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24 February

Sungazing Worked For Me !

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Dear Friends & Readers,

Good questions!  Just how do we obtain this healing power of  the sunshine?!

As a continuation of my Feb. 22, 2012 post on The Healing Power of Sunshine, I feel compelled to share some valuable information with all of you.  It was during the year that I started practicing yoga that I was also introduced/exposed to the practice of Sun Gazing.   I was informed that Sun Gazing ( looking directly at the sun, without wearing any glasses or sunglasses) should be conducted  either during the hour after the sunrise and/or the hour before the sunset, when the UV index is between zero and one (so sun gazing during this time frame would not cause harm to my eyes).  It is also recommended to me that I would start with only 15 seconds of Sun Gazing on the first day and gradually add on 10-15 seconds for each subsequent days.  Of course, I did some research before embarking on this journey of Sun Gazing and discovered that some of the masters of Sun Gazing went as far back as c.469-399 B.C., such as Socrates.  Here are some worthwhile links for any of you who is curious or interested.  I even came across a movie trailer of “Eat the Sun” to share with you:

Sungazing Creative Commons image

Allow me to share the movie trailer of “Eat The Sun” , below:

Therefore, I tried 15 sec.-1st, 30 sec.-2nd, 45 sec.-3rd, 60 sec.-4th day….within just few weeks, my vision sharpened, my head seemed more cleared (with better memory), my mood was calm (regardless what chaotic situation I may had been thrown into), my need for food also decreased while my energy level increased.  I was still not convinced…what if this is simply a random coincidence ?  So,  after weeks of Sun Gazing, I stopped…just to see and prove/disprove whether my increased level of functioning was due to Sun Gazing.  Within two-three weeks of stopping Sun Gazing,  my need for food increased…and all of my observed functioning characteristics returned (lowered) to the level of before I started Sun Gazing.  Yes, other than the days of Solar Eclipse (Sun Gazing is forbidden on these days), now I try to practice Sun Gazing either during the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset (when the UV index is between 0-1) as often as my schedule permits. But, supposedly, after nine months of practice or when one has reached 44 minutes level of sungazing, one is either recommended to stop sungazing or to stop going beyond 44 minutes of sungazing per day (I need more clarification on this; if any of you would like to provide some input, sunisthefuture@gmail.com always welcome any comments and/or suggestions.) Some people also believe that after the 44 minutes maximum sungazing is reached, one is to practice barefoot walking on bare earth for 45 minutes for 6 days as a way to be recharged periodically. If this practice of Sun Gazing (almost comparable to that of a deep meditation) was good enough for Socrates, it is good enough for me. But did Socrates also have the maximum of 44 minutes and/or recharging the body by bare foot walking on bare earth for 45 minutes for 6 days ? Again, your inputs will be appreciated.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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22 February

The Healing Power of Sunshine

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Dear Friends & Readers,

Due to  my recent sprained back muscles, I was out of commission for two weeks.  Even though I required no medication of any kind, during those two weeks, since I had to be on my back, indoor, for good part of each of those days, my body was experiencing the thirst for sunshine. By the end of the two week period, I was up and about, first day I was able to take a walk outdoor (it is delightful to live in FL, receiving 60’s-70’s F during winter), showered by the afternoon sun, I felt as though I’ve been revived by some gentle magical hand.  So, my friends, perhaps it is time to shift my gear from reporting about technology of applications of solar energy to  a post on the healing property of our beloved sun.

Healing Power of Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Healing Power of Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Truly, the sun strengthens us and uplift our spirit.  My family loved the sunshine so much that we even moved down to Central Florida from the Midwest in order to bathe ourselves under the sun during winter days. I believe my father was able to have two extra years on earth as a result of our moving him down to FL.

