PURE Energies Visits the Amazon Rainforest

PURE Energies Returns from the Amazon Rainforest Demonstrating that Sustainable Societies are Possible Without a PhD  KENDJAM, BRAZIL–(Marketwired – December 03, 2014) - PURE Energies visits the extraordinary indigenous tribe protecting one of the world’s largest surviving tracts of tropical rainforest. A team from PURE Energies, part of the NRG family of companies, went on an expedition to the Brazilian Amazon, where they spent a week with the indigenous Kayapo Tribe in the Kendjam community on the Iriri River. Zbigniew Barwicz, head of PURE Energies, led the team to learn from the Kayapo’s model of sustainability and independence and offer ...

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The Real Jungle Book: the Kayapo Tribe in 2014

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In the 1500s, when the Portuguese arrived in Brazil, there were about five million Amerindians. Today there are 1/25th that many — about 200,000. Of these, a few thousand are the unstoppable Kayapo – determined, independent, freedom-loving conservation warriors. Since the 1950s, the Kayapo have successfully battled waves of squatters, loggers, miners and ranchers to maintain their land and way of life. Lucky for us! The destruction of the Amazon rainforest has implications far beyond its borders – for our planet’s air, water, plants, fish, animals and well-being. Housing The Kayapo live in large family groups in villages. Their ...

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5 Things I Learned in the Amazon, Part 1

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I was fortunate enough to spend a week with a secluded tribe in the Amazon Rainforest called the Kayapo. When I first embarked on the journey, I wasn’t sure what to expect – living without electricity, showers, beds and any other commodity of our daily life seemed exiting – but was it actually, if that’s how you live permanently? Let me give you a little background on these amazing people and the great work that they do for you and me every day of their lives, without even knowing. As you may know, the Amazon rainforest is in danger, ...

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3 Tips for Raising Kids in the Jungle – Urban or Actual

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Ever been to Kendjam? My guess is no – it’s a remote village in the Amazon rainforest, part of eastern Brazil. The tiny village sits within 10.5 million hectares of rainforest territory that belongs to and is protected by an indigenous people called the Kayapo. To give you a better idea of what 10.5 million hectares means, the area that the Kayapo protect is larger than 45 percent of the countries in the world. The Kayapo are the finest blend of courage, strength, wisdom and kindness I have ever encountered. By Western standards they live modest lives, even though ...

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Another Benefit of Going Solar: Encouraging Others to Go Solar

We talk all the time about the many benefits of home solar: You save money on your electric bill, you cut your carbon footprint, you can gain a little bit of independence from your utility company, and solar panels are just beautiful to boot. But wait: There’s more! New research from Connecticut finds that one of the reasons that people go solar is because one or more of their neighbors have also gone solar. It’s like the best kind of peer pressure imaginable. The study, which appeared in the October 7 issue of the Journal of Economic Geography, bears ...

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Talk to Your Kids About Solar

If you’ve got kids, you know that they are little bundles of limitless curiosity. And maybe they’ve already asked you about the solar panels they’ve seen in the neighborhood, or at school, or when you’re out shopping. For my preschooler, the first time he asked about solar panels was when he watched the Pixar film Wall-E for about the four-hundredth time. In addition to being a sweet movie about love and environmental stewardship, Wall-E is also about a solar-powered trash-compacting robot, and my curious little kid wanted to know all about the solar panels Wall-E uses to power up ...

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NRG Acquires Pure Energies Group

NRG Energy Acquires Pure Energies Group, Adding Stronger Online Platform for Customer Access to NRG’s Rapidly Expanding Residential Solar Business Pure Energies builds on recent acquisitions to empower customers to go solar in an easy and streamlined way PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 2, 2014– NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) has acquired Pure Energies Group, Inc. (Pure Energies), a residential solar industry leader in the critical area of web-based customer acquisition. Pure Energies completes the residential solar capabilities NRG has been working to assemble and perfectly complements NRG’s acquisition earlier this year of Roof Diagnostics Solar, a leader in home solar direct sales and installation, and ...

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Top 10 Countries Using Solar Power

Back in 2010, we researched the countries that were leading the world in solar power installations. As of the end of 2009 — the latest data we could gather — the solar industry was in the very early stages of the global solar boom that has been accelerating ever since. In the interest of taking the current pulse of the global solar leaders, we’ve updated this post in September 2014 to reflect the new state of play. We’re keep the 2009 numbers in parentheses as a reference point of just how quickly the world is switching to affordable, clean ...

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Infographic: Back to School, Sustainably

Congratulations to our #smallstep winners: Patricia Lieuallen, Wayne Yates, Naomi Shapiro, Costana Hornbaker, Delrina Mauser, Julie Harwell, Randy Hilton, Alessandro Pampolino, Teri Myers, & Samantha Mutone. Each winner will receive a PURE Solar Backpack stuffed with $500 Cash! Going back to school can be challenging enough without also trying to factor in the environmental impacts of your decisions. The good news is that there are a lot of little choices you can make that will make a big difference for your footprint as well as your pocketbook. As we wind down our #smallstep for sustainability campaign, we’ve created this infographic to ...

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PURE Webinar: What Can One Person Do to Save the Planet?

If you’re reading this blog, you are probably concerned about the environment — every day we’re hearing more news about the state of the climate, and how the changes that have already started happening may accelerate and get more severe soon. As serious as the effects of climate change are, the most important things to remember are that there is still hope and the time to act is now. To show people how their individual choices can add up to a planet-saving effort, PURE Energies has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to host a webinar on Tuesday, ...

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