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Author: Oussama Hamouti

A Letter to Dvinci, From Your Employee

Dear Dvinci Energy,

As the new year rolls in and I reflect on my 2017, I realize I’ve got to thank you.

Top producers don’t typically switch between companies, they’re top producers for a reason, they understand and excel at their company’s way of doing things. They have no intention of going anywhere but up! Top producers are loyal, dedicated, and role models in the workplace.

For me, the choice was hard. I was leaving behind a well-known company, structure, stability, and most of all, a sales team that I’ve been with since day one in the solar industry.

Making a decision that meant having your colleagues, environment, and focus all change in an instant was something that, I knew, would modify the trajectory of my life.

I was going to be part of the first team in the California region, I knew that I was walking into a company that was putting me in a position that they had never filled before. ButI saw opportunity, and I was all in.

Why?

Dvinci Energy made selling myself on their product easy.

I was sold on the culture, the business model, and the vision that Dvinci adopted.

I’m a firm believer that you are a product of your environment. At Dvinci I’m surrounded by people that want to be a part of something so much bigger than themselves. For me, that is something worth being around. In the workforce, there’s a common theme of how much money you could make doing jobs not many people want to do, door to door being one of them. I’ve seen it first hand with companies that favor commissions for their reps over savings for their customers. Coming from these types of companies, I found this theme was absent at Dvinci. With a mission to serve seven billion people, a company could not sustain such a business model, something that Dvinci really emphasizes.

The first solar company I ever worked for, Suncrest Solar, ended up going out of business. In the solar industry, that was nothing new. Suncrest was built on a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ model, where they tried to do it all and never specialized in one thing.

While this business model is attractive because of the control on costs, unfortunately for Suncrest and many other solar companies, that control was at the cost of the entire business.

Although Dvinci has been successful with its customer-centric business model, it wasn’t the attention on customer service that necessarily attracted me to Dvinci. Every profitable company wants to emphasize customer service. However, I believe that the root of how customers are treated comes from the way that companies treat their employees. In my experience, never have I had a company invest in my training beyond the training provided in-house.

 

Not only was I provided with training material from the man who started it all, Walid Halty, but was also given access to one of the most renowned sales training programs, Grant Cardone University. Even with two years of door to door experience, it wasn’t until I had the resources Dvinci provided that I advanced from being a novice to a professional.

Maybe it was the material, like Grant Cardone University or the extensive training on door to door and solar. Maybe it was the company and its insatiable desire to provide for their customers with their mission in mind. Or maybe it was the environment and the fact that I was surrounded by people who share my passion. Regardless, none of it would be possible without the leadership and vision from our CEO, Walid, a person I am forever grateful for. Walid has shown me what it means to believe; to believe in people, to believe in a mission, and most of all to believe in myself.

Give More Life

Over the next few months, you’ll encounter the phrase “Give More Life.” This comes from our mission statement, “To move the world towards its full potential, so we can do more. Through sustainable & cutting-edge technology, our mission is ‘to give more life.’ – one community at a time”, I hope my story, the one I’ve just shared with you, sheds some light on to what this means. By investing in my career, Dvinci has done exactly that:

Given me More Life.

Sincerely,

Chris Diaz

The future of renewable energy in Africa

The future of renewable energy in Africa

More than two-thirds of Africa population, which is approximately 600 million people, have no access to energy. For instance, there is only a 20% electricity grid access rate in Africa’s sub-Saharan countries and only seven countries in the continent with electricity rates that exceed 50%. Accessibility to stable electricity is vital in many ways. It is used to power water suppliers and telecommunication services. Electricity plays a vital role in reinforcing health care and educational delivery services. Additionally, easy access to cheap electricity speeds up the economic development in rural areas and helps in creating more job opportunities and new industries.

Nevertheless, the majority of these African countries have access to numerous sources of primary renewable energy which includes geothermal, hydro, and solar sources that provide terawatts of power. Therefore, the African countries have the potential to generate an extra ten terawatts of solar, 1gigawatts of geothermal power, and 1300 gigawatts of wind power.

