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While travelling outside the city a month ago, I was pleased to see windmills on the way. I asked why they were not uniformly placed or present is great numbers – to which my spouse replied that you cannot plant windmills anywhere you want and that it requires careful observation and analysis of wind patterns among other things.

I have heard engineers working on solar power (or ones who have studied it deeply) talk about the problem of cost-effectiveness of solar power. However, here’s a developed country that has invested intelligence, capital, technology and commitment in making renewable energy a significant portion (going to 30 %) of its total power production. Germany’s actions have brought down the price of technology for renewable-energy products to a great extent and the model is a great one worth emulating. Tells us that if you are up to it, you can bring about constructive change.

(Link contributed by a reader)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/science/earth/sun-and-wind-alter-german-landscape-leaving-utilities-behind.html?emc=edit_th_20140914&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=60495190&_r=0

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