Building a Solar Passive Greenhouse With No Energy Inputs Other Than the Sun

Harnessing the power of the sun can look like many different things. For HeatSpring instructor Chris LaForge, solar energy means so much more than photovoltaics. In this short video, Chris shows us the beginning phases of his passive solar greenhouse build. Can you believe this structure stays totally warm in snowy Wisconsin winters and pleasant […]

March 8th, 2023|Categories: Free Courses, Passive House, Q+A, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Thermal, Tiny Homes||

Sharing Solar Developer Secrets for 10 Years: The Enduring Value of the Solar MBA

The Solar Executive MBA launched in 2012 and there’s still nothing quite like it. I sat down with instructors Chris Lord and Keith Cronin to talk about the origins of the course and why it’s still such a unique course.

Here’s the transcript from our conversation, which you can watch above.

Brian Hayden (me): I’m here with […]

January 13th, 2022|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing, Solar Thermal||

Scott Sklar’s New and Improved “Solar Power 101” Course

Amory Lovins, Co-Founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, says “Scott Sklar is a walking encyclopedia of American renewable energy.” He’s not kidding. 2,500 solar professionals have taken Scott’s “Solar Power 101” course, which was created in 2014.

The material held up remarkably well because Scott is such an incredible researcher and presenter. But recently Scott went […]

Ron Theaker’s Solar Hydronic Heating System

This month we’re shining a light on solar entrepreneurs who are bringing new solutions to the market. As the industry grows, new businesses will emerge to create jobs and serve new kinds of customers. It’s fun to think about where we’re headed.

Ron Theaker is the founder of Digital Solar Heat, and the inventor of a […]

April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Alumni Stories, Genius Award, Hydronic Heating, Solar Thermal||

David J. Goldstein Awarded Genius Grant for Multifamily HVAC Solution

Please join us in congratulating David J. Goldstein, the first Genius Grant award recipient for 2021. David is an engineer and an entrepreneur. He has self-funded the development of a new HVAC solution that has potential to make multifamily housing more affordable while increasing occupant comfort and reducing CO2 emissions.

We learned of David’s work through […]