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31 December

Time To Let It Shine!

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Let It Shine:The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy by John Perlin (posted here with permission from John Perlin)

For the last post of 2013, I’ve reserved sharing the most special chance meeting of the year with you all.  It is either an event of kismet or a reflection of the fact that Solar Energy Age has truly arrived in mainstream! So much so that every corner one (at least is in the case for yours truly) turns toward, one would run into some one who is connected to the solar industry. Or perhaps I have simply become a magnet attracting all kinds of solar enthusiasts…take your pick.

It happened on the last day of the conference of SPI2013 (Solar Power International 2013) in Chicago. We (hubby Mike-my camera man and tech support, and I) stayed at the Palmer House (mind you, this is not the hotel where the conference was being held). We simply have a soft spot for those nostalgic hallway photos of stars from yesteryears and the beautiful architectural details  rarely found in most other hotels. As we were getting ready to leave the hotel to catch our flight back to Florida,  some one entered our elevator with a beaming smile on his face.   Interestingly enough, this person, Thomas Barr, from Jacksonville, FL,

Thomas Barr, General Manager of Oncology Matrics, a part of Altos Solutions, who also worked for solar back in the 70's

turned out to be in Chicago for a different conference,  actually worked in solar business back in the 70’s-80’s and now is working as a General manager in Oncology Metrics (a division of Altos Solutions, Inc.), providing information products and services for the oncology community to promote and measure quantitative improvement in clinical and business processes at the provider, practice and enterprise level.

In the few minutes of this chance meeting in the elevator, Mr. Barr highly recommended a wonderful book, A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology by Ken Butti and John Perlin. I found out later that:

A Golden Thread by Ken Butti and John Perlin

Its author John Perlin

John Perlin, sole author of Let It Shine , co-author of A Golden Thread, now at University of CA-Santa Barbara, Physics Dept.

has also authored Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy (cover above) and From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. As a matter of fact, I just purchased Let It Shine’s kindle version  right before starting the trip to Chicago for SPI2013.  So, what do you think: are these chains of coincidences… or am I simply a magnet for all things and people that are solar…or perhaps we have simply arrived at a time in human history when solar has finally become sufficiently mainstream…as now that America has more solar or wind-power jobs than it has coal or steel jobs. As investments are shifting dramatically from coal and nuclear to wind and solar, will renewables finally have sufficient political clout to fend off increasingly desperate attacks by its endangering rivals? Time will tell….

Until the fickle finger of fate and time will unfold their mysteries, I will continue relishing each and every one of these events presented along my journey of advocacy for solar energy.

Finally, I implore all of you solar enthusiasts out there to take a look at these two books.  I love how Amory B Lovins, cofounder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute of Old Snowmass, CO, puts it:

Switching at last to renewables will be one of the greatest transitions in the history of our species: inventing a new fire that finally makes us safe, secure, healthy, and durable.  Even if we need never again reinvent this renewable-energy wheel, we must understand where it came from. Let It Shine shows how today’s renewable revolution builds on the tenacious efforts of countless generations of innovators whose vision we may finally be privileged enough to bring to full flower.

Yes, this has definitely been a cumulative effort for many generations. If I or any of us has been able to make a dent in pushing the slope at the inflection point, it would have been a great privilege.  And let us hope that the Renewable/Solar Energy Age is finally ready to blossom, for the sake of all human kind.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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Below are web links to “Let It Shine” shared by author John Perlin:

Synopses-

http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/23/seven-of-the-greatest-solar-stories-over-the-millennia/

http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/let-it-shine-the-6000-year-story-of-solar-energy-zbz1310.aspx#axzz2jREFizpE

Policy-

http://www.psmag.com/environment/ronald-reagan-extinguished-solar-power-66874/

Review of the book-

http://www.sonnenseite.com/Renewable+Energies,Socrates+didnt+invent+solar+architecture,60,a27294.html

Strictly photovoltaics-

http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2013/12/selenium-silicon-solar-panels-excerpt-let-shine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=selenium-silicon-solar-panels-excerpt-let-shine

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/document-deep-dive-patent-first-practical-solar-cell-1-180947906/

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30 December

Announcing American Solar Challenge 2014!

