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14 June

Aussie Couple Living Soulfully Off The Grid

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I’ve been busy with some projects recently. Now that I have returned to Sun Is The Future, let’s resume by easing into several lay-back topics. Namely, did  you know that there’s been a Tiny House Movement in recent years? It’s a perfect outcome for our new age of 4R’s (Recycle-Reuse-Repair-Reduce). Above is a video of an Aussie couple (Mr. & Mrs. Paul Chambers….sorry, don’t know wife’s name) who had begun building a home out of two shipping containers as a project. But when Mrs. Chambers got tired of suburbia and utility bills, they put their four-bedroom home on the market and his project became the couple’s full-time home. Check out Paul’s ebook: www.buildshippingcontainerhouse.com)

Chambers’ choice of shipping container was motivated by the fact that they did not own any land and need for easy mobility. His background as an engineer-teacher-adventurer enabled him to take on this project without having had any background in formal building training. His forte is in the fact that he believes that any one can do anything that he/she puts his/her mind into it. He’s picked up the skill of welding, building, etc. along the way. Without an initial fixed design, Paul simply started with a concept and learned and adapt along the way. The Chambers have built an off-grid mobile home with 2 shipping containers using 12-250 watt solar panels and 2 storage battery packs normally used in golf carts. They are able to run normal household appliances (such as refrigerator, chest freezer, washer (with both hot and cold water), bread machine, 3 computers. The main difference is that they use electricity during the day time when electricity is being created. Careful monitoring and back-up generator brings greater assurance even on rainy or cloudy days. Australian sunshine produces some very high temperature days. There is more than enough sunshine to help power the air conditioning needed for a pleasant environment. However the couple’s preferred cooling method is better ventilation through opened windows and cargo door. Couple of 12 v car outlets are placed in their container home to charge cell phones and to power their modem for internet. To increase the strength of the signal for their modem, they’ve installed an external area on the roof for directional antenna to increase the signal strength. Their sunroof has multiple functions: protecting the couple from radiant heat, harvesting for electricity from solar panels, and harvesting water from the rain via pipe into a collection tank at the side of the house, side of the firewood shed, and added catchment by the kitchen. Their water is then filtered through a 20 micron sediment filter for washing and showering, and additional filtrations for drinking water (down to 0.5 microns, removing germs, pathogens, and heavy metals). Living with natural water from the rain is much more pleasant than the town water with much chlorine in it. There are also detailed description on composting for growing plants.

Fundamentally, the Chambers use the electrical energy generated from the Australian sunshine, using it when the sun is shining and not at night. “It is ridiculously easy,” Paul commented. Batteries are fully charged between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. By 4:00 pm, they’d stop using the non-essential items to avoid draining the batteries. By 6:00 pm, they’d only be using their computers (which takes up very little power). They’ve gotten to the point that they no longer need to worry about power while others in the area have been experiencing power cut and are having a difficult time.

I invite you to view what this couple have done to live naturally in the Australian Bush country, with wild life of abundance around them. I hope you will enjoy this video as much as I had.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 January

Floridians Are Not Giving Up Sunshine For Sunshine State Yet

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Sun shines through leaves in Windermere, FL (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sun shines through leaves in Windermere, FL (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

To help clarify the press release from Floridians For Solar Choice, below, please refer to one of our earlier post (<–click).

For Update & Press Release from Floridians for Solar Choice, please refer to the italics portion of the post, below:

Contact: Floridians for Solar Choice, 754-307-7451, jennifer@flsolarchoice.org

Floridians for Solar Choice Coalition Discusses Future of the Coalition and Opposition to Misleading Utility-Backed Petition

Solar supporters highlight how utilities’ campaign was designed to confuse voters

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 11, 2016) Today, Floridians for Solar Choice joins other parties in filing briefs with Florida’s Supreme Court opposing the utility-backed constitutional amendment, which proposes to maintain Florida’s regulatory status quo for solar energy. Calling the utility-backed solar amendment misleading, solar supporters note the utilities’ proposal was launched only to confuse voters and counter the success of the broadly supported grassroots campaign launched by Floridians for Solar Choice.

“It is a cynical proposal designed to confuse voters. Its ballot language falsely tells voters that the amendment gives people the right to make a solar energy choice, when in fact it gives them nothing more than what they already have under the Florida Constitution’s basic rights and under general law – the ability to own or lease the solar equipment they use to make electricity at their homes and businesses,” said Bill Garner, attorney with Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A.

