New American Vision® Solar PPA Gives You a 469 Percent ROI on Solar Power For Your Home Zero Down!

Think installing solar panels onto your home is an upfront cost out of your reach?

American Vision® Solar is helping homeowners across the country see solar energy in a new light, and learn that taking advantage of solar power is affordable, and provides an incredible return on investment. Thanks to the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement, anyone who qualifies can start saving on monthly utility bills immediately, with little to no money down.

American Vision is calling ‘Solar as service’, and it’s through the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) where qualifying customers get the benefits of solar with virtually no investment and avoid the expense of purchasing a system outright. Customers can finance solar panel installation by simply paying a monthly payment – a monthly cost that is guaranteed to be LESS than a Southern California Edison bill without solar. Over a year period, this monthly savings can equate to more than $1,100 back in your pocket (on average).

In fact, over a period of 20 years, the solar panels boast a 469% rate of return on investment!

“Numbers don’t lie, and we’re thrilled to be able to make the up-front costs of solar panel installation more affordable to our customers,” says company President Al Alferi. “In this economy, every dollar counts, and with the immediate monthly savings our Power Purchase Agreement offers, homeowners can reap all of the cost benefits of solar power with no initial investment.”

American Vision prides itself on being on the leading edge in customer service, which is why the company didn’t rush into just any financing option for its customers in the past. “The new Power Purchase Agreement had to be in the very best interest of our customers,” added Alferi. “Other financing contracts out there include stipulations that we didn’t agree with. For example, under some contracts, major restrictions come into play should the homeowner wish to sell the home and transfer the system. We couldn’t in right mind suggest our customers get locked into an agreement like that. Now, we can stand proudly behind the new American Vision Power Purchase Agreement, and every bit of the fine print in back of it.”

Benefits to having ‘Solar as service’ run deeper than just cost savings. The American Vision PPA gives customers 20 years of maintenance free solar for their home.

Husband and wife team Bill and Kathleen Herren began providing homeowners with energy-efficient solutions with their window sales and installation company, American Vision Windows. Now, more than ten years and 30,000 satisfied customers later, the company has expanded its unmatched service to its other brands that will help revolutionize the home improvement industry: American Vision Solar and American Vision Garages.

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Wildlife Works Launches CODE REDD Campaign to Save the World’s Threatened Forests

Emergency campaign calls for immediate action from the private sector to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting innovative forest protection projects.

As corporations recognize their responsibility to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint by lowering emissions and offsetting the rest, the CODE REDD campaign aims to make it easy and compelling for corporations to pledge to buy REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) carbon offsets.  Which is why Wildlife Works announced the launch of CODE REDD, an emergency action campaign to save the world’s wild forests using private sector financing within the Voluntary Carbon Market.

The Campaign will also ensure that those offsets are generated by specific high quality forest protection projects that have proven they can protect threatened forests while at the same time providing unprecedented sustainable development opportunities to local forest communities.

“The goal of the CODE REDD Campaign is to dramatically increase the demand for REDD project carbon offsets now.  With increased demand, REDD can scale to overcome the massive threat to the worlds forests and make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change.” said Mike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Works and the creator of the CODE REDD Campaign.

Wild forests are disappearing at the alarming rate of 13 million hectares per year (FAO 2010) and deforestation accounts for an estimated 17% of total annual global greenhouse gas emissions (UNIPCC 2007). The effects of deforestation are having devastating impacts on people and wildlife throughout the world and are threatening the resources humans need for survival. Climate change experts widely agree that climate stability cannot be achieved without the conservation of the world’s remaining forests.

“Reducing your carbon footprint is not a UN obligation. It’s a global responsibility. It is time for the private sector to show innovation and leadership and do something REDD,” said Korchinsky.

Source: Wildlife Works

What are your clothes made of?

As reported once in the Associated Press:
Styles in fashion are ephemeral and fickle. Those acid-wash jeans, M.C. Hammer pants, and DayGlo T-shirts you loved in middle school have long since reached “out” status (though the harem pants we saw on the Spring 2007 runways look a bit Hammer Time to us). The skinny jeans you love right now will one day follow their fate.

Though trends come and go, the clothes themselves stick around. To make room for new fashions, the average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. Mother Earth isn’t that fond of polyester, and is quite warm enough already, thank you very much.

On top of that, producing new clothes out of traditionally grown cotton taxes the environment with chemical fertilizers and pesticides; energy and chemicals are required to manufacture synthetic materials. The all-American combo of a cotton T-shirt and a pair of denim jeans, for instance, requires 1 pound of fertilizers and pesticides.

But the fashion industry is beginning to recognize its impact, as well as consumers’ desire for more eco-friendly fashion. An increasing number of independent designers and boutiques specialize in eco-conscious fashion that is more hip than hippy.

Even big companies like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Uniqlo, which sell really cheap, trendy, and easily disposable clothing (a.k.a. “fast clothes”) are taking steps to be more eco-friendly. One way is by using alternative materials that reduce post-consumer waste and pollution.



The most ecological materials are the ones already lying around. But don’t worry — this isn’t like getting your sister’s tattered hand-me-downs or playing dress-up with leftover wrapping paper. Designers are creatively repurposing existing materials, making purses out of candy wrappers or totally new clothes out of discarded fabric and garments. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the industry keeps 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste from entering landfills every year.

