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I was all set to do a 2010 solar recap blog, but our good friends at Vote Solar beat me to it.  So instead, I’ve consulted my son’s Magic 8 Ball and will now share with you, the privileged readers of this blog, my predictions for the next decade, as confirmed by the infallible Magic 8 Ball:

Will California’s new net metering program prompt thousands of homeowners to install new super-sized solar arrays? Most likely.

Will California solar homeowners who sell their homes be super-psyched when they realize their solar systems increased the value of their homes by 5%? It is certain.

Will President Obama install solar panels on the roof of the White House? Outlook good.

Will the next round of climate talks lead to a binding treaty to keep the planet’s temperature from rising more than 2° celcius? Cannot tell you now.

Will the Western Climate Initiatve’s carbon trading program take effect on schedule in 2012 and will it be such a smashing success that the rest of the world will fall down racing to emulate it? Signs point to yes.

Will the world come to an end on December 12, 2012 per the Mayan calendar? Very doubtful.

Will July 4, 2013 be  declared “Energy Independence Day” by the executive order of the newly inaugurated president? It is certain.

Will carbon sequestration breakthroughs make “clean coal” a realistic solution to climate change? My sources say no way.

Will Denver shutter all of its coal-fired power plants by 2017? It is decidedly so.

Will oil prices remain stable (below $100/barrel)? My sources say fat chance.

Will thousands of people buy electric vehicles and charge them up with solar and wind power? Signs point to yes.

Will my son remember to turn the light off in his room by 2015? Outlook is dim.

Will oil companies think twice before messing with California’s climate change and clean energy laws? It is certain.

Will WikiLeaks release top secret documents revealing the fossil fuel industry’s strategy of making huge campaign contributions to candidates in exchange for political access and influence? Errr…

Will at least ten more states adopt renewable energy portfolio standards requiring utilities to get at least a third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020? Cannot predict now.

Will the Dark Side (fossil fool lobbyists) see the (LED) light and surrender to The Force of Renewable Energy? Yes.

Will The Force be with Congress, helping it realize that, ultimately, the alternative to sustainable energy is no energy? Most definitely.

Will the Sungevity Solar Lease be available to every homeowner in the galaxy? Concentrate and ask again.

Will the Sungevity Solar Lease be available to every homeowner in the galaxy? Let it be so.

Here’s to a surprisingly magical decade…

–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.

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  1. Excellent Erica!! Lotsa fun!

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