DASolar EnergyBlog http://energyblog.dasolar.com DASolar EnergyBlog - renewable energy and its impact on your life and well being en-us Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:06:59 GMT 2018-04-16T01:06:59Z en-us Ski Industry Embraces Renewable Energy  http://energyblog.dasolar.com/ski-industry-embraces-renewable-energy <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/ski-industry-embraces-renewable-energy" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/Jasmine%20Arrison%20-%20Western%20Region%20Championships%20-%20Aleyeska%20Alaska%20-%20USSA%20Skiing%20-%20Diamond%20Peak%20Ski%20Team%20-%20Incline%20Village,%20NV.jpg" alt="Snow guns create snow through pumping water and air through high pressure - consuming lots of energy" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>USSA Advocates for Sustainability&nbsp;</strong></p> At the end of October 2017, The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association <a href="https://usskiandsnowboard.org/news/us-ski-snowboard-commits-sustainability">(USSA) put out an official statement of sustainability</a>. The organization pledged to reduce its carbon footprint in order to preserve normal winter weather patterns, thus ensuring snowfall for future generations of winter athletes. &nbsp;Following their statement, USSA formed an internal sustainability committee, partnering up with the City of Park City, <a href="http://www.nsaa.org/environment/sustainable-slopes/">National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)</a>, and <a href="https://protectourwinters.org/">Protect our Winters (POW)</a> to formally push their efforts.&nbsp; <div></div> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/ski-industry-embraces-renewable-energy" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/Jasmine%20Arrison%20-%20Western%20Region%20Championships%20-%20Aleyeska%20Alaska%20-%20USSA%20Skiing%20-%20Diamond%20Peak%20Ski%20Team%20-%20Incline%20Village,%20NV.jpg" alt="Snow guns create snow through pumping water and air through high pressure - consuming lots of energy" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>USSA Advocates for Sustainability&nbsp;</strong></p> At the end of October 2017, The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association <a href="https://usskiandsnowboard.org/news/us-ski-snowboard-commits-sustainability">(USSA) put out an official statement of sustainability</a>. The organization pledged to reduce its carbon footprint in order to preserve normal winter weather patterns, thus ensuring snowfall for future generations of winter athletes. &nbsp;Following their statement, USSA formed an internal sustainability committee, partnering up with the City of Park City, <a href="http://www.nsaa.org/environment/sustainable-slopes/">National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)</a>, and <a href="https://protectourwinters.org/">Protect our Winters (POW)</a> to formally push their efforts.&nbsp; <div></div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fski-industry-embraces-renewable-energy&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Climate Change Global Warming Solar Renewable Energy Clean Energy Sustainability Skiing Sun, 08 Apr 2018 01:38:28 GMT jasmine@dasolar.com (Jasmine Arrison) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/ski-industry-embraces-renewable-energy 2018-04-08T01:38:28Z India Signed Onto Paris Climate Deal.  It is Now - Almost - a Legally Binding Document http://energyblog.dasolar.com/us-china-have-ratified-paris-climate-deal-brazil-joined-today <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/us-china-have-ratified-paris-climate-deal-brazil-joined-today" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/india_photography_1.jpg" alt="India Signed Onto Paris Climate Deal. &nbsp;It is Now - Almost - a Legally Binding Document" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Getting to 55%</strong><br><br>Two days ago, on Oct 2<sup>nd</sup>, India ratified the Paris Climate deal. &nbsp;By signing on, India has brought &nbsp;the agreement close to being truly legally binding.</p> <p>In order to put&nbsp;the Paris Climate Deal into legal effect,&nbsp;55 nations - covering at least 55 percent of global emissions - need to formally ratify the treaty.&nbsp;</p> <p>India represents the 62<sup>nd</sup> nation to sign on and all signers collectively represent 51.89 percent of global emissions, according to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change.</p> <p>The ratification came on the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand&nbsp;Gandhi, the Indian independence leader better&nbsp;known as Mahatma Gandhi.</p> <p>The Paris deal aims to limit average temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement also calls for countries to do their best to try to limit that rise to 1.5 degrees.&nbsp; Major emitters such as the United States,&nbsp;China and Brazil have led the way in joining the agreement, as have dozens of smaller countries.