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18 March

Bill Gallagher, President of SOLAR-FIT, Almost 4 Decades in Solar Business

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I’d like to introduce you to a solar entrepreneur, Mr. Bill Gallagher (President of SOLAR-FIT), who has been in solar business for 38 years (almost 4 decades) !  Having such a longevity in this youthful business, we can certainly learn a great deal from his experience.  Below is a video clip of the exchange I had with Bill on a sunny day in March at Holly Hill, Florida (where SOLAR-FIT is).  I apologize for my heavy nasal sound/voice as a result of my Spring allergy.

Solar-Fit provides a great variety of solar products and services for solar PV, solar thermal (with several days of backup system), solar ventilation system, heliocol solar pool system, and sun tunnel (which funnels natural light into any dark room).

Attic Ventilation System would help to reduce the cost of AC for Florida homes

Having Sun Tunnel would bring in more natural sunlight into a house/building

 

Bill also mentioned the one price online permitting process at Broward County (previously mentioned in our Feb. 22, 2013 post with Mr. Jeffery Halsey of Broward County of Florida)being able to help reduce a good percentage of the soft cost of solar projects. With the dropping cost of solar modules and the security of return that solar investments promise, investing in solar installations is the smart thing to do now. Not only are solar installations able to help reduce CO2 emission, they will also enable consumers to be better prepared for emergency situations (such as hurricanes). We are all hoping that there will be Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS)and/or goals in the state of Florida and better structured solar incentives that would help to guide consumers toward the path for better use of our wonderful sunshine here in state of Florida.

Bill Gallagher, President of SOLAR-FIT of Holly Hill, FL, chatting with us about various solar systems that would help to reduce consumers’ expenditures and improve their living environment

Bill Gallagher in front of SOLAR-FIT of Holly Hill, FL, a solar business that’s been around for almost 4 decades !

After our visit to Bill’s SOLAR-FIT, we stopped by WNZF NewsRadio station to chat with Bill about Solar Energy and what has been developing at Sun Is The Future.  Because Holly Hill is not far from Daytona and there were two qualifying sessions set for Friday (March 15, 2013) at the Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 200 on Saturday (March 16, 2013) for The 2013 Geico Motorcycle AMA pro Road Racing series event, I have never seen so many motorcyclists on the road in my life!

 

Motorcyclists seen in Holly Hill, FL, not far from Daytona, a day before the two qualifying sessions of Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16, 2013, for the 2013 Geico Motorcycle AMA pro Road Racing Series event

Visiting WNZF NewsRadio station with host of the Renewable Energy Show (every Saturday, 10:30AM-11:00AM, at 1550AM and 106.3FM) host Bill Gallagher at right, Mark Gilliand the sound engineer of WNZF at left, and Susan and Michael of SunIsTheFuture in the middle

At the WNZF News Radio station,we found out that Bill had been busy not only as a solar entrepreneur, but also a terrific radio show host spreading the good news about renewable energy.You are all encouraged and welcomed to listen in to Bill’s Solar Fit Renewable Energy Show that airs every Saturday morning from 10:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. at 1550 AM and 106.3 FM in state of Florida. Please feel free to contact Bill if you know of any solar enthusiasts, advocate, or entrepreneurs who would like to share his/her experience in solar business world. We chatted about the evolution of Sun Is The Future: how I started sunisthefuture.net from a solar education blog in early 2011, to expanding to sunisthefuture Youtube Channel, recruiting hubby Michael to be the cameraman and technical support in 2012 ,  Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, Online Sunisthefuture Stores, and  attention toward FIT (Feed-In-Tariff), also known as the CLEAN in CA, as a tool/method/incentive policy to help quickly spread the renewable or solar energy installations in USA.

For any information about solar systems at SOLAR-FIT or possibility of discussion about solar industry here in Florida and USA, please contact President Gallagher at:

  1. www.solar-fit.com
  2. Bill@solar-fit.com
  3. 386-441-2299

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5 June

Translator Is Available For Sun Is The Future !

