This is always the risk when you try to build a better mousetrap. Someone is likely to come along and build a bigger mouse.
So it should hardly come as a big surprise that when efforts began to bring solar energy to Florida it was greeted by some naysayers who argued the Sunshine State (too subtle a marketing concept?) was actually a dark, dreary landscape that made “Blade Runner” look like Tahiti.
A few days ago, my old Tampa Bay Times colleague Ivan Penn, now with the New York Times, explored the difficulties the solar power industry has confronted in establishing a foothold in Florida.
This was less an analysis of Florida’s solar energy potential than it was a stroll down the state’s insane Ezra Pound-like denial of reality.
Or consider a quote from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who offered up this spit-take moment: “I’ve had electric utility executives say with a straight face that we can’t have solar power in Florida because we have so many cloudy days.” [click to continue]