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24 October

Support For Solar Cars of World Solar Challenge

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Solar Cars on display for spectators and participants of World Solar Challenge 2015 in Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Solar Cars on display for spectators and participants of World Solar Challenge 2015 in Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday, October 24, 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Bridgestone, local volunteers, and event organizer Chris Selwood have all done a terrific job in facilitating for the success of this event, World Solar Challenge 2015. But the reality is that much work, time, energy, and expenses are required for these universities/schools, students, and parents in order for these teams to participate (from research, design, testing, obtaining material, to plane fare and hotel expense, etc.) As a matter of fact, some of the teams that were participating in 2013 are not here in 2015 because of the lack of funding support. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you  some ingenious methods (thought up by students and participants of WSC2015) of obtaining funding for future participation in World Solar Challenges.

First Method Example: Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan Is For Sale !!!

Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan, Winner of the Cruiser Class in World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan, Winner of the Cruiser Class in World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

A Historical Moment has arrived! The solar vehicle that has just come in first in the Cruiser Class of World Solar Challenge 2015, by Kogakuin University, is now selling it as a way to raise fund for future World Solar Challenge races. It is designed with a family in mind, traveling up to 100 km/h and with a carrying capacity for four. Any car collectors, car dealerships, educational institutions, or solar businesses would have a wonderful opportunity to acquire/showcase/support solar projects by considering to purchase this vehicle. If any of you out there is interested, please contact the Kogakuin Universtiy Solar Vehicle Project via email: kogakuin.solarcar@gmail.com

A shout out to Jay Leno (well known American talk show host who has a passion for collecting cars and is now running a show call Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC)! Jay, this is the car for your show to usher in our Renewable/Solar Energy Age!!! Let’s all tweet to Jay: @jayleno  and @LenosGarage to help him realize this fantastic opportunity at World Solar Challenge!

If any other Solar Car Teams will be interested in raising fund in this manner, please keep Sun Is The Future informed so we can help you to let the world know that there is such opportunity for car enthusiasts and organizations to obtain Solar Cars !

Second Method Example: Solis Bellator of Liberty Christian School Solar Car Team from U.S.A.

Above is a student (Cameron Mutis, the media consultant of Solis Bellator) from Liberty Christian School of Argyle, TX (of USA). These students are amazing! They simply got dressed and pitched at various organizations, companies, and individuals to gather $150,000 then designed, made, and participated in World Solar Challenge 2015. In this process, they have not only learned about the building of a solar car, but also various aspects of locating resources and funding an organization or project. What they have accomplished is not easy, especially when you consider that some of the other university solar car teams are running on a budget of multiple millions of dollars and with guidance from industries. I suspect their teacher/coach Brent Dragoo had contributed much to the success of the team, for between Oct. 20-21, their charge controller died and they had to order another from the company in Brisbane to overnight it to Coober Pedy. Truly resourceful! If you should be interested in helping to support this school and/or their solar car project, please feel free to contact Liberty Christian School at 940-294-2000 (USA) and/or Donate (with Designation specified for “solar car“)

Third Method Example: Fund Raising Campaigns globally via various Crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, etc. Remember that there are a lot of crowdfunding platforms out there. You may find one or more most suitable for your particular situation/school by googling. Keep in mind that tips on how to start or run a successful campaign may be obtained via youtube. Incredible as it may seem, one of the well known solar campaigns funded via indiegogo was by an Idaho (USA) couple who were designing for Solar Roadway. They were asking for $1 million but ended up receiving slightly more than $2 million by the end of the whole campaign. When any one team is running a campaign, it is important to try to let as many people know about the motivation and duration of the campaign. Sun Is The Future would be gladly help to assist in letting the world know about your campaign. But it is crucial that individual solar car team would set up their own campaign and provide their own web site with appropriate contact information before contacting Sun Is The Future at sunisthefuture@gmail.com . Sun Is The Future will help to promote campaigns but would not be involved with the collection of donations.

May there always be plentiful beautiful Sunshine and sufficient funds for these beautiful Solar Cars for many many more decades to come….

More coverage on World Solar Challenge 2015 in the coming posts and at our youtube channel….

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

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www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

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1 November

Optimistic Future in The Venus Project

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Please show your support for Renewable Energy by visiting-signing-sharing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State!

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Whenever I attend a solar conference or travel to different parts of the world, I like to give out my Sun Is The Future card, to help to spread the message of solar energy use and acquire more friends and

My card-Sun Is The Future, Think Positively About Alternative Future

viewers/readers. As stated in the card (at right), “Think Positively About Alternative Future” is the goal of Sun Is The Future.  So, in this month of November, I’d like to bring you a series of    alternative future possibilities, be it in terms of social values, city planning design, or construction of an environment. After viewing BBC News’ recent reports  regarding conflicts and protests that’s been brewing in Europe and Middle East, I feel compelled to share with you  views of  alternative future that will be of abundance, of clean water and air that will free human beings from wars and wants, free human beings from waste and inequality. Regardless which perspective these different views are coming from, they all have the common belief that solar energy will be playing a significant part of this hopeful future.

I have always viewed myself as a problem solver, but a year ago I came across a fascinating character who truly epitomizes all the traits of “problem solver” . His name is Jacque Fresco, an American self-taught structural designer, architectural designer, concept artist, educator, and futurist.

