You’ve heard the name and you know his companies, but what you may not know is that Elon Musk is so much more than a Global Celebrity, he’s a Global Genius! December 3rd’s speech in France only solidifies it. The moral of his speech? “We need global governments to apply global revenue-neutral carbon taxes to level the playing field, which will allow sustainable energy to win.” Pure genius! Click here to read more about his speech in France or to listen to it in full. Keep an eye out for this global genius as he is going to change the world!
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 combines 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!
In my readings, recently I discovered this good and very important information regarding the question:
Should the Sunshine State Do More to Support The Development of Solar Energy?
I thought it’d be great to share some of the opinions expressed in regard to this question — I’m going to share one per blog post, over the next few posts, here’s the first one!
Carrie Cullen Hitt
VICE PRESIDENT, SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
In Florida, solar energy meets a number of criteria that would be attractive to consumers and investors who would want a solar industry to develop there. The criteria include the state’s utility rates, its hours and intensity of sunshine and the growing energy demand. In fact, our association looks closely at Florida every year in search of industry progress. But Florida has a number of challenges.
In my previous post, I talked about having a personal 10-year Energy Independence Plan, and promised I’d share how I’m doing with mine…
Personally, I am 5 years into my own 10-year energy independence plan.
In 2006, my average monthly electric bill at home was $157.
In 2011, after renovating our house with Energy Star appliances; replacing a hurricane damaged roof with a white metal roof; and after installing every solar product my company offers, my average monthly electric bill is down to $50.
Be sure to read my 5/10/11 blog post, “How I Saved Over 70% in 1 Year!“)
I’m happy with the results, but I’m not done. And honestly, I’m not sure what my next step is, but that’s my point: I don’t have to know…
I just have to keep my eyes and mind open and something will show up someday.
So, start now and declare your own energy independence!
If you wait for someone else to solve your energy problem, you might not be happy with their solution. Setting yourself free may be the only way it’s ever going to happen, and… it’s very gratifying!
RU a Solar Angel?
A Solar Angel is a being who:
- Has passion for solar energy,
- Holds a vision in their heart of a world that works well,
- Quietly, and often invisibly, effects change toward their vision.
You may not know it but you are surrounded by Solar Angels.
They are everywhere.
The more you look for them, the more you see them.
They are light beings… in a heavy world.
Their influence is quietly changing the world… making it brighter.
They give you hope for the future.
The fact that you are reading this, suggests that you may be one, too.
Of course you are.
Last December, the Earth Policy Institute shared how fast…
…rooftop solar water heaters are being installed around the world!
This is great news, and very inspiring for us in the USA, and even those here in Southwest Florida!
Practically every home in the US has a water heater. Water heaters work continuously to keep the water they contain hot, and using the power of the sun is not only environmentally friendly, it reduces your energy bills, adds value to your home, AND extends the life of your hot water tank (they dramatically reduce scaling!)
Be sure to learn more about our solar water heater solutions, and how you can start saving while helping protect our environment! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (239) 574-1500.
The Earth Policy Institute article reviews how:
- China is leading the world – with nearly two thirds of the world’s solar thermal collectors installed.
- Europe, where energy costs are relatively high, rooftop solar water heaters are spreading fast,
- the US rooftop solar water heating industry is a historically concentrated niche market,
- solar water and space heaters in Europe and China often pay for themselves in less than 10 years.
If you have been waiting for a new rebate program to invest in solar, your time has come. Florida Power and Light, our state’s largest utility has just announced a NEW and Improved solar rebate program!
The rebates will require an application and pre-approval, and are available on a first come-first served basis.
Your early planning is critical because rebate funding is limited. Contact us, and we’ll help you through the application process to give you the best chance of qualifying for this exciting solar incentive.
The FPL photovoltaic rebate is $2 per installed watt of solar power with a limit of $20,000 for residences and $50,000 for businesses.
A typical 5 kilowatt residential grid-tied solar electric (photovoltaic) system would qualify for a $10,000 rebate, drastically increasing your return on investment!
Solar water heating systems qualify for a $1,000 rebate!
Coupled with a currently available 30% Federal Tax Credit and the lowest prices ever for solar energy systems, there has never been a better time to GO SOLAR!
If you have any questions about the FPL Solar Rebate, or would like to learn more about how we can help you – please contact us, or give us a call at (239) 574-1500.
WOW! 17 dollars and 74 cents…
That’s how much my Florida Power & Light (FPL) electrical bill was in March of this year…
The amazing thing?
Not too long ago, I took the time to write down the most common comments we hear…
…from contractors who use us – Fafco Solar of Cape Coral – for their solar energy installation needs.
I thought it’d be great if I shared them you.
I’m really proud of our company, and since I started working for my dad over 30 years ago, it’s great to continue to see such positive feedback!
Here’s the Top 10 Reasons Contractors Use Fafco Solar in Cape Coral for their needs:
I used to say solar energy was not good for moving things.
It was good for heating water or making electricity, but not for transportation.
But with this…
… and checking out www.calcars.org to learn about electric vehicles (EVs), I’ve done a complete 180!
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend you check out:
After 30 years of being in the solar industry, I was so wrong about what I thought solar energy could do.
So, if I could have a wrong perception about solar energy after 30 years, I guess I could understand that YOU too could have a misconception about solar energy.
I think there’s a lot of people that don’t fully understand solar energy:
- How it works…
- What it can, and can’t do…
- When it could be applicable…
- Affordable… and
- A host of other questions.
But there’s a huge belief that solar energy is a good thing… a VERY good thing, in fact.