These tutorials, available on youtube.com, were designed for field maintenance technicians to use as a guide for preventative maintenance and inspection for Metro solar systems. These tutorials are a comprehensive set of all things solar system maintenance. Clink the links below to learn more.
EcoMotion Conversations give you a chance to listen to the ideas and insights of leading Green Thinkers. We will be asking questions and learning more about how these environmental and sustainability leaders approach and think about their work. We hear enough bad news about our planet and this podcast doesn’t focus on that. These conversations are about the ideas that will lead us to a sustainable future.
Today, Ted Flanigan interviews Michael Totten, an author, speaker and 40-year advocate promoting a solar powered economy and sustainably flourishing planet, highlighted in his publications, Promoting Sustainable Planetary Prosperity, and Climate for Life. He heads AssetsforLife.net, promoting Internet of Networks for sustainability initiatives, and working with numerous groups, including Jeremy Rifkin’s Third Industrial Revolution initiative in Europe, WWF’s Market Transformation initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Conservation International. AssetsforLife.net works to harness and leverage local human and social capital, ultimately to access financial capital and achieve emission-free cities and rural communities. Working in the U.S. Congress, Totten drafted the 12-title bill, Global Warming Prevention Act of 1989 (HR1079). Totten later headed the Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology (CREST), producing digital interactive multimedia resources and Internet tools and apps. Totten received ADPSR’s 1999 Lewis Mumford Award, is a graduate of Yale University, and currently lives in Denver, CO.
We’re resting our bones in the Roaring Fork Valley! Six stiff legs, all sorts of sore muscles. Someone said something about his feet. A day off from hiking, and we’re in the Versatile studio recording a podcast. Chris does a two-camera shoot. Lights, cameras, action. I interview; Michael Totten explains his current work with Jeremy Rifkin in Luxemburg. The interview gets personal: “Just what it is that keeps you motivated and so focused on our future?” Afterwards, its time for Glenwood’s classic vapor caves.
We stop by the new Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) headquarters in Basalt to visit Amory Lovins, its founder and chief, one of my most influential mentors. As we pull up to the new headquarters, I flash back to 1987 and the beginnings. RMI has come a long way. Amory’s at his standing desk, deep in sources and thoughts collected on three monitors. We reminisce, catch up, take photos. He’s proud. We talk flexible LEDs, chairs that cool, the building’s solar and tilt angles, storage and batteries’ demand limiting/rate tariff optimization. The new building is bright and fresh, a great meeting space with break-out rooms. Staff congregates with pleasant chatter in the kitchen. Bikes out front, and as if planted, a young lady softly strums her guitar on the patio.
It was RMI where my mind was blown in the most positive way. Each of us has the power to make a huge difference. Amory catalyzed my understanding of potentials. He showed me the great value of convincing arguments with detailed analyses to back them up. So many great memories… from the first lighting “monologue” that detailed the potential for 91% savings of all U.S. lighting energy at a negative net marginal cost, to the original headquarters and its pair of un-caged iguanas, to visiting with Gorbachev in the Kremlin thanks to Hal Harvey. So many lasting friendships: Sardo, Michael Shepard, Rick Heede, Pat Kiernan, Laura Maggos, Bartlett, Dave Houghton… all still in my life.
One of our favorite interns at RMI during my tenure was Dave Bill, an Alaskan fisherman of some note who was drawn to RMI. He said listening to Amory Lovins speak is like drinking from a fire hose. And he wanted that, and got it, as did we all. Amory’s wit is endless; he’s got a lot to say about the soft energy path. And we were, and all continue to be on his path of hard work, impacting the planet. Amory liked to say that we were saving the world, having fun, and making money… in that order.
EcoMotion is pleased to release the second edition of the Community Solar White Paper drafted by Ted Flanigan in 2012 in collaboration with the Clean Energy Collective. At that time there were only a dozen community solar projects in America. Today, there are more than 90 projects in 25 states with a cumulative capacity of over 100 MW. And more are being developed every day. The concept is catching fire, “giving affordable access to solar to the masses.” “Community Solar: Design Options and Innovations: Second Edition, was researched and updated by EcoMotion Project Manager Shaun Miller. The 31-page paper presents design options, innovations, lists of benefits to key stakeholders from consumers, sponsors, and utilities, plus regulatory updates from California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Washington, and the federal government. Click here to download