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Stay tuned as we will have a diverse group of renewable energy/energy efficiency thought leaders, professionals, and others contribute interesting information to our blog.

Video of Solar Tour - NC A&T Summer Camp

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Future Engineers Tour Volt Energy Solar Facility - WS Chronicle Article

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Volt Energy - News Broadcast

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The U.S. Military is exploring solar options to be used in the field

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The United States Marine Corps plans to use GREENS toolkits to stay powered in Afghanistan.  Read more about how GREENS toolkits work and how they will hopefully make the U.S. military more energy independent: http://www.getsolar.com/blog/marine-corps-goes-solar-in-the-field/3818/

J.R. Ewing quit the oil business?

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J.R. Ewing will forever be remembered as the cut throat and filthy rich oil tycoon on the television show “Dallas.”  I doubt we will ever see a “Dallas” reunion show where Ewing pledges to stop using oil to power his home, and instead use solar energy.  Ewing may never abandon fossil fuel for solar energy, but the actor that played him did.  Larry Hagman installed solar panels at his 46-acre estate in California in 2003, and he has been an advocate for solar energy ever since.  Click the link to hear the “Son of Solar” (Hagman) describe his solar panel system and the amazing amount he saves on his annual electric bill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcd8BiIU13U.

North Carolina Legislature goes "green" this summer

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The benefit of being an educator is that you are always learning…or relearning.  This summer, I have been working on lesson plans for the upcoming school year.  The objective of one particular lesson is for students to understand how a bill becomes a law.  After several attempts at using graphic organizers to explain the flow, I became frustrated and thought about how I learned that concept as a student.  Then it hit me, “Schoolhouse Rocks!”  I still remember the song “I’m just a bill, I am only a bill and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.”  I searched on Youtube and there it was; the episode I saw many times as a child.  Soon my students will learn the legislative process the same way that I did. 

Speaking of the legislative process, while educators are continuing to enjoy their summer break and making plans for the upcoming school year, North Carolina legislators ended their summer break and went back to work.  The good news is that they are thinking "green."  They started the session by addressing the budget and will soon begin considering a different kind of “green”; the "2010 Sustainable Energy Legislative Agenda."  The agenda is dedicated to creating green energy jobs and economic opportunities in communities across North Carolina. Stay tuned for more information.  Until then, stay cool and enjoy your summer. 

Volt Energy - Ohio House of Representatives Session

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*** Fast forward to 20 minute mark to hear comments regarding Volt Energy and other minority renewable energy project developers.

Learn more, do more

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Last week I was parking in a parking garage in uptown Charlotte and noticed something very interesting that I had not seen before…that is before I became environmentally conscience and concerned about the future of our planet.  I noticed several signs claiming that the building was a LEED certified building.  I also noticed that there were several prime parking spots reserved for low emission vehicles.  Running late as usual and desperate to find a space for my small SUV, I started to wonder exactly what made a vehicle “low emission” and what LEED certification was all about. 

Low emission cars, also known as “green cars” are cars that produce low emissions and have good fuel economy.  Armed with this knowledge, I was curious about my Honda CR-V.  In about two seconds, I was able to find out about my car using the Green Vehicle Guide at http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Index.do.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that my little CR-V didn’t score too badly.  It received a 6 out of 10 air pollution score which is based on government emission standards and reflect the vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution.  The CR-V received a 7 out of 10 greenhouse gas score which reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.  While the scores are probably not good enough for me to snag one of those prime parking spaces, it is nice to know that I am not destroying the planet in my travels. 

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green buildings certification system.  LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  Since its development in 1998, there have been over 14,000 national and international projects. 

Solar power plays a big part in LEED certification.  Most LEED certified buildings have incorporated solar power in some way including solar powered electricity, hot water and passive solar heating.  There are so many ways to “be green.”  Perhaps the most important action one can take is to learn more and do more.  Check out your vehicle on the website mentioned above and consider the carbon footprint of your home or workplace.   Learn more about renewable energy and solar options at www.volt-energy.com

Jack Johnson - Solar Studio (Video)

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Interesting video about his solar powered music studio.