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The Hybrid Electric Home


The Hybrid Electric Home - A compelling story about the farm and wind electric plant industry that existed from 1916 to the late 1940’s. It is placed in context by examining its role in the history of electricity from meager beginnings to its ubiquitous presence in all aspects of modern American life. A reflective look back on our experiences is used to forge a cleaner, more efficient, and highly rational national electric supply system in the future. Contemporary energy and environmental conditions serve as the basis to apply the lessons learned from the private power plant era and the evolution of the electric supply system to benefit individuals, businesses, and communities.

Lesson 1 - Despite the best of intentions and the significant benefits provided over the years, the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (REA) was a colossal mistake for three major reasons. First, the flourishing farm electric plant industry that existed employed 10’s of thousands, was growing rapidly, and was very successful at supplying safe electricity to rural homes, businesses, schools, churches, and communities. With wind generators starting to contribute in growing numbers, solar panels on the horizon, and coming improvements in technology, the privately owned farm electric plants could have evolved into an important force in our national electric supply network. Second, the electric utilities correctly thought the REA plan to transmit and distribute electricity to sparsely populated and remote places was inefficient and expensive and considered it a fiscally foolish idea. Although they would eventually come around and happily supply electricity to the rural cooperatives. Finally, the rural transmission and distribution grid is several times more expensive to install, more expensive to maintain, more vulnerable to storms and damage, consumes millions of acres in easements and eminent domain, is a nationwide eyesore, and most importantly represents a tremendous loss of energy.

Solution 1 - Solar Rural Electrification: Remove the rural electric transmission and distribution grid and replace it with privately owned hybrid power plants. Individual homes, farms, and businesses in rural and remote areas can return to electrical independence using proven farm and wind electric plant technology with solar panels. Rural towns and communities can transfer this same technology and combined with local renewable biofuel energy resources produce electricity, improve the local economy, create local jobs, and achieve energy independence, too.

Lesson 2 - The development and use of solar panels should have been embraced and encouraged when they were discovered in 1954. A truly magical device that converts sunlight directly to electricity, the discovery should have been a national Eureka moment. Solar energy was neglected as we continued to increasingly burn more coal and rush headlong into the age of nuclear weapons and energy. Today, a small amount of solar energy is beginning to make an impact and a dramatic increase is overdue.

Solution 2 - Solar Air Conditioning: Install solar electric panels for air conditioning on homes and businesses everywhere - in cities small and large, the suburbs, and the countryside. It is shamefully foolish, wasteful, and counterproductive to burn 4 units of coal energy or split atoms to produce 3 units of waste heat and one unit of cold air. Solar panels on the roofs of every home and business would produce their maximum output in the middle of the day and on the hottest day of the year - exactly when it is most needed, especially in souther tier states, with no waste heat!

Investing in a Solar Future - At the center of these solutions is a primary reliance on the immense amount of solar and wind energy that is available in abundant amounts to everyone most everywhere. A hybrid electric plant is a system of component sources that can be configured to produce and supply electricity to meet a specific need - specifically the electrical needs of “your” average American household. The idyllic vision of “a cozy home in the country, located in a peaceful valley by a small stream, with farm animals and a garden, powered by solar panels and a wind generator spinning in a gentle breeze” serves as the wellspring of ideas. From this small beginning, the same technical ideas and principles can be transferred to rural communities and ultimately to urban homes and businesses - reinvigorating each along the way. Enjoy the best destination for learning how people, businesses, and communities can invest in equipment to produce electricity from the sun and the wind. Starting with an understanding of a hybrid system

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