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Solar Energy & Efficiency Workshop When:
November 17, 2012
10am to 12pm (two hours) Where:
Administration Building (room 209)
12 SE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601 Registration:
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Interactive hands-on Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo to be held April 21, 2012 in Gainesville. The Expo is free and recommended for home owners, building owners, building managers, real estate agents, builders, architects and anyone considering solar as a power source. Complete Expo details online at www.SolarizeGators.com
The Alachua Clean Energy (ACE) taskforce today announced a fully interactive and hands-on Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo featuring the basics of solar electric, solar hot water, financing and solar readiness for home and business to be held in Gainesville. The Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo is recommended for home owners, building owners, building managers, real estate agents, builders, architects and anyone considering solar as an electric or water heating source. The Expo features a live, hands-on, demonstration of a state-of-the-art solar electric and hot water training system, presented by Santa Fe College, which simulates actual installed solar electric and hot water systems.
Presentations include “Financing & Return on Investment” concepts, offered by Don Davis, President, Capital City Bank of Gainesville and longtime green energy-efficiency financing specialist – “Efficiency As the First Step to Going Solar”, presented by energy efficiency and weatherization specialist Kevin Veach, Owner, Green Energy Options – “Solar Electric & Hot Water” simulation, presented by Santa Fe College – “Basics of Solar Energy”, presented by Stuart Block, Intern, Clean Energy Logistics Lab, and UF student – Plus, many other local solar and efficiency professionals and enthusiasts.
The Expo will be held at the University of Florida’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house which recently underwent an energy efficiency remodel as well as having a 10 kW solar energy system installed. Stuart Block, a UF student majoring in Sustainability Studies, began implementing the solar installation in the fall of 2011 which will be complete at the time of the scheduled Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo and available for review to Expo attendees. As an Intern for Clean Energy Logistics Lab, Block continues to help others learn about going solar and is the Expo coordinator.
Attendees are asked to RSVP or register for this event, as space is limited. Details about the Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo, driving directions, parking and registration are available at www.SolarizeGators.com.
The Alachua Clean Energy taskforce was established by several Gainesville residents and energy professionals to explore renewable energy and efficiency financing options, report such findings to the Alachua County Board of Commissioners, and to educate the public about how to finance clean energy projects. The taskforce meets monthly.
What: Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo
When: April 21, 2012 from 11:00am to 1:00pm (2 hours)
Where: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House (On the UF Campus, map online)
13 Fraternity Drive
Gainesville, Fla. 32603
Cost: Free but RSVP/Register online at www.SolarizeGators.com
Parking: Free – parking map available online
For more information about the Solar Energy & Efficiency Expo contact;
When I was a kid it seemed everyone recognized Gainesville’s tallest downtown building, the Seagle Building, as the ‘Empire State Building of Gainesville’. I was under the age of ten at that time so it seemed appropriate to compare the Gainesville structure to the tallest building in New York. After all, both resemble one another; tall, slender and “pointed” at the very top. That’s how I perceived things in 1965.
46 years have passed and the Gainesville icon still shines among the downtown buildings. In fact, the Seagle Building recently joined the ranks of ‘solar electricity producers’ and is now selling solar generated power to Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), through their feed-in tariff program.
A little history: initial construction of the Seagle Building began in the 1920’s and was planned to be the Hotel Kelly. The project went bust before the last floor was completed and it sat unfinished for over 10 years. The building finally reached completion in the mid 1930’s and subsequently housed several tenants, including the University of Florida Museum of Natural History which is now located across town.
The Seagle Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
In 1983 the “newly remodeled’ Seagle Building touted having entered a “new age” by installing “modern wiring, plumbing, telephone and cable jacks, a fire sprinkler system and emergency diesel generator”, according to the building’s website.
Now 29 years later, the building is shining with solar power too.
A few months ago the Seagle Building was selected by lottery to sell solar generated electric power to GRU through a 20 year feed-in tariff agreement. Subsequently the Seagle began feeding electricity to the GRU power grid on December 28, 2011. Power Production Management, a Gainesville based solar installation company, installed the 32.2 kW system which consists of 140 photovoltaic solar panels.
But don’t expect to see the solar array when walking or driving by the building, it’s located on the flat roof-top of the back lower portion of the Seagle Building and is only visible from above.
David Holbrook, president of Holbrook Group, Inc. and majority owner of the Seagle, says he has been interested in renewable energy for several years. He was first exposed to wind turbines and solar energy while living on a boat in the Bahamas a few years earlier. “I generated my power from a wind turbine and a solar panel and stored the power in a set of batteries”, says Holbrook. He has been hooked on the idea since.
