Tag: "commercial solar step-by-step"

11/26/14

  08:05:00 am, by   , 240 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Commercial Solar

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Solar Sale!

Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, we are pleased to be offering Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal’s hit solar sensation, Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step at fantastic savings.  What could be a better gift for the solar fans on your shopping list?

“I thought it would be dry like a textbook, but it reads like a novel!” Laurel Hamilton

Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday through Midnight on Monday night, you can purchase the Kindle e-book for just 99¢ - that’s 80% off the regular price!  Still like your books in paper?  No worries, we’ve got you covered there, too!  The paperback edition is available for sale from our Run on Sun online store for just $5.95 - 40% off the list price!

Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step

“Whether you’re a potential solar customer interested in how to go solar or commercial solar sales professional, this is a must read–and I work for Jenal’s competitors.” Tor - Solar Fred - Valenza

So set your clocks and don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to own the most highly praised book about Commercial Solar available anywhere!

“Jim Jenal’s guide to commercial solar is a thorough, quick, and easy read. The text is manage-ably dense with information, but chatty and easy to understand. Jim knows what he’s talking about, which is nice for those of us who do not. The process is laid out in step-by-step instructions with examples to illustrate all parts. Thanks, Jim, for making commercial solar seem attainable.” Evyn Larson

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07/01/14

  09:58:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 354 words  
Categories: Commercial Solar

Commercial Solar Sale!

Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step

Just in time for the 4th of July, we are offering a special Commercial Solar sale, as in a sale on our book, Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step.  Starting at midnight on the 4th of July, the Kindle eBook price will be just 99¢, a savings of 81% off the normal retail price.  But a price that good can’t last forever, in fact, it will just last for 24 hours so don’t miss out!

What’s that you say, you don’t own a Kindle? Well, there’s a Kindle app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone), for Android devices, and a downloadable app for both PCs (get it here) & Macs (ditto)! This is a great way to read a book, super convenient for folks who travel, and you can even take it with you to show to prospective clients!

So don’t miss this chance to own the most popular book on Commercial Solar ever written! See for yourself why reviewers have said:

“There’s so much information that you need to know when thinking about installing commercial solar. As a solar pro, Jenal provides all of it to you, clearly and transparently. Through a combination of a fictional company going solar and Jenal’s added in-depth insights to each step, businesses and facilities will learn how to find quality commercial installers and what to expect during the installation process. He also covers financing, solar incentives, and key points to analyze in a solar bid.”

And:

“Whether you’re a potential solar customer interested in how to go solar or a commercial solar sales professional, this is a must read.”

And:

“This book is written for the commercial building owner or facilities manager thinking about Solar Photovoltaic installation. It is very informative and covers all the aspects involved in a commercial solar project. [An] engaging and humorous read.”

And:

“Jim Jenal’s guide to commercial solar is a thorough, quick, and easy read. The text is manage-ably dense with information, but chatty and easy to understand. Jim knows what he’s talking about, which is nice for those of us who do not.”

So get ready to celebrate Independence Day and download your copy on the 4th!

03/01/14

  10:02:00 am, by   , 210 words  
Categories: Solar Events, Commercial Solar, Residential Solar

Celebrating March

At Run on Sun we love March, in fact, its our favorite month.  Part of that is that March means Spring and how can anyone not love Spring?  But March is also the birthday month for Run on Sun Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal, and for this March we decided to give the presents to you!

Commercial Solar: Step-by-StepFor the entire month of March, we are putting Jim’s book, Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step on sale for the special price of just $6.50, more than 33% of the regular list price of $9.95.  Plus, if you purchase the paperback version of Commercial Solar you can download the Kindle eBook for free!  (Heck, you could buy the paperback, keep the Kindle eBook and gift someone else with the paperback—how’s that for gifting it forward?)

To take advantage of this special offer you need to order the book through our eStore here, or purchase it on Amazon.com.

Plus - if you show us your copy of Jim’s book when we come to do your site evaluation, you will qualify for a special discount on your proposal price!

So don’t wait. Help us celebrate March and all that it holds by taking advantage of these special offers.

Because come April, the accountants take over again and the prices go back up!

