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

MARK H. HUNTER/Advocate photo
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

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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LSES Solar Tour of Homes: Saturday, October 3rd

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.  “