Solar Snob Site O' the Week

January 14, 2013

Plan for Earth Day 2013


It's never too early to plan for Earth Day, even if the annual event will not take place until April 22. The people behind the org have been busy, most recently sending a letter to Prez Obama and encouraging him to keep up his alternative energy policies. Their efforts have led to over a billion acts of green from supporters.

More than a billion people also participate in the annual event and since its founding in 1970, the group has never given up on its plan to help save the planet. If you have never participated in one, find out what is going on in your part of the country, make a pledge or two and donate to one of the hardest working organizations in existence.

Via Earth Day

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April 9, 2012

As You Sow Helps Save the Planet


McDonald's previously removed Styrofoam in its food packaging and has now decided to partially wean out polystyrene beverage cups in favor of double-walled paper. The move comes after a 2011 shareholder resolution from environmentalist group As You Sow. The measure didn't pass but the fast food company decided to replace the cups in about 15% of its U.S. locations, about 2,000 restaurants total.

We guess that is a good start. Even Starbucks is switching over to cups that are either reusable or recyclable. Outdated and unusable electronics are now recycled by businesses and soda companies reuse much of the plastic in their containers We cringe every time we are given our restaurant leftovers in a Styrofoam container to the point where we bring our own plastic containers.

Companies like As You Sow make a difference. Around since 1992, they are concerned with saving the planet and release studies concerning business practices and their efforts to reduce waste. They recently reported that over 200 billion beverage containers were sold last year and over 130 billion of those were either incinerated or left in landfills. AYS further noted that recycling occurs only 33% of the time, down from 54% twenty years ago.

So it sounds like it is up to all of us to pick up the fight. Consider alternate energy forms like solar and wind. Buy rechargeable batteries, bring your own containers, recycle your old papers and go paperless when it comes to bills. Most importantly, work with programs like As You Sow that are trying to make a difference. They have certainly earned the honor of being a Solar Snob Site O' the Week.

Via As You Sow

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March 30, 2010

Site 'O the Week - First Solar


Even solar panels will not last forever, so First Solar will provide packing materials, shipping costs and recycling services at no charge after a request for collection. The company claims that they can turn about 90% of each module into raw materials for new ones. Of course, this applies only to their customers but hey, at least they can take care of them so that they do not end up in a landfill. We admire the concept enough to make them our SOW this week.

Via First Solar

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March 23, 2010

Site O' the Week: Design Your Own weeHouse


Looking for a greener prefab? Alchemy Architects' weeHouses come in many shapes and sizes and start at a price of $48,000 for the 20 x 12 x 10' Studio model. The features a custom steel base, an IKEA kitchen wall, natural bamboo flooring, electric wiring set-up, insulated walls, cedar decking and an EPDM rubber roof. There are more floor plans and other options that include solar power and larger living spaces. With so much to choose from, we name Alchemy our SOW this week.

Via weeHouse

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March 12, 2010

Site O' the Week: Ma Modular


Ma Modular uses 15 x 36 ft. and 15 x 60 ft. modules in combination with a connector module to create your dream home. Our SOW this week allows you to design your Ma home with green materials such as cork and bamboo. Green options include photovoltaic panels, geothermal HVAC, tankless water heating and a rainwater harvesting system. At $125 a square ft., you have to provide your own foundation.

Via Ma Modular

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February 26, 2010

Site O' the Week - Design Your Genesis Home Online


Thinking of building a house and want it to be green? The GO House by Genesis Homes is a prefab that can be built in about 90 days and will fit in almost anywhere. Those who are interested can configure plans online for a base floor plan as well as other floor options and garage design. Genesis, this week's SOW, sends the price of the module and estimates site costs for prospective customers.

Via Genesis Homes

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February 12, 2010

Solar Snob SOW: Suntech Power


The Chinese company Suntech Power Holdings has become the first company to come to the US and employ 70 local residents in Goodyear, Arizona. The plan is to use its solar electricity manufacturing technologies and equipment in cooperation with Arizona State University. The plant will produce 30MW power with a future expansion planned at 120MW. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs since solar panels will not need to be shipped in from overseas. We applaud the efforts and name Suntech our Site 'O the Week for not only building solar items but using same for the plant's power.

Via Suntech

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January 29, 2010

Solar Snob Site O' The Week: Sol Inc.


Our SOW award goes to Sol Inc., a company that is donating solar lighting systems to Haiti. The lights will be used at food distribution areas, medical stations and along roads leading to Port-au-Prince. They have also launched an initiative for others who want to help. Purchase a Tropical Solar Light System for the country and Sol Inc. will match your donation. The TSL takes less than an hour to install and can withstand 170 mph winds.

Via Sol Inc.

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January 15, 2010

Solar Snob Site O' the Week - Sopogy

Sopogy, our SOW, stands on the forefront of solar technology. Their products use algorithms to follow the sun and harness its energy while leaving a minimal footprint. The SopoNova 4.0 is a solar collector that can produce a temperature as high as 392° F. SopoFlare is a solar system that is roof mounted. Utilizing a parabolic trough, the system follows the sun and can capture a heat of 150-250° F.

Via Sopogy

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January 1, 2010

Site O' The Week: MOFA Corridor for Peace and Prosperity


What a great way to start a New Year! Japan has gotten together with the Palestinian Authority to help build two solar energy projects on the West Bank. A whopping $23 million will be used to aid in the Authority's current energy problems with another $16.7 used to build a photovoltaic solar energy plant. Most of the electricity used by Palestinians comes from Israel's power grid and the new structure should bring light to about 20,000 residents.

This is part of the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative that will include an agro-industrial park that Japan wants to build. We think this idea is fine enough to award Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs our SOW this week.

Via MOFA Japan

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December 25, 2009

Site O' The Week - Lighting Africa


Lighting Africa, our SOW this week, is part of the World Bank Group (WBG) initiative that is trying to bring modern lighting to almost 1.6 billion people (almost a third of the population) without electricity. Working with other groups helps them in their quest.

For example, if you or someone you know has an off-grid lighting product, Tanzania's Rural Energy Agency is offering grants of up to $100,000, but you must apply by December 31, 2009.

Via Lighting Africa

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December 18, 2009

Site O' the Week: RAYvolution


RAYvolution has launched new chargers that come in different colors with connection tips to charge your cell phone, MP3 player or other small gadgets at a price of $39.95. While they say "get off the grid and into the sunshine," we say their efforts and positive spirit exuding from their site earns them our SOW this week.

Via RAYvolution

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December 11, 2009

Site O' the Week: Villages at Heritage Solar Community


Comstock Homes, our SOW, has created an entire solar-powered community that is said to be the largest on the planet. The Villages at Heritage Springs is located in Santa Fe Springs, California, and will have a total of 384 homes when completed. Priced between $385,000 - $457,000 for a townhome or $485,000 - $576,000 for a single family unit, each has solar roof tiles that should reduce energy bills by up to 60%. The residences also have dual pane windows, tankless water heaters, energy efficient lighting and high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems.

Via Villages at Santa Fe Springs

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December 4, 2009

Site O' the Week: Toyota's Literally Greener Plant


With all the recent problems that Toyota has had with its recalls, it's nice to report something positive that has come out of the company. They have developed 2 new derivatives of plants at the factory that develops the Prius hybrid in Japan. The cherry sage absorbs nitrogen oxides while the new gardenia creates water vapor. The plant also has roof mounted solar panels, interior lighting with reflective solar tubes and photocatalytic paint on exterior walls. The plant has reduced CO2 emissions by 55% since 1990 and earns our SOW this week.

Via Drive

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