I would definitely use this device! Great idea and fun to follow this brainstorm all the way through. It seems that solar companies - which often set up sales tables in malls, Costco, Home Depots - could definitely benefit from handing theses kits out. Not only are freebies attractive, but it would further their business potential. Nobody wants a constant reminder of the money they could be saving! Beyond that, the potential, especially if connected to an app is boundless. Competition between app "friends" for who can produce the most solar, save the most trees or whatever other metrics are used to measure potential savings. It also seems like the app should have some sort of reward for people who commit and install panels. A sort of positive peer pressure in which you see how many homes in your neighborhood/zipcode/city have converted to solar energy.
Hi Jason. An interesting approach to hydropower. Rather than focusing on positional energy (water falling from a higher location to a lower location) as traditional dams do, you are suggesting we use the power from water flow within the river, correct? Similar to tidal power. I think you need to flush out the idea of "water is a constant". Speaking as a Californian, fluctuating water flows are a given which would make using river turbines to power Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles difficult. Perhaps smaller turbines with an underwater buoying system so that the could rise and fall with flows or automatically shut off so as to not be damaged in low flows? You may also want to explore how to work with existing instream flow allotments which are used to protect fish runs, fragile fluvial (river) ecosystems and recreating activities. Our rivers are already widely used, so there is no reason to not think they can't be harnessed in new and creative ways. Focusing just offshore or in wide rivers - where effects like flows and potential damage to underwater life are mitigated by sheer volume and space might be a good start. Let's keep the wheels churning!
Hi Joey! What an interesting idea, especially as millenials grow into investors. Millenials have shown they care about where the origin and production of their daily use products - local, fair trade, green and craft are common words associated with this trend. It naturally follows suite that young investors today may (and probably are) drawn to green investment. Since investing is a numbers game, I wonder how this fund would stack up against other, more traditional funds? Would the cost of transparency and knowing how much carbon was saved ultimately mean greater cost to the investors? How would you help make the conscientious gains have wide appeal over traditional investing wherein money gains are the appeal? Thinking about how we spend our dollars in real time (buying organic, buying fair trade, etc.) means we should also be thinking about how we spend our future, or investment, dollars. Your idea might just hit at the right time with the right generation of people to change investing habits. You're on to something special!