2020 seems to be the year of the apocalypse. Besides a pandemic, civil rights protests, and political instability, an old existential threat remains: climate change. California is on fire with over a million acres burned compared to 260,000 acres in 2019. Meanwhile, Louisiana is being hit by Tropical Storm Marco right now and is expected to be hit by Category 3 Hurricane Laura on Wednesday as part of an already record setting hurricane season.
Intensified weather has long been a phenomenon associated with climate change. After President Trump left the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the United States has lacked a national strategy to fight climate change. As a result, local and state governments have taken it upon themselves to do what they can to help reverse its life-threatening effects.
Fairfield, Connecticut, is seeking proposals from firms, “that are capable of engineering, constructing, installing, operating and maintaining a solar photovoltaic (PV) carport system and electric car charging station.” It will be placed in a single parking row in a parking lot of a new golfing clubhouse. The town is interested in reducing its energy costs while also increasing its use of renewable energy. Bids for this opportunity are due September 10.
The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals for a community solar garden subscription. The city is expecting to subscribe for up to 10,000,000kWh annually. Additionally, “the subscription must be for 50kWAC or more of solar garden power and be a “pay as you go” subscription.” Bids for this opportunity are due by September 15.
Climate change is one of the many existential threats facing our country and humankind. Concerned governments and businesses can collaborate to mitigate its effects and government contracting could very well save the world.
About the Author
Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.