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Apple and the Global Chip Shortage

Apple announced that manufacturing their products is a little bit more challenging this year. This is due to the global chip shortage that is affecting Apple, car companies, and PlayStation. Read on to see how this will affect Apple’s iPhone/iPad releases that normally debut in the fall season.

Apple and the Chip Shortage

At the beginning of this year, Apple was able to order the number of chips needed for their devices. However, fulfilling that order could not be complete. Thankfully, they are better off than other manufacturing companies. In fact, the smartphone-making giant just reported that their Q3 earnings are the highest ever yet. So, those earnings are going to have to tide them over until A15 chip production is back in full swing. According to Forbes, chief financial officer Luca Maestri says that iPhones and iPad will be hit the hardest. They are re-designing the iPad mini, but now it’s put temporarily on hold. Here’s what Maestri has to say: “We expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad.” The A15 chip is the most important feature for the re-designed iPad, the iPhone 13, and MacBook. Now, it looks like Apple will not be able to release the iPhone 13 in September, and this may affect supply for next year as well.

Other Apple products sales are soaring, though. Especially Apple Watches, which are really picking up since their initial debut in April 2015. So, customers shouldn’t have a problem obtaining AirPods, Watches, and Apple TV, which use an M1 chip processor. Hang on to your current Apple products for now, or go to the 2020 products. We will keep a close watch on Apple’s production and supply, as well as the chip shortage, and keep you informed.

How are you affected by the chip shortage? Let us know in the comments!

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Pros and Cons of Wind Power

As the U.S. plans to move from fossil fuels, we look towards wind and solar energy. Wind energy tends to be used on a larger scale, hence the fields of turbines throughout the western half of Texas. There are perks of wind energy, but also nothing can be perfect. Let’s look at the pros and cons of wind power.

Wind Power Pros

The most obvious advantage of wind energy is that the source is free and comes naturally, and is endless.  Therefore, this method doesn’t require electricity to make electricity. Because of this, wind turbines are more cost-efficient. Also, they’re a good source for backup power in case power plants fail. As mentioned, wind turbines usually are situated in large groups to light up a town. One turbine can power about 2,000 homes! However, farmers and ranchers can have their own turbine(s). If taken care of properly, a wind turbine can last 20-25 years. After, the shaft is taken apart and 90% of the components are recycled. The wind energy industry also provides jobs and opportunities for renewable energy research & development.

Wind Cons

Well… They’re big, so they’re not the most convenient tools. And, even windy climates have their still, heavy air days, so they may not always be spinning. When they are, sometimes birds fly into them. So, they can affect air-borne creatures’ population. They take up a lot of land space, but I think we can agree that we’d rather see wind turbines while driving into Port Aransas rather than urban development. After the turbine reaches the end of its life, the blades get sent to the landfill. However, GE is developing a plan to recycle the blades.

Did you know? A wind turbine is 262 feet high, and the blades are 120 feet long. Hopefully wind engineering only improves, and that GE finds a way to recycle blades. We support green energy!

 

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Pharmaceutical vs. Psychedelic Drugs

Whenever we get a headache, we take aspirin. Or, whenever we’re stressed and overwhelmed, we down an adult beverage or pop a Xanax. But, what if I told you that there’s a better way? An alternative that is better for you? Recently, it’s come to light that psychedelic and plant-based medicines are rising above pharmaceutical drugs. Read on to see how and why.

 

The Transition from Big Pharma to Psychedelic Healing

First, plant-based medicine, such as peyote and ayahuasca, have been around for thousands of years. Native Americans and other indigenous peoples use it for healing and mental wellness. However, then pharmaceutical drugs took over. Because of this, natural medicine became outlawed. But, now the truth is starting to come to light, and people are fighting back. We believe that prescription and over-the-counter pills do not resolve the problem. Rather, the problem stays at bay. Meaning, the problem is merely numbed until the pills wears off. Then, as the patient takes more, they build an unhealthy dependence on the pills. Plant medicine isn’t like that. These “Schedule 1” drugs are more beneficial than OxyContin. Cannabis is an important bridge towards legalizing plant medicine. Since we can be sure that cannabis will be legal on a federal level one day, we can start looking at other alternatives.

 

Psychedelics aren’t all about turn on, tune in, and drop out. There are actually medical benefits, mainly mental health. With mental health awareness on the rise, psychedelics need to be as well. Mushrooms are legal in Denver, CO, and decriminalized in Portland, OR. According to scientific research, psilocybin mushrooms can help cure depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Scientists are still conducting research about dosage, long-term effects, and so on. After the trippy years of the 60’s, the government tried to suppress it. But today, psychedelic drugs are fighting back against pharmaceutical companies. John Hopkins is currently conducting research on these special mushrooms.