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American Solar Challenge 2012, Oregon State University near finish line (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I can’t wait to let you know about the American Solar Challenge 2014 (ASC/FSGP 2014) scheduled to take place in July of 2014.  The 2014 American Solar Challenge is going to be an 8 day 1700+ mile road course traveling through 7 states from Austin, TX to St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.  Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2014) will be returning to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX!  COTA provided excellent facilities and served as a great host for FSGP 2013.

Just a quick reminder of what happened last time at American Solar Challenge 2012, video of some special moments at ASC2012 (1 of 2) below:


Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAgXIdDA-w

 

For photo coverage post on participating universities at American Solar Challenge 2012, click on–> ASC2012 Photos.

Below is the ASC Route and Schedule Overview. Exact locations of stage/checkpoints are still being finalized.

  • Mon, July 21: Start in Austin, TX with a checkpoint in (TBD), TX
  • Tue, July 22: Arrive at stage stop in Norman, OK
  • Wed, July 23: Depart Norman, OK with a checkpoint in Wichita, KS
  • Thu, July 24: Arrive at stage stop in Overland Park, KS
  • Fri, July 25: Depart Overland Park, KS and arrive at stage stop in Omaha, NE
  • Sat, July 26: Depart Omaha, NE with a checkpoint in Ames, IA
  • Sun, July 27: Arrive at stage stop in La Crosse, WI
  • Mon, July 28: Finish in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

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28 December

Hanwha SolarOne Brings Light to Children in Need

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When I was going through my end-of-the-year check on emails, I came across this wonderful press release from month of December in 2013, shared below:

Hanwha SolarOne announced the completion of a 30 kW solar PV system at the Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School in Wufeng County, Hubei province. This project marks an important milestone in Hanwha’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ campaign, in which the company has donated PV equipment to welfare and childcare centers across Korea as well as the Osterbek School in Hamburg, Germany and Taneichi kindergarten in Hirono-cho, Japan.

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Press Release

Hanwha SolarOne Brings Light to Chinese Children in Need

New 30kW Solar PV System Successfully Installed at Hope School

Shanghai, Hubei, China, December 17, 2013 Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (the “Company,” or “Hanwha SolarOne”), a top-10 global photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer of high-quality, cost-competitive solar modules  today announced the completed installation of a 30 kW solar PV system, which will provide continuous power support toYuyangguan Town Hope Primary School in Wufeng County, Hubei province. The completion of this project marks an important milestone in Hanwha SolarOne parent company Hanwha Group’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ campaign. Held in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation, ‘Happy Sunshine’ aims to improve the operational conditions of local schools while teaching students the value of renewable energy and sustainable development. In attendance during the installation completion ceremony was Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation.
Here is a video representing Hanwha SolarOne’s philosophy:


In addition to designing and installing the 30 kW distributed rooftop PV system for Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School, Hanwha SolarOne will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance training to ensure its optimal use. The system will yield an estimated 32,000 kW of clean solar energy every year.

“We are excited to donate and install PV equipment for a Hope School. More than that, we are honored to brighten the lives of these children and bring them new hope through new energy,” said Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters during the ceremony. “As a responsible corporate citizen, Hanwha will continue to bring benefit to the communities we serve and partner with organizations who share our commitment to creating a brighter future.”

Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation added, “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Hanwha Group and Hanwha SolarOne. With Hanwha SolarOne’s advanced technology and beneficial training, we believe that this system will be an effective source of sustainable and reliable energy for Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School.”

“We are extremely honored to play a meaningful role in this event,” said Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne. “Completing the installation of this 30kW Solar PV System at the Hope School marks one of our most significant achievements in corporate social responsibility this year.”

