At least one manufacturer has gotten it. The “it” is how to entice us to love something. Not something we’ll never warm up to, that is said to be “good for us” even though it is ugly and expensive. Kind of like “Moby Dick” or “War and Peace” or spinach. Something that you have to be bribed to adopt and others (taxpayers) forced to pay for.
But we just found a manufacturer of solar powered-products that are… wait for it… beautiful, delightful, something you’d want if you could just afford it!
They are called solar energy sculptures and are made in the form of flowers that produce electricity with photovoltaic systems. The company is Lake Michigan Wind & Sun, LTD, Phone: 920-743-0456; Address: 1015 County Road U, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-8353, USA.
We first found these darling items in the recent quarterly of MGE Energy and called Jack, their investor relations guy. He said the one pictured on the report cost $20,000 – Yikes! – and produced 700 KWh per year.
This fits our concept that energy production should be small and attractive. Sure, we need grids from some stuff, but if these products come down in price, we could all have our own electricity produced in our front yards. Mao’s dream. Ironic, no?
We think Lake Michigan Wind and Sun should get in touch with a young man we read about in the WSJ. Watch Solar Trees.
So, there you have it. Capitalism is on the verge of solving the problems posed by do-gooders who have no idea how to pay for something and get people to adopt something voluntarily.