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23 June

Community Solar Garden/Farm Is A Smart Investment, No Brainer!

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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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After having learned more about what other communities in various states of USA have done with Community Solar Garden/Farm programs, I could not contain myself and went for a walk in my neighborhood to share these information, hoping there will be  people in my community who are also concerned about our environment and are interested in making smart investment. I found out there are several issues that needed clarification regarding Community Solar Garden/Farm:

  1. It is a separate issue from Feed-In-Tariff (FIT).  Although it may work in conjunction with FIT, it is not necessary to involve or require FIT.
  2. Participation in Community Solar Garden or Farm is a form of investment, with certainty in rate of return. Think of investing with greater certainty than investing in the stock market.
  3. Participation in Community Solar Garden or Farm does not require some one to live in the community forever. As a matter of fact, this is one of the appealing aspects of CSF (Community Solar Farm) program. The solar farm/panels will be maintained by a company. Those who participate in CSF simply function as investors.
  4. Participation in CSF does not mean that one is unhappy with the government. It simply means one is interested in having a clean, healthy, and secure environment for our future generations while making smart investment decision.
  5. Participation in CSF does not mean that one is unhappy with the power/utility company. It actually is necessary for the CSF group to work or negotiate with the power company for a contract that would be mutually beneficial, before the project may even began. This may all be handled by an experienced company.
  6. This form of participation in solar is actually helpful for the power companies to remain in the game, in the long run.  Allow me to explain: cost of solar has already dropped so much that in many areas it’s already reached grid parity (it is economical to go solar). Within five to ten years, we will be seeing storage/battery technology advance to the point that it will allow sufficient amount of power stored for night time use. Right now, at this critical juncture, power companies still have the time to come in to negotiate with consumers to provide incentive for consumers to remain connected to the grid. If power/utility companies do not take advantage of this precious time to cooperate with consumers, good portion of power companies’ best clients will be going off the grid within the decade. Then, it will not be good for the power companies nor for those remaining clients.
  7. Yes, it is necessary to negotiate with both HOA (Home Owner Association, if there is one is one’s community) and power company of one’s particular community before the Community Solar Garden may begin. But keep in mind that it will be beneficial for both the HOA and power company that this form of participation is encouraged. Negotiation process may be taken care of by experienced people/company.
  8. Yes, it is necessary that there is potential sites in one’s community for the garden/farm to take place. It may surprise many that a solar farm/garden does not have to take much space. Look around in your community and see if there are spaces not fully utilized at the moment.  In my community, I can see multiple areas that may be considered, below:

Potential Community Solar Garden site (credit: Sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,Creative Commons, GNU free documentation license)

Hope you will be successful in starting your community solar garden. This form of participation in solar is good for the environment, our future generations, and our pocket book. It’s a No  Brainer. For more information on community solar garden/farm program, please feel free to visit these posts below for reports,  and videos for further explanations:

June 17, 2013,    June 18, 2013,     June 19, 2013

 

Potential Community Solar Garden site (credit: Sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,Creative Commons, GNU free documentation license)

 

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10 April

Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy Conference

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I am ecstatic that this conference will be taking place for the first time: Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy Conference! This is what we should be preparing for into the future! Come and see how international cities such as San Francisco and Munich,  as well as business and communities around the world are setting, achieving, and benefiting from 100% renewable energy targets. Hear from top global experts about cutting edge technical, policy, and financial solutions, on the ground experiences, and the added value of transitioning to 100% renewable energy. Last but not least, join the dialogue about how the transportation sector can best integrate into our 100% renewable energy future.

