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Solar Power Funding


Funding for Solar Power projects is available from many of the Specialized Agencies of the United Nations. It would seem however, that much of what is being funded exists as more of a subsidy in order to keep the costs down almost to the level of more traditional power. Many of these Specialized Agencies also tend to gloss over the negative aspects of the current technologies regarding solar power. Solar energy does show great promise but there needs to be some substantial progress made before it can be considered to be truly viable at any meaningful level. This is the precise reason behind the GIDIFA funding of solar energy projects and programs. It is imperative to reduce the dependence of the human race on fossil fuels but in order to make this a reality, improvements in the current technologies are going to be an absolute necessity.


There are a great many Organizations and Specialized Agencies of the United Nations that offer funding for Solar Power projects and programs. While this is laudable and a worthy pursuit, it would seem, at least judging from the lack of any meaningful advances in the current technologies, that their efforts have been futile at best. GIDIFA is looking for those solar power programs and projects that show true innovation, decrease the costs associated with solar power, help to increase efficiency, provide adequate levels of power in isolated locations and perhaps most importantly, do so without the negative impact that current solar power technologies have on the environment, local ecosystems and wildlife.


It is not only beneficial but necessary to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels but to approach this in a realistic, sustainable and ultimately, a viable manner. To do this, it is going to be necessary to do it in a way that does not crash the entire economic system and stunt the growth, evolution and progression of the entire human race. This is going to mean developing cost-effective solutions at the very least. Additional issues are found in the “NIMBY” (or “Not In My Back Yard”) approach of a great many “environmentalists”. If this technology is so green and pretty, how come even a great many environmentalists and humanitarians shy away from it? If the technology is so environmentally friendly, why do they not want it in their back yard? The short answer is that at present, it is not an environmentally sustainable solution.


One of the most common concerns seems to be the ability to tie commercial Solar power into the Grid, though the Grid itself remains relatively unsecured and controversial in its own right. Commercial solar farms also consume large tracts of land that could be put to much more productive, scenic and environmentally sustainable uses. Much like the pipelines that a great many “environmentalists” complain about, these solar farms are not only eyesores but intrusive, environmental concerns. There are at least a great many studies that have shown that environmental programs surrounding the pipelines have been effective and in many cases, even beneficial to the local ecosystems including the wildlife, but there are no such studies for commercial level solar farms. In fact, quite the opposite could be said to be true. There is an increasing cause for concern about what have come to be known by some as “flamers” and “smokers” as birds are literally burned out of the sky as they pass. Fortunately, there are many new technologies that will solve most, if not all of these concerns about solar power.


Programs in Germany have shown solar energy to be viable as a “supplemental” power source using it to power street lamps, auxiliary lighting and other uses in and around their cities and much of this is accomplished with small, unobtrusive and safe solar panels. The Railroad system in the US has long used smaller, safe solar panels to power railroad track lights, switches and for other functions along its tracks. Graphite and other glass-like materials have been developed that can be used in high-rise buildings to generate large amounts of power. A little bit of digging will reveal a great many more equally innovative approaches. Whether the solar power project being proposed is along these lines or something wholly unique, it may very well be worth notice and perhaps even funding.


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