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First ADVANCE Energy Benchmarking Jam engages community

On July 28, USGBC Alabama’s newest ADVANCE Ambassador, Daniel Tait—CEO of Energy Alabama—hosted our first Energy Benchmarking Jam. This community event was held at the new Salty Nut Brewery in Huntsville and brought together various community organizations, including the Von Braun Center (Huntsville’s largest convention center), and the Girl Scouts of North Alabama. Other individuals from throughout Huntsville entered energy data for their own personal places of interest, such as their church or child’s daycare.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-advance-energy-benchmarking-jam-engages-community-usgbc-alabama

Tinsel Trail is Among the Brightest, Longest Christmas Displays in the Southeast

Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama, sponsored a tree for the first time this year because the Tinsel Trail draws large crowds.

“Who doesn’t love Christmas trees?” Tait said. “For us, it is just a great way to introduce ourselves to people who may not know us. And also to show off a little of our personality.”

Tait’s tree features LED lightbulbs as ornaments and is topped by a star shaped like the sun. His nonprofit offered free home energy audits to visitors who posted a selfie with the tree and used the hashtag #netzeroenergy.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/12/post_128.html

ALCSE Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday. T-Minus 1 Month.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday.  That’s just one short month away.  ALCSE Giving TuesdayWe’re working hard for sustainable energy throughout Alabama. But we need YOU!

EDUCATING

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We’re hard at work to bring more sustainable energy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into local classrooms.

PRODUCING

We encourage and support locally-produced, renewable energy.

We encourage and support locally-produced, renewable energy.

MOVING

Did you know that gas would need to go below $1 per gallon before electric cars didn't make economic sense?

Did you know that gas would need to go below $1 per gallon before electric cars didn’t make economic sense?

ENCOURAGING

Support Sustainable Energy Alabama

We celebrate entrepreneurial efforts that use new technology.

So what can you do?

  • Sign up for a Thunderclap that will happen at 9:00 AM on Tuesday December 1st. Sign up here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/33882-i-m-solarizing-alabama
    • A Thunderclap is a tool that allows our supporters to simultaneously post on the same message on their social media networks. It will help us make a big splash to start #GivingTuesday
    • Please sign up for the Thunderclap using all the social media accounts you have!
  • Forward this blog post to family and friends and ask them to sign up for the Thunderclap.
  • Give on #GivingTuesday (Dec. 1st). Even $1 will make a big difference.
  • Using that same link, you can start your own fundraising page to help us if you are so inclined. Set your own goal and try to help us fundraise!

Foosgazi wins Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

Foosgazi wins Energy Alabama Human Foosball Tournament!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 1st Human Foosball Tournament with the Toyota USA Foundation Avion Solutions Incorporated, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville team, Foosgazi took the title at the Energy Alabama Huntsville Human Foosball tournament. Feedback from the event was great and we hope to make this the first of many Human Foosball events in Huntsville.

 

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Daniel Tait of Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy referring the first Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

 

   

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switch Blade Competition on Thursday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior systems engineer Bill Pannell, from the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

Students from Alabama A&M University, Columbia High School, Hartselle High School and the University of Alabama in Huntsville received a $500 stipend to fund their project.

The Switch Blade Competition is a great example of how we’re trying to make the quest to 100 percent clean energy in Huntsville fun,” said Daniel Tait, chief executive officer, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. “Students get to engage with some of the toughest problems we need to address as a community while gaining hands-on experience with real equipment being used by the U.S. Army.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.theredstonerocket.com/around_town/article_fc3f015a-ee7a-11e4-bdaa-bf693a6fea58.html

Congratulations to the UAH Green Wind Power Available at Low Speed, or GWPALS, team! They were the winners of this first inaugural Switch Blade contest.