Citizen Zane: Time to Consider Solar?


* Note:  My first column for a local community arts newspaper. Cross posted from

///   by: Zane Zodrow – Wednesday Feb. 19th, 2014   ///

Rochester, Minnesota would probably not be one of the first places that spring to mind when thinking of locations where solar electricity generation may be a good idea. Florida, Arizona, or California would obviously be more effective areas to build solar capacity. However, I have done quite a bit of research on ‘alternative’ energy over the past twenty years or so, and many interesting things have been happening, especially over the past several years.

Solar and wind power installations have been increasing greatly in Germany, as well as in Europe overall. As one example, photovoltaic solar power produced approximately 5% of Germany’s total electricity consumed in 2013. In researching this further, I discovered that Germany’s 5 largest solar farms are near Berlin, in the…

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