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Electric Grid Improved by Solar Energy

Posted by Dan On August 19th

Germany is a world leader not only in implementing renewable energy, but also in the reliability of it’s electric grid. Just in case you’ve heard talk about solar and wind energy being unreliable, Germany has one of the most reliable electric grids in the world… far better than the USA’s… thanks in part to solar and wind.

Read the whole story here in the Climate Progress.

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These are exciting times. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Armory Lovins explains why renewable energy is taking over in this short YouTube video.

You gotta love solar power!


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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.


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There is a lot of excitement in the air about using high-tech batteries to store energy… especially renewable energy.

Here’s an article from the New York Times: “Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy” that reveals another energy storage option… ice.

And here’s why I’m particularly fond on it: www.icestor.com. icon wink High Tech and Low Tech Energy Storage Options

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With 29 international patents to it’s credit, FAFCO, Inc is a leader in energy innovation. Find out how you can benefit from a Fafco Solar Energy system, today, at FafcoSolar.com.


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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.

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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
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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!


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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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Fafco Solar Celebrates a Milestone in 2014!

Posted by Dan On January 8th

2014 is a big year for Fafco Solar… it’s our 40th year in business!

To celebrate the occasion, I decided to join my technicians in the field each Friday. After sitting behind a desk for the better part of 30 years, it will be fun to go back to my roots… the roof tops. I’m calling it my “40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field having Fun with Fafco Solar’s Friends and Family” celebration.

I doubt I’ll be running around on the roof tops like I used to… (I just turned 60)… but I’ll look for some fun and interesting material to share with you… so stay tuned.

In the meantime, read how my father got started in the solar energy business in 1974… on our About page.

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Here we are installing one of our early Fafco solar pool heaters in December 1977. The first several hundred solar pool heaters were installed out of “The Blue Truck”.

Be Back Soon…

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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.