I guess I’m not the only person who thinks about solar energy on the 4th of July.
I received an email titled: “How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electric?” on the 4th.
Check it out… the answer will surprise you.
Oh… the answer to MY question… PERSONAL FREEDOM.
Back in my February blog, “Personal Energy Independence”, I provided a simple graph that highlighted two major paradigm shifts happening in the energy industry today. I think it’s important we understand what’s at stake, so, as promised, here’s yet another, but more in-depth explanation by John Farrell, Director of the Institute of Local Self-Reliance.
Here’s the entire article!
Remember… in the words of Paul Simon… “set yourself free“.
I enjoyed these thoughts on climate change in the The New York Times that Thomas Friedman dug up a few weeks ago.
Hope you enjoy them, too.
Last Friday, Phil and Melva Martin walked into our office with a couple of questions about their solar pool heater which they bought from my father in 1978. It was such a pleasure to meet them.
Meeting solar energy customers of my father’s is especially enjoyable and meaningful to me on a couple different levels. (My father started the company in 1974 and passed away in 1982.) Having the opportunity to see the condition of their system peaked my curiosity, so a meeting was set up at their house to review the system with them.
There is a lot of excitement in the air about using high-tech batteries to store energy… especially renewable energy.
Here’s an article from the New York Times: “Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy” that reveals another energy storage option… ice.
And here’s why I’m particularly fond on it: www.icestor.com.
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Now I’d like to let “The Story of Stuff” introduce you to another leader: Lisa Hoyos, co-founder of ClimateParents.
In this audio clip, Lisa discusses what kids and parents can do to live in a kid-safe and climate-safe world.
If you want to “go solar” sooner, rather than later, read this well written article on how utilities are trying to slow the growth of rooftop solar energy around the nation. Understanding how utilities play their (dirty) games can help you decide how to vote for pro-solar candidates.
Here are a couple quick quotes from the article:
“They feel their (the utilities’) role is to send electrons to you and your role is to send money to them, and any change to that dynamic–like distributed solar generation–overturns that paradigm.”
“Last year, a new rooftop solar system was installed in the United States every four minutes… By 2016… a new rooftop solar system will go up every 83 seconds.”
“…by 2021, rooftop solar power will be as cheap as or cheaper than electricity from local utilities for half the U.S. population.”
“Driving this battle is the simple economic reality that once-expensive solar energy is now competitive with utility power in many parts of the country–and sometimes dramatically cheaper.”
Have questions regarding “going solar”, contact Fafco Solar online or call 239-574-1500.
Back in 2010, when I first stated that Florida can be energy independent, the blog post wasn’t based on any research. It was just a personal opinion… a gut feeling.
But now, Mark Jacobson, a Stanford professor, has done some research and concurs. But even better, he believes EVERY STATE can be energy independent!
Check out this fascinating state by state plan on an interactive map at: TheSolutionsProject.org.
Would you like to take a step toward energy independence?
Contact Fafco Solar or call 239-574-1500!