With a goal of reducing his electric bill, Frank Lemoine wanted to install enough solar power on his residence that his budget and/or roof space would allow. His 6.3 kW system maximizes the southward facing roof of his home and produces roughly 2/3 of his electrical needs.
The Baton Rouge Green Crawl was designed to introduce Baton Rouge residents to our green businesses and resources in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Even with threatening thunderstorms looming all day before the event, we had a huge turnout and fantastic weather! The Baton Rouge Green Crawl’s founders are Jeff Shaw and Ann Shaneyfelt of Gulf South Solar and Amy Strother of the Green Building Shop.
Mark your calendars for the next Baton Rouge Green Crawl – St. Patrick’s Day / Spring of 2010!
As our nation’s leaders continue to ponder the energy crisis and look for answers to the complicated questions and challenges ahead of us, a group of state legislatures gathered together in the nation’s capital October 8-9, 2009, at the National Conference of State Legislatures Solar Policy Institute. Attendees were invited to examine the potential that solar resources have in making a meaningful contribution toward meeting the energy demands of our nation. Issues discussed included technology costs as well as economic and fuel diversity benefits of solar power. Industry experts and policy makers mingled with state legislators in this 2 day event.
State Representative Franklin Foil was one of only 2 legislators invited to this event from Louisiana. Rep. Foil works closely with the Louisiana Solar Energy Society to craft practical and responsible bills that not only promote the use and proliferation of renewable energy, but also help to improve the quality of life of his constituents. When asked about the upcoming legislative session, Foil was optimistic about the future of solar power and renewables in Louisiana. “Contrary to what you may hear, Louisiana is a great state for solar – not only do we have the best tax credits in the nation, but Louisiana gets 5 hours of sun a day.” When Jeff Shaw, founder of LSES and owner of Gulf South Solar asked Foil about his recent trip to Washington, Foil responded, “I was excited to meet with other legislators from the Southeast and exchange ideas about the benefits of solar. It was a unique opportunity to get to work together to bring more clean and renewable solar energy to the Southeast.”
While at the conference, the legislators were brought on a tour of the homes built by participants in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon. Foil was impressed with the imaginative and energy efficient homes he saw there and hopes that lessons learned by the young architects and builders will find practical applications in new home construction. While many of the homes were not affordable to most of us, the technologies and building techniques used can be applied to average homes with huge benefits in energy conservation.
“Having a solar power system installed on your home makes the most sense when your home is energy efficient – you can get so much more of your energy need covered by your solar power system if you take a few steps to make your home more efficient,” says Jeff Shaw. “The return on your investment is a low 5 years in Louisiana for grid-tied systems. Tell me where you can get a guaranteed return on any investment these days that also protects the environment?”
To learn more about solar power, visit the Louisiana Solar Energy Society’s website at www.lses.org.
By: Ann V. Shaneyfelt
Marketing Director, Gulf South Solar
Rep. Franklin Foil was the author of HB 32 which, if it were passed, would have extended the 50% residential solar tax credit to businesses.
Dr. Russell Westfall contacted Gulf South Solar in early 2009 to discuss options of how solar energy can help off-set his massive electric bill of his 4,000 square foot residence. Taking advantage of 80% in federal and state tax credits, Dr. Westfall chose a solar system capable of producing over 50% of his electric needs plus a battery backup system large enough to power his entire home during power outages.
12.6 kW Grid Tied with Battery Backup – Installation Completed October 2009
72 – SolarWorld 175-watt Modules
12 kWh Battery Reserve
12 kW off-grid Inverters in a Flex 1000 Outback Power System
“Jeff Shaw, owner of Gulf South Solar, makes his living selling and installing solar arrays. As founder of the 1,500-member Louisiana Solar Energy Society, he was also hosting visitors to his Menlo Drive home during the National Solar Tour Day, held on Oct. 3.” For the full article, visit The Advocate’s website: http://www.2theadvocate.com/features/64052077.html
The Baton Rouge Green Crawl is just days away! Each business is giving away door prizes to lucky Green Crawlers. Gulf South Solar is proud to announce that we will be giving away a Voltaic “Converter” Solar Back Pack! This backpack is designed to attach to a larger rucksack to provide power for extended outdoor use. It also stands alone for use as a small daypack and laptop bag. It weighs 2.9 lbs including battery and solar panels. Included are various attachments with a set of 11 standard adapters for common cell phones and other devices.
The LSES Solar Tour of Homes was this past Saturday, October 3rd. There was a record number of homes on the tour this year (12 of the 18 stops on the tour were Gulf South Solar installations). LSES organizes these tours every spring and fall. Check LSES’s website in the spring for details on the next tour in March of 2010!
With only 8 of the 18 sites reporting so far, there were over 100 visitors to the stops in this year’s tour! Congrats LSES!
Gulf South Solar is exhibiting at the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Biz Tech Expo, Wednesday and Thursday October 7th & 8th at the River Center. The first 5 people who call our office at 225-932-0035 will get a free ticket for admission to the Biz Tech Expo!
Stop by to see us at booth #200 to find out if solar is right for you!
The LSES Solar Tour of Homes is Saturday, October 3rd from 11am to 2pm. This year, 12 of the 18 stops on the tour are Gulf South Solar installations! View the PRESS RELEASE
How To Take The Tour
Gulf South Solar recommends that you should plan to see one or two sites that are close to you. Look at the and plan your tour. Email LSES and they will register you for your desired tour sites. The hours are set for the convenience of the solar owners that graciously open their homes and businesses for strangers on this day.
A note from the Louisiana Tour organizer- Rebecca Lunceford, LSES State Coordinator:
“The date is approaching and LSES is getting ready for this year’s National Solar Tour of Homes! With so much focus on our environment and economy, solar energy and other alternative energies are the way to go! If you don’t know much about solar energy or want to see solar up close, the Solar Tour is a great way to learn more. We have great homes and businesses on tour as of now with many more to come. Keep checking the website for updated information. “