Issue Number 9 - June 2010

It's been another busy month!

Get ready for:

  • Exciting solar power developments

  • Deals and discounts on solar power products

  • New updates on

Hi Everybody,

The solar business is really gearing up as summer approaches and we've got a lot of new content to keep you up to date.

But first off, a quick story about thinking globally and acting locally...

You may have heard of the 'Million Solar Roofs Initiative' in California. This program aims at making solar power a mainstream power source in the 'Golden State' by reaching a million solar installations.

It's a worthy goal and I am confident that it will succeed.

Thinking of a million solar roofs, however, can be a little mind-boggling. How many solar panels would it take to fill up those million roofs. How many installers working how many man hours would be necessary?

Wow. It almost makes me want to curl up into a ball and not think about it anymore. It's all too much.

Luckily for me, a renewable energy group in my hometown came up with the idea of a '1000 Solar Roofs Challenge'.

I don't know about you, but I find a thousand to be a much more manageable number than a million. After all, a thousand days is only about three years and a thousand dollars is an amount of money that I could actually have in my bank account (technically, anyway).

My point is that there are many 'big picture' goals for solar power that are very important and also a little intimidating. If we're not careful we can get paralyzed and not take the little steps that are necessary to start any journey.

Sometimes it's best to think about how you can break a lofty solar goal (e.g. 'million solar roofs') into a bite-sized chunk (e.g. 'thousand solar roofs'). This way you can find more immediate steps to get started on your way. After all, that first step is a doozy.

And just so you know that I'm putting my money where my mouth is, I've taken on the role of 'Challenge Coordinator' for the '1000 Solar Roofs Challenge'. It's great having a website that reaches people around the world, but I'm happy to be able to do some hands-on work in my hometown.

You know what they say, 'Think globally, act locally'.

Let's finish up with a look at some of the new content we've added to Solar Power Beginner this month:

  • If you're looking for more ways to keep your laptop charged while away from home, check out a solar laptop charger. With solar power, you can take it with you!

  • Is anyone interested in free solar panels? Find out how they have become a reality.

  • Finally, check out this solar home story about a family that used a low-interest government loan to add solar power to their life.

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

Good luck in all your solar endeavors!


T. Champagne

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