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Fossil fuel are any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life. We reached the tipping point with these fuels getting harder to access and more expensive. 
These will have to be replaced, and what better than solar energy? 

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2016 at 5:48am

I like that plan Joan.  Putting solar panels in the sidewalks sounds like a good start.  I hope it works well.  I'll be watching to see.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2016 at 12:42am

Solar Roadway Test Brings the Heat to Route 66

"The historic stretch of Route 66 is known for small towns and flashy cars, but not exactly for high-tech solutions. Solar Roadways is bringing solar panels to the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center in Missouri, not on the road, but on the sidewalks.

"The walkable solar panels, which use a heating element to remove snow and LEDs to light the way at night as well as generating solar power, will be placed on the sidewalks before potentially also being utilized on the highway itself. First, they’ll have to prove they can stand up to the foot traffic. The hexagonal tiles are made of tempered glass, with the solar cells and lights embedded between them."

Comment by Jan Bodh on May 22, 2016 at 6:08am

Hi Joan,

Thanks for adding me to the group.

Just want to share a progressive move in this regard by Indian Railways. Indian Railways is going to start trial runs of solar train in sunny Jodhpur

Annually, the Railways are hoping to reduce 239 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by saving approximately 90,800 litres of diesel per rake.

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Railways to start trial runs of solar train in sunny Jodhpur - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/railways-to...

Railways to start trial runs of solar train in sunny Jodhpur

Annually, the Railways are hoping to reduce 239 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by saving approximately 90,800 litres of diesel per rake.

- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/railways-to...

Railways to start trial runs of solar train in sunny Jodhpur

Annually, the Railways are hoping to reduce 239 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by saving approximately 90,800 litres of diesel per rake.

- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/railways-to...
Comment by Masereka Solomon on March 13, 2016 at 7:20pm

Indeed, solar is better. Africa can also be made better through the use of solar, home is crossed directly by the equator and its very hot in the Rwenzori region Uganda but got no solar on the roof. I wish I had a very big panel on the roof at home, using small solar rechargeable lamps. I like them!

Comment by Ronald Murphey on February 17, 2016 at 4:43pm

Hello Joan,

I am fine to be referred as Ronald but friends call me Ron too. I am comfortable. Very interesting group and topics, specially I am a green energy person. Thank you for invitation and having me. I apologies I was too busy off late. Hopefully will be regular from now.

Comment by Ceil on February 14, 2016 at 11:41am

We installed solar panels but not enough to zero out our electric bill so I'm still hanging laundry after just a few minutes in the dryer to get out the wrinkles and doing what I can to conserve (despite my husband's habits).  I hope I would do the same even if we had more than enough solar.

If we had more than enough solar to meet our needs the residual would go back to the grid and we would receive no monetary credit but others would benefit from our production so less electricity would have to be generated with other fuels. 

So, some will go the solar route just to save money, others to save the planet too.  You can also plant a large garden and give away the extra or compost it but it's up to the individual to make their own decision.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 11:17am

I guess I'm missing the point.  I thought that installing solar panels was the eco-friendly action.  If I'm not using fuel, what difference does it make if I heat my shower water, or heat my home?  It seems that would be eco-neutral.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2016 at 5:04am

It makes no difference as to the energy being produced, but I think it's important to educate yourself and learn eco-friendly behaviour.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 12:53am

Plinius,  I don't understand.  If I am using solar panels, what difference does it make if I use all the electricity being produced?

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2016 at 12:38am

I mentioned it because of research of people in their new eco-friendly housing: it came out that many of them thought that they needn't be careful any more about heating and hot water, etc. 

That was NOT true! Those people used as much energy as when they lived in old houses.

 

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