With no doubt, there are so many things that must be addressed for these African counties to fully exploit the numerous wealth of clean sources of energy available at there disposal. First and foremost, it is vital to concede that most of the countries in the sub-Saharan region has numerous fossils reserves and has fossil-based energy plants. As a result, consigned interests in established business models and the cost of shifting to renewable energy might show a reluctance to change. Furthermore, people must consider the unreliability of renewable energy before making the broad move. Besides, natural factors such as the speed of wind and cloud cover cannot be controlled, and rapid variations in weather will lead to the faltering of electricity production.

Technological capability is another challenge that forces the African countries to find it hard to use renewable energy. The renewable energy sectors face many barriers such as limited data availability and lack of qualified technicians to operate and maintain equipment used in the sector. This issue of shortage trained technicians and local human resources was addressed in the just concluded An
nual Global CEO survey. The findings revealed that 90% of CEO in African countries are worried about the scarcity of key competencies. Investing in avocational studies is the only solution to deal with the problem of infrastructure deficit. This will help in increasing the number if engineers who can construct the infrastructure and the number of technicians to take of it will as well upsurge. Additionally, the investments can be an economic booster since it creates more job opportunities for the youths and empowers them to bring a positive contribution to the society.

In spite of all the challenges explained above, there are still many reasons for being optimistic about the future of production of renewable energy in Africa. It is evident that the renewable energy has experienced tremendous changes in the recent past. This is because of the promising innovation and advancement in science and technology. Furthermore, the capabilities and knowledge about the renewable energy in this continent will continue to improve. The growth of the renewable energy markets has trigged the growth of private sectors investments.
For instance, there is the Lake Turkana Wind Farm that will be fully operational soon is expected to generate energy capacity of 310MW. The wind farm has 365 wind turbines, and it is projected to cater for 17% of Kenyan’s annual energy needs. Since fossil fuel is one of the major source of commercial energy in Kenya, introducing an alternative, renewable energy is vital to advance sustainable growth. Bear in mind that petroleum provided 80% of Kenya’s commercial energy needs.

Another good example of an auspicious renewable energy sector is the one that is being constructed along the Blue Nile in the northwestern part of Ethiopia known as The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Once completed, the dam will be one of largest hydroelectric power generating plant in Africa. The project is said to generate 6000MW energy capacity and create more than 12000 job opportunities. The project will as well provide vital initiation investment in the various sectors such as fishing and agriculture.

If the sub-Saharan counties learn to take advantage of their numerous clean power resources, Africa will have the capability to propel itself and embrace a renewable energy revolution. This will help the continent experience tremendous economic growth, and this will help in successful job creation. Additionally, this will improve the quality of life of many people in the continent. On top of that, the profusion of clean energy implies that these African countries will reduce the emission of CO2 by 27% if harnessed resourcefully.

With the help of thriving energy production projects like The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Kenya, Africa has a promising future for renewable energy schemes. Such projects and investments in the renewable energy sector serve as perfect tools when it comes to driving sustainable economic development in Africa.

As the continent is gearing towards tripling the demand for electricity by 2030, recent research has mapped out a viable strategy for generating sustainable solar and wind power. This will help many African countries to stop depending on fossil fuels and reduce the cost of power plant construction. With the right strategy to place solar and wind farms and if the countries agree to share power internationally, the majority of these nations will reduce the number of conventional power plants, such as fossil fuels and hydroelectric plants that need to be built. This will, in turn, reduce their cost of infrastructure by billions of dollars.

The most encouraging thing is that both the wind and solar sources of energy in African are gigantic, and it is something that can be tapped into for very low costs. However, heads of state should be thinking about the strategies for nurturing international collaboration to invest into these sources in a way that will capitalize on its potential while lessening its impact.

However, the main problem is that the energy-producing resources are not distributed equally within Africa. One-third of African countries use hydro-electric power as their main source of energy, but this is not accessible to all nations as the change in climate such as frequent droughts makes it an unreliable source. Additionally, those areas with solar and wind source of power are not equitable spread in throughout all areas. On top of that, the majority of individuals claim that wind and solar power are extremely6 erratic and undependable.