Hanwha SolarOne is committed to contributing to both social and business growth in China. In addition to completing the installation of this 30kW Solar PV System through the ‘Happy Sunshine’ project, the company recently formed a key alliance with Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co., Ltd and supplied 50 MW to one of China’s largest state-owned power companies, China Huaneng Group.

Since Hanwha Group’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ began in 2011, it has donated PV equipment to welfare and childcare centers across Korea as well as the Osterbek School in Hamburg, Germany and Taneichi kindergarten in Hirono-cho, Japan to give more children light for their studies.

The Hanwha SolarOne rooftop PV system and guests in attendance at the installation completion ceremony. From the left: Mr. Li Chang Jie, Deputy County Executive of Wufeng County; Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Zhang Qun Bo, Principle of Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters. (Credit: Hanwha SolarOne)

Guests in attendance at the installation completion ceremony with the children from the Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School. From the left: Ms. Zhang Ting Yu, Vice President of Wufeng County People’s Political Consultative Committee; Mr. Li Chang Jie, Deputy County Executive of Wufeng County; Mr. Zhang Qun Bo, Principle of Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School; Mr. Zhang Yi,  Secretary General  of the Hubei Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Deputy Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Li Gang, Head of Community Culture Department of the China Youth Development Foundation.(Credit: Hanwha SolarOne)

About Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea with 52 domestic affiliates and 90 global network partners in three major sectors: Manufacturing and Construction, Finance, and Services and Leisure. With a 60-year track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s Manufacturing and Construction businesses encompass basic chemicals, advanced materials, property development, green energy and total solar energy solutions. The Finance network, covering banking, insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank finance group in South Korea. The Services and Leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services and retail and resort businesses. For more information, visit www.hanwha.com.

About Hanwha SolarOne

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL) is one of the top 10 photovoltaic module manufacturers in the world, providing cost-competitive, high quality PV modules. It is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea. Hanwha SolarOne serves the utility, commercial, government and residential markets through a growing network of third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and system integrators. The company maintains a strong presence worldwide, with a global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. As a responsible company committed to sustainability, Hanwha SolarOne is an active member of the PV Cycle take-back and recycling program. For more information, please visit: www.hanwha-solarone.com.

Contact person for this press release: Angela Wong Edelman, 201 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94401, Angela.wong@edelman.com, 650-762-2800

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We need more happy news such as this! Great for Hanwha!

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27 December

Andre Ribeiro Coutinho Attending World Future Society 2013 Conference

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This post contains a short interview with Andre Ribeiro Coutinho

Interview with Andre R. Coutinho (L) of Symnetics by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker (R) at World Future Society 2013

during World Future Society 2013 at Hilton Hotel  in Chicago, IL in the month of July, 2013, below:

Mr. Andre Ribeiro Coutinho has worked with Symnetics of Brazil for over 16 year. Symnetics is an unconventional consulting firm focused on design and strategy management looking for solutions for economics, education infrastructure, energy, etc. in the next decade. Symnetics works with private companies, government agencies, and non-government organizations in search of new local solutions pertinent to Brazilian environment. Mr. Coutinho welcomed interactions at World Future Society where innovators and thought-leaders would exchange new tools and ideas in facing challenges of the coming decades.

World Future Society is an organization of people dedicated to exploring the future, enabling thinkers, political personalities, scientists, and lay-people to share informed and serious discussions  on what the future has in store for all of us. The World Future Society will be holding its conference, WorldFuture2014, between July 11-13, 2014, in Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821, USA (near Downtown Disney and the Epcot Center!)