For our next blog, we’ll go into more detail about the benefits of plant medicine. Stay tuned!

 

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Alternative Energy Show in Austin, TX

The Alternative Energy Show is coming up this weekend, June 12-13, in Austin at Palmer Events Center. It will feature exhibits on clean energy, such as electric cars and solar panels, and more. Check it out!

 

Alternative Energy Show This Weekend

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make your home more eco-friendly, then this event is for you. There will be exhibits showcasing electric vehicles, solar panels/batteries, smart home devices, and other energy-efficient products. There, you can discover eco-friendly companies and learn how to live a more green life. Talk to professionals and learn how to make your home more eco-friendly. With the nation becoming progressively more green, you can be a step ahead by checking this event out.

Redwood Creative’s founder and CMO will also be at the event. We believe that clean energy is the future, and we are especially rooting for solar. As marketing experts, we will not only learn more about eco-friendly products but also team up with solar companies to further campaign for solar energy.

Sound like a good weekend to you? It is $20 for a one-day pass, and $30 for both days. It will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. We hope to see you there!

 

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Solar Power: Fact or Fiction? (INFOGRAPHIC)

As the solar industry becomes more accessible around the world, many misconceptions are following it. Here are 14 commonly asked questions and answers about solar power.

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MYTH 1 – Solar power systems are not available everywhere

Solar power systems can function anywhere the sun shines.

MYTH 2 – Solar panels can cause roof damage.

Many solar power systems actually help protect and presrve roofs. They help slow down the deterioration process and leaking.

MYTH 3 – Solar power systems only work in warm weather.

Solar panels do not produce electricity from the heat of the sunlight. they photons found in daylight are what the solar panels need. Temperature does not determine how much electricity a panel produces.

MYTH 4 – Batteries cannot store extra energy.

Most solar power systems are connected to a grid using a net metering system. The recent invention allows it to store extra energy within the solar energy system rather than send it back to the grid.

MYTH 5 – Solar systems are too expensive

Costs vary by type of solar panel system and state. In many states you may qualify for tax credits, reducing the cost by several thousand dollars.

MYTH 6 – Solar power systems require high levels of maintenance.

Solar power systems require little to no maintenance throughout their many years of operation. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions.

MYTH 7 – It’s better to wait until prices drop to invest in a solar power system.

The price of installing solar panels has decreased significantly in the past fifty years. However, it is not expected to drop much lower.

MYTH 8 – Solar panels work even when the power goes out.

When the house loses power, so does the solar panel. Some solar energy systems can operate on a backup battery or generator.

MYTH 9 – Solar power systems prices are fixed and do not depend on the house’s size.

The price of a solar power system depends on the house’s size and where the house is
located.

MYTH 10 – Large-scale Solar Energy isn’t feasible.

The sun produces enough energy every hour and a half to meet the entire planet’s energy needs for one year.

MYTH 11 – Solar panels increase house property taxes.

Solar panels can raise property value, but most states have laws in place to prevent them from raising property taxes.

MYTH 12 – Solar power system production is not environmentally friendly

A solar power system reduces a large amount of carbon dioxide more efficiently than traditional energy methods.

MYTH 13 – You a need to own a house to install a solar power system.

The US Department of Solar Energy created community solar program entities who live close together to split the cost and share a solar power system.

MYTH 14 – A depleted solar power system is not recyclable, harming the environment.

The sun produces enough energy every hour and a half to meet the entire planet’s energy needs for one year.

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Normalizing CBD as Medicine

It’s 2021, and we now know that cannabis can do more good than harm. One component of cannabis, cannabidoil, or CBD, contains several medicinal and therapeutic properties. Since it contains little to no THC, which creates the “high”, cannabidoil is safe for everyone. The best part? You can never overdose on cannabis.

 

CBD Medicine

There’s a reason why you see CBD shops popping up left and right and why people are fighting to legalize the plant. Much like how a glass of wine or a beer can help someone unwind after a long day, cannabidoil can do the same. Better yet, it does not have the negative side effects that alcohol does. Cannabis can help you relax, take the stress off your shoulders, and can balance out emotions. It can help with depression and anxiety, as it aids serotonin production (especially if it contains traces of THC). So, aside from mood-boosting, it can also be a sleep and appetite booster. Don’t worry; it won’t give you the munchies and tempt you to eat everything on the Taco Bell menu. It’s more for if your depression/anxiety suppresses your appetite, then CBD lifts those restrictions. Ladies: melatonin will cancel out your birth control pill. Not to worry, cannabis works just as well, if not better.

