The following is a response to the article “Solar Homes Offer New Hope for Renewable Energy” by Amanda Wilson, which originally appeared in the Global Information Network. The article begins by telling about the Solar Decathlon, which is a competition held in Washington that challenges college students to construct affordable houses that are energy efficient, architecturally pleasing, and by solar-powered; the houses are later presented to the public and voted on. Amanda then states how the solar industry is widely ignored upon by the government due to a failure of Solyndra, a solar cell manufacturer in California, and that although the solar industry has been growing at a much faster rate than fossil fuel industries, the government continues to only put one-twelfth of what it subsidizes in the fossil fuel industry into renewable energy industries.
With this article, I felt there was good, and bad news. The good news is that the younger generation is taking a great initiative towards creating homes (affordable homes might I add) that run on renewable energy; however, the bad news is that the government does not subsidize the renewable energy industry nearly as much as it should be. The solar industry does not receive nearly as much credit as a successful energy source as it should. I for one would love to be able to see these houses at some point in my life, and perhaps live in one in the later future, granted that the houses are put up for sale after the competition. I know there are those who believe that solar energy is unaffordable, but I like to think that this article is a good example of evidence that states that it is not; rather it is fossil fuels that are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Personal thoughts aside, the article was very descriptive about the construction and overall appearance of the solar homes, as well as the thoughts of the students who made them.