19 September

Help Your School Districts/Administrators To Save A Million Dollars!

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Did you know that placing Solar on U.S. Schools’ Rooftops would help to reduce the same amount of carbon emissions every year as taking 100,000 cars off of our roads?  According to a recent new report released by The Solar Foundation and SEIA, Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, at least 450 school districts could save a million dollars with solar! Can you imagine what a million dollars could buy for your local schools: hiring more teachers, improving teachers’ salary, better classroom facility and updating school equipments.

So check out this report and ask your school administrators not to miss this amazing opportunity to save money and to help protect our environment….for the students of today and the generations of tomorrow!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 September

It Takes Earthly Collaborations (Greenfield-Shunfeng-Suntech-Youmex) To Generate Sunny Disposition For Solar Power!

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IT TAKES EARTHLY COLLABORATIONS (Greeenfield-Shunfeng-Suntech-Youmex) TO GENERATE SUNNY DISPOSITION FOR SOLAR POWER ! THERE IS HOPE & OPTIMISM FOR EARTHLINGS AFTER ALL!

It takes Earthly Collaborations To Generate Sunny Disposition For Solar Power (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Suntech and Greenfield Form a Strategic Alliance With youmex Providing a Complete Financial Package in the UK (Press Release)

Suntech will supply the alliance’s UK solar projects with its world-class panels

WUXI, China, Sept. 18, 2014 /Press Release/ — Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Limited and Greenfield Solar International GmbH & Co. KG have entered into a strategic alliance with German-based clean energy financing and investment group youmex to finance and sell their solar farm projects pipeline in Great Britain using Suntech as its exclusive PV panel supplier for projects.

“We are excited to complement our partnership with Greenfield with youmex’s financial services to our customers. We believe that this alliance will serve as another catalyst for growth in the UK’s solar market,” said Eric Luo, CEO of Suntech. Luo, who is also responsible for Shunfeng Photovoltaics International Holding’s acquisition strategy, added that “through our partnership, Suntech and Shunfeng will be able to look at other acquisitions in the market as part of our strategy to become the largest integrated clean energy supplier globally.”

In the alliance, Greenfield will provide EPC services, while youmex will arrange construction loans and long-term project financing as well as selling the PV Solar Power Plants to investors.

“With its fully integrated transaction management of these three tasks, youmex speeds up and assures the whole process of financing and sales for one of the largest PV pipelines in UK,” explains Kai Hartmann, Head of Corporate & Structured Finance at youmex group. “We are very thrilled to be part of the alliance that unites the core competencies, experiences and strengths of these three complementary partners.”

“Together with the expertise of Suntech and youmex, our alliance is well-positioned to solidify a strong presence within the UK’s Solar PV market,” echoed Helmut Kube, Managing Director of Greenfield.

Among its many products for utility-scale projects, Suntech produces 60 Cell polycrystalline modules which are excellent for weak light performance markets such as the UK and are manufactured with advanced cell technology material making them highly resistant to Potential Induced Degradation (PID), thus allowing for high performance under extreme conditions for many years.

“We have great confidence in the quality and sustainability of our products for these projects,” said Luo. “Our polycrystalline silicon modules recently ranked above industry standards in a technical review conducted by UK-based consultancy OST Energy and received the VDE-Quality Tested certification, which recognizes high quality products that go beyond existing standards in the photovoltaic industry.”

About Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd.

Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., a company incorporated in the PRC in January 2001, produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Suntech has delivered more than 30 million photovoltaic panels or 8 GWs of installed capacity to more than 1 thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech’s pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech’s mission is to provide reliable access to nature’s cleanest and most abundant energy source.

About Greenfield

Greenfield Solar International GmbH & Co. KG is a German EPC company which configures, builds, operates, and maintains photovoltaic roof and ground-mounted installations across Europe and has gained a good reputation for planning, engineering, logistics with procurement and for the turnkey construction of solar farms. Greenfield has built solar farms with a track record of over 650 MW in the last years and brought them to the grid in major European countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and United Kingdom.

