Thursday, May 15, 2014
Kathy Sparrow breathes a little bit easier when she sees solar panels go up on a home in Charlotte. That means that people are getting the message.
“To me, solar and wind and clean energy are really important – I think they are our future,” said Sparrow, 66, who lives in Paw Creek, not far from coal ash ponds where waste from coal-fired power plants is causing concern.
Sparrow is featured with other Charlotte women in a video called “Solar Moms – The Ripple Effect,” part of a series called Postcards from Climate Change produced by Greenpeace USA.
Sparrow and the other moms talk about the importance of solar power as an intervention against air and water pollution and climate change. (See the video at http://youtu.be/wgZTCEMTneQ.)
One other goal for the women in the video is to spread the word about Solarize Charlotte, a program by a local coalition called Cleaner is Cheaper. Homeowners can get discounted prices for solar systems through program. The more people who sign up, the more they save. The deadline here is July 31.
And in case you were wondering, the house -- and the Tesla -- shown here belong to race car driver Leilani Munter, who also shot the photo.
An event called Solarize Our City is will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Midwood International Auditorium, 1817 Central Ave. Experts will share information about solar installations and financial incentives, which can include state and federal tax credits. Information is also available at http://cleanerischeaper.com.
Karen’s blog: http://homelifeclt.blogspot.com; on Twitter @sullivan_kms