There are many local and community-based groups that tout the wonders of recycling and the lifestyles that promote using less manufactured materials and more natural substances. For green enthusiasts, there is a new social networking site recently released that will connect users from all around the world.
SolaMaps is an Australian-based green social networking site that has an interactive map where members can communicate with each other through multiple options. There are also avatars that the registered members can use that change colors to indicate where in the world there is solar power available and where it is working.
The avatars on the site also show a difference among the members between those who have solar hot water systems and solar panels. The site’s designer, Steve Ewing, praised the mission of the new social site, explaining that it not only exists as a mechanism for sharing solar systems with one another, but also to “celebrate the use of clean energy sources and solar power, to show how it can easily and efficiently become a part of our daily lives.”
SolaMaps will connect green-minded users who utilize solar power, no matter where they are in the world. They will share tips, resources and other ideas on how they can and do live a green lifestyle. As a collective unit, home solar installations are very powerful and add up to a substantial energy production overall. The SolaMaps social site serves to give those power producers a voice and a platform with which to use that voice.
The new social site also hopes to eventually connect with other current social networks online to further enhance their mission and objective of educating others about solar living. As they do so, their focus will be on environmental change and sensitivity, and educating others on living green.