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EarthSure’s “AirRay” Auto – Wind and solar powered vehicle‏

Earth-Sure AirRay Solar-Wind Powered vehicleEarthSure, a renewable energy company and innovator in alternative energy sources introduces its most ground-breaking invention to date. Patent pending AirRay™ is the name given to the car that will produce energy through solar power and wind power; enough energy to reduce or eliminate your electric bill and eventually allow your car to solely run on electric. This is the car that is destined to be the new “Car of the Future”.

AirRay’s™ entire system is unique. The roof of the car consists of a solar honeycomb-membrane panel which collects the sun’s rays when parked and when moving, and transfers that energy to the main energy storage system located in the back of the vehicle. The front hood of the car boasts three wind turbines which transfer air into electric energy and is then stored in the main battery. The remaining wind turbine is located on the trunk of the car, grasping at the airflow that surrounds the car when driving. Engineers have incorporated the vehicle with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) capabilities which will enable the user to transfer renewable power back into their home for use in their household or right back into the electrical grid to deplete their electric bills.

Learn all about making your own natural power at home harnessing the energy of the sun and wind.

The initial AirRay™ concept car will have these features incorporated within a hybrid auto or traditional gas or diesel run vehicle. EarthSure CEO Raymond Saluccio adds, “Our final masterpiece of automobile will be solely electric powered and not have any need for gas or oil. The energy the car creates through the solar panels and the wind turbines will be enough for the automobile to run without worry of losing power. Not only that, but it is a sleek looking car! The AirRay car not only turns air and light into energy, but will turn a lot of heads too!” This final version of the AirRay car is a work in progress but EarthSure has filed numerous patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to ensure their car will be able to quickly make it to market once approved.

About Earth-Sure: EarthSure Renewable Energy Corp. is an American corporation innovating technologies to produce energy in a clean and affordable way. Utilizing solar and wind power as a source of renewable energy, EarthSure systems are alternatives to conventional energy producing methods that result in carbon emissions. For more information about the many other innovative developments in solar and wind power created by EarthSure, visit their website at www.Earth-Sure.com

Unions & Big Solar Square Off in California‏

Organized labor is pressing hard to both accelerate and gain a strong foothold in the renewable energy industry. This simultaneous push for green jobs and a green economy has garnered plenty of friends for unions, from environmental groups to consumer advocacy groups to many in the solar industry.
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Rolling Solar : Generator on a Cart

Solar Power On the Move

Harvester Rolling Solar Electric Generator
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The Harvester Solar Electric Generatoricon is a non-polluting portable and durable power gathering and storing unit ideal for providing power when and where on-grid power sources are not available.

This unique design features quick and painless setup, easy storage, and maximum portability for such a high-powered unit- just grab the handle and roll.

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Federal Tax Credit Increase Brings Solar Within Reach

The recent stock market collapse and subsequent Congressional bailout have brought a collective groan to pocketbooks across America and financial markets around the world. Afraid for their savings and jobs, and worried for the future of their homes and college funds, this may not seem like the time for homeowners to invest in expensive improvements.

The $700B corporate welfare package was passed through Congress, much as previous legislation overreached the bounds of government on the pretext of crisis. Stuffed with pork and served with theater, this move will haunt the world economy for years to come.

There is a silver lining to the dark storm cloud rising, however: the alternative energy tax credit cap has been quadrupled to $8000, bringing the effective cost of PV installations down by 1/3-1/2. The credit applies to 30% of the total installed cost of new residential systems.

Solar InstallationFor California residents, this can be added to the $2.50 credit to make solar a truly affordable alternative to the grid. Other states have different rebate programs. Depending on where you live and how much tax you typically pay, the cost of a grid-tie solar system might be offset up to 50%.

Contact a representative at Real Goods Solar for more information on solar installation and tax rebate credit incentives available where you live.

Residential Solar Rooftop photo from the Sierra Club, Solar Installation photo from bkusler. Both images provided courtesy of Creative Commons.

