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.
“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
Representative Franklin Foil U.S. Navy, was promoted to the rank of Captain at a ceremony on the LSU Parade Grounds on Tuesday, August 11th. His close friends and family were in attendance including: Judge Mike McDonald, Jeff Shaw – President of Gulf South Solar, Judge Foil and Jimmy Gill.
A reception at the LSU Faculty Club followed the ceremony.
Congratulations Representative Foil!
Franklin Foil was the author of HB 32 which, if it were passed, would have extended the 50% residential solar tax credit to businesses.
Jeff Shaw, president of Gulf South Solar, is in high demand as a presenter for trade shows and seminars. Just last week he presented to a crowd of 100 Louisiana Architects at the AIA Louisiana Design Conference in Destin, FL where he spoke to an enthusiastic group on “Integrating Solar Power Into Architectural Projects”. Continue reading “Jeff Shaw Hits the Speaking Circuit”
Jeff Shaw, president of Gulf South Solar, will be presenting “Integrating Solar Power Into Architectural Projects” at the AIA Louisiana Design Conference August 2 – 4, 2009. The conference is at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin Florida.
Glen Clouatre, General Manager at The Island and Justin Runnels of Gulf South Solar met with Allen Tumey of WAFB recently and gave him a bird’s eye view of the largest solar installation in the state of Louisiana. In this interview, Glen Clouatre shares information about the Island’s solar system and how much it is saving them each month in electrical bills. Continue reading “Gulf South Solar and the Island on Tumey’s Travel’s”
Gulf South Solar was selected to install 9 – 5kW demonstration systems in the lower 9th ward for the “Make it Right” campaign donated by Brad Pitt. The systems were completed in one week in November of 2007 thanks to a coordination of volunteers. GSS was also hired to remove and package the 9 systems for future installations. Continue reading “Make it Right Foundation”