It’s a hot topic these days with the economy on shaky ground and the Presidential Election in the final stretch. How can we generate enough clean energy to satisfy our needs?
Well, on tonight’s Ecological for Today’s show contributor Sloan Barnett is here to tell us about one Bay Area man who has the answer.
He sure does. He’s been learning as he goes and this trash titan has found a way to make recycling even greener. Take a look:
I’ve been a garbage man since 1948 in high school but I wasn’t really a garbage man. I was a scavenger.
Renewable Solar Energy and Recycling
Joe Garbarino knows a thing or two about garbage, back when his dad own the company, they collected trash field fashionably. Now decades later, Joe is more than a garbage guru. He’s sorting, processing, and recycling: taking this expertise to a new level.
Now we’re scavenging the sun! It’s exactly where we are recycling it! It’s a shame it took us so long to get here.
When this installation is complete, Marin Sanitary Services Recycling Center will be powered completely by these solar panels.
The more of these (panels) we could do, the less we’re going to depend on foreign oil and that’s what really hurt the United States economy really bad. It’s getting worse every day.
Joes says he’s doing his part on reaping the savings while he’s at it. He says he is leasing the solar panels and the cost is less than what his yearly energy bill would be… …And Joes says he’s not stopping here.
More than Just Solar Panels
We’ve done this now and we’re going to try to do as much as we can and we’re even working with some elected officials about putting turbines up in the hill.
San Francisco’s Sunlight Electric installed the panels. They say Marin Sanitary will avoid more than 200,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year from now on.
And Sloan we assume that part of the cost savings would be tied to rebates or incentives?
Well that’s true. Sunlight Electric says that Marin Sanitary and other users are getting help from a third to 30% federal tax credit which helps pay for the installation of the panels. The California Solar Initiative started in ’07, provides solar customers with a rebate as well.
Solar Panels Not Getting You Off The Grid
So Sloan, does this mean that customers like Marine Sanitary are off the grid then?
Well not exactly. They’re sending the solar power they produce back to the grid and then they use their electricity as usual as they normally would. They’ve been smart, though. They calculated how many panels they need to cover their usage and the good news is no more exorbitant electric bills from P.G.N.E.