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Incremental Change To Address Climate Change Is Immoral When Faced With Facts

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The climate is changing folks, but thats old news. We’ve all seen the headlines for record heat, 500 year climate events occurring more and more frequently, ice caps melting, ocean temperatures rising, etc., etc. We’ve heard it so much that we’ve perhaps become desensitized to the increasingly dire situation we find ourselves in as major media outlets circumvent their normal fear-based tactics in favor of burying climate extremities beneath “sexier” headlines. After all, nobody wants to hear about the imminent inhabitability of the planet, we’d much rather hear about the latest tragedies that unfurl in this country that have easy scapegoats to blame it on. Well, my apologies folks, but that’s not what I’m hear to do today. What I’m here to do today is call out the biggest problem we face as a civilization and place the blame squarely where it belongs; on all of us. There is virtually no way you can be a human being on this planet today and not contribute to climate change. You may have the fanciest, all-natural, locally sourced Earthship for a home and you may grow all of your food in an organic garden and allow your goats to mow your lawn, you may ride a bike exclusively and produce zero waste throughout the course of a year, you may think that your existence has a net-zero impact, but heres the thing: unless you are actively pursuing the transformation of your community into a ecofriendly way of life, then you are complacent. Complacency in the face of climate change is not neutral, and in the same way those who remain neutral in the face of oppression have effectively sided with the oppressor, to erroneously think that you’ve done enough, or that you are powerless to create the very necessary our civilization desperately needs, is to give your power to the very forces that seek to continue to pillage our planet. We, collectively, must take a stand. We must fight to create the change we wish to see in this world. We must take up arms to ensure that future generations inherit a planet progressing, rather than a dying rock decaying. The arms we have at our disposal are multifaceted; we must work with our communities on a peer-to-peer basis, we must ensure that we retake our political system from our supposed representatives who serve big money interests rather than people and plant, we must alter our consumption habits, and most importantly we must hold ourselves and each other accountable. This in no way is a “holier-than-thou” guilt trip, nor should we feel poorly about our current habits. We all have work to do to reduce our impact. We have been conditioned into this paradigm and we can condition ourselves out of it. We, together, can change the way we coexist with our planet, check ourselves constantly, and encourage a way of life that promotes a future for our children and children’s children. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and likely we will make mistakes in the process of refining our techniques, but the time for incremental change has long since passed, now is the time for global systemic change, and that starts with each of us standing up and proclaiming our grievances, agitating, educating, and organizing our communities, shutting down business as usual and doing everything within our grasp to be the change we wish to see in the world. It starts with you, so where will you...

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Site Progress Update For Our Newest Array

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Site Progress Update For Our Newest Array

Our latest project has been a doozy; its been one of our largest at 660 kW and the site has been a hard nut to crack with ledge and rock being a pervasive obstacle. Luckily, we’re equipped for the job. We’ve been using a pneumatic drill to bore into the ground to place our poles. It’s been quite a process but the results are turning out quite nicely.   Here are some pictures of the site as of Tuesday, courtesy of Higher Perspectives Dronography....

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MASDAR Institute Storing Thermal Energy in Sand

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The MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), based out of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is at the forefront of environmental engineering and sustainable design. The City of Masdar and MIST we founded upon the desire to create an epicenter of international environmentalism. The city showcases some of the latest technology mixed with ancient architectural practices native to the region to create a synergistic approach to eco-friendly urban development. MIST, which currently is accessible solely to graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is quickly earning a reputation for the green technology powerhouse of the world. One research project that has captured our interest in the use of sand for thermal storage. Most conventional solar thermal systems utilize salt, oil or some other type of high boiling point, low environmental-friendliness agent to store thermal energy. Using sand could prove to be just as effective and environmentally sound if MIST’s new tech turns out to be viable. Reducing our carbon footprint is essential to the wellbeing of our planet, but it is not just as simple as devising new energy generation systems which do not pollute while producing electricity. We must constantly strive to create clean energy technology which can also be manufactured with the least amount of environmental impact. Using lithium ion batteries is one of the current standards for energy storage, but comes at a high price in terms of environmental externalities. Utilizing sand, which is readily abundant, requires no refining, and can be used without creating less-than-ideal byproducts, could very well play an important part in the future’s clean energy mix. Keep your eyes peeled for any tech coming out of Masdar and MIST, as it is sure to be on the cutting edge of eco-friendly.   Read more here:...

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Tesla Aims to Bring the Same Appeal Apple has Cultivated to Solar

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As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post , Tesla Motors is on track to buying SolarCity for $2.85 Billion in order to bring energy generation (solar), energy storage (Tesla batteries) and energy consumption (home and Tesla vehicle), and Musk has chosen an interesting model to follow in terms of marketing. Bringing solar panels, Tesla batteries and and Tesla vehicles into the same show room will allow would-be customers to learn the first steps about going fossil fuel free in a no-pressure, educational environment where they can get first hand, hands-on experience with the products they may be purchasing. The model being pursued is akin to the one Apple developed with its Apple stores, a model which caused its market share to boom from an unrecognized/ undifferentiatable company to the tech behemoth and household name we know today. Soon Tesla Energy may emerge as an even more prevalent entity than Apple is today, powering the transition to a clean energy future. Here at Soveren we applaud their efforts. Read more here:...

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Solar Explodes Worldwide as Installations Expected to Grow Exponentially Over Next Five Years

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For those of us living in ecologically conscious communities, not secret that solar has been experiencing quite a bump in installations as we’ve seen panels appear on rooftops, over parking lots, large arrays rolling across green fields, and even unseen arrays now covering many warehouse sized buildings’ roofs such as Walmarts across the nation. The commitment to going green is no longer the expensive lifestyle choice it was in the the 80’s and 90’s — a time when the best argument for solar was the “eco-bling” factor — , but in the 2010’s solar has come down in price massively making it not only affordable but a sound investment. This is caused by a multitude of factors; demand worldwide has increased, increasing production and competition in the market which has brought prices down, technology has improved allowing solar PV to be more efficient than ever, and a general consciousness about the importance of moving away from a fossil-fuel-based energy economy has permeated conversations on governmental, utility, community and individual levels. Looking forward to the future we can expect to solar installations to increase exponentially as fossil fuel reserves dwindle, decentralized generation increases causing the need for a smart-grid which will be better equipped to deal with renewable energy production, and the impacts of climate change become increasingly undeniable to those who still have their heads in the sand. Read more about the economics of the future of solar here: http://www.rechargenews.com/solar/1439394/solar-on-track-to-reach-grid-parity-this-decade-frost-and-sullivan And here: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-industry-data...

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Solar Jobs Double in 5 years!

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Solar Jobs Double in 5 years!

Some exciting news: within the last 5 years the amount of people working in solar energy jobs has more than doubled! We’re proud of our amazing installation team and everyone else involved.  Click here to read more and get the...

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