Why not export green technology?

The Port of Los Angeles is holding classes on exporting American products according to a WSJ report.


Green energy is the export opportunity of the century. Solar and wind electricity are competitive in many places already, and substantially cheaper than conventional options in underdeveloped areas.

Southeast Asia is a new growth market for solar PV according to speakers at a Bloomberg leadership forum.  Thailand installed 219 MW by the end of 2011 and aims to install 2GW more. Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are taking steps to increase solar power.

India awarded contracts for 350 MW solar last December and is auctioning contracts for 20,000 MW more. A US solar panel maker is building solar capacity for utilities in the Middle East and Australia with sophisticated technology for integrating facilities with current networks.

If the US redirected some of the billions that we spend to defend foreign supplies of oil, and for cleaning up spills, and for covering businesses and homes against increasing climate related disaster into support for new clean energy industries, perhaps that would inspire corporations to invest more in American green manufacturing.

Fossil fuels supply 85% of US energy. Isn’t it time to let competitive American enterprise provide some alternatives that will get the prices down, and win new customers for American goods?


Solar in India

‘U.S. Presses India on Iran Oil Buys’ WSJ, by Amol Shjarma 5/9/2012 reports that the U.S. State Department is pressuring India to further reduce imports of oil from Iran to help persuade it to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
The State Department should promote sales of U.S. made batteries, solar and wind technology to provide India with alternatives to Middle East oil. US made batteries for plug-in hybrids are dropping in cost 18% per year. Prices for solar panels at a recent auction in India are dropping. Solar electricity is expected to be cheaper than fossil fuel based electricity within 3 years.
The $10.3bn investment in solar and other clean energy investment in India in 2011, a 50% increase over the previous year shows a strengthening drive toward the development of truly cheap fuel-free energy, powering industry as well as transportation.
India has a target of $159bn in sales of Indian made vehicles by 2016, but investments have slowed down. The Indian government cut excise duty on conversion kits for vehicles to switch from fuel to hybrid and has proposed customs duty reduction on batteries.
State Department encouragement of battery sales to the Indian market could help India justify reductions in purchases of Iranian oil.