System Details and Green Efforts:
My current efforts are in launching a startup with a renewable energy focus.
I approach renewables, solar, etc from purely an economic perspective, with no mention of the environment or climate change. In 2014 I wrote a research thesis paper for my DePaul University BA called "What impact will switching to renewable energy from fossil-based energy for electricity, utilities and transportation have on the United States economy?" Through that research I made renewable energy the focus of my future business as well as advocacy plans.
I am currently in the Masters program at DePaul
and my degree focus area is titled "Applying Social Enterprise
Principles to Raise Awareness through Promotion, Education and Advocacy
for Renewable Energy Utilization" One of my graduate courses involves
consulting a budding entrepreneur on new business ventures. I have
convinced her to pursue a solar panel diy kit company. Simply, solar and
other renewables are the future and fossil fuels are the past. The
problem is that solar and renewables really need to be the present, not
the future. I thoroughly believe that renewable energy is the next
economic age, aka industrial, information, etc. And just like with
computer technology, as adoption increases, technology will increase and
costs will dramatically decrease.
First tip is to research, and look past the perceptions of cost and viability. There are some great new technology beyond traditional solar panels to harness the sun. There are pv windows and pavement tiles that are more aesthetic than traditional panels. Second, check with your local city government for any regulations that may affect what you want to do.
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