Working With Solar Panels, 'Turbine Cowboys' and More

See video taken at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Hey Folks,

Just catching up! I'm now working with Panasonic with Solar Panels! Great company and products.

Panasonic announced an exclusive brand license and endorsement agreement with noted environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. and his representatives. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will use the endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr. in print and online campaigns to support the marketing of Panasonic HIT® solar panels.

"Panasonic is pleased to have earned the respect and endorsement of Ed Begley, Jr. for Panasonic HIT solar panels, " said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "Mr. Begley is not only a well known actor but his view of helping the environment matches Panasonic's mission to be the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry by 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company's founding. Ed will be a recognizable and trusted voice to the customer about how they can help the environment by installing solar panels. "

HIT stands for "heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer," and the solar cells used are a hybrid with a unique structure comprised of a thin mono-crystalline silicon wafer surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. HIT solar modules are known for having one of the world 's highest conversion efficiencies and excellent temperature characteristics, allowing HIT modules to generate more power throughout the year, even during peak summer months, compared to other types of crystalline modules. The panels were originally developed by Sanyo Electric, which Panasonic Corporation acquired on April 1, 2011.

"Environmental lifestyles have changed much over the past few years. Solar has become an alternative to people who want to do something sustainable in their lives as well as save money. Solar can help them do both with quality solar panels like Panasonic's HIT, government incentives, and solar leasing," said Mr. Begley. "This agreement will help me reach customers and educate the public on the benefits of going solar. It has always been my mission to help people make greener lifestyle choices, and consequently create a brighter, healthier future for all of us."

(Full press Release)

Returned yesterday from CES in Vegas had a wonderful time. Here's an interview clip, hope you enjoy. (see above)

(Video Clip)

BCII, the producers of Living with Ed, are proud to announce the launching of a new show about the men and women who drive the wind industry. Can't wait for this to come out!

(Turbine Cowboys)

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) announced today it has greenlit "Braving the Elements," a new docudrama anthology series revealing the work, subculture and characters of professions that take place outdoors and are impacted by weather, seasons and extreme locations.

The "Braving the Elements" anthology will feature multiple miniseries, each comprised of four 30-minute episodes, including: "Lights Out," following crews who are the first ones on the scene to restore power during inclement - and often severe - weather; "Turbine Cowboys," featuring the men and women who are pushed to the limit both physically and emotionally as they brave extreme heights and every conceivable weather condition to work on wind turbines; and "Iron Men" (working title), profiling the iron workers who spend their days hundreds of feet above New York City, sometimes without a harness. Additional titles in the anthology will be added throughout the year.

"Working in extreme weather conditions requires a certain personality, and all of these miniseries feature a fascinating group of individuals who find their work thrilling, terrifying and rewarding all at the same time," said Bob Walker, executive vice president and general manager of networks and content, The Weather Channel. "As 'Braving the Elements' explores the daily conditions in which these courageous men and women work, viewers will no doubt gain a profound respect for their contributions to society and our everyday lives."

This original concept will take full advantage of the significant audience The Weather Channel brand has on television, the Web, mobile and tablet. Additional information on each miniseries is noted below:


When severe weather knocks out power and it's "lights out!," it's the unsung heroes of the Entergy Arkansas power crews who come to the rescue. "Lights Out" follows the modern day cavalry who comes to save the day when storms create havoc for communities. Winter ice storms, spring tornadoes, summer thunderstorms - they are all a part of life for these linemen, who often face perilous working conditions and tend to see more of each other than they do of their own families. Faced with the threat of danger every time they show up for work, these crews risk life and limb for their customers. Premiering in March 2012, "Lights Out" is produced by CSE.


Mother Nature is a powerful force and taming her is nearly impossible. Wind turbine workers risk their lives building, maintaining, and repairing these monolithic, modern day windmills: the wind turbines. "Turbine Cowboys" follows two teams: the would-be "wind techs" from their hardcore boot camp training through their first year in the field, and the seasoned veterans who are still challenged every day. They all face extreme weather, dizzying heights, and possible electrocution. We find out who is attracted to this job and why, and follow them as they push the envelope to wrestle electricity from the wind. Premiering in April 2012, "Turbine Cowboys" is produced by BCII ("Rides," "Overhaulin'").

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Asi Kaufman January 15, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Thanks for your activism!
Hugh April 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I notice it is not an American company you are shilling for. No wonder all the money the president invested in American companies is being flushed. Our own lefties do not even support U.S. companies.
daniel woodward May 01, 2012 at 12:08 AM
How do u become a member of the show
daniel woodward May 01, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Turbine cowboys..every field of construction I do


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