In this week's Newsletter: Happy new year and thank you so, so much to all our Annual Appeal donors, Final Friday Winter Film Series will begin January with , a 100-year-old prediction about coal and much more!
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Happy New Year, and Thanks to Our Annual Appeal Donors

From all of us here at Solar One, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy New Year!

And we're thrilled to be able to announce that, thanks to you and your incredible generosity, Solar One exceeded our goal of raising $10,000 by more than $2,500! Your donations are the backbone of our organization, and it's because of YOU that we are able to bring so many innovative, high-quality programs to so many people.

At the dawn of 2017, the future looks more uncertain than ever in some ways, and more certain than ever in others. Solar electricity is becoming cheaper than coal around the country and around the world. The fight for a clean energy future is on, more intensely than ever, and amazingly, we are winning. We are winning against some of the most powerful, entrenched, wealthy, connected industries in the history of mankind. They will not go away quietly, and we are all going to need to pitch in and work hard- very hard- to get to the clean energy future we can now easily envision. And we're proud that New York is becoming a leader in how to do it right.

We can hardly express how grateful we are that you've come along with us on this journey. Solar One is still growing and we should have quite a bit of exciting news to share in the upcoming months. Please keep reading this newsletter, share it with your friends who are concerned and interested, and we'll see you on the battlefield.

Final Fridays Film Series This Winter at Solar One

It's official- we're doing this! For the first time in a long time, Solar One invites you to the Solar 1 building for three film screenings, on Friday January 27th,  Friday February 24th and Friday March 31st starting promptly at 6:30pm. If this little series is a success, maybe we'll do more next winter!

Friday January 27th at 6:30pm: Dirt!
Friday February 24th at 6:30pm: Bag It!
Friday March 31st at 6:30pm: Garbage Warrior

Seating will be quite limited, so please RSVP to dina@solar1.org if you'd like to attend. A $10 donation includes film, popcorn and one drink. See you at the show!

100 Years Ago, the Chicago News Predicted Coal Would Be Obsolete by 2017

Many people know that the neighborhood where Stuyvesant Cove Park, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Solar One are all located was once known as the Gashouse District, but how many realize that the gas that was used for lighting and heating way back in the 19th century was coal gas? By the end of the century, coal gas was pretty obsolete as the electrical grid had replaced most of it (and was much cleaner and safer) but power plants still burned coal to generate that electricity. And did so exclusively until the development of natural gas supply and transmission (or in other words, pipelines) in the 1940s.

And now, of course, coal itself may be on the verge of obsolescence, despite the rhetoric about bringing coal mining jobs back to Appalachia during the recent presidential campaign. But what's really fascinating is this little item from the Chicago News, written by an unknown correspondent, predicting that coal would be made obsolete by solar-generated electricity...back in 1917!

Solar photovoltaic technology wasn't developed until the late 1950s, and it's taken another 60 years to make solar competitive with, and even cheaper than, coal. But we made it!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Happy New Year from Solar One!

Other Events


1/06
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Soho
449 Broadway bet Howard & Grand Sts, Manhattan, 11am-3pm, free

1/07
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: East Elmhurst
East Elmhurst Shopping Center, 77th Street bet 30th & 31st Aves, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

1/08
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Union Square
Union Square Park North Plaza, East 17th Street bet Broadway & Park Ave S, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Soho
449 Broadway bet Howard & Grand Sts, Manhattan, 10am-2pm, free


 
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