Google Grabs Green Leap Award for Alternative Energy Plan

Search Engine Giant Google Wins Green Leap Award

Google Goes GeenThis is a new feature we’ve added in order to highlight organizations and companies who have made noteworthy contributions to developing a clean energy policy based on renewable power. We recently profiled Cal Green Lending, Real Goods, and Nanosolar, and these companies are retroactively awarded this distinction as well.

Today we’d like to salute…well…a giant media corporation. Not just any multibillion-dollar press magnet, either; Google is the most active web entity on Earth, attracting over 80 million visitors daily to its search result pages and other web services.

“To Google” has become an infinitive transitive verb meaning, “to instantly research any topic.” According to our site statistics, there is a 75% chance you arrived here via Google referral.

Google exercises god-like power over the Internet, defining the user experience and revolutionizing the core concept of advertising with the Google Adsense program, which enables millions of independent content creators to easily place ads on their site.

The start-up in San Jose has gone on to become one of the wealthiest corporations on Earth, and many online talking heads (and the courts) regularly debate the dangers of concentrating so much power in a single company. What is not debatable is that Google is one of the most active corporate voices on behalf of alternative energy.

Google has been putting these considerable funds where its press releases are, adding the world’s largest solar array to the Mountain View facility, and we’ve reported previous;y on the investment founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have made in the ultra-thin printed solar modules from Nanosolar.

The latest news is the best yet: the “.org” side of the loudest voice in technological development has issued a bold plan to “Green the Grid” and shift the majority of energy production away from fossil fuels by 2030. Drafted by Jeffrey Greenblatt, who is the Climate and Energy Technology Manager for Google, the analysis recommends an investment of $4.4 trillion in a combination of solar, wind, and geothermal power. The program calls for 88% of grid electrcity to be produced from earth-friendlier technology by the target date.

We’d like to quibble a bit with the low goals for the vehicle fuel aspect of this plan…a piddling 38% percent reduction of petroleum in 20 years. The plan focuses on using electricity for transportation , which is nice, but will require a completely new infrastructure of charging stations and new vehicle factories,

Greenblatt also oddly presumes that electrical power will be cheap and abundant, which seems unrealistic, considering the effort which will be needed to accommodate existing and inflating demand for household and commercial electricity. We’d be robbing the lights to pay the tank.

At Holy Solar, we’d like to see 80% or more of a reduction in petroleum fuel by 2030, which can not be accomplished with electric cars alone. We were not able to find a single reference to the role of biofuels. Also, the notion of offering rebates to “retire older cars early,” is wasteful of the existing vehicles and the energy that went into building them.

It also ignores the millions of poor who have never owned a new car and probably never will. This was clearly a plan drawn up by someone with a well-paying career, but the fact is that this comes at a time when auto manufacturers are struggling to sell new vehicles at all.

So, as you stride up to the podium to collect your award, Dear Google, please do take a moment to think bigger about the potential of biofuels to achieve for vehicles what solar, wind and geothermal power do for electricity…allow a gradual shift while salvaging the existing infrastructure. Let’s not throw millions of vehicles to the scrap heap when a simple modification can make them burn more cleanly.

Nevertheless, this plan is admittedly a first draft; what we’d like to salute is the way this media giant is pioneering the dialogue about going beyond the inconvenient truth to investing in the technology to make this the time for a Green Revolution. Therefore, Google is hereby named winner of this week’s “Green Leap Award.”

Green Leap Award-For Leadership in the Green Revolution

Green Leap AwardThis distinction is conferred upon alternative energy and environmental organizations and businesses who have caught the attention of the Holy Solar team as especially deserving of recognition. Each week or so, a different group will be profiled in connection with this award.

If you feel your group qualifies for to be a Green Leap recipient, please submit your webiste details and why this effort is noteworthy in the form below.


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We would like to thank all of the countless innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to the sustainable revolution.

the Power of the Sun

Alternative Energy Financing :
Making Solar Make Sense

Fed up with paying in to a private monopoly which is still holding us hostage with pollution-generating power plants? Tired of talking about the energy crisis and ready to invest in a future off the grid? Good for you.

Now that you’ve decided to go solar, you face some tough choices about finances. The power generated by the Sun is 100% free, but the photovoltaic collectors which convert this energy still represent a substantial investment. A little sticker shock is common among homeowners who have estimated the household electricity use, and found that their planned solar array will cost as much as a new vehicle.

