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Category: Global Energy

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.

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.

Developments in battery technology and renewable energy sources are being made every day and its important to stay up to date with the newest developments to further our commitment to the planet. Stay up to date by subscribing to Dvinci below. [gravityform id=”3″ title=”true” description=”true”]

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.

Paris Agreement Created by 197 Countries Made History

Rewind to April 22 of 2016, the day 197 countries, including the U.S, united to address a problem that was and is, larger than any political or cultural difference they may have. By signing the Paris Agreement that day, leaders around the world sent a message loud and clear: it’s time to change.

It was a historical moment not only because of the xxx that the agreement entailed- determining how each country should contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening developing countries ability to cope with the impact of climate change, limiting temperature increases at a global level- but because it was the first time we saw the world recognize the necessity for this kind of plan.

Even after a U.S government decision to withdraw from the agreement a year later, American governors, mayors, and business leaders took it upon themselves to implement the necessary measures to address the crisis. Walmart, GM, Apple, Google, FedEx are just a handful of the top brands committing to solar energy; while California, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada and Florida are the 5 states with the most solar jobs in the U.S.

Climate change aside, this shows that clean energy is beneficial to many other aspects of society, including the economy. Studies say that 1 out of 50 new jobs added in the U.S in 2016 were created by the solar industry. In a report, the Imperial College of London and Carbon Tracker stated that the demand for coal and oil would peak by 2020. This is because the cost of solar panels and other renewable energy source alternatives has decreased so much over the last decade that it’s become more sustainable, economically, to use them.

All these facts are nothing new for the Dvinci team. We’re constantly studying the development of the industry because we believe it’s time we re-think and unlearn many things we thought were true in the past. There are plenty of incentives for fossil fuel divestment, and we are committed to educating people at the local level, and across the globe, on what those incentives are.

Like many of the top business and government leaders in the U.S and the world, we believe in using conflict to strengthen the relationship with our goal. We provide the resources for solar developers and installers to do their jobs while guaranteeing customers will not only get the most competitive prices but real, quality assistance. This way, we help dismantle the myths surrounding solar energy and what it can do for the world while empowering people by making renewable energy accessible.

Think You Know Dvinci Energy?

Who is Dvinci Energy?

They say you don’t fully know someone until you’ve seen them handle a difficult situation. In these cases, there’s usually two kinds of people: those who choose to be paralyzed by a problem, and those who choose to turn the problem upside down and find the opportunities within.

At Dvinci, we’ve chosen to be the latter from the outset. We are the opportunities we see in the conflicts that arise around us.

Here’s how we do it.

Learning to Teach:

We begin with education. Investing in renewable energy is an opportunity to educate people on how their actions affect the world they live in. We recognize that to teach more, we must be willing to learn more. So, we’ve developed educational programs to ensure millennial professionals working with us not only learn the importance of sustainable energy, but also the importance of living a sustainable life.

But what is a sustainable life? Sustainability means balance; it means endurance and maintenance. To be sustainable one must learn to adapt to different circumstances. That flexibility, when facing a challenge, is imperative to find a solution. We teach the brightest minds to think about their daily actions like they would think about solving the energy crisis or climate change. You can’t sit still and wait for the world to remove the obstacles from your path.

 

Thinking global, acting local:

We at Dvinci Energy chose to see climate change as an opportunity for people to re-imagine how we structure many aspects of a globalized society. You can’t look at climate change based solely on its effect on the environment. Think of the Earth as someone whose cells have been smoking cigarettes for more than 100 years. Her body is now polluted and the sickness has influenced every organ in her body. At an economic, social and even political level, renewable energy has become a necessary, disruptive power.

At Dvinci we want to create a service type world, rather than a manufacturing world. We focus on creating partnerships with local manufacturers, installers, and developers- to be the link that connects them- so that the impact begins with them. Instead of trickle-down, we believe in trickle-up: meaning that to build more thriving and sustainable economies- at national and international levels- we must hand back the power to local businesses.

By making room for dialogue between us and local businesses and communities, we get to learn from them as much as they do from us. After all, their needs drive our goals.

 

Promoting Connectivity:

When you give back to local businesses you are helping foment a positive relationship with their communities. In this way, Dvinci works to deepen communication and connectivity between individuals in those communities.

You might wonder why connectivity is such an important factor. After all, aren’t we more connected to each other than we have ever been thanks to technology? The answer is yes, and no. Think of a tree. As it grows the branches may spread out in all directions, but its roots must remain grounded, connected to the soil, for it to live.

At Dvinci Energy we go back to the roots of human interaction. We do everything with a customer-centric approach. Technology allows us to communicate faster and more efficiently, but that doesn’t mean it has made communication better. Fostering good communication by being accessible to our customers not only lets us give more than we get, which is our goal, but we also get to remind people of what being connected truly means.

 

Where there’s a gap, we want to fill it. Where there’s a perspective that needs changing, we’ll switch sides, walk back and forth, examine every angle. Our motivation is the opportunity. The opportunity to educate. To change how we connect with each other. To heal so that we can continue to grow.

Think you know us now?

How Dvinci Energy Began

The Beginning

Nothing evolves by staying the same. It’s a simple, and almost obvious, observation. Everything around us works within cycles of change. Trees change with the seasons, markets fluctuate every day, people change over time and, thus, so do our realities.

Dvinci Energy was born out of the realization that for a company, a community, a planet to thrive, it must learn to adapt. After working with top leaders in the solar industry, Dvinci Energy’s CEO and Founder Walid Halty realized that if the world was going to change its ways, the companies that led the revolution had to change as well. We must be the round peg in the square hole, with the vivacity to step out of the mold.

Ask yourself this question:

Why fracture your energy by trying to do everything yourself when you can focus all of it on connecting the dots- on empowering those who have the knowledge and expertise- to help you achieve the same goal?

In such an interconnected world, isolation doesn’t make much sense, right? That’s why our mission is to decentralize power by connecting, building, and empowering communities with 100% renewable energy. By developing strategic partnerships with reputable, local installation companies and developers, not only do we guarantee top quality, customer-centric service, but we are making sure communities grow from within.

In other words, you can’t grasp the meaning of a masterpiece by ignoring the strokes of the paintbrush.

When we talk about renewable energy were not just speaking about a sustainable way to power the planet. We’re looking at the way we invest our energy in everything we do. Our goal is bold. And by that, we mean that our mission is bigger than us. Our purpose is bigger than success and it certainly is bigger than business or money. It’s about reminding everyone in the world of the possibility, the necessity, for progress.

And yes, we know that’s 7 billion people to reach. That’s why we understand that it begins with us, the people; with how we see the world as individuals, and how we work collectively to achieve the same goal.

We decided it was time to dismantle the way solar energy companies work so that we could free the world from outdated processes that should have disappeared a long time ago. We believe in common sense and human being’s capacity for it.

We believe in having the empathy to understand where we come from, and the boldness to change where we’re going. We believe that renewal is the natural answer; that every turning-point in history was born at the hands of those who saw the need for change and became it.

We invite you to become the change; to help us Empower & Be Empowered.