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/us-china-have-ratified-paris-climate-deal-brazil-joined-today" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/india_photography_1.jpg" alt="India Signed Onto Paris Climate Deal. &nbsp;It is Now - Almost - a Legally Binding Document" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Getting to 55%</strong><br><br>Two days ago, on Oct 2<sup>nd</sup>, India ratified the Paris Climate deal. &nbsp;By signing on, India has brought &nbsp;the agreement close to being truly legally binding.</p> <p>In order to put&nbsp;the Paris Climate Deal into legal effect,&nbsp;55 nations - covering at least 55 percent of global emissions - need to formally ratify the treaty.&nbsp;</p> <p>India represents the 62<sup>nd</sup> nation to sign on and all signers collectively represent 51.89 percent of global emissions, according to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change.</p> <p>The ratification came on the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand&nbsp;Gandhi, the Indian independence leader better&nbsp;known as Mahatma Gandhi.</p> <p>The Paris deal aims to limit average temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement also calls for countries to do their best to try to limit that rise to 1.5 degrees.&nbsp; Major emitters such as the United States,&nbsp;China and Brazil have led the way in joining the agreement, as have dozens of smaller countries.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fus-china-have-ratified-paris-climate-deal-brazil-joined-today&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Barack Obama Climate Change Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:36:30 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/us-china-have-ratified-paris-climate-deal-brazil-joined-today 2016-10-05T20:36:30Z Tesla Model 3: An Electric Vehicle for the Mass Market http://energyblog.dasolar.com/tesla-model-3-an-electric-vehicle-for-the-mass-market <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/tesla-model-3-an-electric-vehicle-for-the-mass-market" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/images/tesla-504316-edited.jpg" alt="Tesla Model 3: An Electric Vehicle for the Mass Market" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Tesla Model 3</strong></p> <p>The Tesla Model 3 won’t be available until the end of 2017.&nbsp; And, to date, only the first phase of the car has been unveiled (which focused mostly on its exterior design as well as some technical details).&nbsp;&nbsp; But neither of these factors are keeping customers from embracing Tesla’s first true mass-market electric car.</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/tesla-model-3-an-electric-vehicle-for-the-mass-market" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/images/tesla-504316-edited.jpg" alt="Tesla Model 3: An Electric Vehicle for the Mass Market" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Tesla Model 3</strong></p> <p>The Tesla Model 3 won’t be available until the end of 2017.&nbsp; And, to date, only the first phase of the car has been unveiled (which focused mostly on its exterior design as well as some technical details).&nbsp;&nbsp; But neither of these factors are keeping customers from embracing Tesla’s first true mass-market electric car.</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Ftesla-model-3-an-electric-vehicle-for-the-mass-market&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> electric vehicles Electric Cars Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:19:41 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/tesla-model-3-an-electric-vehicle-for-the-mass-market 2016-04-19T18:19:41Z New Free Ebook on Residential Solar Power http://energyblog.dasolar.com/new-free-ebook-on-residential-solar-power <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/new-free-ebook-on-residential-solar-power" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/Landing_Pages/solar-power-ebook-cover.png" alt="New Free Ebook on Residential Solar Power" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p>Residential solar power is growing very quickly in the US. A new 30 percent federal tax credit has created a dramatic boost to the home solar power market. Falling solar panel prices have also added to the financial incentives. In some locations, with combined federal, state, and local incentives, the payback on the initial investment can be as short as six years. Since the beginning of 2009, residential solar energy installations have grown by 200 percent.</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/new-free-ebook-on-residential-solar-power" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/Landing_Pages/solar-power-ebook-cover.png" alt="New Free Ebook on Residential Solar Power" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p>Residential solar power is growing very quickly in the US. A new 30 percent federal tax credit has created a dramatic boost to the home solar power market. Falling solar panel prices have also added to the financial incentives. In some locations, with combined federal, state, and local incentives, the payback on the initial investment can be as short as six years. Since the beginning of 2009, residential solar energy installations have grown by 200 percent.