Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan5
Occupy Your Rooftop on Community Solar Day
Yes, the Occupy movement has officially spread to the solar power movement, as it rightfully should. Big business has too much control over our energy policy, our energy habits, our climate, and our communities. It is stalling governmental clean energy action. However, everyone can vote with their money and we can “democratize” our electricity system more by installing solar power on our roofs (if we have them).
Community Solar Day, November 20, is the day you could join the movement to get a large portion of our electricity from rooftop solar power.
And, remember, the return on investment (ROI) from putting solar on your roof probably creams the ROI of keeping your money in a savings account or investing it on the stock market.
“As the protesters leading the Occupy Wall Street movement decry the big banks that crashed the economy, robo-foreclose people’s homes and continue to finance mega fossil fuel projects like the Tar Sands, community solar represents one path forward: clean energy created for and by the people,” the folks at Solar Mosaic on its Solar Day page.
“Community solar projects are taking the first steps toward a future where people can move their money out of low-yield savings accounts and into safe and high-yield solar investments that lower carbon emissions and create green jobs and local prosperity.”
Where Will You Be on Community Solar Day?
Solar Mosaic has a map where you can sign up and show that you are going solar on November 20 (also available at meetup.com). You can also add a picture or more of your solar installation to help inspire others.
Activist group Power Shift (as well as numerous others) is also pushing involvement in the day. Lisa Curtis of Power Shift writes:
“Since most of us agree that we support solar to create jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels–why not bring those benefits to our own communities by starting a community solar project? On November 20th, I plan to hold a potluck at my church where quite a few church members have expressed interest in going solar. On November 20th, where will you occupy???”
So, will you join in?
Community Solar Day image via meetup.com