This video is a draft version of a response to the problem statement "Small unmanned aerial vehicles to reduce large solar field inspection costs." Utility-scale solar facility operators spend thousands of labor hours inspecting, identifying and isolating faulty, dirty or shaded solar panels. This operation and maintenance challenge is costly and impacts the competitiveness of solar energy pricing. I propose to develop ...more »
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The first pain point in solar customer acquisition process is collecting bill history from the prospective customer. Collecting utility bill history is a manual process with the utility and can take up to three weeks. We are automating this process by building API adapters with each utility so solar sales people can have access to a customer's bill history in under 10 minutes. UtilityAPI collects historical data, but ...more »
Solar proposals currently presented to homeowners are lackluster and uninspiring. Infographic-style visual presentations would engage, educate, and excite much more effectively than written presentations. I'd like to create a platform where professional graphic designers can create dynamic infographic-presentation templates. A solar installation company could choose their preferred template(s), which would integrate ...more »
Solar Endowments Village Power Finance is a peer-to-peer finance platform for clean energy assets. We serve primarily community organizations like educational and non-profit organizations, houses of worship, and municipalities. Our unique finance platform enables us to pull together capital from diverse investor pools -- local community members, institutional investors, crowdfund investors, and also endowments. Because ...more »
Village Power Finance is already a community solar online platform, and we'd love the opportunity to demonstrate the scalability and broad applicability of the model as part of the award application. Village Power Finance is a open finance platform for solar and EE projects serving community organizations like churches, schools, clubs, universities, etc. We enable local community organizations to easily develop and ...more »
Solar panels are some of the best sources of clean energy, but they are inconsistent. This inconsistency limits how much solar can connect to the grid. Tumalow doesn’t think solar should be limited. We’re building a network of energy storage systems. Each one is installed behind-the-meter where the value is the highest. The energy storage will smooth out solar production, reduce the peak load of buildings, and help ...more »
Incentive credit payments issued by State governments, for example, the $0.15 to $0.54 paid per kWh generated in Washington State, are an important, if not critical tool used to promote solar and other renewable energy installation and operation. They are important to both the end user of the renewable system, and the supporting businesses such as installers and material fabricators whose businesses rely on installation ...more »
Location Based Solar Design & Pointing Optimizer App. Passive Solar and Photo Voltaic Energy Savings Optimization Adviser Application This is a proposal to design, build and market a phone app and website to help people and businesses to design and precisely position window sunshading systems that optimize the warming effect of the sun - or for shading/blocking the heat of the sun depending on the time of year. The ...more »
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) will produce the 20th National Solar Tour Oct. 3 & 4, 2015. Research shows that home and business owners interested in solar who know someone with solar are more likely to adopt solar quickly than those who know no one with a solar installation(1). In 2014 the National Tour featured over 500 solar locations across the country and ASES would like to triple that number in 2015. Creation ...more »
The challenges in the PV balance of system that we are addressing are twofold. First is the cost of lead of generation for the solar installer, and second is the barrier to widespread adoption by homeowners due to lack of credible and easy to understand information about the complicated PV technologies and multitude of design options. To address these challenges, we propose a Smartphone app that will educate the consumer ...more »
When someone chooses to go solar, they are trying to do the right thing for the environment. But when solar systems are leased, as is the case for 75% of systems today, one of the main beneficiaries are the banks on Wall Street who finance the project. The idea of big banks profiting doesn’t match up with many customers’ inner motivation to make things better. Our customer is someone who wants solar, but also wants their ...more »
In every corner of the world you'll find solar systems with capacities ranging from 20 Watt-peak to several kW. The smaller systems are usually capable of running small DC-loads like LED lamps, fans, or perhaps even TV sets or irrigation pumps. These systems however, in general, face the problem of under-utilized solar electricity capture, due to the time-varying consumption requirements and battery capacity limits. During ...more »