</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fnew-free-ebook-on-residential-solar-power&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Solar Energy Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:03:31 GMT doug@dasolar.com (Douglas Arrison) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/new-free-ebook-on-residential-solar-power 2016-04-18T04:03:31Z Why is Anyone Still Denying Climate Change? The Economic Case for Action http://energyblog.dasolar.com/why-is-anyone-still-denying <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/why-is-anyone-still-denying" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/climate_change_denial-190083-edited.jpg" alt="Why is Anyone Still Denying Climate Change? The Economic Case for Action" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Climate Change</strong></p> <p>It's hard to understand why some people (including current presidential candidates) continue to deny climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p>From ensuring a livable future for future generations to&nbsp;the major&nbsp;economic impacts presented by&nbsp;a new energy economy, tacking climate change should be a no-brainer.</p> <p>Below are some of the major economic reasons for getting serious about climate change.</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/why-is-anyone-still-denying" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/climate_change_denial-190083-edited.jpg" alt="Why is Anyone Still Denying Climate Change? The Economic Case for Action" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Climate Change</strong></p> <p>It's hard to understand why some people (including current presidential candidates) continue to deny climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p>From ensuring a livable future for future generations to&nbsp;the major&nbsp;economic impacts presented by&nbsp;a new energy economy, tacking climate change should be a no-brainer.</p> <p>Below are some of the major economic reasons for getting serious about climate change.</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fwhy-is-anyone-still-denying&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Climate Change Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:51:36 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/why-is-anyone-still-denying 2016-04-12T20:51:36Z Climate Clowns v. Realists - The Candidates Ranked http://energyblog.dasolar.com/climate-clowns-v.-realists-the-candidates-ranked <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/climate-clowns-v.-realists-the-candidates-ranked" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/images/candidates-319704-edited.jpg" alt="Climate Clowns v. Realists - The Candidates Ranked" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>2016 Campaign</strong></p> <p>During this campaign season, the presidential candidates&nbsp;have done and said things&nbsp;that are downright laughable. &nbsp;From hand size comparisons to steak sales, &nbsp;it's been a very strange ride. &nbsp;Many issues - such as climate change - are of critical&nbsp;importance to our communities, country, and planet, and we believe should be treated seriously. &nbsp;Check out the presidential&nbsp;climate clowns and realists, in their own words, where they stand on climate change and the environment. &nbsp;</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/climate-clowns-v.-realists-the-candidates-ranked" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/images/candidates-319704-edited.jpg" alt="Climate Clowns v. Realists - The Candidates Ranked" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>2016 Campaign</strong></p> <p>During this campaign season, the presidential candidates&nbsp;have done and said things&nbsp;that are downright laughable. &nbsp;From hand size comparisons to steak sales, &nbsp;it's been a very strange ride. &nbsp;Many issues - such as climate change - are of critical&nbsp;importance to our communities, country, and planet, and we believe should be treated seriously. &nbsp;Check out the presidential&nbsp;climate clowns and realists, in their own words, where they stand on climate change and the environment. &nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fclimate-clowns-v.-realists-the-candidates-ranked&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Climate Change Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:56:22 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/climate-clowns-v.-realists-the-candidates-ranked 2016-03-23T17:56:22Z Act to Save the Arctic:  2041 http://energyblog.dasolar.com/act-to-save-the-arctic-2041-foundation <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/act-to-save-the-arctic-2041-foundation" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/ice-free-arctic-2058-105096-edited.jpg" alt="Act to Save the Arctic: &nbsp;2041" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Arctic Warnings</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Due to its extreme sensitivity to heat and cold, the Arctic could be called&nbsp;the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to global climate change: &nbsp;Scientists say the<span>&nbsp;Arctic is now experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on Earth</span>&nbsp;- and serves as a warning for other areas of the globe.