In this week's Newsletter: Thanks for coming to Oktoberfest and donating to Puerto Rico, understanding building efficiency with Solar One's own Josh Vedder, 25% of global energy now comes from renewables and much more!
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Thank You for Another Great Oktoberfest, and Your Aid for Puerto Rico

On Monday, October 2, Solar One held its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser in Zum Schneider 's Munich By the East River tent, and what a wonderful night it was! Thank you to the more than 300 people who came and celebrated with us!

And while more people came out and made this our most successful Oktoberfest ever, they also helped us celebrate Solar One's donation of 10kW of solar panels to the Puerto Rico relief effort. The panels were transferred from our warehouse to the Coastal Marine Resource Center in Brooklyn, which organized a flight to ship solar equipment to Puerto Rico, this week. In addition to the equipment, the flight will also transport 10-20 volunteer solar technicians who will help restore communications and provide power where it is so desperately needed, as well as an extra donation of panels from our friends at OnForce Solar. Our donated panels will support 8 solar charging stations; one large, two medium and five small chargers.

We also asked our guests at the event to open the wallets again to help us purchase additional equipment such as solar racking equipment, charge controllers and trailers to move charging stations to where they are needed the most. We are thankful for the generous donations of Solar One supporters who came to Oktoberfest! Together, we raised an additional $5,000, funds, which will ensure that those panels are ready to be deployed and used as soon as possible.

We couldn't be more grateful for your generosity, your compassion and your willingness to help us, not only with our own needs and goals, but with the needs of others. Thank you to our sponsors, our guests, our colleagues and friends, and to Zum Schneider for making it all possible! Prost!

Solar One's Josh Vedder Explains Energy Efficiency Just for You

A couple of weeks ago, the Mayor's Office announced new mandatory energy efficiency standards, which will lower the carbon footprints of buildings and get NYC closer to its sustainability goals. But what does it mean to make a building energy efficient? And who can do a good job of explaining it in terms that people can easily understand?

The answer is Solar One's own Josh Vedder, from our Green Workforce team. In this video, he explains a bit about why improving energy efficiency in buildings can make such a big difference in improving greenhouse gas emissions and wasting energy and fuel.

We never knew you had such great on-camera skills, Josh!

25% and Rising: Renewables Now Supply One Quarter of Global Power

Renewables now provide a quarter of the world’s power. 

new report from the International Energy Agency surveys the growth of hydropower, wind, and other forms of renewable energy and finds they’re catching up to coal (still the world’s largest source of electricity). At this rate, renewables are expected to provide 30 percent of power generation by 2022.

Hydropower is still the world's top renewable energy source, but solar is where the growth is. Solar capacity is projected to double by 2022 (although, because solar panels provide intermittent power, they can never be considered as supplying energy at 100% capacity). That's a lot of solar!

As with all these types of changes, some countries are doing better than others at making the transition to a clean-powered society. Denmark currently produces 44% of its electricity from renewables, and is looking to reach 77% by 2022. Here's hoping the rest of the world isn't far behind!

You can read more, and see some nifty charts, at here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Munich on the East River Oktoberfest
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, various times and ticket prices

NEW DATE! 10/14
Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10:00am-1pm, free

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Lower East Side
334 Madison Street bet Gourveneur & Jackson Sts, Manhattan, 11am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: East Elmhurst
East Elmhurst Shopping Center, 76th Street bet 30th & 31st Aves, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Fort Greene
Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue bet N. Portland Ave & Washington Park, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

East Coast Greenway Alliance Hudson Loop
Blazing Saddles, 43rd Street & the West Side Greenway, 557 12th Avenue, Manhattan, 9am-1pm, $20

Building Energy NYC Conference & Trade Show
TKP Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street bet 6th Ave & Broadway, Manhattan, 9am-6pm, $275

Meet a Solar One Staff Member: Angelica Ramdhari, Resilient Solar Program Manager

Angelica joined Solar One’s Here Comes Solar program in 2014 to coordinate the 1-4 family solar program. Angelica now managers Solar One’s resiliency programs (PV+energy storage).

Angelica first got involved in renewable energy efforts at the University of Florida, where she helped start the Neutral Gator program to green the University’s athletics program and facilities. This project created energy reductions for low-income residents, which were then certified into carbon offsets that were applied to football games and other campus sporting events in order to make them carbon neutral.

She then moved to New York to become involved with larger-scale urban green energy projects, first working on Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs for small businesses and later transitioning to small-scale solar energy installations in 2011.
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