Solarize with your neighbors and save!

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Anyone who’s been to a big-box wholesaler knows the (not so secret) secret: buying in bulk saves money. Now, with a “Solarize Philadelphia!” campaign, that concept is being extended to solar energy systems. The idea is to band together with a bunch of neighbors and get a group discount for installing solar panels on your house.

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Brick by brick, building a sustainable future!

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Zero-carbon Footprint, Sustainable Building, also known as an Earthship (a building style created by Michael Reynolds) is nearing completion, and needs your help. This amazing building uses rainwater for water, solar energy for electricity, and thermal mass for heating and cooling.

By purchasing a brick (or bricks), you can help to bring this model project to completion. Your name and/or message will be carved in brick for everyone to see. The bricks will be prominently placed in the Earthship’s entryway.

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Renewable energy becoming mainstream

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Something is happening now that I never could have imagined. As recently as a couple of years ago, it seemed that solar panels were the domain of the rich and NASA. That is not the case anymore. Solar panels have become mainstream, so mainstream that there’s now a category for Best Solar Panel Installations in the Best of Philly annual awards.

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Cows are like solar panels

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Have you heard the expression, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” Well, since no one is giving away free milk, maybe I should buy the cow. The price of milk is close to $4 per gallon. According to CBS News, the price of milk is headed up even higher. I can’t imagine what a gallon is going to cost in five or 10 years.

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DelVal announces upcoming symposium on energy in transition

The Precarious Alliance, a sustainability symposium conceived by Delaware Valley College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, will be exploring energy-related issues such as climate change, green design and technology, fossil fuels and renewables, boomtowns and transition towns during its spring forum to be held April 3rd and 4th at the college in Doylestown.

To get the dialogue started, three keynote speakers will be featured. Among them, renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, best-selling author and founder of 350.org, the first large-scale global grassroots climate change initiative.

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