Posts Tagged ‘Solar Living Institute’

6 April

SolFest in Late Summer of 2012 at Hopland, CA !

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click onred linksbelow)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Dear Fellow Solar Enthusiasts,

As I’ve mentioned in our previous post of April 2, 2012 of http://sunisthefuture.net, I am bringing you a view of SolFest at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA.   The first SolFest marked the grand opening of the Solar Living Center in 1996 and became part of the Solar Living Institute when the organization was founded in 1998.  SolFest is the premier renewable energy event in the western United States. Since 1996, over 80,000 people have participated n SolFest.  This year, in 2012, SolFest XV is tentatively scheduled to take place in late summer. In 2010, the SolFest XIV had outgrown the Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA, and partnered with the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah for a 2-day Solar & Sustainable Celebration in September 25 & 26, 2010.  After a one-year hiatus, we are anticipating much inspirational speakers and activities at SolFest XV this year.  Please check this web site .  Come and take a look at this 12-acre Solar Living Center located 95 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101( about a 2 hour drive from the Bay area), with the Solar 2000 module grid producing more than 160,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. Heck, you might even find a tree growing out of a car at SolFest! SolFest usually sponsors speakers on topics from straw bale building construction, permaculture, to biofuels, windmills, and solar energy.  Presentations by experts in grid-tie applications, tax incentives, and solar PV and Q&A sessions will also help to improve better understanding of how we may all be able to apply solar and renewable energy into our lives.  Besides learning about sustainable living, SolFest will also bring us music and  fun.  You will find a video clip of the SolFest 2004 at Hopland, CA, below:


~have a bright and sunny day~

~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

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share
2 April

A Tour of Solar Living Institute

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click onred linksbelow)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
———————————-

Dear Solar Enthusiasts,

As I’ve promised, I will be devoting this post to discuss The Solar Living Institute (SLI) (www.solarliving.org).  The Solar Living Institute  is a non-profit educational center specializing  in solar training and sustainable educational classes.  These classes/courses are taught either on site or online by experienced practitioners, helping students to prepare for getting  jobs, creating businesses in solar industry and for learning to live more sustainably.   SLI also manages the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site visited by 200,000 people annually.  Ultimately, the Solar Living Institute’s mission is to promote sustainable living through: renewable energy education classes/courses; tours for schools and various organizations to demonstrate and inspire sustainable and solar living ;residential internship program for young adults to offer green tech and sustainability education in seven month session; and selling and installing solar systems in the Southwest part of USA.

In 1978, the founder and president of Real Goods and Solar Living Institute of Hopland, CA, John Schaffer, took a desolated site of 12-acres and converted it into an environmental paradise, showing how  every thing can be  possible in living sustainably. I’d like to take you on a tour of the Solar Living Institute with John Schaffer to see the 132 KW solar PV array on site (installed in 1999) powering 50 local homes, below:


 

Did you hear what John said about “only about 0.1% of US homes are now powered by solar whereas there are about 5-10% of the German homes are now powered by solar energy when Germany is actually getting less sun than we do….” We need to catch up in this journey toward energy independence and self-sufficiency! My hat’s off for John Schaffer, a living example of Solar Living for all of us!

In the next post, I would like to take you on a tour of one of the past SolFest at the Solar Living Institute, normally held in late summer of each year.

~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

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share
31 March

Learn About Solar Energy-It Is The Way of the Future!

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click onred linksbelow)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
———————————————————————————————————————–
Dear Readers and Friends,

During my week at Kauai, outside of the 1.21 MW ground mounted PV system on 5 acres on windward side of Kauai and solar panels on top of the roofs of Kauai Community College, I did not see as many solar installations as I hoped/expected, given its plentiful sunshine and all of the terrific incentives mentioned in March 30, 2012,  post of http://sunisthefuture.net .  So, in this post, I’d like to share one more factor/method to help reduce the cost of acquiring solar PV for individuals or businesses in Kauai, hoping this will help to encourage more people in Kauai to think of installing solar .

I understand that part of the cost of installing solar panels/PV is the actual installation.   Some/many people may feel that this is still a rather new technology and may shy away from considering installing/maintaining the equipment themselves/yourselves or even considering getting it.  So, now I would like to ask you, residents of Kauai and/or Hawaii, to consider taking some training courses locally to gain some understanding of what/how you may benefit from such installations.  Case in point, Kauai Community College has offered a course, Solar Photovoltaic Entry Level-Understanding Photovoltaic System Design Basics.  This course will cover: PV markets and applications;safety basics;electricity basics;solar energy fundamentals;PV module fundamentals;system components;PV system sizing principles;PV system electrical design;PV system mechanical design; performance analysis, maintenance & troubleshooting.  Successful completion of this course will demonstrate that students achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the design, application, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV systems.  Below is the contact information and location of Kauai Community College:

Kaua’i Community College, Office of Continuing Education & Training, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihu’e, HI  96766.  For class registration: (808)245-8318  or  (808)245-8336

Kauai Community College-Can you see the solar panels on top of the roof?-Photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Kauai Community College-Now you can really see those solar PV's-Photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

 


 
If you prefer to take online courses/workshops to gain better understanding about the solar PV, there are more and more courses available at different levels coming online.  For example, the Solar Living Institute (at Ukiah, CA) offers solar training courses online, yearly internships, and hosts SolFest (the renewable energy festival that attracts more than 10,000 people each year).  Here is a short demo of how The Solar Living Institute offers professional solar training options from the comfort of your home.  This solar training course is highly interactive and is based on NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner) learning objectives.  Check out this demo, below:


 

More on the Solar Living Institute in the next post at http://sunisthefuture.net

There are many routes in obtaining better understanding of solar energy and how we can transition into our world of renewable energy age.  Just look around !  Or, you can always email me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com .  I’d be happy to help you out.

