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17 April

Virtual Earth Day Celebration For All

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Get Ready For A Bright and Sunny Day/Future (The Future Is Now)

Just want to quickly let you know that there will be an online event celebrating Earth Day this upcoming weekend, April 19-22, 2013. This is a virtual conference, free and open to the general public. There will be many people speaking about solar energy. Our friend Bill Gallagher, former President of FlaSEIA and long-time (37 years!) solar entrepreneur (Solar-Fit of Holly Hill, FL) will be on at 11:30 A.M., Saturday (April 20, 2013) morning. Times for each day are 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.  Click Agenda for scheduled programs and speakers. Click FREE Registration for registration.

Speakers:

An outstanding line-up of speakers will address a wide array of timely energy topics, including top State officials (like State Energy Director, Patrick Sheehan and Florida Solar Energy Center Director, Dr. Jim Fenton) … national energy pros (like long-time American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy expert, Skip Laitner) … state-level nonprofits (like the Florida Green Building Coalition) … regional organizations (like the Space Coast Energy Consortium and Clean Cities Coalition) … industry officials (solar, electric utilities, transportation, others) … leading local governments and still others.

This event is hosted by: The Future Is Now Foundation and our Energy Smart Planning Program, held in conjunction with the Florida Solar Energy Center & the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition. Various other groups such as Florida Transportation Systems, Inc., Orlando Utility Commission, etc.

Get Ready For A Bright and Sunny Day/Future (The Future Is Now)

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered and posted by-sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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23 March

Solar/Renewable Future For Sunshine State of Florida

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As the news of more solar installations sweep across the planet earth, our Sunshine State of Florida is still lagging behind other developed countries and other states in USA, being one of the thirteen states (by 2012) that does not yet have either RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards) standards or goals. It is a pity that residents in Florida are not provided with optimal incentives to fully utilize our beautiful sunshine.

As our legislative body is in session at Tallahassee, Florida, until early part of May, 2013, we hope that our Florida Senators and Representatives will consider fully some of the General Solar Talking Points that’s been gathered by the FlaSEIA (Florida Solar Energy Industries Association), below:

SOLAR CREATES JOBS:

  • America’s Solar Industry now employs more than 119,000 workers at 5,600 companies across the nation (most of which are small businesses)
  • The solar industry grew 13.2% over the last year despite difficult economic times, this is 6 times faster than the overall economy growth rate of 2.3%
  • Solar employment is expected to grow by 17.2% over the next 12 months indicating a potential of 20,000 new workers
  • Installers added the most solar workers over the past year, more than offsetting declines in manufacturing
  • Solar industry employment has grown by 27% to a figure that outstrips the 91,611 U.S. coal miners

SOLAR DRIVES OUR ECONOMY:

  • 38 states and/or U.S. territories have some form of renewable portfolio standard, goals, or incentives as part of their energy plan
  • Some of the largest corporations and retailers in the world are utilizing solar energy in order to help reduce operating costs and increase profits (Wal-Mart, Macy’s, IKEA, Costco, Dow Jones and more)
  • Florida imports all of the fossil fuels we use to produce electricity, which means we send more than $15 billion out of state every year to buy natural gas and coal
  • Florida Solar means Florida jobs and a thriving economy. This applies to various industries including construction and roofing, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, education, banking and more

SOLAR IS A SOLUTION, NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE:

  • approximately 9 out of 10 voters (92%) believe it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar power
  • 85% of U.S. voters and 87% of swing voters support solar over all other energy sources.
  • 78% of voters are eager to see government support solar through financial incentives
  • 94% of democrats, 89% of independents, and 75% of Republicans support the use of solar
  • 86% of voters said they want leadership on moving from coal and nuclear energy to wind and solar (72% of Republicans, 83% of independents, and 97% of Democrats)

FLORIDA CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT:

  • If Florida does not create a market demand for PV soon, we will only be trading our imported fossil fuels for imported solar electric panels.
  • Florida will miss out on revenue and economic activity occurring from new jobs and the opportunity to export Florida made solar panels and products
  • Florida will continue to trail other states that are aggressively pursuing solar energy until elected officials with vision and political capital convince others that the state should be a leader in this field

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Enough sunlight hits the Earth’s surface in one hour to power the world for an entire year

FlaSEIA: 2555 Porter Lake Drive, Suite 106, Sarasota, FL  34240, Phone: (800) 426-5899, FAX: (941)366-7433, info@FlaSEIA.org, www.FlaSEIA.org

Gathered and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

any of your comments & suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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17 September

The Sunshine State: Florida Solar Market and Policy Issues

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Dear Friends & Readers/Visitors/Viewers,

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Below is a recording of the panel of discussion that took place on September 11, 2012, Tuesday, 2:30-4:00P.M. During Solar Power International (SPI)2012, moderated by Bill Gallagher (President of Solar-Fit), Speakers: Patrick Sheehan (Director of Office of Energy), Joseph Pietrzak (Senior Program Manager of Progress Energy of Florida), and Bruce Kershner (Executive Director of FlaSEIA).


Recent history of solar policy in Florida  was presented/discussed. Its effect on the local solar industry and what is needed to create a strong solar industry in the state are analyzed.  All speakers are very well organized and succinct in their presentations. It is clear that incentive policy is critical in determining the future direction (Success or Failure) of our state’s (or any other state’s) energy/solar industry.  From these presentations, we can see the need for a more clear state energy incentive policy (with less regional variations and better defined goal). The effective Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) (http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20120417) had been a policy responsible for much of the job creations and economic prosperity in Germany, Gainesville, FL.  FIT had been asked by many Florida residents in the past. It’s an incentive policy that had been overwhelmingly received by many countries on planet earth. It is important that all parties involved will try to work cooperatively, for the cost of solar is low enough and will continue to drop. There are also many other modern technologies and R & D for alternative energy that are in the process of development. Mutual cooperation is needed for long term successful survival of all parties, small individuals as well as large utility companies.  Because it is at a point in human history that in the near future, individuals may have the option of going off the grid completely. We are living in a time of global economy and we are not living on an isolated island. If utility companies are truly concerned about their long term viability, they should think of implementing incentives that would keep their customers connected to the grid, working cooperatively toward a solution that will be mutually beneficial for every one involved.  I have long enjoyed the stability of using my utility company and would like to see it on the path being viable for the long haul. FIT may be implemented in such a way that both the utility company and individuals may benefit from participation. I believe CA is trying some such measures. Utility company in Hawaii is also thinking about the future success/viability of their organization, implementing FIT very effectively and cautiously. I would also like to remind you of another post on September 16, 2012 at http://sunisthefuture.net , recalling lessons from other industries: music industry with mp3 and Kodak with digital photography. In both cases, one can see that resistance was futile and delayed acceptance by the status quo would either lead to dramatic lowered revenue or death of the industry. Don’t forget this type of cooperation is also a way to demonstrate our sense of responsibility for future generations on this planet, for implementation of effective Feed-In-Tariff would lead to massive solar installations, job creations, local economic prosperity, while insuring cleaner and safer environment for our future generations. Our world is changing and our paradigm has shifted such that we all need to learn to play cooperative games in order to survive in this global economy.  Successfully played, it will be a very prosperous, clean, and a war-free future for all of us.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

Homepage:  http://www.sunisthefuture.net


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