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Electric Grid Improved by Solar Energy

Posted by Dan On August 19th

Germany is a world leader not only in implementing renewable energy, but also in the reliability of it’s electric grid. Just in case you’ve heard talk about solar and wind energy being unreliable, Germany has one of the most reliable electric grids in the world… far better than the USA’s… thanks in part to solar and wind.

Read the whole story here in the Climate Progress.

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These are exciting times. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Armory Lovins explains why renewable energy is taking over in this short YouTube video.

You gotta love solar power!


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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.

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Oh… the answer to MY question… PERSONAL FREEDOM.


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Personal Energy Independence 2.0

Posted by Dan On June 24th

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.

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Here’s the entire article!

Remember… in the words of Paul Simon… set yourself free“.


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Climate Change – Memorial Day 2050

Posted by Dan On June 17th

I enjoyed these thoughts on climate change in the The New York Times that Thomas Friedman dug up a few weeks ago.

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Hope you enjoy them, too.


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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.

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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.

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Solar Roadways Gaining Traction

Posted by Dan On May 27th

I first introduced Solar Roadways to you back in 2011.

Well, I’m happy to report… not only are they still kicking… they just raised over $1 million on Indiegogo!

Way to gogo!

Another inspiring solution!


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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. icon wink High Tech and Low Tech Energy Storage Options

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Last year, I introduced you to “The Story of Stuff” in the following posts: Watch the “The Story of Stuff”Is America Broke?, Do You Understand “Cap and Trade”?, and “The Story of Solutions”.

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.

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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.


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