SmartPower’s work in Arizona hit a major stride in the last month, with six new communities joining our Arizona Solar Challenge initiative. The campaign asks communities to commit to installing solar PV or hot water systems on at least 5 percent of owner-occupied homes by the year 2015.
In the past two weeks, three new communities have joined the ranks: Clarkdale, Prescott and all of Pinal County. They join Casa Grande, Sun City West and Anthem. SmartPower’s staff will work closely with leaders, volunteers and early adopters in these communities to educate residents about the benefits of solar, lessening the time it takes to get an installation on the roof.
Here’s a dispatch from our friends in sunny AZ:
On March 22, the Clarkdale Town Council voted to approve the Arizona Solar Challenge. Barely a week later on March 30, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of the Challenge, as well. The votes were unanimous in both Clarkdale and Pinal County.
When Pinal County learned about the extensive outreach around the Arizona Solar Challenge happening in Casa Grande, the Board of Supervisors decided to make the same commitment: having 5 percent of the owner-occupied homes install solar energy systems by 2015. The Board of Supervisors and County Manager were also invited to join local Solar Ambassadors at Eva’s Fine Mexican Food in Casa Grande on April 7.
Clarkdale has a long history of commitment to sustainability. Mayor Van Gausig proudly introduced several members in the audience as Solar Ambassadors during the latest Clarkdale Town Council meeting. Thanks to the actions of the Clarkdale Town Council, Clarkdale has joined the growing solar movement in Arizona.
Arizona SmartPower is excited to move ahead in both of these communities in the coming months!
Energy efficiency is really the first renewable: the gateway drug, if you will, that can hook American consumers on the benefits of an energy-smart lifestyle.
Encouraging American home and business owners to be more energy efficient places them on what I call the food chain of sustainability. Your ask starts small, with compact fluorescent light bulbs and turning down the thermostat a degree or two. Once consumers see how easy and impactful these actions can be, they are more likely to move up to bigger ones, like purchasing energy efficient appliances and upgrading their insulation. Then, they’ll want to talk to their friends about how much they’re saving. And further along the food chain, they will be knowledgeable enough about their energy use to understand the benefits and cost savings associated with purchasing or generating their own clean energy.
-Brian F. Keane
From “Efficiency: The Gateway Drug of Energy Policy,” Huffington Post,
March 30, 2011
The Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster continues to figure prominently in this week’s news cycles. With radiation readings there 100,000 times above normal, fears of potential exposure in Japan and abroad, and renewed interest in America’s own radioactive waste storage dilemma, the risks and benefits of nuclear power as an energy grapefruit and cialis source are very much on the minds of American energy consumers.
Nuclear might be a hot topic, but we shouldn’t stop talking about fossil fuels, which are causing their own will viagra make me bigger risks and problems in the U.S. Here’s a quick roundup of today’s non-renewable energy news:
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Bloomberg reports that federal prosecutors are considering whether to charge some BP managers with manslaughter for decisions that may have led to the deaths of 11 people when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded last summer, leading to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. pharmacyonline-bestcheap.com history.
Another kind of earthquake-energy connection: the AP reports that two natural gas exploration companies have agreed to extend shutdowns of two fracking sites while researchers continue to study whether the sites are linked to a recent increase in earthquake activity. (Fracking is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing, a method of drilling for natural gas.)
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on progress and commitment from leaders and representatives of all 14 participating towns; fabulous MC Gary “Dr. G” Ginsberg; and a chance for everyone who’s worked so hard on this program so tadalafil citrate far to meet their peers and share ideas.
Want to see more photos? Check out our photo gallery on Neighbor to Neighbor’s Facebook page.
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You wouldn’t wait to buy car insurance until after you’ve had a crippling accident. So why are we doing the same with our energy priorities?
American consumers have a responsibility to understand the impact of their energy choices. Fukushima should move us to support suppliers and purchasers of clean, safe and renewable energy from the sun, wind and geothermal sources. This doesn’t mean switching to 100 percent solar power, or ceasing all use of nuclear power plants, which do provide 20 percent of all energy we use in the United States. It means balancing our nation’s energy portfolio, hedging against risks, uncertainties and rising energy costs over time.
– Brian F. Keane
From “The Energy Crisis Mindset,” The Huffington Post, March 24, 2011