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Join TalkSolar host Beth Bond as she interviews Ralph Velasquez, NewWind out of Nashville, Tennessee about their new way to maximize solar on your roof.
Ralph has been involved in the roofing and building industry since 1978 and renewable technologies since 1999 .In his career, he has re-roofed millions of square feet in the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Governmental sectors all over North America. His passion for sustainability was formed from his early ideals of stewardship, minimalism and legacy, sharpened by five years in the late 80's and early 90's, working in sub-sahara Africa.
Ralph is one of the industry's early innovators in the green roof industry. He developed the GreenSave calculator, the green roof industry's first financial benefit calculator and was part of the ASTM sub-committee that wrote the first five national ASTM standards for green roofs. He completed the first ever green roof installation on a Presidential Library, with the completion of the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008 and an award winning design on the National Institutes of Health, in Bethsesda, MD Involved in distributed solar since 2008, Ralph developed over 3.5 mW of rooftop solar during the throngs of the great recession, from 2008-2010,
From 2010-2012, Ralph was the Executive Director for Sustainability for a global roofing manufacturer, responsible for all policy and strategic sustainability initiatives, world-wide. In late 2012, Ralph, along with his wife, formed Ark Investments to focus on micro investment opportunities in sustainability, in rural and local communities. To date investments have been made in sustainable animal husbandry, music and land development. Earlier this spring, Ralph joined NWES, as the Sr. Director of Business Development to again pursue the idea of rooftop solar, this time with a ROI financial focus.
Jennette Gayer coordinates policy development, research, and legislative advocacy for Environment Georgia. She is based in Atlanta and organizes around a number of issues to bring cleaner air, water and open spaces to Georgia.
She serves on the board of Citizens for Progressive Transit, a statewide group dedicated to increasing public transportation, and is a member of the Beltline Tax Advisory District Advisory Council.
Previously, she directed field campaigns to build a million solar roofs and cap global warming for Environment Georgia's sister organization, Environment California. She also worked as a Consumer Advocate with CALPIRG, where she sat on the state of California's Bureau of Automotive Repair and helped to found Angelenos for Equitable Access to Technology a media reform community group.
Ms. Gayer grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary.
Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst of the global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints began her solar market research career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she left Strategies Unlimited for Navigant where she continued her practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints provides classic solar market research products based on primary research and focused on the supply and demand sides of the solar industry and its technologies. Recently she has begun conducting end user research to discover what PV system residential buyer/lessee/PPA customers really think about the selling/installing process. She publishes often with Renewable Energy World and Renewable Energy Focus. Her chapter, Overview of Photovoltaic Production, Markets and Perspectives, was published in the Fraunhofer/Elsevier book Advances in Photovoltaics Volume 1, edited by Dr. Gerhard Willeke and Dr. Eicke Weber. Ms. Mints also speaks at several high profile conferences a year, including the IEEE PVSC, the EU PVSEC, Intersolar Europe and US as well as others. All of
Ms. Mints is on the Intersolar Europe and Intersolar US conference committees as well as the Renewable Energy World Conference committee and the SPI (Solar Power International) conference committees. She also serves on the expert committee of the EU PV Platform. She earned her MBA at San Jose State University in 1999.
Joel M. Lusk
Joel's path to remote system design can best be described as a continuum. After a successful career in the computer aided design and graphics industry Joel founded and managed his own construction firm designing and building his first solar system in 2000. Since then, his interest and excitement about solar power led him to design, manage and build hundreds of solar projects.
In addition to running his own company and co-founding Bright Harvest Solar, he has managed the installation divisions of both local and national solar integrators.
Jeff Cantin with Solar Alternatives join us to discuss the lastest move by the Louisiana Public Service Commission in regards to commissioning a study on the the costs and benefits of solar energy net metering.
Solar Alternatives was founded in 2008 to provide affordable, productive, and durable clean energy solutions for the gulf south. We pride ourselves on responsible and customer-centered design, attention to detail in every installation, and excellent post-sales service. Our staff’s design and installation experience includes Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Photovoltaics, Glycol Closed-Loop Solar Thermal, Passive Batch Solar Thermal, Thermoplastic Solar Pool Systems, Commercial Scale Solar Process Heat and Auxiliary Residential Solar Equipment.
Jeff is also an active member of Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association (GSREIA) which represents Solar and Renewable Energy firms throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in matters of policy, regulation, and public relations.
Trinity Solar is a locally founded and family-owned business, and is a shining example of a homegrown New Jersey success story. It was 2004 when Trinity Heating and Air, Inc. became Trinity Solar, bringing a decade of experience and well-earned accolades to the solar industry. Since then, Trinity has installed over 5,000 solar power systems, grown to over 350 employees, has become the largest solar provider on the East Coast, and is now one of the top ten solar providers in the nation. Trinity's tremendous success is personal in nature, based on high standards and hands-on management of a family-owned business; and it's professional, as a licensed electrical contractor, employing NABCEP certified professionals.