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Dear Readers and Friends,

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.

Sorry about the delayed posts.  I’ve been pretty busy with deadlines for various projects.  Before I continue our discussion on Feed-In-Tariffs, Incentive For Solar, I would like to bring you the good news about a new feature now available for Sun Is The Future, our very own Translator!  Now that Sun Is The Future has reached readers in over 66 countries and 383 cities (according to the  report from Google Analytics), I’ve been getting requests for translation from time to time.  Since I promised I will always try to do my very best to meet the needs of my readers,  even if it did take a while to locate the optimal Translator, here it is–>Translator page at right under Information.  This Translator may assist us to translate Sun Is The Future from English to 34/35 other languages (Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish,Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Credole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese).   The Translator page may be found under Information in the right sidebar.

Please make good use of The Translator at right and let me know if you run into any difficulty or if this translator does sufficiently good job in conveying the material from this site.  Thank you.

We will continue our discussion on Incentive For Solar-Feed-In-Tariffs next.

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8 May

Incentive For Solar (9)-Feed-In-Tariffs-Germany’s Renewable Energy Program

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Hi, Dear Friends and Readers,

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.

There are two posts on May 8, 2011, and please be sure not to miss the Incentive For Solar (8)-Feed-In-Tariff if you haven’t already looked at/read  it.

In the race to save our planet, earthlings would benefit a great deal to learn from each other.

After you’ve seen and heard the experience and comments from the panel of American scientists, researchers, and policy makers from previous post regarding Feed-In-Tariff, I’d like to share with you the obstacles and rewards of the country, Germany, that is leading the way of renewable energy due to the inclusion of Feed-In-Tariffs in Germany’s Renewable Energy Program. In the following video clip, we will see Hermann Scheer MP, member of German Parliament, World Future Council, and the main architect for German’s Renewable Energy Act of 1999/2000, discussing trials and tribulations and ultimate success in having the three provisions of FIT as part of the German’s Renewable Energy Act and therefore in securing the growth and prosperity of German’s renewable energy industry, placing Frieburg, Germany, in the position of Solar Capitol of Europe. When the video was filmed, UK was not one of the countries that had implemented FIT, but that is no longer the case in 2011 (UK started FIT in April, 2010. Now let’s take a look what we can learn from  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H3lRTQSJxY

So, those of us earthlings in US, it is still not too late for us to join the race to save our planet!  Let’s find the optimal level of our Feed-In-Tariffs, then we should be able to stimulate the growth and local jobs and opportunities while racing toward the Sun and Renewable Energy Age!

 

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29 April

Incentive For Solar (7)-Building Integrated PV

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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.

My friends and readers, Dow Solar Shingles were not just discovered yesterday.  In the 1970’s PV (photovoltaics) applications for buildings began appearing, with aluminum-framed PV modules connected to, or mounted on buildings that were usually in remote areas without access to an electric power grid.  In the 1980’s PV module add-ons to roofs surfaced. These PV systems were usually installed on utility-grid-connected buildings in areas with centralized power stations.  In the 1990’s building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), construction products designed to be integrated into a building envelope (physical separator between the interior and exterior environments of a building) such as the roof, skylights, or facades, became commercially available. These materials are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with BIPV modules as well.  According to Business Wire of April 5, 2011,  “the global BIPV market will see strong growth in the coming years, with annual wholesale revenues rising from $744 million in 2010 to nearly $4 billion in 2016….”

Building-Integrated Photovoltaic modules are available in different forms: Flat roofs (a thin film solar cell integrated to a flexible polymer roofing membrane is the most widely installed flat roofs to date);Pitched roofs ( solar shingles are modules designed to look and act like regular shingles, while incorporating a flexible thin film cell and extending normal roof life by protecting insulation and membranes from ultraviolet rays and water degradation…this is accomplished through elimination of condensation because the dew point is kept above the roofing membrane.);Facades (modules are mounted on the facade of the building, over the existing structure, providing old building a new look and increase the appeal of the building and its resale value);Glazing (semitransparent modules can be used to replace elements made with glass or similar materials, such as windows and skylights.).