According to the findings, choosing the right wind sites that can perfectly match the timing of wind production with the demand for electricity will cost less than choosing a location with the greatest wind generation. If adequate transmission lines are used, strategies that are used in the timing of wind production will lead to a more even distribution of wind power capacity in all nations than those maximising the production of energy.

However, the researchers suggest that both the energy business and the work of matching energy production with demand will lessen the system costs of constructing the wind sites that have low impact. This means that there are closer to current transmission lines, closer to the regions where the electricity will be used and in the regions with numerous already existing human activities as opposed to pristine regions.

If you decide to take the strategy of positioning all the systems so that their total power generation correlates well with the demand of electricity, then you will be saving millions of dollars in one year as compared to the cost of installing electricity that is dominated by coal-burnt or hydro-electricity.

Additionally, you will produce a more equitable energy distribution throughout these African nations.
Along with strategic siting, international energy trade has the potential to enable African nations to pursue the production of wind and solar energy that can substitute the conventional types of energy generation like hydropower and coal.

Why African countries need to avoid using fossil fuels
If the African countries try to invest in long-term energy production solutions that are cost-effective, the majority of these nations will benefit greatly in the long term since they will avoid the pending economic challenges that the developed nations are going through. Even though the fossil fuels provide, a simple and easy to use a source of energy in numerous ways, the problems linked with the excessive use of fossil fuels are now many. These problems include the world’s most difficult ad large problems that touch almost all areas such as political, economic, health and environment.

Additionally, the impending energy crunch is caused by the consumption of these fossil fuels at an unsustainable rate. As the worldwide demand for fossil fuels is set to escalate each year for the next many years, the existing problems will increase. Even though a huge number of infrastructure are under construction to expand and connect to the current grid networks, there are numerous challenges, making this a viable alternative for the majority of the African population, particularly those in the rural areas.

Distributed energy production with the help of renewable energy systems sounds to be the only realistic solution that can meet the high demand for electricity, especially in the rural locations. The plan to decentralize energy in African nations is underway. The majority of countries are looking forward to the variants of the energy decentralization frameworks. A good example is the District Energy Officers.

Horizontal integration potential
Note that the solar and power sources are very scalable since you can get a system that produces from less than 1 watt to thousands of megawatts. For this reason, it will be easy to initialize the electrification of a house or a village with less initial installation capital. Additionally, the incremental and dynamic scaling is made easy as the demand for electricity increases. The module conformation of installation of wind and solar offers a level of functional redundancy, enhancing the dependability of the system. In a situation where one panel in the multi-panel solar array stops functioning, the rest of the panels in the system continues to work uninterrupted. Similarly, the failure of one wind turbine in a multi configured system will not cause the entire system to stop working.

For the reason that both solar and wind projects are designed to generate power when in use, they both offer a secure dependable and cheap electricity solution. Additionally, the system is extremely safe and less vulnerable to attack since the use of transmission equipment is avoided. This is vital to some of the African countries which are prone to conflicts. Solar and wind energy production entails simple set up process, easy to operate, easy to repair and they are durable. On top of that, they are available in abundance, capable of providing all the electrical energy needs of rural locations. The installation can be done in remote areas and fragmented low-density regions that are hard to access using the conventional grid systems.

Funding sources for these projects
Rural electrification is huge projects that cannot be financed by profit companies. In economically clipped areas, these projects should be run at a loss for them to be successful and realistic. They are numerous legitimate ways in which African nations can obtain the resources for such projects.

European nations that import oil refined from African countries are in a better position of subsiding the cost of each level alternative energy system via emission trading credits. It has been suggested for every unit of African origin carbon used in any European market, a predetermined amount of green credits or carbon credits can be created. The European associates would then decide to either give out the system with the equal amount of investment capital directly or loan the credits to fund the distribution of renewable energy sources.

