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Homeowners Use More Electricity After Going Solar; Question Solar Savings

One of the most common issues in the residential solar market is that homeowners change their energy usage behavior after going solar and consume more electricity. Consequently, their electric bill will bounce back to what it used to be before going solar or even more. This is called “Rebound Effect” (please see the attached link). Current monitoring systems just provide kWh production of the solar systems which is not ...more »

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Solar Panels Efficiency in Non-optimal Temperature Conditions

Ambient cell temperatures used to evaluate and rate performance of flat panel photovoltaic (PV) modules are 25°C (77°F) for Standard Test Conditions (STC), 20°C (68°F) for Standard Operating Conditions (SOC) and PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC), all of these reference temperatures are unrealistic for much of the United States during summer days where ambient temperatures are > 90°F so electric output from these devices are ...more »

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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 (O&M) challenge is costly and impacts the competitiveness of solar energy pricing. As the US solar industry continues to grow in US markets driven by renewable portfolio standards, large-scale solar facilities will become more common and will be ...more »

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Solar Shopping – An Information Overload Experience that Makes Most Cringe

Shopping for solar usually results in an information overload experience that makes most people cringe. What if we could create functionality to empower consumers with the ability to identify what stage of solar inquiry and purchasing they are in and then serve up to them the information appropriate for their buying stage? This would help potential customers by uncluttering the solar education and decision process, ...more »

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Inspire, inform and educate consumers on the benefits of solar energy

A large obstacle to the growth of the solar market is the overwhelming array of information and choices that must be made in order to implement solar energy in the home. The complexity of information about the benefits of solar energy, the technology decisions and the financing programs available results in a message to consumers which is both confusing and dull. This situation creates the need for an innovative application ...more »

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ENERGY LOTTERY - Free kWatts!...for Life!

ENTER TO WIN...ENERGY! At this stage, the Solar PV Industry needs active response from the consumers. The potential customers, though, have not been sensitized enough with the idea and benefits of Solar PV. A marketing strategy is required, which would capture people's attention and mobilize them to act! Such a lottery game, which would not only be a game but a nationwide warehouse of information, research, analysis and ...more »

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The Solar Endowment

US universities are currently in a position to make substantial solar project investments on their campuses and associated properties. With the near nationwide adoption of the Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, endowment managers are now guided by the first prudent investor rule enacted in statutory law. The law allows endowments to invest in any kind of asset, to pool endowment funds for investment purposes, ...more »

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Making Solar Energy Sexy

I would like to have a campaign that shows homeowners and commercial building owners how easy it is to go solar. Flyers for energy auditors are technical, boring, and are typically over the head of average customer. A campaign created that is fun, sexy, interesting, and saves people money and the environment is needed nationally.

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Getting the Public the Best Bang for Their Solar Buck

As a homeowner, I wish I had a tool/app where I could type in my address, available roof space, and project budget, and the tool/app would come back to me with the most optimal solar option for my home based upon price, efficiency, and reliability. The answer would include the optimal local vendor, what panels and inverters to use, where to place the panels, detailed energy generation estimates, economic breakeven point, ...more »

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Making Solar "Easy" for installing

I would like to see easy solar for homeowners, renters, and the general public. Solar has become expensive, due to all the hands in the game, from installers, to manufacturers, to retail space costs, to salespeople. Solar needs to be affordable, and easy. I would like to see a energy assessors offer a plug and play system, that someone could purchase, set up in your yard, or patio, then plug it in their wall outlet. ...more »

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Solar Net Metering with Green Button

ESPI Green Button format is usually implemented to present electric energy usage. This format includes direction of energy flow from or into the grid (generation). This allows presenting PV energy generation when its higher than energy usage and is recorded by smart net meters for each interval. A website can be created where homeowners can submit their Green Button data obtained from utility to compare usage/generation ...more »

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A personalized sensor, ‘iSense’ that can infer occupant comfort

The idea is to develop a new sensor, ‘iSense’ that has the capabilities to detect occupancy status, occupant count, comfort status as well as human-building system interactions (i.e. interactions with windows, shades, lighting and the thermostat). Based on real-time data collected from the ‘iSense,’ an analytics and modeling package will provide diagnostic information on comfort issues, building operation, and worker ...more »

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