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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:

Distributed generation, also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy, distributed energy or district energy, [1] generates electricity from many small energy sources. Most countries generate electricity in large centralized facilities, such as fossil fuel (coal, gas powered), nuclear, large solar power plants or hydro-power plants. These plants have excellent economies of scale, but usually transmit electricity long distances and can negatively affect the environment. Distributed generation allows collection of energy from many sources and may give lower environmental impacts and improved security of supply.

In the 1980s, large, room-sized computers went through a transformation and became personal computers. In the 1990s, phones went through a transformation and became (personal) cell phones.

Now, large, centralized energy generation is transforming and will become distributed energy. As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, I like to call this “personal energy”.

Here’s a short video (7 minutes) that does a great job of explaining the importance of distributed energy.

Distributed energy increased 41% from 2012 to 2013… a very healthy trend. And this strong trend is expected to continue.

Fafco Solar provides distributed energy to home and business owners and this year, we are celebrating our 40th year in business!


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.


I want to make the significance of solar energy very clear…

Solar energy represents TWO major paradigm shifts taking place in the world, today.

Personal Energy Independence1 Personal Energy Independence aka Set Yourself Free

The first shift is from fossil fuel to renewable energy. (… from bottom to top of diagram.)

The second shift is from corporate control to control by the individual. (…from left to right side of diagram.)

I like to call the result: “Personal Energy Independence”.

This diagram can get you thinking about a lot of interesting questions… which I plan to address in future blogs. But for starters…

As you know, monopolies do not like giving up control or profits… and Personal Energy Independence threatens to impact both. (Just like PCs and cell phones threatened the control and profits of other monopolies.) So, what kind of resistance to Personal Energy Independence can we expect from them? The newest craze is electric utilities attacking Net Metering policies around the country.

Jason Szumlanski, General Manager of Fafco Solar,  says it well… “Opponents of Net Metering… are pushing their agenda under the guise of less regulation, less government, and lowered solar subsidies. This is the same utility electric industry that would not be possible without strong regulation, government protection (monopoly status), and massive fuel subsidies and tax breaks. This is a power struggle (pun intended).” Read Jason’s full blog.

Here’s an example of one utility company’s reluctance.

An article from Solar Today … on page 10.

And a blog from Rocky Mountain Institute.

Fafco Solar’s mission is to create “Personal Energy Independence”. When you’re ready to set yourself free, 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.



In 2011, the City of Boulder (Colorado) voted to become a locally-owned municipal utility for the sole purpose of reducing its impact on the environment. They basically decided to replace dirty coal power with clean, renewable solar energy… and save a bunch of money in the process. Boulder was the first city in the country to take such a stand. Imagine if this kind of thinking catches on around the country. Imagine if the City of Cape Coral would take on LCEC! Wouldn’t that be something?!

Watch this real David vs Goliath story and see what Boulder is up against, now…

And let me know who’s side your on when it comes to renewable solar energy!


Do You Understand “Cap and Trade”?

Posted by Dan On August 6th

If not… you’re not alone.

Ok… I confess… I’m hooked on “The Story of Stuff”… a fabulous web site by people that are dedicated to empowering people and creating a sustainable economy.

Anyway… here’s another informative short movie they created that reveals the underbelly of Cap and Trade. If you’ve heard of Cap and Trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this film is for YOU!

If you’re going to wait for others to solve the energy problem for you, you might be disappointed with their solution. Take matters into your own hands… empower yourself… free yourself…




Watch “The Story of Stuff”

Posted by Dan On May 31st

Here’s one of those movies, “The Story of Stuff”, that makes me want to tell everyone to just…


It’s about how the economy REALLY works… or rather… isn’t working.
It’s well done… fun to watch… and in 20 minutes, you’ll be a MUCH WISER consumer.

Oh yeah… after you watch “The Story of Stuff”, you’ll appreciate more what we do with oil. Instead of burning it, FAFCO uses oil to make solar panels that produce energy for up to 30 years and then, at the end of its life, we repurpose (read: reuse in a different manner) the panel for another 30 years! A much better use for oil, wouldn’t you say?

Let me know if you agree. Contact me, I’d love to hear from you.


I always enjoy sharing the story of how a company that switches to green energy reduces energy consumption while improving energy efficiency.

So how does a warehouse complex, like Patriot Stor-All, improve its energy efficiency?

It undergoes a number of changes. The most recent change is our installation of 313 solar panels to help meet their goal of providing 100% of the energy for each of their buildings.

There are also financial incentive programs available right now for “going solar” which provides an attractive return on investment.

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