Why Mobile Solar Matters

A recenttrip by our VP of Marketing, Christopher Smith, to the San Diego DailyTranscript for its Green Business Executive Roundtable, provided anexcellent opportunity to summarize why Mobile Solar Matters:

SAVE MONEY

A construction company that rents a portable diesel generator, forexample, might might budget the rental rate as its cost. “The actualcost of a fossil fuel system is much higher. With solar, the contractor can eliminate fuel cost, fuel delivery, refueling time, enginetune-ups, even remediation costs when fuel is spilled. “That money canbe used to preserve or create jobs, or make a project profitable” saysSmith, “Solar generators can also produce valuable LEED points, andreduce the need for noise permits.”

SAVE LIVES

With the military, using renewables is quickly becoming ano-brainer. An Oct 4, 2010 article in the NY Times mentioned that 1 USsoldier is killed for every 24 convoys delivering supplies in Iraq andAfghanistan, and that diesel fuel accounted for between 30% to 80% ofthe loads. By reducing the amount of fuel delivered, lives are saved.And, at that time (before fuel prices spiked 30%), it is estimated that it actually cost about $400 per gallon to deliver fuel to the front.

SAVE THE PLANET, SAVE CHILDREN

Using mobile solar instead of diesel has positive impacts oncommunities. “When a feature film goes on location, each big dieselgenerator is creating about a ton of carbon dioxide each day,” Smithsays, using figures from the EPA, “But that exhaust also contains 40cancer causing compounds and soot particles to carry them – a verylocalized impact for families, neighborhoods, and schools.”

(SAVE MORE MONEY)

What’s the upside for a feature film to choose solar? “With dieselcosting about $5.50 or more per gallon delivered to a film location –our biggest solar generator saves over $500 a day in fuel costs.”

SAVE AMERICAN JOBS

“Besides, our mobile solar generators are designed and built inCalifornia, developing new technology and jobs. Governor Schwarzenegger got it, Governor Brown gets it, and President Obama is profoundly aware of the local benefits of solar. It’s clearly time to make changes inthe way we do things.”

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