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I have fond memories of traveling around the east coast with my friends in the mid 1980’s and into the early 1990’s seeing the Grateful Dead perform at various venues. It was always an atmosphere of fun, exploration, and community. Unfortunately, the band leader Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995 at the young age of 53. I believe that if Jerry was alive today, he would be a BIG proponent of solar energy.

Through different means, deadheads were often exploring new levels of consciousness including greater awareness of the health of our planet. The Grateful Dead would often align with environmental causes, including playing a benefit concert on September 24, 1988 at Madison Square Garden in support of the Rainforest Action Network.

Like me, many older deadheads today have families, careers, and still like to crank up a little Sun Shine Day Dream every now and again. It is my hope that every deadhead who yearns for those days of community and higher consciousness will join the millions that have already gone solar. If your home is appropriate for solar there is no reason to not go for it. I encourage homeowners to call several solar installers in their area to see if going solar is right for them. I had the great fortune of attending graduate school around the time Jerry Garcia passed away where I was studying the economics of solar energy. Since that time, the price of solar has come down dramatically and it now represents a great investment and at the same time going solar is a great way to reduce your household’s environmental impact.

As a professor and energy consultant who is passionate about solar energy I want to encourage everyone to consider going solar. I created the Go Solar Coach web site to help people navigate the sometimes confusing process of selecting the best solar installer for their project. I created a FREE guide to help people compare solar quotes from different companies.

The Dead played Throwing Stones at that 1988 benefit concert in Madison Square Garden where the words echoed through the stadium: “Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face. But afraid, we may lay our home to waste.” To me the second line in these lyrics is a call to all of us to do what we can to protect the environment. Going solar is something that is in our control and it DOES matter; and if enough of us do this we just might save this “bright blue ball” we call home!


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