Much has been promised from the world of solar energy, the potential is unbelievable. There is more power in the solar energy hitting the planet every day, for example, than all our reserves of coal and oil. But what has actually been delivered so far, and what can we expect in the near future, given the rapid advance of technology and our will to use it?
Joe Jordan, founder of Sky-Power, has worked at NASA Ames for 20+ years and is very bullish on solar. He is an affiliate of ASES (American Solar Energy Society), NCSEA (Northern California Solar Energy Association), and CARET (Consortium for Advancing Renewable Energy Technologies).
Carl Reuter has a long history in solar, having installed many a backwoods system, long before the recent advent of Grid-tie solar that has brought many young companies to the market. He has been in the solar trenches locally and can give us a very pragmatic perspective of what is real now with solar.