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TRIPLIT — light your way!

TripLit is the world’s first portable organic LED lamp that is energy-efficient and can be used anywhere including camping, outdoor activities and in the home for everyday use. 

TripLit is perfect for traveling and saving the environment because it:

  • Has ZERO UV emissions which consequently eliminates its impact on the environment.
  • Is Mercury-free.
  • Lasts for over 30 hours and recharges via micro-USB or a high-efficiency solar charger, so no batteries are needed.
  • Offers three different positions to make it accessible in all situations– you can hang it, flip it and extend it!
  • Doesn’t attract bugs and never gets hot! 

TripLit’s Kickstarter campaign reached over 25 percent of its funding goal on day one. Very adaptable, take a look!

Kickstarter Page: http://bit.ly/TripLitKS

Celebrate Independence by Decreasing Your Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Thanks to  Swapdom.com  for sharing! 
Oh beautiful for polluted skies, for amber waves of acid rain. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? No, you say? Well, this is where America is headed if we don’t do something about our dependence on fossil fuels, which negatively affect people’s health, wildlife’s well-being, and, of course, climate stability. Here are a few simple, green ideas for filing down your use of fossil fuels so that this summer you can set forth on a path to keeping our country in good shape!
Carpool Cool
Whether you’re heading to work or roadtripping to some faraway place, consider the carpool as a great way to reduce fossil fuel use, time trapped in traffic, and the boredom of being alone. Chat with coworkers to find a convenient carpool arrangement to get to work, or network with other parents to get the kids rides to school. If you’re feeling extra awesome, start something akin to the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool, a free ride share service where you just show up at an appointed place to create an impromptu carpool to and from work.
Heading farther? Turn to a site like Ridejoy. This easy-to-use site is a great way to find a ride or passengers for long-distance trips. To help you feel at ease with the idea of ridesharing with strangers, the site connects to users Facebook profiles and uses a reference system.
Bump Up the Bicycling
Another Captain Obvious recommendation: Start biking instead of driving! The health and environmental benefits of this are pretty self-explanatory, so ‘nuff said.  Look at this article, Bike Sharing comes to 5 Bay Area Cities.
Switch to Solar
84% of total energy in the US comes from fossil fuels, so investing in solar can pay off big time for the Earth and for you personally! Home solar panels often harvest more energy than a household uses, and the excess can be sold to power companies. How cool is that?
Lights Out Early and Often
We’re all guilty of it, but leaving lights on when you sidle out of a room or depart for the day adds up to a big drain on energy resources and 32% of America’s CO2 emissions. Leave Post-it reminders in logical places around the house to help yourself get in the habit of only using lights when needed. Also, consider switching to CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs), which use significantly less energy than regular old bulbs.
Swap!
This is our favorite (obvi!). A huge part of fossil fuel consumption is devoted to manufacturing, which results in 14% of the United States’ CO2 emissions. If we reuse things or swap for new-to-you items others no longer need, we’ll start making an impact on polluting production—and get some pretty great gear in the process.
How do you do your part to part ways with fossil fuel use?

Everybody Solar to Kick Off Flagship Solar Project for Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Solar Non-Profit Completes Final Funding Round for Redwood City Project

Dear Readers, This solar installation for Rebuilding Together Peninsula is going to one of the BEST Bay Area Groups! They have given so much to our communities. Great choice, Everybody Solar, you’ll be making a huge contribution to a group that deserves it. We love them, they really helped American Legion Post 105 in Redwood City…. such good workThey’re organizing an event at 111 Minna on Thursday, April 18th, as a celebration and to raise funds for future projects.

Here’s the link to register: www.solarrockstars.eventbrite.com and flyer attached.  Volunteers to help with the project are needed and more details will be available soon.  And You’ll want to come to the ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime in May/June.  We’ll keep you posted on timing.  Thanks for your support! – Editor

San Francisco, CA – March 27, 2013 – Everybody Solar announced today that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $34,000 and can now begin its inaugural solar project, a 13.5 kW system on the roof of Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). The fundraising effort kicked off in May of last year and has attracted approximately 100 donors to date. This installation will bring much needed solar power to RTP’s Redwood City headquarters, saving the nonprofit close to $100,000 throughout the system’s life.

“The compound savings this project will provide the community are what drew us to helping Rebuilding Together Peninsula. For each dollar we raise, RTP will save $2.20, and each dollar RTP spends on home improvement makes a difference to a neighbor in need. We’re proud to be able to help non-profits like RTP save money and expand their operations with solar power,” says Youness Scally, Executive Director and Co-founder of Everybody Solar.

