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RA, RA- THE Original Solar-Powered Delight, Remodeled -Part I

solar connections..looking for the SUN


It  seems to me (and how about you?) that there's a "solar-tie" between all of us-- no matter where we stand in the annals of history.

EXAMPLE: Our on-going relationship with the sun in terms of  light, warmth, and growth.

 I've noticed that here, in 2008, we human beings seem to have developed a keen interest  in the advantages of becoming sun-partners in terms of energy efficiency.

Photo I took at Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community. Experts look for SUN...

NOTE: This eco-community is aiming for a net sero energy goal!

As the sun rose this morning, I mused about how things stay the same in different ways. 

The  Sun God RA,   whom Egyptians purported sailed daily around the Earth in his sunboat  guarding the power of the sun, might today be pleased to note that we still "guard" the power--but now we do it by utilizing passive solar design, and solar arrays (among other things) in GREEN -BUILT homes  and office buildings.   But what about taking advantage of solar power if a remodel is on the agenda? That could be a boon.

And that's the subject of this post.... Remodeling to bring in light and warmth.
And this is nothing new.

 Queen Maria's and Her Solar Remodel

 Back in the mid-1700s Queen Maria of Portugal was into remodeling, on a majestic scale.  If it didn't happen overnight, that was OK with her. In fact, Queen Maria  took many, many years to bring light to her country "Second/Vacation Home". (Nowadays, "overnight" might mean months, not years.)  

This portrait, courtesy of Wikipedia.

                               As the story goes, Queen Maria left the remodeling details to the experts. Did not so much as visit her remodel- until, finally overcome with curiosity,  the Queen could wait no longer to see the changes .Off she sped to the mountains, arriving in full light to marvel at the illuminated gold carvings, and gold framed mirrors throughout . How they lit up the interior halls reflecting the tracery of the Pensile and Malta gardens. 

As Queen Maria admired her surroundings, her courtiers flung open the garden doors. Sunlight poured in. The mirrored rooms flashed sun-filled beams reflecting nature's bounty.   "Que Luz!," she exclaimed. "What Light!." 

Certainly RA, sailing about in his sunboat, could have enjoyed that moment hundreds of years ago, but back to the present!   Let's revel in our own  "green" rehabs, solar-powered delights and connections with the sun. It is amazing how we have evolved over the years. These days, we can pull together  a stylish, comfortable, and beautiful "palace" that is also non-toxic and eco-friendly.

Take a look at this solar array and imagine what it  could do for you!

Solar Power

photo of solar hot water heater courtesy of Wikipedia

 Here in Asheville, North Carolina, modern-day hub of sustainable innovation, eco-developers,green builders, and adventures in green real estate  we, like those  who came before us, are really getting into Solar Power..but in novel ways.

Want to know... Why? Where? What? and How?

Check out Part II of this Series. 
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