Six Feet Under – Westside Is First Restaurant In Atlanta To Utilize Wind Energy

Urban Wind Turbine From Soenso Energy Generates Clean Electricity For Pub & Fish House

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 5, 2009 – Roger K. Cone, president of renewable energy integrator Soenso Energy of Marietta, Georgia, announced today that Six Feet Under-Westside Pub & Fish House has become the first restaurant in Atlanta to use wind energy to generate electricity to help power its business. Restaurateurs Nancy and Tad Mitchell selected the Skystream 3.7 Wind Turbine for their location at 685 11th Street NW in Atlanta. The Skystream is mounted on a forty-five foot tower at the back of the restaurant’s parking lot. The sleek wind turbine, overlooking the Atlanta Water Works, is on one of the hiskystream1ghest points in the city and is visible to southbound traffic on Howell Mill Road and Northside Drive.

About the Skystream 3.7

The Skystream, developed by Arizona-based Southwest Windpower in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, has unique curved blades for quiet operation. It is the first residential/small commercial wind turbine that includes a built-in inverter and requires no external components. The Skystream qualifies for Federal and Georgia clean energy income tax credits. With Atlanta’s average annual wind speeds of about nine mph, the Skystream should generate approximately 200kWh/month of clean electricity. The Skystream 3.7 was awarded a 2006 Best of What’s New award from the editors of Popular Science and included in TIME magazine’s 2006 Best Inventions.                                                                                        

About Six Feet Under-Westside

Six Feet Under-Westside is an urban, neighborhood restaurant and pub offering excellent food at a fair price with a full service bar and wide selection of beers. The roof top deck dining area has a panoramic view of Atlanta’s Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. Six Feet Under-Westside, 685 11th Street NW (between Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road), Atlanta, Georgia 30318; Phone: (404) 810-0040; On the Web:; Email:

About Soenso Energy

Located in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, Soenso Energy has been a leading provider of commercial and residential renewable energy products since 2004. Soenso Energy offers sales and professional installation of solar thermal water heating, solar photovoltaic (PV) electric and small wind turbine electric. On the Web:; Email:

Why should I buy a LEED®certified home? What is LEED®?

What is LEED®

LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It was created and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit environmental organization with more than 14,000 member organizations dedicated to sustainability in building design and construction. The certification system has been in use for more than seven years in commercial construction, and includes Green Home Buildingmore than 3.2 Billion square feet of real estate currently seeking LEED® certification.

LEED® recognizes the highest quality in green homebuilding. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor air quality.

Please explore case studies on a variety of LEED®-certified homes at


LEED®for Homes FAQs for Home Buyers

Is a green home right for me?

If you would like a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for you and for your family, a green home is right for you. Green homes have lower utility bills, use less water, are associated with fewer asthma attacks, and are at lower risk for mold and mildew. Green homes are better for the environment, and they are affordable.

How are green homes good for the climate?

In the United States, our homes are responsible for 21% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Living in a green home means that you’re helping to stop the causes of climate change.

How will a LEED®home benefit me?

The benefits of a LEED®home include economic benefits such as lower energy and water bills; environmental benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and health benefits such as reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

LEED®-certified homes may also be eligible for financial benefits such as lower fees for financing and lower insurance rates.

How can I compare a green home to a conventional home?

Think of LEED®as a nutrition label for your home that gives you much greater confidence in specific features of your home that will contribute to your quality of life.

LEED®certified green homes include a homeowner’s manual and a LEED® “scorecard” that reflects third-party verified information about your home’s energy performance, water savings, materials used in construction, and other features.

Similar, third-party verified information is typically not available for conventionally constructed homes.

What types of homes are LEED®certified?

The LEED®for Homes certification system is tailored for the construction of market rate and affordable new single family or low-rise multi-family homes (like condos and garden apartments). Existing homes undergoing extensive renovations – down to the last studs on at least one side of each exterior wall – are also eligible to participate in the program.Green Home Building

What about remodeling projects?

USGBC and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have partnered to create the REGREEN Program, which are the first nationwide green residential remodeling guidelines for existing homes.


How can I purchase/build a LEED®home?

Tell your realtor or builder that you want a LEED®-certified home. Some markets now include whether a home is LEED®certified in MLS listings of homes for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a LEED®certified home in Georgia, please contact me. I have a list of builders participating in the program.