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26 December

Carrie Vanston Talks About Minitrends at World Future Society 2013

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I’ve delayed posting this piece because I wanted to wait until after finishing reading the book that I am about to post, Minitrends. I met its co-author, Carrie Vanston, at the World Future Society 2013 Conference in Chicago, IL during the month of July.  Below: Ms. Vanston, with a pleasant and personable demeanor, sat down to chat about her book Minitrends and the Annual MiniTrends Conferences that may be of interest to many of our viewers/readers who are innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs of emerging technologies:


I’m glad Minitrends is in the top quarter of my reading pile (with a list of over 60 books). It turned out to be quite a gem, well deserving of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Business Book Award and several other book awards.  With 30 years of experience as a technology forecasting expert, Dr. Vanston teaches us how to scope out a systematic and doable discovery path through diverse sources containing clues about changes just  beginning to happen. In the book, minitrends are described as the innumerable ripples within the sea swells of established ideas, with some of these ripples destined to be the genesis of waves, or even tsunamis (such as modern computing).  The challenge lies in  finding the ripples (with tangible destiny) within the large body of established ideas and shape them into products or services. The book is divided into five parts:

Cover of the book, Minitrends, by John H. Vanston Ph.D. with Carrie Vanston

 

 

  1. The Value of Minitrends
  2. Uncovering Minitrends
  3. Some Attractive Minitrends
  4. Prospering From Minitrends
  5. Becoming a Minitrends Master

Ms. Vanston represents the company Technology Futures Inc. which provides quality custom studies and technology forecasts on key trends to a wide variety of commercial, government, and academic organizations. Through Technology Futures Inc., authors John H. Vanston Ph.D. and Carrie Vanston compiled valuable list of best practices in the book “Minitrends” to guide entrepreneurs and innovators to profit from their respective passions while making a significant impact in our world. Minitrends represent current small emerging trends (technical, social, economic, regulatory, demographic, etc.) that will become important within two to five years, not yet recognized but can be projected/forecasted, with value driven purpose. This book is a great source for ideas for new ventures and is currently available in printed and/or e-book format at amazon.com. To create opportunities for innovators to meet, Technology Future Inc. also hosted MiniTrends 2013 Conference (2nd Annual Conference) in Austin, TX, focused on the topic of The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility. Upcoming Minitrends 2014 Conference will take place in Austin, TX during Fall of 2014. This conference  will be attended by visionaries and thought-leaders looking for opportunities not yet widely recognized. To find out more details about Minitrends 2014 Conference, please feel free to contact: (512) 258-8898, or Toll Free (800)TEK-FUTR or email info@tfi.com

If you are some one who is in search of innovative ideas, be it for individuals, small-, medium-, large- size companies, and want to become a master at developing  and/or prospering from such trends, the book “Minitrends” by John H. Vanston with Carrie Vanston may be purchased via amazon.com. If you are looking for events to interact with other innovators and thought-leaders interested in future of technologies, please feel free to go to: www.minitrends.com/contact to find out when and where the 3rd Annual MiniTrends Conference will be held.

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20 December

Let’s Help To Spread The Sunshine To Mwanza City in Tanzania

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A quick reminder for those of you who have been emailing me to request for promotion of your organization or for specific questions, your cause/organization or question is important to Sun Is The Future. But since we receive many emails  and we always  ask for permission to post photos of your particular organization, please be patient. Please mention, in your emails, that your organization gives Sun Is The Future the permission to post your particular organization’s photos for promotion.  Thanks to the existence of internet, we are now able to truly reach out to the whole planet Earth to seek cooperation and collaboration!

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I have received emails from Albert Kahai of Tanzania, the Founder and Director of  Hurumia Watoto Group Organization and program manager of Sadani Education Trust Fund. Mr. Kahai is asking for earthly support of Solar Power to enable his community schools and hospitals in village to have lights and power in order to improve students’ performance and allow hospitals to function at nights.

Hurumia Watoto Organization (HWO), a small, non-governmental organization, is committed to social justice through community empowerment (credit: HWO in Mwanza City in Tanzania)

The Hurumia Watoto Group Organization (HWO) is a community-based organization, affiliated with the TANZANIA Community, for protection and organization of widows and women, health, and AIDS infection, and children. HWO is a small non-governmental organization committed to social justice through community empowerment. It was established in 2006 and became a legal entity in 2007 at a community grass roots lower level, focusing on mobilizing and strengthening communities to support the basic needs of women and children. Its program and activities are concentrated in Mwanza City, Tanzania (its headquarter at Nyakato in Ilemela District)at the moment. Some of its objectives are:

  1. Develop a resource center for information dissemination and capacity building
  2. Participate in activities aimed at improving the welfare of widows, women, young females and children in the community
  3. Promote and preserve the environment
  4. Teach and support widows, women, and young females to become self-reliant through vocational training

    One of the HWO projects, including tayloring and embroidery, sewing, and computer training in Mwanza, Tanzania (credit: HWO of Mwanza, Tanzania)

  5. Develop water resources

Some of the programs/activities HWO are carrying out:

  • Support HIV/AIDS afflicted widows, and help women, young females and their children to live healthy lives by meeting their basic needs
  • Empower women to meet their basic needs with health and medical treatment
  • Support children through education, health, and shelter
  • Facilitate positive environmental change by planting trees and green areas
  • Invite and cooperate with community groups, institutions, churches, schools, and the local government to find ways to reduce sexual harassment of widows, women, and young females, orphans, and vulnerable children
  • Organize community sustainable projects and equip youth with skills and knowledge
  • Help to improve water and sanitation conditions
  • Educate the community regarding the role of women today,  reducing sexual harassment to widows and women, and improve development o f children

If you would like to  help HWO to establish Solar Power for their community center, schools, or hospitals, please contact:

Albert Kahai

Albert Kahai, Founder and Projects Director of HWO (credit: HWO of Tanzania)

Founder and Projects Director
Phone number: +255765 433802, +255766 472333
E-mail: alberthwc@ymail.com,
organization email: hurumiawatotocentre2006@yahoo.com
(HWO) Hurumia Watoto Organization Centre

TANZANIA POSTAL BANK
Mwanza, Kenyata branch
Name of Account: Hurumia Watoto Group Centre
Account Number: 016-00001789

Hurumia Watoto Group Organization
A nonprofit community-based organization,
registered number A.50/178/2007
P.O. Box 8089, Mwanza, Tanzania
REF.NO ILE/CBO/A.50/178/2007
Our organization is located in Mwanza, Tanzania, about 12 kilometers from the Mwanza airport and we operate in Ilemela districts of Mwanza city and rural village.

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Mr. Kahai is also asking for earthly support of Solar Power for various initiatives at Sadani Education Trust Fund in building schools and hospitals. Sadani Education Trust Fund (S.E.T.F) is a non-profit organization founded in April 2013, to fight against illiteracy of all forms and promote education in all levels to improve livelihood of those most in need through education & community development in Tanzania. Find out how you can help S.E.T.F. by visiting How You Can Help.

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For regions without the benefit of the grid, it is a no brainer that Solar Power should be the way to establish community power. So, let’s help these community schools and hospitals in acquiring their solar power so students will be able to study after sunset and hospitals may operate at nights. Let’s spread the sunshine!

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17 December

Time For Collaboration!

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Time For Collaboration! Sunny Day in FL (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

(the letter below is inspired by one of the Kiva Zip businesses that is seeking help with marketing)

Greetings, Kiva Team,

Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva would like to propose a collaborative effort with small businesses at Kiva Zip:

Our goal here at Sun Is The Future is in speeding up the transition toward solar energy age via education and helping entrepreneurs to establish small businesses in solar energy/ renewable energy/energy efficiency/ recycling, and online store. Understanding that limited budget for marketing is a common theme for many small business owners, I’d like to call the attention to ways of reducing costs while receiving marketing and PR help for these small business owners:

Firstly, any small businesses at kiva.zip.org that has installed solar system and provided sunisthefuture.net with photos of their solar rooftop system and permission to post/promote will be recognized at sunisthefuture.net and will be promoted by Sun Is The Future at various social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+) 3 times for a period of a week. For those that (think) cannot afford the initial cost of installing solar systems, please view these posts:

  1. Clean Energy Is Made Easy With Solar City
  2. Go Solar! With Solar City, Solar Is Ready To Go Mainstream!
  3. Elon Musk, The Game Chanager & Risk Taker Who Sped Up Transition Toward Renewables
  4. Solar City Teaming Up With Tesla

