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8 May

Bravo For These Leading Solar Cities!!!


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers, (Please click on red links below),

A quick note to share these 20 cities in USA that are leading in Solar, below:

Cities Leading in Solar (These cities are pushing solar into the mainstream energy sector. Credit: Environmental California)

HURRAY for ALL of them in helping to push Solar into the mainstream energy sector!!!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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26 June

Let Community Solar Garden Bloom!


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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 167 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!

Hi, Folks,

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Yes, I’ve been talking about Community Solar Garden to people in my communities. Are you? Think of all the potential sites that may be used as Community Solar Gardens: rooftops and parking lot of Y, schools, apartment complexes, ground of retention areas of each subdivision, etc. Imagine giving 3 kilowatts capacity of a community solar garden as wedding gift to your college room-mate or selling 3 kilowatts capacity on the craiglist. While I conjure up what may be the possible tomorrow, there are more details that need to be addressed today. To  clarify many of these details, I’ve found 2 more videos (red links below)  that will help to increase our understanding of what Community Solar Garden/Farm concept is all about. It is about community garden, growing solar energy, enabling any one who wants to participate (regardless if one is a home owner or apartment dweller, with or without a house that is shaded or optimally oriented for sun exposure…). It is a smart way to invest (tax-free, with guaranteed return, with greater certainty than investing in the stock market) and to save our planet from dramatic climate change. It’s a win-win, No Brainer! Here  are the videos (red links below):

  1. (Leasing Solar Panels Through Garden)
  2. (Community Solar)

    rooftop solar panel array at the Kuppam-i-community office

    rooftop pv panels in Kreuzberg, Berlin

    Westmill Solar Park/Garden (creative commons, GNU Free Documentation License)










I hope this series of presentation on Community Solar Garden/Farm  from June 17-26, 2013 posts of has been helpful to you . For those of you who haven’t viewed the series, below:

June 17, 2013 post

June 18, 2013 post

June 19, 2013 post

June 20, 2013 post

June 21, 2013 post

June 22, 2013 post

June 23, 2013 post

June 26, 2013 post

Thanks to Joy Hughes at Solar Garden Institute of CO, we are now supplied with additional resources pertaining to Community Solar Garden, below:

CALIFORNIA: SB 43 passes Assembly Utilities and Commerce committee / Oppose SB1295Solar gardens give access to green energy to more Coloradans – The Denver Post

Michigan Welcomes Community Solar

Minnesota Community solar gardens: Coming soon to a neighborhood near you | Fresh Energy

New York Paves the Way for More Solar in the Empire State

The Advantages of Developing Solar on Brownfields | Greentech Media

Film explores effects of solar projects on Native American life | LA Times

Solar Gardens Resources


Solar Gardens Website
Solar Gardens Blog
State by State Policy
Solar Gardens Institute Mission and Principles
Solar Gardener Training


Solar Gardens LinkedIn Group

Solar Gardens Facebook Page
Solar Gardens Colorado – Boulder
Solar Gardens Colorado – Denver Metro
Solar Gardens Colorado – San Luis Valley
Solar Gardens California
Solar Gardens Pacific Northwest

Google Groups:
Solar Gardens Google Group
Community Power California
Solar Gardens Midwest
Solar Gardens New York

Happy Gardening!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 July

ASC 2012-Result of Formula Sun Grand Prix & Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012


Dear Readers & Friends,

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For those of you who are waiting for the result of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12, 2012, @ Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY) and Stage I of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, started on July 14, 2012, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G, Rochester, NY 14623,

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

and stopped on July 14, 2012 at the Tom Ridge Center, 301 Peninsular Drive, Erie, PA 16505. This stage closed at 4:00 pm on July 14, 2012.  Please also refer to some of our previous posts regarding ASC 2012 July 9, 2012 post of and Jan. 13, 2012 post of .  Results of the Formula Sun Grand Prix and Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012 are listed below :

The 2012 Formula Sun Grand Prix is complete! 

Team # and Name Day 1 Laps Day 2 Laps Day 3 Laps Penalty Laps Total
2 – Michigan 145 158 146 449
9 – Iowa State 125 146 155 426
20 – Western Michigan 120 119 127 366
5 – Illinois State 88 131 131 350
256 – Oregon State 84 80 19 2 181
35 – Minnesota 109 0 71 180
32 – Principia 103 58 0 10 151
55 – Montreal 76 28 109 137
254 – CalSol 0 110 0 110
4 – MIT 0 55 107 107
28 – New Paltz 0 66 94 2 92
13 – Michigan State 0 0 50 50
505 – New Mexico 22 0 0 22
3 – Kentucky 0 0 6 6
11 – Northwestern* DNQ
49 – Georgia Tech* DNQ

Last updated (and finalized) on 7-12-2012 -17:45 Eastern. Each lap is 1.6 miles. * Team Not Yet Inspected – See Team Status (click & see)for more info

*End of Formula Sun Grand Prix: University of MI with highest total,  IA State University with second highest total (IA State University also has the Fastest Lap record at 2:18), Western MI University with third highest total. Cars must be both nimble and capable of rapid acceleration to succeed on this course. Teams must complete 105 laps in a single day, or 160 cumulative laps over two consecutive days, in order to qualify for ASC. Each driver must also complete a minimum of 25 laps to be allowed to drive on the road race.  As you can see, the list of cars that have qualified for ASC is below:

