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What’s the solution to climate change?

Posted by Dan On February 1st

The quote of the week is:

“The solution to climate change is energy policy.” ~ Sen. John Kerry

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A week ago yesterday (January 24, 2012), Senator John Kerry secretary of state confirmation hearing, and started with the quote I posted above…

You can learn more by reviewing this EcoWatch post – I’d love to hear what you think about it – please comment below.

The tide is turning!

Dan

Happy New Year from Fafco Solar Energy!

Posted by Dan On January 14th

I hope you enjoyed my blog posts through 2012!

I just wanted to send you Happy New Year wishes for 2013, and thank everyone who made 2012 such a great year for us, too.

If there’s any way we can help you use the power of the sun to:

Be sure to let us know. icon wink Happy New Year from Fafco Solar Energy!

Have a wonderful 2013, and I’ve got some great posts in mind – stay tuned!

-Dan

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An Intelligent Vision of Our Energy Future!

Posted by Dan On September 30th

I really enjoy sharing intelligent visions of our energy future!  Especially where individuals are empowered!

Here’s a great article along those lines:

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Smarter Grid Linking Solar Panels May Bypass Utilities

Enjoy!

-Dan

 

 

 

Just recently, I discovered some very interesting points from Ron Permick, Managing Director of Clean Energy Source, and co-author of the brand new book — Clean Tech Nation – How the US Can Lead in the Global New Economy.

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In the book, Ron and Clint, make the case for a U.S. energy future built on renewables, responsible natural gas, and efficiency.

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50% of Germany Was Powered by Solar Energy!

Posted by Dan On August 31st

During one weekend this past May —

50% of Germany was powered by solar energy!

(Isn’t that inspiring?)

Read the full article here:

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There’s no reason we can’t accomplish that, too… in the not-too-distant future… if we want to.

More and more people, here in Southwest Florida, are choosing to go solar for themselves each year.

Awesome!

If you’d like to learn how my company, Fafco Solar, can help you use the power the sun provides — be sure to visit our website at: www.FafcoSolar.com!

Dan

Back in my May 24th blog, I recommended having a Personal 10-Year Energy Independence Plan.

In my post I stated –

“One important aspect of this 10-year plan would be to know that you don’t know what’s around the corner.”

Well, here’s something that falls into that category: wind energy from kites.

Who would have guessed? (Not me!)

Check out what the Delft Technical University in the Netherlands is developing with a kite.

And here’s a video of their project:



This may not be something that you would want in your back yard, but my point remains the same: you don’t know what’s around the corner!

I’ll let you know if I see anything else interesting.

Enjoy!

-Dan

Wow!  2 weeks ago marked 30 years since my father (he founded our company) passed away…

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Me, my son, Ian, and my dad, Ward in early 1982 (he passed away June 13, 1982)

I recently came across a 1981 letter written by John O’Lear, the President of FAFCO, Inc. to Zig Ziglar about my father. It is a wonderful tribute to my father’s love of solar energy.

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Here’s an example of my father’s unconventional sales techniques…

My father loved to introduce prospects to one of their neighbors, who was also a customer of ours. If you were interested in a solar pool heater, halfway into his presentation, he would say “Come on, let me introduce you to one of your neighbors and we’ll show you how the system works!”

So, into the back of his 1980 Checker Marathon you and your significant other would climb and he would chauffeur you over to the neighbor/customer. His Marathon was the same car that was a popular cab in NYC in the 60’s. There was a lot of room in the back seat… enough for five people! Everyone had a lot of fun with that… and it usually resulted in another happy customer!

A side note: I remember when he first bought the car, he wanted me to install a rack for his ladder on top of the car. I felt so uncomfortable with the idea of drilling a hole in the roof of his brand new car, I refused to do it … so he took the drill and did it himself.

Here’s a photo of my father’s Checker Marathon at our store in Cape Coral over 30 years ago:

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Also, here’s the cover letter that John, who wrote letter above, sent to Zig Ziglar, too:

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How cool!

– Dan

Solar Power Energy – What’s the delay?

Posted by Dan On June 6th

If personal energy independence is important to you, I think it is appropriate (being an election year) to hear this message, again.  So I’ve reposted my February 4, 2010 post on the topic.  Enjoy!  -Dan

A question that I hear quite frequently regarding solar power energy, is…

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What’s the delay?

Why is the transition to the ‘new energy economy’ taking so long?

trans Solar Power Energy   Whats the delay?Back in October of last year, I covered “The Most Common Question About Solar Energy” which is definitely related to this topic (be sure to check it out!)

Anyhow, I just read this article in the January/February 2010 issue of Solar Today, and I wanted to share it with you, you can read it online, or below.

If there’s anything I, or my team at Fafco Solar, can do to help you, please contact us, or give us a call at (239) 574-1500.

Have a great day,

Dan

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I recommend having a personal 10-year energy independence plan.

One important aspect of this 10-year plan would be to know that you don’t know what’s around the corner.
There is a lot of research and development going on now around energy that we don’t know anything about, so, in 5 years, say, there could be a new piece of the energy puzzle that comes into play.

For example – I just learned about methane ice:

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In Ode magazine (Mar/Apr 2012) Sam Rosenzweig writes,

“More energy is trapped in methane ice than all other fossil fuels combined… which produces 40% less CO2 than oil and coal.”

Wow!

That’s an interesting bit of information. He goes on to write,

“Japan plans to be the first nation to conduct an offshore methane production test and hopes to supply methane-derived energy commercially by 2018.”

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of other energy ideas being worked on and developed right now that you and I don’t have a clue about.

Isn’t that great?

In the meantime, until these new ideas are developed and are available to us, there are many things you can do right now to get started with your own personal energy independence….

In my next post, I’ll review how I’m 5 years into my own 10 Year energy plan! Stay tuned!

– Dan

Deepwater Horizon – Lessons Learned

Posted by Dan On May 3rd

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“It’s as if it never happened.” 
Dr. Frank Alcock, Senior Fellow, Collins Center for Public Policy, referring to public opinion about drilling in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in April, 2010.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion was the worst offshore oil spill in U. S. history:
  • 11 people died, and 17 were injured (I wonder: how many total people were on the rig, i.e. how many people didn’t get hurt?)
  • It took 86 days to cap the well, and another 66 days to permanently seal it.
  • Barrels of oil leaked: 50,000 to 65,000 barrels a day… total: ~4.9 million.
  • Over 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant used.
  • Economic damage: $40 to $60 billion (I wonder: does “damage” mean “lost”? If so, who paid and how much? BP? The public?)
  • Environmental damage: too early to say (Again, who is going to pay and how much will it be?)
If you have a moment, read Dr Frank Alcock’s insightful paper “Deepwater Horizon: Lessons Learned“, and you can also learn more about the Collins Center, too.
Here’s some of my related blog posts since the event, as well: