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Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How I broke into solar </li></u...
Introduction <ul><li>My background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing, communications, graphic design San Francisco </li></ul...
How I Broke into Solar <ul><li>Researched solar companies </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered a connection to a solar engineer </...
Solar System Basics <ul><li>1. Sun strikes solar panels, creates DC current which </li></ul><ul><li>2. Runs down conduit t...
How to Begin a Solar Project <ul><li>Review last 12 months kWh electric usage numbers and rate </li></ul><ul><li>Use Googl...
Advantages of Going Solar <ul><li>Saving money on your electric bill </li></ul><ul><li>Stabilize your energy costs </li></...
What can a Solar Energy Consultant Do <ul><li>Offer an objective evaluation of client’s energy needs </li></ul><ul><li>Adv...
Training/Workshops <ul><li>PG&E  FREE  energy workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Living Institute classes </li></ul><ul><li...
Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers <ul><li>Inverter manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Solar panel manufacturers </...
Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers cont. <ul><li>Electrician </li></ul><ul><li>Design Engineer </li></ul><ul><li...
Types of Solar Industry Jobs -  Key Employers  cont. <ul><li>Panel Makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunpower </li></ul></ul><u...
Types of Solar Industry Jobs -  Key Employers  cont.
 
Industry Events, Job Boards <ul><li>Solar Power 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oct 12-14 Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PV...
Energy Efficiency
Solar Links <ul><li>AEE Solar  http://aeesolar.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Living Institute  www.solarliving.org </li></u...
Q & A Max Greenberg 650-833-9200 [email_address] www.solarsanity.com
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Breaking Into Solar 1.12.10

  1. 1. presented by MAX GREENBERG JAN. 12, 2009
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How I broke into solar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solar System Basics </li></ul><ul><li>How to begin a solar project </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of going solar </li></ul><ul><li>What can a Solar Energy Consultant do </li></ul><ul><li>Types of solar industry jobs - Key employers </li></ul><ul><li>Training/workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Industry events, job boards </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency and solar system sizing </li></ul><ul><li>Solar web links </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>My background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing, communications, graphic design San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real Estate broker Boston area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interest in energy efficient and green homes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. How I Broke into Solar <ul><li>Researched solar companies </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered a connection to a solar engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an email alert on Monster.com </li></ul><ul><li>Submitted application w/REC Solar </li></ul><ul><li>Followed up application with phone call to hiring authority </li></ul><ul><li>Realized company was on an environmental mission but also profit driven, so played to both </li></ul>
  5. 5. Solar System Basics <ul><li>1. Sun strikes solar panels, creates DC current which </li></ul><ul><li>2. Runs down conduit to inverter – converted to AC current </li></ul><ul><li>3. Electricity runs into main electric panel </li></ul><ul><li>4. Electricity used by home first. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Excess goes out to grid through bi-directional meter </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to Begin a Solar Project <ul><li>Review last 12 months kWh electric usage numbers and rate </li></ul><ul><li>Use Google Earth to measure available So.East – West unshaded roof space </li></ul><ul><li>Allow 100 sq ft/kW of solar </li></ul><ul><li>1kW of solar ~ 1400kWh/year </li></ul><ul><li>Offset of 60% of kWh is usually close to “sweet spot” of cost effectiveness </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advantages of Going Solar <ul><li>Saving money on your electric bill </li></ul><ul><li>Stabilize your energy costs </li></ul><ul><li>Helping the environment (and energy security) by reducing use of non-renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing resale value of your home </li></ul>
  8. 8. What can a Solar Energy Consultant Do <ul><li>Offer an objective evaluation of client’s energy needs </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on energy efficiency measures to reduce demand </li></ul><ul><li>Refer client to reputable solar installers </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate competing proposals and separate out the sales pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in contract negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Work as broker to match up client with installer </li></ul>
  9. 9. Training/Workshops <ul><li>PG&E FREE energy workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Living Institute classes </li></ul><ul><li>American Solar Energy Society (ASES) </li></ul><ul><li>AEE Solar – distributor offers FREE webinar on basics of starting a solar business: Jan 15th </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers <ul><li>Inverter manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Solar panel manufacturers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales & marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Racking/mounting system innovation </li></ul>
  11. 11. Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers cont. <ul><li>Electrician </li></ul><ul><li>Design Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Installer </li></ul><ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Sales </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Warehouse </li></ul>
  12. 12. Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers cont. <ul><li>Panel Makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunpower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sanyo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Chinese cos. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nanosolar – thin film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FirstSolar – thin film </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REC Solar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GroSolar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SPG Solar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inverter Makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fronius </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enphase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solectria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xantrex </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Types of Solar Industry Jobs - Key Employers cont.
  14. 15. Industry Events, Job Boards <ul><li>Solar Power 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oct 12-14 Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PV Technology Show </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feb 2-4 Moscone SF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indeed.com </li></ul><ul><li>Monster.com </li></ul><ul><li>Green Biz Job Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Industry Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>ASES Green Start Job Board </li></ul>Join!
  15. 16. Energy Efficiency
  16. 17. Solar Links <ul><li>AEE Solar http://aeesolar.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Living Institute www.solarliving.org </li></ul><ul><li>PG&E Solar Education http://www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/solar/solareducation/ </li></ul><ul><li>Treehugger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Solarbuzz.com </li></ul>
  17. 18. Q & A Max Greenberg 650-833-9200 [email_address] www.solarsanity.com

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