The Floridians for Solar Choice coalition acknowledges that the utilities’ multi-million dollar misinformation campaign has succeeded in confusing voters and preventing Solar Choice from gaining a slot on the 2016 ballot. However, the coalition’s goal remains unchanged: to open the solar market in Florida and encourage the development of clean and affordable energy through smart solar policy. As petitions are valid for 24 months from the date of signing, the coalition continues to explore options to qualify for the 2018 ballot and Solar Choice volunteers and partner organizations continue to collect petitions around the state.

“Florida is ranked third for rooftop solar potential by the solar energy industry, and yet remains far behind other states in installed solar because of our utility monopolized environment,” said Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice. “It is unfortunate that Florida continues to treat solar energy differently and continues to maintain barriers to free market growth of this energy source. This coalition and I will keep fighting to provide more choice to the citizens of this great state regarding their energy future.”

Although Florida’s is ranked third in the nation for rooftop solar potential by the Solar Energy Industries Association, there is a dearth of installed solar throughout the Sunshine State. The lack of extensive solar energy systems largely stems from regressive energy policies, many of which are supported by monopoly utilities wary of losing their captive customers in an open energy market.

“My experience on Florida’s Public Service Commission makes it clear that removing regressive energy policies in order to open and more-fully develop the solar market in Florida makes good sense both for Florida’s consumers and for our state’s economy,” said E. Leon Jacobs, Jr., legal counsel to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. “The utilities’ claims against the proposed Solar Choice amendment are simply not based in fact.”

Although the utility-backed campaign called Consumers for Smart Solar has described itself as a “diverse coalition of business, civic and faith leaders,” financial filings reveal they are entirely backed by utilities and their front groups. Electric utilities contributed more than half of the $5.9 million collected since last summer, and December’s filing are expected to demonstrate continued utility support.

“This misleading ballot amendment is bad for consumers, bad for the environment, and bad for Florida. That’s why we’re challenging it in court,” said Earthjustice attorney Bradley Marshall.

The affirmation of Solar Choice’s dedication to their goal and their strong opposition to the utility backed proposal are timely given the start of the 2016 legislative session tomorrow, and the coalition remains confident that the voice of the people who want more solar in the Sunshine State will be heard.

“The Floridians for Solar Choice coalition is stronger today than ever before and we remain unwavering in our focus to open the solar market in the Sunshine State,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Yes, the utilities have more money, but their positions are on the wrong side of this issue. Deception and unethical manipulation of Florida’s voters will not win in the end. We trust the Supreme Court will see through the monopoly utilities’ chicanery and deny the false petition from ballot access.”

Below is the video of Floridians For Solar Choice Press Conference that took place on Jan. 11, 2016:

So, essentially the take-away from this post is that there is still more time  ( 754-307-7451, jennifer@flsolarchoice.org). Floridians are not giving up the opportunity for bringing in Sunshine to our Sunshine state!

Gathered, written, photographed, & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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22 April

Earth Day & Youtube Birthday-April 22, 2015

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Thanks to President Obama for visiting Everglades of Florida on Earth Day and bringing attention to the importance of action in slowing the climate change in order to preserve our beautiful Everglades for future generations.

Did you know that many are celebrating April 22 as the Earth Day each year? Earth Day aims to inspire the awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment. It is usually celebrated with outdoor performances such that individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth. Some simple acts you may want to consider participating in: planting trees, picking up roadside trash, becoming involved in recycling and conservation. Here at Sun Is The Future, since our mission is to spread the Sunshine to all parts of the planet earth by information/education via www.sunisthefuture.net, www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture, www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture , www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture, https://plus.google.com/+SunisthefutureNet , micro-finance (to help entrepreneurs in different parts of the planet to establish small businesses in solar/renewable energy/energy efficiency/recycling via www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture, and online Sunshine Store at www.sunisthefuture.com . For we, the Solar Enthusiasts, believe that Solar Energy is the solution to: Energy-Pollution-Climate Change-International Conflicts.  So, let’s add one more act of service to your Earth Day celebration: Share the Sun Is The Future with our fellow Earthlings, for we want and need to transition globally into the Solar/ Renewable Energy Age as quickly as possible. So please visit www.sunisthefuture.net and :

