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The New Year!
Happy New Year! Our team at EcoMotion wishes you and yours the very best – health, happiness, and prosperity -- in the coming year.
EcoMotion ended 2006 with a full head of steam and a full palette of interesting and meaningful projects. We continue to build the EcoMotion Network, to provide advice to several clients – utilities, cities, property owners, and developers – and our team is knee-deep facilitating and implementing Solar Santa Monica. It’s been a year of hard work buttressed with a great work environment, dynamite colleagues – Virginia Nicols and Russell Flanigan in particular, plus several fantastic interns – and a year of connections and reconnections with so many people who share our commitment to smart energy management and securing a safe energy future.
We ended the year with a bang and some fun, distributing 392 compact fluorescent lamps to the riders of Los Angeles Metrolink Train # 609 on December 21st.
The giveaway was a huge success, with 98% saturation achieved and every rider made aware of the multiple benefits of efficient lighting, and more importantly, aware of the benefits of taking small, incremental steps to make this world of ours a better place. Thanks in particular to my initially reluctant fellow Santa – Calvin Jung – and our commuter “buddies” Chris Kimbrell, Mary Freeman, Dante Dionne, and Donna Connally. We hammed it up a bit but lit up the whole train with some good humor and a meaningful gift.
EcoMotion thanks our partner True Media Foundation and SunPark Electronics for its generous donation.
We begin 2007 with a renewed sense of purpose and direction, designing ever-more innovative efficiency programs, moving squarely into the solar business, and reaching out to help more and more individuals and businesses go green. This past week EcoMotion hosted another successful luncheon seminar, this time featuring Johnny Weiss, Executive Director of Solar Energy International in Colorado. Johnny is one of the world’s leading solar experts and brought his decades of experience and teaching to the group. Without question, those that attended were truly inspired, and we thank Johnny for sharing his passions and perspectives, and for becoming part of the EcoMotion stable and network.
CALIFORNIA'S NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP
The California Energy Commission has announced the 2007 launch of the New Solar Homes Partnership. New homes that qualify for the program will be at least 15% more efficient than the current energy efficiency standards, incorporating Energy Star appliances and solar systems.
The partnership encourages builders to install solar on new homes as a standard feature for the home buyer, just like granite countertops. Beginning in 2011, builders will be required to offer solar as a standard feature in new home developments of 50 or more.
The New Solar Homes Partnership is a component of the California Solar Initiative, which was signed into law in 2006 under Senate Bill 1 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Senate Bill 1 establishes three goals: create 3,000 megawatts of new solar- produced electricity by 2017, establish a self- sufficient solar industry in which solar energy systems are a viable mainstream option in 10 years, and to place solar energy systems on 50% of new homes in 13 years. Currently, 200,000 new homes are built in California each year. For more information, visit www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov.