Imagine a world where you drive your solar-charged electric vehicle from your new solar home to the solar-powered laundromat before heading off to the solar-powered baseball stadium, where you’ll snack on chips baked with solar heat.
That’s the vision, in a nutshell, of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, three solar business executives and Environment America, according to a new release, which lays out a strategy for meeting 10% of America’s energy needs with solar power by 2030. Going well beyond the usual cry for more solar power plants, the new report, entitled Building a Solar Future: Repowering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy, calls for solar in residential homes, commercial buildings, farming, and transportation as well.
“Americans today import oil from a desert half a world away, in the most unsettled and dangerous region of the earth, just to power a trip to the grocery store,” said Sean Garren of Environment America, in a statement. “It would be much easier and more secure to harness the heat and light that strikes our rooftops every day.” The report outlines a roadmap for helping America meet the 2030 goal that includes tax incentive and rebates, consistent standards for new construction and new financing tools. It also cites examples of innovative solar projects that are already making a difference–in Wal Mart stores, for example, at the Boston Red Sox stadium and at a Frito Lay chip factory in California.