You can also visit to find a homebuilder participating in the LEED®for Homes program in your area.

Do LEED®certified homes cost more?

LEED® certification can fit into your family’s budget regardless of what it is. LEED®certified homes include everything from luxury residences to Habitat for Humanity projects. Buying green and asking for LEED®-certification is your choice.

Are there any incentives?

Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green homes and for remodeling with green technologies.

Where can I find more information on green home building?

Visit for comprehensive information and links to other great online resources.

If you are interested purchasing a “green” home or remodeling “green” in Georgia, please contact me. As a certified EcoBroker®, I have received additional education to promote energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. If you are a Buyer, I look at your individual situation and help you find a home that is comfortable, affordable, healthy and saves money on utility bills. If you are a Seller, I will help you identify how you can improve your home’s water and energy efficiency to appeal to today’s buyer.

Let’s go Solar

During my recent visit back home in beautiful Franconia (Bavaria), Germany I couldn’t help but notice the amount of Solar panels on roofs and Wind turbines in the distance. I wanted to share a few pictures I took during a Sunday afternoon while my daughter had the time of her life on my friend’s horse.


It is a great time in Georgia to implement free, solar energy in your home. The federal 30% tax credit for residential and commercial solar installations has been extended for 8 years. Also, the $2,000 monetary cap for residential solar electric installations has been eliminated (effective for property placed in service after December 31, 2008). More info here

The state of Georgia also has come through and passed some groundbreaking solar legislation! According to House Bill 670 passed a little while ago, businesses and residences are eligible for a clean energy property tax credit. The public service commission defines “clean energy property” as any that uses solar radiation to convert energy to useful forms. So, this includes photovoltaics, solar water heating, etc. You’ve got from now until December 31st, 2012 to put your system on line to qualify. Additionally, you need to file an application with the Commissioner of Revenue. Funds will  be distributed on a first come, first serve basis from a pool of $2.5 million. The credits are administered by the Department of Revenue who can be reached at 404-417-4477. More information here. 

Here’s the incentive rate schedule:

Residential installations

1. The lesser of 35 percent or $2,500 for solar energy equipment for water heating.

2. The lesser of 35 percent of $10,500 for solar energy equipment for heating applications.

3. The lesser of 35 percent or $2,000 for certified geothermal heat pump systems.

Business installations

1. The lesser of 35 percent or $500,000 for solar energy equipment for solar electric (photovoltaic),other solar thermal electric applications, and active space heating, wind equipment, and biomassequipment

2. The lesser of 35 percent or $100,000 for solar energy equipment for domestic water heating

3. The lesser of 35 percent or $100,000 for Energy Star certified geothermal heat pump systems

Sales tax holiday in Georgia for energy and water efficient products will be held October 2 – 5, 2008

The Oct. 2-5 sales tax holiday applies to ENERGY STAR appliances and, for the first time, products that carry the WaterSense label for water efficiency.

Georgia’s fourth annual ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, October 2nd and continues until midnight on October 5th.  During this period, products carrying the ENERGY STAR label as well as WaterSense labeled products are exempt from the State Sales and use tax. 

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

WaterSense helps consumers to identify water-efficient products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help save money and encourage innovation in manufacturing. For additional information on WaterSense, please visit

The sales tax exemption is intended only for individuals and their personal use.  It does not apply to purchases made for resale, purchases by businesses, items leased or rented, or items sold at sports facilities, theme parks, restaurants, public lodging establishments and airports.

SAVE even more:

If you live in a home built prior to 1993 and have an individual residential account with a participating water utility, you may qualify for the $100 rebate on the purchase of a WaterSense labeled, High Efficiency toilet.

Authorities that participate in the Rebate program:

•·        City of Atlanta·        City of Dallas, GA·        City of Hapeville·        City of Marietta

•·        City of Smyrna·        City of Roswell·        Cherokee County·        Clayton County

•·        Cobb County·        DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

•·        Fayette County·        Fulton County·        Gwinnett County·        Henry County

•·        Paulding County

 Visit for details on the rebate program by County.

ecoTransitions Inc., a WaterSense partner is a local supplier for Caroma High Efficiency toilets. Check out their huge selection at To see why these toilets work so well, visit

Order your Caroma High Efficiency toilet today for pickup or delivery during the Sales Tax Holiday October 2-5, 2008 and SAVE Water and Money! For more info contact

How eating 4 burgers less per year can save 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water

Not even to mention the calories and the cholesterol……

No, seriously. I never thought about it this way:

It takes about 5,000 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef. No, cows don’t drink that much water, but it takes so much to grow the corn they eat.

