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Like it or not we are all part of our great big beautiful planet! Unfortunately, the topic of global warming has become a “polarizing” (pardon the pun) topic fostering debates and arguments that either side has it wrong. There is a belief that global warming is leading to our extreme winter conditions because as the Polar Ice Caps melt the waters are cooled as they rise and this in-turn creates the ideal conditions for colder winters. You can see a brief video on the potential impact of global warming from the Discovery Channel on Curiosity.Com There is even speculation that failure to take action to manage our harmful impact on the earth could lead us into another ice age!

Please note that I am not a scientist, geologist or expert on this subject and do not in any way portend to be so. However, I have always been interested in solar and it’s potential to bring clean and affordable energy to the world.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced “Shout Out For Solar Day” on January 24, 2014. Check it out and give a shout it this is something you car about! If you like solar, tell your friends, family and coworkers, “#GoSolar #USA!” Join solar supporters from across the nation for a day of action on January 24, 2014.

If you are really interested in Solar here are two upcoming events that may be of interest to you!

Upcoming Solar Event Announcements in Annapolis and Washington, DC

Marlyand Clean Energy Center’s 2014 Legislative Reception 

Tuesday, January 14th from 10:30AM-1:00PM

Maryland Clean Energy Center
1212 West St. Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Be part of the advocacy effort in 2014 as the General Assembly reconvenes in Annapolis to deliberate legislation that may impact the energy sector, the environment, and possibly the success of your business!

They anticipate hosting over 200 elected officials, their aides, appointed officials, industry leaders, environmental advocated, and stakeholders like you for lunch and conversation.

As a reminder, registration closes today, January 7th. MDV-SEIA will be representing the solar industry during a panel discussion on policy priorities during the event.  To sign up, visit their website. Please note, the event is free, but registration is required.

SEIA Solar Allies Breakfast

Friday, January 10th from 8:30AM-10:00AM
SEIA Office
505 9th Street NW, #800
Washington, DC 20004 

Join us for a meeting to discuss 2014 solar campaigns from a variety of NGOs, SEIA’s “Solar Allies.”  We would like to put together a calendar of upcoming solar campaigns, including “Shout Out for Solar” Day on January 24 and create new and deeper contacts with our allied organizations. Questions? Contact Susanna Murley at smurley@seia.org.  

We look forward to collaborating with you in 2014 to expand the regional solar market.