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Residential Electric Footprint

Create a "unified electric footprint" for solar residential customers by combining solar generation and smart meter data. Highlights strategic benefits to utilities of standardized interface for solar data.

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SolarBook - The Solar Industry's One Stop Shop for Solar Education Resources

SolarBook Business Plan: The team at Pick My Solar is taking the next step in solar transparency by developing SolarBook, an online portal covering all things solar for both consumers and industry professionals. Each stage of the solar process, from first learning what it is and how it works, to what to consider when choosing an installer, to monitoring the system and properly filing for tax credits and rebates, will ...more »

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Rental Property Portal - by the Solar Action Network

The Solar Action Network proposes to build a software platform that will help renters and property owners understand the value of adding solar to their buildings. This software platform will have innovative features to address the current barriers limiting adoption in this important customer segment. These features are described in detail in our video submission. The Solar Action Network Team members each have over ...more »

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Hot For Solar!

Hot for Solar uses publicly available solar installation data coupled with machine learning techniques to provide a predictive model of which geographies are most likely to adopt solar and at what cost. Overlay that data with credit score information and other demographic data and Hot for Solar provides a powerful tool for solar installers to target marketing and sales efforts more effectively. Dramatically reducing the ...more »

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Problem Statement ID: 'idea-#####' or Problem Statement Full Link : http://catalyst.energy.gov/a/dtd/Poorly-Targeted-Marketing/54190-29324

Video Pitch : https://youtu.be/KrhzP39C4OA

Online Resume/CV : https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-springfield/0/86b/621

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Solar Doctor: A check engine light for your solar panels

Many residential solar owners have small, undetected maintenance problems that are leading to massive downtime for their solar panels. Using classification algorithms that detect different types of problems, Solar Doctor provides an automated alert to customers whenever there's a problem. We also provide a detailed description of the maintenance needed and offer a referral service. Further, we plan to use our collected ...more »

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Homeowners with residential solar need a “check engine light” for their solar panels

Many homeowners with solar panels have no idea when minor maintenance issues have degraded or stopped the energy production from their installations. According to Pecan Street’s report on the need for a “check engine light for solar panels,” typical repairs require $25 and less than an hour of labor, but can often take systems offline for weeks or months. Even sophisticated homeowners who are actively monitoring their ...more »

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Solar Walls from Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)

DSSC is a proven alternative to solar PV for generating electricity. While the efficiency of DSSC is lower per unit area, it is light and can be applied on large surfaces including vertical walls. Thus its low efficacy is offset by total electrical output. The idea is to generate electricity from solar energy on surfaces where PV installation is infeasible. Moreover the base dye can be synthesized in different colors ...more »

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Solar + Tesla Powerwall: A good investment?

Tesla’s Powerwall announcement did indeed generate a lot of hype, but the question remains where and when does an electricity storage system make sense. Just as we offer a test drive experience for solar energy with Sunmetrix GO, we believe that homeowners will also want to know whether an electricity storage system, such as the Tesla Powerwall, will make financial sense for them, based on their specific location (solar ...more »

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Online Resume/CV : https://ca.linkedin.com/in/simonegarneau

Online Resume/CV : http://ca.linkedin.com/in/gurtuna

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A Participatory Energy Management in Small Scale Community Microgrids

As an effort to energy management, a growing trend has formed toward establishing localized and shared energy infrastructures concentrating on the user’s end of energy consumption. Microgrids – as localized energy infrastructures - tend to empower users to interact with the energy management system to control their energy use and reduce energy costs via energy metering systems and feedback technologies. By displaying ...more »

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Diagnostics and Quality Assurance with Smart Thermostats Data

Smart thermostats are rapidly gaining market traction. They are producing valuable data regarding not only electricity use, but also oil and gas consumption. Can that data be used to diagnose problems in a home's equipment and/or the building itself (like a broken seal on a window)? Can the thermostat data be used to determine how effective a retrofit of the home was?

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The Economic Power of Solar Energy

Solar electricity provides all Americans with an opportunity to reduce utility costs or generate extra income. Guaranteed first costs coupled with uncertain returns on investment result in solar generation being overlooked by millions of homeowners. Weather and electricity prices vary across the country, so why would one risk purchasing solar panels without knowing the numbers first? How much electricity can you generate, ...more »

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Analytics for Solar + Residential Electricity Storage

Tesla's Powerwall created a lot of excitement, and managed to attract a lot of consumer interest to residential electricity solutions. Currently, there are many online tools that can estimate solar electricity estimates for homeowners. However, what is needed is an "add-on" that can enable the homeowner to select a storage option and/or an electric vehicle and run the numbers. Based on their insolation levels, utility ...more »

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