Super duper excited to talk with RPCS this month about the company's exclusive tracker installation focus. Let's talk utility-scale solar for a little while, OK? Be sure to read the full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2019/01/contractors-corner-rpcs/
And we're working with a new podcast program this month, so let us know if there are any issues!
Nuance Energy Group applied a mounting technology used in other industries to solar with its proprietary Osprey PowerPlatform. The all-in-one ground mount/racking solution comes with ease of use for install, using only simple tools, and has been deployed in utility-scale projects.
In this episode of Solar Speaks, we talked to Nuance Energy co-founder and CEO Brian Boguess about the Osprey PowerPlatform, and how it can save installers time, controls cash flow and works in a range of soil types.
This podcast is sponsored by Nuance Energy Group
What a fun way to close out 2018! Kells talks to Green Solar Technologies, the only U.S. solar installer to testify in favor of tariffs on solar panels. Does the company regret its decision? And we talk about unique energy storage offerings. GST likes to push natural gas generators. Is that green enough? Read the story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/12/contractors-corner-green-solar-technologies/
Community choice aggregation means putting the power in the public's hands—literally and figuratively. CCA legislation allows cities and counties within IOU service territories to provide electric service to customers. Listen to this podcast to learn the ins and outs of CCAs.
We're dropping this month's podcast early for all you Thanksgiving travelers. Kelly talks with Scenic Hill Solar out of Arkansas about the company's work with L'Oréal and municipalities. KP even gets a "That's a great question" shoutout, so she's extremely thankful this year for having the opportunity to talk to so many influential people in the solar industry.
We're again sponsored by DuPont this month. Check them out!
If you want to read the full story on Nov. 26, here's the link: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/11/contractors-corner-scenic-hill-solar/
This month we talk to Gary Gerber of Sun Light & Power. He started the company back in 1976 and shows no signs of slowing down. Check out some vintage photographs with the full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/10/contractors-corner-sun-light-and-power
The problem of homelessness is unavoidable in Portland, Oregon. So nonprofit solar installer Twende Solar decided to do its first domestic installation for a homeless shelter in its hometown.
See the story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/10/case-study-nonprofit-installation-helps-portland-homeless/
KP is super excited to talk to Colorado's Atlasta Solar Center this month, a company with nearly 40 years of solar installation experience. The audio is a little shaky at the beginning, but it evens out, so hang tight! What other solar companies can say they've been around for four decades?
See the story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/09/contractors-corner-atlasta-solar/
Thanks once again to DuPont for sponsoring this month's Contractors Corner!
Solar+storage expert Sun Valley Solar Solutions of Arizona integrates demand control solutions into solar projects and has become the go-to battery expert in the state.
Read our full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/08/contractors-corner-sun-valley-solar-solutions/
And thanks to DuPont for sponsoring this month's Contractors Corner!
KP talks with Silicon Valley's Fresco Solar about the commercial market in the area. Carports, carports, carports!
Read the full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/07/contractors-corner-fresco-solar/
And thanks to DuPont for sponsoring this month's Contractors Corner!
The worlds of solar and energy storage are coming together more closely all the time, and so is this podcast. We spoke with Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO at Energy Storage Association. ESA is the trade association for the energy storage industry and the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the advanced energy storage systems that support the power grid we rely on every day. We speak to the woman behind the voice of energy storage today.
In this episode we speak to one of the OGs of the solar industry, Dan Shugar, CEO and founder of solar tracking company NEXTracker. With more than thirty years in the industry, Shugar has been called a pioneer of the commercial solar market. With impressive success leading companies including Powerlight and Solaria, even before NEXTracker, he’s also been called the King Midas of Solar. Here, we finally connect with the man who says he has silicon pumping through his bloodstream. Read more here: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/07/ask-a-solar-vet-designing-innovative-products-building-strong-teams-with-nextrackers-dan-shugar/
This month we're talking about the Maine solar market with ReVision Energy. Our guest Fred Greenhalgh, creative services director, even give a nice comparison of solar's relationship with utilities to Napster's relationship with the music industry. What? Listen in!
This month's podcast is sponsored by DuPont.
Read our full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/06/contractors-corner-revision-energy/
As solar matures, there are a lot of component suppliers to choose from, especially when it comes to inverters. Not only is there a lot to consider as far as what technology works for your project (whether it’s module-level power electronics or string or central inverters), but manufacturers’ supply chains also matter. To find out why, we spoke with Ed Heacox, general manager of CPS America.
This month's vet is Erica Mackie, cofounder and CEO of GRID Alternatives, which is the largest nonprofit solar installer in the country. She shares keys to Grid's success, which any solar installer can learn from, as well as what the solar industry can do better. Read more here: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/05/ask-a-solar-vet-somewhere-between-social-work-and-engineering-with-erica-mackie-of-grid-alternatives/
This month, Kelly chats with Strata Solar, a North Carolina-based EPC working in the C&I and utility markets. We talk about the company's unique O&M approaches (sheep!) and how the solar panel tariffs are affecting utility projects.
Read the full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/05/contractors-corner-strata-solar/
The May 25 deadline for the 2018 Top Solar Contractors application is quickly approaching, so SPW editors sat down to talk through some common questions about the list and why all U.S. solar contractors should apply for it.
Solar power is going strong in Rhode Island! Pawtucket's Sunwatt Solar is taking advantage of its Solarize installer standing to make a name for itself in the small state.
Read our extended feature on the company: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/04/contractors-corner-sunwatt-solar/
In light of our call to solar installers, developers and EPCs to apply for our 2018 Top Solar Contractors list, we thought it made sense to speak to one for this edition. Not unlike the construction field as a whole, solar installation is a male-dominated industry. Out of 500 companies that made the list last year, only 23 were lead by women. Michelle Greenfield is one of them. She has served as CEO of Ohio-based Third Sun Solar for more than 16 years. In this podcast, she discusses what it’s like to be a female leader in a male-dominated industry, working in a state that isn’t exactly the first that comes to mind when you think of solar.
You’ve likely heard of IHS Markit in research reports or articles about the solar or storage markets. But in this podcast we get to learn more about the organization as we talked to Cormac Gilligan, research manager of solar and energy storage, and Miguel De Jesus, solar energy analyst at IHS. Listen to learn more about inverter trends, as well as the solar and storage markets overall.
We spoke with Martin Hermann, CEO and founder of solar developer 8minutenergy. Prior to founding the company in 2008, Martin worked with solar panel manufacturer Advent Solar, and even owned a semiconductor tools company which he sold to Intel. Martin provides some great insight on the solar and storage markets.