About youmex group

youmex group, based in Frankfurt, combines special financing solutions with a track record of about 3.5 billion Euros. As a financing platform, youmex acts as a one stop shop by simplifying, accelerating and optimizing financing and capital market transactions for almost 15 years. The Project Finance area focuses on the Real Estate and Clean Energy assets. In particular, youmex arranges bridge, construction, short-term and long-term financing of wind and solar parks for project developers and investors throughout Continental Europe, United Kingdom (UK), South and Middle America. youmex also sells wind and solar power plants as an investment product. youmex is a German Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse) Listing Partner and is regulated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) as a financial services institute.

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15 September

Join Us, at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, to Spread More Sunshine!

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Thanks to all of you out there who have helped with these Solar Loans. These Solar Loans will help to spread Sunshine and decrease CO2 emission for our planet earth. For those of you who would like to take part in speeding up our earthly transition toward the Solar/Renewable Energy Age, (in order to reduce problems associated with pollution, energy, climate change, national security, or job opportunities) please feel free to join us at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva.  I am happy to report that, since the inception of Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva (March  13, 2012), we have helped entrepreneurs and home owners from many different parts of the world (USA as well as elsewhere) with 1023 loans to establish their small businesses in Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, or Recycling projects (with occasional tools, seeds, cattle, etc.) via microfinance.  Each and every one of you is very significant in making these projects a reality. We are optimistic and hopeful that by spreading more Sunshine (use of Solar Energy) throughout the planet earth more quickly,  our planet earth will be a much better place to live. We are hopeful and optimistic that sun, water, wind, and geothermal energy will lead us into a world free from pollution and international conflicts.

If you share our vision, please feel free to join and invite your friends/family to join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva and/or support our cause by visiting/purchasing from our Sunshine Online Store.

Good News: the Solar Loans we’ve helped  at our Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva within the last 48 hours are now all fully funded, below:

1.  Phaijang B Group of Motbung, India, a loan in helping a member of the group to buy mini-solar home lighting system

Phaijang B Group of Motbung, India (credit: Kiva)

Phaijang B is a group formed by women of common interest to get a loan for buying mini-solar home lighting systems so that their families stay in a better home environment at night, due to the shortage in the power supply in their area. Lamhat (32), the featured member of the group with her hand raised, is skilled in weaving and devotes most of her time to weaving different types of traditional shawls to generate income. She lives in a very remote village called Phaijang which is a 45-minute drive from Imphal, Manipur. Their family includes the mother, father, and three school-going children.  She considers education a key to achieve one’s aim in life and had been giving her best effort to give the best to her children to excel in their education. As the area faces insufficient power supply, their daily duties are affected after dusk, especially the study hours of the children after sunset. After buying the mini solar home lighting system, the children are able to study in comfort after dusk and for longer period with better concentration. Their academic performance is much better now which is the reason for availing the loan. While the children study under the solar home lighting, the mother does the household chores and weaves in comfort. Her weaving hours were limited before, but now she can weave in the evening and increase her production. The family is very happy to receive such a loan and thanks WSDS for lending such a loan. (source: Kiva)

2. Hor of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, a loan to buy solar energy home system

Hor of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia (credit: Kiva)

Hor is a 42-year-old woman who lives in a remote area of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. At home, she is a lovely mother of two dependent children and two married children. To make a living, she manages and operates a farming business in rice farm land which is located near her house. So far, she has been involved in this business for nearly twenty years. The average earning is USD 2.00 a day. Hor wants to have household energy at a reduced monthly cost by purchasing a solar energy home system. Because there is inadequate money, she has requested a Kiva loan through its partner, HKL. After this initial investment, she hopes to have clean energy to power her household lights, TV and radio. She is very happy and thankful because with this loan, HKL has provided her a special interest rate lower than its general loan rates. (source: Kiva)

3.  Serapio of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a solar home system that will allow him to reduce spending in kerosene, candles, and to improve home lighting.