  1. Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm
  2. Encourage Our Florida State Legislators: Please Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State! 
  3. Share the incentive programs for renewable energy & energy efficiency in all 50 states of USA
  4. If you’re not a Florida resident, then think of ways to encourage more effective solar/renewable energy policy for your state. This web site has information for incentives for renewable energy & energy efficiency in all 50 states in USA.
  5. If you’re not a USA resident, then think of ways to encourage more effective solar/renewable energy policy for your community/province/county.
  6. Follow Us at Sunisthefuture Photo Gallery
  7. Like & Follow Sun Is The Future at Pinterest
  8. Join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva
  9. Visit & Share Sunshine Online Store
  10. Subscribe sunisthefuture youtube channel
  11. Like Sunisthefuture at Facebook

There’s much we all need to do/act. Below, please allow me to share this video:

Ask yourself what it is that you can do to help increase the healthy longevity of our beautiful planet earth, below.

I just found out that today is actually also the 10th birthday of  Youtube!  To celebrate the existence of Youtube, allow me to share the VERY First Video that was uploaded on Youtube:

 THANK YOU & HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOUTUBE!!!

Thanks to Youtube for enabling Sun Is The Future to be able to share much with our readers/viewers from over 186 countries (our sister publication Windermere Sun in more than 81 countries). We are eternally grateful for our connection to Youtube.

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~have a bright and sunny day~

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24 September

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State !

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"Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State!" Petition Campaign Image (Requesting that the Florida legislators to consider implementing Feed-In-Tariff For Solar/Renewable Energy With Incorporation of Value of Solar/Renewable Energy (credit:sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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As a resident of Florida, I am naturally very concerned about future welfare of the state of Florida. To prevent losing portion of the state of Florida to the ocean within our life time, further development of extreme climate conditions while  helping renewable energy industries to  thrive  in Florida, the most effective policy is to implement Feed-In-Tariff For Solar/Renewable Energy With Incorporation of  Value of Solar/Renewable Energy. This policy will lead  to reduction of CO2 and our utility bills, solving energy and pollution problems while creating local jobs. For better understanding of the topic of Feed-In-Tariff policy and Value of Solar, please visit and share links below. In the state of Florida, there is plentiful Sunshine that can be put into good use. Sunshine has proven to be the least harmful source of energy and will soon be the least costly source of energy as well. Incorporating Value of Solar/Renewable Energy via Feed-In-Tariff is the most fair and effective way to utilize our solar/renewable energy.

So, please consider signing this: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Florida_Legislators_Implement_FeedInTariff_For_Renewables_Incorporating_Value_of_Renewables/?nkjWqib

and we can Let the SunShine In The Sunshine State!

Related links/topics:

1.  Learning From Ed Regan & Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan About FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)

2. Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

3. Expanded Discussion on Value of Solar

4. In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture

5. Feed-In-Tariff at Wikipedia

6. John Farrell, The Force Behind Local Self Reliance

7. Let’s Move Our 50 States Toward Clean Energy! The Clean, Renewable Energy Movement Is Here!

8. Help Your School Districts/Administrators To Save A Million Dollars!

9. Join Us, at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, to Spread More Sunshine!

10.World Future Council’s “How To Achieve 100% Renewable Energy”Policy Handbook

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 September

Join Us, at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, to Spread More Sunshine!

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Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Thanks to all of you out there who have helped with these Solar Loans. These Solar Loans will help to spread Sunshine and decrease CO2 emission for our planet earth. For those of you who would like to take part in speeding up our earthly transition toward the Solar/Renewable Energy Age, (in order to reduce problems associated with pollution, energy, climate change, national security, or job opportunities) please feel free to join us at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva.  I am happy to report that, since the inception of Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva (March  13, 2012), we have helped entrepreneurs and home owners from many different parts of the world (USA as well as elsewhere) with 1023 loans to establish their small businesses in Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, or Recycling projects (with occasional tools, seeds, cattle, etc.) via microfinance.  Each and every one of you is very significant in making these projects a reality. We are optimistic and hopeful that by spreading more Sunshine (use of Solar Energy) throughout the planet earth more quickly,  our planet earth will be a much better place to live. We are hopeful and optimistic that sun, water, wind, and geothermal energy will lead us into a world free from pollution and international conflicts.

