Posts Tagged ‘solar energy’

Word Up: Thomas Edison on Solar Energy

August 21st, 2012

quote_edison_solarThe quote shared at today’s staff meeting comes from Thomas Edison: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

Weekly Rewind: January 23-29

January 30th, 2012

bl_loraxGreen news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Hope for Clean Energy: President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on clean energy — hearing “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy” was certainly a highlight (more highlights and summaries on our blog). Then he elaborated on his energy strategies in Las Vegas (Huffington Post story).

I AM Winner: We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22 (I AM winner post; Pre-Oscar party details and tickets).

Good Business: The United Nations launched an online database to help businesses adapt to climate change (Tcktcktck story).

Sunny Days: We talked to the Los Angeles Daily News about the rise of solar power in LA (LA Daily News story).

Good Protection: The EPA is providing clean drinking water to Pennsylvania homes in the fracking zone (ProPublica story).

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Activists: A fourth grade class got its wish after posting a petition asking the studio behind “The Lorax” to include environmental educational materials on the website for movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic (Mother Jones story).

Cleaning Up: The United States Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed the safe destruction of almost 90% of the 31,500 U.S. tons of deadly chemical agents that have been stored at military arsenals in the U.S. since the middle of the last century. (Our post)

Playing Dirty: Scientists were asked to downplay BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill rates (LA Times story). Even messier: An ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil (Grist story).

We’ve Got the Power: Sunny Days in LA

January 26th, 2012

bl_sun_over_seaIt happens to be sunny and 80ish today in parts of Los Angeles, but what we are referring to here is the growth of solar power in L.A.

We talked to the LA Daily News about the report of L.A. being ranked second in California for solar generation. In 2010, solar installations in California generated approximated 1,000 megawatts. Put into perspective by Mary Luevano, our Policy Director, “That’s the equivalent of removing 118,000 cars from our roads.”

It’s reported that L.A. currently has one solar installation per 1,000 residents, so the horizon holds nothing but opportunity.

Power For Haiti: Two Years After the Earthquake

January 13th, 2012
With students from Cine Institute, recipients of a donated solar tent.

With students from Cine Institute, recipients of a donated solar tent.

Today marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the nation of Haiti. The rebuilding of Haiti has been painfully slow, but progress is being made.

Thanks to our supporters, Global Green is doing its part to help green the rebuilding of Haiti. We mobilized immediately after the earthquake, and generous individuals were joined by Walton Goggins, who raised over $6,000, and SBE, which raised $20,000 from their employees to help us make an impact.

I have some amazing news to share, and a way you can help us do so much more. But first let me share a report on what we’ve done so far.

Global Green has selected three partners on the ground doing important work, and we’re greening their projects.

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With Mark Andrews of Habitat for Humanity.

Last November, I made my second trip to Haiti to build homes for a week with Habitat for Humanity and President and Mrs. Carter. While there, I announced Global Green’s donation to Habitat to help build compostable latrines and solar neighborhood lighting.

I was also able to visit the Cine Institute in Jacmel, where we committed to make a grant to help power their film school where they train young Haitians to work in film, television, and radio. Global Green was able to get a $100,000 solar tent donated for the Cine Institute. Thanks to the support of Black Card Foundation, FTL Solar, Jet Blue, and Airline Ambassadors, the solar tent allowed the only film school in Haiti to power one of their buildings.

In March of 2011, I also visited the APJ school in Port au Prince, where secondary students from camps are getting a second chance at an education. We plan to make a donation of solar, so the students can always access their computer lab.

All these projects will benefit from Global Green’s help and our donation of solar panels, so students and families do not need to depend on the unreliable electricity grid or dirty, expensive diesel generators.

But there’s some more great news to report!

haiti_solarlightThis week, I was able to secure a donation of 110 kilowatts of solar panels for Global Green’s work in Haiti! The value is $300,000 to $400,000. This is amazing news, and is thanks to the great people at the SunPower Foundation.

To take advantage of this donation, we now need to raise the money to ship the solar panels to Haiti, safely get them to our partners, and have them installed. We estimate we need to raise another $100,000 for the shipping and installation costs. You can help us give the gift of power: the APJ school, the Cine Institute, and the community center to serve 400 families at Habitat for Humanity’s project in Leogane can be powered 100% by the sun.

Please make a donation today, and whatever you think you can give, please double it. The amazing people of Haiti need our help.

What He Said: Jerry Brown on Alternative Energy

July 27th, 2011

“The future of energy is not Texas oil — it’s California sun.” — California Governor Jerry Brown on his Twitter feed.