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Homelessness and renewable energy

By From page A5 | June 23, 2014

EDITOR:

If it were possible to provide a homeless individual with a stable, clean and safe place to receive mail, to live out of and keep personal effects, the homeless individual would no longer be homeless — they could explore their community and try to get a job, any job that works as long as no laws are broken or violated.

A homeless individual could eventually move out of their shelter if, and when, their livelihood improves, where they can trade up to a nice place with more room and quieter neighbors. An individual who is no longer homeless can re-register to vote because they have a stable address and enough formerly homeless registered voters can make a big difference in an election.

A renewable energy generation facility can be an asset when it is generating power for consumers. But the land that such facilities occupy is often otherwise barren except for weeds, trash, wild brush and some trees.

If a renewable energy generating facility were built as a power plant to provide reliable power for consumer’s home and businesses, could it also provide opportunities for homeless people to stop being homeless? Most of its revenue that is generated is through generating electricity, but secondary revenue could be generated as inexpensive rentals for homeless individuals to stop being homeless.

The units that are let out to each formerly homeless individual could have the minimum of absolute basic amenities. I’m sure it would be marginally better than a jail cell. It would be cheap; they could have privacy and some space for a bed and chairs, kitchenette and even a private bathroom to take care of personal hygiene.

It would be vastly better than the cold, hard ground infested with fire ants and roving carnivorous wild critters, especially when it rains or snows.

Also, it is preferably better than to be victimized by bullies and petty criminals who freely prey on the vulnerable who have few rights just because they’re the invisible class. It is impossible to get any job if you do not have a stable place to stay and live out of. Although not all homeless people can get work if there are no jobs available in walking or commuting distance — just any job isn’t a simple solution if you are homeless.

However, if a renewable energy facility provides opportunities for homeless folks to be no longer homeless, it could also provide opportunities in odd jobs and essential part-time jobs, exploiting cheap labor because everyone wins.

When you give someone a chance to earn a fair wage, they can either spend their money on cheap thrills or essentials, or both if they manage to budget and save, if they choose to. By empowering someone to earn their way out of poverty, they can also contribute to a community by spending their money locally and earn a place in a community.

Individuals with a cell phone could be the eyes of local law enforcement — being part of the solution instead of part of a problem.

Either a private consortium or organization who would like to bring renewable energy to a community or the county itself could invest into renewable energy to generate revenue for its own needs. Providing additional opportunities for job and commerce would strengthen a community’s economy and solve some of its problems.

Detractors of renewable energy do have valid arguments against it when you are talking about “traditional renewable energy wind farms.”

You can’t solve problems with good intentions and ideas alone. You also need innovations and good plans. As an inventor, I believe I’ve resolved many of the problems that plague traditional wind farms, including finding a way to make renewable energy 100 percent reliable and still productive even when the wind resources grow weak or vanish through natural acts of nature, to still generate electricity and legitimately generate revenue. Other issues like getting rid of big, oversized windmills that mar the natural scenery and endanger wildlife, both avian and aviators.

But the downside is I need to build a prototype to work out any glitches in the concept and I also need to get intellectual rights registration. Both require resources I don’t have. However, once the prototype is running smoothly it would be relatively easy to expand the entire operation. It would create local construction jobs and bring other employment opportunities to the local community, including assembly and maintenance for the power plant. Depending upon how successful the endeavor pans out, the entrepreneurs could even offer municipal utility bonds for potential investors.

El Dorado County could even become the epicenter for a renewable energy next-generation revolution because their renewable energy power plant would be the only one on the planet that is 100 percent reliable, 24/7. And there wouldn’t be as many homeless folks being homeless too.

MILTON LAU
Cameron Park

 

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