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4 July

Resistance Is Futile, Sun Is The Future!!!

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Sun Shining Through, Despite Barriers, at Cypress Garden of Florida (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Sun Is Shining Through at Kauai, (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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I’ve just received this email from Adam Browning of Vote Solar, worth sharing, below:

Friends-

One of the most compelling virtues of solar energy is the opportunity for freedom and independence.  Solar means you don’t have to wait for the utility or other powers-that-be to do the right thing…you can take matters into your own hands and do it yourself.  It’s democracy in energy decision-making, in action.

So this 4th of July, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate some recent solar successes in the name of preserving solar rights, providing freedom from the tyranny of pollution, and allowing Americans to pursue the kind of power they want.

Our Thomas Jefferson, if you will, in this revolution is a municipal utility with a goal of 100% carbon-free power. After buying 80 MW of solar at mind-blowingly low rates of 6.9 cents/kWh, [http://votesolar.org/2013/06/palo-alto-municipal-utility-going-big-on-solar/ ] the utility is now on-track to achieve 48% renewables by 2017.  If you want to learn how they did it, we have a webinar scheduled for July 24 [ https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6883292785991818752 ]. America, we can do this.

The California [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/ca-shared-renewables/ ] Legislature, playing the role of Ben Franklin, advanced an innovative new Shared Renewables program — a way for renters and others that don’t have their own roof to participate in the solar economy.  If you want to lead a similar charge in other states, check out the new Shared Renewables Model Rules [http://votesolar.org/2013/07/new-model-rules-for-shared-renewables/ ] we just released with IREC.

In New York [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/net-metering-win-will-help-keep-ny-shining/ ] (Lewis Morris [ http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/morris_l.htm ], natch), the state tripled the net metering cap – clearing the way for many more New Yorkers to use solar and other renewables to meet their own energy needs.  And we expect more solar greatness still to come [http://votesolar.org/2013/06/onwards-new-york/ ] from this home of Lady Liberty.

Minnesota [ http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/minnesota-is-a-governors-signature-away-from-450mw-of-solar ] (umm, John Adams?) did the peoples’ will and passed sweeping new renewable energy policy that included 450 MW of strong solar provisions. Colorado [http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23394636/bill-double-rural-renewable-energy-floor-signed-into ] also doubled its renewable renewable energy goal.

Louisiana  [ http://votesolar.org/2013/06/louisiana-beats-back-another-attempt-to-dismantle-net-metering/ ](you choose this one… full list here [ http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/ ]) stood strong for solar rights by fighting back another attempt to dismantle net metering.

And we beta launched Project Permithttp://projectpermit.org/ ], a new campaign to empower Americans nationwide to cut red tape and reduce solar permitting costs in their own communities.

It’s worth noting that this fight for solar freedom faces an incredibly well-funded opposition.  Big Fossil isn’t going down without a fight.  Read this article [ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/07/the-kochs-and-the-action-on-global-warming.html ] about how the Koch brothers are fighting to make sure that Congress protects their profits–at the expense of our children’s future. If your blood isn’t boiling by the end of it, call your doctor, because you don’t have a pulse…

But you know what? They are losing.  This USA Today article [ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/24/stateline-renewable-energy/2452093/ ] does a great job chronicling the renewable roll-back that wasn’t. If history tells us anything, it’s don’t bet against the American people.

One more thing: Intersolar is coming to San Francisco next week. Come join us, and — speaking of things that are free(er) — the first 10 Vote Solar supporters who register will get a *10% discount*. Click here to get that deal [ http://votesolar.org/2013/07/two-conferences-were-excited-about-intersolar-the-national-clean-energy-summit/ ]. California clean energy champion Governor Brown will be delivering the keynote – not to be missed!

Onwards in the pursuit of solar happiness-

Adam & the Vote Solar Team

Vote Solar 101 Montgomery, Suite 2600 San Francisco, CA 94104

The Vote Solar Initiative
300 Brannan Street, Suite 609
San Francisco, CA 94107
www.votesolar.org

http://twitter.com/votesolar

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Solar industry is maturing into a multi-billion dollar industry, no longer the smallest kid on the energy block. It is here To STAY! Politicians are well advised to be supportive of solar energy future;it is good for our future generations and politicians’ future elections… for solar industry will not only solve our energy problems, pollution problems, health problems, international conflicts, but also creates local jobs and insures local energy security and economic prosperity.  Any attempt at opposing its progress will be futile, for Sun Is The Future !

