"I TOO HAD A DREAM"
By Chuck Tidd
I, TOO, HAD A DREAM that Saguache County led the country in solar development. But in my dream, before we started to count the money coming in, we asked who is going to pay the price.
In my dream, before we asked who's going to get a job, we asked who's going to lose a job.
In my dream, before we asked who is this going to help, we asked who is this going to hurt.
In my dream, our first consideration was to have the doctor's admonition – do no harm.
I, TOO, HAD A DREAM that people came from around the world to marvel at the way we had developed our solar resources while protecting our environment and safeguarding all our citizens’ lives and livelihoods; that people came to study the way we had taken charge of our future and built solar farms that are clean, quiet, low-profile and that enhance the use of the land, not destroy it.
I, TOO, HAD A DREAM that we looked at solar technologies that didn't respect our agricultural lifestyle and our environment and told them, “Don't waste our time.” - that we looked at noisy, industrial scale developments and said, “Sorry,
INSTEAD, IN MY DREAM , I woke up in a solar tradeshow, where we were working with farmers that have out-of-production land and connecting them with REAL cutting-edge solar companies and universities that can engage our kids, maximize the power per acre, and whose systems respect our environment.
|Doing solar right.....|
This needn't be just a dream. We have options if we choose to go after them. Please, write your commissioners and vote on November 4.
Some innovative ideas to think about:
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge
Solar Double Cropping
Dreaming New Mexico
ATTRA - Solar Energy on the Farm
Fast Company - Solar Power Storage Solution: Liquid Batteries
Learn more about Tessera Solar's massive project proposal here