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"A society built on green design, sustainable energy and closed loop systems, a civilization afloat on a cloud of efficient, non-toxic, recyclable technology." ~~Alex Nikolai Steffan



About 25,500 new solar water heaters were installed in 2008, growing the industry by 50 percent to reach 139 megawatts, the Solar Energy Industries Association announced last week.

Hawaii led the country in this category in 2008, when 37 percent of the new solar water heaters were installed, followed by 20 percent in Florida and 7 percent for California.

one in ten homes in China has solar water heaters, so we have a way to go.

And the city Green Readers are beginning to seriously envy--Gainesville--was featured this month in Washington Monthly:

this city of 120,000 is gearing up for a solar power boom, fueled by homegrown businesses and scrappy investors who have descended on the community and are hiring local contractors to install photovoltaic panels on rooftops around town.



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