International relief fund that targets poverty reduction in African countries can as well be redirected to subsidize the renewable energy projects. Because if the vital played by the electrification in support of economic and social growth, financing rural electrification in African nations is considered as a core method of addressing poverty.

Don’t Want Solar? Consider These Five Common Objections Carefully

Switching to solar power is a major investment – and one many people are unwilling to make, especially if they think their local climate is not the best for it. Here are the most common objections:

It’s too expensive.

The initial investment for installation used to be very high – and you maybe not have had the money or, if you do, you might not feel you are going to get a return on your investment. It’s natural to balk at a system cost that can easily run to $30,000 or more, especially if your state doesn’t offer any incentives for installation.

The first is to do a proper ROI calculation. Take into account utility costs – which need to be balanced out by some of the charges, such as demand charges, that utilities are applying to people with solar systems. The easiest calculation is the 25-year guarantee – figure out what your typical bill would be for that period and then subtract that from the solar cost. Another option is, of course, to spread out that upfront cost through a payment plan or a multiple year (20 is fairly standard) lease or lease-to-own agreement. Also worth considering – solar systems can increase the value of a home to potential buyers.

  • Utility Costs and Demand Charges Are Going Up

It’s ugly.

Solar panels will, yes, change the look of your home. However, this can be mitigated with good system design – modern solar systems are much more attractive than early clunky ones and don’t rise as much from the roofline. Depending on angles and location you may also be able to put the system on the back of your roof where it is not visible from the road.

Something Better Next Year

The same philosophy that gets people to put off upgrading their phone until the new model is out. With solar technology, yes, major developments can happen at any time. However, just like struggling with a slow phone because “there might be something better in six months” can lead to frustration and lost money, not getting solar will lead to higher bills that will only mount up. You should, of course, get the best technology you can afford, but waiting for “something better” can easily lead to a cycle of waiting for something better…and never actually getting anything at all.

I Don’t Know How Solar Works

It’s actually very simple. Light from the sun hits special panels that turn it into electricity that can then power your home and even allow you to sell electricity back to the grid. This means that there is little maintenance (and if you have a solar power contract all maintenance and repairs will be handled) and very low ongoing expenses.

You think solar won’t work where I live.

If you don’t live in Arizona or California or some other very hot state. This is actually untrue. The country which has installed the most solar panels in recent years? Germany – which gets less sunshine than, say, New York. And speaking of New York, over 5,300 residential systems were installed in New York City in 2016. Solar power does not need that much sunshine to work – you might have issues in Alaska, but anywhere in the lower 52 is going to get enough light to power a typical family home…and perhaps even an electric car as well.

Going solar makes sense for a lot more people than it might initially appear – and the benefits are numerous. Lower power bills, less dependence on the grid (you still need a connection, just in case) and significant environmental benefits. Pricing out a solar system is worth it for anyone – not just rich people who happen to live in Arizona or New Mexico.

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How Leonardo DiCaprio is Fighting Against Global Warming

Leonardo DiCaprio has been using his celebrity to raise awareness of the problem of climate change. The actor knows that climate change is one of the largest problems facing the world today and has taken a number of steps to convince others that the time to take action is now. Here are some of the ways that Leo is working to change the hearts of minds of an all too often apathetic public:

The People’s Climate March

The actor joined many other celebrities, including Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo, Evangeline Lilly, and Sting in New York for the what was billed as the world’s largest march against climate change. An estimated 310,000 marchers joined the celebrities and similar marches were held around the world. Along with a more traditional moment of silence, marchers participated in what was dubbed a “moment of alarm”, in which protestors were encouraged to be as noisy as they could. The march took place along a two-mile route, culminating in midtown Manhattan on 34th street.

The event came just before members of the UN were scheduled to meet and discuss climate change. Leonardo, who was recently named United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, also went to the U.N. to discuss the issue there.

Address to the UN

Leonardo attended the UN event for the signing of the Paris Agreement and gave an impassioned speech to the members of the body encouraging them to take action on climate change immediately. Appropriately, the speech fell on Earth Day. The actor told members of the governing body that it is too late for individuals alone to make a difference:

“To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action,” he said.