Hopefully, they will have realized that Solar City will be able to install solar system (in states where Solar City exists) at their rooftops for free so that these small businesses would simply purchase their electricity through Solar City. These small businesses, once having installed solar systems through Solar City on their rooftops or via Community Solar Gardens in a community solar garden ,  will be able to receive promotion by Sun Is The Future at sunisthefuture.net and via social networks, as mentioned above, free of charge. Be sure to submit the photos of your solar system and a letter/email of permission for the use of your photos in order for Sun Is The Future to promote your business online.  Why do you want to be promoted by Sun Is The Future?  There are readers/viewers from over 164 countries here at Sun Is The Future.

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16 December

Updating News On Feed-In-Tariff

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For those of you who have been following Sun Is The Future closely, I trust that you remember our Renewable Energy friend Paul Gipe (who also believes in Feed-In-Tariff) from the Wind persuasion. I’d like to share with you, his correspondence updating us on the topic of Feed-In-Tariffs, below:

 

News on Feed-in Tariffs

 

November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming and there’s always the risk that as a native English speaker I am missing something important or worse misinterpreting a passage. Yes, this is old news. Willenbacher’s proposed his offer to Chancellor Merkel mid-summer, well before the fall election. But Germany’s enegiewende remains in play and the [more]

November 21, 2013,

Energy watchdog ANRE is in the final stages of deciding on feed-in tariffs for renewable projects in Romania, in a move which has been expected by investors. Zoltan Nagy-Bege, member in ANRE’s regulation board, said on Wednesday the European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the EU, sent the first approval letter this September on the computation mechanism drawn up by the ANRE. He added the watchdog is currently establishing the prices in the new system, which has to be vetted by the EC.

November 19, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

You may have already heard the news about Japan’s first year of feed-in tariffs, but our Bernard Chabot was provided with the raw data in English straight from METI. Here, he shares them with you.

November 14, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’ve posted a model feed-in tariff bill for use by feed-in tariff advocates in the US. The bill is very basic and directs the state utility commission to determine nearly all the details. This bill was designed to meet Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements and was intended for use in the Indiana General Assembly. Model USA State Feed-in Tariff (Indiana 2013)[more]

November 14, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation on the growth of wind energy worldwide, philosophy of feed-in tariff policies, feed-in tariff design, and feed-in tariffs for offshore wind and examples of near shore and offshore community-owned wind for Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.

Solar Server: Germany meeting goals, controlling PV market by feed-in tariff reductions, “reform” unnecessary

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Renewable Energy Consultant Bernard Chabot has published his latest analysis of the German solar photovoltaic (PV) market and policies, showing that PV market control is possible by carefully adjusting feed-in tariff rates.

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

International energy policy consultant Bernard Chabot’s detailed briefing on how to define a targeted fair and sufficiently attractive profitability for investors through Feed-in Tariffs using the Profitability Index Method (PIM).[more]

 

November 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

IEA: FITs Not a Subsidy—But Tax Credits are IEA: Net-Metering only 2% of World Market–The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared that feed-in tariffs are the principal driving force in the worldwide development of solar photovoltaics (solar PV). While possibly stating the obvious, it’s always good to see official confirmation of one’s own observations. IEA’s Trends in Photovoltaic Applications 2013 covers the year 2012 and its report contains a number of gems on what works and what do[more]

October 29, 2013,   by Axel Michaelowa and Stephan Hoch

Renewable energy Feed-in Tariffs (REFIT) have been highly effective in many countries, and provide a proven example of a results-based climate finance instrument, if tuned carefully over time to be sustainable.