Allow me to share some of the things that was presented by Richard Hobday, Ph.D., in his book, The Healing Sun: Sunlight may cause skin cancer, but there is growing scientific evidence that the sun’s rays could help to prevent and ameliorate a number of serious degenerative and infectious diseases, including breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rickets, and tuberculosis. Besides vitamin D deficiency, did you know that limiting exposure to sunlight would also lead to increased cholesterol level and blood pressure?  Studies have also shown that exposure to sunlight or UV radiation from an artificial source would increase the number of white blood cells in human blood (therefore increases body’s defense against infections) and its capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Therefore, exercise combined with exposure to sunshine has a greater impact on stamina, fitness, and muscular development than exercise alone.  Presumably, that was the reason for Greeks to exercise in the nude- did you know that the word gymnasium comes from the Greek word gymnasion which means ‘a place for naked exercise or training‘?

Excuse me for pausing, I will share more on the healing power of sunshine in the next post. Your comments, suggestions, and questions are always welcomed. Be sure to share this site with others so we can spread more use of sunshine on this planet earth.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 February

The Challenge of Designing a Solar Cookstove That Works at Night

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Dear Friends and Readers,

Do you remember our January posts (Jan. 5, 6, 7, 9, 2012) regarding solar cookers ?  Take a look/read of them to refresh your memory.  Then, I will discuss a new challenge with you.  As some of you may have tried and  found out, solar cookers only work for a few hours in the middle of a sunny day, but not at night or in the mornings when people actually want to cook.  If we can use solar cookers any time of the day and night, it could replace open fires, solve dire deforestation, and indoor air pollution problems in developing countries.  So, last year, the Climate Healers, an international development technology organization, issued a design challenge after their traditional solar cookers failed to catch on in mountain villages in Rajasthan, India.  The Climate Healers is designing a new cooker that stores the solar energy by day to release it at night.  Students at the University of Iowa, working with Climate Healers, surveyed the women (who would use such a cooker) and found that they were enthusiastic about a new design that will enable them to use solar cooking during nights.

The starting point is a modified Blazing Tube solar cooker that serves as a baseline,

but it needs improvement. So, the Climate Healers has turned to the E4C (Engineering for Change) for help.  The baseline design places a three-gallon glass cylinder in the crook of a compound parabolic reflector-basically a tube on the bottom of a half pipe.  The tube filled with one gallon of oil and an air bubble, warms throughout the day and releases heat at night or the next morning through a heat pipe that the chef controls.  Climate Healers replaced the oil and air with three gallons of table salt.  The salt heated to 626F (330C) at the center of the tube, enough to yield 1KW hour of energy, enough to cook flat bread and lentils for about an hour.

 

The head of Climate Healers, Sailesh Rao, feels more needs to be done before reaching the final design because of the requirement for transporting large, fragile tubes to remote regions and the need to store adequate energy without leaks all need to be met.  So these three aspect need to be considered: 1. Energy capture 2. Energy storage 3. Energy delivery.

Just think that these designs have the potential to contribute to better health and healthier forests in India and many parts of the world.  Since early 2011, many teams of people have accepted the challenge of making a solar cookstove that works at night.  By Dec. 25, 2011, ten designs meeting this challenge had surfaced.  I would like to invite you to visit these ten designs of solar cookstove that works at night . These ten designs are: iHawk Cooker, Heat delivery system, PETE induction cookstove, CARES stove, Scheffler cooker, Solar box cooker, Parabolic cooker with steam, Box cooker with steam, Molten-salt solar cooker, Solar cooker with oil.

My hat off to Climate Healers and Engineering for Change (E4C) !  Again, we see the importance of the cooperative effort in solving our world’s problems, meeting our world’s challenges.

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Engineering for Change (E4C) is an online platform and international community of engineers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, local community advocates and other innovators working to solve global development problems. The organization’s founders are the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders USA.

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~have a bright and sunny day~

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17 February

Solar Tracker

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As I’ve promised in the previous post (Feb. 16, 2012) of http://sunisthefuture.net, the solar trackers mentioned, the AllSun Trackers are manufactured by AllEarth Renewables, is mounted on poles, uses GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing 40% more energy than fixed solar panels of the same size.   Below are information taken from wikipedia regarding Solar Tracker and a video clip on Solar Tracking:

 

solar tracker is a generic term used to describe devices that orient various payloads toward the sun. Payloads can be photovoltaic panels, reflectors, lenses or other optical devices.

