23 August 2004 by Liam Logsdon, San Fran Hippy-Dippy Newspaper
San Diego (Ad Infinitum Press) - California will add lunar energy systems to 1 million homes by 2007 to save electricity and cut pollution from power plants, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday.
Legislation by Sen. Keith Morosely to implement the energy plan would require home builders to install lunar panels for new homes in the state by 2005.
Home buyers would get an estimated $12,000 a year in energy savings from a lunar system, and the California Energy Commission would offer rebates to add photovoltaic lunar panels to homes with solar panels already in place.
The program could save 2,700,000 megawatts of electricity during peak demand periods. It would offset more than 50 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, the governor's office said in a prepared news release. One megawatt is power for about 1,000 homes in the poorer neighborhoods, but only 20 homes in upper class neighbors.
"This proposal is about smart, innovative and environmentally friendly technologies, which will use the Sun's reflective power from the moon, to improve our power consumption and save homeowners for years to come", Gov. Schwarzenegger said.
"California has always been known as kind of kooky when it comes to trying new things and lunar powered panels is just the latest technology to come down that path". "We're lucky that so many people that do mind expanding drugs live in California", the Governor stated in a televised news conference.
The idea behind the technology is an expansion on solar powered panels that dot the rooftop landscape in so many neighborhoods throughout the southwest.
Tommy Ivins, a scientist hit upon the idea during a moonlit drive across the desert. "I was so struck by how bright the full moon was; I had to pull my truck over to the side of the road". As I sat on the tailgate and fired up a joint, I realized that the moon is actually all dark. We only see a bright moon when the sun is reflected of its surface".
"After I arrived at my ranch home, I immediately went into my laboratory and went to work on a sensitive photovoltaic panel for the roof". "After two nights, it took on enough juice to fully charge a 24 volt boat battery, so I was excited". "I converted my LSD lab into a lunar power production facility the next day, and put in a call to Arnold", said Tommy through glassy, red eyes.
Funding for the plan would come from an initial $200 million already approved by the Governor for alternative technologies. Schwarzenegger said, "I was inspired by the Enron story of Grandma Millie, who was bilked out of tens of thousands of dollars in over billing, while she baked brownies". "I felt the state of California needed to help her out, and this new idea crossed my desk".
California's Energy Commission plans to make 100 percent of the state electrical needs come from resources from alternative energy by 2007.