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11 January

Meritage Homes Sets Solar Standard For Future Homes

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Allow me to share a welcoming transitional event, described below from a post in our sister publication, Windermere Sun:

Meritage Homes, Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere, FL, www.meritagehomes.com, 407-968-9343, 407-461-8390 (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Meritage Homes, Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere, FL, www.meritagehomes.com, 407-968-9343, 407-461-8390, 877-446-5968, 877-275-6374 (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Terrific!! A nearby real estate development in Windermere is incorporating Free Sun Power Solar Systems for rooftops ! That means each house being built will come with a basic Solar System, including the solar panels-solar inverter-solar monitoring system, (that may be expanded, please refer to incentive programs available at DSIRE). It’s about time that smart and informed developers have come to realize that cost of solar panels are sufficiently low and now offer it as one of the “come with the house” features. At Enclave at Windermere Landing, 11536 Chase Road, Windermere FL, one can find 7 different plans at the sales office of Meritage Homes, to see a few, below,

Meritage Homes' plan for Franklin

Meritage Homes’ plan for Franklin

Meritage Homes-Hancock plan

Meritage Homes-Hancock plan

Meritage Homes' Plan for Victoria

Meritage Homes’ Plan for Victoria

Meritage Homes' Plan for Revere

Meritage Homes’ Plan for Revere

ranging from 2349 sq ft to 4521 sq ft. (base prices ranging from $439,990 to $539,990), at a location only minutes from SR 429, SR 408, Florida Turnpike, I-4, and about 15 minutes from Disney, convenient to shopping, schools, outdoor activities, and employment markets.Meritage Homes18-Map final Apparently, Meritage Homes are building in 17 different Central Florida/Orlando communities (in cities of Apopka, Casselberry, Orlando, Oviedo, St. Cloud, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Winter Springs). These homes are with luxurious master suites, quality construction (ENERGY STAR certified homes and ENERGY STAR qualified appliances) and energy efficient features.

Energy Efficiency of Meritage Homes

Energy Efficiency of Meritage Homes

I anticipate that future new homes will have Solar Rooftops as part of the Standard. We are seeing the Renewable Energy Future. We are seeing the beginning of the Solar Tsunami, leading by Meritage Homes…..

Come out to see these Meritage Homes…for there won’t be any plots left if you wait too long…for many are ready for the Renewable Energy Future, our Solar Energy Future….

Meritage Homes plots in Enclave at Windermere Landing

Meritage Homes plots in Enclave at Windermere Landing

Another Anticipation For The Future: Anticipation For Tomorrow: President Obama’s Final Presidential State of Union Address-Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 9:00 pm (EST) (preview below)

Some are speculating what may be included in President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address, below:

 ~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, photographed, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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4 January

Many Ways For Floridians To Go Solar

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Here is a re-post from Windermere Sun:

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State! (photo credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State! (photo credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Below, is part of a message (in italics) from one of our readers, C, in Central Florida region:

I need solar panels.

Solar Panel

Solar Panel

I pay $200 every month for electric, and we will have only warmer weather as the planet gets warmer. No more of going for 6 months without AC. The humidity is the cause of the mold that made me sick this summer. I don’t know how to pay for them, but we can figure it out….

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Dear C.,

Here are some points to consider in order to help you to take part in solar energy use:

I. I want you to be aware of all the incentive programs (to save money) for installing renewable/solar energy & energy efficiency in USA and FL.

 

II. To help reduce the cost of installing solar panels (perhaps by as much as 20%), you may want to consider joining a Solar Co-Op. There is a West Orange Solar Co-Op and an Orlando and Winter Park Solar Co-Op that is also open to homeowners East of I-4. In a recent Central Florida Solar Advocates meetup meeting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, these are discussed, below:

Here are the steps for the Solar Co-op Process, suggested by the Central Florida Solar Advocates:

