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Is Trinidad’s minister of the environment trying to one up President Obama?  On Tuesday, Minister Roodal Moonilal announced that he will explore the use of solar power on government buildings.  Trinidad is a small, developing island nation whose GDP is less than half of one percent that of the U.S.  Trinidad is rich in oil and natural gas, but that isn’t dampening Moonilal’s commitment to alternative energy and conservation which, he says, should be “the concern of every man.”

Trinidad’s parliament meets in a palatial building known as the Red House (pictured above).  I’m not part of Sungevity’s remote solar design team, but it looks to me like a few dozen solar panels would fit nicely on the sunny roof.  (Unfortunately, Trinidad is a little too far outside our service area to offer a free system as we did for Obama).  If Trinidad’s government can pay for solar power, surely ours will accept our offer for free solar power.  So which building will be the first to host a solar PV array–the Red House or the White House?

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.