BP Solar Decathlon promises glimpse at cutting edge solar technology.
The contest is scored as follows:
- Architecture — 200 points
- Engineering — 150 points
- Market Viability — 150 points
- Communications — 100 points
- Comfort Zone — 100 points
- Appliances — 100 points
- Hot Water — 100 points
- Lighting — 100 points
- Energy Balance — 100 points
- Getting Around — 100 points
I want to throw in something extra here; not because I have to, but because I can and I should. BP is quietly present all over the alternate energy map, putting their money and their name behind all kinds of green tech. And I think we should encourage that with polite applause and interested clicks.
Now, no doubt you scoff; you think they are only in it for the money.
And I'd agree with you. I'm sure they are, because it's a damn poor company that isn't. But they are also in it to get first crack at what will likely be very promising technologies and people. Short term profits are all very well and good, but it seems far too few companies ever have the flexibility and foresight to look beyond the horizon of fundamental technological and social change.
They must be looking ten, twenty or thirty years down the road to what technologies MUST become profitable in order for them to profit, instead of focusing on the quarterly reports to the exclusion of all else. And that means that that much less is going to dividends or executive bonuses. In other words, the Grow Light is on in the Boardroom.
So if I were just out of college, working on my first job, I'd be thinking about tucking away a few shares of BP. It's likely to still be around when you retire.