Cannabis can also help relieve muscle/joint pains and soreness, arthritis, and even menstrual cramps.  Experts highly recommend that after a physically taxing day, take a CDB bath. It comes in an oil form so you can apply it directly onto affected areas.  Although research is still being conducted about this, so far it looks like cannabis can stop seizures.

It seems like cannabis can do it all! The plant improves mood, sleep, appetite, stress relief, and curbs body pains. Aside from minor dehydration, there are no negative side effects. Routinely using cannabidoil for medicinal purposes will have you well rested, free of pain, and happy. It is also safe enough for canine consumption for senior dogs with arthritis.

Thinking about starting your own CDB business?  Contact Redwood Creative today for marketing and website assistance!

 

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Biden and His Plan for Electric Cars

In the future, there will be more electric cars than gas-powered ones. President Biden, in his efforts to transition to emission-free cars, is pushing to electrify vehicles. Here’s his plan and the progress made so far.

 Biden’s Electric Cars

The Plan

Due to harmful CO2 emissions, Biden is calling for the end of petrol-powered vehicles. This will happen under the American Jobs Plan. Supposedly, in the next ten years, there will be half a million EV chargers. Major vehicle manufacturers are feeling pressured to switch to electric. Overall, the plan will cost over $100 billion. It is not limited to just everyday sedans and trucks: delivery vehicles and school buses (Clean Buses for Kids Program) are included, too. Right now, Asian countries like Japan are the leading countries for electric transportation. Tesla and General Motors are already rolling out EVs. Biden hopes for the U.S to be able to manufacture electric cars domestically. In order to encourage Americans to purchase EVs, he will offer rebates and tax incentives.

Progress Status

Right now, the plan is waiting to pass through Congress. While our senators are likely going to have to have to compromise on some aspects. After that, then the government will fund domestic electric vehicle manufacturing, including charging stations. Then, by driving up gas prices yet lowering EV prices will be deciding factors in upcoming car purchases. Even if this bill doesn’t pass, a similar one will. However, electric cars are in the making. Also, Biden is partnering up with a multi-million dollar electric car company to be his energy secretary. By doing so, he hopes to have more of an influence to push his green energy plan. Either way, Biden will see more electric cars in the future. We will have to wait and see how this goes.

What do you think about electric cars? Would you own one? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Solar Energy Conferences Summer 2021

We at Redwood Creative are enthusiastic about solar power. You can only find so much information online. Therefore, these upcoming solar energy conferences this summer will teach you everything. From solar panel installation to financing panels, head to a conference this summer to learn more. Some of these will be general renewable energy conferences.

 

Solar Energy Conferences Summer 2021

June Conferences
  • Solar and Energy Storage Northeast will host both an in-person expo and an online educational session. The expo will be on June 9th and 10th in Boston. The online session will be on June 2nd & 3rd. Get your tickets while they are still $75 before they go to $100.
  • This one covers all types of renewable energy! On June 6th and 7th in San Francisco, CA, there will be an International Conference on Renewable and Sustainable Energy. You’ll need to bring a notepad to intake the vast information from this meeting.
  • The World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology will be hosting the International Conference on Concentrated Solar Power Systems. It will be on June 3rd and 4th in New York, NY. Scientists will get together and discuss photovoltaic engineering.
  • Head over to Custer, WI, for the 31st Annual Energy Fair on Friday, June 25th! Thousands of attendees go to learn more about clean and sustainable energy and find resources.
  • The city of Gaithersburg, Maryland, will have Maryland Solar 101 going on. It’ll be on Wednesday, June 6th. If you’re thinking about switching to solar, then you need to attend this event. It covers everything about home and small business solar. Find more details here.
July Conferences
  • Be a part of solar innovation and go to the Intersolar North America 2021 Expo. Solar companies will be there to network and share ideas and resources. It will be in San Diego on July 14 – 16. Also, check the site to make sure it does not get canceled.
  • ReTech Summit is coming to San Francisco on July 18th to present their Renewable Energy & Technology Event Series. It will cover corporate sourcing of renewable energy.
  • Then, on July 29 and 30, there will be an International Conference on Innovations in Energy Engineering & Cleaner Production in Silicon Valley, CA. Hear professionals discuss how to make sustainable energy even more sustainable.
  • If you’re interested in learning about solar power, recycling, and farming, then The Sustainability Summit is perfect for you! Learn more about this event in South Carolina here. Note: the flyer says 2020, but that’s because it was canceled last year. It will be on July 29, 2021.