Serapio of Intibuc, Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Serapio lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá Honduras. He is a farmer (corn and coffee) 40 years ago, age 60 years who lives with his wife and four children, they help him to work in the farmland. It is clear that Serapio works hard to maintain his family and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. The family currently illuminates their home with kerosene lamps because the electrical utility grid does not reach this rural area. He mentioned that with this solar energy system, he hopes improve the living conditions. Serapio is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit to have a better lighting, charge their cell phones, and saving in traditional energy expenditure. (source: Kiva)

4. Maria Elena of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a Solar Home System for her home

Maria Elena of Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Maria lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá, Honduras. She has been a corn farmer for 10 years. She is 32; she is married and has five children. It is clear that Maria works hard to maintain her family and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. She hopes that with the solar energy system, their children will be able to do their homework and improve the living conditions. Maria is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit to have a better lighting, charge cell phones, and save in traditional energy expenditure. (source: Kiva)

5.  Cristian of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a Solar Home System

Cristian of Intibuca, Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Cristian lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá Honduras. He works as a teacher of primary education from 3 years, age 21; He live with his parents. It is clear that Cristian works hard to maintain his parents and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. He hopes that with the solar energy system, he will be able to prepare his classes at night and help his family with the tasks at home. Cristian is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit him to have better lighting, charge his cell phone, and save in traditional energy expenditure.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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10 September

Are You Ready For The First Wave of Solar Tsunami-First Solar PV Plant in TX w/o PPA

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Recently (Sep. 4, 2014), First Solar has completed the initial 18MW phase construction of the 22MW Barilla Solar PV plant in Pecos County of TX.  18 MW is not a big deal, you might think…why is it being covered in various Solar news agencies? Well, it is a big deal because this represents a major Game Changer for Texas solar due to its unique position of being the first plant in the state to be constructed and financed without a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) as a backstop.  The power generated from this plant will be offered into the wholesale market, competing with other power generation sources effectively without a contract. This type of ‘merchant’ PV power plant of Pecos County will sell electricity on Texas’ ERCOT (Electricity Reliability Council of Texas) grid spot market.  Even though  merchant power projects have become more common in countries (such as Chile) where solar offers a viable alternative to costly fossil fuel generated power, but it is essentially untested here in U.S. With years of experience as world’s largest contracted solar project  development (approximately 3 GW up to this point) and proven track record of execution in converting more PPA’s to energy than any one else in the industry,

First Solar PPA Development Timeline (credit: First Solar)

First Solar would have its pulse on the moment if/when Solar Energy is ready for mainstream.

Below is an interview of First Solar CEO, Jim Hughes, at Future of Energy Summit 2014. Mr. Hughes believes that the cost of solar will continue to plummet:

Below, are some statements made by various people, regarding this project’s announcement:

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Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster, commenting on the announcement said: “First Solar is a pioneer in bringing West Texas solar into the diverse energy portfolio of Texas. In West Texas we’ve got plenty of land, some with a lot of oil under it, and all of it with sunshine which makes it perfect for solar plants like this. I’m excited to see Barilla as the first project in what I hope will soon be the ‘Texas solar patch.’”

“It is exciting to enter the Texas market with a clean, renewable energy source that is competitively priced against traditional high-cost peak resources,” said Tim Rebhorn, Senior Vice President of Business Development for First Solar. “This project demonstrates First Solar’s capability to rapidly develop, construct and commission a solar asset offering clean, renewable energy at competitive rates to the grid when and where it is needed.”

Rebhorn said that the Barilla power plant will contribute to lower electricity prices for Texas consumers, while providing a reliable resource to power providers.

According to the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Texas has the greatest technical potential for solar development in the U.S. The Barilla Solar Project takes advantage of one of the best solar resource geographies in the state, with the added benefit of tying into nearby existing power transmission infrastructure in the West Texas region. The solar power plant utilizes no water for electricity generation, an important additional benefit in an area where scarce water resources must be preserved.

Regarding the Barilla project, state Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D – Eagle Pass) said, “We are blessed with sunshine in Pecos County and West Texas. Harnessing it would give us an opportunity for clean and efficient power for Texas’ future. What a great investment!”

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This Game Changing position of First Solar indicates to us, that we are observing the first wave of Solar Tsunami. Solar Energy is ready for mainstream. I’d like to ask rest of the sunny states of USA, are you also ready for the Solar Tsunami? Are you ready to take advantage of the generous sunshine bestowed upon you?

