2013 / 31 posts found

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The Dharmastala Integrated Energy Centre

This post was originally posted on S3IDF’s blog.  The original article can be found here.   We would like to highlight the work of S3IDF because we greatly believe in the social benefit that solar can have.  S3IDF demonstrates in the real-world and through innovative financing how solar can help others.  S3IDF reduces poverty in developing countries by supporting small-scale enterprises that meet basic infrastructure needs and provide opportunities...
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CA Legislative Roundup: Victories for Solar, Failures for Metaphors

NOTE: As of October 8, 2013, the below bills have all been signed into law by Governor Brown.  Most of the bills still need to be regulated by the CPUC in order to be available for the market. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I can’t tell you how crazy these past few weeks have been with recent legislation up in Sacramento.  Well, I could...but it’s pretty scary. And this blog is supposed to entertain, not frighten.  (Wait for our Halloween posts!) Okay fine,...
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A Day on the Farm

Summer is drawing to a close. Kids are returning to school, beach crowds are thinning, and manatees are migrating back to the Florida coast (don’t worry, this manatee is staying in sunny SoCal). For farmers, however, the end of summer signifies the start of their major harvest. Farming has evolved rapidly over the past 150 years from small, individually-owned plots to the vast factory farms we know today. Work that used to take weeks now takes days...
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Ready, Set, Low-Flow!

Go green! Be eco-friendly! Buy environmentally-conscious, natural, recycled, organic, free-trade everythings! We hear these buzzwords daily but, as Kermit taught us, it’s not always easy “being green”. The fact is, we live in a world filled with disposable cell phones, styrofoam-housed fast food, and energy-hungry air conditioning. And to be totally honest, we kinda like it that way. Why, Convenience and Comfort are two of America’s founding...
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Can Solar Help Prevent Crime?

A couple weeks back, I was at a government contracting meeting at the Los Angeles City Hall.  Due to lovely LA traffic and scheduling, I didn’t have time for lunch #ABitPeckish.  Fearing I would have to sit through a 3-hour meeting without sustenance, I heard wonderful news of a diner downstairs.  I rushed down and found Homeboy Diner!  It was a savior to my stomach and to the others attendees #HungryDeeterIsAViolentDeeter!  I thought the name...
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Chilling Out with Solar

Solar panels are super cool, and I don’t mean fashionable (although they can be that too). I’m talking about their impact on rooftop temperatures! A new study by the University of California San Diego looked into the shading effects of rooftop solar panels. The energy-saving effects of shade trees or using reflective materials on rooftops is well documented. A US Forest Service study found that adding just three shade trees outside of a building...
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Happy Labor Day from ecoSolargy!

Hey Everyone, Danny the (Solar) Manatee and I wanted to wish you all a Happy Labor Day!  I'll be flying down for a lovely weekend in San Diego, and the Manatee will be slumbering around Huntington Harbor.  :)  Have a great day and get ready for our post tomorrow!
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Hurricane Season P. 2: Solar Trailers

Last week, we discussed the benefits of having battery backups with your solar system during a natural disaster.  Not all of us have photovoltaic installations on our roofs, and the ones who do, usually don’t have a battery.  So what’s the other option, TweeterDeeter?!? I just flew back from Innovationland with a technology that I feel every disaster responder should have!  A solar trailer.  What is a solar trailer?  It’s what it sounds...
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A Day at the Beach JTDW46C9HNVB

Communities are important. They’re where we make friends, raise families, enjoy free time, gain education, and earn a living. Our communities give us a lot, but all too often we don’t take time to give back. Don’t get me wrong, between all the stress and obligations we have day to day it’s tough to find time for anything extra. Giving back takes making a commitment, and that’s what we’re trying to do here at ecoSolargy as a part of our...
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Hurricane Season P. 1: Battery Backups

Right now we’re entering the hurricane season.  In my short lifetime, I have seen some horrific ones, #Katrina #Sandy.  We have been dealing with these disasters forever, and that means we have developed ways to better survive them.  The solution to power loss is solar!  After Hurricane Sandy, it took almost two weeks to restore 95% of the electric grid in New York.  In this two part blog post, we’ll talk about some of the ways solar is your...
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