For several decades we’ve been debating and discussing how powerful solar energy can be. Here in the Valley of the Sun, specifically, the debate as to the worth of solar energy has been brutal at times, but more and more people from all across every aisle have started to agree that solar energy is a perfect fit for Arizona–a natural progression in the world of renewable energy in a place where the abundance of the sun is like no other.
But when you begin to hear about things like solar powered cars, planes, and now solar powered boats, one has to ask not just what the worth to consumers who are homeowners can gain from solar power, but what our entire planet stands to gain from it if we use it wisely… and widely.
Such is the case with solar powered boats. According to Peter Surowski, “Students from 40 Southern California high schools will be low-speed racing on the waters of Lake Skinner this weekend.
The ninth-annual Solar Cup competition is set to run from Saturday morning to Sunday.
The competition requires students to power their crafts using nothing but solar energy. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California sponsors the event.
Water district officials will be inspecting contestants’ boats to ensure maneuverability and safety during practice runs throughout the day Friday.
Teams from schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties are participating in this year’s event, according to water district officials.”
The fact that this is a mainstream event for universities across California tells us many things, not the least of which is that solar energy is on such a great rise that it’s engendering competitions among students–the next generation of engineers, scientists, ecologists, and thinkers from all walks of life.
It makes one question how anyone could be against a movement for renewable resources in Phoenix and beyond.
Tell us what you think of this new mode of the use of solar energy and what you think it might mean for “regular” use of solar systems in Phoenix. We’re pretty much fascinated by the idea and hope it brings more exposure to solar energy use in Phoenix and beyond.