Trinity Solar’s growth can be credited to the vision of management, the dedication of the staff, and the maintenance of a strong brand. Trinity is founded on the strong moral principles of the owners, and from the beginning, we have been committed to doing what is right. In 2004, the owners saw a barely budding solar market in New Jersey as the perfect opportunity to help local homeowners save money on their electric bills, support a sustainable energy source, and do something great for the environment. In subsequent years, we entered the commercial sector to become a major player in that arena. In fact, we have installed one of the largest roof-mounted solar systems ever to be installed in the United States. We have been committed to bringing the benefits of solar energy to people and businesses all over the Garden State. As the leading provider in the state, Trinity has helped to define and grow the New Jersey solar market, which is now the second largest solar market in the nation. We have succeeded in expanding our market throughout Delaware, New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts as well.
Jeff Siegel is passionate about helping the do it yourself homeowner install solar. He is a graduate of the prestigious Solar Energy International.Trained in both grid-tied and off-grid PV design, Jeff has a well-honed discipline for precision and attention to detail. Fascinated with the technology of the solar industry, Jeff stays on top of all of the latest innovations and product specifications.
Jeff’s company, Custom Solar LLC., is a solar services company providing solar design, consulting and equipment procurement at contractor pricing to home improvement do it yourself (DIY) enthusiasts to help them install solar with confidence. More information is available at http://www.customsolarllc.com/
Phil Undercuffler, director of product management and strategy, OutBack Power
Phil Undercuffler has nearly 15 years of experience in the renewable energy field and guides the product development efforts at OutBack Power Technologies. Prior to that, he served as product manager for solar distributor Conergy, USA; led a sales team focused on serving the battery-based, standalone, grid-interactive and industrial markets; and was a technical services manager for Conergy and Dankoff Solar. Undercuffler has additional experience as an electrical contractor and journeyman electrician with Positive Energy, a specialty electrical contractor focused on the solar market, and he has lived off-grid for 13 of the past 15 years.
High-quality photovoltaic systems from a single source MAGE SOLAR USA, based in Dublin, Georgia, offers optimally coordinated PV-solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural and utility scale applications. As a subsidiary of the international MAGE GROUP, we benefit from the Group’s 40 years of know-how and manufacturing experience in more than 20 countries across four major business sectors worldwide.
Strict quality controls and continuous investment in R&D make MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules one of the top market leaders with an outstanding 10-year product warranty and a 30-year performance guarantee. MAGE SOLAR’s highly acclaimed modules are UL-listed and meet stringent US and international standards. The MAGE SOLAR product portfolio also features the smart, time-saving MAGE SYSTEMTEC mounting system, brand name inverters and superior customer service from start to finish of your PV-project.
Bob Stojanovic, Director of Solar Power for ABB North America, is responsible for driving the company’s North American solar market strategy and sales. In this role, Stojanovic works with various ABB divisions and business units, to help develop strategy as well as market and deliver solutions ranging from discrete components to complex turnkey systems. He has interaction with a diverse customer base composed of the following; distributors, contractors, OEM, developers, Independent Power Producers and Utilities. He has been with ABB since 1999 over the years he has served in various roles as district or regional manager for low voltage drives, low voltage products, and industrial power products and power systems. As the solar electric power market continues to grow, Bob and his team focus on bringing intelligent, efficient and bankable solutions to the North American Solar Power market. He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from The University of Western Ontario.
South Carolina Solar companies are the latest group to tackle their state legislature in regards to getting a more solar friendly environment for the state.
Join us as we speak to Bruce Wood, recent past chair of the South Carolina Solar Council. As we discuss politics, regulation of energy and selling solar in South Carolina.
Glenna Wiseman of Identity3 to talk about a first ever women oriented solar survey. A cadre of solar industry professionals, prominent mom bloggers and leading brand marketers recently announced the survey which reaches out to female homeowners and mothers to understand their communication preferences related to solar.
The Shining a Solar Marketing Light on Women survey opened October 9. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SolarMarketingToWomen
With a combined reach of nearly 15,000 bloggers, the female-oriented networks of Bookieboo.com and TheBloggerConnection.com have joined forces with the solar industry’s popular #SolarChat Twitter community and solar industry marketing professional, Glenna Wiseman, to get the survey out to as many women as possible.
The results of the survey will be introduced at Solar Power International, by Raina Russo, of #SolarChat, and Wiseman at a presentation of the same name on Tues. Oct. 22, 2013. The findings also discussed at #SolarChat online to be held on Nov. 13, 2013.
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