THE BLOG
05/02/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

It Doesn't Take a Genius to Notice the Sun, Does It?

I don't know what Bloomberg's SAT scores were. I'm thinking they were somewhere above 700 verbal, maybe a little better on the math side. I'm thinking Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, did pretty well too (if I were a gambling man, I would bet Larry did better on his English scores 'cause his name sounds more English. That's how smart I am!)

Now, since high school, all three of these fellows have done pretty okay. Not only have they each made billions and billions of dollars for themselves, but lately they've also looked up and noticed that weird luminescent orb in the sky. What's more, they've each figured out what to do with it.

Google has now installed over 90% of the 9,212 solar panels that comprise their 1,600 kilowatt project, which they estimate will produce enough electricity for approximately 1,000 homes or 30% of Google's peak electric demand at their solar powered world headquarters ("solar-powered world headquarters" sounds like something straight out of "Iron Man.")

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has just stepped up and announced that he wants to more than double New York's current solar electric capacity, adding a couple of megawatts of renewable energy to the city's electrical grid by installing panels on city owned buildings.

Now, I may not be as smart as these guys are but I do have a few ideas in my head. And here's one of 'em: I suggest we come together as a nation and do what we all did in high school whenever we noticed the bright kids were doing well. We should cheat off of them. Copy all their stuff. Rip 'em off. Denver, Austin, Phoenix, and Charleston, you kids should crane your necks across the aisle and over the shoulders and write down all their answers. 'Cause these guys clearly did their homework and now it's time for us to reap the rewards.

Once we've aced that test (Thank you Sergey!) maybe someone will notice all the plug-in hybrid talk those Google boys have been doing of late and put two and two together ("solar electricity...electric cars...wait a minute...")

Or maybe we'll just wait for the smart kids to figure it out.