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How are Solar and Oil Connected?

Uncle Sam vs. Oil Reality

Gas Prices in 2011 Will Shock the American Consumer Back to Reality

How are Solar and Oil connected? How can we start relaying the importance of Solar toward our National Security, Energy Security, and Energy Independence to our leaders?

Coal is extremely Oil-energy intensive to mine, process, transport, burn, and dispose of. Thus, as the price of oil increases, so does the cost of coal-produced electricity.

Natural Gas is extremely Oil-energy intensive to extract, process, transport, and burn. Thus, as the price of oil increases, so does the cost of natural-gas-produced electricity.

Nuclear Fuel is extremely Oil-energy intensive to mine, process, transport and secure. The building of a Nuclear Power Plant is extremely Oil energy intensive. Thus, as the price of oil increases, so does the cost of nuclear-produced electricity.

The Sun rises every day on its own and requires no Oil burning to do so. Thus, as the price of Oil increases, the cost of your solar-produced electricity will not increase. The only cost of your solar-generated electricity is the one time up-front cost of the system. Your electricity is no longer tied to the price of Oil. Your electricity purchases are no longer supporting the regimes of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela. You’ve just boosted the National Security of the United States. Thank you.

Think about this and then pass it on.

Always remember that inspiration determines your destiny.

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How Peak Oil Changed My Life

Here’s a insightful article written by a school teacher in Michigan about how discovering Peak Oil changed permanently the way he thinks about everything.  My experience and outlook is almost identical.

Here’s an excerpt from How Peak Oil Changed My Life:

Peak oil now informs everything I do. It tells the story of a future of great challenge and difficulty, for which I must be prepared.

Peak oil drives me to share what I know, and to go further, to illuminate the fundamental failure of our global culture to plan and prepare for its own future. The bleak reality is this: peak oil is not really about the decline of our most precious energy resource. Peak oil is one symptom of our civilization’s inability to find and follow a cultural vision of sustainability.

Click Here to View the Full Article: How Peak Oil Changed My Life

Please follow Aaron Wissner’s work via his Aaron Wissner Facebook page and www.LocalFuture.org.

Visit Mountainside Education and Enrichment on the 2010 Solar Tour

Visit Mountainside Education and Enrichment in Urbana, Maryland during the 2010 ASES National Solar Tour on Saturday, October 2 from 11am to 5pm.

“Mountainside is an active summer camp as well as a capus for Mountainside Enrichment and Education, a non-profit created to teach renewable resources.  Mountainside is home to a 10-kilowatt solar array as well as a 10-kilowatt wind turbine.  Both systems are monitored for efficiency and power output from a computer station located in their front office.  In efforts to teach both adults and children alike Mountainside has a number of other environmentally friendly installations and porjects that include rain gardens, composting toilets, organic gardens, 4,000 riparian tree buffer, and a wetlands conservation area.  Mountainside is also a 115-acre working farm with fields of corn and fruit trees.” (This write-up is courtesy of the 2010 Western Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes Guide.)

Photo of the 10kW Wind Turbine at Mountainside Education and Enrichment

The 10kW Wind Turbine at Mountainside ~photo Chris May

During a stop at Mountainside last week, memories of the amazing Conservation Leadership School program I volunteered for at Penn State in 1997 founded by Dr. Jim Hamilton.

photo of the 10kW solar array at the Mountainside Education and Enrichment

The Mountainside Education and Enrichment 10kW Solar Electric System ~photo Chris May

Visit Wind power: Urbana business installs county’s first windmill by the Frederick News Post for more background on the project and Solar homes tour set for this weekend by the Frederick News Post for more information on the Western Maryland Solar Tour.

Download your PDF Solar Tour Guide at www.SolarTour.org. Hard copies are available for purchase at the Common Market, The Trail House and Beans & Bagels in Frederick; The Main Cup in Middletown and Boonsboro Pharmacy in Boonsboro.

