Are Solar Panels in a Parking Lot Meaningful or Greenwash?


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Warren thinks I am too negative. He says we should write about the ups, not the downs. I thought about that when I read Mike's post yesterday: Dell HQ Gets a 130 kW Solar Parking Lot with Plug-In Charging Stations. It shows a few big pickups and SUVs sheltering under the Solar Grove. Then I zoomed out a bit with Google and looked at Dell's operations in Round Rock and saw a sea of cars, and wondered, is 130 Kilowatts of power and 145,000 pounds of greenhouse gas savings meaningful in the face of what is really going on here, thousands of cars driving to a Texas sized suburban industrial park? Or is it just greenwash?

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