In flat-panel photovoltaic (PV) applications trackers are used to minimize the angle of incidence between the incoming light and a photovoltaic panel. This increases the amount of energy produced from a fixed amount of installed power generating capacity. In standard photovoltaic applications, it is estimated that trackers are used in at least 85% of commercial installations greater than 1MW from 2009 to 2012.

In concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) and concentrated solar thermal (CSP) applications trackers are used to enable the optical components in the CPV and CSP systems. The optics in concentrated solar applications accept the direct component of sunlight light and therefore must be oriented appropriately to collect energy. Tracking systems are found in all concentrator applications because such systems do not produce energy unless oriented closely toward the sun.

Types of solar collector

Different types of solar collector and their location (latitude) require different types of tracking mechanism. Solar collectors may be:

  • non-concentrating flat-panels, usually photovoltaic or hot-water,
  • concentrating systems, of a variety of types.

Solar collector mounting systems may be fixed (manually aligned) or tracking. Tracking systems may be configured as:

  • Fixed collector / moving mirror – i.e. Heliostat
  • Moving collector

Fixed mount

Domestic and small-scale commercial photovoltaic and hot-water panels are usually fixed, often flush-mounted on an appropriately facing pitched roof. Advantages of fixed mount systems (i.e. factors tending to indicate against trackers) include the following:

  • Mechanical simplicity, and hence lower installation and ongoing maintenance costs.
  • Wind-loading: it is easier and cheaper to provision a sturdy mount; all mounts other than fixed flush-mounted panels must be carefully designed having regard to their wind loading due to their greater exposure.
  • Indirect light: approximately 10% of the incident solar radiation is diffuse light, available at any angle of misalignment with the direct sun.
  • Tolerance to misalignment: effective collection area for a flat-panel is relatively insensitive to quite high levels of misalignment with the sun – see table and diagram at Accuracy Requirements section below – for example even a 25° misalignment reduces the direct solar energy collected by less than 10%.

Fixed mounts are usually used in conjunction with non-concentrating systems, however an important class of non-tracking concentrating collectors, of particular value in the 3rd world, are portable solar cookers. These utilize relatively low levels of concentration, typically around 2 to 8 Suns and are manually aligned.

Trackers

Even though a fixed flat-panel can be set to collect a high proportion of available noon-time energy, significant power is also available in the early mornings and late afternoons when the misalignment with a fixed panel becomes excessive to collect a reasonable proportion of the available energy. For example, even when the Sun is only 10° above the horizon the available energy can already be around half the noon-time energy levels (or even greater depending on latitude, season, and atmospheric conditions).

Thus the primary benefit of a tracking system is to collect solar energy for the longest period of the day, and with the most accurate alignment as the Sun’s position shifts with the seasons.

In addition, the greater the level of concentration employed the more important accurate tracking becomes, because the proportion of energy derived from direct radiation is higher, and the region where that concentrated energy is focused becomes smaller.

Fixed collector / moving mirror

Many collectors cannot be moved, for example high-temperature collectors where the energy is recovered as hot liquid or gas (e.g. steam). Other examples include direct heating and lighting of buildings and fixed in-built solar cookers, such as Scheffler reflectors. In such cases it is necessary to employ a moving mirror so that, regardless of where the Sun is positioned in the sky, the Sun’s rays are redirected onto the collector.

Due to the complicated motion of the Sun across the sky, and the level of precision required to correctly aim the Sun’s rays onto the target, a heliostat mirror generally employs a dual axis tracking system, with at least one axis mechanized. In different applications, mirrors may be flat or concave.

Moving collector

Trackers can be grouped into classes by the number and orientation of the tracker’s axes. Compared to a fixed mount, a single axis tracker increases annual output by approximately 30%, and a dual axis tracker an additional 6%.

