The Generation Gap And Green Energy
If there is one thing that is assured, it is that generations will not agree on things. One of the primary catalysts for change is the discrepancy between the way older and younger people feel about the issues that impact them. This feeling gets intensified when the younger generation feels that the choices that the older generation made were poor, and ultimately had a negative impact on the future that is being inherited by that younger generation. A perfect example of this is the current situation with the methods that energy is created and delivered. The younger generation is embracing and promoting green energy technology even though it was never embraced by the previous one. As a matter of fact, the new generation believes that the previous one purposely embraced methods of power production that they knew would harm future generations, just to save a few dollars. The new generation is collectively angry about this and is doing something about it. By using the greatest weapon in their possession, the new generation is embracing the advantages that technology and activism can bring.
Past generations viewed solar power as a curiosity, but one that should not be researched and advanced if it would cost too much money. As a result, solar power production methods stagnated, essentially using the same technology for decades to create power, but never viewed as a legitimate resource that could be used in place of fossil fuels. The lack of widespread interest stagnated the innovation that could have advanced the industry further, and the result was climate change that is impacting all future generations. The next generation is looking at the issues that stopped the progress and addressing them technologically in order to force the advance they wanted to see away from the past generation. A perfect example of this is that the cost of production using solar power systems is now being driven down through the integration of preventative measures such as surge protection devices. One of the identifiable issues with solar production was the repair and replacement of equipment in the field, damaged by lightning strikes and resultant power surges. Through the development of less expensive solar panels to replace those that are inevitably damaged, as well as surge protection solutions that hinder the damage that comes from the surge that follows the strike, the technology is driving down the costs associated with the solar power generation method. Once costs are driven below that of fossil fuels, we will have a cheaper source of power for the masses. Capacities are also increased using these same technological innovations, potentially making solar a viable method of powering entire metropolitan areas. The next generation is innovatively solving the issues that the past generation ignored, and the result will be the potential saving of the climate by global warming that was inherited. Generational disagreements lead to difficulties during times of transition, but ultimately it is the way that progress is made. Embrace the future of solar power.