“If you can’t install solar at $3.45/watt, you’re going out of business.” Straight Talk on Solar with Jigar Shah at NESEA 2012

Jigar Shah was my favorite presenter at this year’s Building Energy Conference.  Mr. Shah founded SunEdison in 2003 and sold it five years later for $200 million.  Here are some quotes he offered up in the “Energy Subsidies and the Future of Solar: Where Do We Go From Here?” session:

He outlined a 25kw project in […]

What the Heck is Home Performance? Seriously. One Contractor to Another.

Paul Eldrenkamp has been a residential remodeling contractor for 26 years. Energy efficiency work has been the competitive advantage that has gotten his business through the current recession. He has a knack for breaking a very complex topic down into some simple language, and he keeps his eyes on the business impact at […]

Software Can Decrease Your Costs, Close More Sales and Grow your Solar Business

I’m always on the hunt for the new products, trends and technologies that are decreasing the cost of clean energy solutions. In the past few years the innovation has mainly come from decreasing the cost of the large system components (modules, heatpumps, etc) and building up a trained labor force. When I started installing solar it took a four man crew four to five days to install the average 5kw system for a home. As my residential career was wrapping up, that same four man crew could do it in a little less then two days. 50% lower labor costs. We all know the same story has been true with module prices. But now that we have more trained workforce and the hard costs are decreasing rapidly, where can we looking to further decrease costs?


Maximize Solar Job Profitability and Speed with Building Integrated Solar Panels

One thing we know about students who have gone through our training courses is that they’re always looking for the best products. At Heatspring, we want to keep you abreast of the best products in the solar and geothermal industry. Since we always strive to be 100% transparent, we assure you that we were not paid by Lumeta Solar to provide this review; it’s based on the innovation of the product, and we feel Lumeta panels can truly help you with your business.

At PV America I sat down with Nico Johnson, who is heading up Lumeta’s North American sales effort, to discuss the product.

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Q: What is the history of the product? How was it developed and why?
A: The product was developed by roofers for rooftops. We didn’t have a need to be innovative and on the edge of technology–we simply identified flaws in the existing mounting methodology for certain rooftop applications. There is not a lot of diversity in the building integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) market. The panels were developed specifically to address the needs of large customers who wanted a better solar product offering, one that is elegant, has high power density, and which does not compromise the roof integrity or structural load. In the past, there have been few choices which meet these requirements. The first, was to have hundreds of penetrations on the roof, which increases the need for maintenance. Alternatively we had contractors lugging a ton of ballasts on the roof, which most roofing manufacturers are now beginning to acknowledge raises concerns about long-term warranty coverage. This is where we saw the gap for a product that would address the need for zero roof penetrations and for light-weight roof structures.

Because they’ve come directly out of the roofing industry, the founders of Lumeta really
understand the need for and importance of simplifying integration. They wanted a product that any contractor could wrap his mind around, as well as the crew. They also wanted a product that would decrease the balance of system costs–as silicon prices have dropped, balance of system (BOS) costs have increased as a percentage of total costs.

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How do SRECs Work?

In Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and most of the east-coast and Mid-Atlantic solar markets, the main incentives driving the solar market are SRECs, which stands for Solar Renewable Energy Credits. If you’re looking to get into the industry or expand your current business, you need to know how they work, how to communicate their use to customers and where you can find more information if you really want to dig deep.

We’ve had a lot of people asking about them, and though the large developers have them figured out, we want to make sure the small guys are getting in on the action, too.
What are SRECs?
An SREC is a solar renewable energy credit. One is created for every megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity produced by a solar generator. Keep in mind that SRECs are sold separately from the electricity they produce. This means a customer with a solar array on their roof can use the electricity on-site and then sell the SRECs off to another buyer. The buyers are the utilities.