We take a lot of photographs pertaining to green living and in particular, green living stock photography, which we sell through our catalog at Media Stock Photos.
We took a trip to Kauai this past September 2008, with the intention of adding to our green imagery portfolio. My thinking was images of solar panels, wind machines, etc.
I began researching Hawaii’s involvement with renewable resources and discovered that there was virtually nothing happening to assist this energy hungry state, a state that has no oil, natural gas, hydroelectric dams, or nuclear plants.
Hawaii needs imported crude to power everything.
This is hard to believe, seeing as Hawaii has an abundance of renewable energy sources such as wind, sun and powerful ocean tides.
On our second day in Kauai, we took a catamaran cruise up the Na Pali coast. I spent quite a bit of time talking with the captain, who was very involved and knowledgeable about solar and wind applications. I told him about our photo search for solar panels and wind machines. He told me that I would be lucky if I could find two wind machines, or any solar panels on Kauai. A friend of his had installed one wind machine on his island property and it took him over a year just to secure the permit.
The good news is that a new green awareness is beginning to develop in Hawaii.
In January 2008, the state of Hawaii approved a plan to reduce it’s reliance on foreign oil by 70 percent by 2030.
To assist with the effort, the Blue Planet Foundation has become involved with accelerating the process.
Hawaii's unique blend of attributes makes it an ideal place to become a clean energy model for the world. As the most remote island chain on earth, its need for locally produced clean energy is particularly acute. This isolation also makes it an ideal place to measure the impact of introducing alternative energy sources, as Hawaii is not connected to a mainland grid. Indeed, even the individual island grids are not interconnected.
The Blue Planet Foundation recently held a 3-day Global Energy Summit that gathered influential and informed world leaders, energy experts, environmentalists and artists. It was a facilitated conference of Hawaiian, National, and International luminaries (75 full participants) which explored where we are in changing our energy culture, where we need to go, how quickly, and how we should get there.
The foundation also plans to pressure the state government to allow customers that use solar panels to sell their excess power back to the grid.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that we did find the elusive solar panel in the jungle?
It was our last day and we pulled into the parking lot of the Limahuli Botanical Gardens on the north shore of Kauai. Low and behold, there it was, an array of solar panels right in the middle of the jungle. These panels supply all of the power for the gardens. As we walked down the main pathway, we encountered another small set of solar panels that supplied the power for the park’s irrigation system.
It was great to see that the state is on its way to a Greener Hawaii.
Blue Planet Foundation
Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Media Stock Photos