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19 September

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

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Did you know that placing Solar on U.S. Schools’ Rooftops would help to reduce the same amount of carbon emissions every year as taking 100,000 cars off of our roads?  According to a recent new report released by The Solar Foundation and SEIA, Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, at least 450 school districts could save a million dollars with solar! Can you imagine what a million dollars could buy for your local schools: hiring more teachers, improving teachers’ salary, better classroom facility and updating school equipments.

So check out this report and ask your school administrators not to miss this amazing opportunity to save money and to help protect our environment….for the students of today and the generations of tomorrow!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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11 May

Hurray For Sebastopol, CA!

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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! Thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________

got a message from Solar Impulse — the solar airplane that is flying across the United States right now. The plane is carrying a message encouraging governments, CEOs, and other decision-makers to support and deploy clean technologies.  Because I signed up, my name is going to be carried in the cockpit of the plane.  You should add your name too — the more names the plane carries, the stronger the clean technology message will be on the ground. So far, over 16,000 Friends are virtual passengers in the cockpit.  You can add your name by clicking here — it only takes 30 seconds. Thanks! sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker _______________________________________________________________________________________

Remember at the end of March this year I wrote a post on “First U.S. City Requiring Solar (Lancaster, CA). We Need More Mayors Like Mayor Parris!“. Well, nearly 400 miles away, in Sonoma County, the liberal stronghold of fewer than 8,000 residents in the city of Sebastopol, CA four days ago (on Tuesday) became California’s second city to require that all new buildings and additions (and the first to require residential and commercial buildings) be outfitted with solar PV to produce solar energy.

The system would have to provide 2 watts of power per square foot of insulated building area or offset 75 percent of the building’s annual electric load. In situations where solar power is impractical (such as shaded areas) new buildings may use other energy alternatives or pay a fee. Councilman Patrick Slayter, who co-authored the measure with Mayor Michael Kyes, remarked that the council’s action  was “on the low end of the scale (of controversy), which is welcome.” In honor of Sebastopol, CA ‘s status as being the First City to Require All New Residential and Commercial Buildings to be Outfitted With Solar PV, I’d like to share a video on Sebastopol’s Link to its Past, below:

Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association says she thinks mandated solar power is a trend that will likely grow but that people shouldn’t worry that a wave of change will happen in their neighborhoods anytime soon. California is already a solar power friendly state, ranking the third state with the most solar jobs per capita in USA by the Solar Foundation, and has more solar workers than it has actors.

Let’s hope that there will soon be a third and more cities joining this movement so we will be able to truly call this A Solar Trend….let’s hope this will not be a trend only confined to the state of California…

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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18 April

Let’s, The Floridians, Move Up From Rank 28!

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SEIA Joins BlueGreen Alliance in Calling for Renewed Efforts to Create Jobs WASHINGTON, DC — Calling job creation in America a “shared goal,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today joined other trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups and business and community advocates in pushing for new efforts to address climate change, rebuild America’s aging infrastructure and foster innovation. Members of the BlueGreen Alliance, which represents more than 15 million members and supporters nationwide, held a press conference today on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to jumpstart job creation.   One important way, they said, was to dramatically expand the use of renewable energy, including solar. “Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, providing good-paying jobs for more than 119,000 American workers,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  “Over the past five years, the U.S. solar energy industry has experienced sustained growth

Solar Energy Industry Growth

thanks to rising demand, falling costs and new financing options. Since 2008, the amount of solar powering our homes, businesses and military bases has increased six-fold – from 1,100 megawatts to more than 7,700 megawatts today, which is enough to power more than 1.2 million American homes.” Resch went on to say, “Some of this 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 for consumers. If we want to  create new jobs, foster innovation and ensure prosperity for future generations of Americans, we must expand our commitment to using clean, renewable energy sources in the U.S. and around the world.” In a related development, The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today announced the release of its State Solar Jobs Map (www.solarstates.org), a web-based tool providing the first-ever solar jobs numbers for each of the 50 states.

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Did you know that a few cloudy days don’t hurt us as much as poor policies?  Please allow me to share part of a letter/email I’ve just received from SEIA’s Carrie Hitt, below:

Dear Susan Sun, Today, the Solar Foundation released their State Solar Jobs Map, a web-based tool providing the first-ever highly credible solar jobs numbers for each of the fifty states. . These new state numbers build upon TSF’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012, which found that the U.S. solar energy industry employs 119,016 Americans and that solar employment grew 13.2 percent over the prior year, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The interactive map features detailed profiles with state jobs figures, rankings of industry subsectors by employment, key state policies supporting solar, and much more. Check it out. See how your state compares and show off your home state on Facebook! Share this image on Facebook and help us spread the word! The top ten solar jobs states all have public support and smart policies that spur solar development, including renewable portfolio standards

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I found out that:

  1. Sunshine State (FL) has a rank of 28 for Solar Jobs per Capita among all states of USA
  2. SOLAR LEADERS: CA, AZ, NJ, MA, PA top 5 states for solar employment http://solarstates.org
  3. STUDY SHOWS: Strong solar energy jobs market not limited to Sunbelt http://solarstates.org
  4. JOBS: 1 out of every 306 Arizona worker is a solar worker http://solarstates.org

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Every where I go, there are folks worried about the rising cost of fuel, CO2 emissions, global warming, and depleting fossil fuel. My visiting friends from Denmark and Germany commented that there are far more installations of solar panels in their countries (with less sunshine) than here in Florida (the Sunshine State).

Solar Panels under Florida Sun

The reason is: they have FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) for renewable energy and we, the Floridians, do not. So, I will do my part, and I hope those of you out there who are residents of Florida, will also do yours.

Let’s Spread Our Glorious Florida Sunshine!

Please be sure to visit our tomorrow’s post: April 19, 2013, at www.sunisthefuture.net, for the opportunity for us to collaborate toward a brighter future for Florida ! Let’s move up from rank 28!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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