Shaved Ice Brought to the Public by Solar Power
Ever seen a Sno-Cone machine powered by a mobile solar energy generating unit called the G-Pad? Makes just about any person endowed with any degree of curiosity to wonder what else we can use solar energy for.
Tracy Sabetta from Clean Energy Works was on site to show people how solar energy can be cool and cooling when it's used to make Sno-cones.
"We need legislation that will encourage investment in this type of groundbreaking technology," Sabetta said.
The legislation that is being debated in the U.S. Senate has been controversial.
Ohio Sen. George Voinovich said there was no way the Senate can get 60 votes to pass a climate-change bill that would restrict carbon emissions.
Ohio is particularly well positioned to lead the country in solar energy development and application.
Green jobs can be created when conventional industries make a switch to use renewable energy from the sun. Imagine supermarkets that run on energy produced by an entire fleet of solar panels on the supermarkets' rooftop; how about restaurants, books stores, departmental stores, accounting firms, law firms, all of which have solar panels on their roofs?
Since it will take time, lots of it, before solar and wind energy become mainstream, it only makes sense that we start supporting and adopting clean energy right now. No matter where we want to get to, any journey requires a beginning. Critics and naysayers tend to say: "We're not there yet." Yeah, because too many people are still not willing to make the switch to clean, renewable energy.
There is also an urgency in terms of how the U.S. is lagging behind other nations, such as Germany and Spain, who are already ahead in harnessing wind and sun power.
For more information on the contentious debate about the energy bill and to check out a photo of the solar panels, check it out at Ohio News Network.