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Disasters & sustainable energy

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Started by Mark Richardson May 25, 2013.

What is the Consumer Attitude towards Energy Efficiency Products & Services

Much has been written in recent times on consumer attitudes towards investing in energy efficiency retrofits, a recent GTM article …Continue

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Started by Bijou Lulla Apr 13, 2013.

Solar should BE the Roof, not just on the roof.

Instead of installing plywood sheathing, roofing paper and shingles, I put together a video shows how solar modules could be attached directly to the roof trusses.  …Continue

Started by James White Apr 11, 2013.

Hawaii's Solution to Faster Solar Deployment

One of the biggest obstacles to renewable energy deployment in the US is overcoming the utility and AHJ review process. Long processing times leads to higher costs, customer and integrator…Continue

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Comment by Mark Richardson on June 17, 2013 at 6:21am

Thanks Everblue,

I am proud to say that I have also recently achieved the NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional designation.

After the Installer test, the Sales Certification test was a breeze!

Comment by Everblue Training on June 11, 2013 at 11:14am

Congratulations Mark! The NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam is very challenging. If anyone is interested in learning about classes that could help them prepare for it let me know.


Also, Has anyone heard any news or developments regarding the Bloombox technology that was developed a few years back? 60 Minutes did a piece on it and I haven't heard anything since...

Here is a link to the video on youtube talking about it for those who are interested or unfamiliar:

Comment by Mark Richardson on November 7, 2012 at 5:36am

Thanks, Diane. This was far and away the hardest test I have ever taken. Hands down. Not even close. I am so Happy!!!

Comment by Diane Chojnowski on October 31, 2012 at 6:30am

Congratulations Mark!

Comment by Mark Richardson on October 31, 2012 at 4:53am

I am proud (and r-e-l-i-e-v-e-d!) to announce that I am now a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer!

Check out for more information on how you can begin or continue your path to a renewable energy future...

Comment by Steve Blase on May 12, 2012 at 6:18pm


If there is no significant air quality or comfort issues with the home, but the utility bill is painful high.  Then installing a solar electric system and some low cost energy improvements that are not part of the holistic whole house performance approach might make the most sense.  Evaluating and decreasing base load usage, changing out lights and then right sizing a solar electric system based on the decreased electric usage could be the satisfying answer the homeowner is looking for.  Then as it makes sense or desired, start upgrading appliances with energy efficient ones as they near the end of their service life.  Many homes currently upgrading with solar are doing so through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  With a PPA there typically is a very small upfront payment and then just pay for the electricity as it is delivered as you do now with your utility.  So often for as little as a few thousand dollars you can have control over the future cost of electricity, improve your homes energy efficiency, go solar and establish a hedge against the escalation of electric costs.  Financing through traditional methods can create additional savings.

Comment by Mark Richardson on April 30, 2012 at 6:35am

To anyone intyerested in Solar PV sales:

The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam is coming up! Registration Deadline is May 11, 2012.

Check out for more details on becoming a certified PV Sales or Certified PV Installer.

Comment by Mark Richardson on November 22, 2011 at 3:28am

Cool Matt!

Maybe you could share a little about your system components?

What type of panels, Inverter, racking system, etc.?

Thanks for posting!

Comment by Matthew Redmond on November 17, 2011 at 4:00pm

Oops, forgot to tag the picture. Picture of 11 KW installation I just completed on my training center in Syracuse. Install went smoothly, no drama. PV will provide approx 60% of power needs. cool beans...

Comment by Matthew Redmond on November 17, 2011 at 3:56pm


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