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12-Year-Old Activist

When 12 year old Dustin was looking for a community service project, he wanted to find something that would combine his dual passions: animals, and solar energy. So, proving that he had more moxie than most adults, he “made an initial business presentation” about the benefits of solar to the CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, explaining the fact that installing solar systems would have a future payoff. Then he approached Namasté Solar, about whether their granting program could help make it happen. When the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) later received an anonymous donation and asked Namasté, a community partner, about projects that deserved funding, Dustin’s project was on their mind. Together, the two organizations were able to cover 100% of the cost of a solar array.

Says Dustin:

“It was exciting – we had a sheet with costs showing where all of the money was coming from. Usually, the section ‘what you have to pay’ is a bigger number, but for the Humane Society, it was $0. We had found ways to fully pay for their system, and that meant there was more money for the animals.”

Aside from the 18000 lbs of emissions savings, the Humane Society can expect an annual energy savings of $800. Because of a 12 year old boy with a superhero complex.

Via Yellows and Blues.


May 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Sun Loving

Every once in a while, i pull out my New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency and dream a little dream of living off the grid, but it’s never been something I thought was possible.
If you have $50,000 to spend, there’s great information on the daily green on the basics of installing solar panels, but I don’t know anyone with that kind of cash in their shoe box.

Solar water heaters are a little less intense. Solar water heaters have been used since the 19th century, and work by harvesting the sun’s heat directly rather than converting solar power into electric into heat. They cost $1,500 to $3,500, and pay for themselves in four to eight years. And I just found out that here in Ontario, the government is offering up to $1000 in grants for installing a solar hot water system. Not a bad case when you realize that average electric water heater uses 6,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, and releases more CO2 than the average car. More on solar water heaters here.

April 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm Leave a comment

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