This past Sunday I was fortunate to have the opportunity to share a fun dinner in San Francisco with Hans-Josef Fell, Green Party member of the German Parliament, and co-founder in 2000 of the German feed-in tariff law that has resulted in Germany becoming number one in solar, wind, and biogas generation. A feed-in tariff is a requirement that utilities pay a reasonable price for clean power fed into the grid from solar, wind, and other renewables. Sonoma Clean Power will have the ability to establish its own feed-in tariff.
In a lively two-hour discussion about all things renewable energy, Herr Fell, a trained physicist, confirmed that we are on the right path in Sonoma County on several fronts including Sonoma Clean Power focusing on the development of new local generation.
Hans-Josef is in town for the international solar power conference InterSolar, and to promote his new book “Global Cooling: Strategies for Climate Protection.”
You can find out more about the book, and how to buy a copy, here: http://www.globalcooling-climateprotection.net/