A Solar Adventure

30 August 2017

Tesla Wall Connector

The Tesla Wall Connector was installed in my garage today! The installation took an electrician two hours to complete. Forty-eight amps of goodness on a sixty amp breaker.

No waiting in line. No having to pay at the pumps. No petrol smells. Simply pull into my garage and plug in. I estimate that I will need to plug in once per week. After decades of pulling up for gas, plugging in certainly is a different feeling. A good feeling!

19 August 2017

Tesla Model S  75D

Tesla called with the news that my Model S 75D in Deep Blue Metallic was ready for pickup. It’s a sunny day. Did I feel any remorse with trading in my last internal combustion engine vehicle? None at all. Let my solar adventure begin!

14 September 2017

The Yellow Star

Our Sun. Think about it. No really, think about it. The amount of energy produced by our very own yellow star we call the Sun is vast. It’s mind boggling. At any given moment, the photons that strike our planet generate about 174,000,000,000,000,000 watts. That’s 174 quadrillion watts. That’s a lot of power.

Right now there are technologies available to directly or indirectly tap into the Sun’s energy. Let the dinosaurs rest in peace. This year I'm making the switch to solar power.

30 July 2017

The Catalyst

These corals are dead. They’re located in the northern parts of the Great Barrier Reef. The film, Chasing Coral, documents this coral die off. As of 2016, the Great Barrier Reef has lost about 29 percent of its coral life due to warmer ocean waters.

Twenty Nine percent. Pause for a moment. Think about the sheer quantity of life lost. I understand that it’s under the surface of the ocean, but this much loss of life will impact in many ways. Climate change is not something that could happen. It’s happening now

This is the catalyst that caused me to dump my Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) car. I hope it’s not too late.

Summer 2017

Too Much ICE

Most weekdays I drive into the office and try to do my best. Looking around while on the highway day after day and seeing all the tail-piped cars, myself included, I keep thinking, it can’t go on like this. Tons upon tons of carbon brought up from the ground and literally placed into the air we breathe.

Of course, this is the accepted norm. Many of us have grown up surrounded by internal combustion engines. When does this terraforming end? Our planet doesn’t care one way or the other of humanity’s interactions. The Earth has been here long before us, and will be here long after we're gone. I often laugh at the statement, “Save the Earth.” It’s not Save-the-Earth, it’s, Save-the-Humans! We may be nutty at times, but I think we’re a species worth saving.

As of late, this is what preoccupies my mind while driving to work. I keep thinking, it does not have to be this way.