In some countries, additional incentives are offered for building-integrated photovoltaics in addition to the existing feed-in tariffs for stand-alone solar systems. (I promise I will go into details in explaining “feed-in-tariffs” in future posts).  Since July 2006 France offered the highest incentive for BIPV, equal to an extra premium of EUR 0.25/kWh paid in addition to the 30 Euro cents for PV systems. These incentives are offered in the form of a rate paid for electricity fed to the grid.

please take a look at the next clip….>

 

 

 

European Union

Please refer to:  http://www.cler.org/info/article.php3?id_article=3281,    http://www.leonardo-energy.org/drupal/node/897http://wn.com/BIPV

  • France + EUR 0.25/kWh
  • Germany – former EUR 0,05/kWh facade bonus expired in 2009
  • Italy + EUR 0.04-0.09 kWh
  • Spain, compared with a non- building installation that receives 28,00 cent€/kWh (RD 1578/2008):
    • <= 20 KW, 34,00 cent€/kWh
    • >20 kW: 31,00cent€/kWh

USA

Please refer to: Sunisthefuture.net  April 15 , Sunisthefuture.net April 18, Sunisthefuture.net April 24, of 2011 posts

  • USA – Varies by state. Check Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency for more details. http://www.dsireusa.org/

China

Please refer to: http://www.snec.org.cn/Read_e.asp?ID=8582 ,    http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/here-comes-chinas-3b-golden-sun-projects/ ,   http://www.pvgroup.org/events/ctr_031358

Further to the announcement of a subsidy program for BIPV projects in March 2009 offering RMB20/watt for BIPV systems and RMB15/watt for rooftop systems, the Chinese government recently unveiled a photovoltaic energy subsidy program “the Golden Sun Demonstration Project”. The subsidy program aims at supporting the development of photovoltaic electricity generation ventures and the commercialization of PV technology. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Energy Bureau have jointly announced the details of the program in July 2009. Qualified on-grid photovoltaic electricity generation projects including rooftop, BIPV, and ground mounted systems are entitled to receive a subsidy equal to 50% of the total investment of each project, including associated transmission infrastructure. Qualified off-grid independent projects in remote areas will be eligible for subsidies of up to 70% of the total investment. In mid November, China’s finance ministry has selected 294 projects projects totaling 642 megawatts that come to roughly RMB 20 billion ($3 billion) in costs for its subsidy plan to dramatically boost the country’s solar energy production.

What can I say….we need MORE  INCENTIVES  FOR  SOLAR in US if we are truly aiming for SunShot Initiative and truly aiming to lead in the renewable energy era !!

More discussions remain in future posts on incentive for solar….

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25 April

Response to Readers

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Hi, Dear Readers of sunisthefuture.net or sunisthefuture.com,

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.

In the effort of trying to help my readers to speed up loading time, I will be  emailing you directly rather than responding to you at my site. Thank you so much for your support and positive comments. You are the reason that I am continuing posting with such consistency and enthusiasm. Please feel free to spread the words on use of solar energy and this site, http://sunisthefuture.net, with your friends, relatives, and neighbors. I will try to find information that may be of use to you, so please feel free to let me know what areas of interest, your concerns, and your questions concerning solar energy (or how transitioning into solar energy may benefit you). I will try my very best to respond and obtain information for you. I hope as time continues, you will get into the habit of looking for opportunities toward the direction of the sun. My most recent series on Incentive For Solar will hopefully be able to help readers to identity possible financial opportunities and potential community projects and activities any where on planet earth. More will be continuing in this series.

Some of the readers from CA notified me of blank rectangular spots in my posts resulting from  blocking software. Apparently some of the  blocking software out there would block any graphical images (even including RSS feed symbol), so if you are viewing these posts with blank rectangles, please be sure to also check out the posts else where for more complete posts (because a lot of graphical images also include maps, charts etc. that would be of use to you). Sun Is The Future is now also available via Amazon Kindle. Please feel free to leave a review or comment for Sun Is The Future at Amazon Kindle store.

