Lisa Cohn

About Lisa Cohn

Lisa Cohn, a regular contributor at HeatSpring Magazine, has worked as a writer for more than 20 years, focusing on energy and environment. She is a former U.S. stringer for Windpower Monthly Magazine, a former associate editor of Oregon Business and a former editor of Forest Perspectives, a quarterly magazine published by the World Forestry Center. She began her writing career as an energy and environment reporter for The Cape Cod Times. Lisa has received numerous writing awards, from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers and Associated Oregon Industries.

A Shared Training Experience for Groups of Employees in Solar Companies

Ben Ellis, field service manager for Solect Energy, says a major challenge for his company is keeping employees up to date on the rapidly changing solar industry.

The best way to keep his team prepared for change is through education, he adds.  “It’s nearly impossible to pull my team out of the field long enough […]

Coming Soon: Ordering Modular Energy Storage to Meet Electricity Demand When Guests Visit

In the near future, energy storage will be modular, and you’ll be able to order or rent energy storage modules when your electricity needs increase, if you have guests, for example.

You’ll likely pair the battery storage with solar PV or other forms of renewable energy, allowing you to store solar produced during the day for […]

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Why Peak Shaving Using Energy Storage is a Good Idea

Companies can pay high “demand charges” from utilities for using large amounts of energy during their monthly billing cycle.

But they can lower these demand charges through solar and strategic use of storage, says Christopher Lord, instructor, along with Keith Cronin, of HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course.

Utilities Charge for Both Energy and Demand

A typical utility […]

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Adopting the “Minnesota Nice” Model to Collaborate with Utilities for a Win-Win Over Solar-Plus-Storage

Utilities often try to stop or slow solar-plus-storage projects at the Public Utility Commissions, says Christopher LaForge, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage course. 

In one such effort,  We Energies, Wisconsin’s largest utility, increased its fee for connecting to the grid by almost a factor of 3, he says. 

In addition, under new tariffs, customers with […]

January 7th, 2020|Categories: Solar Plus Storage||

Interested in Offering Energy Storage? Demand is High, Prices Dropping

California’s recent public safety power shutoffs have sparked a sometimes desperate demand for batteries from utility customers who want backup power.

That has helped lower battery prices, making them more affordable for homeowners and businesses, says Sean White, instructor for HeatSpring’s NABCEP PV Certification Exam Prep and CEU Hours courses.

The most recent blackouts, by […]