DiCaprio told the assembled delegates that we must take action now against the use of fossil fuels and embrace clean energy solutions if we are going to make the needed impact against the damage that man has done to the planet. He explained that clean energy was not only good policy for the planet but also good economic policy. He ended the speech with this passionate plea:

“Honoured delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living. But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world and the momentum will not stop. And now it’s YOUR turn, the time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet … is now.”

Before the Flood

Leonardo worked in collaboration with a group of filmmakers to produce Before the Flood, a documentary on the problem of climate change. The film made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2016 before getting a theatrical release that October and eventually airing on the National Geographic channel. To show their commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, National Geographic made the documentary available for free at several outlets. The film is available in over 45 languages and had been viewed over 2 million times the day after its release.

Leonardo serves as the host of the film, traveling all around the world to talk to climate experts about the scope of the problem and to discuss solutions that can be undertaken now to minimize the effects of climate change going forward. The film also examines changes that are already happening around the world as a result of the changing climate and discusses how we as individuals can help while we wait for the world’s governments to take the necessary action.

NFL Stadiums with Renewables: Which Ones Went Solar?

With football season well underway, many of the top NFL stadiums you see every week have done one great thing you probably haven’t noticed. All of the electricity running through these stadiums is now generated by solar power.

While some of these arenas don’t heavily promote that they’ve gone solar, you’ll be surprised at how many there are. It just proves how fast solar technology is starting to advance here in the U.S. and abroad.

So do you wonder which NFL stadiums use solar panels now? Take a look at the most notable arenas taking on renewable energy and using solar technology every day.

Two Super Bowl Arenas Using Solar

The last two Super Bowls were completely run with solar energy, something not widely reported enough. Super Bowl L in 2016 used Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, an arena known for its powerful solar panels. In fact, it uses a 375 kW solar array on the roof.

Back in 2013, they installed their 49th solar panel frame to make it just one leading stadium in the league to generate significant solar power. They locate their solar panels up on what’s called NRG Solar Terrace, a spot where many hold conferences and other private events.

In total, Levi’s Stadium uses 544 SunPower E20 Series solar panels with a 20% efficiency rate.

Earlier this year, for Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium in Houston used their solar panels to aid in powering the event. They generate 180 kW of solar energy with their panels installed throughout the facility.

Lincoln Financial Field

Did you know the home of the Philadelphia Eagles generates the strongest solar power of any NFL stadium in the nation? Lincoln Financial Field isn’t new to using solar technology. They started early this decade and managed to install 11,000 solar panels and 14 micro wind turbines.

Altogether, this generates up to 3 MW of energy, now producing four times the power consumed during a season of home game days annually.

Most of the power comes from fixed solar panels installed in the nearby parking lot. They continue to add more solar panels around the stadium in various locations.

While LFF is the top solar generator, other stadiums are starting to catch up.

FedEx Field

The stadium that houses the Washington Redskins is now the second most powerful solar energy arena in the United States. They started going solar in 2011, and they haven’t wavered in keeping their commitment to using renewable energy.

They and the stadiums above teamed with NRG Energy to make this happen. Working with NRG, FedEx Field now has 8,000 solar panels in use. It makes their solar power installation the largest in the Washington, D.C. area.

Beyond solar, they even provide ten electric charging stations on the grounds to show their commitment to saving energy.

Gillette Stadium

Third in line for solar panel use is the home of the New England Patriots. Gillette Stadium also teamed up with NRG Energy to help bring more solar panels to nearby Patriot Place went solar years earlier.

NRG helped the stadium bring an additional 3,000 panels on an adjacent store roof. Now they generate about 1,000 kW of power thanks to both a solar canopy and rooftop panels working in tandem.

Patriot Place already had a strong commitment to lowering energy costs and sustainability practices. Having Gillette Stadium join them makes this all the more powerful and moves them up into the top five solar NFL stadiums.

