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24 August

Daniel Kammen Resigns From Science Envoy of U.S. State Department

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Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy of UC Berkeley and former Science Envoy of U.S. State Department (presented at WindermereSun.com)

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UC Berkeley Distinguished Professor of Energy Daniel Kammen resigns from his post as Science Envoy of the U.S. States Department, citing that he believed it to be President Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacists and neo-nazis and for U.S. to depart from Paris Climate Accord. His letter of resignation spelled out “impeach” by the first letter of each paragraph.

Professor Kammen feels Secretary Tillerson needs to speak truth to power and not cave in to climate denial environment. He further comments that it is utmost important for U.S. to remain competitive economically and politically on world stage by addressing climate change, carbon tax, and renewable energy with distributed stand point.

For more about Daniel Kammen’s work, please refer to: his web site at Berkeley.


Below, is excerpts from wikipedia, on Daniel Kammen, in italics:

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley and a former climate Science Envoy for the State Department. He holds a dual appointment at the Energy and Resources Group (part of the College of Natural Resources) and the Goldman School of Public Policy. He is also a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their report, Climate Change 2007, assessing man-made global warming. Kammen was elected a permanent fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 1998 and, in 2007, received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club of California.

On September 9, 2010, Kammen was appointed chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the World Bank.

In 2016, he was selected as a U.S. Science Envoy by the United States State Department.

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13 March

Revolving Fund For Community Solar Energy

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Just a quick note to let you all know that  another solar project has been helped by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This time, by helping installation of 22 kW solar array at the Kehilla Community to go solar today, hopefully there will be more communities to go solar tomorrow!  The  Re-volv project campaign  at Indiegogo (a crowdfunding platform), located in San Francisco, CA, had a goal of $55,000 that ran between December 3, 2013-January 23, 2014. At the end of its campaign period, over 300 people from 20 states and 7 countries came together collectively to fund a total of $56,070 was raised. Below, you will see/hear Andreas Karelas, the RE-volv project organizer sharing RE-volv and Solar Seed Fund with us, below:


For every $1 donated Kehilla will save $2 over the life of the solar energy system. For every $1 donated RE-volv will be able to invest $3 more in solar. So, for every $1 donated, it generates an additional $5 worth of benefit. By supporting this campaign, those  who helped not only helped to finance a solar energy system for the Kehilla Community Synagogue, saving them $130,000 during the life of the system, but also helped replacing grid electricity that would have emitted 14,490 lbs of carbon dioxide each year with clean solar energy. Furthermore, each donor is paying forward to create solar energy projects today and tomorrow through a revolving fund, the Solar Seed Fund.

When donating to the Solar Seed Fund, one is investing in this solar energy project and future projects for other nonprofits and cooperatives. The Solar Seed Fund pays for solar energy installations on local community centers that pay RE-volv back over time through the savings on their energy bill. Then RE-volv reinvests the principles and revenues it makes on each project into additional solar projects-an average of 3 to 5 projects. So investing in the Solar Seed Fund would multiply the donation amount over time as RE-volv invests in more projects. All of the donations to RE-volv are tax-deductible since RE-volv is a non-profit organization.  Perks such as: photos of the completed solar installation ($25 donation level), tote bag ($50 level), Danny Kennedy’s optimistic book on energy and sustainability in America “Rooftop Revolution” ($100 level), solar phone charger ($250 level), framed photo of the solar panel funded ($500 level), listed as an Executive Producer in Kehilla solar project and listed in RE-volv’s annual report ($1000 level), VIP Solar Tour ($2,500 level), dinner with RE-volv team ($5,000 level), RE-volv’s Executive Director will come to your community to speak about solar energy ($2,500 level), are in place.

During a previous project (RE-volv’s first solar project), 300 people from 26 states and 5 countries came together and donated to make their first solar installation possible at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, CA. This 10 KW project will not only save Shawl-Anderson thousands on the electricity bill, but their lease payments will be reinvested to finance four additional solar energy projects.

To quote from website, www.re-volv.org, below:

The idea behind RE-volv is simple: Let’s all get together, chip in a few bucks, and create a society powered by renewable energy. RE-volv, a nonprofit organization, finances local community-based solar projects through the Solar Seed Fund—a revolving fund for solar projects that raises money through crowdfunding.

We will look forward to more future projects with this organization as it expands from CA to elsewhere, for it is brilliant, collaborative, and serves its respective communities well. If your community is interested in renewable energy, RE-volv can help you to assess the renewable energy potential in your community and provide low-cost financing for your community’s renewable energy needs. For free consultation, please contact RE-volv via email at info@re-volv.org or phone 415-314-7719.

Yes, together, we earthlings may be able to invest in a brighter, cleaner future for all of our communities everywhere.

If your community is interested in renewable energy, RE-volv can help you to assess the renewable energy potential in your community and provide low-cost financing for your community’s renewable energy needs. For free consultation, please contact RE-volv via email at info@re-volv.org or phone 415-314-7719.

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