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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!

Leonardo DiCaprio’s U.N. Climate Summit Speech

Posted by Dan On September 30th

In case you missed it…

Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders at the UN Climate Summit last week with bold statements such as:

“We need to put a price tag on carbon emissions and eliminate government subsidies for oil, coal and gas companies.”

For more goodies like that, watch his whole 4 minute speech here:

It makes me happy and hopeful to see so many people understanding the problem, and more importantly, doing something about it… like marching in the streets of NYC.

The People's Climate March

And for extra credit, read what I wrote 14 years ago(!) regarding the same issue. http://www.gosolarenergyforlife.com/three-problems-with-oil/


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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.


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.


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.


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!


Do You Know What “Distributed Energy” Is?

Posted by Dan On March 25th

If you pay attention to energy issues, you might come across the term “distributed energy” (or several other closely related terms)… whose meaning may not be clear.

In fact, at first glance, you might think it means the opposite of what it actually is. I believe it’s an important issue, so I want to make sure you’re “in the know”.

Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

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