Local Solar Action for Global Impact

Think globally, act locally. The oft-used adage urges green-minded citizens to consider the health of the entire planet but to act in their own communities. The thought is that these highly localized actions, when multiplied, have the best chance to create true global change.

Not surprisingly, the same can be said for renewable energy, especially solar. While the long-term impacts of solar power are most certainly global, the immediate benefits can be seen on a far more geotargeted, community level.

A combination of simple solar economics and government stimulus is at play here. Encouraged by increasing demand, plus a flurry of state and federal incentives, new providers are flooding the market to meet the need, pushing user costs down. This makes solar and other renewable energy alternatives even more attractive to not just the largest government and institutional users, but also for cities and communities around the world – especially those that aren’t on the grid or are without a choice of providers.

Also contributing to this trend is regional differentiation in energy availability requiring hyper-local support, expertise and boots on the ground – from solar in the sunshine-abundant U.S. Southwest and Middle East to wind power in the U.S. Midwest, geothermal in Africa and hydroelectric in South America. It goes without saying that what works in Duluth won’t necessarily fly in Dakar or Dubai.

Energy regionality disproportionately benefits solar and other renewables since it eliminates providers’ dependence on centralized raw material suppliers and the widely fluctuating costs associated with carbon-based fuels. With this cost stability comes economic stability – and the simple fact that most of the renewables jobs and revenue stay in the energy-producing country. CSDR International’s ability to export its patented HCPV solar technology to local governments translates into local job and revenue creation across the globe.

The local job-creation possibilities can be significant. In California, the home of CSDR and 500,000 additional solar energy employees, proposed legislation making the state power grid fully renewable has the potential to double or even triple the job number. Claiming two-thirds of the $2.5 billion invested in renewables and clean technology annually, the Golden State benefits greatly, with San Francisco and San Jose/Santa Clara/Sunnyvale leading the country in clean-energy patents.

What drives this emphasis on local energy generation – or, at the very least, what drives the transfer of solar power control to the receiving countries and communities, many of which fall outside traditional power grids? The answer is local activism and the desire by local governments (and local citizens) to make the world a better, cleaner and more accessible place.

Enlightened self-interest at the local level means more renewable energy leading to a more dramatic impact worldwide. New projects are being approved and built by local communities for truly global results.

And CSDR and other providers are happy to be leading the charge.  

Allie Collins