If you share our vision, please feel free to join and invite your friends/family to join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva and/or support our cause by visiting/purchasing from our Sunshine Online Store.

Good News: the Solar Loans we’ve helped  at our Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva within the last 48 hours are now all fully funded, below:

1.  Phaijang B Group of Motbung, India, a loan in helping a member of the group to buy mini-solar home lighting system

Phaijang B Group of Motbung, India (credit: Kiva)

Phaijang B is a group formed by women of common interest to get a loan for buying mini-solar home lighting systems so that their families stay in a better home environment at night, due to the shortage in the power supply in their area. Lamhat (32), the featured member of the group with her hand raised, is skilled in weaving and devotes most of her time to weaving different types of traditional shawls to generate income. She lives in a very remote village called Phaijang which is a 45-minute drive from Imphal, Manipur. Their family includes the mother, father, and three school-going children.  She considers education a key to achieve one’s aim in life and had been giving her best effort to give the best to her children to excel in their education. As the area faces insufficient power supply, their daily duties are affected after dusk, especially the study hours of the children after sunset. After buying the mini solar home lighting system, the children are able to study in comfort after dusk and for longer period with better concentration. Their academic performance is much better now which is the reason for availing the loan. While the children study under the solar home lighting, the mother does the household chores and weaves in comfort. Her weaving hours were limited before, but now she can weave in the evening and increase her production. The family is very happy to receive such a loan and thanks WSDS for lending such a loan. (source: Kiva)

2. Hor of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, a loan to buy solar energy home system

Hor of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia (credit: Kiva)

Hor is a 42-year-old woman who lives in a remote area of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. At home, she is a lovely mother of two dependent children and two married children. To make a living, she manages and operates a farming business in rice farm land which is located near her house. So far, she has been involved in this business for nearly twenty years. The average earning is USD 2.00 a day. Hor wants to have household energy at a reduced monthly cost by purchasing a solar energy home system. Because there is inadequate money, she has requested a Kiva loan through its partner, HKL. After this initial investment, she hopes to have clean energy to power her household lights, TV and radio. She is very happy and thankful because with this loan, HKL has provided her a special interest rate lower than its general loan rates. (source: Kiva)

3.  Serapio of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a solar home system that will allow him to reduce spending in kerosene, candles, and to improve home lighting.

Serapio of Intibuc, Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Serapio lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá Honduras. He is a farmer (corn and coffee) 40 years ago, age 60 years who lives with his wife and four children, they help him to work in the farmland. It is clear that Serapio works hard to maintain his family and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. The family currently illuminates their home with kerosene lamps because the electrical utility grid does not reach this rural area. He mentioned that with this solar energy system, he hopes improve the living conditions. Serapio is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit to have a better lighting, charge their cell phones, and saving in traditional energy expenditure. (source: Kiva)

4. Maria Elena of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a Solar Home System for her home

Maria Elena of Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Maria lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá, Honduras. She has been a corn farmer for 10 years. She is 32; she is married and has five children. It is clear that Maria works hard to maintain her family and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. She hopes that with the solar energy system, their children will be able to do their homework and improve the living conditions. Maria is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit to have a better lighting, charge cell phones, and save in traditional energy expenditure. (source: Kiva)

5.  Cristian of Intibuca, Honduras, a loan to purchase a Solar Home System

Cristian of Intibuca, Honduras (credit: Kiva)

Cristian lives in a community in the Department of Intibucá Honduras. He works as a teacher of primary education from 3 years, age 21; He live with his parents. It is clear that Cristian works hard to maintain his parents and at night, after a hard day of work, the conditions in the house are not very good due to the lack of electricity. He hopes that with the solar energy system, he will be able to prepare his classes at night and help his family with the tasks at home. Cristian is requesting a loan to purchase a complete solar electric system from Soluz Honduras, that will permit him to have better lighting, charge his cell phone, and save in traditional energy expenditure.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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20 December

Let’s Help To Spread The Sunshine To Mwanza City in Tanzania

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

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A quick reminder for those of you who have been emailing me to request for promotion of your organization or for specific questions, your cause/organization or question is important to Sun Is The Future. But since we receive many emails  and we always  ask for permission to post photos of your particular organization, please be patient. Please mention, in your emails, that your organization gives Sun Is The Future the permission to post your particular organization’s photos for promotion.  Thanks to the existence of internet, we are now able to truly reach out to the whole planet Earth to seek cooperation and collaboration!