EGT Solar gives us the lowdown on the Idaho solar market. With an expected population increase that is three-times the national rate through 2025, Idaho is going to be a big demand market for new solar. Read our full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/03/contractors-corner-egt-solar/
If you’ve spotted a man with a signature mustache, bow tie and hat walking around a solar show floor, you’ve seen this month’s vet Marvin Hamon, principal and founder of Hamon Engineering. Besides his signature look, Marvin is known for being an expert electrical engineer, writer and supporter of the green energy movement. Read more here https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/03/ask-a-solar-vet-marvin-hamon-the-man-behind-the-mustache/
We spoke with Chip Palombini, sales and marketing director at Dynapower, for a story on AC versus DC coupling. We wanted to share some of that interview with you. Chip talked about the differences between AC and DC coupling and told us about Dynapower's new DC to DC converter. Listen to learn more and read the whole article here https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/03/ac-dc-coupling-use-next-storage-project/.
We recently talked with Hannah Solar, a mid-sized EPC in the Southeast, about how the company is adjusting to the new 30% solar tariffs (Spoiler alert: not sweating them). We also talk logistics on how to get materials to far away islands in the Pacific.
Read our story here: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/02/contractors-corner-hannah-solar/
Paula Mints is the founder of global market research firm SPV Market Research. Learn what it takes to be a solar market researcher, her views of the market and how she is looking to help struggling women find a new life in solar in this latest edition. Read more at https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/02/ask-a-solar-vet-solars-star-researcher-paula-mints/.
Aurora Solar has been researching what makes solar sales proposals successful. The company interviewed homeowners at different stages of the buying process and talked with solar sales professionals to gain insights into the solar sales process.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, we talk with Rahul Nihalani, head of growth at Aurora Solar, about what the company learned from this research and how you can apply them to your solar business. See Aurora's blog on its research efforts here: http://blog.aurorasolar.com/what-makes-a-solar-sales-proposal-successful-5-tips-for-proposals-that-close/
Having trained more than 12,000 installers and inspectors in his 25+ years in solar, Bill Brooks can be called the godfather of solar engineering. However, he chooses to call himself an ambassador for solar technology. Listen to learn more about Bill's journey from the early days of solar in the 70s, to his work with the codes and standards that continue to drive the industry today.
We had a great time talking with Sheryl Lane this month from Earth Electric in San Jose, California. The residential solar installer is about to enter its 10th year--a major milestone for the solar industry! We talk about installing solar in Silicon Valley and why honesty is so important.
Read our full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/01/contractors-corner-earth-electric/
By now most solar contractors are aware of how interconnection requirements like Rule 21 in California are changing to allow inverters to play an active role in stabilizing the grid. While this can be a positive move to allow more renewable energy capacity on the grid, aspects like security and safety must also be considered. This is where UL comes in.
We spoke to Bruce Bailey, VP of renewable energy, and Ken Boyce, Principal Engineer at UL to learn more.
We chat with Ohio's GEM Energy on its 10-year history of building solar projects in the tough Midwest market. Repeat customers make up a big chunk of GEM's project pipeline.
Read the full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/12/contractors-corner-gem-energy/
Kristen Graf spent the last eight years leading Women of Wind Energy (WOWE), and now serves as executive director of the group under a new name: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE). She talks about why the group transitioned, what drives her to passion for renewables and empowering women, and shares her thoughts on the industry now and in the future.
Read more here: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/12/ask-solar-vet-uniting-women-across-sustainable-sectors-wrises-kristen-graf/
This month's guest is Adaptive Solar, a Houston-based solar installer. Founder Richard Sherwood talks about the tough solar market in the middle of oil country and how Hurricane Harvey affected solar and battery sales. Read our full write-up: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/11/contractors-corner-adaptive-solar/
With the section 201 trade case, it’s very timely to be speaking to a U.S. panel manufacturer. After 14 years at Solaria president and CEO Suvi Sharma has some interesting things to say. At Solaria Suvi was a co-founder of NEXTracker and also founded a CRM provider and a volunteer organization. Listen for more.
Read more here: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/11/ask-a-solar-vet-…rias-suvi-sharma/
This month, we get to know Kingspan Energy and its Irish roots. The company entered the U.S. solar market in 2014 and has found success in the Northeast market.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/10/contractors-corner-kingspan-energy/
This month’s vet, Scott Sullivan, is one of the most well-connected, experienced marketing professionals in solar. He's currently director of inverter sales and marketing for Growatt, but has worked in energy for more more than 20 years. He's also one of the most personable people you'll meet.
In this podcast, he shares what he's learned about sales and solar marketing from being employed in many different sectors of solar.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/10/ask-solar-vet-selling-solar-connecting-people-growatts-scott-sullivan/
We talk Midwest solar with Cromwell Solar of Lawrence, Kansas, this month. The company has a lot of fans on Facebook; who knew folks in the middle of the country are so supportive of solar?
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/09/contractors-corner-cromwell-solar-champion-solar-midwest/
This month’s veteran is Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. As you probably know, Abby came on board in her new position at the beginning of this year. But you may not know that her background in energy goes back much further.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/09/ask-vet-pursuing-passions-seias-abigail-ross-hopper/
A new set of interconnection requirements are effect in California as of September 9, 2017. Known as Rule 21, the set of requirements will allow inverters to provide additional functions to help support the grid. Casey Miller, VP of Business Development at CPS America, explained how it works and why you should pay attention even if you're not installing in California.
In this Solar Power World podcast, Kelsey goes to Nashville to watch the solar eclipse at a viewing party sponsored by LightWave Solar. To view the story online: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/08/podcast-nashville-eclipse/
This month we talk to Arizona's SunRenu Solar and learn about the commercial solar market in the Southwest.
Read our full story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/08/contractors-corner-sunrenu-solar-tackles-arizona-commercial-solar-market-smile/
As we enter a smart-home future one company is looking to streamline the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromising performance or cost. Jon Bonanno, chief commercial officer of Empower Micro Systems discusses some of his company’s innovative technology in this area.
This month we talk to Paul Risberg, president of Altenergy. The high-end residential and small-scale commercial solar installer enjoys working on complicated projects in Virginia, Maryland, Idaho and Washington, D.C.
Read the full story at: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/07/contractors-corner-altenergy/
This month's solar veteran is James Marlow, president and co-founder of Radiance Solar, a commercial, institutional and utility solar EPC based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Radiance Solar has made our Top Solar Contractors list every year we’ve been doing it.
