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SunSwarm Community Solar Marketplace

SunSwarm is an online consumer to developer marketplace platform that connects interested energy consumers to solar developers to satisfy pre-development customer subscriber requirements and matches consumers to online solar projects. Consumer Benefits: By providing basic pieces of information, SunSwarm can match a consumer with a qualifying solar project and provide the consumer 1). The ability to understand the process ...more »

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Solar Land Solutions - Online Marketplace To Match Landowners and Building Owners with Utility and Community Solar Developers

Solar Land Solutions is seeking to develop an online marketplace that would match up landowners and building owners with large, flat roofs with solar developers in the utility and community solar space. The landowners and building owners would receive lease offers (or purchase option offers if interested) on their land or rooftops from solar developers. They could choose between developers who met their particular criteria, ...more »

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Financing nonprofits and cooperatives to go solar: the untapped commercial solar market

While residential solar grows at an astounding rate, commercial solar customers, specifically nonprofits and cooperatives, are left behind. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that in Q1 2015, residential solar installations grew by 11% over Q4 2014 rates while non-residential solar was down 24% from Q4 2014. “The non-residential market continues to struggle from longstanding barriers to customer origination ...more »

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Community Solar Marketplace Platform

Community solar (also known as shared solar) is the largest renewable energy growth market in the United States. Community solar models provide energy credits for multiple off-takers instead of the traditional singular energy user. Over 75% of solar energy consumers are unable to participate in the usage of rooftop solar energy because they are renters and do not own their roofs, because their property is unsuitable ...more »

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GyroVerter stabilizes Micro grids, saves lives after disasters strike

GyroVerter is a tiny power converter that stores energy without batteries. At 1/10th the size of comparable solar inverters, it can be deployed fast into disaster areas, assisting disaster relief teams building small, resilient power islands. According to Bill Young, a retired disaster relief expert from the Univ of Florida, serving emergency responders since 1979, local solar resources are the primary source of power ...more »

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PVimpact - Changing the way homeowners interact with their solar system

The growth of residential solar is an encouraging trend in the energy sector. However, data shows that solar homeowners tend to be lulled by lower electric bills and increase energy consumption, with bills often bouncing back to pre-solar levels. Current monitoring systems fail to engage homeowners by providing data in formats which are not meaningful. PVimpact is an app which will revolutionize the way homeowners interact ...more »

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Enhance Energy Access with Smart Mini Grids

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 »

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Window Street Financial

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 »

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National Solar Tour

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 »

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Village Power Finance for Community Solar Online Platform

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 »

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Village Power Finance Platform for Endowment Project Investments

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 »

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Sharing the Sun: Solar Power for Tenants and Solar Disadvantaged Homeowners

The home solar PV movement has been booming in the U.S. in recent years but there remains a huge number of Americans with no access to solar power. Of the 80 million owner-occupied properties in the U.S. (67% of total) roughly 25% are well suited for PV installations due to suboptimal roof orientation, shading from trees and infrastructure, or in the case of apartments and condos; there is no ownership of the roof. Few ...more »

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