Photovoltaic trackers can be classified into two types: Standard Photovoltaic (PV) Trackers and Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Trackers. Each of these tracker types can be further categorized by the number and orientation of their axes, their actuation architecture and drive type, their intended applications, their vertical supports and foundation type.

Non-concentrating photovoltaic (PV) trackers

Photovoltaic panels accept both direct and diffuse light from the sky. The panels on a Standard Photovoltaic Trackers always gather the available direct light. The tracking functionality in Standard Photovoltaic Trackers is used to minimize the angle of incidence between incoming light and the photovoltaic panel. This increases the amount of energy gathered from the direct component of the incoming light.

Accuracy requirements

 

The effective collection area of a flat-panel solar collector varies with the cosine of the misalignment of the panel with the Sun.

In non-concentrating flat-panel systems, the energy contributed by the direct beam drops off with the cosine of the angle between the incoming light and the panel. In addition, the reflectance (averaged across all polarizations) is approximately constant for angles of incidence up to around 50°, beyond which reflectance degrades rapidly.

Direct power lost (%) due to misalignment (angle i )
i Lost i hours Lost
0% 15° 1 3.4%
0.015% 30° 2 13.4%
0.14% 45° 3 30%
1% 60° 4 >50%
23.4° 8.3% 75° 5 >75%

For example trackers that have accuracies of ± 5° can deliver greater than 99.6% of the energy delivered by the direct beam plus 100% of the diffuse light. As a result, high accuracy tracking is not typically used in non-concentrating PV applications.

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Hope this is all helpful to you.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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16 February

Students Bring Solar Farm to Middlebury College

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Dear Friends & Readers,

If any of you solar enthusiasts should be visiting/driving through the state of Vermont later this year, you may want to visit Middlebury, Vermont.  Construction work is currently underway at Middlebury College for what will be Middlebury’s largest solar-power station.  Less than a half mile from the campus of Middlebury College, ground is broken on Route 125 for a 1.5 acres solar farm West of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury’s Science facility.  In Spring of 2012, this solar energy system will join Middlebury College’s biomass plant and wind turbine on campus.  Middlebury College’s officials have signed an agreement with Williston-based AllEarth Renewables to create a small solar farm consisting of 34 solar trackers that will produce an average of 200,000 kilowatt-hours annually.  This installation will produce enough electricity for a year for one of the college’s residence halls the size of Battell Hall (housing about 238 students).

The AllSun Trackers (more on this in the next post of sunisthefuture.net) is the innovative solar energy system manufactured by AllEarth Renewables.  David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables, said that the solar trackers, mounted on poles, uses GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40%  energy than fixed solar panels of the same size.  “We’re excited to have this system to explore the potential for additional solar power in the future,” said Jack Byrne, Middlebury College director of sustainability integration. “This is a demonstration project that offers an opportunity for student learning and research as well as one more option to explore as we pursue our goal to become carbon neutal by 2016.  Staff will also have the chance to gain an understanding of the operational aspects of a solar energy system.”

According to Dean of Environmental Affairs Nan Jenks-Jay, students have expressed interest in developing a solar energy system at Middlebury for several years in a number of academic courses.  Four students in Professor of Economics Jon Isham‘s fall semester “Environmental Economics” class wrote a report, “The Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Proposed Small Scale Solar Farm at Middlebury College,” concluded that a project with AllEarth would have a positive economic and social impact.

 In 2010 students in an environmental sutdies seminar taught by Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies Steve Trombulak also recommended the college commission a solar project with AllEarth.

