Location: Oil Unrest in the 1990s leads to Solar Implementat
DEVOLOPMENT OF SOLAR FOR GEOPOLITICAL REASONS Not since the oil embargos in the 1970 had the price of energy ever been as high
. For periods of time (like days and weeks) the 1990s saw the first of many Geo Political events to affect the oil markets., and unrest associated with Dictators in Oil Producing Countries had a direct correlation to it. As such, the 1990's brought a renewed interest, in "alternative" means of power. The images of the burning oil fields of your nightly news made the visuals quite vivid. This mainstream interest, and the recognition that there must be a cleaner way to power our world, resulted in renewed interest in solar power.
As the Gulf War, Rwanda, South African, and Venezuelan unrest time and again made the news, many correlated the news with their gas tanks, and light bulbs. The unrest shed some attention on the source of our insatiable power consumption, oil imports, and their origins. These geopolitical concerns again aided the resurgence of the "Alternative" power production discussions at the highest levels internationally. The worries at these levels regarding our dependence on foreign countries oil production, and their geopolitical views not in line with those of the free world, were worrisome.
Then there is the security discussion. Germany, the United States, and other top level countries could be at risk, and this has been confirmed based on released Pentagon reports. Forward thinking individuals wanted to, for a myriad of reasons, become more energy independent, and diversify, bring home, and solidify their energy resources. Solar power was, and is seen as a powerful contingent in this alternative power production mix. The theory of Peak Oil was gaining traction.
Based on solar panels geographically disparate locations, they harden the power networks. Based on the relative consistency with which the sun shines at any given location over time, power production can be easily modeled, accounted for in production schemes, and used by the public. Solar was a viable alternative power production facility, and people took notice.
With adequate investment, solar can, does, and will continue to reduce our reliance on oil and petroleum products.
With our reduction of consumption directly relating to imports, many families invested in their own homes During the 1990's over one million homes had some form of solar power installed.