Over the holiday weekend, the New York Times published a handful of letters from schoolchildren to the First Lady. All of them are charming, but this one by Omid Tavakoli really caught our eye for reasons that will be obvious. Hopefully, one day Sungevity will hang a shingle in Omid’s home state of Michigan, and then Omid’s dream of affordable home solar will become a reality.
In the meantime, we second his call for government-sponsored commercials about solar power. After all, the government sponsors ads that seek to encourage or discourage certain behaviors like getting vaccinated or refraining from illegal drug use. In 2000, it even mounted an aggressive campaign to generate public excitement about the Mint’s new golden-dollar coin (woo hoo, let the good times roll!).  So it’s not farfetched to think that the government might also raise awareness about the advantages of home solar.  But don’t take it from me, take it from Omid…

Dear Michelle Obama,

One of the solutions to greenhouse gas is hydrogen fusion. It’s when you fuse four H’s and you make an He and that releases a tremendous amount of heat. And after boiling the water and making electricity, it turns out that it makes, I think, 10 times the amount of electricity it takes to create the heat. The only problem with this is that it makes enough electricity to charge all the houses on a street for a couple weeks, but while traveling through the power lines two-thirds of the electricity is lost by the time it reaches the house. So it will be good to invest money in the power lines problem. Also, one of the best forms of renewable energy is solar panels. Even though they’re expensive now, I suggest investing money in commercials for them. The more they sell the cheaper they get.

— OMID TAVAKOLI, age 12, Flint, Mich.

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.