04/10/13

  09:40:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 908 words  
Categories: Solar News, SCE/CSI Rebates, SCE, NABCEP, Commercial Solar, Residential Solar, SDG&E

Picking a Commercial Solar Contractor: NICELY Does It!

Before you can ever get a bid for your commercial solar project, you have to contact a solar installation contractor to come out to your location and perform a site evaluation.  Actually, you should contact at least three contractors so that you have a set of bids to compare (more on that process below) - but how do you find them in the first place?  Well, you could choose based on who has the most ads on TV or the Internet, or you could rely on Cousin Billy’s recommendation - but somehow that just doesn’t seem sufficiently scientific for a project like this.  There has to be a better way - and there is.

If you remember that you need to find someone who will work NICELY with you, success is all but assured.  And no, we don’t mean nicely, we mean NICELY - as in:

N - NABCEP Certification
I - Incentive provider (CSI or local utility) connected
C - City building department experienced
E - Electrician on staff
L - Local or national?
Y - Years in business.

Focus on those attributes and you will have found a contractor who will inspire confidence and guarantee a successful project.  Let’s expand on why these particular attributes are so important.

NABCEP Certification

NABCEP CertifiedThe North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners - NABCEP for short - provides the most rigorous certification process of solar installation professionals in the industry.  Not to be confused with their Entry Level Letter that merely demonstrates that the person has taken an introductory course in solar,  the NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer™ credential is the Gold Standard for installers and consumers alike.  Earning NABCEP Certification requires the successful candidate to have an educational background in electrical engineering or related technical areas (such as an IBEW union apprenticeship program), at least two solar installations as the lead installer, and the successful passing of a 4-hour written examination on all aspects of solar power system design and installation.

As NABCEP notes:

When you hire a contractor with NABCEP Certified Installers leading the crew, you can be confident that you are getting the job done by solar professionals who have the “know-how” that you need. They are part of a select group of people who have distinguished themselves by being awarded NABCEP Certified Installer credentials.

NABCEP’s website offers a database of all Certified Solar PV Installers - just enter your zip code to find the installers located near you.  It is with great pride that we point out that at Run on Sun, all three of our owners have earned the designation, NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer™ - and we know of no other solar power company in Southern California that can make that claim.

Incentive Provider - CSI or Local Utility

A second source of solar installers is the Incentive provider such as the California Solar Initiatives’ Go Solar California website.  Every installer who has done a solar power installation for a CSI utility (i.e., SCE, PG&E or SDG&E) will be included on this list.  Unfortunately, there are no other criteria associated with getting listed - and there is limited verification done to guarantee that the listed installer is reliable.  If your job is in California, your contractor must be on this list - but this is a double-check only - not an ideal starting point for your search.

Another source for information about solar installers is your local utility’s point person for solar rebates.  This person deals with installers on a daily basis, and while s/he won’t give you a specific recommendation, they may be able to warn you off of an installer whom they have learned is less than reliable.

City Building Department

Similarly, the folks in your local building department deal with installers regularly as part of the permitting/inspection process.  Once again, they won’t be in a position to provide referrals, but they may be able to give you a warning if there are red flags associated with a contractor that you are considering.

Local or National?

Solar installation companies come in all sizes - from national organizations that have crews installing systems all across the country, to local operations that only work in a limited geographic region.  To be sure, there are pluses and minuses on both ends — maybe lower prices for the national chain due to economy of scale in their purchasing versus greater attention to detail from a local company that lives or dies based on how well it satisfies its local customer base.  And, of course, money spent on a local company tends to stay in the local economy - another consideration in tough economic times.

Years in Business

The last of the NICELY elements is to look at the number of years the company has been in business.  Again, this is not a perfect indicator – some recent ventures really have their act together and some long-standing enterprises have long since ceased to really care about what they are doing – but at a minimum you want some assurance that the folks you are doing business with know how to run a business. Otherwise you run the risk of having a largely useless warranty and no one to call if things go wrong.

We would recommend a minimum of three-to-five years in the business of doing solar, with preferably a longer track record of running a business.  Expertise in areas beyond just installing solar is also useful such as engineering, management and law.


The preceding is an excerpt from Jim Jenal’s upcoming book, “Commercial Solar Step-by-Step,” due out in July.

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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.
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