Please visit:
Mountainside Education and Outreach Website
Bar-T Mountainside Website
Bar-T Mountainside Facebook Page
Wind power: Urbana business installs county’s first windmill by the Frederick News Post
Mountainside “progressive” Camp/Training Center to host Educational Garden by Friends of Frederick County
Environmental pump helps clean up water supply by Frederick News Post
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Visit Hope Alive on the 2010 Solar Tour

Visit Hope Alive, Inc. on the 2010 Western Maryland Solar Home Tour on Saturday October 2 from 11am to 5pm.

Hope Alive, Inc. is a nonprofit Christian ministry called to embrace homeless women and their children with the life-changing love of God. In partnership with the community, we offer a transitional home and comprehensive support services to empower women and children with Christian values, dignity, and the skills they need to live self-sustaining lives filled with hope and a future.

In April 2010, a collaboration of Glory Energy Solutions, BP Solar, Sustainable Energy Systems, LLC, and Crum Electric donated their time and materials to design, build, and commission the 5kW BP Solar energy system for Hope Alive and their residents.

Visit Hope Alive Ministries on the 2010 Western Maryland Solar Home Tour

The 5kW Solar Electric Array at Hope Alive in Sabillasville, MD

Visit Hope Alive house goes solar by the Frederick News Post for more background on the project and Solar homes tour set for this weekend by the Frederick News Post for more information on the Western Maryland Solar Tour.

Download your PDF Solar Tour Guide at www.SolarTour.org. Hard copies are available for purchase at the Common Market, The Trail House and Beans & Bagels in Frederick; The Main Cup in Middletown and Boonsboro Pharmacy in Boonsboro.

Please visit:
2010 Metro Washington DC Solar Tour Website
Hope Alive Website
Hope Alive Twitter Page
Hope Alive Blog
Hope Alive Facebook Page
Glory Energy Solutions Website
Glory Energy Solutions Twitter Page
Glory Energy Solutions Facebook Page
BP Solar Website
BP Solar Twitter Page
Sustainable Energy Systems Website
Crum Electric Website
iSupportSolar Twitter Page
iSupportSolar Facebook Page

2010 National Tour of Solar Homes and Businesses

With the last day of September 2010 upon us, those in the distributed solar energy industry know that the annual ASES National Tour of Solar Homes and Businesses is here.  The 2010 Tour of Solar Homes takes place this weekend, October 2 and 3, 2010 from 11am to 5pm each day.

Taking place the first Saturday and Sunday of October nationally for the past 15 years, the Solar Tours, organized by the non-profit American Solar Energy Society, allow system owners, students, neighbors, prospective system owners, press, industry reps and others to meet and talk in person on the site of a solar energy system.  Common discussions include current incentives, experiences with various companies, solar equipment brands and technologies, and common beliefs and motivations on going solar.

I represented Standard Solar at this dual-axis tracking SunPower array in Woodsboro during the 2008 Solar Tour.

Dual-Axis Tracking Solar Panel System

Maryland Delegate Sue Hecht at Solar Array in Woodsboro, MD

and at these homes during the 2009 Solar Tour:

SunPower solar electric system installed by Standard Solar

2009 and 2010 Solar Tour Home in Galesville, Maryland

These SunPower arrays are on the 2010 Western Maryland Solar Home Tour

2009 and 2010 Solar Tour Home in Union Bridge, MD

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Metro Washington, DC Solar Tour. Over 70 solar and green homes in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are participating this year.  To download a PDF of the 2010 Metro Washington, DC Tour of Solar Homes Guide, go to www.SolarTour.org or http://solartour.org/download.html.

Not in the DC region?  There are more than 5,500 solar buildings to visit in 3,200 communities nationwide this year.  To find your local Solar Tour, visit the National Solar Tour website or search this map – http://nationalsolartour.org/find-tour/find-tour.

View the guide, pick out one or a few systems that intrigue you, and go visit them this weekend.  Remember, the 2010 Solar Tour is this weekend, October 2 and 3 from 11am to 5pm each day.

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Updated: My Position on Global Warming

Several years ago, a fellow environmentally conscious friend asked me for answers to the following Global Warming questions. I sent my answers to her, posted them in a bulletin that went to thousands of readers, and posted them in my old blog. Here’s my updated post, “My Position on Global Warming,” on the new iSupportSolar site.

