Are Solar Panels following the paths of Satellite Dishes? Very Large to Very Small?
Are solar panels following the path of satellite dishes?
I remember those giant satellite dishes. What were they 8 feet in diameter, they looked like 10 and 12 feet in diameter and E.T. could call home. Driving in the country and you would be excused if you thought they multiplying like rabbits.
Then they became better and smaller , decreasing to the size of pizzas. You did not need a post cemented in the ground, you just mounted them on your roof. Many homes had several on their roof, one for every satellite.
At least 1 family replaced their old, unused gigantic satellite dish with solar panels. The post was there, Basically aimed in the right direction. So why not? Right after the ice storm in 1998 when the power was knocked out ,solar panels were becoming almost affordable, so the two issues colluded.
Like satellite dishes, solar panels are becoming more efficient negating those extreme sizes. Today you might get 750 watts from an 8 foot solar panel, tomorrow you might get 7500 watts from a 2 foot solar panel. Today 750 watts might cost $375 maybe tomorrow 7500 watts might be available at a store like WalMart for $37.50. Like satellite dishes they became less expensive as they became smaller and more efficient.
When the satellite dishes became smaller and efficient enough to become mobile and installed on RV s and buses, will solar panels continue to follow suit? If they do and with the large roofs on buses why not convert to electric transit with solar panels on the roofs to keep them charged up? A 40 foot bus that is over 8 feet wide offers over 320 square feet, 5 times the size of an 8 foot square solar panel. You would probably still plug them in when not in use but they would need less charging.
Then as solar panels become even smaller and more efficient we could install them on the roof of automobiles. Electric motors are becoming smaller and more efficient, batteries are becoming smaller and more efficient, and solar panels are becoming smaller and more efficient, so why not?
One can only dream. Will we?
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Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce to form Task Force on Homelessness in Red Deer
The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be convening a Task Force of community and business leaders to address the issues of homelessness and identify actionable steps which can be taken to tackle this generational challenge in Red Deer.
“With the release of the City of Red Deer’s Point in Time (PIT) Report on homelessness last week we are very concerned and disappointed with the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place, and the urgency by which we need to turn this situation around within our city,” commented Scott Robinson CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly our current strategies are not enough, and we need to elevate the urgency by which we get things done to reduce the number of citizens who are without a place to live. The growing number of people who are homeless is not sustainable and is impacting on our sense of pride, safety and attractiveness of our city to business and industry.”
“We will share more about this Task Force and the next steps in the coming weeks. Time has run out to act with conviction, courage, and clarity. Our community and citizens deserve that from our community leaders, and we are ready to bring the business community and the urgency required to the table.”
Over the next 60 days, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be reaching out to its business and social agency partners to build the Task Force on homelessness and establish a strategy to address the critical steps that need to be taken to reverse the trends and further our community’s vision as a vibrant and healthy city.
Matt Cassidy, Chamber Board President. remarked “Our Chamber is positioned to be the collaborative leader in connecting our business community, social agencies, and elected officials together, to find tangible progress on this complex issue. All businesses rely on the vibrancy of our community as they strive to be sustainable, innovative, or grow, and the results of the PIT Report indicate that we need to do much more. This task force will help hold our leaders accountable for the actionable progress needed and engage one another effectively.”
“In speaking with our membership, and those working closely with the vulnerable populations there are best practices and models for delivery that are successful in other parts of the world that we need to start implementing” says Robinson. In addition, we need to look at ways that our private sector can get more involved and bring their expertise and strategic thinking to the table. As a collaborative community we also need to ensure that governments at all levels are delivering on their promises of affordable housing and eliminating barriers to expediting these investments.
Established in 1894 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative business leader representing over 825 member businesses. As one of Red Deer’s oldest and most established membership organizations we are striving to build a vibrant community that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.
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