Marlow had a busy year back in 2007, in which he left his job at Yahoo, ran for congress and started a new career in solar. In our latest Ask a Vet, we learn how Marlow sees similarities between the early days of personal computers and today's solar market. He also shares his views on the trade case.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/07/ask-vet-early-pcs-solar-energy-radiance-solars-james-marlow/
We talk with Kenny Habul, CEO and president of U.S. solar developer SunEnergy1, about the company's large-scale projects and involvement with auto racing sponsorships. SunEnergy1 sponsors the No. 24 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driven by Chase Elliott as well as the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 in IMSA. SunEnergy1 is bringing more awareness to solar in the racing community.
Read more: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/06/contractors-corner-sunenergy1-auto-racing-solar
You can’t build a solar project if you don’t have the components you need. We talked to Gail Hibbert and Janelle Oltman of Chint Power Systems Americas' customer operations for some tips for choosing a good supplier and successfully ordering solar components.
We were very excited to hear about SunWork's nonprofit solar model this month. The company uses volunteers to install solar on California homes, saving labor costs and building a sense of community in the process. Just like Habitat for Humanity, but for solar!
Read our story: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/05/contractors-corner-sunwork/
This edition's veteran has a longer solar legacy than anyone we’ve interviewed so far. Jane Weissman recently retired from her position as President and CEO of IREC, starting her days at 5 a.m. for more than 20 years. But her experience in solar is even more diverse, including working in PV in the late 80s, and her involvement with NABCEP in the 2000s. Jane has been recognized with awards for her dedication to solar and policy. She said “It’s been quite a ride to be part of the transformation from Birkenstocks to blue suits and from patronizing head pats to political protagonists.” She’s a solid writer too.
Edwin Perkins, director of solar initiatives with Moss, talked with us about the construction company's involvement in the solar industry and the 1.6 GW of utility-scale solar Moss has worked on thus far.
Read the full story: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/04/contractors-corner-moss-utility-scale-solar-zipped/
“Ask anyone in the local clean-tech industry and they will tell you that Dan Sullivan is the go-to expert for all things solar. Dan is the most passionate, intelligent, dedicated and hard-working person I have ever met. People, including myself, can't get enough of his American Dream rags-to-riches story, of a young entrepreneur with a big vision, that has brought our company to where it is today.”
These moving thoughts are from the employees of Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of San Diego solar installation company Sullivan Solar Power. In our latest Ask A Vet podcast, the 13-year solar veteran talks about why he founded his business, the values he instills in his team, some of his favorite projects and more.
Read more here http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/05/ask-vet-balancin…ivan-solar-power/
There’s been a lot of talk about centralized “versus” distributed systems, but really the topic may not be so black and white. In fact, there are many variables to consider, which makes system design so important. Ryan LeBlanc (senior application engineer), and Jamie Mordarski (senior manager, O&M North America) discuss those considerations for system architecture in more detail.
Portland, Oregon's Elemental Energy started the non-profit Twende Solar to bridge the gap between renewable energy experts and energy-poor communities. Twende Solar has installed solar systems in Guatemala and Cambodia and has more projects in the works, all supported by the volunteer efforts of many in the U.S. solar industry.
To read the full story, visit: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/03/contractors-corner-elemental-energy-twende-solar
In this Solar Speaks episode, we chat with Jeff Spies at Quick Mount PV about solar installations on tile roofs, including when solar installers should suggest new roof installs before putting in solar. This podcast is sponsored by Quick Mount PV.
You may have seen Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), speak at industry shows, but here’s a chance to get to know her and her organization a little better. We spoke with Hamm about why she’s spent practically her whole career at SEPA, her most memorable conversations with utilities and what she remembers about the first Solar Power International (SPI).
Read more here: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/03/ask-vet-catching-solar-bug-sepas-julia-hamm/
Solar Power World spoke with Vincent Ambrose, Canadian Solar’s general manager for North America, about the company’s manufacturing past, plans for O&M and new products coming to market in 2017.
Read more: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/03/qa-canadian-solar-outlook-2017/
Horizon Solar Power, a Solar Power World Top Solar Residential Contractor headquartered in Temecula, California, got its start in the solar industry around the Great Recession. CEO Frank Kneller said the installer's 650 employees have grown to love solar for its do-good qualities.
Read the full story: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/02/contractors-corner-entering-solar-survival-horizon-solar-power-finds-passion-going-green/
In our second edition of our newly launched Ask a Vet podcast, we got a chance to speak with Anthony Conklin, president and general manager for Solar Data Systems North America. Solar Data Systems’ Solar-Log monitoring platform is used in residential and commercial PV projects and is compatible with more than 100 brands of inverters.
Conklin is likewise diversified. In 2007, he was brought on as the seventh employee at a New York installation company, hired to “build this thing called solar.” After five years, he moved to a small developer and helped it grow into a multi-million-dollar business before getting into financing and finally tapped to head the North American division at Solar-Log. Conklin also works as a motivational speaker and has had the opportunity to mentor millennial sales executives and share his experiences with professional athletes. Though we may not all have the chance to work in all solar segments (residential, commercial and utility) or inspire players on the New York Knicks or Yankees, Conklin said we can all be an example and tell a great story.
Read more here: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/02/ask-vet-importance-telling-great-story-solar-logs-anthony-conklin/
We talk with Stephen Trimble, founder and CEO, and Chase Christie, vice president of business development, both of Arctic Solar Ventures, a young Alaskan solar installation company headquartered in Anchorage. The team works to debunk the myth that solar power can't work in dark, cold Alaska. Read more at: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/01/contractors-corner-proving-solar-viable-even-darkest-alaskan-communities
In this podcast, we’re focused on the utility market, a market which could use some rebooting in 2017. To learn more about the market and how one manufacturer is adjusting to the needs of the utility sector, we’re speaking with Todd Owen, Director & General Manager of OMCO Solar.
Even though mainstream solar is still a relatively young industry, some solar professionals have had the opportunity to watch the industry grow and change for decades. Solar Power World has launched a monthly “Ask a Vet” podcast series to highlight these individuals who have spent 10 or more years in the market. Through the podcast and excerpts we will share here in each issue, we hope to provide a platform to share the unique perspectives and insight of these industry veterans.
In this inaugural podcast, we spoke with Brendan Neagle, COO of Borrego Solar, who has spent 10 years with the company and 15 in solar. Neagle’s journey to solar started with studying American civilization and environmental studies at Brown University, working for a beverage distributor, becoming a school teacher and eventually selling residential solar in response to the California Solar Incentive program, which was paying rebates at $4.50/W.
Read more at http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/01/ask-vet-showing-solar-leadership-borregos-brendan-neagle/
SolarEdge's HD-Wave technology has been turning heads since it was released at Solar Power International 2015. This year it won an Intersolar Award, and we also selected to feature it as a top product technology of 2016. Here to tell us more about this innovative technology are SolarEdge's Mike Rogerson, marketing director north America, and Cameron Stewart, technical training manager North America.