Behind them are CenturyLink Field in Seattle and above-mentioned Levi’s Stadium, with more likely on the way.

Keep reading about us at Dvinci Energy as we explore relevant news on what is trending with renewable energy globally. Fill out the form below if you are ready to see what Dvinci can do for your business.

How Batteries and Energy Storage Are Improving Renewable Energy

Batteries have long fueled the energy need to run our electronics, cars, phones and other portable devices. Developing longer-lasting, more efficient and reliable batteries has been an important aspect of the age of renewable energy. Recently, we have seen trends where the technology began to surpass the less environmentally friendly alternatives of the past and batteries and other energy storage tools have really began to shine. As we know, most renewable sources of energy rely on sources that can come and go and so it is crucial that we are able to harvest this energy when it is available and then store it for later use efficiently and reliably.

Renewable energy storage is growing drastically in recent years. Global storage capacity for solar energy grew 190% and 40% for wind energy between 2006 and 2012 as reported by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The agency also predicts that by 2030, storage capacity will be 9 times what it was in 2013. This is dramatic growth in the industry and shows a large commitment to renewable energy sources. It’s not just commercial growth either as consumers seek to be a part of the movement. Electric car sales are predicted to grow by about 15% annually through 2024 with some manufacturers moving towards an all-electric product line including Tesla and Volvo most notably and others including Ford, General Motors, and many others drastically increasing their electric product lines in the coming years.

While much of the green movement revolves around harvesting renewable energy, many countries, businesses and other entities are heavily investing in the means to store this energy. Places like California are heading towards this quickly! California is already home to nearly 40% of the United States energy storage but they plan to drastically add to this by just 2020. The state has committed to having half of all its energy coming from renewable sources in the same time frame. This is crucial for the future of the movement as California will serve as the beta test for the viability of renewable energy. Other states will be following their example in the very near future as they roll out this technology.

With all new endeavors, there are challenges. This is no different for renewable energy storage. There is a hesitation to move completely into using batteries in the main power grid often citing safety issues, cost and reliability concerns. Batteries can often be quite expensive and have limited lifespans, even rechargeable ones eventually fail due to efficiency issues limiting the amount of recharges available. The most common battery types used for renewable energy are lead-acid batteries which typically have a short cycle and last only about three or four years. Other options with longer cycles are available but they usually carry higher price tags or less stability.

New options are being developed all over the world. The University of Illinois, Chicago has been experimenting with using new materials like Magnesium ions which can move twice as many electrons and expand the cycle of the battery. Japan has been working on a duel-carbon battery that has a charge rate 20 times faster than Lithium-ion batteries. There has been a very recent introduction to the future as well in the realm of solid-state batteries. This means rather than relying on liquid minerals and materials to store the energy, the battery uses a conductive, solid material. Toyota has been scrambling to work out the kinks in this technology to have it ready for commercialization as early as the 2020s. The largest kink being mass production of the technology which will drastically improve driving range in electric vehicles.

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Tesla Solar Roof: Worth the Price?

Anyone who hears the name Tesla stops to listen because this famous brand built a golden reputation from their electric vehicles. Now, they have released the Solar Roof, which blends non-solar tiles with solar, and it’s intended to replace the solar panels of today. Everyone knew the panels would launch in 2017, but no one could estimate the actual cost of the panels. Now that they’ve released the price, everyone’s wondering if the cost is worth it.

What to Expect on Price

The estimated cost will depend on the size of the roof and a number of other factors like:
  • Materials
  • Removal of the old roof
  • Installation
This estimate doesn’t include the possible taxes, structural upgrades, skylight replacements and gutter replacements. However, customers who want the Tesla Solar Roof can choose to finance it through a home mortgage, and the 30 percent federal tax credit can carry over into future years. You may also want to search for further incentives from the state, utility and local companies.

The Appeal of the Tesla Solar Roof

Countless customers have complained about the ugly appearance of solar panels. They’re an eyesore and many customers can’t look past the fact. While solar panels sit on top of the roof, a solar tile integrates itself with your roof almost seamlessly. Still, you may think the price won’t offset the cost of your electricity bill like standard solar panels.

