GSS featured in Solar Today Magazine – April 2010 honors owner

“Louisianan Lights The Way” is the title of this months spotlight on an American solar hero.  Each month Solar Today magazine features a solar hero and this month it’s GSS owner Jeff Shaw.  Read the article here:

http://www.solartoday-digital.org/solartoday/201004#pg14

SolarWorld Donates Modules to Make It Right Project

The latest home GSS installed for the Make it Right foundation was a particularly challenging installation. After the breach of the industrial canal, the original home was left uninhabitable after the storm and was the only one still standing after the flood waters rushed in. Miraculously, the tree prevented the rushing water from washing away their home. While the residents of 1708 had evacuated before the storm, four of their neighbors were left scrambling for higher ground as the flood waters began to rise. They climbed the tree to escape the rising flood waters and were able to jump to the rooftop of the only nearby home still standing. This oak tree stands today, next to the new, energy efficient home as a daily reminder of the determination and resilience of this community. The tree that means so much to the community also shades much of the rooftop. When the Make It Right Foundation started working on plans for 1708 Tennessee, the residents insisted that this tree be left intact.

The only space on the roof that was not shaded by the tree was a small area towards the front of the home. Gulf South Solar chose to go with the most efficient system available for this small space. In order to maximize the systems output, Gulf South Solar selected SolarWorld 175 watt modules and enphase inverters. When we told our manufacturer about this project, SolarWorld immediately responded by offering to donated all of the modules for this project.

The engineering team at GSS designed a non-penetrating mounting solution to secure the modules to the standing seam metal roof. This system securely attaches to the raised seam of the roof creating a framework that not only allowed the mounting of modules – It also supports the micro inverters. The micro inverters were selected for this project for their superior ability to maximize the power production for each individual module.

The homeowners love their new home and solar power system. Before the storm, their utility bill was running over $400 a month. Now, in their new energy efficient, solar powered home, their bills are about $30 a month.

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Registration is Open for New Solar Classes

PV301: Advanced Solar Installation Case Studies

Date: December 11, 2009
Cost:  $125
TIME:  9am-1:30pm
LOCATION:  GSS Training Center, Baton Rouge

Course Description:  Instructors will guide their class through a simple case study progressing to more complex ones. Lunch will be provided.

Who Should Attend?  This class is ideal for installers, dealers and electrical or building contractors looking to get into the solar business. A basic knowledge of solar power systems and installation is recommended.

INV301: Advanced Outback Power Systems Inverter Training

Date:  December 18, 2009
Cost:  $199
TIME:  9am-4pm
LOCATION:  GSS Training Center, Baton Rouge

Course Description:  Upon completion of this 7 hour workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the capacity and capability of Outback Power Systems inverters. Lunch will be provided.

Who Should Attend?  This class is ideal for installers, dealers and electrical or building contractors looking to get into the solar business. A basic knowledge of solar power systems and installation is recommended.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Call:  225-932-0035
Email:  training@gulfsouthsolar.com

Check our Solar Training courses often for the latest in solar workshops for homeowners and advanced courses for dealers. Register for any of these classes by emailing us at training@gulfsouthsolar.com

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Gulf South Solar Provides Power for the 350 Event in NOLA

2nd Line 350On October 25th, community members from around New Orleans came together to make a statement that we need action against climate change. Much like the Step It Up events in the past, the 350 event focused on the need to reduce the carbon in our atmosphere to 350 parts-per-million. Citizens gathered at Congo Square in Armstrong Park while marching bands from Sophie B. Wright School, Marcia Behrman Charter School and O. Perry Walker High School kept the crowd moving during the two-hour rally Sunday. Local trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown invited anyone with an instrument to join in “When the Saints Go Marching In,” drawing cheers from the crowd before he led a second-line to Frenchman Street to watch the Saints win their sixth game in a row. This event highlighted that doing nothing is not an option, and we need to act now to protect our environment to protect the health and well-being of our children and grandchildren.

Gulf South Solar, a corporate sponsor of the event, provided power for the 350 event’s PA System with one of their solar powered trailers. Have a non-profit event coming up? Call us to see if your organization qualifies for a free 1 day solar trailer rental. http://www.gulfsouthsolar.com/products/solar-trailer/

PV101: Last Call for Registrations

IMG_5012Registration for the PV101 Solar Basics course schedule for Friday, November 6th closes on Wednesday at 5pm. There are only a few slots left – don’t miss this opportunity!  Check our Solar Training courses often for the latest in solar workshops for homeowners and advanced courses for dealers.

Date: Friday, November 6th
Time:  11am – 2pm
Cost:  $75 (includes lunch)
Location:  GSS Training Facility, Baton Rouge, LA

Register by emailing us at training@gulfsouthsolar.com

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Baton Rouge Green Crawl a Success!

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!

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State Legislators Gather in Washington to Discuss Solar Power

house_louisianaAs 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.

“Natural Energy”: Jeff Shaw’s solar powered home is profiled in The Advocate

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MARK H. HUNTER/Advocate photo

“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

BR Green Crawl Door Prizes Announced!

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Baton Rouge Green Crawl:  October 15th

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.

For more information about the BR Green Crawl, visit the official website at www.greencrawlbr.com

Baton Rouge Green Crawl! Thursday, Oct. 15th

greencrawlThe Baton Rouge Green Crawl is an event designed to introduce Baton Rouge residents to our city’s green resources, green developments, and green businesses.

Date: Thursday, October 15th
Time:  5:00pm – 10:oopm
Location: Area Businesses in Baton Rouge (Map my ride)
Website: www.greencrawlbr.com
Passport:  Click here to download

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LSES Solar Tour a Success!

LSEStourThe 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!

 

 

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