Hear! Hear! For these students at Middlebury College who were responsible for the final nudge to instigate this project that will provide economic benefit and solar power for Middlebury College.  Let’s hope that there will be more students throughout the country and our planet who will also take the initiative to bring forth learning opportunities for solar energy while benefiting their respective institutions.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 February

Updates by EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association)

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Dear Readers and Friends,

I want to bring you some report by EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) earlier this month, in the latest publication of Market Report 2011.  Even during times of financial and economic crisis, the series of years of vigorous growth of the world-wide PV market has continued in 2011.  The volume of new grid-connected PV capacities world-wide rose from 16.6 GW in 2010 to 27.7 GW in 2011.  That increase pushed the global PV capacity from 39.7 GW at the end of 2010 to 67.4  GW at the end of 2011.  Almost 21 GW of this 2011 growth came from Europe.

Now, I would like to share a 6-part series video clips, filmed on February 8, 2012, in Brussels, Belgium, of a discussion of the new PV LEGAL report detailing successes and failures in reduction of bureucratic barriers to successful PV development in Europe.  Starting with the part 1 of this series, below:

 

Below, I would like to share with you, all EPIA publications such as:

Please peruse through the above three links for more detailed information.  The Solar Generation 6: Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Empowering the World report provides a clear and comprehensive description of the current status of the developing photovoltaic power generation worldwide and its untapped potentials and growth prospects in the coming years.

Any of your comments, questions, suggestions, will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

~have a bright and sunny day~

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12 February

Thinking of Getting Into Solar Energy Industry?

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Dear Friends & Readers,  one of you emailed me and asked this question, below:

Maybe you have some business ideas for my brother.  He knows the building and architecture business. Knows all materials and specifications for big buildings as well as little houses. He has been a salesman for building products, has been a specifications writer for big projects, overseen buildings for architects and builders,  hospitals, convention center, office buildings. He can’t find work here now. He needs to get into the new Solar energy business….

Dear C,

For your brother, since he has so much experience and connections in building industry, I would recommend setting up a business in “Energy Efficiency Auditing” and/or “Solar Installation”, helping home owners and businesses to find different ways to reduce the amount of energy used: be it in installing attic fans, changing light bulb to compact flourescent bulbs, using light color (white) for roof (where it is allowed), changing to tankless hot water heater, using solar hot water heater, using solar energy to heat pools, using solar lights/lamps in the yard, etc.  He may even be able to get government subsidies to start a company involved in energy efficiency or solar energy.  If he needs more information, I would suggest going to my http://sunisthefuture.net and find the April 18, 2011, post on Incentive For Solar (2) for links and US Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative (if he may be interested in researches) Contact people at DC  and DOE’s Solar America Communities program and April 24, 2011,  post on Incentive For Solar (4)-For Consumers for individual states’ listing of solar incentives.  You/he can get to this post by clicking the orange link at left or going to the Archives in the right margin of http://sunisthefuture.net, click on April 2011, then click on 24 under April 2011. Read this post (April 24, 2011 post of http://sunisthefuture.net)and listen to the video clip EERE Program Overview. Then click on the orange link to find out more information about where the subsidies for consumers (for different parts of the US) are because with better understanding of where the consumers’ subsidies will be coming from, your brother will be better equipped to appreciate where the potential clients’ needs will be.  Call and learn about what and how he may be able to get started in energy industry.  Once he is more clear about what exactly he wants to do, then he can start publicizing for his business via internet (I recommend WordPress to set up a web site), Facebook, twitter, and various social networking strategies.   It is important to be clear about what his goal is.  He needs to learn as much about energy industry as possible.  If he visits http://sunisthefuture.net , it is free.  My Jan. 10, 2012 post at http://sunisthefuture.net also mentioned an online institute, Solar Living Institute, that has various online courses and training programs if your brother is interested (this would cost something) . In addition to government subsidy, there is a private lending organization call Kiva (I have also written about this organization in Jan. 1, 24, 25, 2012 posts of http://sunisthefuture.net ;Jan. 1, 2012 post ;Jan. 24, post; Jan. 25, 2012 post). Kiva will help legitimate green businesses to get started by lending/microfinancing.  So I would recommend that your brother try to learn as much as he possibly can about energy efficiency and solar energy before deciding on what direction will be most suitable for him.  Be sure to write out a business plan before approaching U.S. Department of Energy and Kiva for monetary help. There is no guarantee in life, but knowledge is power and better organization and planning ahead is always a good idea before starting on any project.   Perhaps he may not even need any outside assistance to get started.
Best to any of your future endeavors and please let me know if you should have any other questions.
I also welcome ( via sunisthefuture@gmail.com ) any of you out there who would like to help C’s brother out with any additional comments, suggestions, or business ideas .  I am in the process of setting up an extension of http://sunisthefuture.net that will allow more of you to participate in the forum format in the near future.
Be well,
~have a bright and sunny day~
written & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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6 February