Chris May
Founder, iSupportSolar

1. What is causing global warming?

I always refer to Global Warming as Global Climate Change (GCC). Referring to the crisis as Global Warming gives the Fossil Fuel Industry (Big Oil) marketing ammunition, especially when it is cold outside.

The Global Climate Change crisis is happening due to the Industrial Revolution Technology and from the genius of man. Mankind’s relentless burning of fossil fuel (oil, gas, and coal) in combustion engines is loading the Earth’s atmosphere with Greenhouse Gases (GHG). The GHGs are preventing heat from radiating back out into space, which is in-turn, warming the Earth and changing global weather patterns.

2. What do we see towards the future of global warming? Like, as it continues, what will happen to the earth leading to effects on mankind? or will the continuously 4 season a year be cut down to fewer seasons? possibly eliminating seasons such as spring, and winter will become a 2nd autumn?

Unfortunately, the future of GCC looks very bleak. Even if we were to stop all burning of fossil fuels today, the GHGs we’ve added to the Earth’s atmosphere will continue to bio-accumulate for the next 100 years. Global Warming will continue for 100 years even if we stopped all burning of fossil fuels today.

I don’t think we’ll lose a season, but the seasons as we know them are definitely changing. Summers will be hotter on average, Falls will be hotter and colder, Springs will be hotter and colder, and Winters will be hotter and colder. It depends on what part of the globe you live in. We will continue to see more and more intense extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, blizzards, heat waves, cold waves, tornadoes, and tropical cyclones because of the increased water vapor in the atmosphere and the shifting global weather patterns.

3. What can we do to help slow it down?

To help slow down GCC, we need a fundamental shift in the status quo, i.e., business as usual. Burning Oil, Gas, and Coal for energy is and has been obsolete for a century. Our global economic addiction to fossil fuel energy is directly responsible for Global Climate Change.

Technology transfer is urgently needed on a global scale. Big Oil has suppressed the scaling of the green energy infrastructure for decades through its marketing efforts. Education at the consumer level is vital at this point to make change happen faster. We need to expose to the public the campaign contributions Big Oil makes to our elected politicians. We need to promote champions of stewardship, making them examples of how to act sustainable. In turn, we need to expose inefficiency, and how being a contributor to the Global Climate Change problem is disgraceful.

Ultimately, the only alternative to living in a sustainable manner is extinction. Think about that for a minute.

4. Are the recent natural disasters really the affect of global warming? i.e. Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Tsunami, etc.

Yes, the intensity of floods, droughts, cyclones, and other natural disasters is definitely influenced by GCC. With more water vapor in the air, combined with higher temperatures and shifting weather patterns, natural weather disasters will continue to intensify on average.

The 2004 Tsunami was caused by an earthquake and cannot be attributed to GCC.

5. What is the most important thing the public should be aware of about global warming?

The most important thing the public should be aware of about GCC is that each and every one of us are connected to each other. Everything we do has an impact on everyone else. You are either a part of the GCC problem, or a part of the GCC solution.

In the United States, we are funding both sides of WWIII… we are funding our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines to fight terrorism with our tax dollars. We are funding Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hezbolla, and other radical Islamic Terrorist groups with our Oil purchases. How smart is that? We are funding both sides of WWIII. It is vital for us to transform our Transportation Infrastructure from burning Fossil Fuels to utilizing Electricity and Bio-Fuels as rapidly as possible.

It is the goal of Big Oil to delay and suppress the technology transfer within our global economy from Non-Renewable Fossil Fuel energy to Perpetual Energy (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean/tidal, and biomass) for as long as possible. Big Oil seeks to keep the quarterly profits rolling in for their own greed and for the greed of their shareholders. Do your part to expose the marketing tactics of the Fossil Fuel Industry.

Whenever you see an individual doubting that Global Climate Change is real and that it is not an urgent issue, you need to know that the individual saying those things is either directly or indirectly paid by Big Oil to say so, or the individual is a victim of Big Oil’s brainwashing marketing tactics.

At this moment, public grassroots education is critical. Uneducated people will not act to slow Global Climate Change until they are ultimately forced to. The educated minority must bring the uneducated majority onto the educated side as quickly as possible. Business as usual is leading to the collapse of mankind.

Chris

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