Solar Power World, which recently quoted Run on Sun Founder & CEO Jim Jenal at length in a news article, has just announced their annual listing of the Top 250 Solar Contractors in the United States and Run on Sun made the list, coming in at number 234.
From Solar Power World’s editorial announcing the list:
These companies have the vision to succeed in an industry dismissed by so many around the world. These companies — these visionaries — are poised to take full advantage of the near-term solar boom that none other than researcher Shayle Kann has predicted for the U.S. industry.
It is these businesses that have fueled the three-year growth of this industry of 227%. The Solar Power World’s Top 250 employ 73,068 people and installed 3 GW in 2012 alone. They have installed 7.8 GW overall. They represent the best across all three segments — utility, commercial and residential — that make this industry so vibrant. In an industry now valued at $11.5 billion, these are the companies that have built it.
For a small, regional company like Run on Sun, it is a great honor to be listed among the biggest and best known solar companies in the country. We are proud of our role in building this industry, and proud to be a voice for making the industry live up to its vision. After all, you cannot claim to be part of building a sustainable future if you engage in shoddy business practices or stoop to unsavory marketing tricks.
So congrats to all our colleagues who made the list - here’s to continuing to grow an industry we all love!
We came across this image of recent precipitation patterns in the United States over the past thirty days (H/T ClimateCrocks.com) and it is pretty startling - check it out:
What this map reveals is the Western half of the continental United States consisting of two broad swaths of record drought bracketing an area of record rainfall - none of which is anything like “normal.”
The red in California has contributed to the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park that burned to an area greater than the size of New York City.
Dead center in that sea of purple lies the flooded cities and towns of Colorado.
This sort of “extreme” weather is becoming less extreme in the sense that it is far less rare and approaching the new normal.
For the full story, click on the map.
We have been teasing out bits and pieces of our new book, Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step, all summer as we neared the end of the publication process. Well today we can formally announce that it is available both at the Run on Sun Publishing eStore (where we get a better royalty - hint, hint!) and on Amazon.com!
Commercial Solar is intended for two primary audiences:
As the title suggests, the book provides an overview of the process by which an interested party - say, a facilities manager - can go from knowing next to nothing about commercial solar to identifying appropriate contractors to provide bids, analyzing those bids to make meaningful comparisons, determining financing options that are appropriate and even overseeing the actual installation process.
The book features a Foreword written by Boaz Soifer, VP of Sales at Focused Energy:
The material could be dry (much of the reading on this subject is), but is instead casual but precise, clearly laid out, and made accessible through handy use of a narrative in which the Facilities Manager of a fictional company undertakes a commercial solar project himself…
In his typical style—approachable, honest, quirky, and occasionally scathing—Jim has thoughtfully flattened out the complex world of commercial solar PV into an understandable roadmap that anyone can follow to project success.
Interested? You can download a two-chapter excerpt of the book for free, here. Better yet, you can purchase the book today from either our eStore or Amazon for just $9.95. If you are interested in bulk sales (i.e., ten or more copies), discounts are available. Please contact us at Bulk Sales for more information.
And of course, we welcome your comments either here on the blog or at Amazon. Thanks for your support.
Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) has just made their long anticipated rebate reduction announcement. Effective October 16, 2013, residential rebates for solar power systems will plunge from today’s $1.40/Watt to just 85¢/Watt - a 40% reduction. Other rebate rates were not changed.
This means that for a typical residential system installation of a 6 kW system - say 20 LG 300 modules with Enphase Energy M250 microinverters - your rebate will decline by more than $3,000! That is a lot of money to leave on the table so the time to act is NOW!
Once the rebate is reserved, homeowners have a full year to install the system - so even if you aren’t ready to go forward with a project for another six to nine months, you still want to get your rebate reserved now to take advantage of rates that we will never see again.
Please keep in mind that PWP has also moved over to PowerClerk - an online tool that your solar contractor must use to submit your rebate application. Your contractor has to be pre-approved by PWP to access PowerClerk. You will want to make sure that your contractor is familiar with PowerClerk so that there aren’t any problems with your rebate application that could cause it to be rejected, forcing you to have it resubmitted at the lower rates.
Run on Sun is already approved on PowerClerk with PWP so you can be confident that your rebate will be processed properly the first time.
Don’t delay - give us a call at 626-793-6025 or click on the sunny Go Solar Now! button to lock-in your rebate before it’s too late!
Run on Sun Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal, was quoted at length in Solar Power World’s headline article, How to Make Sure Your Business Survives the Solar Frontier. The piece by Kathleen Zipp notes that “Thousands of service providers are ready to duel for their place in the industry, making it a bit like the Wild West,” so they tapped several industry experts, including Jenal, for advice on how to make it in a competitive landscape.
From the article:
Jim Jenal, founder of Run on Sun in Pasadena, Calif., says it’s also important to reach out to customers through education. “Utilities have guaranteed customers and a guaranteed return,” he says. “We have neither. Attracting customers requires a strategy to reach out to your audience.”
Run On Sun has chosen to do this through a blog, which has proven to be a priceless asset.
“Our blog is our biggest tool,” Jenal says. “Pretty much all of our commercial clients have come to us at least in part because of the blog. It’s greatly expanded our presence and given us visibility.” Jenal says his company is also about to publish a book to educate potential clients.
Also, blogging has proven to be an effective way to educate the public. “The industry as a whole continues to face a public that is often skeptical of what we offer,” Jenal says.
To overcome that, Jenal says his company puts out honest, straight-forward information about going solar. His team also spends time talking to people on the phone or in-person to answer their questions.
“We do so even when they do not represent a potential sale for us,” Jenal says. “We believe that ultimately the entire industry benefits from a better educated public.”
Some advice can help installers across all market segments grow, particularly certification, quality and choosing the right partners.
-Certification Gives You Credibility. Certify your skills so potential clients can be assured of them, rather than just taking your word for it. Jenal says he believed Run On Sun’s skills set it apart from other players. “But to give that claim greater credibility, we sought and achieved North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification for all three of our owners,” he says.
It has been a busy PR year for Jim who has also been quoted at length in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian and numerous industry publications with Solar Power World being the latest.
Fortunately, you don’t have to just read about it, you can put Jim’s expertise to work for you on your solar project. Give us a call or click on this link today and speak to the source!
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