Tuesday, 23 June 2009 12:44

Is Florida "FIT" for Solar?

Is Florida "FIT" for Solar?Like many, you may feel that solar energy remains a distant dream, and that it's: too expensive to afford, or too hard to implement. Feed In Tariffs (FIT) could change all of that...FIT could bring the use of solar energy to life for MILLIONS of people in the US.What is FIT?FIT (Feed In Tariff) is an incentive structure to encourage the adoption of renewable energy through government legislation.  Basically, the government offers home and business owners payments for electricity they feed into the electric grid.Germany developed a FIT program in 1999 and because of that they…
Monday, 15 June 2009 11:37

Kilowatt Ours - an excellent movie!

“Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach Sand Removalto Provide Clean Energy to West Virginia!”How would you like it if the beaches of Florida were dug up to provide energy for West Virginia?Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?Unfortunately, this is, in essence, what Florida is doing to West Virginia.A significant portion of the energy Florida uses is produced by coal from West Virginia. The coal is “mined” by blowing up mountains!The people of West Virginia don’t really like their mountains being destroyed.The question is… do you care? If so, what are you going to do about it?Once you watch this movie, Kilowatt Ours,…
Friday, 05 June 2009 15:08

A Must Read - Hot, Flat and Crowded

If you're looking for a great read that discusses creating a sustainable future...I highly recommend reading Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman.  You know may his other work, The World is Flat.Here's a description from Amazon:"Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is “hot, flat, and crowded.” Already the earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things--unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead…
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?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…

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