The Guerrilla Solar Movement

Solar advocates are starting a guerrilla solar movement to combat the notion that one should have to pay for energy.
by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
February/March 2001
Add to My MSN

Guerrilla solar advocates circumvent the hassle and bureaucracy by installing solar panels themselves.
Photo courtesy MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors


Content Tools

Related Content

New American Solar Energy Society Director Promises to Get Aggressive

Former Boulder, Colorado, mayor Shaun McGrath, the new head of the American Solar Energy Society, ha...

3 Simple Ways that Solar Energy Can Save You Money at Home

Going solar at home will save you both money and energy. See why it's the future for renewable energ...

Solar Energy Outlook: Extremely Sunny

Solar industry analysts and executives say PV installations will surge in the next two years as pric...

970 Trillion kWh of Energy Every Day

Check out this dramatic short movie.

A term coined by Richard and Karen Perez, the editors of Home Power Magazine, the guerrilla solar movement started when solar advocates, fed up with the bureaucracy of utility companies, took things into their own hands. Activists across the country are now tying their systems into the grid without utility permission or knowledge.

Homeowners from one of the first documented acts of the guerrilla solar movement became frustrated with the requirement of the expensive, lockable disconnect, as well as the multi-million dollar insurance policy. A statement from them reads:

"Is this fair? Is it OK? No, and it rubs us just wrong enough to decide to do it without permission, without disconnects, and without additional insurance. Hence, guerrilla solar."

The Guerrilla Solar Manifesto states that all energy is freely and democratically provided by nature, and that the monopolization of energy by utilities threatens our environment and our planet. In sum:

"We, the Solar Guerrillas of this planet, therefore resolve to place energy made from sunshine, wind and falling water on this planet's utility grids with or without permission from utilities or governments. We resolve to share this energy with our neighbors without regard for financial compensation. We further resolve that our renewable energy systems will be safe and will not harm utility workers, our neighbors or our environment."

It is unknown how many guerrilla solar grid-tied systems exist, but a dozen of the systems are documented by Home Power (homeowners' names omitted, of course).


Laurie Guevara-Stone lives in a grid-tied home with her husband and son in Carbondale, Colorado. She writes and teaches about renewable energy technologies at Solar Energy International.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.