Happy US Energy’s Solar Decathalon Day! Too bad nobody remembered to order sunshine. The people who visited the competition at the National Mall had to walk around in the rain with umbrellas. I’m sure there is a joke in there somewhere about climate karma, but honestly, with a price tag at $100,000 per team (19 this year) I don’t know what there is to laugh about.
The first thing I noticed http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/solar-decathlons-rainy-start_594112.html was that the price tag of the model shown came in at about $450-500,000. The goal is to create an energy efficient home, but at this rate nobody could afford one. That’s a great example of government INefficiency.
Now here are some examples of homes that entrepreneurs are developing to help create affordable housing: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/openhouse/ & http://www.thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/ . Cute, affordable, and energy efficient.
OK, so we’ve paid nearly $200K for 19 government-sponsored homes, when we could have gotten 100 tiny homes from private industry. Remind me again, why the government isn’t good at this game?
Until next time…