Infinite Tile Warranty

Considering how solar tiles have up to three times the strength of a traditional shingle, your home’s roof could last a long time. In fact, you pay for this once, and the company promises a lifetime warranty on the home. That means you likely won’t have to replace traditional roofing shingles, which can cost you between $1,700 to $8,400. However, do they honor that promise? We do know these tiles will provide you with a cut on your electric bill. For example, let’s say you have a solar roof with 70 percent solar tile and 30 percent non-solar tiles. The solar panels will cost you $27,720, but you have an electric bill of $77 each month, and it covers 100 percent of your electric needs. To get the same output, you’d have to double the solar tiles on your roof, and this could cost as much as $71,000. That’s three times the cost of a standard solar panel system.

Worth the Cost?

Whether it’s worth it depends on who you speak with. For example, someone who wants to bring solar into the home but they hate the look of traditional solar panels might find the $25,000 to $50,000 cost worth it. To the vast majority, however, the aesthetics probably won’t justify a cost that doubles or even triples what you might pay for the standard solar panel. Not to mention, the return on investment takes two to four times longer.

Great Concept: Needs Work

The idea of a Tesla Solar Roof is a great concept, but in most cases, the average consumer won’t be able to justify the high cost. That isn’t to say it isn’t a good idea. Similar to the electric vehicle, the Tesla Solar Roof needs a little more work before it can pull it off, but the concept will probably be improved in the future. The big problem is how Tesla doesn’t outline how much energy each solar panel generates, and when you’re paying as much as $25,000 this should be laid out in fine detail.
If you do decide to buy the Tesla Solar Roof, be sure to read the fine print. You should know how much wiring goes into it and how much solar energy each tile generates before buying. Before buying, you want all the facts laid out in clarity so that you can make an informed decision. Even if you decided to go with a solar panel system, you should remain exceptionally informed about what you’re investing in.

5 Celebrities Fighting Against Climate Change

When you’re a celebrity, you have a lot of eyes on you. You can get interviews on television, spread word via social media, and pretty much anywhere you go for dinner is going to be reported on dozens of different blogs. Some celebrities are choosing to use all that attention to promote efforts to fight against climate change, using their platform to try to achieve something meaningful, and positive.

#1: Leonardo DiCaprio

Hoping to avoid the fate where the rest of the world becomes the ending scene from Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the more vocal members of Hollywood who is trying to fight climate change. While he’s donated a great deal of money to climate change causes (what celebrity hasn’t?), DiCaprio also serves on the boards of several environmental organizations. In addition, though, he’s produced at least one film about global warming, though there’s no word on whether that will be the only film he makes to help promote awareness of what’s wrong, and how we can do our part to fix it.

don cheadle fighting against climate change

#2: Don Cheadle

While most folks these days know him as War Machine in Marvel’s Avengers franchise, Don Cheadle is a hero off-screen as well. He’s thrown his celebrity and voice behind social causes before, including speaking out against the genocide in Darfur, and combating climate change is one issue he has been willing to wade into. He’s worked hand-in-hand with the United Nations on climate change issues, and he is showing no sign of backing down when it comes to doing what’s right.

 

mark ruffalo in human form combating climate change

#3: Mark Ruffalo

Speaking of Avengers actors, there’s another member of the team whose even greener off-camera than he is on it. Mark Ruffalo, who plays the dual roles of Dr. Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk, has spoken out several times on against climate change and how it is an issue we need to take a stand against now if we expect to blunt its impact on future generations. Ruffalo founded both The Solutions Project as well as Water Defense, and he’s been an outspoken opponent of fracking, as well as other environmental causes. He describes himself as a climate change activist who keeps his eye on the future, and he has been leading by example for a lot of people hoping to fight against this global issue.