American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012: Stage 1 Results, below:

Team # and Name            Rochester Start         Erie Finish       Penalty Time      Elapsed Time

2 – Michigan                           09:00:00               13:08:29             00:05:00              04:13:29

9 – Iowa State                       09:01:00                13:23:35             00:00:00              04:22:34

35 – Minnesota                      09:05:00                13:36:09             00:01:00              04:32:09

32 – Principia                         09:06:00                14:32:59             00:00:00              05:26:59

4 – MIT                                   09:09:00                14:18:05             00:18:00              05:27:05

254 – CalSol                          09:08:00                 14:42:35            00:00:00              05:34:35

256 – Oregon State              09:04:00                 14:59:04            00:01:00              05:56:04

5 – Illinois State                    09:03:00                 15:15:05            00:00:00             06:12:05

55 – Montreal                        09:07:00                 00:00:00          00:21:18               07:21:18

28 – New Paltz*                    09:10:00                 00:00:00          01:54:39               08:54:39

13 – Michigan State*            09:11:00                                                                       DNF/Withrawn

Times given as hh:mm:ss. * indicates teams with conditional status.

*Stage I Winners: University of MI-First; IA State University-Second; University of MN-Third

Student of IA State University Solar Car Hyperion washing/cleaning the solar cells to increase efficiency before the race


University of MI Solar Car Quantum on display at Rochester Institute of Technology Parking Lot G


University of MN Solar Car Sunpower at Rochester Institute of Technology parking lot G before the race

If you have any questions regarding these records, please contact ASC 2012 at

Until more  photos and videos of ASC 2012 (interviews with team members) will be posted,

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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9 July

Here Comes The American Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) 2012!


Dear Solar Enthusiasts,

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Remember our coverage on Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011 between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia? Here, in North America, we will have our very own solar car race soon, the American Solar Challenge, from July 14-21, 2012. The event will take student teams and their solar cars from Rochester, NY, to St. Paul, MN. This is a competition for student teams to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars that will race through 1,650 mile course through multiple cities (in NY-PA-OH-MI-IL-WI-MN) across the United States. All teams (18 teams have registered and 16 teams are planning to compete in both Formula Sun Grand Prix-July 10-12, 2012 and the American Solar Challenge-July 14-21, 2012) have to go through three days (July 7-9, 2012) of careful scrutineering process in Monticello, NY, at the Monticello Raceway, where each and every solar car is inspected from electrical and mechanical engineering adherence (such as body and sizing) to safety regulations and dynamic testing (consisting of a slalom course followed by a breaking test where each driver must demonstrate that he/she can come to a complete and controlled stop, under wet driving conditions, within a time limit) before the solar car will be allowed to enter the track.  This is a very friendly competition, so occasionally some teams are given additional shot at the braking qualifier. The purpose and emphasis of the scrutineering process is in safety and adherence to regulation.  Then Scrutineering will be followed by three days of track racing, the Formula Sun Grand Prix portion of the event. On July 13, 2012, solar car teams will travel to Rochester, NY, to be displayed and to prepare for the start of the cross-country rally, The American Solar Challenge. On July 14, solar car teams will leave on the start of the race at 9:00AM at one minute interval.

Day I       (July 14, 2012): Rochester, NY———>Erie, PA

Day II     (July 15, 2012): Erie, PA—————–>Mansfield, OH

Day III   (July 16, 2012):Mansfield, OH———->Ann Arbor, MI

Day IV    (July 17, 2012):Ann Arbor, MI——–>Kalamazoo, MI

Day V      (July 18, 2012): Kalamazoo, MI——–>Normal, IL

Day VI    (July 19, 2012): Normal, IL————->Verona, WI

Day VII  (July 20, 2012): Verona, WI————>LaCrosse, WI

Day VIII (July 21, 2012): LaCrosse, WI———->St. Paul, MN

The American Solar Challenge race will finish at the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN, on July 21, 2012.

Below, please allow me to share a clip of ASC 2012 (American Solar Challenge 2012):

Take a look at the team photos of this year’s American Solar Challenge solar race teams (University of MI, University of KY, MIT, IL State University, IA State University, Northwestern University,  MI State University, Western MI University, State University of NY-New Paltz, Principia College, University of MN, Georgia Institute of Technology, Polytechnique Montreal, University of CA-Berkeley, OR State University, University of NM) .  So far,  we’ve received reporting of Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team has withdrawn from the 2012 American Solar Challenge due to insufficient time in completing the vehicle before the race starts (July 14, 2012) in Rochester, NY. “The team, which consists of a large percentage of new student members, was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and thus the design and fabrication took longer than anticipated,” says Dr. Roger A. LaBoube, director of S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. “I’m sure our team will take what we learned during this process in preparation for the next big race.” It is true that experience really matters and we wish Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team the best next time. Let this also be a lesson for all potential future entering teams: please allot a great deal of safety factor in terms of preparation time because these are complicated designs and it will always take more time than one anticipates.

Here are some links/video clips that may be of interest to you: American Solar Challenge 2012 official site,  past American Solar Challenge 2010, Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, below:

More coverage of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2012-July 10-12, 2012 and American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012-July 14-21, 2012 will unfold in future posts.  Until then, I wish all of these teams…..

~bright and sunny days during the complete course of the race~

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

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