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

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

Workshops  /  Dealer Training

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.

GSS Provides Solar Power to Project 30-90 Festival in New Orleans

solartrailer3090Project 30-90 is an environmentally conscious music festival with stages that were run on solar and wind turbine power. Gulf South Solar was proud to be one of the sponsors of the festival this past weekend in New Orleans.

The 3 solar trailers that Gulf South Solar provided to the event helped to power to the stages and other items at the Project 30-90 Music Festival.

Gulf South Solar believes in supporting this and other environmentally conscious organizations and events that promote sustainability and conservation in our state.

Gulf South Solar Installs Largest Solar System in Louisiana

The Island golf course’s 31 kw system is capable of generating 31,680 watts of DC power and utilizes 160 solar modules which cover approximately 3000 square feet of the southward facing side of the roof of the cart barn. Continue reading “Gulf South Solar Installs Largest Solar System in Louisiana”

Make it Right Foundation

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”