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We have neither flying cars nor all of our energy needs provided by the sun. 

The future is taking a while to arrive.  But efforts are underway to make more use of the sun's power. 

Ashland and Eugene are among five Oregon cities joining Environment Oregon in the "Solar City Project," setting aggressive targets for the installation of solar facilities over the next several years. 

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Wouldn't it be nice to get a check from your electric utility instead of a bill? That's exactly what happens for a select few homeowners in the Pacific Northwest whose solar-powered houses generate more electricity than they use over the course of the year.

The source of global warming is up there, but not visible: the greenhouse gases that are warming up the planet.

The solution is up there, too: energy from the sun.  So says Robert Arthur Stayton in his book Power Shift: From Fossil Energy To Dynamic Solar Power

He shoves aside the concerns about expense and economic dislocation, and paints an optimistic picture of a future in which we get 100% of our power needs met by the sun. 

Let The Sun Shine (And Lower The Electric Bill)

Apr 10, 2014
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A broad definition of "rural" can help businesses in our region let the sun shine in. 

Meaning those businesses can get help installing solar power systems. 

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), covers up to 25 percent of the cost of new solar-electric systems for small rural businesses. 

Solar Water Heat For Low-Income Californians

Oct 18, 2013
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When you're struggling to make your monthly rent payment, you're generally not thinking about things like solar water heating. 

But the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is thinking along those lines. 

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

Oct 1, 2013
Pink Sherbet Photography

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

Rogue Valley Green And Solar Tour

Sep 18, 2013
Pink Sherbet Photography

Solar power has been around for decades now, but it's still a mystery to many people.