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I have received emails from Albert Kahai of Tanzania, the Founder and Director of  Hurumia Watoto Group Organization and program manager of Sadani Education Trust Fund. Mr. Kahai is asking for earthly support of Solar Power to enable his community schools and hospitals in village to have lights and power in order to improve students’ performance and allow hospitals to function at nights.

Hurumia Watoto Organization (HWO), a small, non-governmental organization, is committed to social justice through community empowerment (credit: HWO in Mwanza City in Tanzania)

The Hurumia Watoto Group Organization (HWO) is a community-based organization, affiliated with the TANZANIA Community, for protection and organization of widows and women, health, and AIDS infection, and children. HWO is a small non-governmental organization committed to social justice through community empowerment. It was established in 2006 and became a legal entity in 2007 at a community grass roots lower level, focusing on mobilizing and strengthening communities to support the basic needs of women and children. Its program and activities are concentrated in Mwanza City, Tanzania (its headquarter at Nyakato in Ilemela District)at the moment. Some of its objectives are:

  1. Develop a resource center for information dissemination and capacity building
  2. Participate in activities aimed at improving the welfare of widows, women, young females and children in the community
  3. Promote and preserve the environment
  4. Teach and support widows, women, and young females to become self-reliant through vocational training

    One of the HWO projects, including tayloring and embroidery, sewing, and computer training in Mwanza, Tanzania (credit: HWO of Mwanza, Tanzania)

  5. Develop water resources

Some of the programs/activities HWO are carrying out:

  • Support HIV/AIDS afflicted widows, and help women, young females and their children to live healthy lives by meeting their basic needs
  • Empower women to meet their basic needs with health and medical treatment
  • Support children through education, health, and shelter
  • Facilitate positive environmental change by planting trees and green areas
  • Invite and cooperate with community groups, institutions, churches, schools, and the local government to find ways to reduce sexual harassment of widows, women, and young females, orphans, and vulnerable children
  • Organize community sustainable projects and equip youth with skills and knowledge
  • Help to improve water and sanitation conditions
  • Educate the community regarding the role of women today,  reducing sexual harassment to widows and women, and improve development o f children

If you would like to  help HWO to establish Solar Power for their community center, schools, or hospitals, please contact:

Albert Kahai

Albert Kahai, Founder and Projects Director of HWO (credit: HWO of Tanzania)

Founder and Projects Director
Phone number: +255765 433802, +255766 472333
E-mail: alberthwc@ymail.com,
organization email: hurumiawatotocentre2006@yahoo.com
(HWO) Hurumia Watoto Organization Centre

TANZANIA POSTAL BANK
Mwanza, Kenyata branch
Name of Account: Hurumia Watoto Group Centre
Account Number: 016-00001789

Hurumia Watoto Group Organization
A nonprofit community-based organization,
registered number A.50/178/2007
P.O. Box 8089, Mwanza, Tanzania
REF.NO ILE/CBO/A.50/178/2007
Our organization is located in Mwanza, Tanzania, about 12 kilometers from the Mwanza airport and we operate in Ilemela districts of Mwanza city and rural village.

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Mr. Kahai is also asking for earthly support of Solar Power for various initiatives at Sadani Education Trust Fund in building schools and hospitals. Sadani Education Trust Fund (S.E.T.F) is a non-profit organization founded in April 2013, to fight against illiteracy of all forms and promote education in all levels to improve livelihood of those most in need through education & community development in Tanzania. Find out how you can help S.E.T.F. by visiting How You Can Help.

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***Sun Is The Future does not benefit financially from HWO.***

For regions without the benefit of the grid, it is a no brainer that Solar Power should be the way to establish community power. So, let’s help these community schools and hospitals in acquiring their solar power so students will be able to study after sunset and hospitals may operate at nights. Let’s spread the sunshine!

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

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www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.sunisthefuture.com

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~have a bright and sunny day~

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24 May

Let’s Use Our Sunshine-Home Grown Food In Containers

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 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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No, I’ve not yet forgotten about what I’ve promised you (please refer to my previous post,  May 22, 2013)…. I did manage to get  mom to go outside for a short while, to sit on the front porch under sunshine, to enjoy looking at the growing flowers and even to walk a bit toward her nearby neighborhood park. Now, I’d like to see her strength to increase to the point so she’ll be able to maintain more involved growing projects similar to what I’ve been growing at my home, shared with you below.