sting combating climate change in the rainforest

#4: Sting

While most people think of him as little more than a musician and a proponent of alternative lifestyle choices, Sting has spent a number of years trying to do his part to fight against climate change by protecting the Amazon rainforests. He and his wife Trudie Styler have even established a charity, Rainforest Foundation, which has done a great deal to protect both the rainforests themselves, as well as the creatures who live in them. While it’s been a long fight so far, neither of them show any signs of giving up on one of our greatest resources.

brad pitt is another who attacks climate change

#5: Brad Pitt

While he’s been a regular on the covers of gossip magazines for years, many of them failed to report on Pitt’s greener activities. When New Orleans needed to be rebuilt after it was hit by Hurricane Katrina, Pitt’s charity was on the front lines to help those getting their city back together. Not only that, but the materials the charity provided were green, ensuring that future construction would be built not only with beauty and functionality in mind but also with an eye to how the cities we live in can affect the planet we live on. An attitude that is being adopted by a lot of places following this kind of example.

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7 Unknown Facts of Why Amazon, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart Decided to Go Solar

As a business that’s decided to stay open 24/7, you’re likely realizing how expensive it is to keep things going day and night. Even if it means more profits if bringing in customers during a.m. hours, your energy usage is perhaps exceeding any ROI.

It’s no secret to you that energy companies continually raise rates and make it more challenging for commercial businesses like yours. Rather than continue this battle, have you considered going solar?

If you’ve been on the fence about using solar panels on your 24/7 business, you might want to take inspiration from other companies that have.

Corporate names like Amazon, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart have all gone solar in recent years. Take a look at seven unknown facts about why they did this to help you make a smarter decision.

1. Amazon Plans to Expand Solar Panels on Their Facilities

Maybe you knew about Amazon going solar lately, but did you know what the extent is lately? This year alone, Amazon plans to use solar technology on 15 of their distribution and sortation centers here in the U.S.

By 2020, the company plans to have solar panels in use on fifty Amazon facilities worldwide. So their ambitions are high in solar use. They even estimate 80% of power for all their facilities can ultimately come from the sun, putting them on the alternative energy map.

2. Amazon is the Largest Corporate Purchaser of Renewable Energy

Recently, Amazon boasted they’ve become the top corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Part of this comes in using solar technology to power all their data centers that run in the cloud.

Before Amazon moved into becoming a solar proponent, it was mostly retail giants using the technology. This is still the case, but now Jeff Bezos’s behemoth may soon move into the top ten in corporate solar use.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

3. Target Produces the Most Solar Power of Any Corporation

A lot of people don’t know Target recently became the top company in the world to generate the most solar power. With this designation last year, they beat out Walmart for the first time.

Target ended up in this top spot thanks to them installing almost 70 megawatts of solar panels on their facilities throughout 2016.

4. Kmart Has Taken Their Solar Technology Overseas

While you’re aware of Kmart’s presence here in America, they’ve also opened stores in places like Australia. There, they’ve begun using solar technology as a major move in Oz to go solar in all commercial businesses.

Using a 100kW solar system at this Kmart store is going to generate about 148,000 kWh each year. It’s a significant amount that can get them off the country’s energy grid forever.

5. Kmart Promotes the Use of Solar in Their Products

Once Kmart decided to use solar technology, they also started producing products promoting the idea. One such product is a toy for kids that allows them to build their own mini solar house.

This unique toy works in real life. Just set the toy out in the sun and your children can watch the little house come to life as a primer on how solar energy works.

6. Walmart Wants to Invest More in Energy Storage

With Walmart being one of the first major corporations to use solar technology in 2005, they’ve continually moved forward to expand their solar horizons.

Recently, they announced they want to invest in more energy storage facilities to enable renewables. They’ve already invested in these facilities throughout California in addition to continuing their solar panel use on their company buildings.

7. Walmart’s Goal By 2020: 100% Renewable Energy

As with the companies above, Walmart has an agenda to expand their solar energy use by 2020. Their immediate plan is to become fueled 100% by renewable energy during that year.

Their other goal is to reduce by 20% their energy per square foot intensity on all their facilities around the globe.

 

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