 

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13 December

Update of Barefoot Power Loan to Gottlieb and Elephant Energy

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Here is an update of Barefoot Power Loan to Gottlieb for those of you on Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva: Gottlieb and Elephant Energy (EE) used the Kiva loan to purchase 768 Firefly Mobile Lamps and 12 Firefly Fast Phone Chargers from Barefoot Power. Below is the update from Claire Markham in Namibia. I am also posting a video on Elephant Energy in Namibia (how EE got started and what EE is trying to do in Africa):


Gottlieb and Elephant Energy (EE) used the Kiva loan to purchase 768 Firefly Mobile Lamps and 12 Firefly Fast Phone Chargers from Barefoot Power. The solar products were introduced to the EE supply chain that operates throughout six Northern regions of Namibia and assisted in the expansion of EE’s efforts towards rural development, job creation and the availability of safe, alternative energy solutions.

The EE supply chain that the Barefoot Power solar products were sold through currently employs 34 Namibians, four of whom work as Regional Sales Managers (RSMs) and 30 who operate as Rural Sales Agents (RSAs). The RSAs are trained by the RSMs on marketing and sales techniques and then they are supplied with solar products that they sell and earn a commission. RSAs come from rural villages where sources of income are difficult to find. Selling solar products allows our sales agents to be proactive and earn an income based on how much they decide to work.

The solar lights purchased with the Kiva loan offer a safe alternative to candles and kerosene as they eliminate the risk of an accidental fire. Villagers who have bought these products are well aware of the risks associated with open flames in grass huts and they are relieved to have a safe alternative. The solar lights and cell phone chargers also offer economic benefits as they pay back their value in 1-3 months, allowing villagers to cut their dependence on fire for light and paying to charge their cellphones.

All of the profits from the sales of the Barefoot Power solar products will be reinvested into EE in the form of purchasing new products, capacity building and supply chain costs. The solar products have all been sold and the proceeds that have been generated will allow us to expand our supply chain and increase the impact of EE. We hope to continue with this momentum by introducing more solar lights and cellphone chargers to an underserved market that is in need of alternative energy sources.

Barefoot Power

Claire Markham from Windhoek, Namibia Dec 2, 2013 at Kiva site

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12 December

Solar City Teaming Up With Tesla

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In a recent report on Solar City teaming up with Tesla, Solar City will use Tesla’s batteries for energy storage. This fast-growing solar installer, Solar City, has found a solution to energy storage issue while reducing energy cost and demand cost. Called DemandLogic, it could allow businesses to use stored electricity in times of peak demand, reducing their usage at peak periods and the associated fees (called the demand charges). Below you will find a video of Solar City’s Lyndon Rive, discussing the transformative impact of Solar CIty:

 

Energy charges have risen rapidly (Source: EIA)-DemandLogic reduces your demand charges from day one. And because demand charges tend to rise, your savings increase over time (Source: http://www.solarcity.com/commercial/demandlogic/)

Lyndon Rive (cousin of Elon Musk, chairman of Solar City), Solar City’s chief executive, said that the systems would provide backup power and a working solar array during blackouts. Mr. Rive also added that he does not see the systems as a step toward independence from the grid, although storage is very important in maintaining grid stability as more customers continue to adopt solar.

Based on a $1.8 million grant in 2010 from the California Public Utilities Commission to study the possibilities of storing electricity from rooftop solar arrays in batteries, the product was developed. The company has also signed up approximately 300 of its residential customers for a pilot program using battery packs from Tesla (where Elon Musk, cousin of Lyndon Rive, is the chief executive of Tesla and chairman of the Solar City, as indicated in our post/video of Dec. 11, 2013). The company will offer its storage systems in parts of California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

“It’s not a no-brainer-you still have to have the  right combinations of rates and demand charges and the cost of the equipment.But if the systems are able to take advantage of a 30% federal tax credit, the economics would have broader appeal.” according to a senior research analyst at Navigant Research.

The new customers at Solar City systems signing 10-year service agreements are eligible for the credit. The Solar City systems are made to store about a third of the energy the solar array can produce. Mr. Rive guarantees that there would be reductions of demand charge, at about 20%. Part of the appeal is that the system allows businesses to continue operating at full capacity, rather than reducing power usage, as in traditional demand response program.

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