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>A Unique Environment</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>Most of the Arctic is covered&nbsp;in snow and ice, which are much more reflective than soil or ocean. When that snow melts, the exposure of dark earth (which absorbs heat) acts as a feedback loop that accelerates warming. A second factor that makes the poles special is that the atmosphere is thinner there than at the equator, and so less energy is required to warm it up. A third factor is that less solar energy is lost in evaporation at the frigid poles than in the steamy tropics.&nbsp;</span></p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/act-to-save-the-arctic-2041-foundation" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/ice-free-arctic-2058-105096-edited.jpg" alt="Act to Save the Arctic: &nbsp;2041" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Arctic Warnings</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Due to its extreme sensitivity to heat and cold, the Arctic could be called&nbsp;the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to global climate change: &nbsp;Scientists say the<span>&nbsp;Arctic is now experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on Earth</span>&nbsp;- and serves as a warning for other areas of the globe.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>A Unique Environment</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>Most of the Arctic is covered&nbsp;in snow and ice, which are much more reflective than soil or ocean. When that snow melts, the exposure of dark earth (which absorbs heat) acts as a feedback loop that accelerates warming. A second factor that makes the poles special is that the atmosphere is thinner there than at the equator, and so less energy is required to warm it up. A third factor is that less solar energy is lost in evaporation at the frigid poles than in the steamy tropics.&nbsp;</span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fact-to-save-the-arctic-2041-foundation&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Climate Change Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:28:24 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/act-to-save-the-arctic-2041-foundation 2015-11-13T00:28:24Z Community Solar A Winner http://energyblog.dasolar.com/community-solar-a-winner <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/community-solar-a-winner" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/shared_solar-944797-edited.jpg" alt="Community Solar A Winner" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Solar for All</strong></p> <p><span>As installation prices drop and technologies improve, Americans are embracing solar. &nbsp;But there are still factors that limit the access to solarfor some people: &nbsp;tree cover, roofs that face the wrong direction, lack of upfront capital, or not owning the home. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Community-Shared Solar</strong></p> <p>Community-shared solar is a solar installation that is shared in a common space. Through a system called virtual net metering, homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees or with roofs facing the wrong diretion, collectively receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof. &nbsp;</p> <p>Community-shared solar has a number of benefits:</p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/community-solar-a-winner" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/shared_solar-944797-edited.jpg" alt="Community Solar A Winner" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>Solar for All</strong></p> <p><span>As installation prices drop and technologies improve, Americans are embracing solar. &nbsp;But there are still factors that limit the access to solarfor some people: &nbsp;tree cover, roofs that face the wrong direction, lack of upfront capital, or not owning the home. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Community-Shared Solar</strong></p> <p>Community-shared solar is a solar installation that is shared in a common space. Through a system called virtual net metering, homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees or with roofs facing the wrong diretion, collectively receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof. &nbsp;</p> <p>Community-shared solar has a number of benefits:</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fcommunity-solar-a-winner&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:27:53 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/community-solar-a-winner 2015-10-14T05:27:53Z Lessons Learned Racing a Solar Car http://energyblog.dasolar.com/lessons-learned-racing-a-solar-car <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/lessons-learned-racing-a-solar-car" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/aurum-369807-edited.jpg" alt="Lessons Learned Racing a Solar Car" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>A Solar Race and Beyond</strong></p> <p>What&nbsp;does a team of college students racing solar cars in the Australian desert have to do with expanded solar power to the US electrical grid? &nbsp;Quite a bit it turns out.