About Us At All-You-Need-Is-Solar.com
So, what About Us? Well, first of all, greetings from not-so-sunny Paris! That's me (Ray) alongside my wife and business partner, Elodia, atop the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. A beautiful city, come rain or shine.
But, this doesn't look like a promising spot to install a solar energy system, does it? Well, believe it or not, but Europe - and Germany in particular - has one of the highest concetrations of solar enrgy systems in the world. Can you believe that? Neither could we,initially, but it's a fact. A fact which only goes to prove you don't necessarily need to live in an area with constant sunshine to make installing a solar enrgy system on your home or business a viable proposition.
Let's Start At The Very Beginning
A very good place to start, indeed. We weren't always involved in the renewable energy business. In fact, we were both in serious careers in the IT field in San Jose's (California) Silicon Valley. But, we needed something more challenging and fulfilling, and, being extremely environmentally conscious (we're avid recyclers, amongst other things) and also being concerned about the effects of global warming, etc., we decided we needed to learn more about what we and others could do to help preserve this fragile planet of ours.
Some friends of ours bought a cabin out in the wilds, well away from any source of power or electricity, and decided to look into using solar energy to provide the power they'd need for lighting, appliances, etc. We were intrigued by this, and asked if we could tag along while they researched how to go about getting this done, exactly.
Since none of us really knew much about this relatively new field, I decided to sign up for an introductory class in solar energy basics. What I learned in that class fascinated me and intrigued me, so much so that I decided to continue my education in solar energy, which has since become a fully-fledged passion and source of constant enjoyment for us.
What A Wonderful World
But, we didn't want to stop at just benefitting from solar ourselves; we decided we'd like to help spread the gospel about reducing energy usage in general and about the use of solar energy to do so in particular. Hence, All-You-Need-Is-solar.com, where we try to not only help people reduce their energy costs by providing what we hope are useful energy saving tips and information, but also by educating people about the use and benefits of solar energy through solar power systems, solar electronics, etc.
Isn't There More To Life Than Solar?
Yes, there is, and we both lead active lives beyond this site and our involvement in the renewable enrgy field in general. We're both sports nuts. You see the photo of us in Paris above? Well, that was taken during our trip to England and France to watch the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which England (my home country) narowly lost in the final to a great South African team. And speaking of South Africa....Next year we'll be heading off there to see the soccer World Cup, another of my passions, and a sport I'm still actively involved in (injuries permitting, that is!).
You may have noticed a theme here - I mean, apart from the fact that this is all about us. Travel - something else we both love to do. And, while we travel, I never leave home without one of my all-consuming passions - The Beatles. Which pretty much brings us full circle, because they provided the inspiration for this site's name and for much of what's in it. I know some of the references to Beatles songs, etc., have been stretched almost to the point of breaking, but I hope it's takenin the spirit in which it's intended - to educate and serve, while having a bit of fun at the same time.
What more can we tell you about us? Not too much. In fact, I think that about wraps it up, so enough About Us! We hope you've learned a little bit more about us and what makes us and this site tick, and, if you feel like sharing a little bit about yourself with us, please stop by our Contact Us page and let us know about you - we'd love to hear from you.
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