Is Sun Tax Constitutional ?

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Dear Friends & Readers of Solar/Renewable Energy,

I think we all agree that we’re living in a time when solar industry

Solar Roof Ballasted Mounting System of Large Scale Solar projects, Wikimedia (Creative Commons)

needs to be encouraged and nurtured, especially in US. You can imagine how surprised and indignant I was when I first found out about the “sun tax“, a $450 per-acre fee (county’s Board Policy B-29) imposed on solar electricity providers by Riverside County of CA. “The sun tax not only discourages the development of solar energy projects in Riverside County.  It does so by violating the Calfornia Constitution,” LSA Executive Director Shannon Eddy said.  Of course, it is not surprising that two solar energy industry trade groups (The Large-Scale Solar Association (LSA) and the Independent Energy Producers Association (IEPA)) filed the lawsuit Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Riverside County Superior Court in Indio, for a constitutional challenge to the policy and the county received notice Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.  The suit asks the court for an injunction on the fee and a ruling that it is illegal under the state law, either as a  tax or mitigation fee.  While it is too early to say what, if any impact, the fee may have on solar projects, Eddy pointed out that the county also has not yet  developed a plan for how the money would be spent, another issue in the lawsuit.  Let’s hope this will be quickly and fairly resolved so the outcome of the lawsuit will not negatively impact the local jobs, people, and businesses of Riverside County.  Let’s hear what some of the local people are saying about this lawsuit, video clip below:


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written & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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2 February

Sustainability and Clean Energy Talk by Former Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter

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Dear Fellow Clean/Solar/Renewable Energy Enthusiasts,

I want to share with you a very informative video clip that was filmed on Dec. 6, 2011, at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, CO, of a talk given by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, as part of a Sustainability Series.  Former Governor Ritter, with his personable demeanor and self-effacing sense of humor, shared with us his trials and tribulations in promoting and establishing clean energy policy/programs during his governorship of CO.  He learned and shared with us the interdependent relationship of Energy-Environment-Economic development-Equity (to protect rate payers/lower income people).  During his travel and talks, he  emphasized the importance of  Americans’ need to continue pushing  issues behind Policy, Technology, and Finance of the Clean Energy programs.  He also mentioned the effectiveness of energy efficiency through governmental policy and finance  that would be worthwhile to move into the private sector.  He also reminded us the value of clean energy programs in community colleges as well as the four year universities/colleges.  His focus now is in working with various state governors’ offices and legislators in clean energy agenda, as part of the Energy Policy Swat Team, to help increase the chance for US to become one of the leaders in energy field in the free world.  Please also pay close attention to the interesting Disconnect (between the American voters and Congressional voting result, such that the fact that the majority of Americans want Clean Energy and are willing to pay for it is not demonstrated in the outcome of Congressional votes) that was brought up toward the end of this talk.  Please listen carefully to the cause and possible solution of/for this disconnect. Without further ado, here is former Governor Bill Ritter:


I’d like to point out, based on part of this talk, that the Number One Clean Energy voted by American people is that of Solar Energy!
Thank you, Governor Ritter, for your time, effort, and candor!

At this point, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I would like to invite you all to revisit my collection of posts and video clips on effective Feed-In-Tariff gathered from May 8-Aug. 4, 2011 and Nov. 11, 2011 posts at http://sunisthefuture.net
~have a bright and sunny day~
Written & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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