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Captain Planet and the Planeteers 30th Anniversary


Celebrating the Ultimate Eco-Superhero on #NationalSuperheroDay

After Chernobyl in 1986, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, and the Amazon's heavy deforestation throughout the decade, co-creators Ted Turner, Barbara Pyle and Robert Larkin III, developed a broadcast programming television series that would help inform the public of critical social and environmental issues on a global scale. 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers first aired in 1990 with one of the most catchy theme songs of all time.

The animated show is a form of edutainment and advocates environmentalism. The program was hugely popular and the plots fictional, yet very real and possible, eco-emergencies helped influence a generation of millennial's to care about environmental causes.

Every episode is followed up with at least one "Planeteer Alert" clip, often connected to the plot, where environmental-political and other social-political issues are discussed and how the viewer can contribute and be part of "the solution" rather than "the pollution".

Solar is the Sixth Solution to Pollution

The elements that are used to create Captain Planet are EarthFire, WindWater, and Heart. Sadly, Captain Planet and the Planeteers did not eradicate pollution. The global climate crisis is still a very real and imminent threat. But now there is a tangible, reliable energy solution that can help drastically offset the negative impact of global warming. So, if the show were to relaunch, we think there would likely be a sixth Planeteer named Solar. 

Fun Facts About Captain Planet and the Planeteers

  • According to the show's co-creator, Barbara Pyle, the inspiration for the five Planeteers came from real people that she met during the show's pre-production in 1989.
  • Tom Cruise was originally cast as Captain Planet himself, although he only stuck around for six episodes before bailing because he wanted more creative control.
  • Series is known for having a number of famous actors providing voices for the villains. 
  • In a September 2012 interview with Barbara Pyle and co-developer Nicholas Boxer, it was stated that the Hope Island was located near the Bahamas.
  • The original series was the second longest running US-cartoon of the 1990s, producing 113 episodes. It lasted for three seasons under the name Captain Planet and the Planeteers (produced by TBS Productions and DiC).
  • Captain Planet episodes are available on Amazon Prime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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