~have a bright and sunny day~

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20 August

Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 of South Africa

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Did you know about Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 in South Africa? It will be taking place starting from  Pretoria on September 27, 2014,

Pretoria, South Africa (credit: Google Map)

to Cape Town on October 4, 2014.

Cape Town, South Africa from Table Mountain (CC BY-SA 3.0 Andres de Wet-Own work)

During this eight day period, the challenge will also go through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Colesberg, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, and Swellendam. The main route will span approximately 2000km through the country, covering an average distance of 250km a day. Teams will have the option to expand their daily distance by driving loops varying from 58km up to 132km. Loops can be driven more than once and have to be completed entirely in order to count. Towns that are included by these loops are Sasolburg, Deneysville, Winburg, Senekal, Marqueard, Edenburg, Reddersburg, Hanover, Jansenville, Klipplaat, Stormsrivier, Heidelberg WC, Witsand and Caledon. It is expected that the top teams will reach a total of 6000km, covering at least 700km a day on average. To get a feel for Sasol Solar Challenge 2014, take a look at the video below:

Below is provided by Article solarracing.org on Sasol Solar Challenge (from Annalie Van Vuuren, Project/Event Manager), in italics:

Why SA is suitable for a solar race

An average of 300 days of sunshine per year and a unique South African terrain will put solar technology to the ultimate test. Traveling from the high inland plateau down to the mountainous escarpments and finally to the narrow coastal zone. Founder of the Sasol Solar Challenge Winstone Jordaan had the idea of building an electric car in 2003. After visiting the World Solar Challenge in 2005 he realized that people in South Africa did not possess basic knowledge about electric cars. He was impressed by the 1400 skilled students from all over the world in Australia, and could only imagine how much knowledge South Africa would be able to gain when hosting a solar challenge as well. This knowledge will result in accomplishing the ultimate goal; an improved future for South Africa.

Mission and vision SASC

Our eco-efficiency challenge allows teams from around the world to congregate in South Africa to participate and demonstrate the sophistication and performance of solar-powered vehicles. The underlining mission of the solar challenge is to increase the number of people in South Africa that are interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. These subjects are crucial to get the country to a higher level.
Next, it will give us a platform where we can exercise our skills in building cars locally. This in turn will result in an increased level of knowledge in the industry about electric motors, battery systems, vehicle aerodynamics and more. Finally, the solar cars will show the public what solar panels can do. If people see solar panels driving a car, you will have a positive sentiment to it. Being more positive to this technology will also make electric vehicles more acceptable to people.

The Sasol Solar Challenge operates under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Motorsport South Africa. The race has four different classes. These classes include the Olympia Class, the Adventure Class, the Cruiser Class and the Sustainability Fleet.

 

  1. Olympia class is the primary FIA class and the main competitive class for solar-electric vehicles. These cars have to be four wheelers and are not allowed to recharge via plug-in.
  2. Adventure Class is reserved for any other solar-electric vehicles that have been allowed in any previous international solar challenges or other major events, but do not necessarily conform to the Olympia Class regulation. Again, no plug-in recharging is allowed.
  3. Cruiser Class is designed primarily for practicality and can carry two or more occupants. The vehicles in this class are allowed to plug-in recharge overnight.
  4. Sustainability fleet: To provide a forum to further demonstrate advanced technologies in personal transport applications. Many of the participants here are from the formal motor industry. These vehicles are allowed to re-charge midway and overnight.

History
2008
The main objective of the first race was to run it no matter what. In the past there have been two attempts to run a race in South Africa, however, both got cancelled at the last minute. This resulted in both national and internal teams being reluctant to take part in the event in 2008. Fortunately, we managed to get …. teams competing in the first South African Solar Challenge. Tokai was one of the teams competing in South Africa. Back then they competed with an eleven year-old car they built, with which they were able to win the race. The Japanese team leveraged massively from the victory in South Africa. It enabled them to receive sponsorships and build a new car to compete with in the World Solar Challenge, and ultimately win the Australian race.

2010
The second edition of the solar challenge included a 4 100 km route and five teams competing. The focus of this race was on recognition, compliance and alignment with the FIA. The biggest turning point is in this race that we had the first local university competing in the event. The route stretched from Pretoria down to Cape Town, going back to Pretoria via the southern- and west coast.

