T he “Solar Celebrators” are a new group of fun and sunny people who want to gather and celebrate renewable energy. Founded by Chris Bentley of Independent Power systems and CEO (Clean Energy Optimist) of The Good Energy Guild, the Solar Celebrators’ mission is to educate, engage, and inspire our community around free energy from the sun. On August 12th, 2017, the Solar Celebrators gathered at Hunter Lovins’ ranch in Longmont, Colorado to share stories of inspiration. Ryan Ferrero, the founder/CEO of Ignyte, emceed the event. Bret KenCairn, City of Boulder Senior Environmental Planner, spoke of the city’s clean energy future, and Nigel Zeid shared a project of putting solar on Nissan dealerships. Since he put solar on the Boulder Nissan and changed all light bulbs to all LED, they have reduced 67% of their carbon footprint. Dave Renné of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) , Paulette Middleton of ISES and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and myself, Carly Rixham (ASES) presented in a vibrant discussion of a global transition to 100% renewable society. Check out solarcelebrators.com for more information. I had the opportunity to discuss this with Hunter Lovins, world-renowned sustainability expert, and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, in an interview. By Carly Rixham Carly: I’m here with Hunter Lovins, chatting in her living room about the sun and all good things. Hunter, thanks for giving me the time. Hunter: My pleasure. C: Just to get started, tell us a little bit about your story, who you are and some of the decisions that you've made to bring you where you are today? H: I don't know that I’m that interesting. The work that I do sometimes is, though. For example, this little log house where we are was an energy pig when we bought it. The first thing we did was energy efficiency. We put new Heat Mirror windows on the north. We brought in a blower door, a thermograph, did all the caulking, did the standard weather stripping and put in new insulation where it was lacking. Then we put in a 5 kW solar system with battery back-up and grid intertie. Then I got a Leaf. As we were buying the Leaf the old boy in the car dealership was shuffling through papers and put one aside, saying “You 34 FALL 2017 SOLAR TODAY don't need this.” I said, “What’s that?” He said, “It's the emissions report.” Right. EVs don’t pollute. Then he put another one aside said, “You don't need that.” I said, “What’s that?” He said, “it's the maintenance schedule.” “How do you maintain these things?” I asked. He said, “You rotate the tires.” I drove it home reflecting on how they really are just superior vehicles. No oil changes, no fluid changes: you put water in the window washer, but there is no maintenance. I hadn’t realized until I started driving one just what a pleasure it is not to have to do all the stuff that you typically do with a car. And I dearly love driving past gas stations. C: But being mechanical, things break. H: Not much, there are vastly fewer moving parts with an electric car than in an internal combustion (ICE) car. ICE vehicles have 2,000 moving parts, mine has 18. We bought it used, with about 9000 miles on it. I’ve put about 45,000 miles on it. And what I pay in car payments is Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.