Tomato plant supported by glorious Florida sunshine

Orange tree plant also grown in container

Yes, I am growing these tomato and orange tree plants in containers! It’s worked out quite well. So, I’ve also started on various types of herbs and other vegetables such as peppers and egg plants.

Can you believe it: these are all grown in one container!

Perhaps you’d like to consider trying this at your home too? What a wonderful way to utilize our glorious sunshine! Growing food locally will not only be increasing the nutritious value of our food items, it will also help to reduce our carbon footprint (less transporting cost). What could be more local than your own yards, front porches, balconies, or windowsills?

If you’re interested in more involved “Green Projects”, you will definitely enjoy our next post.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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9 June

Let The Sunshine Into The Low Line Park of NYC Underground

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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.

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Dear Friends & Readers,

Today, I am going to take you onto a journey for another conceptual design, awaiting for its realization.  As the population density of our planet earth continues to rise, from the current 6.8 billion to the forecasted 9 billion (supposedly the point from which the human population will start to taper down), there will be greater need of creative public space of all kinds.  Again, human ingenuity comes to the rescue.  In New York City, the Low Line Park is proposing a project (also known as the Delancey Project) renovating the Lower East Side‘s abandoned Delancey Street trolley station

Delancey Low Line Project (before image)

, untouched for nearly sixty years, into a subterranean urban oasis.  Architect James Ramsey is the designer for this project, using advanced solar technology to bring sunlight down to this abandoned space from above to grow plants and tress and to bring light to the richness of  the historic details of the cobblestones, rails, and vaulted ceilings below.  This wonderful solar technology would transport sunlight, utilizing a large system of mirrors and fiber optics, from the streets above , then concentrating, channeling, and redistributing this light into the cavernous facility under the surface to be used

Delancey Low Line Project (after mockup image)

.  This is an exciting and inspiring project because green spaces  with natural light are in short supply in Lower East Side of New York City.  Currently this project is looking for funding and recently joined the start-up site Kickstarter to publicly-source some of the Low Line’s budget.  Here, at Sun Is The Future of http://sunisthefuture.net, we are definitely in favor of this type of project, where solar energy is used to save electricity and reduce carbon emissions while generating the capacity for plants, trees, and grasses to thrive indoors.   If you are interested in helping to build this underground park in an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey and Essex Streets, please feel free to contact the co-founders of the project: Daniel Barasch and James Ramsey  or simply donate at this site:  http://delanceyunderground.org/the-project.

 

Now, let’s take a look at a video clip of the Low Line/Delancey Project and its co-founders, below:

~have a bright and sunny day~

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27 July

More On Feed-In-Tariff…Let’s Not Waste Our Sunshine And Surface Area Here In Florida And USA

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

If you are concerned about energy security and independence, clean environment, and climate change…are in favor of renewable/solar energy, job creations, and economic prosperity for state of Florida and USA…then check out http://sunisthefuture.net for information, by typing in various topics in the search box at right side of the web site, on: Feed-In-Tariff, Solar Incentive, Solar Cars, Solar Plane, Solar High Speed Trains, Solar Shingles, Solar Hot Water Heater, BIPV, Solar Cells, etc.  Please pay special attention to Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Programs for there is a series of 16+ episodes of discussions on Feed-In-Tariff, an incentive program that allows individual home owners, small businesses, organizations to sell the power they produce to the power company .

Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, and legislators about Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN programs and help us to make the transition into renewable/solar energy age in the coming century.  I was talking to a lady from Denmark at the Y the other day and she commented that she was surprised how little solar activities there are in Florida rooftops compared to Denmark.  For those of you who aren’t sure where Denmark is exactly,  it is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe, definitely with a lot less sunshine and insolation than what we have here in Florida.  Then the natural thing is to ask, why is this happening?  INCENTIVE, or lack thereof !  We need incentive for individual home owners, small businesses, organizations such as schools, Y’s, hospitals, etc. with rooftops and surface areas, that would provide us with sufficient economic incentive to move into the renewable age.  Here is an example (in the next video, with data provided by World Future Council) of another country, Germany, with far less sunshine and insolation than we have here in Florida,  but with the help of Feed-In-Tariff (key features listed below):

  • Gives RE (renewable energy) priority access to the grid
  • Obliges grid operators to purchase electricity from RES
  • Sets the price for RE electricity for fixed periods
  • Sets no limit to amount of RE feeding into the grid4

Feed-In-Tariffs have been so successful in Germany and many other countries because of the long term planning security it provides by having 12-20 year contracts ( this is crucial to investors);it gives technology-specific incentives (this is crucial for driving new technologies into the market);it adapts to technological development (this fosters innovation).