Inovateus Solar president TJ Kanczuzewski talks with Solar Power World about the Midwest solar developer's rise to success. Topics include thin-film solar projects, the growth of the Midwest market and Inovateus Solar's partnership with IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2016/12/contractors-corner-midwest-developer-promotes-solar-national-stage/
Today we're discussing charge controllers with Alan Santos-Buch, Western Region Sales and Marketing Manager of Magnum Energy, a Sensata Technologies brand. Find out how to tell what charge controller is right for your system, why heat dissipation is so important, how the company's PT-100 differs from other option on the market and what other design considerations you should ponder in this podcast.
We spoke with Bryan Whitton, product manager at Darfon America, who explained how the company's G320 solar microinverter allows putting more inverters on a circuit and avoids the need for neutral conductors, along with other advantages for solar contractors.
Full-service provider Nautilus Solar recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the company has plans to expand into more regional markets. We talked with CEO Jim Rice about the company's longevity in the solar industry.
Read more: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2016/11/contractors-corner-nautilus-solar-uses-10th-birthday-expand-new-markets/
There’s a lot that remains to be sorted out in the solar financing world, but did you know there’s an organization working to “crack the code” for financing distributed solar? The Solar Energy Finance Association, or SEFA, is based in California and was formed a few year years ago by those from both the solar industry and capital markets and focuses on increasing capital flow to solar, especially in the the rooftop residential and C&I markets. Mary Rottman, president of SEFA gave us some of her insight into today’s solar financing market.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, we learn about the Solar-Log line of monitoring products, which provide integrated monitoring and plant evaluation for projects of any scope. Solar-Log marketing manager Anne Nelson discusses the ROI of Solar-Log products, as well as how they benefit solar installers.
Obtaining solar project financing can be a complex process, and it’s made trickier if you’re not prepared. Here to discuss tips for solar developers when obtaining financing is Open Energy’s CEO and founder Graham Smith.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, NEXTracker co-founder and CTO Alex Au offers insight on what's next for NEXTracker, a global provider of solar tracking solutions. He also discusses how the company pushes innovation and recalls inspiring—and vexing—things he saw at SPI 2016.
Tim Drappi, procurement manager with solar module manufacturer SolarTech Universal, talks about the latest trends in solar panels (PERC, bifacial and more) with Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live 2016.
Unirac CEO Peter Lorenz discusses why he got into the renewable-energy business and provides advice for contractors on how to use the best equipment, even if it costs a little more, in this Solar Speaks Live video, filmed on the tradeshow floor at Solar Power International 2016.
The Solar Ready Vets program is expertly described by program director Tenley Ann Dalstrom at Solar Speaks Live 2016. The solar job training program recently expanded to more military bases and helps match skilled veterans with nationwide solar installation companies.
Mark Begert has been with Austin-based solar contractor Meridian Solar for almost 10 years. During that time he helped the company move from a residential and commercial solar installer, to an EPC company focusing on the commercial, public and utility-scale markets. During a Solar Speaks Live interview at Solar Power International 2016, Meridian's executive vice president shares his best business practices and why non-profit work is also important to his company.
Kimbis takes on talk that the SEIA board of directors focuses too heavily on utility-scale solar, in this Solar Speaks Live video, filmed on the tradeshow floor at Solar Power International 2016. He also offers insight on the selection of a new SEIA president and how he views the U.S. presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
David Vorlage, president of Namasté Solar, joined Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live 2016 only a few months into his new job at the helm of the company. He talks about Namasté's community work and how to run a successful, employee-owned solar business.
Since 2001, Erica Mackie, co-founder and CEO of GRID Alternatives, has been making solar practical and accessible for low-income communities that need the savings and jobs the most, but have the least access. During a 2016 Solar Speaks Live interview, Mackie shares her passion for solar and the big issues each small installation can help address.
Helge Biernath, president and CEO of solar installer Sunstall, joined Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live 2016 to discuss the changing market of large-scale, ground-mount solar and how the company adapts to new installation techniques.
Jeff Calabro, senior vice president of business development at Arraycon, offers insight on how ArrayCon was recognized as 2016's Top Solar Construction firm in Solar Power World and the type of equipment used to do such high-quality work, in this Solar Speaks Live video, filmed on the tradeshow floor at Solar Power International 2016.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) President and CEO Larry Sherwood explains its solar consumer protection initiative, how the solar industry can root out bad apples and the similarities between distributed solar and small wind, in this Solar Speaks Live video, filmed on the tradeshow floor at Solar Power International 2016.
Solar advocate and business owner Barry Cinnamon discusses why he and others believe the board of director at the Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, leans too heavily toward utility-scale solar, in this Solar Speaks Live video, filmed on the tradeshow floor at Solar Power International 2016.
Hawaiian solar often makes headlines, but no one knows it quite like Dora Nakafuji. As direct of renewable energy planning at Hawaiian Electric Company, Nakafuji and her team have developed utility programs that are being studied and replicated across the country. During a 2016 Solar Speaks Live interview, she shares her perspective on Hawaiian solar and how a utility built on collaboration and understanding how customers use energy is the best for solar.
We spoke with Jason Higginson, senior director of marketing for APsystems about the company's new microinverter, the importance of its FPGA chip and how its mobile installer tool helps installers on the job site.
In this Solar Speaks custom podcast, Array Technologies CEO Ron Corio discusses the trend toward using single-axis trackers in utility-scale projects, the future of solar tracker technology and how Oaktree's investment in ATI will move the company and its customers forward.
San Diego recently became the first city in California to reach the solar cap in its utility’s region. We are speaking with Matt Gordon, manager Of SD Project Development at Sullivan Solar Power. He discusses the impact of San Diego reaching the solar cap, in terms of net energy metering 2.0, California’s Rule 21 and what this milestone will mean for the solar industry.
In this Solar Speaks custom podcast, Milton Nogueira, senior business development manager at RoofTech, a PV mounting solutions provider, discusses the company's rail-less PV mounting system, which you can see for yourself at the upcoming Solar Power International exhibition in Las Vegas in September. Milton discusses how the product works, details its flexible flashing and talks about the future of Roof Tech in this Solar Speaks podcast.
Damage from direct and indirect lightning strikes on solar arrays can vary from explosive destruction to less apparent, yet accumulative, effects on sensitive electronics. Jim Grasty, engineering manager for systems and services at Alltec, discusses the threat of lightning strikes on solar arrays and the surprising state of lightning protection at solar farms. After listening, check out the article about Alltec’s Protection Pyramid for lightning strike protection on the Solar Power World website.
