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Thursday, July 16 2009
Sanibel Island is known for sun, shells, lots of conservation property, bobcats and alligators.  A group of interested citizens are now working to make it known for something else - being leaders in the uses of renewable resources. 

I am chairing Sanibel Alliance for Renewable Resources (S.A.R.R.) and hoping that as many Sanibel residents and interested parties will join us as possible.  This make sense not only for the environment but also for the value of our property and the island.  It is totally in keeping with what makes the island special. 

The first initiative of the group is to educate and encourage the use of Solar Hot Water heating systems.  We feel that with all the sun energy available for free - this makes sense for the island.  Providers of these systems, including Advance Solar - are working with us to make this as affordable as possible, likely under $2,000 per system!  There are State grants and Federal Tax Credits available at this time to help the equation.  If you would like more information about the Alliance or would like to join us, please visit www.sanibelenergy.com.   To see our press release see Page 5 of the Island Sun
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 12:55 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, June 25 2009
Hi,

On Tuesday night I moderated a meeting of interested Sanibel citizens about installing Solar Hot water heating systems on Sanibel homes, condos and commercial buildings.  At this time there are a number of State and Federal incentives to assist with the payment of these systems.  The State of Florida is offering a $500 rebate and the Federal Government is offering a 30% tax credit (not deduction) toward the expense of installing such a system. 

Aaron Fields of Advance Solar in Ft. Myers presented a proposal that would install these systems for under $2000 after all the rebates and tax credits.  The payback period for the investment is 2 to 4 years depending on your water use.  After that, the hot water is free of energy expense!  The intention of this initiative is to get as many buildings on Sanibel Island using the energy of the sun to heat their hot water.

Sanibel Island is the perfect place!  From a personal perspective, I have a solar hot water system on my pool and it is great.  Aaron will be visiting my home very soon to see if Solar Hot Water is in my future!  If you call Aaron, reference the Sanibel Solar Initiative for all the details.
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 02:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email


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