Jeremy Leggett is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, a solar solutions company currently the UK's fastest growing private energy company, and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African development charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Author of Half Gone, The Carbon War and other books, he is an advocate for clean energy in the international media, including as a CNN Principal Voice, he has been described by the Observer as 'Britain’s most respected green energy boss.'
In the wake of the worst of the credit crisis, many are saying that the environmental crisis is going to be worse. Could applying the alternative energy family on the ground provide financial and employment hope, as well as a peak-oil alternative, in the coming days?
Is solar energy really at the top of the pecking order in the renewables family? Not according to the construction industry, it isn’t. But the guys looking to invest in energy futures disagree. So where to turn if the lights go out?
We live as well as we do today in large part because of coal. Coal powered the industrial revolution, both in the UK and in many other countries. Owing to this, a large slice of British heritage springs from coal-mining, and all the activities that supported the mining, as any tour of an old coal-producing region will show
Energy innovation has become a matter of survival, thanks to global warming and peak oil.
As I contemplate my chosen industry, so many examples of unfair play crowd into my mind that I have difficulty processing them. I have witnessed such a mélange of trickery and worse over the years as the theocracies of fossil fuels and nuclear have defended the energy status quo – a suicidally dysfunctional status quo, as I see it. Some flashbacks, to illustrate my point