~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

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share
12 February

Thinking of Getting Into Solar Energy Industry?

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click on red links below)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Dear Friends & Readers,  one of you emailed me and asked this question, below:

Maybe you have some business ideas for my brother.  He knows the building and architecture business. Knows all materials and specifications for big buildings as well as little houses. He has been a salesman for building products, has been a specifications writer for big projects, overseen buildings for architects and builders,  hospitals, convention center, office buildings. He can’t find work here now. He needs to get into the new Solar energy business….

Dear C,

For your brother, since he has so much experience and connections in building industry, I would recommend setting up a business in “Energy Efficiency Auditing” and/or “Solar Installation”, helping home owners and businesses to find different ways to reduce the amount of energy used: be it in installing attic fans, changing light bulb to compact flourescent bulbs, using light color (white) for roof (where it is allowed), changing to tankless hot water heater, using solar hot water heater, using solar energy to heat pools, using solar lights/lamps in the yard, etc.  He may even be able to get government subsidies to start a company involved in energy efficiency or solar energy.  If he needs more information, I would suggest going to my http://sunisthefuture.net and find the April 18, 2011, post on Incentive For Solar (2) for links and US Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative (if he may be interested in researches) Contact people at DC  and DOE’s Solar America Communities program and April 24, 2011,  post on Incentive For Solar (4)-For Consumers for individual states’ listing of solar incentives.  You/he can get to this post by clicking the orange link at left or going to the Archives in the right margin of http://sunisthefuture.net, click on April 2011, then click on 24 under April 2011. Read this post (April 24, 2011 post of http://sunisthefuture.net)and listen to the video clip EERE Program Overview. Then click on the orange link to find out more information about where the subsidies for consumers (for different parts of the US) are because with better understanding of where the consumers’ subsidies will be coming from, your brother will be better equipped to appreciate where the potential clients’ needs will be.  Call and learn about what and how he may be able to get started in energy industry.  Once he is more clear about what exactly he wants to do, then he can start publicizing for his business via internet (I recommend WordPress to set up a web site), Facebook, twitter, and various social networking strategies.   It is important to be clear about what his goal is.  He needs to learn as much about energy industry as possible.  If he visits http://sunisthefuture.net , it is free.  My Jan. 10, 2012 post at http://sunisthefuture.net also mentioned an online institute, Solar Living Institute, that has various online courses and training programs if your brother is interested (this would cost something) . In addition to government subsidy, there is a private lending organization call Kiva (I have also written about this organization in Jan. 1, 24, 25, 2012 posts of http://sunisthefuture.net ;Jan. 1, 2012 post ;Jan. 24, post; Jan. 25, 2012 post). Kiva will help legitimate green businesses to get started by lending/microfinancing.  So I would recommend that your brother try to learn as much as he possibly can about energy efficiency and solar energy before deciding on what direction will be most suitable for him.  Be sure to write out a business plan before approaching U.S. Department of Energy and Kiva for monetary help. There is no guarantee in life, but knowledge is power and better organization and planning ahead is always a good idea before starting on any project.   Perhaps he may not even need any outside assistance to get started.
Best to any of your future endeavors and please let me know if you should have any other questions.
I also welcome ( via sunisthefuture@gmail.com ) any of you out there who would like to help C’s brother out with any additional comments, suggestions, or business ideas .  I am in the process of setting up an extension of http://sunisthefuture.net that will allow more of you to participate in the forum format in the near future.
Be well,
~have a bright and sunny day~
written & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net


HTML adl

~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

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share
10 January

Solar Living Institute

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click on red links below)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Hi, Dear Friends & Readers,

Just a quick note to let you know about Solar Living Institute, http://www.solarliving.org/, the non-profit educational institute, was founded by John Schaeffer

John Schaeffer, founder of Real Goods, Real Goods Solar, Living Solar Institute

in 1998.  The institute offers workshops onsite (at Ukiah, CA) and online (here is a sample chapter from the Solar Training Online course offered by Solar Living Institute, below), yearly internships, and hosts SolFest (the renewable energy festival that attracts more than 10,000 people each year.)

 They have a Intro to Photovoltaics training course starting in Jan. 21-22, March 17-18 and a PV Design and Installation Intensive training course coming up in Jan. 23-27, Feb. 20-24, March 19-23.  Check it out if you are interested.  Let me know your thoughts on these courses once you’ve taken any/them.  Our readers are interested in hearing any of your remarks.

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net


HTML adl

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

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share

Copyright © 2011-2018 · Susan Sun Nunamaker All Rights Reserved · Sunisthefuture.net