That is why the clothing line RevengeIs commits to producing Tees in the USA. As their owner states:

Everything on our website is conceived, born, and raised in the fine metropolitan city of Los Angeles. Our products are free-range, organic, vegetarian, and never given any antibiotics or hormones. Which is pretty easy to do… because they’re t-shirts.

Our Tees are made from Organic Cotton and Bionic Yarn.
Can any of your other clothes say that? Some super-smart folks convert plastic bottles into fibers that are woven into fabric. They use awesome technology or elf dust – either way it’s pretty amazing and we love them.


Going organic doesn’t just apply to what you eat. Now you can buy clothes made out of organic cotton, grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Less than 1 percent of the world’s annual
cotton production is organic, but that’s certain to increase as more mainstream stores carry organic clothing and customers demand it. H&M is already producing an organic cotton line.
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Previously known as panda food, bamboo is also an all-purpose material used to make flooring, furniture, housewares — and clothes. For good reason: It grows as many as 12 inches a day, making it a highly sustainable and renewable resource that doesn’t require pesticides. Clothes made out of bamboo are incredibly durable, soft, biodegradable and antibacterial. (And pandas will highly approve.)


Wearing corn doesn’t have to mean being wrapped in popcorn garlands like a Christmas tree. Ingeo is a man-made fiber whose raw material is corn. Given that corn is easily and abundantly grown annually, Ingeo is highly renewable. And when you’re ready to get rid of your tired threads made of Ingeo, you’ll be comforted in knowing that they’ll be biodegradable, giving back to the Earth rather than burdening it.


There’s no need to go to the spa for your seaweed-wrap treatment: Now you can wear seaweed all day. SeaCell is a fabric made from seaweed and cellulose. Like bamboo and corn, seaweed is highly renewable and, when made into fabric, releases minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin E that the skin absorbs. Literally, you can look good and feel good.


A plastic dress? No, it’s not the mod sixties making a comeback. EcoSpun is a fabric made of 100 percent post-consumer plastic from soda bottles, water bottles and other beverage and household containers. Clothes made from EcoSpun — often used in fleece jackets — are soft and durable. The company says it’s able to keep almost 3 billion plastic soda bottles out of landfills each year, saving over half a million barrels of oil and eliminating 400,000 tons of harmful emissions. So recycle your soda bottle; you could be wearing it one day.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Infographic: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Power Storage. Why Electric Vehicles Matter!


Renewable energy sources like solar and wind only generate electricity when the wind blows or the sun is out and that isn’t always when customers need power. Batteries large enough to hold megawatts of electricity are prohibitively expensive but another potential source of battery storage is fast emerging: electric vehicles.

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) storage allows the smart grid to use EVs (and even hybrids) as a distributed network of batteries that can store power at off-peak times and help power the grid when demand peaks. Here’s how it works:

1. Power is generated from a renewable source, like wind, and transferred to the grid.

2. Electricity flows from the grid to EV batteries when there is excess capacity (e.g. when the wind blows in predawn hours). The power flow is reversed when demand on the grid is higher.

3. Customers can control when the smart grid can access battery power from their EVs, which can put out enough power to run 10 houses, and even control how far the battery is discharged.

Top image: Paul Anderson via geograph

Verilux Goes LED Lantern For The Masses

Verilux(R) expands its offering of well-designed vision products that feature Natural Spectrum(R) Daylight illumination with the introduction of its portable, yet powerful ReadyLight(TM) Rechargeable LED Lantern (model VB05).

“We’ve taken our expertise in developing Natural Spectrum light technology for home vision and light therapy products and applied it to the design of our new portable and ruggedly designed Lantern,” says Nicholas Harmon, President of Verilux, Inc.
Harmon adds, “Research has found that math and reading test scores significantly increase in study environments that are naturally lit, which is why our new Lantern with Natural Spectrum Daylight can be especially useful to students.”

imageHere are the specs:

ReadyLight™ Rechargeable LED Lantern features:
-Single touch brightness control
-12 Natural Spectrum® LED bulb provide 70 lumens of illumination
-Durable, drop resistant construction
-Built-in long life rechargeable battery
-USB cable
-Height – 6.75″
-Width – 3.75″
-Weight – 0.55 lbs
-1-year limited warranty

Sleek and contemporary looking, the new ReadyLight Rechargeable LED Lantern is styled in classic white with grey accents.  Simply touch the power button on the front of the Lantern to activate and adjust brightness level.  For added convenience, you can also control the level of illumination by touching the top.  The Lantern provides low-level reading light for use inside a tent when camping, as well as ultra-bright light for emergencies at home or on the road.  Unlike bulky lanterns designed specifically for camping or roadside use, the lightweight ReadyLight Rechargeable LED Lantern features a streamlined design that looks right at home in a patio or porch setting, as well as a student’s dorm room.

“Our new Lantern is great for so many purposes, including reading maps, books and bedtime stories when camping with kids,” says Harmon. “Roadside emergencies are three times more likely to occur at night.  Consequently, keeping a ReadyLight LED Travel Lantern in your car’s trunk allows drivers to safely fix a flat tire at night with hands-free illumination, and also emit powerful light to alert other motorists.”

The new Verilux ReadyLight Rechargeable LED Lantern with touch brightness control is available now at and at retail nationwide for $19.95 suggested retail.   The optional USB wall charger (VEX-035) is priced at $12.95 suggested retail.

Source: Verilux