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This is so interesting. Decentralizing power grids is an excellent idea. In terms of engaging communities, I'm wondering if there are videos online, demonstrations or just a strong infographic about how much energy you lose when you're transporting it over geographic distance. It might really help to make your point if people can see the total end difference between energy generated far away and energy generated in their local microgrid. I know it would make an impression on me!

Hi! Cool idea! It sounds like a key part of Energy PopUps would be persuasive displays and fun public art. Visualizing energy usage made me think of the artist Chris Jordan, http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#light-bulbs. You might be inspired by some of his artwork that captures the sheer magnitude of energy usage. (If you follow the link and then click on the image it animates a little bit.) At some point, I'm sure you'll be thinking about visual artists to partner with.

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Lacy commented on Give DYI solar panels workshops in schools

I love this idea! I want to take a solar panel DIY class! I'm curious if you know how much the materials for building a solar panel in the classroom would cost?