Germany was able to create more than a quarter million jobs in renewable energy sector in less than five years, economic impact of new industry development with total turnover from renewable energy sources of approximately  25 billion Euros in 2007, and saved about 150 tons of CO2 emissions…all due  to the help of Feed-In-Tariff.  Most importantly, Feed-In-Tariffs have made Germany the world leader in solar power.  Another important lesson to take away from the presentation of World Future Council video clip is the fact that majority (more than 80% in Germany & or 90% in Florida) of the market share is from residential rather than the utility scaled facility (about 10%).  That means we, the individuals, will have far more combined impact on the industry and would benefit from the industry of renewable energy via Feed-In-Tariff.  Please allow me to show you this clip right now:


 

 

My fellow Floridians and residents of USA, I know that Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) may not be easy to understand, so  I implore you to carefully view all discussions on this topic (Feed-In-Tariff) at http://sunisthefuture.net by typing Feed-In-Tariff in the search box and listen to those people from different parts of the world who have implemented or benefited from this policy.  Our neighbors in Gainesville, FL, can attest to the economic prosperity FIT had brought them.  Why shouldn’t we all benefit from our generous sunshine?! Then talk and write to your friends, family, neighbors, and your state legislators about introducing this policy so your local communities may prosper.  We need and want more jobs and more small businesses to thrive and pave our way into the renewable energy age.  It is time…we cannot afford to sit idly by and be left behind.  Individually, we may not have millions of dollars to spend on lobbying for this policy, but I believe that our combined strength will enable us to achieve what is necessary to push this through.  After all, we here in USA, historically have a track record of doing what had been impossible.  In response to Rachel and  other readers of Sun Is The Future who want me to write more: if I put up a petition page, will you all be willing to sign the petition in showing your support for Feed-In-Tariff ?  Please keep checking back for future petition page(s).  In the meantime, Facebook, Tweet, or chirp your friends/relatives/family/neighbors/state legislators about Feed-In-Tariff.  I would also like to introduce you all to several organizations and web sites , listed below:

http://www.futurepolicy.org/

http://www.allianceforrenewableenergy.org/

http://www.floridaallianceforrenewableenergy.org/

T  O  G  E  T  H  E  R        W  E      C  A  N !!!

sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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10 July

Hurray For Gainesville’s Feed-In-Tariff, Let’s Also Get It For Rest of Florida and USA!

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Dear Readers, Friends, and Sunshine Lovers,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I believe we are getting closer to the critical mass needed for Feed-In-Tariff to be receiving its deserved attention to become a state-wide program/policy for renewable/solar energy.

Time for an update on the first-U.S. Feed-In-Tariff in Gainesville, FL.  In June of 2011, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recognized GRU (Gainesville Regional Utilities) as one of the country’s leading utilities for integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  I would like to, on behalf of Floridians, thank Ed Regan, who was instrumental in implementing the Feed-In-Tariff in Gainesville, FL.  For a better understanding of what Feed-In-Tariff is all about and how FIT is a fantastic incentive program that had benefited the community economically by making it more cost effective to invest in renewable energy and by promoting local job growth, please take a look/listen to the series of discussion on Feed-In-Tariff at Sun Is The Future and also at these two sources below:

https://www.gru.com/AboutGRU/NewsReleases/Archives/Articles/news-2011-06-23.jsp

http://blip.tv/etopia-news-now/ed-regan-at-gru-talks-about-gainesville-s-first-in-u-s-feed-in-tariff-1777179

Fellow Floridians, I hope you all will join me in learning and discussing more about Feed-In-Tariff with your friends, family, neighbors, and local Congressperson/Representatives for the possibility of introducing Feed-In-Tariff as one of the Senate Bills during this coming year.  We here in the Sunshine State of Florida should set an example in fully utilizing our most wonderful natural resource, our beautiful Sunshine/Sun power !

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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