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President makes case for solar at MV's Walmart

Original post made on May 9, 2014

President Barack Obama spoke about energy efficiency at Mountain View's Walmart Friday morning, saying that if solar panels are good enough for cost-conscious Walmart, they are good enough for wide-spread use in the United States.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:52 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Go solar energy! To quote futurist Ray Kurzweil:

"Solar panels are coming down dramatically in cost per watt. And as a result of that, the total amount of solar energy is growing, not linearly, but exponentially. It's doubling every 2 years and has been for 20 years. And again, it's a very smooth curve. There's all these arguments, subsidies and political battles and companies going bankrupt, they're raising billions of dollars, but behind all that chaos is this very smooth progression."


Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

These trips are a phenomenal waste of tax payer dollars (both Federal and local), the only purpose being fundraising and PR. No time to meet and greet the local folks who come out to see him, if you can't pay you don't play.


Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

There is an error in this sentence:

"Walmart's CEO had announced earlier in the morning the company will save $1 billion a year on energy costs by 2020 by adding 7 kWh of solar to its 850 million square feet of buildings in the U.S., a space equal to half the city of San Francisco, Obama noted."

Instead of "7 kWh" the quote should refer to some # of Megawatts (MW). 7 MW is too low, so perhaps the quote should be 700 MW or even 7,000 MW.

7 kWh is the amount of energy a mid-sized home solar system will produce in 1 year in Mtn. View.


Posted by Greg Coladonato, a resident of Slater
on May 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Greg Coladonato is a registered user.

Good catch, Bruce. What he said was "7 billion KWh".

Source: Web Link


Posted by DC, a resident of North Whisman
on May 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Obama spoke to a crowd of 100. I think we know why he was here, $30,000 per plate dinner party.


Posted by Mr. T, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm

This guy is incompetent. Solar is not ready for prime time. The Federal Government continues to back bad economic return, AKA Solyndra, GreenVolts and etc.

The big bang for the buck is shale petroleum and that is where the energy jobs and profits are with no help from Uncle Sam.


Posted by solar, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Mountain View should install a nuclear power point at moffett. France uses it successfully and sells power to other countries. Anyone who thinks we shouldn't have one of our own is just a NIMBY.


Posted by Greg Coladonato, a resident of Slater
on May 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Greg Coladonato is a registered user.

Nuclear power point? You must have the latest version of Office, mine doesn't have that feature.


Posted by Wendy, a resident of another community
on May 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

France is very comfortable with nuclear because they know they can store their nuclear waste in our backyard here in the states. Germany is scaling back their nuclear power plants.


Posted by @wendy, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

What are you talking about wendy? France takes care of it's own waste: Web Link.

Next time try to know something before trying to educate others!


Posted by Jim G, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

why are you giving this man OBAMA more air time? He is the worst President this Country has ever had. Free Speech and i said it.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

"France generates around three quarters of its electricity from nuclear power but despite decades of activity it is no nearer a solution to the perils of nuclear waste." Web Link

Next time try to know something before trying to educate others!


Posted by not a fan, a resident of The Crossings
on May 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I agree with kathy and DC. These trip are waste of time and taxpayer dollars. There is NO reason to allow the POTUS to spend taxpayer money raising money for his party while flying in Air Force One.

As for the appearance, there were FAR more protesters there than anything else. I will be happy when this guy is out of office and no longer backing up traffic in my neighborhood.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

"And all told those upgrades created dozens of construction jobs"

No. The upgrades created a few projects which a few people worked on for a few days. A real job is what you do day after day, year after year like in the 1.4 million jobs at Walmart. Web Link


Posted by Freemarket, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I agree with USA. We need to support Walmart so that all the money I've invested in the Chinese stock market will skyrocket. Please, please, please... All goods at walmart are built in china, so every dollar you spend there will make me and America's #1 economic foe happy.


Posted by free market, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on May 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

"Solar is not ready for prime time."

Amazing. The free market disagrees, or perhaps you didn't read the article:

"Walmart's CEO had announced earlier in the morning the company will save $1 billion a year on energy costs by (adding) solar..."

What do you have against the free market? Or maybe you just don't respect ONE BILLION DOLLARS.


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