The average home practicing energy-conscious conservation is using 5-7 Kwh/ day. In order to depend entirely on solar power, this home might need about 2 or 3 KW of PV module, at a jaw-dropping cost of at least $5,000 per kilowatt. Grid-tie installation can often cost up to one-third of the total, and a state-of the-art inverter, backup generator, and storage battery cells can bring the total into the stratosphere.

The math may be daunting, but through a little creative conservation, applicable tax credits, and financing from lenders friendly to environmental projects, most residential solar installations become a practical reality. Some homeowners are pleased to discover that their home can be solarized for even less than their current electricity bill.

Most homeowners are aware of Federal alternative energy tax incentives of $2,000 and 0% interest bonds which may offset part of the cost, as well as various state programs. These can bring down the total cost of the project, but most middle-class homeowners will still be tempted to balk at committing a year’s salary to a single purchase.

The answer is the same mechanism which made it possible for you to own your home in the first place: a loan. While the notion of going even further in debt may not appeal at first, it bears pointing out that a solar or wind system begins paying for itself from the moment of installation, by reducing or eliminating the monthly energy bill.

By distributing the cost of PV modules, invetrters, and grid-tie installation across 15-30 years, the monthly cost of home electricity is locked in near the current rates, until the loan is paid and the energy becomes entirely free. Another key consideration is that the investment in a solar or wind electrical syatem adds value to your property-an added 20/watt, according to current assessment guidelines.

In addition to hedging against likely hikes in local energy prices, adding solar power is a wise investment in home improvement. Since solar homes are still reasonably rare on the market, and increasingly in demand, alternative energy amentities may also help a home sell more quickly…an important consideration in a sluggish real estate market.

Of course, your bank may not be cutting-edge enough to recognize this. The lending market is quickly growing conservative in the wake of recent foreclosure fiascoes, and some agents may fear risking the primary mortgage by adding a second one.

Fortunately, the green movement is spreading into all corners of the economy, and by choosing a lender such as Cal Green Lending who specializes in financing environmental projects, you can be sure that your application will be reviewed by lenders who comprehend the viability of alternative energy.

Cal Green Lending arranges loans to qualified alternative energy installation projects for both residential and commercial properties nationwide. Visit them to see if they can help make your solar dream a reality.

Cal Green Lending has been awarded the “Green Leap Award” from Holy Solar for making an innovative leap in the approach to alternative energy.

Photovoltaic Rooftop Solar Array photo by Pink Dispatcher courtesy of Creative Commons

Solar Living Experiment : Spoken Word

The Holy Solar crew trucked down to Hopland, California, for the annual SolFest celebration at the Solar Living Institute & left with this song and video.

In Joy!




Solar Living Experiment

For those of you who’ve never been
It’s so amazing as to be a sin
Right along scenic highway one-oh-one
There’s a magical place, mostly about the Sun
We’d heard about the Redwoods, so we came to see,
What it felt like to be under all of those trees
We weren’t the first to hear their call
Hundred foot Redwoods dwarfing any wall
Under their canopy you might feel a little small
Until you give one a hug and feel part of it all.
With towering trees and ancient ferns
Restoring the forest each time it burns
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Drilling & Mounting-RV Solar Panel Installation

Part Two

In the previous post, we covered some of the main reasons why we chose the Unisolar 64 Watt solar panel for supplemental power in our alternative energy bus. We made the purchase at the Real Goods store in Hopland, California, but because our roof had no metal to fix the mounting brackets to, installation was pretty much up to us.

Erik at Real Goods helped us develop a plan, drew a diagram showing the proper way to hook up the wiring between the junction box of the solar panel, the regulator, and batteries, and wished us well. We had his card in the event of emergency; fortunately, we never needed it.

The first issue we confronted was the fiberglass roof. Since Mahayana was not new when we met her, we lacked electrical diagrams of the wiring scheme, although we could make some educated guesses. We decided that the region on either side of the visible wire bundle ought to be safe for drilling, and this turned out to be correct.