2012
The aim of the 2012 event was to get more local teams participating, especially universities. A total of twelve teams competed in the third edition of the South African Solar Challenge. Half the teams competing were local teams.

2014 event

The aim of the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge is to get more oversees teams competing in the race. The challenge will start in Pretoria on September 27th
through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Colesberg, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Swellendam. The main route will span approximately 2000km through the country, covering an average distance of 250km a day. Teams will have the option to expand their daily distance, by driving loops varying from 58km up to 132km. Loops can be driven more than once and have to be completed entirely in order to count. Towns that are included by these loops are Sasolburg, Deneysville, Winburg, Senekal, Marqueard, Edenburg, Reddersburg, Hanover, Jansenville, Klipplaat, Stormsrivier, Heidelberg WC, Witsand and Caledon. It is expected that the top teams will reach a total of 6000km, covering at least 700km a day on average.

Education program
Every town the solar challenge passes, a number of schools will get involved through the education program. This education program will entail an education kit which explains how solar-powered vehicles work and material that enables them to build their own solar car. The body of the solar car will be made from recycled material. At the finish of each day, the schools will have a miniature solar car race. Furthermore, we will strongly encourage any school to visit the race, since children are very impressed by the appearance of solar cars. This will give them the opportunity to see what a solar car looks like inside and enable them to interact with the teams that compete in the race.

Closing

We are looking forward to the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge event. South Africa is looking forward to welcome all competitors, officials, volunteers and prospectors to the race. It is still possible for teams to join our competition, the deadline for registration is the ….. Apart from competitors, the solar challenge also needs volunteers on the race, the deadline is … See the links below for the volunteer form if you are interested to join our event.

Links of interest

Official website: http://www.solarchallenge.org.za

Link to registration and regulation documents: www.solarchallenge.org.za/index.php/documentation

Twitter: @Solar_Challenge

Facebook: SA Solar Challenge

Instagram: @SASolarChallenge

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It will be an amazing race! So come to South Africa and see the beautiful terrain during the Sasol Solar Challenge event!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 August

Green Investments

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Solar and Renewable Energy investment is no longer just a way to save our world, but also a way for us to invest with very promising future. I’d  like to share the video below with you to help shed some light on Green Investment and Feed-In-Tariff. Keep in mind that this is an interview from a year ago (with Timothy Nash, President of Strategic Sustainable Investments) and that means the green investments is even closer to the mainstream now.

According to Timothy Nash’s research project under Green Transition Scoreboard, there were $2 trillion invested in Green Investments (excluding government investments) globally since 2007. These investments tend to focus on green buildings, smart grids, and various companies’ R & D. Mr. Nash feels that large companies have played a significant role in investing in innervation (i.e. IBM’s Solution For Smarter Planet, GE, green car investments by Toyota & Aldi). Some of the low hanging fruits mentioned by Mr. Nash are in areas of energy and material efficiency. An interesting observation: people are willing to work for lower wages if companies are doing positive things for our planet. Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff is discussed: the cut in Feed-In-Tariff is viewed as being counter-productive to job creations and decreased opportunities.

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14 August

Hazel Henderson of World Future Society & Ethical Markets Media

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It is my pleasure to be able to get an interview  during World Future Society 2014 at Orlando, FL, with Hazel Henderson, a futurist and an economic iconoclast. Ms. Henderson, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Britain in 1961, has worked in television and had authored several books, including Building A Win-Win World, Beyond Globalization, Planetary Citizenship (with Daisaku Ideda), and Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy. She is now a producer for the public television series Ethical Markets.


Ms. Henderson believes that the various threats to peace, community security, and good environment have led us into a new era in which we are obliged to look for values, information, and know-how that we seemed to be able to do without until recent decades. She is the founder of World Future Society and advocates Green Transition Scoreboard (will be mentioned in our next post’s video). The charming Ms. Henderson had been an early environmentalist and advocate who searched for solutions for our environmental issues and challenges.

One of her famous aphorism compare the occidental economic model to a cake with three level, with glass on the top: the first level is the nature, the second level is the subsistence economy, the third level is the public and private economy and the last level is the finance. (Be sure to check into our next post’s video on Green Investment).

