How old will ideas of solar energy have to be before they're considered mainstream and NOT alternative?
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While doing some online research about solar energy in Phoenix, AZ, we stumbled across an article from the Glasgow Herald dated October 7, 1957 thanks to Google’s super innovative and cool new feature for finding old documents–kind of like microfiche right at your fingertips. So why would we choose to write about something that was published more than 50 years ago? To make a point about the life and times of solar energy, of course!
The article, which you can read by clicking here, discusses how solar energy can help the Russian space program, which at the time was certainly in its fledgling stage to say the least. While the language and the mission for solar energy written about here is clearly archaic in nature, it proves a point: people have known that the sun can provide us with power for decades upon decades. So why is it that solar energy in Phoenix, or in other parts of the United States is seen as some sort of “new agey” thing that only scientists on the fringes of human communities have been working on in their basements for like two years?
It’s a question worth asking because it’s just that kind of thinking that has people in the dark–literally and figuratively. When giant government-backed projects like Solyndra crash and burn, it isn’t because solar power is the demon seed of a liberal movement–it’s because it was a poorly strategized COMPANY, not a poorly strategized form of energy delivery.
So if you’re on the fence about solar energy, time to get down. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, the article about solar energy we found from 1957 was probably written before you were born–which means people have had the idea of harnessing the sun for energy on their minds for an awfully long time. It also means that those very people and their colleagues were even then concerned about the longevity of nonrenewable resources. After all, we have been calling them nonrenewable for long enough to know that by not being able to renew them, eventually, they would run out.