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Solar Cabana on The Price is Right

We got our 15 seconds of fame on National TV on Earth Day 2010 last month. Our Solar Cabana was given away as a prize on the longest running TV game show in history The Price is Right produced by CBS. check out the video! The unique aspect of the Solar Cabana is it offers an affordable method for homeowners and businesses to get started with solar power without a huge upfront investment typically associated with rooftop solar. Additionally, in many cases the roof is not the best place to install solar panels due to shading, improper orientation or age of roof. The Solar Cabana provides customers a solution to take solar panels “off the roof” while providing an elegant structure that not only holds the solar panels but provides shade and comfort for people. With the Solar Cabana as an alternative option in the marketplace, solar panels don’t have to be “those ugly things on the roof” anymore. The Solar Cabana works by connecting to your electrical service panel, when your building is consuming less energy than being produced by the Solar Cabana, you’re electric meter will spin backwards, thus offsetting your highest cost of electricity you buy from the utility company. Each solar panel on the Solar Cabana has an Enphase Micro-Inverter behind it that converts the DC power generated by the solar panels into clean, grid compliant AC power. The conduit runs alongside one of the four support legs of the Solar Cabana and connects inside the electrical service panel via a 2 pole, 15 amp ganged breaker. The Solar Cabana is compatible with either a 240VAC or 208VAC electric service. Since the Solar Cabana is a grid interactive solar electric system, it doesn’t require batteries to store the energy. What do you think about the Solar Cabana? Would you install one of these in your...

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FedEx continues to reduce bottom line with Solar Power

When I was at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, it was interesting to see FedEx’s booth promoting their use of Solar Power. Today on the Official Earth Day, FedEx Freight has completed the installation of a solar-electric system in Whittier, California and is nearly completed with a similar solar power operation at its Fontana, CA location. Both systems are designed to reduce the peak time usage FedEx faces when operating their business in California. The 282 kW system in Whittier is capable of producing over 414,000 kWh of electricity each year. The CEO claims that they did it for the environment, although consumer research proves the majority of people / organizations who buy solar power do it for the financial benefits before the consider what the system does for the environment. Obviously producing 40% of the facilities annual needs from solar power is only going to increase the value of FedEx’s stock price. FedEx purchased BP Solar Panels (which we do feature on our shop, hint hint*) for their installation. It seems like all these corporations are sprinting to get their solar electric systems up and running before December, 31 2008, the last day a tax paying entity can receive the 30% Federal Tax Credit form the government. By the way, Happy Earth Day!! From the entire

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Earth Day Santa Monica Green Apple Festival

I decided to make it out to Santa Monica in celebration for earth day today for the Green Apple Festival. Over 5,000 people showed up for the event focused on making lifestyle changes to help the environment. I assumed that there wasn’t going to be much renewable energy representation although I was quite surprised about the overwhelming interest in Solar and Wind Power. When I first approached the Santa Monica Pier where the concert for the earth was being held, there was a booth of aggressive promoters of renewable energy for Los Angeles County, they were very passionate about getting people to sign a petition to increase funding to create more research and development projects for renewable energy. It was quite surprising how many people didn’t even bother to sign the petition which I found very interesting since gas prices are climbing close to four dollars a gallon. The vendors at the Green Apple Festival included solar installation companies and alternative fuels. The most anticipated artist was Ziggy Marley who promoted change in the way we think about the earth and a promoted of renewable energy. Overall the event was a great platform to raise the awareness of solar and wind...

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