How’s your relationship? I’m not talking about your spouse, your parents or your in-laws…don’t worry. I’m focusing in on another important relationship in your life, your relationship with your solar supplier. Ed Heacox of CPS is here in this custom podcast to discuss some considerations for ensuring this relationship is working for your business, as well as for taking a look at how your own company is operating.
President Obama’s announcement of the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative is intended to help more homeowners afford solar by opting into solar energy at no up-front cost. In light of this recent news we’re speaking to Ygrene CMO Louis Lalonde and general manager of Solar & Storage Mark Colby. Ygrene has funded nearly $473 million in climate-resilient infrastructure projects across the nation. Louis and Mark will discuss what the White House announcement will mean for the solar industry, especially in relation to PACE financing, as well as what their company is doing to help streamline PACE financing.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar discusses what he’s looking forward to seeing and doing at Intersolar North America, happening July 12 to 14 in San Francisco. Shugar also comments on the following subjects:
• NX Fusion, NEXTracker’s latest product for mid-sized projects
• What’s driving an industry trend toward 1,500-V equipment
• How NEXTracker will use its new Center for Solar Excellence, a power plant and field-learning center
• What’s pushing developers toward using trackers in the U.S. and globally
• NEXTracker’s advanced monitoring technology for trackers in the field
• Why NEXTracker is a “differentiated” company
Click play to listen and learn.
We spoke with Jon Bonanno, Ultraverter specialist at KACO new energy, to get an update on the system, which was released at SPI in 2014. You may have listened to our previous podcast on its debut. The Ultraverter is said to leverage the best of string and miroinverter technology so Jon tells us more about how it’s been received and why it may be a good choice for your residential or commercial project.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, Kate Trono, vice president of products at SunLink, discusses the company’s recent entry into the solar software market with VERTEX. VERTEX is SunLink’s next‐generation, secure total project SCADA and solar performance monitoring platform. Trono also discusses how VERTEX complements the company’s one-year-old entry into operations and maintenance work. Listen and learn as Trono discusses these topics and more.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, Jeff Spies, senior director of policy at Quick Mount PV and secretary at NABCEP, discusses the growing complexities of codes and standards in the rooftop solar market and how solar installation companies can address related issues.
“Because the industry has grown so significantly, we’ve seen many building officials in the solar-active states take a great interest in how to validate the PV systems being mounted on roofs [to ensure they] comply with building, fire code and electric codes,” Spies says in the podcast.
Listen and learn as Spies discusses these topics and more.
Markus Elsässer, founder and CEO of Solar Promotion International, a global tradeshow company with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, discusses the upcoming Intersolar North America conference and exhibition, which runs July 11 through 14, 2016, in San Francisco.
We recently talked with Jeff Juger, director of business development for JinkoSolar, about the panel manufacturer's new partnership with residential loan provider GreenSky.
This podcast is sponsored by JinkoSolar
Swinerton Renewable Energy's George Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, talked with Solar Power World about the struggles and successes of being a large-scale solar installer in North America.
We spoke with Troy Miller, director of grid solutions at the S&C Electric Company to find out more about the company's role in solar + storage, as well as some recent projects. Listen to learn how a solar+storage installation, approaching ribbon-cutting, will help the village of Minster, Ohio.
As Enphase celebrates ten years and ten million microinverters shipped, co-founder Raghu Belur shares what he sees as the company's biggest successes and most exciting plans for the future. He also discusses how adding solar and storage to the grid isn't just a matter of nuts and bolts, but an effort to create a better, smarter energy system.
We spoke with founder of Princeton Power Darren Hammell, who founded his solar storage company in his dorm room. The company now celebrates 15 years. Hammell shares what has made Princeton Power successful, his view of the storage market and advice for other solar startups.
Energy storage, though currently in its infancy, is predicted to be crucial to the growth of solar. To learn more about the market and technology, we spoke with Laurent Mahuteau, Saft’s Technical Sales & Project Manager.
The latest IHS PV Inverter Customer Insight Survey revealed a growing acceptance of Chinese inverters in the North American market in recent years. To help shed some insight into why more solar contractors are choosing Chinese inverters, we spoke with Ed Heacox of Chint Power Systems. Ed discusses how CPS overcame initial customer hesitation, and grew to have a major market presence in North American.
Michael Wiener, marketing manager of SolarRoofHook.com, shares information about building codes as they relate to sloped-roof solar installations in this Solar Speaks podcast.
SolarRoofHook.com is a division of Quickscrews International Corporation. The company offers a wide range of products for mounting solar panels onto residential roofs.
In this podcast, Wiener discuses fire, drainage and wind resistance codes. He discusses how IBC code defines roof hooks and how solar installation companies can ensure their projects meet standards.
There’s been lots of news coming from the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We spoke with Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge's VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, who attended the conference. He shares what he heard on the solar side of the discussion at the conference, as well as his view on what the industry can do to help solar be the best solution to climate change it can.
It's a micro-trend in the micro-brew business to go solar, with breweries nationwide becoming advocates for sustainability. And AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and developer of solar projects, is becoming a go-to solar firm for breweries in the Northeast, with installations at The Alchemist, Woodchuck Cider and Maine Beer Company. In this Solar Speaks podcast, Andrew Savage, chief strategy officer at AllEarth, discusses the business side of breweries going solar. He talks about the bankability of beer makers, the importance of virtual net metering and how other EPCs should approach breweries with project proposals.
How will storage be important to solar's long-term success? Do contractors know enough about storage? How have utilities responded to solar-plus-storage? We spoke with Ray Kubis, in light of his recent appointment to Gridtential’s board of directors. Ray is a storage veteran, with 35 years of experience in the industrial and automotive sectors of the battery industry. He answered our storage questions, and explained how Gridtential is licencing its storage technology to a network of manufacturers to ramp-up scale and standardize solutions to make them easier to implement.
We chat with Stephen Condon of Solar-Log about a Connecticut solar project that uses Solar-Log monitoring systems for measurement and feed-in management. Stephen also tells us the benefits of these monitoring systems for both end users and solar installers.
In this edition of Solar Speaks, SunLink CEO Michael Maulick discusses the solar mounting manufacturer’s business strategy going toward 2017, when the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) may expire or be reduced. Maulick discusses international expansion—including a pair of projects in Honduras—global supply chains and how his experience in the tech industry can apply to solar. He also offers clues about a new SunLink product yet to be unveiled. Learn more about SunLink in this Solar Speaks podcast.
Troy Miller, director of grid solutions for S&C Electric Company, discusses the impact of solar on the electric grid in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
Gwendalyn Bender, product manager for assessment services for Vaisala, discusses the range of services and products offered by the company in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow. Bender also touches on the concept of accuracy in weather forecasts and how it impacts projects.