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan to conserve water. But – going meatless for one day a week can make a big impact and can be a lot of fun too! Involve your kids to create tasty meals without meat. If you have to have meat, opt for chicken instead.

Why save Water?

Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. We are depleting our underground aquifers faster than we are replenishing them. The largest one, the Ogallala, which covers a vast part of the country from the Midwest to the mountain states, is being depleted by 13 trillion gallons a year. Eventually it is going to run out – and then what? Northwest Texas is already dry. They can’t get any water from their wells.

Our growing population is putting stress on available water supplies. The U.S. population almost doubled from 1950 to 2000. The demand however, tripled! Americans use an average of 100 gallons of water each day-enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses! This increased demand has put additional stress on water supplies and distribution systems, threatening both human health and the environment.

We all need to do our part to save water. Visit to find out how you can save water in your home. Little changes that make a big difference!


Think outside the bottle!

Join me and break the bottled water habit! Getting rid of bottled water is a win-win! You save money and water and help lessen the amount of plastic in landfills! You can now even win a trip to Glacier National Park. Please learn more about the campain here 

Break the Bottled Water Habit, Win a Prize and Cut Your Carbon

When you want pure, healthy drinking water, you should reach for bottled water, right? Surprisingly, on neither a personal nor a global level are you making a healthy choice.

For each gallon of water bottled, two gallons are wasted; producing the plastic wastes  the energy equivalent of a quarter-bottle’s worth of oil. And what’s in the bottle could just be tap water.

New American Dream and Corporate Accountability International is asking you to think about where the water in that bottle came from, where the plastic is going, and take the Break the Bottled Water Habit pledge( and drink to a healthy ecosystem.

During October, make a conscious choice to slake your thirst without drying up our planet’s resources. In addition to benefiting the environment, participants will have a chance to win a free condo for a week at a ski resort in Idaho.  Visit the website ( now to get started.

THE ‘Green’ Wedding and Event facility in Marietta, GA




The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, GA is THE Eco-Friendly Wedding and Event Facility in GA.  

They recently installed a Solar PV System to Generate Clean Electricity and Caroma Dual Flush Toilets to Save Water 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, August 2, 2008 –

The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain
The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Back in the twentieth century Billy Idol sang about a “White Wedding” in his 1982 hit. But in the twenty-first century, mother and son team Ellie and Marc Sommers are leading the charge in Atlanta for “green” weddings, as well as “green” special events and “green” corporate events. They are the owners of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, Georgia. This event facility is on four idyllic, forested acres near the entrance to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.


The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, formerly known as the Kennesaw Mountain Winery, was acquired by the Sommers in 2006. They began implementing numerous environmentally friendly initiatives. Most recently they had a 1.3kW DC solar PV electric system,

1.3kW DC Solar PV Array at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

manufactured by Schuco Solar of Germany, mounted onto the roof of the facility’s Grand Ballroom. The solar array was supplied and installed by Marietta-based SOENSO GA ( The 1.3kW solar PV system will produce an average of 145kWh/month of free electricity. A system this size will generate just a portion of the total power needed for the facility, but it will shave peak-usage kWh’s and reduce each month’s electric bill. 

In addition, generating 145kWh/month of clean electricity from solar PV instead of using that same amount of electricity generated by coal-fired utility power plants will have the following positive annual impact on the environment: 

  • 2,826 pounds of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere
  • 3 barrels of foreign oil not imported
  • 145 gallons of gasoline not consumed

Other sustainable initiatives underway at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain include locally inspired and organic food, biodegradable and compostable food containers and flatware, waste recycling by Conex Recycling of Alpharetta and dual-flush toilets from ecoTransitions of Marietta. The Sommers also plan to install a solar thermal water heating system from SOENSO GA.

Update: They were recently featured as the “Going Green Champion of the Week” by WSB TV, see here

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, 1127 White Circle NW, Marietta, Georgia 30060
On the Web:,
Phone: (770) 396-5361, Email:
Thanks to SOENSO GA for providing this information 
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