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My fellow Floridians, I’ve always appreciated the relaxed lifestyle and attitude of Floridians, but this is the one time I’d like to see more of us rise up and sign the petition for Solar-FIT For Sunshine State and learn to Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm…for even though we may have wonderful air quality and lower utility bills than many other states now, we are living in a coastal state! If no one makes any effort in transitioning into the renewable/solar energy future, good part of the state of Florida will disappear as a result of the climate change! This should be a non-partisan issue! Not only should we act to slow down the climate change, we should try to encourage earthlings from other parts of the world to do the same. What better way to slow down the climate change than GOING  SOLAR?! Let’s make sure our future elected officials will all be in support of renewables!

Sunrise in Florida (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

~have a bright and sunny day~

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3 July

Evidence of Climate Change & How to Slow It Down

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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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!
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As a result of our post on June 20, 2013 featuring the award-winning film Chasing Ice and the fact that the recent American Southwest has been boiling at triple-digit temperature for multiple consecutive days, smothering the region. In Death Valley, California, temperature reached a record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) on July 10, 2013. Fifty-six countries have set new temperature record, according to BBC report on July 3, 2013. I’ve been getting many questions such as: “what’s behind the heat wave” and “Is global warming a factor?” “Will we be seeing more droughts and floods?” To answer your questions satisfactorily, allow me to present to you:

  1. NASA Earth Observatory’s data. The world is getting warmer, be it due to human activity or natural variability . Thermometer reading around the world have risen steadily since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8°Celsius (1.4°Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975, at a rate of roughly 0.15-0.20°C per decade. Please click on this link http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/decadaltemp.php to step through the decades.
  2. Series of 8 videos/movies by NASA Earthobservatory on Global Warming, below:


a. Global Warning: An Introduction ( The Earth’s average temperature rose by more than half a degree Celsius over the last century. What caused this change?). Read more about Global Warming at:  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/?src=youtube

b. Radiation from the Sun and Earth ( the Sun and Earth both emit electromagnetic radiation. This movie will help you describe the differences between the types of radiation emitted by the sun and the earth.)

c. The Earth’s Energy Balance (Earth’s energy balance will enable you to understand radiative equilibrium. You will also be able to recognize that the temperature of earth depends on the amount of solar energy that it absorbs.). Read more about Earth’s Energy Budget at:  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/EnergyBalance/?src=youtube

d. The Greenhouse Effect (The temperature of earth has been relatively constant over time. This is possible because as the planet absorbs solar radiation, it also emits longwave radiation into space. Despite this radiative equilibrium, some longwave radiation remains trapped beneath the atmosphere of the earth and warms the surface of the earth. This phenomenon is called the “greenhouse effect.”)

e. Human Activities and Carbon Dioxide (Shortwave radiation emitted by the sun and longwave radiation emitted by carbon dioxide and water vapor contribute to the heating of the Earth’s surface. Over the past 120 years, scientists have observed that the Earth’s average global surface temperature has increased. At the same time, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has also increased. Take a closer look at how these changes may have occurred.)

f. Modern Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide (The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing. This movie will help you describe how the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has changed over the last 100 years.)

g. Modern Global Temperature (Earth’s average global temperature changes over long periods of time. Past data records indicate that the global annual temperature of earth has increased throughout this century.)

This global annual temperature rise of approximately 1 degree Celsius since 1880’s will have severe impact on  local and regional weather conditions.

h. Computer Climate Models (Scientists use computer climate models, with mathematical equations, to help them understand how temperature in different regions of the world may change as carbon dioxide increases.) Such climate models enable scientists to make predictions/estimations about how the climate may change in the future.

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If we want to slow down the impact of climate change described above, to slow down the CO2 emissions into earth’s atmosphere and reduce the extreme weather conditions (such as increased droughts, hurricanes, and floods),we need to GO SOLAR Quickly! At Sun Is The Future, we take action by having launched the petition for Solar-FIT For Sunshine State and sharing information on how to Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm. Please participate and share these links/sites with others. This is not a partisan issue. It is a Necessary Earthly Movement!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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1 July

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam of Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Helps Us To Save Energy

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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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!
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I’ve just received 2 emails to be shared with you all:  First:  the press release from  Commissioner Adam H. Putnam of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, below.  I trust  that  it will be of service to many here in Florida:

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a new interactive website today at www.myfloridahomeenergy.com that will walk homeowners through steps to conserve energy in their homes.

