth orbit and sending the electric power they generate to Earth using microwave transmitters was suggested more than 40 years ago by the Czech-American scientist and engineer Peter Glaser.

FRANKLIN HADLEY COCKS, Energy Demand and Climate Change: Issues and Resolutions


We need to drive the cost of solar energy down to where it's competitive for bulk power generation.

JIM DIPESO, speech, September 13, 2003


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As the technology for solar cells gets better and better, this form of clean, renewable energy will find more applications that take up less space and produce more electricity, to meet the energy needs of our homes, schools and businesses.

SAMUEL BODMAN, speech, July 14, 2005


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Solar power is a big idea, whose time has come. And, like the space program, solar is an idea that can shape our nation in significant and positive ways. In the coming months, in the coming years, we will face critical decisions on how to address climate change, reduce our dependence on foreign energy, and boost our economic competitiveness. The beauty of solar power is that it offers an elegant solution to all three of these challenges. Imagine what it would be like if every time that it rained it rained oil, big black drops falling from the sky. Don't you think that we would find some way to run around with a big bucket and collect all of that energy that was falling from the sky? I know this sounds like an absurd picture, but the reality is that what we have outside today is something very comparable to that. Literally, we have useful energy pouring out of the sky, and nowhere does it rain sunshine with greater intensity and consistency than in the American southwest.

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, opening statement at meeting of Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, March 17, 2008


The sun--that power plant in the sky--bathes Earth in ample energy to fulfill all the world's power needs many times over. It doesn't give off carbon dioxide emissions. It won't run out. And it's free.

SUSANNAH LOCKE, "How does solar power work?", Scientific American, October 20, 2008


It's not that utilities oppose solar power, per se--many are investing in large-scale solar projects, but many utilities are opposed to customers generating their own electricity and selling it to the grid. Think of APS like a grocer who doesn't want home gardeners selling vegetables in the town square--except this grocer enjoys a government-sanctioned monopoly.

JEREMY DEATON, "This utility is being investigated by the FBI for trying to block rooftop solar", Think Progress, August 1, 2017


While at least 20 states still burn fossil fuels for their electrical grid, solar energy is on the rise across the country. This is not only because of the newer understanding of why alternative energy is so important for the environment, but because ease of installation and overall cost has become more user-friendly; installing panels on your rooftop is no longer reserved for the wealthy or the corporate franchises.

DANIEL MATTHEWS, "Why Solar Power Is Worth the Initial Investment", Young Money, July 25, 2017


It's encouraging to know that you're doing your fair share to mitigate global warming. It's comforting to know your future is more secure. And let's face it: Solar power is cool. When you put panels on your roof, people notice, and they'll be nicer to you. Well, maybe ...

RIK DEGUNTHER, Solar Power Your Home For Dummies


Solar power is no longer the "pipe dream of environmentalists," as much as the utility companies would like to have us believe it. While there are still two billion people in the world without access to electricity (and another billion who have it less than 10 hours per day), there are now 500,000 homes worldwide (mostly in Third World villages) powered by photovoltaics. They know something the utilities don't--that power from the sun is the best power you can get.

JOHN SCHAEFFER, foreword, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home


After many years of environmental campaigns against the burning of fossil fuels and utilizing nuclear energy to power our homes, the consensus is finally coming through that alternative energy is the way of the future. Of all the available methods for home and business owners alike, solar energy has come out on top of being the most resourceful, effective, and financially advantageous.

DANIEL MATTHEWS, "Why Solar Power Is Worth the Initial Investment", Young Money, July 25, 2017