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bobjengr
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Re: Exciting times
bobjengr   3/22/2014 2:36:55 PM
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Cliff--I could not agree with you more. Honda needs to be commended for taking this approach.  My oldest son works with renewable credits and this field is truly a moving target. The rules and regulations are constantly in a state of flux.  The Western Alliance is trying hard but definitely not there yet relative to stability.   To achieve 10% as Honda has done is very significant.  I will also have to say, this is one area where our Federal Government is making a difference.

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
bobjengr   3/22/2014 2:49:05 PM
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Excellent post Rob.  In the southeast, we are seeing more and more installations in which alternative energy is being produced.  Several solar installations in the immediate Chattanooga tri-state area are:

1.) VW facility in Chattanooga.  (This is a "solar farm" producing energy fed into the facility to reduce purchased electrical power.)

2.)  Wilson Air Center--Wilson is also using solar panels to lessen the use of purchased electrical power.

3.)  Standard-Coosa-Thatcher--Solar also. 

All of these and several others further west of Chattanooga, are with TVA power running about $0.98 per Kw-hr.  The average in the United States is about $0.12 per Kw-hr. In each case government incentatives are being taken advantage of.

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Re: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Cabe Atwell   3/26/2014 4:37:35 PM
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I agree with tekochip, we need to walk before we can run.

NadineJ
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NadineJ   3/29/2014 9:22:50 PM
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You two are making a good point.  Beacuse things seem to move so quickly today, we've forgotten that lasting technology takes time to develop.

Baby steps can lead to marathons.

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a.saji   3/30/2014 11:31:20 PM
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@Nadine: Indeed good things do take time but we also have to remember that we do need time to test it as well. So we do not have time to waste if you are in a competitive market.  

NadineJ
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Re: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
NadineJ   3/31/2014 6:39:07 PM
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@a.saji - You make a good point.  It's good to get out and stay ahead or in step with the competition.

What I see too often in alternative energy is that companies don't continue the research and development needed to bring an idea to its full potential unless pushed by competitors.

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