Let us know if you went to any of these conferences or any other solar conferences!

 

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Solar Energy Conferences 2021

There is always a lot to learn about solar energy. Solar technology is still evolving and developing. If you want to learn more, check out upcoming solar energy conferences in spring 2021. Also, these will all be in the U.S.

 

Spring Energy Conferences

Keep in mind, some of these may be virtual and subject to change date/setting.

  • On April 14th, the SEIA and NREL will host a roundtable and demonstration highlighting Solar TRACE along with SolarAPP. This will cover solar technologies and city regulations. Sign up for this virtual free webinar here.
  • The American Solar Energy Society will be hosting webinar series. It contains information about solar technology. There will be one on April 14th and 15th. Also, there will be one on May 19th. Read more about it here.
  • New York has an abundance of solar conferences this month. Specifically, on April 22-24. It goes quite in-depth, such as the financial and political aspects of solar energy. For example, the Business in Renewable Energy Sources and Innovation Management Conference.
  • The Smart Energy Market Tour will be going on April 26-30 in North & South Carolina. It will be outside on all 3 days. CED Greentech will be the host. Whether you’re an attendee or a vendor, you can register here.
  • On April 22 & 23, Boston will host the International Conference on Renewable Energy, Green Technologies, and Environmental Sciences. This will be a scholarly event with dissertation presentations. The goal is for scientists and researchers to share their knowledge and discoveries. Sign up here. Additionally, the Solar Energy Engineering Conference will be going on simultaneously.
  • Here are more Boston clean/solar energy conferences.

May Solar Events

  • The Solar and Energy Storage Texas 2021 conference will be in Austin, TX, on May 27 & 28th. It will feature exhibitions, workshops, and networking opportunities for business. Sign up here.
  • Head out west for the California Solar Power Conference 2021 on May 14th. It will cover solar storage and installation. Read more about it here.
  • Back to New York: the Advanced Energy Conference will be going on May 19th all day long. Here, you can brainstorm with others on the future of solar power. Check it out here.

But wait! There’s more.

There will be more conferences and webinars coming up this summer! Stay tuned to see where you can attend your next solar energy conference in 2021. Feel free to let us know about any other events you know of. Additionally, check with your city for local conferences.

 

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Solar Power: Fact or Fiction

As the world becomes increasingly environmentally conscious, solar power systems’ demand continuously rises. Solar technologies take sunlight and convert it into electrical energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels or mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. Since solar panels are relatively new, there are many misconceptions. Here are twenty common myths about solar power.

Myth 1: Solar power systems only work in warm weather.

Fiction: Solar panels do not produce electricity from sunlight itself but rather from the photons found in natural daylight. Though panels can only harness energy during sunlight periods, the temperature does not play a role in determining how much electricity a panel produces. Read more cold weather solar power myths here.

Myth 2: Solar power systems are too expensive for installation.

Fiction: Solar power systems can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $40,000, depending on the type of solar power system. Depending on the state, most people qualify for tax credits, possibly reducing costs by several thousand dollars. Read more about solar panel pricing.

Myth 3: Solar power systems require high levels of maintenance.

Fiction: Solar power systems require little to no maintenance throughout their many years of operation. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions, including hard hail or extreme winds. If a solar panel is somehow damaged, most solar power systems come with warranties that would cover the cost of the damage. Read more about the low maintenance cost of solar power systems here.

Myth 4: Batteries cannot store extra energy.

Fiction: Most solar power systems are connected to a grid using a net metering system. This determines how much energy a house is producing and how much is being sent back to the grid. This grid acts as a battery system, as a home’s solar energy system can draw from the grid when needed.  The recent invention of solar batteries allows for a solar power system to store extra energy within the solar energy system rather than send it back to the grid. Read more about solar batteries.

Myth 5: Solar panels can cause roof damage.

Fiction: Many solar power systems actually help protect and preserve roofs. They help slow down the deterioration process and leaking. Also, most solar panels can be easily taken off for temporary cleaning or minor repairs.

Myth 6: Large-scale Solar Energy isn’t feasible.

