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Old 04-26-2017, 02:55 PM
Location: Cleveland, OH
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What do you guys think the next "hotspots" for the coming solar revolution will take place most effectively?
Both from a pervasiveness of technology standpoint and also economic stimulus standpoint?

I think solar power is the inevitable winner of the coming alt energy revolution.
Wind power also.
What does this mean from an geo-economic perspective?

Maybe states that produce alternative energy jobs and clean energy for > 80% of their population should be awarded more federal funds?

Here are some of my thoughts:

# The West overall and the south (places with plenty of sunshine) will dominate when it comes to the advantages of solar power.

CA - without question one of the most progressives states in our country setting standards from gas emissions to safety standards. Great amounts of sunshine, liberal politics will definitely help this state. Companies such as Tesla have set up shop there.
UCB and Stanford have great alternative energy degrees also.
Does Silicon Valley need to come out with a disruptor?

AZ/NV - AZ should already be a big player in the market given the vast amounts of sunshine they receive and the relatively lower population they have to power (Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff being their biggest population densities). They have a conservative political base and unfortunately not great programs in terms of education - U of Arizona Tucson does have a great optical program though - not sure how much of it has to do with photovoltaics.

NV should also be a lot more progressive. The fact that the gigafactory from Tesla was seduced to be placed close to Reno speaks volumes to the business prowess of some folk in the state. Tesla has returned their promises so far in terms of locals being hired for jobs.
NV also has some programs for drone operators.
I just think - just like Phoenix, Vegas should be completely solar powered with batteries as back up for the city.

TX - big oil to contend with in this state. Also many big spots to "electrify" including DFW, SA, Houston, Austin - lots of power needed. But also a sunshine drenched state and should be able to fund photovoltaics for a number of their cities.

FL - don't know much about the scene in FL, but geographically seems ripe of PV growth. I know there is a big push back from the established companies there.

Overall, what areas of the the country do you think is most ripe to benefit from the PV revolution that is bound to change the energy scene of the US in the next 10-20 years?
In terms of economics?

Thanks for sharing perspectives!
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:58 AM
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Agree California will lead the way. Florida is also ripe, politicians hooked on oil, gas. But it won't last forever. The evidence is too great, these states will eventually be forced to convert.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:02 PM
Location: St. Louis Park, MN
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Texas has the perfect landscape and environment to utilise both solar and wind energy. There's a lot of wind farms in the state. The whole Midwest in general has a lot of wind energy potential. The Desert areas in the west of course have plentiful sunlight.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:05 PM
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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Texas, without question. Politics don't really matter, honestly.
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:54 AM
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I think Texas is best for most energy sources even alternative.Lots of ranchers in Texas are eager to diversify their sources of income besides fracking.However the Southwest would be good for solar too.
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