Do you remember the April 3, 2013 post by our Friend of the Wind persuasion, Paul Gipe , with the bold vision on Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy ?  If you believe in the Renewable Future or are simply amazed at this bold vision, please consider reserving the date and time for April 16, 2012, Tuesday, because there will be a conference on the specific topic of Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference at the Golden Gate Room at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA on various programs, including:

 

Residential Solar on the Island of Kaua’i, photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

 

Local wind generator, 2010, in Spain, creative commons-share alike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Solar on the Island of Kaua’i, photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

  1. Local Communities, Cities, Regions and Countries Shifting to 100% and Beyond
  2. Overcoming Technical Barriers To 100% Renewable Power
  3. Financing and Policy Drivers Of Cost-Effective Renewable Energy Advancement
  4. Businesses Leading the Way on Early Adoption
  5. Zero and Plus Energy Buildings
  6. Transitioning to Renewable Transportation

If you already have other commitments (as in my case) that day and would still like to take part in this movement toward 100% Renewable Energy Future, please check out this site and consider participating in Start a CLEAN Program in your community.  I am trying to rearrange my schedule so that I might be able to attend this conference. This conference is being sponsored by a group of Renewable Energy enthusiasts who have made much contributions in the past toward our Renewable Energy Future.  To help unleashing our local renewable energy potential, please consider starting your local CLEAN Programs.

The Local CLEAN Program Guide features seven downloadable modules:

For additional guidance, please contact the Clean Coalition…or follow Clean Coalition on Facebook and Twitter or signing up for their newsletter to learn about upcoming training opportunities and keep abreast of what other CLEAN communities are doing.

Let’s all collaborate in working toward that 100% Renewable Energy Future!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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16 February

The Unexpected Atmospheric Intruder

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I apologize for interrupting our normal reporting of earthly solar energy…for most people in the U.S. woke up in the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, at 3:20:26 UTC, to videos from Russian dashboard cameras showing a fireball in the sky crashing down to the Earth. Below, is the video of this atmospheric intruder:

 

meteorite impacting the earth’s atmosphere (Don Davis/NASA)

A meteorite impacted the atmosphere and exploded above the Chelyabinsk region of central Russia, injuring approximately 1,200 people and causing roughly 1 billion rubles ($33 million U.S.) worth of damage.  This was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century and the largest rock crashing onto the planet since a meteor broke up over Siberia’s Tunguska River in 1908. Preliminary information is that this object was unrelated to 50-meter asteroid 2012 DA14 (which made a safe pass by Earth on Feb. 15, 2013 few hours after the 17 meter meteorite  exploded above Chelyabinsk region of central Russia).

Meteorite impact area: Chelyabinsk, Russia *this event is unrelated to the 2012 DA14 flyby (image credit: Google Earth, NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The estimated size of the object (Russian meteorite), prior to entering Earth’s atmosphere, was about 55 feet (17 meter);  its estimated mass was about 10,000 tons, and estimated energy released during the event was nearly 500 kilotons of energy (making it more powerful than the nuclear weapon tested by North Korea just few days ago).  These data generated used data that had been collected by five infrasound stations located around the world-the first recording of the event being in Alaska, over 6,500 kilometers away from Chelyabinsk. The infrasound data indicated that the event, from atmospheric entry to the meteor’s airborne disintegration took 32.5 seconds.  The calculations using the infrasound data were performed by Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

“We would expect an event of this magnitude to occur once every 100 years on average,” according to Paul Chodas of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. “When you have a fireball of this size we would expect a large number of meteorites to reach the surface and in this case there were probably some large ones.”

Although these sporadic showers of rocks from space may be scary and the earth’s technological capability in deflecting these killer space rocks has not yet arrived at its fruition, one’s odds of being killed by a meteorite is roughly 1 in 250,000;which means one is far more likely to die in an earthquake, tornado, flood, airplane crash, or car crash…but less likely to be killed by lightning.  Keep in mind that most asteroids burn up in the atmosphere long before they hit the earth’s ground and the few that do will probably hit open ocean or a remote part of the Earth.

May we not have another visit from these intruders until after we’ve perfected our deflecting technology.  Until then, be safe, every one and be supportive of the Near-Earth Object Program.

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

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