Our Choice for the Greenest U.S. President

Who do we think is the Greenest President

And the Greenest US President is…Here’s a Hint

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones…” Marc Antony in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Continue reading

Do We Need to Choose Between the Environment and the Economy?

Must One Choose the Economy OR the Environment

“Green Job” Growth, ROI for Market Investors Show Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Is Good for Environment and the Economy

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So Pope Francis is Green…and other Reasons We Like Him

We’re not really religious, but we don’t think Pope Francis’ Letter: On Care for Our Common Home is really about religion as much as it’s a very clear statement on climate change, descriptions of impacts to the Earth (and how we’ve been lousy custodians), and when the Pope speaks, boy do people listen. Our onsite blog discusses why we think it’s important AND relevant to us since we sell renewable energy, often with funds from incentive programs.

Pope Francis and quotes Letter: On Care for Our Common HomeWe think there are other reasons why this Pope is a refreshing change of face, and actually really kind of a cool guy Continue reading

Light Pollution: Too Much of A Good Thing

Year_of_light_light_pollution_largeImages from International Year of Light 2015 – Official Trailer by International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org/)

A couple of years ago, we got our first call asking if we sold lights that addressed light pollution. Today, it’s a common question not only for people concerned about the issue itself, but because municipalities throughout the USA continue to add zoning restrictions about lighting to address light pollution.

Most people know certain types of light bulbs and energy sources are more eco-friendly than others. Far less have heard or understand what light pollution is and the more common problems associated with it, so here’s a brief overview with links to additional information.

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2015 Is International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

2015 is “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Find out why you should care, and what you can to do!

Take a few moments with videos to find out why the Year of Light matters to you.

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Exxon Valdez Spill – 25 Years Later Effects Linger

Alaskan Beaches 3 Days After Exxon Valdez SpillMonday is the 25th Anniversary of the  Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and I found an article about how some things still aren’t and probably will never be “as good as ever.”

It’s almost 4 years since the 2014 BP Deep Water Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I know there are lots of good people doing lots of good things, but often I wish BP’s public relations staff would give it a rest. BP and others Screwed UP. VERY BADLY. What BP does now doesn’t change the fact that, as with the Exxon Valdez spill, some things will never completely recover, at least not in our life times.

You think Mother Nature screwed up this winter? It’s nothing compared to greedy corporations, people willing to look the other way for cheap fuel, and overworked rig workers, truckers or even boat captains. Accidents happen. 

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DOE Invests $7 million in Clean Energy Projects for Native Americans

Campo Indian Reservation Wind Power, September 2012, from US DOE Website

Campo Indian Reservation Wind Power Project, September 2012, photo from http://www.doe.gov/articles/new-tribal-nations-energy-initiatives

We get “news alerts” every day about American companies that donate large amounts of money products and services to help communities overseas.

So, it we were pleasantly surprised to see that on 11/14/13, the US Department of Energy announced announced “nine tribal clean energy projects to receive more than $7 million.” The grants were not “handouts” and many projects will be undertaken in partnership with other private and public entities, including various Native Indian nations. The awards will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes deploy clean energy projects while “saving these communities money, enhancing their energy security and creating new job and business opportunities.” Continue reading

Video of Super Bright LEDs Need Help for Super Bright Solar Lighting

For a more detailed discussion of the material in this video, please see our blog post Forget Super Bright LEDs. Motion of Light Beams Means Quality Solar Lights. While almost all solar lights claim to have “Super Bright LEDs,” it’s simply not true. While highly efficient, LEDs need help to provide high quality, bright lighting.

Whether LEDs are used in solar lighting or more traditional fixtures, the fact is that LEDs alone can’t product quality light without some help. Find out what many people overlook when selecting solar lights: how reflection and refraction technology really are need to make solar lighting and LEDs truly “Super Bright.”

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Forget Super Bright LEDs. Motion of Light Beams Means Quality Solar Lights

What's That Funky Cone For? Find Out!

Why is That Funky Cone in That Solar Lamp? Find Out!

We use the term “super bright LED” quite often. So do most solar light retailers, distributors and manufacturers.  But “Super Bright LEDs” is a term that actually means very little in terms of the overall brightness of a solar lighting fixture.

Note: We’re updating this post and moving it to our new onstore blog at SolarFlairLighting.com. In the meantime, check out our video to see why LEDs aren’t all that makes lights super bright, no matter how SUPER bright, aren’t what makes lights (or electric or solar) provide bright and well-cast illumination over a meaningful area.

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Recommended: US Homeowners Want Solar, Find Two New Reports

Recommended reading from Renewable Energy World

“Two new reports attest to the popularity of solar among homeowners across the U.S. While the two reports come from very different sources — The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive advocacy organization and Market Strategies advises 20 of the U.S.’s largest utilities — their conclusions are roughly the same: U.S. homeowners are interested in and want solar.

The studies suggest that utilities, policymakers and regulators should consider this as they consider current and future net-metering and other solar incentive policies.”

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