Issue Number 21 - August 2011

Greetings Solar Power Beginner Nation,

I hope you're all enjoying the summer weather (at least if you're in the northern hemisphere like I am). It's been a little too warm for me but I'll take it over a Canadian winter anytime.

It was a busy July for the Solar Power Beginner website and we're also getting ready to launch another project called "All Together Solar" that will organize neighborhoods for group buying of solar power.

"All Together Solar" came about when I realized that many people were interested in going solar but found choosing an installer and dealing with connection issues too daunting. As the coordinator for my city's 1000 Solar Rooftops program I met many people who wanted an objective third party to walk them through the solar installation process, and that is how "All Together Solar" was born!

"All Together Solar" will organize people within a neighborhood, educate them about the solar installation process, and help them choose an installer and receive a group discount.

We're going to be requiring a minimal amount of start-up financing and to raise this capital we're going to try something called "Crowdfunding". For those of you not familiar with this method, it involves raising small amounts of money from many individuals. Perks are offered to those who donate.

Everyone in the Solar Power Beginner Nation will be notified when the campaign launches within the next two weeks. Donations of any size would be greatly appreciated but any promotion you can offer (e.g. "Liking" on Facebook) would also be fantastic.

Thank you in advance for your support, and now on to the solar news:

Extra! Extra! Get your solar power toilet. Has solar power gone too far?

Check out the top ten solar cartoons for a laugh (or at least a wry smile).

And First Solar has set an efficiency record of over 17 percent. Well done!

Also, check out our new page on Japanese Solar Companies to see how solar energy firms in Japan are handling the competition from China and elsewhere.

And remember, if you're having trouble finding information on Solar Power Beginner, check out our search feature on the right side of each page. It will help you find everything from solar power news to solar window screens.

Also, please 'Like Us' on facebook so you can spread the word and help SPB Nation to grow.

Best of luck and remember... SPB Nation needs you now more than ever.

Viva la solar revolucion!

You can reach me through our Contact Form if you've got any comments or suggestions.

Good luck in all your solar endeavors!


Tyson Champagne, Founder

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