By Zachary Shahan | 22 November 2011, 17:16 BST
Following up on my post yesterday about Fox's Bill O'Reilly thinking there's no one available to put solar on his house on Long Island, I've got some news from Vote Solar.
First, the actual quote from O'Reilly: "I want to buy solar or wind for my house this winter. Can you tell me where to do that? There's no where, no one."
Now, some stats on how many solar installers are actually out on Long Island and how many Long Islanders have gone solar: Hundreds of solar companies operate in NY and over 4,000 Long Islanders have already gone solar.
Is Bill O'Reilly completely off his rocker? Does he actually believe that there is no one willing to install solar on his Long Island home?
Anyway, Vote Solar went to work on Friday evening and "put out a quick call for NY solar companies interested in helping Mr. O'Reilly go solar." By the end of the
weekend, 16 companies and 2 trade associations representing dozens more told Vote Solar they'd be happy to.
Dear Mr. O'Reilly,
We hear you are ready to go solar pending your ability to locate a solar provider. We represent some of the hundreds of solar companies currently operating in New York State. We would be happy to help you get started with your investment in solar so you can join the many New Yorkers who are already saving money on their monthly utility bills by generating their own power.
Clean Power Finance
Energy by Choice
ETM Solar Works
Innovated Energy Solutions
Mercury Solar Systems
One Block Off the Grid
RH Innovation Inc
Sunrise Energy Concepts
Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) - representing 20 companies with solar operations in New York.
Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LIPA) - representing 25 solar electric contractors on Long Island.
While I'm all for the cause, why do I have the feeling O'Reilly is still going to take all this and try to turn it into something negative?
Source: Clean Technica