Lastly, at some of your request, I will try to load more video clips and translator (thus far Sun Is The Future has reached over 33 countries) in the near future. Some of you also would like to see a forum being developed at Sun Is The Future. I promise I will look into this. I hope, with all of your help, Sun Is The Future will accelerate the momentum of our planet earth’s movement toward the Sun.

Thank you for all of your input.

Have a sunny day and a lovely week.

sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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18 April

Incentive For Solar (2)

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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, yes, yes, I will share some more details of the SunShot Initiative that was mentioned in the previous post of April 15, 2011, before going into details of any other incentive programs.  Here are some program highlights of current financial opportunities,  divided into four main groups,  under the umbrella of Solar Energy Technologies Program: photovoltaics; concentrating solar power; systems integration; and marketing transformation.  These DOE funding opportunities encourage collaborative partnerships among industry, universities, national laboratories, federal, state, and local governments’ and non-government agencies and advocacy groups through an open and competitive solicitation process.  To explore these financial opportunity solicitations, please refer to links below:

These current financial opportunities (below) had just been made available this month under the umbrella of Solar Energy Technologies Program

  1. Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=397
  2. Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=394
  3. Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency:  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=396
  4. Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems-Advanced Concepts: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/financial_opps_detail.html?sol_id=395

For various DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program Highlights, please refer to links below:

Here is a special note for my Midwestern friends (a special wave to Rose, who emailed me multiple times regarding concern for availability of amount of sunlight in IL), if Boston, New York City, Ann Arbor, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul can all be one of the Solar America Cities, I am certain that Chicago and many other Midwestern cities can also be part of the Solar America Cities.  Here, you will see the 25 Solar America Cities partnerships

The 25 Solar America Cities partnerships represent the foundation of DOE’s Solar America Communities program

that represent the foundation of DOE’s Solar America Communities program.  Local governments and citizens across the country are taking action to make solar energy a more viable option for their communities.  These forward cities and counties are using innovative approaches to remove market barriers to solar and encourage adoption of solar energy technologies at the local level.  In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy designated 25 major U.S. cities as Solar America Cities and provided financial and technical assistance to help the cities develop comprehensive approaches to increasing solar energy use.  Sixteen of these designees also received additional Recovery Act funding in 2009 for special projects that tackle specific barriers to urban solar energy use.  Here you can also see a chart showing various activities that the 25 Solar America Cities have undertaken to advance solar energy and build sustainable local solar markets.  Communities throughout US can use this chart to identify cities working on similar issues to leverage their experience and lessons learned.  More details regarding these communities and their activities can be found at this site http://solaramericacommunities.energy.gov/solaramericacities/action_areas/

It is time for all of us, throughout US, to cooperate and help one another in sharing our experiences in our journey toward the sun.  Department of Energy has already provided us with the basic ground work and budget to start in our transition toward solar energy.   We look forward to continued support and additional financial opportunities that will be forthcoming.  But in the meantime, citizens of US, take a close look at these activities and programs and see how you may take part in this exciting transitioning period.  You may be an entrepreneur with business ideas, a university faculty or researcher, a college student, a home maker trying to find more efficient way to provide household energy sources, you may all take part in these programs, benefiting financially while participating in this global movement toward the sun. So, let’s be optimistic!  Let’s head toward the sun with confident and giant leaps.  If you have any other questions regarding  the SunShot/Dollar-a-Watt Initiative, please refer to contact below:

SunShot Initiative Contacts

Contact information for the SunShot/Dollar-a-Watt Initiative is provided below.

U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program
Ramamoorthy Ramesh
Program Manager
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20585
Phone: 202-287-1473
E-mail: solar@ee.doe.gov

Rachel Tronstein
Clean Energy Advisor
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20585
Phone: 202-586-6832
E-mail: Rachel.Tronstein@ee.doe.gov

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