Along with the Unisolar Thin Film Panel, we chose the Uni-Rac RV mounting bracket seticon, which brought the total bill to just under $500. The bracket set is simple enough, but to avoid undue stress to the fiberglass, we mounted a T-plate to the roof beneath each bracket and attached the mounts to those.

This works well, but at high speeds there is some vibration noise, which makes us wish that we had insulated the T-plate with felt “washers,” such as battery terminal pads. Live and learn!

Each T-plate was mounted with a pair of fittings to the roof. The holes were drilled with a 5/8″ bit and secured with 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ mechanical bolts.

Since our solar panel is bus-mounted, we didn’t need to worry about connecting the panel to a ground, but those working on residential installations will need to ground the frame of the panel.

We drilled an additional hole through the roof in order to accommodate the positive and negative wires which passthe charge from the panel to the batteries, making a total of nine breaches in our ceiling. Preserving the integrity of the roof being a priority, we were glad to see that we made only as many as were needed. We were quite happy as well to see that the holes were confined to a relatively small area, approximately two feet across and three back. This means that there is room for at least one more panel like this if- and when- we expand our solar collection potential.

After making sure we had all of the wire, connections, splices and fuses we needed- all of which are included in the Global Solar Energy Extra Connectivity Kiticon– we proceeded to connect the SunSaver controller first to the deep-cycle marine batteries, and then to the panel. We made sure to splice the included fuse module to the positive wires on either side of the controller for overload protection.

It’s been a little more than two weeks since we added the Unisolar Thinfilm Panel to our alternative energy houseboat, and the results have exceeded expectations. The little green light, signifying charge, goes on with the first glint of dawn and stays fiercely bright, in shade and beneath cloudy skies, until the last flash of sunset disappears from the horizon.

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Solar Powered Portable Reading Devices

Solar-Powered Digital ReaderWhen Gutenberg first built his printing press, he probably wasn’t the least bit concerned with the environmental impact.

And for the first 500 years or so that his seminal invention helped reproduce the philosophies, theories, and conclusions of the finest minds in Western and Eastern cultures, it wasn’t much of an issue. Woodlands were abundant, print runs relatively short, and storing the sum of human knowledge certainly ranked in importance above a few trees.

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Wholly Solar

The purpose of this site, as we’ll keep mentioning until we’re sure it has been made quite clear, is to advocate for and provide information on renewable, nonpolluting energy sources. There are quite a few reasons why we feel this is important, but all of them boil down to a concern over the toxic social, economic, and environmental impact of petrochemical dependence.

The solution, we believe, is to turn to nature. When we talk about solar power, we don’t just mean photovoltaic modules, although that is certainly one of our favorite forms of electricity generation. Solar power includes windmills, biofuel, and non-PV applications such as solar heaters and ovens.

In fact, in a sense all of the power on the planet derives ultimately from the Sun, even those nasty petrochemicals we so avidly avoid. Yet there is a conceptual distinction between using dead, stored energy from a limited and ecologically problematical cache, and choosing from a panacea of naturally clean power which replaces itself with each new day.

Slapping solar panels on every rooftop in the world might go a long way toward addressing the petro-mess, but that isn’t going to happen overnight, and it will never happen unless the people collectively demand it.

Some individuals may feel that the threat of climate change is exaggerated, or that oil is more abundant than current projections indicate. Others are inclined to believe that the green movement is a liberal conspiracy to attack businesses with taxes and regulations.

We may not be able to convince these folks. That’s not our job. We are here to evangelize to the choir, to provide a perspective and strategies as much as tools and applications for green living. Converting the critics is a job we leave to those of you able to combine honesty with diplomacy. They’ll come around, once they realize their tree-hugging neighbors don’t pay an electric bill.

Can the energy needs of the entire species be accommodated by green power? We believe the answer is: absolutely. Within the decade, if a planet-wide initiative takes hold as we dream. The technology exists and improves daily. No system is without disadvantages, and underestimating the challenge would be a mistake.

Nevertheless, the time is ripe for a transition that could sweep the globe with positive effects, not only in the ways we gather energy, but the way we approach nature and economics as well. We are at a crossroads, and the type of technology choices we make today will have an impact on how tomorrow’s civilization collects and uses the power to live in harmony with the Earth…or render it forever uninhabitable.




