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Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage

Some people just love riding the “solar coaster” — both the exciting up times and the death-defying plunges…usually from some totally unexpected outside force. It’s great to hear from industry veterans who have managed to thrive through both good times and bad.

Our guest on this week’s Energy Show is Jeff Brown, one of the most experienced solar contractors in the business. Jeff got his start in solar back in the '80s with solar thermal installations; he and I worked together at Akeena Solar, and now Jeff is at the cutting edge of battery storage technology at JLM Energy. Jeff has also been an active board member at the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), and has been one of the leaders in the transition from solar thermal to solar PV.

Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff’s candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage[1]) of the rooftop solar industry[2].

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About the Energy Show

As energy costs consume more and more of our hard-earned dollars, we as consumers really start to pay attention. But we don't have to resign ourselves to $5/gallon gas prices, $200/month electric bills and $500 heating bills. There are literally hundreds of products, tricks and techniques that we can use to dramatically reduce these costs — very affordably.

The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World is a weekly 20-minute podcast that provides tips and advice to reduce your home and business energy consumption. Every week we'll cover topics that will help cut your energy bill, explain new products and technologies in plain English, and cut through the hype so that you can make smart and cost-effective energy choices.

About Your Host

Barry Cinnamon[3] is a long-time advocate of renewable energy and is a widely recognized solar power expert. In 2001 he founded Akeena Solar — which grew to become the largest national residential solar installer by the middle of the last decade with over 10,000 rooftop customers coast to coast. He partnered with Westinghouse to create Westinghouse Solar in 2010, and sold the company in 2012.

His pioneering work on reducing costs of rooftop solar power systems include Andalay, the first solar panel with integrated racking, grounding and wiring; the first UL listed AC solar panel; and the first fully “plug and play” AC solar panel. His current efforts are focused on reducing the soft costs for solar power systems, which cause system prices in the U.S. to be double those of Germany.

Although Barry may be known for his outspoken work in the solar industry[4], he has hands-on experience with a wide range of energy saving technologies.  He's been doing residential energy audits since the punch card days, developed one of the first ground-source heat pumps in the early ‘80s, and always abides by the Laws of Thermodynamics.

This podcast was originally produced by Spice Solar [5]and was presented here with permission.

Lead image credit: Patrick Breitenbach[6] | Flickr

References

  1. ^energy storage (www.renewableenergyworld.com)
  2. ^solar industry (www.renewableenergyworld.com)
  3. ^Barry Cinnamon (www.renewableenergyworld.com)
  4. ^his outspoken work in the solar industry (www.renewableenergyworld.com)
  5. ^was originally produced by Spice Solar  (www.spicesolar.com)
  6. ^Go to Patrick Breitenbach's photostream (www.flickr.com)

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