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February 27, 2008

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Axel

Do you know Craig Morris? He's a journalist / translator specializing in renewable energy and living in "Solar City" Freiburg.

If anybody from the US really wants to understand the rationale behind Germany's turn to renewable energy, the political and cultural background and why Electricity Feed Laws or Renewable Energy Tariffs have become such powerful tools, Morris' book "Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future." is the first choice.
http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3919

Axel

Do you know Craig Morris? He's a journalist / translator specializing in renewable energy and living in "Solar City" Freiburg.

If anybody from the US really wants to understand the rationale behind Germany's turn to renewable energy, the political and cultural background and why Electricity Feed Laws or Renewable Energy Tariffs have become such powerful tools, Morris' book "Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future." is the first choice.
http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3919

Hattie

I did not watch the debate and all I heard was how Hillary "attacked" Obama but nothing about substantive issues.
We've "gone solar" with solar hot water and photovoltaics for electricity. The payback is three years for the hot water and ten for the photovoltaics. Most can't do this because it's too expensive. We did get writeoffs that helped pay for the systems.
A good solution in places like this would be for municipalities to install setups for free on peoples' property and have customers pay discounted rates for electricity.
My husband points out that hot water is a no-brainer here in Hawaii but expensive and tricky where there are frosts. Oh, and you need a roof or some land with the proper exposure.
Nice to hear that Freiburg has gone solar. I loved living there in the early 70's.

David

I also lived in Freiburg and have fond memories. But last time I visited I was saddened to see McDonald's Golden Arches on the Schwabentor.

For more on "Solar City" Freiburg im Breisgau see:

http://www.solarsiedlung.de/presse.asp?sid=5243843&id=267

Axel

Deutsche Welle also offers a short video film in English about solar energy in Freiburg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMnB6V5yG1I

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