Dr. Lidija Sekaric, deputy director of the SunShot Initiative, discuss the programs latest funding programs and progress in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA, met with Solar Power World for a Solar Speaks Live interview at Solar Power International 2015. She explained how SEPA and SEIA operate differently, but both want to see the success of the solar industry.
Bill Brooks, principal of Brooks Engineering, discusses solar worker training, array design and the ITC in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, talks about his life growing up and how he became interested in solar and policy in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
Andrew de Pass, CEO of Conergy, a global solar developer and EPC, discusses solar development and the ITC in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
Shalini Kantayya, director of the solar documentary Catching the Sun, discusses the film and the communication challenges present in the solar industry in this Solar Speaks Live video, powered by Unirac, from the 2015 Solar Power International tradeshow.
During a Solar Power World Solar Speaks Live interview at Solar Power International 2015, we spoke with David Field, who addressed challenges homeowners encounter when buying solar and how his company is innovating to make it easier. Field also commented on the White House's Clean Power Plan and trends he sees going into 2016.
During a Solar Power World Solar Speaks Live interview at Solar Power International 2015, we spoke with Jesse Grossman, CEO of Soltage. He discussed why the industry needs a standardized way to estimate solar power production.
Richard Lawrence, executive director of NABCEP, talked with Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live about trends in training and education, including how the flux of scheduled 2016 projects has affected what and who needs to be taught solar basics.
Mary Rottman of the Solar Energy Finance Association joined Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live at SPI 2015 to discuss the latest trends in financing, including how the industry as a whole can join together to standardize financing.
John Jung, CEO of energy storage provider Greensmith, joined Solar Power World at Solar Speaks Live at SPI 2015 to talk about the working relationship between solar and energy storage and the challenges with wider adoption.
Solar industry thought-leader Jigar Shah talked with Solar Power World editor Kelly Pickerel at SPI 2015 about many topics affecting the U.S. solar market, including the federal ITC, energy storage and climate change solutions.
In this edition of Solar Speaks, Dylan Anderson, senior director of project and quality engineering at NEXTracker, discusses the company's flagship product, the horizontal, individual-row Self-Powered Tracker (SPT). Since 2013, NEXTracker has brought more than 1 GW of trackers to the market, and it has another gigawatt underway. Among the reasons for the company's success is the tracker's innovative technology allowing commissioning during construction and increased O&M efficiencies. Learn more about NEXTracker in this Solar Speaks podcast.
From a teahouse in the sky, to an underground moss museum, Founder and CEO of SolTerra Brian Heather uses story ideas like these to make sustainability visible in his company's projects. Listen to learn more about the Washington solar company.
Other than batteries, what other components make up solar storage systems? What should you consider when selecting these components? We spoke with John Vernacchia, global segment manager for renewable energy at Eaton to learn more.
Four years ago, former MIT lab mates Leila Madrone and Saul Griffith started working together to help bring solar to the next level. “Across the solar industry, it was clear the tracker was the unsolved problem,” Madrone says in this Solar Speaks podcast. “Everyone wants tracker performance, but no one wants tracker complexity.”
Sunfolding, a new type of solar tracker that has just emerged from stealth, is the outcome of their research and development. The tracker eliminates motors, gearboxes, torque tubes, bearings and wires. “We created a system that has the ease of installation and versatility of fixed tilt,” Madrone says.
The tracker uses distributed actuation with a pneumatic drive system that lets solar developers install trackers in small, uniform sections, like fixed-tilt mounting. The drive is made of durable polymers developed by DuPont and already used in harsh automotive applications.
Learn more about Sunfolding in this Solar Speaks podcast. Sunfolding is also exhibiting at Solar Power International 2015 at booth No. 7624.
EagleView Technologies uses patented software to produce 3D models from aerial roof and wall measurements that are extremely accurate and detailed. Reports for the solar industry deliver all measurements needed for any solar installation project, including azimuth, square footage, line lengths and a CAD file of the property. Tim Rochman, director of strategic sales, discusses EagleView Technologies' products and innovation for the solar industry in this Solar Speaks podcast.
Solar Power International offers events specifically for women each year. Perhaps one of the longest running is a panel discussion and reception put on by the Professional Women in Solar Group. We spoke with founder Isabelle Christensen to find out more about the event at SPI and the group in general.
We spoke with Teri Carter, a consultant for global sustainable solutions and community development. She discussed how USOL Energy is making solar panels in Mexico for Mexico, how her non-profit Power of Green L.A. is training and retraining the solar industry, and how she's making solar fun and attracting youth by merging it with entertainment. Listen to learn more.
Horizon Solar Power, a southern California-based solar installation company, was founded in 1998 and has installed more than 2,000 residential installations since 2008. Over the past three years, the company has undergone tremendous growth: 95 employees in 2012 turned into 540 in 2014, and 2/3 of the company's total installation capacity was installed just last year.
I spoke with David Kingery, Director of Sales with Horizon to ask what has enabled their success as a company and if any particular challenges came as a result from growing so quickly. The company has offices in Hemet, Redlands and Palm Springs, and offers free solar site inspections, as well as financial analysis, solar system design and panel installation.To learn more, visit them at horizonsolarpower.com.
Collegiate Solar, a Buffalo, NY-based contracting company, was started in 2009 by company president Chris Jablonski after 15 years of experience in the roofing industry. With a growing number of employees and a market of primarily residential installations, Collegiate’s basis is its focus on family-oriented business.
It’s common for solar projects in the Northeast to be situated on difficult terrain. Sometimes installations require tree clearing, access roads, earth moving, even rock blasting!
In rural areas, endangered turtles or Indian burial grounds can present problems. And in the city, projects can encounter limited space, people trying to go about their day and thieves. Inclement weather can play the antagonist during any solar array installation.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, New Jersey-based Pro-Tech Energy Solutions President Rich Cooper discusses how his company makes the best of a difficult situations while keeping projects profitable.
Cooper also touches on the ITC reduction and what will happen after 2017 along the East Coast.
How do you stay on top of knowing your customers' needs? What are their biggest challenges and how can you help? Is talking to them on the job site enough? We spoke with Trent Mostaert, Vice President and general manager of solar at Mortenson Construction to find out how his company conducts a survey to learn more about the needs of its customers.
Asset management is a buzzword in today's solar industry. But what does it really mean and how does it relate to overall operations and maintenance? We spoke with Ken Kostok of O&M provider Alectris to find out. He shares his lessons learned from over 150 MW of solar installations. He also tells us about a special symposium taking place during Intersolar NA 2015 where you can learn more.