More about Hazel Henderson may be obtained from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_Henderson

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12 August

Mayor Dyer’s Climate & Energy Summit on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014

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Mayor Dyer's Climate & Energy Summit 2014 (credit: Orlando Mayor Dyer's Office)

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Did you know that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be joining global and national experts in climate action on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014, to discuss best practices and solutions to support economic growth and a sustainable energy future for the city of Orlando, the Central Florida region, and the state of Florida? This Mayor Dyer’s Climate & Energy Summit will take place at Amway Center between 8:00-11:00 A.M., Dex Imaging Room. More than 200 community, business, nonprofit and public sector leaders will also learn first hand how to join with businesses and governments across the U.S. in how to achieve positive results from employing the latest innovative technologies and strategies in climate action and sustainable energy. The event is part of the Community Initiative, Green Works Orlando Initiative. This is Orlando’s comprehensive vision to insure Orlando to become one of the most environmentally friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation. I’ll be there to learn what I can and will share it with you later.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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9 August

InterSolar North America Opening Ceremony

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I really need to share this “Standing Ovation at the InterSolar North America Open Ceremony” with you all, taking place in July of 2014, at Moscone Center of San Francisco, CA.:


 

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. was met with a standing ovation as he delivered the keynote remarks at Intersolar North America’s Opening Ceremony 2014. Following the Governor’s remarks, San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin M. Lee took the stage. New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker similarly championed local policies that have grown the solar energy industry significantly in New York. Franz Untersteller, minister of the environment, climate protection and the energy sector, Germany, discussed the major policy incentives implemented in Germany that have played a key role boosting the solar industry. Finally, CALSEIA’s executive director Bernadette Del Chiaro concluded the session with a discussion of California’s solar policies and an inspirational call to action, asking the audience to help quadruple the solar industry in the next six years.

It is important to point out/remind ourselves that:

1. There is much more solar that needs to be installed in the decades to come!

2. There is much more needing to be done. We’ve not yet met the turning point to Sustainability.

3.  The cost of PV modules has dropped 80% in the last five years.

4.  Solar Industry employs more than 142,000 people in USA (more than 50,000 in CA).

5.  We can look to and utilize much of the lessons learned from Germany.

6.  Solar is desperately NEEDED now, especially in light of climate change.

7.  16.5% of the electricity supply of CA on any given day is from Solar (without including the 2 GW on rooftops).

8.  CA Solar Industry now employs more people than the three investor-owned utility companies combined.

So, let those of us in the rest of the 49 states also align ourselves with this tremendous task of transitioning into the Renewable/Solar Energy Future!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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7 August

“Solar Tsunami” Shared by the Effervescent Professor Jose Cordeiro of Singularity University during World Future Society 2014

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On July 12, 2014, during the World Future Society 2014 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL, I caught up with the hopeful  Professor Jose Cordeiro (trained at MIT) of Singularity University, to share some of his optimism about the future of Solar and Renewable Energy. He even used the term, “Solar Tsunami” to demonstrate that our energy future will soon be  that of Solar Energy every where. There is no stopping it for Solar Energy is Clean, Healthy, Every Where, and Cheap. We’re facing an exciting future where there will be solar roadways, solar cars, solar planes, solar trains, solar boats, self-driving cars, and much much more wireless. We will see a future with far more distributed solar power rather than centralized power.

Professor Jose Luiz Cordeiro, the Venezuelen scientist, futurist, economist, engineer, and columnist, is extremely enthusiastic because he is excited about sharing information and being a proactive futurist. In the link below, you can find out the four potential types of attitudes toward the future described by Professor Cordeiro in his TED talk, “The Future Is Not What Is Used To Be: Jose Luis Cordeiro at TEDxRio+20“.  Professor Cordeiro literally effervesces for he is able to fully appreciate both the danger and opportunities our future is availing us. This is a common characteristics one finds in Solar Enthusiasts and Futurists; the thought of potential future free energy and transhumanism simply holds such incredible promises that one cannot help oneself but become effervescent!

~have a bright and sunny day~
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