The Seagle Building’s solar profile is listed in the Solar Ambassadors America project and can be viewed online. Soon the profile will also provide a live energy production feed which anyone can see. There are currently several Gainesville solar ambassador profiles available, including that of Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff.
For me – much has happened over the 40+ years.
In 1981 I moved away from Gainesville to reside in Oregon for 30 years. Like Gainesville – Portland, Oregon, is a leader of sustainable living and has influenced my lifestyle considerably. For example, I commuted by bicycle and electric train (Portland MAX Light Rail) while working for Solar Oregon, a nonprofit solar outreach and education company.
I moved back to my Gainesville roots about 14 months ago and continue to cycle to work each day for Clean Energy Logistics Lab, one of many tenants of the historic Seagle. My wife and I also maintain a small community garden plot at Dreamers Garden in Gainesville. I continue to work for Solar Oregon by telecommuting in support of ongoing community solarize programs, technology and databases.
From my perspective Gainesville continues to thrive as a leader in Florida and across the nation for sustainable living and innovation. New solar technology and sustainable programs continue to emerge from the University of Florida, the City of Gainesville, GRU and Alachua County. I’m just happy promoting the use of solar at Clean Energy Logistics Lab in Gainesville, Solar Oregon in Portland, and Solar Ambassadors America across the nation.
Solar outreach and helping people connect to solar is my passion. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about going solar.
Hadley Price : (352) 450-0975 : hadley@FindSolarPro.com
Move over California, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has successfully developed a solar feed-in tariff (FIT) program that now rivals international markets.
It all began when Ed Regan, GRU’s assistant general manager for strategic planning, traveled to Germany to learn how the European solar PV feed-in tariff works. Armed with new insight, Regan returned home to start the first FIT program in the United States.
Now in its third year, the Gainesville FIT program is about to reach 7.3 megawatts of solar PV installations – enough energy to power approximately 1,600 average American homes. This translates to be a higher per capita ratio of solar installations than the entire state of California.
Paul Gipe, an expert on FIT programs, devised the enclosed comparative chart of solar installations of leading solar markets.
Solar installation companies are also offering huge discounts to customers wishing to save money on electricity. One program, www.SolarizeNow.org, helps lower the cost of solar panels.
With the professional help of Power Production Management we were accepted into the GRU Feed-in Tariff program of Gainesville, Florida.
Gainesville, Fla. – August 11, 2011 – Clean Energy Logistics Lab, Inc. (CELL) today announced the launch of their ‘Solarize Now!’ group discount program. Solarize Now! is modeled after the community driven Solarize program of Portland, Oregon, which installed hundreds of solar systems in just a few months. The Solarize Portland program has since received national recognition from both non-profit and for-profit solar companies and the US Department of Energy as “a grassroots effort to help overcome the financial and logistical hurdles of installing solar power”.
Purchasing and installing a solar energy system through Solarize Now! is as simple as one-two-three. With no obligation, Floridians interested in solar are encouraged to register at www.SolarizeNow.org. Each registration will be informed of solar alternatives (electric/photovoltaic/PV and thermal hot water), group discounted prices, incentives and financing options. Each sold solar system will be installed by local certified and licensed solar installation companies that are in partnership with CELL.
CELL is a Gainesville, Florida, based company that partners with community organizations and local certified and licensed solar installers to promote the use and purchase of solar through their nationwide Solar Ambassadors America program.
Solar energy is quickly becoming the clean energy of choice for many homes and businesses in Florida and across the country. Solar stabilizes the cost of energy at a time when utilities are progressively raising rates. The Solarize Now! group discount program means even more homes and businesses can go solar and enjoy many years of low-cost electrical power and hot water.
Anyone interested in the Solarize Now! group discount program can visit www.SolarizeNow.org.
Clean Energy Logistics Lab, Inc.
408 W University Ave, Suite 600B
Gainesville, Fla. 32601
Clean Energy Logistics Lab, Inc. as launched a Facebook App which provides a national map of Solar Ambassadors. See http://apps.facebook.com/solarcell/
As a mechanical engineer I understand that power generation in the normal ways that we typically use are highly inefficient using only 1 unit of energy for every 3 that get used. In using solar power I use electricity that is clean and won’t run out. See my system’s live monitor feed here.
I installed my own solar PV system in 2008 because I believe in green energy. You can see my post here.
An electric utility stock I owned was taken private and cashed out. Going to solar electric seemed like my best investment opportunity. See my profile.