After 24 years in Minnesota solar, contractor Innovative Power Systems has some insight to share on how to survive in the solar market. We spoke with Eric Pasi, VP of business development to learn more.
KACO new energy and Ampt have partnered to offer KACO’s blueplanet 50 TL3 inverter with an option to pair with Ampt’s string optimizers. This is in an effort to increase energy production and lower costs in commercial solar projects. We spoke with Mark Kanjorski of Ampt, and Bill Reaugh of KACO new energy to find out more.
Intersolar North America will return to San Francisco for its eighth year July 14 to 16. We spoke with Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion International, which helps organize the show, to learn more about what to expect and why to attend.
In this podcast, SolarRoofHook.com Executive Vice President Rick Gentry talks about the company, its products and why customers would choose SolarRoofHook.com over its competitors.
SolarRoofHook.com is a division of Quickscrews International Corporation, offering a wide range of products for mounting solar panels onto residential roofs.
The company can produce custom products in 60 days and are continually working with solar installers to deliver the exact products needed for any type of roof.
Products are stocked in Livermore, California, and Rock Hill, South Carolina, allowing SolarRoofHook.com to meet the needs of any company or individual nationwide.
Thomas Conroy, the new president of solar tracker manufacturer Array Technologies, has decades of experience in power generation. In this Solar Speaks podcast, Conroy discusses parallels between the solar and windpower industries. He also discusses technology coming soon from Array Technologies, including a new generation of its single-axis tracker.
As the solar industry goes through its growing pains there’s no shortage of ebb and flow to watch. Some businesses boom, while some lose their place in the market, and still others may stumble but come back stronger than ever. We spoke with Andrew de Pass, CEO of Conergy, about how the company has bounced back after its acquisition by Kawa in 2013, and what other solar professionals can learn from his experience.
As the off-grid solar market grows, many solar professionals are considering offering services to this segment as a smart business move. But off-grid projects have different considerations that are important to note for a proper installation. To tell us more, we spoke with Sequoya Cross of off-grid supplier Backwoods Solar.
Site assessment is often discussed as an important step in planning any project, but what exactly do you need to look for? We spoke with Gwendalyn Bender of Vaisala to tell us more. She even touches on why developers of the notable Ivanpah solar project weren't as concerned as the media when the project didn't perform as hoped for its first summer. Listen to learn more.
We spoke with Jonathan Doochin, CEO of Soligent Distribution. Jonathan discussed what solar installers need to win, the evolution of residential solar financing and the emergency and proliferation of the solar loan, and where to look to reduce soft cost which can save you over 20% of the cost of selling and installing solar.
As the European market matures and offers investors slow, steady growth (instead of the spectacular growth of recent years), investors and developers are looking to finance projects in markets that promise growth.
Listen to Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Policy of Quick Mount PV and Mark C. Gies, Vice President, Reliability and Compliance with PanelClaw discuss the pending regulations in great depth with SPW in preparation for the ongoing discussions at Solar Power International.
We talked to Carlos Moreno, general partner of CNG Solar Engineering, a Woodland Hills, Calif.-based company that handles permitting issues for solar installers in five states. He offers his insights into why the permitting system in the United States is a mess — and what steps can be taken to clean it up.
Cal Morton, sales and marketing executive at Texas Solar Outfitters (a 2014 Solar Power World Top 400 Contractor), discusses how the company got its start, what has led to its success and the growing solar market in Houston.
We spoke with Joe Harrison, Senior Project Developer of San Diego, California-based EPC Borrego Solar Systems (No. 22 on Solar Power World’s 2014 Top 400 Contractors list), with lots of experience with landfill solar projects.
Solar Power World Managing Editor Kathie Zipp checked in with the HDPV Alliance at Intersolar NA 2014 in San Francisco. Representatives had much to talk about as they reported how membership has grown, Bonfiglioli’s HDPV-compliant inverter launch and how HDPV innovation is enabling developers to source a 2,000-V system using 1,000-V components.
For years, the industry has tried to figure out how to rank solar panels by the amount of energy they produce, but it’s been difficult to decide what criteria should be used.
The Principal Solar Institute, a leading educational organization created by public utility Principal Solar, has created just such a ranking system — and Matthew A. Thompson, the institute’s executive director, dropped by Solar Speaks to talk about it.
Principal Solar announced it had reached the financial critical mass it needed to purchase and finance multiple solar projects, which fits into its overall strategy to become a distributed solar utility. We talked to Michael Martin, executive vice president, business development at the Dallas-based, publicly traded solar energy holding company, about what this means for the company’s future.
In this Solar Speaks podcast, Exosun’s Vice President of Business Development, Jay Johnson, discusses:
Why the company entered the U.S. market
The Exotrack HZ single-axis tracker
How Exosun tests its products for reliability
The advantages of manufacturing in the U.S.
Differences between the U.S. and French solar markets
What Exosun is planning for the future
From new training programs, to conference sessions, to speakers, to networking events, Solar Promotion International has big plans for its Intersolar North America 2014 event. The event organizer’s CEO Markus Elsässer spoke with us about what else to expect as the show returns for its seventh year in San Francisco, California July 7 to 10.
According to research, women are the chief financial officers in most homes and make 80% of the home improvement buying decisions. Hear what nearly 300 women from 34 states had to say about what you should be doing to reach them.
Adrian De Luca, vice president of sales and marketing, and Michael Herzig, CEO, of Locus Energy, a Hoboken, New Jersey-based solar monitoring company, agreed to dissect this coming solar boom and the role monitoring will play in its evolution.
Greg Butterfield, CEO of Vivint Solar, talks about what he sees as the best value proposition going today: residential solar power. In this episode of Contractors Corner, Butterfield breaks down the key to Vivint Solar’s explosive growth.
We caught up with Barry Cinnamon, owner and founder of Cinnamon Solar (and former president of Westinghouse Solar), who says he found some important flaws in some of the older mounting systems because installers improvised the systems instead of following the protocols.
Green Charge Networks says it’s come up with a solution to address grid storage challenges by bringing the public and private sectors together. We spoke with the company’s CEO Vic Shao to learn how his company will use Department Of Energy funding to develop agreements that help businesses cut their electricity bills by using a combination of energy storage and predictive algorithms.
In this Contractors Corner podcast, learn how Run on Sun attracts clients, the reason it switched to micro-inverters and why co-founder Jim Jenal wrote a book about commercial solar installation, titled Commercial Solar: Step-By-Step.
In the second part of Solar Power World‘s conversation with Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy and chairman of SEIA, the industry leader discusses what must happen for the solar industry to be considered a mature member of the U.S. energy mix.