  1. Attend an Information Session: Learn about going solar and how solar co-ops work.
  2. Join Your Local Co-op: Sign up on line! Any one can participate. The only requirement is that you want to go solar!
  3. Get a Roof Review: Your roof is reviewed via satellite to make sure it’s a good fit for solar energy.
  4. Solicit Local Bids: Once the co-op has 20-30 members, a request for proposal is created based on co-op members priorities and bids are solicited from installers.
  5. Review Bids as a Group: Co-op members form a selection committee to review bids and select a single installer to complete all of the projects.
  6. Get Individualized Proposal: Homeowner meets with the chosen installer to get an individualized proposal for a solar system for your home. This proposal will reflect the group discount.
  7. Sign an Individualized Contract: Homeowner signs a contract directly with the installer.
  8. Installation: Have your solar panels installed on your home!
  9. Celebrate: Celebrate with the co-op and help start other co-ops in your community!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email: cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com

To learn more about these co-ops or join a solar co-op, visit: www.cfsolaradvocates.org

 

III. If you live in an apartment or in a house that is shaded, even though you may not be able to take advantage of the solar energy via your own rooftop, you may still be able to participate in solar energy use via Community Solar Garden/Farm. Check out what’s been accumulated at Sun Is The Future about Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm

Please feel free to contact Paul Spencer of Clean Energy Collective or Joy Hughes of Solar Gardens for the benefit of their experience in developing Community Solar Gardens/Farms.

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. If you need to get a loan or any financial assistance in order to participate in solar energy use, please consider these avenues, below:

  • Obtaining a loan via Kiva, then contact Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a loan via Mosaic, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a grant via one of the crowdfunding platforms, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will be able to help promote for your campaign. Different platforms have different conditions. So be sure to take care in choosing the appropriate ones for you.
  • If you live in Windermere, FL area and is obtaining either a solar loan or a solar grant via any of the avenues above, be sure to contact Windermere Sun by email: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com so Windermere Sun will be able to help promote for your loan or grant.

 

V. For those of you who truly have difficulty in affording the installation cost of solar, do not forget the recent victory at the Florida State Supreme Court, explained in this post. There is something you can do to help improve the chance of lowering your future utility bills, by obtaining more signatures to improve the chance of Floridians For Solar Choice ballot initiative to be passed in February of 2016.

May you/we all be able to enjoy the warmth and energy of Sunshine for many decades to come….

~Let’s Help One Another~
Any comments, suggestions, or concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com
 

Gathered, written, photographed, video-recorded, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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20 December

Solar For Oil: Miracle On Pennsylvania Avenue

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Miracle on Pennsylvania Ave (photographed & photoblended by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Miracle on Pennsylvania Ave (photographed & photoblended by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sunshine Coming Through (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sunshine Coming Through (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I could’t  decide on which of the two images above (Miracle on Pennsylvania Ave or Sunshine Coming Through) to use for this post. Perhaps we should have you all, the readers, vote on it. Let me know via sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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It’s great to be back after taking care of some family matter to report such terrific news! Thanks to one of our dear readers asking a very important question concerning the current status of our federal tax credit for installing solar.

For those of you who may need a bit of refresher on all the renewable energy & energy efficiency tax incentives throughout 50 states of USA, please click–>DSIRE. For U.S. Territories’ tax credit programs, please click U.S. Territories .  For U.S. Federal tax credit programs, please click Federal . Just a few weeks ago, an extension of the U.S. ITC (Investment Tax Credit) seemed unlikely and solar businesses globally were getting ready to base their future business strategies on the tax credit stepping down to 10% on January 1, 2017, and expiring entirely for individuals. Just at this nick of time….I should have known since my first time viewing the Miracle On 34th Street….many miracles may take place here in USA….even in Washington, D.C….

On December 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate has passed an omnibus spending bill which includes extension of the 30% federal ITC for solar (PTC for wind). Under this extension, the ITC will stay at 30% through 2020, and then decline gradually for two years before falling to 10%. The legislation also allows for PV projects to claim the credit for the year in which they begin construction. This bill includes the lifting of a 40-year ban on oil exports (this 40-year ban came into existence during the time when U.S. was having shortage of oil so it is now graduating from being a poor policy to being an exceptionally poor policy because U.S. is now an exporter rather than an importer of oil). So the elimination of this 40-year ban with ITC extension for solar (PTC for wind) is truly a win-win for both oil producers and renewable/solar producers of USA alike. It has passed both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, with the final Senate vote being 65-33.  This was the final vote needed before the bill will be signed by U.S. President Obama (who supports it).

Various studies (GTM Research indicating that 25 GW of additional PV will be put online. IHS: this will prevent the first annual decline in the global solar industry in over a decade, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, etc.) have shown that ITC extension will dramatically increase the amount of solar installed in the USA by 2020.