Jacque Fresco, searching for Utopia and founder/cofounder of The Venus Project

I would like to share with you this video below, showcasing Mr. Fresco’s feasible plan for social change that works toward a peaceful and sustainable global civilization where human beings, technology, and nature coexist where human rights are not only paper proclamations but a way of life.  Allow me to present to you, the man behind The Venus Project.In this video, Mr. Fresco reminds us that we presently have the brains, the know-how, the technology, and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization. Below, is the description of The Venus Project at www.thevenusproject.com web site:

Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows, Futurists working on The Venus Project

The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalogue of problems inherent in today’s world. Today many people believe what is needed is a higher sense of ethical standards and the enactment of international laws to assure a sustainable global society. The Venus Project proposes a system in which automation and technology would be intelligently integrated into an overall holistic socioeconomic design where the primary function would be to maximize the quality of life rather than profit.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at The Venus Project below:


Located in Venus, Florida, The Venus Project research center addresses many of the difficulties we face today and proposes a more appropriate set of values relevant to a sustainable society, with more opportunities and freedoms. If you’d like to see the creation of a radically different society where material possessions are unnecessary, where buildings are created in factories, where mundane jobs are automated, where the main goal of daily life is to improve personal knowledge, enjoy hobbies, or solve problems. Then, check out The Venus Project web site and their campaign at Kickstarter Project page.

Be sure to also check out our next post on Tomorrow’s Cities proposed by The Venus Project.

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

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www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture

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www.zazzle.com/sunisthefuture

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

Any of your comments will be welcomed below or via sunisthefuture@gmail.com (please note if you do not want your email to be shared)

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11 April

Crowdfunding For Altruism and Investment

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Hi, Friends, Visitor/Viewers/Readers,

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Great news! After a long approval process, Mosaic (formerly Solar Mosaic), a Californian solar startup has received the go-ahead offering US $100 million in projects to Californian investors (for projects in CA), using crowdfunding platform.

Crowd-funding

Mosaic has called this $100 million round of projects in California, the “Golden State Series“. In recent years, crowdfunding has had significant impact on creative industries and various technology projects in USA, with the site Kickstarter being the most prominent. “California has always been a leader in solar energy. We’re thrilled that now any resident of California can invest directly into solar energy for as little as $25,” said Billy Parish, President and Co-founder of Mosaic. The first project released under the new $100 million series of projects has been fully subscribed, raising the $157,750 required in less than six hours. The project is a 114 kW array for the roof of Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Hip! Hip! Hurray! For Mosaic!

For those of you who are not residents of CA or USA, or with smaller projects in mind (be it in solar, wind, renewable of any kind, energy efficiency, or recycling), despair not…for the Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva has also been utilizing a slightly varied crowdfunding platform since March of 2012 to help entrepreneurs in USA and developing countries to establish small businesses or projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling. Thus far, 808 small businesses/projects (valued at $53,075 loaned) had been funded. The first solar loan that Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva helped to fund:Even though there were only about 30 or so members on the team at the time, we were able to gather the support from 1034 lenders from all corners of the planet earth to help fund that solar business.

For better understanding of crowdfunding, please refer to this link–>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding

For better understanding of how Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva or how Kiva works, please refer to links below:

  1. How Kiva works:                                          http://www.kiva.org/about/how
  2. How micro-finance works:                           http://www.kiva.org/about/microfinance
  3. List of Kiva Field Partner:                            http://kiva.org/partners
  4. How to become a Field Partner at Kiva:      http://www.kiva.org/partners/info
  5. Risk and Due Dilligence:                              http://www.kiva.org/about/risk

The main distinctions between Mosaic and Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva:

  1. There are greater restrictions for Mosaic investors/lenders (If you reside in a state other than California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, or New York, you may only invest on the Mosaic platform if you are an accredited investor, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Whereas any one, any where, may join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva to lend/help other entrepreneurs (in USA or in developing countries) to establish small businesses/projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling.
  2. Mosaic projects are confined to solar projects in CA, whereas Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva may involve projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling, anywhere in USA and various developing countries.
  3. Most of the Mosaic lenders/investors are given the promise of  a yield of 4.5% whereas lenders to Kiva in Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva would  receive the great satisfaction of knowing that we are helping our planet Earth to transition into a cleaner, healthier, and less war-proned world. But if you’re  interested in helping to finance these projects at Kiva as an investment, then become a Field Partner at Kiva.

*Personally, I look at altruism as a form of long-term self-interest rather than short-term self-interest. Case in point, empowering another entrepreneur at the other side of the planet to become a solar producer (without expectation of any yield) will ultimately translate into lower CO2 emission into earth’s atmosphere…this will lead to a cleaner and healthier air and more secure planet (less international conflicts) for me as well as for you and our children and future generations to live in/on. To me, this is a very sound investment!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

Any of your comments or suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Homepage:  http://www.sunisthefuture.net

 

 


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20 January

Is It A Solar Pocket Factory or A Microbrewery of Panel Production ?

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Dear Friends, Readers/Viewers/Visitors,

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Time for me to share with you a really cool and innovative design, a machine that would print out solar panels !  In today’s post, I’d like to show you a Solar Pocket Factory (or microbrewery of panel production) designed by Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein.  These two independent inventors have been bank rolled by strangers, launching their project by kickstarter (a funding platform for creative projects).  With over $70,000 of backing from a successful Kickstarter campaign, they are working on refining the prototype, hoping to revolutionize how micro-solar productions will be done. Let’s take a look how this mini-factory will work (starting by feeding sheets of  silicon into the module) in the video clip below:

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

Your questions/suggestions/comments are always welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net


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