In light of the Senate’s proposal to reduce the investment tax credit for solar, we spoke with Jamie Hahn, co-founder and managing director of Northeastern solar developer Solis Partners (also a Solar Power World Top 250 Contractor). Jamie helped clarify what this reduction would mean for the solar industry and if it’s likely to pass in 2014.
We talked to Arno Harris, Recurrent’s CEO, to get his perspective on what drove the industry in 2013 (including the loosening of financing), and how it feels to have the United States finally competing with with Germany as a world solar leader.
For every megawatt of residential solar power that SolarCity installs in 2014, the company will bring light to a community by donating a solar power system and battery combination to a school without access to electricity, through its new charitable arm, the Give Power Foundation.
In this episode, we talked to Rob Threlkeld, renewable energy manager for General Motors. GM joined SEIA in February 2013, and in October 2013 they announced that they will be installing a 1.8 MW on their Toled, Ohio, Transmission Plant.
Today we are talking to Ram Akella, managing director for Centrosolar America. The news surrounding the Centrosolar Group in other parts of the world has presented challenges to the company’s American subsidiary. Akella is here to address the questions he’s received from installers and other industry insiders alike.
In this edition, we talk to Nicholas Fiduccia, vice president of solar at HB White Canada Corp., which has taken a key interest in solar north of the United States, building a a slew of multi-megawatt projects, particularly in Ontario.
We talked to Sara Greenstein, president of Underwriters Laboratories Environment and Information & Insights. They released the 2013 The Product Mindset Report, which examines consumer and manufacturer attitudes and perceptions across a broad range of product-related considerations.
In this episode, we spoke to John Perlin, an Author, Lecturer, Consultant on the subject of solar energy. His new book is called Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy, which in bookstores now.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, discussed a recent White House/DOE study urging the country to stabilize its electrical grid and solar’s potential place in helping that happen.
In this episode, we talked to Mark Cerasuolo, senior marketing manager at OutBack Power, about the company’s new whitepaper detailing how homeowners can add a battery back‐up power option to existing grid‐tied PV/solar systems.
In this episode, we talked to Sunny Rai, regional vice president for renewable energy for Intertek, a global testing and certification company. We’re talking to Sunny from the show floor at Intersolar North America 2013.
SPW sat down at Intersolar North America 2013 to discuss the mission of the recently formed HDPV Alliance, a consortium of companies trying to create standards that will allow all the important components of the solar array to work more closely together, now and into the future.
SPW attended an invitation-only breakfast with the truSolar Initiative at Intersolar North America 2013, an organization that came together earlier this year to develop a common language between the solar industry and the financiers so critical to the future strength of the industry. Here what four of the members — PanelClaw, Underwriters Laboratories, Assurant Insurance and Distributed Sun — have to say about the efforts and how you can get involved.
SPW sat down at Intersolar North America 2013 to discuss the mission of the recently formed HDPV Alliance, a consortium of companies trying to create standards that will allow all the important components of the solar array to work more closely together, now and into the future.
In this conversation, we talk to Dave Holleran, Senior Manager of Module Sales for Motech Americas. Motech took solar’s case to Congress at the 16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo + Forum.
We talk to Thomas Enzendorfer, director of sales and marketing for Fronius USA. Fronius launched a new inverter in March 2013 that helps installers and operators meet the 2011 arc-fault requirements of the NEC, and we wanted to find out why.
Solar Power World spoke with Maxine Ghavi, head of ABB’s Solar Initiative. ABB made news when it purchased inverter powerhouse Power-One, marking a new chapter in its commitment to the solar industry — so we decided to find out why.
As solar panel prices “dropped like a rock,” AllEarth Renewables CEO David Blittersdorf shifted his company’s focus from home wind turbines to the AllSun Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker. “You need to be flexible and operate with speed,” the 30-year veteran of renewable energy says in this Solar Speaks podcast.
Matt Denninger, senior marketing manager of Advanced Energy Solar Energy, presented a paper at a conference this year where he talked about his list of eight ways to lower PV costs, and he joined us to discuss it.
We spoke with Robert Forster, Vice President of Strategic Planning at Solarrus Corporation, and Jeanne Schwartz, Vice President of New Venture Commercialization at Assurant. The two discussed how their companies are working together to reduce project risk and improve the long-term financial viability of commercial solar installations.
We talk to Peter Lynch, who has worked, for 35 years as a Wall Street security analyst, an independent security analyst and private investor in small emerging technology companies. He has been actively involved in following developments in the renewable energy sector since 1977 and is regarded as an expert in this field.
We spoke with Kristina Peterson, VP of EDF Renewable Energy’s solar business unit. Kristina discussed enXco’s integration into the EDF Group, and also her perspective on the U.S. solar industry in general.
When it comes to public surveys, analysts find few subjects that enjoy overwhelming support. Solar is an exception. To hear an analyst talk about the uniquely ubiquitous support for solar power, listen to this podcast.
We spoke with Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar, which designs, installs and finances solar PV systems. Borrego ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 list this year, so Mike discussed what he thinks enabled the company to place, as well as his thoughts on the U.S. solar industry.
We spoke with Sean Griffey, CEO of Utility Dive, which has developed a utility-industry web app designed to keep energy and utility executives connected with information that is critical to their jobs.
We spoke with Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve, which develops large-scale solar projects. We discussed the company’s recent recognition through the Industry Choice award, and also touched on its Crescent Dunes Project.
In this interview, we talk to Christopher Beitel, vice president of business development and marketing for silevo solar. Silevo uses its Triex technology to increase the potential efficiency of its solar cells to upwards of 24%.
We spoke with Daniel White, Assistant Director of Clinic in a Can. He discussed this non-profit organization and its recent completion of the first fully solar-powered medical clinic constructed in shipping container.
We speak with Haresh Patel, CEO of SCS Renewables, to talk about the company and the solar finance market. SCS Renewables is working on a new online solar finance platform that the company says can revolutionize the way solar projects are financed.
We talk to Karen Parrish, vice president of IBM Industry Solutions & Smarter Cities, to discuss her company’s role in helping New York become a global leader in urban solar energy market analysis and sustainability through an innovative agreement with CUNY Ventures, a City University of New York (CUNY) Economic Development Corp. entity.
We speak with Kyle Cobb, Co-Founder and CFO of Greenbotics, a Davis, California, company that offers a solar panel cleaning service for utility-scale power plants. Its cleaning service is centered around its highly automated, robotic cleaning vehicles.
We’re excited to bring you an interview with the proprietor of one of our favorite clean energy blogs, CleanTechnica. Zach Shahan is director/editor of CleanTechnica, and you can also read his work at PlanetSave, where he is also the director/editor.