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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)

Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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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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16 April

Stop Taxing Sunshine In the Sunshine State

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Especially for those of you residing in the state of Florida, please note: There is now a great opportunity to make going solar easier in Florida. The SB1064, will help to Stop Taxing Sunshine in the Sunshine State! SB1064/HB277 would provide property tax abatement for residential solar installations. This insures that when homeowners make solar investments to bring their utility bills down, their property taxes won’t go up.

“Not only does this make great business sense, but Florida’s voters have already approved it. These bills simply implement a ballot initiative passed in 2008 — it’s the will of the people, albeit a bit overdue.” noted by Adam Browning+ The Vote Solar Team at www.votesolar.org .  This bill has passed the House but failed in the Senate the past few years.  Florida needs your help — Can you take action now to tell your Senator not to tax the sun?

We will be looking forward to some updates on/after Wednesday, April 17, 2013, after the possible committee hearing regarding SB1064.

It is an exciting decade to be living in! Fellow Floridians, let’s Go Solar!

Sun Peeking Through The Cloud, Ready To Shine (Photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any of your comments or suggestions will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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24 March

Let’s Support Solar! Let’s Support FIT!

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Dear Friends & Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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I.  If you are interested in supporting the petition for national FIT (Feed-In-Tariff), an incentive policy that is designed to accelerate the development of renewable generation projects up to 20 MW in size including solar, wind, biomass, and wave, please click on http://www.fitpetition.org

II.  If you are interested in supporting solar/renewable energy bill in state of Florida, please contact Senator Geraldine F “Geri” Thompson at: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s12, District Office: 511 West South Street Suite 204, Orlando, FL 32805, (407)245-1511, and show her your appreciation and support for having made the effort in introducing a renewable energy bill, despite all obstacles.

III. If you are interested in supporting Solar Initiative in any of the states other than  Florida, please click on www.votesolar.org and check out “Policy Guidelines”,”Federal Initiatives”, “State Initiatives”, “Local Initiatives”, “Shared Solar” in the left hand margin.

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Something special for residents of Florida: please approach/write our state legislators to ask for implementation of these measures, below:

1.  Setting Solar/Renewable Energy Goal for the state of Florida. For a better understanding of some historical background of Florida Solar Market and Policy Issues, please take a look at our video clip of SPI2012 below:

2.  Implementing an effective Feed-In-Tariff policy (otherwise also known as the Renewable Energy Dividend Policy) that will be inclusive of small users as well as large-scale users.  Feed-In-Tariff had proven to be the most effective incentive program/policy that would speed up the implementations of solar PV .  The goal of  Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is to offer cost-based compensation to renewable energy producers, providing the price certainty and long-term contracts that help finance renewable energy investments.

3.  Streamline the permitting process of solar PV and solar thermal so to reduce the cost and amount of time in completing the process. Residents at  Broward County are now able to get a solar energy system permit online in just half an hour;please refer to Jefferery Halsey, Broward County of Florida’s Director of Pollution Prevention, Remediation, and Air Quality Division during the video clip at our Feb. 22, 2013 post of Sun Is The Future.

4.  It seems feasible/optimal to introduce regulation to require solar thermal (solar hot water heating systems) when/where it is already a foregone conclusion that this would be an economically feasible approach in building design.  Perhaps it is time to start the discussion in considering implementing this as part of the building code.

Let’s work together for a bright and renewable future!

I would suggest that all of you out there who are Florida residents and are concerned about our energy future to also visit this site, http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm and write a similar letter to remind Senator Nelson of our concern.  For those of you from other states please refer to this site –> http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and please approach/write your respective district legislators regarding 4 items above.  Together, we will be able to gather enough strength and voice !  For Florida residents, you may find your respective District Representatives and District Senators at these two sites,

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx and    http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/

Please visit: votesolar.org and fitpetition.org

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net

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