Lancaster, Calif leads the nation towards 100% solar.



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Rally in Japantown to
support solar, oppose nukes, 5-11-13 Sat. & 6-11-13 Tue.,
12noon,
Post & Buchanan & Geary & LaGuna.
5 speakers:
anniversary of Fukushima meltdown.
We hold these rallies on the 11th of each month,
to rally for solar in Japan.

Just before signing a petition, asking Governor Jerry Brown to institute a solar Feed-in Tariff requiring all Utilities, like PG&E, to pay anyone who feeds solar onto the grid, at $0.54 kwh
Lancaster, Calif., mayor R. Rex Parris recently announced a pioneering update to the city’s residential building code:
Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, all newly constructed single-family homes must include a 1.0 kW solar system, at bare minimum.

The more solar panels the better.

Mayor Parris is only 20 years behind the cloudy, foggy German city of Frieburg, which became the first 100% solar powered city in the world in 1994.

Germany is rapidly becoming the first 100% solar powered nation on earth, thanks to the leadership of 19 year old college student Hermann Scheer, who first proposed that Germany could be 100% solar powered in his 1980 book: “Solar Economy”.

A Lancaster, Ca law mandating solar for all new homes?

That’s right … a bold — and certainly historic — move but not entirely surprising for the Los Angeles County city of more than 155,000 that leads the state of California in solar generating capacity.

Parris, hell-bent on branding his sprawling Antelope Valley community, not just as the solar capital of California, but as the “solar energy capital of the world,” has already overseen some major photovoltaic-related developments in the past couple of years.

Most notably, in 2010 Lancaster partnered with SolarCity to launch a successful solar financing program for homeowners, nonprofits and businesses called Solar Lancaster.
According to Greentech Media, the 1.45-megawatt program — it extends not only to private homes and businesses but also to city hall, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Clear Channel Stadium, churches, schools and more — will generate $1.5 million annually through 2017 and then $800,000 per year for the next 20 years.

Hey, when you’re blessed with 300 days of sunshine, a high altitude, and a whole lot of flat roofs, going for broke when it comes to solar investments only seems logical (even in a heavily conservative town led by a no-nonsense Republican mayor).

Additionally, Lancaster is home to several utility-scale solar production plants including eSolar’s groundbreaking Sierra Sun Tower.

The requirement that all new homes must be equipped with solar systems will be written into Lancaster’s “Residential Zones Update.”

Reads a draft of the update: “The purpose of the solar energy system standards is to encourage investment in solar energy on all parcels in the city, while providing guidelines for the installation of those systems that are consistent with the architectural and building standards of the City.”

Specifically, all newly built single-family family homes on lots larger than 7,000-square-feet must have a 1kW to 1.5 kW system. The minimum for rural homes on lots greater than 100,00-square-feet is 1.5 kW.

A flamboyant personal injury attorney and Kenny Rogers lookalike, who was born and raised in Lancaster, Parris has been praised for his aggressive and at times controversial crime-reduction efforts in addition to his commitment to clean energy.

He made the big announcement at an event sponsored by L.A.-based mega-builder KB Home, a company that worked with Lancaster to erect numerous solar-centric developments in and around Antelope Valley.

Parris, who addressed the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this past January, acknowledged that the new regulations would be met with opposition by the building industry: “I understand the building industry is not happy with this. We will just have to take the heat. I could not do that without a city council — made up of people who want a political career — with the courage to take that heat.”

Mystery, National Solar Observatory, 2 USPS Sunspot, NM Evacuated, Closed



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The Cloudcroft Post Office, which is about 15 miles north of Sunspot, also remains closed.

ABC 7 has confirmed that the Post Office will not be re-opened until further notice and cannot be re-opened until approved by local law enforcement officials.

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Texas Father’s Day Flood 2018 – Major Tropical Trouble



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Tropical downpours to threaten flooding in Texas, Louisiana

Tropical downpours may lead to flooding and travel problems in parts of Texas and Louisiana this weekend to early next week.

A tropical disturbance associated with a plume of showers and thunderstorms that began to brew over the western Caribbean last weekend is forecast to migrate northwestward this weekend into early next week.

“The disturbance is highly unlikely to develop,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

“However, this disturbance will cause flooding rainfall to progress slowly inland from the western part of the Gulf coast starting later this weekend,” Kottlowski said.

Risk of heavy rainfall, flooding to expand later Sunday through Tuesday

Enough rain is likely to fall to cause incidents of urban and low-lying area flooding, especially in the swath from Houston, southward to Brownsville, and inland to Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Motorists in the major metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas, Port Arthur, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, as well as Lake Charles, Louisiana, should anticipate travel difficulties by the start of next week.

The Monday commutes could be a mess along parts of the Texas and western Louisiana coasts. More widespread problems may occur from coastal and central Texas to western Louisiana by Tuesday.

Motorists are reminded never to drive through flooded roadways as the water may be deeper than it appears and the road surface compromised beneath the water.

Slow-moving tropical downpours have the potential to unload localized rainfall on the order of 6 inches or more where showers and thunderstorms repeat. Should even a tropical depression or weak tropical storm form, rainfall could be even heavier in some communities.

Static AP Harvey Bayou Widening Project Houston

Construction workers excavate and widen Brays Bayou as part of a nearly $500 million flood control project Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Houston. The project, which will widen 21 miles of the bayou and build stormwater detention basins. The project is one of several large-scale flood control projects Houston-area officials are hoping to fully fund and build. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

While much of the rain may fall on Father’s Day weekend when many people may have outdoor plans, rainfall is needed over much of the region.

Abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions exist over much of Louisiana and central and southeastern Texas, according to the latest United States Drought Monitor. Severe drought exists in some counties of Texas as well.

Movement of the batch of tropical downpours is uncertain beyond this weekend.

On one hand, the rain may be drawn northward across the Plains and part of the Mississippi Valley.

However, another scenario is possible.

“There is a chance the system stalls over southern Texas and northeastern Mexico for several days next week,” according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

Another Harvey is not expected

Even though the area of disturbed weather is originating from the western Caribbean Sea and may organize just off the South Texas coast, a repeat of Harvey is not anticipated with this event, despite the chance of rain farther south and west.

Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K



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As a kid Steve Rees played in caves and learned how the earth could cool. As an adult, he buried two shipping containers and created an off-grid retirement home for himself and his wife Shirley.

After a few years of camping on their 10 acre plot in Northern California, they bought two shipping containers, hired an excavator and got to work. Doing most of the work themselves, their finished home cost them $30,000 (solar included). Their 640-square-foot space cost them less than $50 per square foot.

Rees explains that while this is less than conventional construction costs, the savings only begin with construction. With a solar-powered well, a bit of propane and solar tubes for most of their light, they haven’t had any city water or electric bills since 2002. Winter temperatures in their home (even during 20 degrees outside) never fall below 62 degrees (an RV catalytic heater is sufficient for heating). Even when the temperature rises to 110 outside in the summer, their home has never risen above 82 degrees.

When they asked the county about permitting they were told they “didn’t have a permit for burying containers”. They have been inspected since completing their home and they have a permitted septic system and a permitted well, just no permit for a single family dwelling.

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Solar Home for Sale Near Peoria AZ and Lake Pleasant on 39 Acres



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Enjoy the Amazing and Breathtaking views of Lake Pleasant right from the front porch of this truly One-Of-A-Kind 39.10 acre property fully fenced and secluded with a solar powered home. There is no other property like it in the area! Nestled in the beautiful mountains located just on the outside of Lake Pleasant Regional Park and City of Peoria Boundary line by 1.5 miles. Located in the center of one of the only private sections of land located near Lake Pleasant. NOTE: This IS NOT 10 miles up Cow Creek in Pleasant Country Ranches. With the gorgeous views of Lake Pleasant right from your kitchen and the feel of the surrounding mountains, this cozy ranch home is perfect for the family looking to escape the busy city life or to enjoy as a weekend retreat with friends cooking out over mesquite and taking in another amazing Arizona sunset over the lake. This is the outdoors-man dream with all the wildlife and fishing nearby. Close to boating and water sports or dinner at Scorpion Bay Marina, great for the horse enthusiast with endless riding trails into Hell’s Canyon Wilderness area right from the property, take your 4×4 vehicle or off road ATV up to Crown King and never have to touch pavement. This lush Arizona desert vegetation – some of the most beautiful landscape in Arizona is just waiting for the perfect family, investor, church retreat, preppers, outfitter, or organization with a dream as this 39.10 acre property with a cozy solar powered ranch house, completely off-the-grid with 2 wells has such potential and endless opportunities!! This is County Living at its BEST!! Don’t Miss this opportunity on a great investment and there is no other property like it!
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Cottontown, Tennessee (Natchez Trace RV Campground) (47)



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Correction: Viewed from Cottontown, Tennessee at Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ.

At a certain point, we thought we were SOL without eclipse glasses but we managed to find a hardware store that had some left. It turned out that everyone and their cousin brought an extra pair and that it wasn’t such a big deal after all. There was even one person there selling them for $5 and we paid $7 🙁

It’s hard to describe the eclipse without being there. There was a lot of excitement leading up to it and it did not disappoint. When the moon began covering the sun all the birds stopped chirping and it was so quiet. Then we started to hear the crickets and the street lights came on. Our photos definitely don’t do it justice and unfortunately, we were ill equipped to photograph the event. Nevertheless, we did what we could to provide a little snapshot of the eclipse.

The most striking part of it was the sliver of sun visible around the moon and the beautiful wisps of solar radiation. We were also able to see a planet. There were cars and trucks driving by. People just going about their day. We almost wanted to stop them and say, “The moon is eclipsing the sun, you really need to pay attention to this!”.

The next one will be in our neck of the woods in 2024 and we will be in the opposite position that we were in for this one. Instead of being hosted, we will be hosting eclipse watchers in Montreal! Like Dori said though, who knows where we will be at that time. Europe, Asia, South America….who knows?

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Las Vegas Reaches HUGE Energy Milestone



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Las Vegas is doing it’s part to fight climate change. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Just last week, Las Vegas announced it has reached its goal of powering the city entirely with renewable energy, meeting a goal the city has been working toward for nearly a decade. The goal was reached with the launch of Boulder Solar 1, a 100-megawatt solar plant located just outside the city.

Las Vegas began its renewable energy project in 2008, reducing electricity usage through sustainability programs and installing solar panels on city buildings. Las Vegas will also receive power from Hoover Dam for the first time in its history, starting at the end of 2017.

The city has reduced its electricity usage by more than 30 percent due to these initiatives. Estimates place the city’s yearly energy savings at approximately $5 million.

Las Vegas is now the largest U.S. city to be powered entirely by renewable energy. The second largest city, Burlington, Vermont, achieved this status in 2014.”

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