 

The “My Florida Home Energy” tool was built to provide Florida homeowners with a user-friendly application to analyze their current energy use and identify energy-efficient products and services that will potentially reduce their energy use, along with their utility bills.

 

“This tool will help Floridians across the state by evaluating their energy use and giving them a variety of options to save energy in their homes,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “The site is easy to navigate and will help many Florida consumers put those energy savings right back into their own pockets.”

 

The interactive application takes information provided by the homeowner as well as publicly accessible data to determine potential energy-efficient products, improvements or modifications that may be beneficial to consumers in their specific regions. The results are then ranked by cost and anticipated energy savings. The tool was developed through a contract with the University of Florida as required by legislation passed in 2012.

The tool also identifies  resources to help the homeowner put recommendations into action, including:

  • Home energy-efficient products, improvements or modifications.
  • On-site, third-party home energy audits (free utility company audits and fee-based professional audits).
  • Best practices for hiring licensed contractors in their area.
  • Applicable local, state and federal financial incentives related to the upgrades recommended for their home.
  • Project financing options that may impact the feasibility and monetary payback for recommended upgrades.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.

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2nd: I’ve also received an email from SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) on: Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

Dear Susan Sun,

This is a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Today, climate change is a real and growing threat to America and the rest of the world.  It’s indisputable. Climate change threatens our economy, our future progress, our health and safety, and even our way of life. Every day, the Earth suffers a little more from human neglect.  We can’t wish this problem away, and pointing fingers won’t solve it, either.

To his credit, President Obama understands that. We commend him for today offering a bold, decisive plan to combat climate change and to mitigate the impacts of carbon pollution. But this isn’t just the President’s legacy at stake – it’s also ours. Let’s not be remembered as the generation of Americans that could have made a difference, but didn’t.

Join us in fighting the challenge together.

America’s solar energy industry is uniquely poised to help. Today, more than 30 utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers and laborers to work and helping to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. These facilities, along with rooftop solar on homes, businesses and schools, will generate electricity for generations to come.

There is now more than 8,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the U.S. – enough to power more than 1.3 million American homes. What’s more, in the first quarter of 2013, more than 48 percent all new electricity added to the grid was solar. In addition, innovative solar heating and cooling systems are offering American consumers cost-efficient, effective options for meeting their energy needs.

Today, solar employs nearly 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the United States, making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America. Part of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever.

This is our moment in time. America’s solar energy industry stands ready to do our part to help fight climate change and usher in a new era of clean energy in America and around the world. Despite what some critics say, this isn’t a choice between clean energy and a robust economy. We can have both, and solar is showing how to make that possible

Join us.

Thank you for all that you do,

Rhone Resch
President and CEO
Solar Energy Industries Association

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Commissioner Putnam, in light of what solar energy can potentially do for state of Florida (the Sunshine State) in job creations, energy security, and economic prosperity, please help us in our effort to launch Solar-FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) For Sunshine State petition & Community Solar Gardens/Farms, explained in www.sunisthefuture.net .

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28 June

Supporting Evidence for Solar-FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) or Renewable FIT (feed-In-Tariff)

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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!
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Today, I’ve received an email from Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, informing me that the Keynote Speaker of 2013 Florida Energy Summit on Oct. 14-15, 2013 will be Michael Levi,  the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreigh Relations (CFR), a nonpartisan foreign policy think tank. He is also the Director of the CFR’s Program on Energy Security and Climate Change and an expert on climate change, energy security, arms control and nuclear terrorism.

At the 2013 Florida Energy Summit, Director Levi will discuss recent policy proposals affecting the United States energy industry, what they mean for Florida and how the state can harness new opportunities in energy production. Below, I’d like to share a video summarizing Director Levi’s research that reinforces the need for implementation of  more flexible and effective policies on a local level.  This is exactly why I am running a petition for Solar-FIT For Sunshine State (and hopefully elsewhere in USA) (above) and promoting the Community Solar Gardens (June 17-23, 26, 2013 posts at www.sunisthefuture.net)throughout our planet. Let’s hear the findings of Director Michael Levi, below:


Let’s try to insure the passing of Solar-FIT For Sunshine State and elect  proponents of renewables (solar-wind-water) for upcoming elections at all levels, all states, all provinces, all countries! We need to transition smoothly into the Renewable Future!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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