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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.


Are you aware of the dangerous climate changes –  especially in the last decade?

Are you concerned about the impact of the changes – on your life, your children’s lives and your grandchildren’s lives?

The President’s Clean Power Plan will initiate the “first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants.”

To learn more about it, watch the President’s speech below.

One of the top producers of these gases are electric utilities.

This recent presidential speech shows that America is ready to take a stand against carbon pollution.

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Tesla Powerwall is Here. Now.

Posted by Dan On May 7th

Tesla’s Powerwall is going to change the way you think about your power, forever.

Read this article, and then scroll down to the bottom of the article to watch the video.

See why the Powerwall from Tesla is the key to your personal energy independence.

Tesla PowerWall

WOW! Let the FUN Begin!

Interested in using solar energy in your home? Contact me at Fafco Solar.


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Some electric utility companies are just plain foolish… such as this one in New Mexico. It may be wise for Floridians to keep an eye on energy battles in other states… we may be fighting similar battles here, soon.

Read about New Mexico’s major crossroads when it comes to coal and planning their energy future, in the article below.

Would you like to help the Floridians for Solar Choice get Florida on the fast track to solar energy? Join us by signing the Constitutional Amendment Petition.


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Divest from Fossil Fuels

Posted by Dan On November 25th

One thing you CAN do to help create a more sustainable world… don’t give them your money. Check out Go Fossil Free.

Divest from Fossil Fuels

And here’s a good article about the movement to divest from fossil fuels from Mother Earth News: Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Growing Movement.

Interested in learning more about renewable energy for life? Visit the Fafco Solar website.

Invest wisely,

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Two and half years ago, Bill McKibben wrote an article called “The Great Carbon Bubble: Why the Fossil Fuel Industry Fights So Hard”.  It’s still a good read.  Check it out.

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Visit the Fafco Solar website to learn more about the benefits of using solar energy.


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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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