The solar energy revolution has begun to sweep California and homeowners and businesses are leveraging solar to improve their budgets and produce energy locally at faster rates than ever before. However, non-profits are precluded from benefiting from solar incentives because they are non-taxable entities and therefore do not qualify for tax credits. Thus they are shut out from solar leasing provisions. By enabling charitable organizations to go solar, Everybody Solar is helping communities by helping their benefactor organizations on the front lines.

“We are thrilled to partner with Everybody Solar,” says Seana O’Shaughnessy, RTP Executive Director. “Incorporating green construction and energy efficient practices into our rehabilitation projects has become one of our top priorities. With the help of Everybody Solar, we can implement these principles at our own facility. Additionally, the annual cost savings is significant – allowing us to complete more projects each year.”

Everybody Solar has selected SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, a nonprofit solar installation firm based in Palo Alto, to complete the project. Everybody Solar chose to work with SunWork not only for economic reasons but also due to their strong social mission. By training and supervising volunteers to install solar systems, SunWork is able to provide clean energy to organizations and homes that otherwise could not afford to go solar.

Construction is expected to begin at the beginning of April and last one week.

About Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Rebuilding Together Peninsula is a non-profit organization based in Redwood City, CA. They build volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community centers for neighbors in need. Since RTP’s founding in 1989 they have rehabilitated 1,111 homes and 320 community centers while leveraging the hard work of 79,000 volunteers. Of the more than one million residents that RTP serves in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties, more than 94,000 are low-income homeowners with an average annual income of $12,000. RTP is neighbor helping neighbor – people helping people – one community at a time. Visit them online at http://www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.

About Everybody Solar

Everybody Solar is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA. They work to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities, they help these organizations reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve. Everybody Solar is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. Visit them online at http://www.everybodysolar.org, like them at http://www.facebook.com/everybodysolar, or tweet at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.

About SunWork Renewable Energy Projects

SunWork Renewable Energy Projects is a California non-profit based in the Bay Area that works to spread solar power by installing solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint homes and on nonprofit organization buildings with the help of trained volunteers. SunWork teaches volunteers to physically install solar systems and delivers significant cost savings. By providing solar more economically, SunWork and its volunteer crew allow more people to afford clean, safe, renewable energy. Visit them online at http://www.sunwork.org.

Electric Car Rally & Show 9/25

Don’t miss the 38th annual Car Show featuring electric and hybrids. Free Admission! 

Date/Time: Saturday September 25, 2010  from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Rd
Palo Alto, CA, California 94301

Palo Alto High School is across the street from Stanford University, next to the Town and Country Shopping Center Easy to get to, carpool or take mass transit or Cal Train. This event is held in PAHS’s north parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real.

The 38th Annual EV Rally has production and converted electric vehicles on display (some available for test rides or ride-alongs). Cars, trucks, SUVs, scooters, bikes, and more!

The Electric Auto Association (EAA)has been organizing this event for more than 30 years to help the public learn about electric vehicles. Experts, inventors, students, fans of EV will all be there.Talk to people who have been using electric cars, bikes, scooters, trucks, and SUVs for years!  Taking a “tour” in an electric car is great fun, many of the vehicles are prototypes or one of a kind! Some look like they are straight out of the Jetsons or Flintstones cartoons, colors, shapes, styles and innovations abound.

Exhibit vehicles  include:

  • Tesla Roadster
  • Corbin Sparrow
  • Chevy S-10 Truck EV
  • Ford Ranger Truck EV
  • Toyota RAV4-EV
  • VW Golf EV conversion
  • Mazda Miata EV conversion
  • MG Midget EV conversion
  • Porsche 914 EV conversion
  • Other conversion EVs
  • Electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles
  • … and many others

There will be EV component suppliers, solar panel vendors, local clean air organizations, and a solar oven display. ( quick rambling: I’ve had chocolate chip cookies from baked in a solar oven, not to be missed!) For vehicle display and rally participation (for drivers), we request $20 for the first car, and $10 for each additional car. For interested vendors, please see our website for contact information.

Please visit EAASV’s web site for vehicle participation registration form, instructions, and the latest details on expected vendors and vehicles.

Saving Fuel, using Windpower

Ferries looking into Sails.  (article) — A local start-up from Napa, Wind+Wing Technologies, is proposing this energy saving idea. They are not just spitting into the wind, they have run a successful business venture saling charters in the Bay  for 18 years. They know this area.  What a great idea!

Solar Sailor out of Austrailia is also full of fuel ideas, using solar panels.

Just FYI – WindWing in Hood River Oregon looks like a great group to, but they are not working on the energy saving ferries!