Fiction: As one of the largest energy sources in the universe, the sun produces enough energy every hour and a half to meet the whole globe’s energy needs for one year. Scientists are only beginning to understand how to take advantage of this information. Though a new development, photovoltaic technology/solar power systems are growing at an increasing rate globally. Read more about the possibilities of large-scale solar energy.

Myth 7: Homes with Solar power systems do not get power at night.

Fiction: Though energy can only be produced by sunlight, most solar panels produce surplus energy during the day that can be used at night. This surplus goes back to the grid where homes can draw from at night or when necessary. Read more about this here.

Myth 8: Solar Power is more expensive than fossil fuel energy.

Fiction: Currently, the demand for fossil fuel energy is higher than the demand for solar power. So, the price of fossil fuel energy is slightly lower than the price of solar power energy. However, as the world becomes more eco-conscious, the demand for solar energy will rise exponentially. This will cause solar energy to become more accessible while decreasing in cost. Read more about future solar energy cost benefits over fossil fuel here.

Myth 9: Solar power system production is not environmentally friendly.

Fiction: On average, it will take most solar panels about four years to produce the amount of energy it took to produce the solar panel. So, any energy production after four years is helping the environment. Also, a solar power system reduces a large amount of carbon dioxide more efficiently than traditional energy methods. Read more about the environmental effects of a solar power system here.

Myth 10: Solar power systems do not look good on houses.

Fiction: As solar panels and other solar power systems grow in popularity, solar panels are becoming less noticeable yet more common. Also, most solar panels are black or dark blue, often matching the color scheme with the roof. Thus, this helps make the solar power system more aesthetically appealing.

Myth 11: Solar panels work even when the power goes out.

Fiction: When the house loses power, so does the solar panel. Some solar energy systems can operate on a backup battery or generator, but this is only possible when the house owner supplies this; it does not include a solar power system. Read more about this here.

Myth 12: It’s better to wait until prices drop to invest in a solar power system.

Fiction: The price of installing solar panels in a house has decreased significantly in the past fifty years. However, it is not expected to drop much lower. If anything, due to the rising demand for solar power systems, the price could potentially rise.

Myth 13: Solar power systems prices are fixed and do not depend on the house’s size.

Fiction: The price of a solar power system depends on the house’s size and where the house is located. A smaller house will not require as much energy from a solar power system as a larger house would, so it would be unfair to charge the same price. Here’s more on the varying price factors of solar power systems.

Myth 14: A depleted solar power system is not recyclable, harming the environment.

Fiction: A solar panel can operate for up to thirty years, then can be recycled once it is no longer usable. Most solar power system manufacturers will recycle the system with little to no additional cost.

Myth 15: Clean coal is just as efficient and only slightly more harmful to the environment than solar power.

Fiction: Solar power is significantly cleaner than clean coal because no version of coal is genuinely clean. The more coal is burnt, the more damage is done to the environment because of the increases in carbon pollution. Read more about clean coal vs. solar power myths.

Myth 16: Solar panels increase house property taxes.

Fiction: Rather than raising property taxes, most solar energy systems raise the property’s value. Therefore, making it worth more with the solar energy system. However, some states have forms of protection in place. This prevents solar power systems from being included in the home’s appraisal to calculate property taxes. Read more about this here.

Myth 17: Solar power systems are loud.

Fiction: The most noise that a solar panel will emit is a subtle humming sound. This is due to the inverter turning DC electrical currents into AC currents. However, this is very quiet and can only be heard when standing less than two feet from the solar panel.

Myth 18: Solar power systems are not available everywhere.

Fiction: Solar power systems can function anywhere the sun shines. Some areas around the world might be slightly difficult to get a hold of a solar energy system, but many manufacturers are willing to ship their systems out. It just may require additional expenses. Read more about the availability of solar power systems.

Myth 19: Solar panels require a tracking system to be best positioned to receive the sun’s rays.

Fiction: When solar panels are first installed, they are strategically positioned directly in the sun’s path. Some solar power systems are equipped to allow the system to adjust its angle throughout the day to receive more sunlight. Still, research shows that the cost of installing these additional features is not often worth it, as it doesn’t bring in enough extra energy to make up for the costs.

Myth 20: You need to own a house to install a solar power system.

Fiction: The US Department of Solar Energy created a community solar program. It allows for residents, business owners, and other individuals who live geographically close together to split the cost and share a Solar Power System. This helps those who do not own a house access solar power.

 That’s a lot of myths to bust about solar power. Contact Redwood Creative if you have any questions about solar power myths!

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