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The Great Enphase Install-O-Rama - UPDATED!


  02:13:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 426 words  
Categories: SPI 2011

The Great Enphase Install-O-Rama! - UPDATED!

The rivals - who will be the best?
Adam Rossi (left) prepares to compete with Dusty Psaila

UPDATE: The Great Enphase Install-O-Rama wrapped up on Thursday in fine fashion - ultimately showcasing two  installer Top Guns who prove that the future of our industry is on a sound footing.

Overall winner Adam Rossi - a/k/a “The Solar Ninja” - was one of the six installers invited to SPI by the folks at Enphase.  Adam, who runs Adam Solar Resources in Bridgeville, PA, is everything you might want in a solar installer - he’s smart, he’s devoted to the industry, and he has more than a bit of that competitive spirit that can help you push through tough times.  He was also blindingly fast, turning in a crazy quick time of just 1:34!

But scarcely to be outdone was Adam’s chief rival, sixteen-year-old Dusty Psaila from Hawaii.  Dusty stepped out of the audience to compete and he has been installing solar with his dad for two years.  Judging by his enthusiasm for the competition and for the solar exhibit overall, he will undoubtedly be a major force in the Hawaiian solar industry in the years to come.

It was a real pleasure to spend some time with these great young people and we wish them the best of success in their future careers. 
Go get ‘em, guys!

Today was the first day of the Solar Power International Exhibits here in Dallas and that could only mean one thing – it was time for the great Enphase Install-O-Rama!  Featuring your humble reporter going head-to-head with the toughest competition SPI could provide.  For this first go, that was none other than Mark Santos, Director of Business Development at Premier Power out of El Dorado Hills in NoCal.

Suffice it to say that Mark is a very fast study.  Some might even say too fast, but we won’t quibble about such things.  However, wisdom and experience defeats youth and treachery – at least for awhile and I’ve got the proof, check this out:
We have the early winner - Jim Jenal from Run on Sun

To be fair - eventually, after repeatedly going to school on (and being schooled by) me, Mark broke through on the last match-up to take the overall morning lead - and he did it in fine fashion, beating my previous best by more than 10 seconds.

Ah, but the competition is just beginning and there are more match-ups to come (including with some very - shall we say, self-confident? competitors).  So we shall see how this all turns out!

I can say, that for never having touched an M215 until yesterday, the system really is quite easy to use.  Nice job, Enphase!  Now on to Gilly’s!!!



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Comment from: Christine
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Great job to all who participated in the competition!! You guys were the highlight of the booth.
10/22/11 @ 14:01
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Thanks for the updates, JPJ! Looks like you and your cohorts were moving like greased lightning!
10/22/11 @ 19:54
Bob Greene
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Nice write-up Jim! I love that photo of Adam and Dusty. As you said, it was a pleasure to get to know both of these young men. It is good to see that the future of the solar industry is in good hands.
10/23/11 @ 13:15
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Yes, the photo of Adam & Dusty does capture their, ahem, enthusiasm for the competition! A good time was had by all!
10/23/11 @ 13:24

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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