</p> <p>As students from around the world&nbsp;prepare&nbsp;to race solar cars across the Australian Outback in the 1800 mile, 7-day World Solar<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Challenge that</span><span>&nbsp;</span>starts on Oct 18, a<span>&nbsp;</span><span>partnership</span><span>&nbsp;</span>between the&nbsp; University of Michigan team and IBM might well lead to more than just a place on the podium. IBM will be providing real time data predictions&nbsp;– drawn from over 10 years of cumulated weather data for actual temperature, cloud, and sun cover for specific locations &nbsp;- that will let the Michigan team make calculated<span>&nbsp;</span>decisions&nbsp;on how best to race their car, the<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Aurum</span>. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://energyblog.dasolar.com/lessons-learned-racing-a-solar-car" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/162863/blog-files/aurum-369807-edited.jpg" alt="Lessons Learned Racing a Solar Car" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><strong>A Solar Race and Beyond</strong></p> <p>What&nbsp;does a team of college students racing solar cars in the Australian desert have to do with expanded solar power to the US electrical grid? &nbsp;Quite a bit it turns out.</p> <p>As students from around the world&nbsp;prepare&nbsp;to race solar cars across the Australian Outback in the 1800 mile, 7-day World Solar<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Challenge that</span><span>&nbsp;</span>starts on Oct 18, a<span>&nbsp;</span><span>partnership</span><span>&nbsp;</span>between the&nbsp; University of Michigan team and IBM might well lead to more than just a place on the podium. IBM will be providing real time data predictions&nbsp;– drawn from over 10 years of cumulated weather data for actual temperature, cloud, and sun cover for specific locations &nbsp;- that will let the Michigan team make calculated<span>&nbsp;</span>decisions&nbsp;on how best to race their car, the<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Aurum</span>. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Flessons-learned-racing-a-solar-car&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Solar Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:06:17 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/lessons-learned-racing-a-solar-car 2015-10-06T22:06:17Z Solar on Schools: A Smart Strategy http://energyblog.dasolar.com/solar-on-schools-a-win-win-for-all <p>&nbsp;<img height="457" src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hub/162863/hubfs/blog-files/kids_solar_panels_1_copy-001315-edited.jpg?width=610&amp;height=457&amp;name=kids_solar_panels_1_copy-001315-edited.jpg" title="" width="610"></p> <p><strong>Solar a Win-Win for Public Schools</strong></p> <p>Amid increaasing budget cuts for public schools, solar installations at schools are reducing&nbsp;<span>electricity bills, improving education, and making the retention of &nbsp;staff and resources an increasing&nbsp;possibility.</span></p> <p><span>With large, flat&nbsp;<span>roof tops and unused lots of vacant land, school properties are an ideal location for solar&nbsp;installations. S</span><span>chool parking lots can also be put to productive use with solar PV canopies, which provide the added benefit of shading parked vehicles on sunny days.</span></span></p> <p><span><span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;<img height="457" src="https://162863.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hub/162863/hubfs/blog-files/kids_solar_panels_1_copy-001315-edited.jpg?width=610&amp;height=457&amp;name=kids_solar_panels_1_copy-001315-edited.jpg" title="" width="610"></p> <p><strong>Solar a Win-Win for Public Schools</strong></p> <p>Amid increaasing budget cuts for public schools, solar installations at schools are reducing&nbsp;<span>electricity bills, improving education, and making the retention of &nbsp;staff and resources an increasing&nbsp;possibility.</span></p> <p><span>With large, flat&nbsp;<span>roof tops and unused lots of vacant land, school properties are an ideal location for solar&nbsp;installations. S</span><span>chool parking lots can also be put to productive use with solar PV canopies, which provide the added benefit of shading parked vehicles on sunny days.</span></span></p> <p><span><span></span></span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=162863&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fenergyblog.dasolar.com%2Fsolar-on-schools-a-win-win-for-all&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Fenergyblog.dasolar.com&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Solar Energy Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:56:58 GMT amy@dasolar.com (Amy Guinan) http://energyblog.dasolar.com/solar-on-schools-a-win-win-for-all 2015-09-25T21:56:58Z