In a SEIA/Bloomberg report, without the extension of ITC amounts to an additional 69 GW (gigawatts) of solar deployment between 2016 and 2022,

SEIA's analysis of data using NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)'s JEDI (Jobs and Economic Development Impacts) model and BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)'s data covering the ITC (Investment Tax Credit)'s impact on jobs and economic investment between 2015-2011. (credit: SEIA, NREL, BNEF)

SEIA’s analysis of data using NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)’s JEDI (Jobs and Economic Development Impacts) model and BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)’s data covering the ITC (Investment Tax Credit)’s impact on jobs and economic investment between 2015-2022. (credit: SEIA, NREL, BNEF)

solar industry stands to lose 80,000 jobs (Solar jobs derived from NREL’s Jedi model represent demand-side jobs-years, not comparable to the Solar Foundation’s job census which accounts both demand and supply-side jobs and uses a different methodology. For more information please click: ) http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/jedi/  and  http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/ ) in 2017 and an additional 20,000 jobs in related affected industries, for a total loss of 100,000 American jobs. With the ITC extension, it would yield 61,000 more solar jobs in 2017 and 58,000 more jobs in 2021, etc. It is projected that the total solar investment in the US economy between 2016-2022 will be more than $124 billion, $39 billion more than if the ITC expires.

Truly, the ITC extension will provide solar businesses the regulatory certainty to invest in their operations and hire new employees. Who’d thought that it is a result of negotiating from lifting a 40-year ban on oil export?!  Solar For Oil! It is truly a time of Miracle On Pennsylvania Avenue!  The longer I am alive, the more I have to believe in Miracles….how can one not :)….

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, photographed & photoblended, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

You may also be interested in these posts from the past, below:

100% Electric Vehicle and 100% Solar By 2030

Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

Expanded Discussion of Value of Solar

In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture 

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

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19 June

Community Solar resources!

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 165 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!
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For the spirit of community, I’d like to share some information and resources making it possible for communities to come together to plant solar garden/farm/ program. Below you will find information on federal, state legislation, and tax-related resources.

  1. Community Solar: Power and Ownership for You and Me (IREC, Interstate Renewable Energy Council)
  2. IREC Releases Community Solar Energy Guidelines (GetSolar.com)
  3. Community Solar Farm (Wikipedia)
  4. Vote Solar (votesolar.org)
  5. DSIRE
  6. Shared Renewables HQ
  7. IREC Model Program Rules for Shared Renewables
  8. DC SUN (DC Solar United Neighborhoods) has been working hard to make solar affordable and accessible to every resident of DC. A summary and full text of the bill is available online here.

Let’s take a look at a community solar program in Arizona in the video, below :


Be sure to also check out previous 2 posts (June 18, & 17, 2013) of www.sunisthefuture.net, also on community solar garden/farm/institute.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

any questions or suggestions will be welcomed publicly below in the comment box or privately via sunisthefuture@gmail.com (be sure to note if you do not want the email to be shared).

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24 April

Incentive For Solar (4)-For Consumers

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Yes,  artificial photosynthesis or artificial leaf may become a reality in the future, but it is not commercially available any time soon (within 2-5 years). The high cost of catalyst and fuel cell (in the process of achieving artificial photosynthesis) may take a while to overcome. So, let’s bring ourselves back to our present reality. Each and every one of us, consumers, can do something now, in participating in bringing down the cost of solar technology while benefiting financially. In addition to various financial opportunities under the SunShot Initiative that I’ve mentioned in April 18, 2011 post, various solar projects and incentives may also come under the heading of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of Department of Energy

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Various tax credits, loan programs, rebate programs, incentive programs, and feed-in-tariff programs in association with solar projects may be found under DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency),available via this link:

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?EE=1&RE=1&SPV=0&ST=0&technology=all_solar&sh=1

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DSIRE SOLAR click button to get to your state’s financial incentive programs

to obtain individual states’ listing  of solar incentives by clicking on the state of your interest at http://www.dsireusa.org/solar/index.cfm?ee=1&RE=1&spf=1&st=1

Please take an active part in contacting your local offices for technical guidance or explanations of government policies and incentives programs. Let’s all reach out and touch the sun!

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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