It is often said in Asian philosophy that at the center of darkness, there is light. Elon Musk very well may be that light.
It is hard to imagine a culture that is more wasteful than the consumer culture in the United States.
Somehow from within that culture, Mr. Musk emerged a very successful innovator.
The solar power system that is being built onto the roof of the Tesla Gigafactory 1 is going to be the largest installation of solar power production in the world.
It will produce around 70 megawatts, and be seven times larger than any other solar facility that exists.
Well that is pretty cool, no?
But it is more than a solar power system, it is a masterful demonstration of system integration.
Not only will the roof produce enough power to make the factory free from direct use of fossil fuels, but it is also a water collection system.
The excess power will be stored in their own Powerpack batteries, and to top it all of, Tesla may very well be making the solar panels.
This is the future
Tesla, and Elon Musk, are making the kind of moves that show the world that not only can a company make in incredible product, but they can do it and balance the needs of commercial production with environmental stewardship.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that can lead the world’s development forward in the 21st century.
We all want to stop ravaging the environment, but we have to balance that desire with the need for us to continue to develop the technologies that allow our modern lives to exist.
No one is going to ride a horse to work at the wooden barrel factory in 2020.
Tesla is showing us how we can move forward, and do it responsibly.
Bravo Mr. Musk, and please keep it up.