Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:43

Florida Can Be Energy and Food Independent

Here's my thought for the Thanksgiving weekend...

Florida Can Be Energy and Food Independent
Florida has an abundance of natural resources.
Plenty of sunshine.
Plenty of (moving) water.
Plenty of land.
There's enough energy landing on our roofs and flowing in the Gulf Stream to provide all the power we need.
There's enough land and water to provide all the food we need.
There's enough intelligence to make it happen.

How do you feel about this?  Please comment below, and I'd love to hear from you...

-Dan

Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:53

The Best Solar Use - Creating A Better World!

I was recently in front of a large, friendly group of open-minded people, when I stated my mission...

“I want to help people replace their use of fossil fuels with renewable energy within 10 years or sooner.”

The speaker interrupted me and asked a very simple question: “Why? Why would you want to do that?”

I was surprised, not only by the interruption, but also because in the 35 years I’ve been in the solar industry, no one has ever asked me that question directly.

My reply was inadequate due to my ineptness of thinking fast on my feet, but, after further consideration… you know how it goes… oh I should have said this; I should have said that… here’s my answer:

I want to create a better world, a world that works well (I consider this the best solar energy use):

1) I want to create a world in which all people can bring out the divinity within.

2) There’s something inside of me, from way back that compels me to leave the world a better place than when I got here.  (Did my father instill this in me? “If it’s worth doing, it's worth doing right.”)

The area in which I can make a difference is in our use of energy.

Scientific evidence supports my belief that our current use of energy is causing very serious problems.

We each need to address these problems.

If you wait for someone else to address these problems for you, you might not like the solutions or worse; you might not live long enough to solve the problem. YOU need to address these problems because they are YOUR problems. I can help you. I want to help you.


Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:41

Changing My Mind on a Dime

I used to say solar energy was not good for moving things.
It was good for heating water or making electricity, but not for transportation.
But with this new Electric Hybrid Vehicle... and after checking out www.calcars.org to learn about electric vehicles (EVs), I’ve done a complete 180!
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend you check out:
Who Killed The Electric Car

Who Killed the Electric Car?

After 30 years of being in the solar industry, I was so wrong about what I thought solar energy could do.
Kinda humbling.
So, if I could have a wrong perception about solar energy after 30 years, I guess I can understand that YOU too could have a misconception about solar energy.
I think there’s a lot of people that don’t fully understand solar energy:

    • How it works...
    • What it can, and can’t do…
    • When it could be applicable…
    • Affordable… and
    • A host of other questions.

But there’s a huge belief that solar energy is a good thing… a VERY good thing, in fact.

Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:51

Go Solar Energy for Life!

Can you believe that my dad, Ward Jr., started installing solar pool heaters here in Southwest Florida over 35 years ago?

Here I am with my dad, and grandpa, in 1978 celebrating the Grand Opening of our new store in Cape Coral - at the very location we're at today! ;)

Back in the day, it wasn't about 'going green' and 'renewable energy' - the gas crisis of the 70's made solar pool heating much more attractive.

I was fortunate enough to be invited by my dad to participate in this wonderful new technology!

Solar pool heating has always been the most economically viable form of solar energy.  It's always made economic sense.

Today, 35 years later, we've expanded our products to include more than just solar pool heat - we also offer:

What's interesting is how the use of solar energy plays a big role in our goals today relating to 'going green' and committing to a sustainable future...

Who knew this is where I'd be today!

I'm really excited that we're taking our business to a new level using the power of the Internet to help people just like you create your energy independence.

I'm extremely proud to introduce our new online initiatives:

I want to thank Charly, and his team at Internet Services Group of Florida, LLC, for helping create & deploy our online connection to you!  

It's really important to me that you let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, as well.

Thanks!

Dan


Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:11

Going Solar for 40 Years!

 

In the early morning of November 15th, 1975, I closed the door of my apartment (one of a few remaining army barracks of "Fort" Myers) and walked a quarter of a mile to join my father on my first day of work in the solar industry. 
 
He had called me a few days earlier to ask if I wanted to install solar pool heaters with him. I told him I'd sleep on it and call the next day with my decision. 
 
I joined him, not so much to be in the fledgling solar industry, which I thought was pretty cool; nor to save the world from the "evil oil guys", which, in the early 70's was not as clear a mission to me as it is today; but more, to simply get to know my father... he had been absent from my life since I was six. So, I hitchhiked from Orlando, where I was getting some spiritual guidance, to Fort Myers.... 
 
Looking back, I'm grateful I was guided to the path of (sun)light. It has been good to me and I have much to be grateful for. 
 
Today, forty years later, my son, Ian, is stepping into the leadership role at Fafco Solar and I'm letting it go. It's a process. I don't know exactly how it will happen, or how it will look, but it's in motion and it's another reason for me to be grateful.
 
Looking forward, it's obvious the world will be powured by sunlight... and it will be surprising to most how fast it will happen. The solar tsunami is here! (More about this later.) 
 
Enjoy the ride, Ian! 
With lots of Love and Light,
Dan
 

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