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31Jul, 2015

Free Lecture: “The History of Solar Thermal in the United States” with Bob Ramlow

This is a fun 40-minute lecture that provides historical context for where solar hot water – solar thermal – is today. Bob also shares some insights about which types of customers are the best fit for solar hot water, and some resources to learn more. […]

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30Jul, 2015

What Does “Data-Driven Farming” Mean?

 

Data-Driven Farming is the thoughtful use of big data to supplement on-farm precision agriculture. It means having the right farm data, at the right time, to make better decisions that improve long-term profitability. “Big data” is a big buzzword. Everyone talks about it, but only a very […]

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30Jul, 2015

Free Microgrid Excel Model

Designing a microgrid is an incredibly complex task – there’s no such thing as a standard microgrid. This unpolished microgrid excel model is a baby step in the direction of standardizing microgrid ROI calculations, which guide planning and decision-making. It’s intended to be a conversation starter. […]

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29Jul, 2015

Solar Women Summer Series: Commercial Project Design and Engineering

Shannon Ware is a Commercial Project Design Engineer and NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional at Microgrid Energy, LLC. She is also Certified in Shade Analysis, is a DOE Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor and has completed Energy Technician Training in addition to her professional experience. Ware is […]

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27Jul, 2015

Finding Success in Sustainable Building: A Case Study

In this case study, we discuss a sustainable building project, the importance of learning national and state energy codes/green building requirements and an overview of large scale initiatives currently taking place with alum Paul Correa.

Paul A. Correa is the Principal/Founder of California’s CPG Consultants, and has the following certifications: LEED AP, GreenPoint Rater, […]

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27Jul, 2015

Solar + Storage: Commercial v. Utility v. Residential

The best solar + storage opportunities for most companies are on large commercial projects. That was my takeaway from a June 2nd call with Wes Kennedy, Joe Schwartz and David Brearley from SolarPro. The utility storage market is hot and happening right now, but the projects […]

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24Jul, 2015

Free Tool: LEED v4 Materials Form

After a significant delay, LEED Version 4 has finally been released, and you can now begin building your library of LEED v4 Tools.
Start by downloading our FREE LEED v4 Materials Form from Expert Instructor, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED CI (Legacy) and aedify founder Brenda Martens.

Used in her LEED […]

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24Jul, 2015

Solar Women Summer Series (Canada): Policy, Philanthropy and Play

Lisa Oelke is the Marketing Manager (North America) for Advanced Racking Solutions, a division of hb Solar Canada, in Ontario. She is also the Solar Development/Renewable Energy Consultant Off-Grid Specialist for the Solar Majengo Tanzania project and an Advisory Board member for Women in Renewable Energy […]

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24Jul, 2015

Peek at HeatSpring’s New Online Learning Platform

Today we released a major update to our classroom environment that will make HeatSpring courses better. After eight years of experimenting with our own software and trying every LMS under the sun, I can confidently say it’s a game changer.

Here is what makes the new […]

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21Jul, 2015

Free Lecture: “Electrical Loads in High Performance Buildings” with Chris Calwell

Accurately predicting electrical loads is the biggest source of error in the design of battery-based solar pv systems and zero net energy homes. In this free lecture, Chris Calwell outlines best practices for predicting and measuring electrical loads in high performance buildings. Register for the […]

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