Gov. Sarah Palin, while on the campaign trail, touted the mantra “drill Baby drill” when discussing the energy concerns facing the United States. But, in addition to drilling in our own country, she is an ardent supporter of looking at ALL energy strategy plans.
In the South, a new strategy is emerging: a partnership between the Consumer and the Producer.
For example, Duke Energy in North Carolina is leasing space from business customers. The space they are leasing — the ROOFTOPS of large warehouses, storefronts, and in some cases, even homes. The space they are leasing is then equipped with SOLAR PANELS, and the power generated is put directly into Duke Energy’s power grid stream. The key factor in this plan is that Duke Energy is not installing solar panels in sprawling acreages, but is instead utilizing space in conjunction with that space’s primary use.
This program will be interesting to watch in the coming years to see if it has an economic viability.