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Going Solar for 40 Years

Posted by Dan On November 15th

In the early morning of November 15th, 1975, I closed the door of my apartment (one of a few remaining army barracks of “Fort” Myers) and walked a quarter of a mile to join my father on my first day of work in the solar industry.

He had called me a few days earlier to ask if I wanted to install solar pool heaters with him. I told him I’d sleep on it and call the next day with my decision.

I joined him, not so much to be in the fledgling solar industry, which I thought was pretty cool; nor to save the world from the “evil oil guys”, which, in the early 70’s was not as clear a mission to me as it is today; but more, to simply get to know my father… he had been absent from my life since I was six.

So, I hitchhiked from Orlando, where I was getting some spiritual guidance, to Fort Myers.


Looking back, I’m grateful I was guided to the path of (sun)light.

It has been good to me and I have much to be grateful for. (For more about our interesting early years, you can read here and here.)

Today, forty years later, my son, Ian, is stepping into the leadership role at Fafco Solar and I’m letting it go. It’s a process. I don’t know exactly how it will happen, or how it will look, but it’s in motion and it’s another reason for me to be grateful.

Looking forward, it’s obvious the world will be powured by sunlight… and it will be surprising to most how fast it will happen. The solar tsunami is here! (More about this later.)


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Enjoy the ride, Ian!

With lots of Love and Light,

A Huge Win For Wisconsin!

Posted by Dan On November 4th

Utilities all across the US try to stop solar competition, but the courts in Wisconsin have fired back!

This is being called a “critical victory” in that it sends a message to utilities everywhere. Solar has been under constant attack for many years now yet not one single state has eliminated it because the benefits are undeniable.

Way to go Wisconsin! Hopefully, we can all follow your example! To read more about it, click here.

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2015 Solar Decathlon is on!

Posted by Dan On September 25th

The U.S. Department of Energy hosts the 2015 Solar Decathlon which challenges collegiate teams all across the country to compete against each other to see who can originate, construct, and maneuver solar-powered homes that are economical, energy-efficient, and eye-catching.

The team that comFafco Solar Solutionsbines affordability, buyer appeal, and design superiority with optimum energy production and all-out efficiency will win the competition. The competitors will spend roughly 2 years creating these houses that are to be powered by the sun.

Once completed, the final competition will consist of the teams facing off in 10 different contests to determine which house will be the overall winner.

The winning home will be affordable, aesthetically appealing, and simple to live in. It will also maintain relaxing and healthy interior environmental quarters.

It will supply energy to cook, clean, entertain, and commute with. It must provide acceptable hot water, and finally, produce as much, if not more, energy than it consumes. We are excited to watch the events unfold and see what the future holds. Let the games begin!

To learn more about it, check out the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon or to read about the past Solar Decathlon look up our past blog.

If you are interested in finding out how to make your home more sustainable, follow us via our website or Facebook!

Solar Energy and the Economy

Posted by Dan On September 21st

Recently, we talked about how solar energy can solve the climate changing crisis, but what we didn’t mention is how it is also aiding in our economic growth!

Solar EnergyIn the last 5 years, when unemployment rates were sky rocketing, solar energy employment rates were increasing over 85%.

Since 2010, there have been over 173,000 new jobs in the solar industry alone.These jobs are not replacing old jobs but instead are brand new positions created within the industry due to its exponential growth.

This just goes to show that solar is a prevailing mechanism aiding in job creation and economic growth.

More Jobs = Better Economy!

To learn more about this subject read the following article published earlier this year.


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.


Florida Can Be Energy Independent

Posted by Dan On April 22nd

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.

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Would you like to take a step toward energy independence?
Contact Fafco Solar
or call 239-574-1500!


Energy Subsidies Black, Not Green

Posted by Dan On April 8th


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“Energy Subsidies Black, Not Green”

Fortunately, this information is from the past (2002-2008), and, in spite of the probability of it being pretty much the same today, the use of solar energy is growing very rapidly. Thankfully!


Friday #4 – “Turning On” a Solar Light

Posted by Dan On February 27th

Friday #4 of “40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field with Fafco Solar”…

We can talk about solar lights all we want, but no amount of talking compares to experiencing one. While she was home for her lunch break, this customer witnessed a solar light “turning on”. Her reaction is pretty typical. Enjoy!

Just another sunny day at Fafco Solar! Ready to “turn on” your own solar light? Call us at (239) 574-1500.


Two months ago, I wrote about Boulder, CO’s attempt to shift away from their fossil fuel focused corporate utility, Xcel Energy, and become a municipal-owned, clean energy focused utility.

On Nov 4, after Xcel Energy spent over $1m to convince the people of Boulder to vote against the clean energy plan, Boulder won.

See how Boulder took back their power in this short video:

And that’s how it’s gonna happen.
One by one… community by community… we’ll take back our power.
We’re ready when you are.

Learn more from our team at Fafco Solar on the best way to get started with solar energy.


If you’ve been following my recent blogs, you know I’m in love with “The Story of Stuff”. Well, I’m so happy to report they have a new… fresh-out-of-the-oven… video called “The Story of Solutions”… and it deserves to be watched by all sane people of the world. (That would be YOU.) So, give it a go and let me know what you think.

Fafco Solar invites you to play by your own rules and build a better world… one rooftop at a time.