With the loss of 11 million American jobs to outsourcing, green technology has been touted as the solution to make sure American jobs cannot be outsourced going into the future. Can green technology be the answer? What is Green Technology? Green technology is considered such when it is used in an environmentally healthy way and conserves the natural resources of the environment (1).
With the economy in need of ways to keep jobs in America, green technology may be one of the answers to this challenge. Atlantic Cape Community College has added the Green Education Institute to it’s Continuing Education Department and you can take several courses leading to a certificate in several areas of green technology. Check out the link below if you’d like to know more or pass on this info to someone else.
There are also SREC’s. Solar Renewable Energy Certificates that are available for homeowners and businesses as well.
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) or Solar Renewable Energy Credits are a form of Renewable Energy Certificate or "Green tag". SRECs exist in states that have Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation with specific requirements for solar energy, usually referred to as a "solar carve-out". SRECs represent the environmental attributes from a solar facility, and are produced each time a solar system produces one megawatt-hour (MWh) of production. The additional income received from selling SRECs increases the economic value of a solar investment and assists with the financability of solar technology. In conjunction with state and federal incentives, solar system owners can recover their investment in solar by selling their SRECs through spot market sales or long-term sales.(2) Solar RPS requirements are meant to create a marketplace for SRECs and a dynamic incentive for the solar industry. Solar RPS requirements demand that energy suppliers or utilities procure a certain percentage of electricity from qualified solar renewable energy resources in a state. These Energy suppliers and/or utilities can meet solar RPS requirements by procuring SRECs from homeowners and businesses who own solar systems and produce SRECs. Homeowners and businesses can then utilize the sale of SRECs to help finance their solar systems by selling their SRECs up-front, long-term, or on the spot market.(2)
This type of technology should help America keep the jobs here without ever having to outsource again keeping our economy strong and enabling everyone to work, buy a home and be self-sufficient.