Solar Powered Water Purifiers & Distillers

Solar Powered Water Purifier
With the rising cost of fuel and the need to find more renewable sources of energy, advanced research is being conducted to discover more efficient ways to go green. Solar energy in a natural solution as the sun is constantly providing abundant energy which powers the world already. Harnessing solar energy does not produce any type of pollution or damage to our planet, and there are numerous ways in which we can utilize this ample resource to power our everyday needs.

Solar water purification is a great example of an efficient green technology, as it replaces a machine which everyone has a need for that would normally use standard electricity. A solar water purifier makes it possible to produce pure drinking water that is healthy for all with a minimum of input.

With the choice of stationary or portable units, it is easy to purify water anywhere without being connected to the grid. Solar powered water purification units can be used as a portable device for personal use, as well as larger, industrial scales to produce clean drinking water for even sizable communities.

A solar water purifier operates using natural energy from the sun which is gathered by solar panels and then converted into serviceable energy. The solar panel must be placed in direct sunlight for optimal efficiently, which makes solar powered water purifiers an ideal solution for outdoor use such as camping.

These solar units are easy to maintain as there are no batteries required, no external electronics and no moving parts. Because they need only water and sunlight to operate, these distillation devices rarely need cleaning. There are many applications of solar water purification, as energy from the sun is used to heat up the water in order to sterilize it. Much like boiling water on a stove to get rid of any contaminants, a solar powered water distiller heats the water up until it is clean enough to drink. It works by heating the water until it evaporates, where it attaches to a piece of plastic held at a slope. All contaminants and other solids are left behind, leaving only pure, clean, drinking water that is ideal for both adults and children.

Portable solar water purifiers can distill and purify liquids from natural fresh-water sources such as lakes and streams as well as salt water sources. Some models use both solar energy as well as batteries so that a charge can be stored, giving you the ability to use your purifier any time, anywhere. These solar-powered units even give off a larger yield than standard water purifiers which use grid-power or other sources of energy.

If you need more charge, these purifiers can be hooked up to a car or other direct-current power source, but can still operate using only the energy from the sun. A portable solar water distiller could save your life during an emergency situation such as a flood or earthquake, as it can transform even the dirtiest water into healthy, pure drinking water. It can also be used for camping trips or trips where no clean water is available or even brought along just in case the clean water supply runs out.

The same technology used on portable solar water purifiers can also be applied on a larger scale, making it possible to purify large amounts of water using only the energy from the sun. Most portable solar water purifiers can clean up to 100 gallons of water a day, using only the natural energy given off by the sun. Large-scale purifiers, however, are able to clean up to 1000 gallons of water each day, and can provide clean water from sources including lakes, streams. Like portable purifiers, they can also use a secondary source of energy like a generator, but mainly rely on the natural energy that the sun has to offer.

Communities all over the planet are creating their own, homemade solar water distillation devices, in order to provide clean drinking water for their families and neighbors. Because there are still areas that do not have direct access to clean water lines, they must find methods to transform their water from natural, and possibly polluted sources into water that will be healthy for their entire family.

Everyone needs access to clean water in order to maintain a healthy life. Knowing that the sun will shine on every inch of the globe at one point or another, we can now empower ourselves to utilize the sun’s bountiful energy to persevere.

Raising Hopes for the Environment

Carbon Neutral Sweepstakes Spreading Awareness of Offset Credits

Celebrate Earth Day All Year with Carbon Offset creditsThe problem with alternative energy is that it’s, well, alternative. Clean, renewable energy may be the only hope for a green future, but it remains a minority source and inaccessible to the largest number of consumers. As a result, the dominant energy paradigm-burning things and never mind emissions-is still powering most of our homes and businesses.

Solar power is really nice for homeowners in moderately sunny climates, but the residents of urban highrises haven’t the option to go grid-free. Similarly, the nature of many businesses is such that wind or photovoltaic power is not practical on the small area available, in line with leases, or inexpensive enough to justify the conversion.

For the rest of us-those without the space or funds to install solar modules or windmills, not to mention a battery array-there is a simple solution which allows everyone to participate in the green revolution.

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