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  04:30:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 823 words  
Categories: SEIA

Jim Jenal - SEIA Board Member? (With your help, yes!) - UPDATED!

UPDATE (11/7) - We just heard from the SEIA Nominating Committee that my application for candidacy has been approved and I am now officially a candidate for the SEIA Board of Directors.  So now the fun begins - with 1,100 member companies I have some work to do in getting the news about my qualifications (and my wonderful supporters) out between now and the voting deadline on the 22nd.  Please help spread the word and please continue to add your comments below.  Thanks!

The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) announced at this year’s Solar Power International conference that it would open up its Board of Directors to include five members elected from the organization’s rank and file membership.  After some thought - and consultation with some colleagues in the industry - I have formally submitted my statement of qualifications to seek a seat on the SEIA Board.

Here are some key excerpts from the candidacy form that I submitted today:

Why Do You want to be on the SEIA Board?

I am running for the SEIA Board to advance the interests of the many small businesses involved in solar.  We face a great many challenges that are particularly taxing to small businesses, and I would seek to advocate policies such as:

  • Enabling PACE and similar financing vehicles for residential and commercial customers.  (In particular, I would be pushing for passage of HR 2599.)
  • Eliminating unnecessary obstacles to solar, particularly discordant and inconsistent permitting practices.
  • Smarter control over rebate programs – including cost caps – to discourage gougers and to help the public get the greatest benefit from their investment in solar while eliminating the “now you see it, now you don’t” nature of many rebate programs.
  • Advocate for the implementation of a sustainable Feed-in Tariff.
  • Encourage greater self-policing on the part of the industry itself consistent with the Solar Bill of Rights.

What Strengths & Expertise Would You Bring to the Board?

My diverse resume uniquely qualifies me to represent my constituency on the SEIA Board.  Trained as a scientist, I have a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the technology that drives our industry.  During my 13 years as a lawyer at the national law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, I honed my skills in advocacy and broadened my understanding of the regulatory and policy-making processes.  My ten years of working in non-profits – as a teacher and as the Director of Clean Air programs in Los Angeles for a statewide environmental group – gave me the ability to explain complicated concepts simply and directly and to represent a constituency that was often otherwise ignored.

Describe Your Involvement in the Solar Industry

Since 2006 I have been the organizing force behind my company, Run on Sun.  In that role, I have overseen all aspects of our development as a company – including managing the process by which all three principals of the company became NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installers.  We devoted the resources to achieving that certification to demonstrate our long term commitment to this industry and to doing things right.

I have worked as a consultant, assisting our local utility in issues regarding assessing the performance of existing solar power systems and solar best practices.  For example, we responded to the utility’s RFP for a methodology to assess the performance of solar power systems that had been installed years ago but never verified in the field.  Our proposed methodology won the RFP and we assessed dozens of systems for the utility.

For the past two years I have authored the Founder’s Blog on our website, and have written more than 160 articles on many aspects of the solar industry.

How have You been Involved in Advancing the Solar Market?

As a strong voice on behalf of the solar industry, my blog advocates for informed policies,  and advises consumers about new products and services or problematic developments at local utility rebate programs.  I have also been a strong advocate for the SEIA Solar Bill of Rights, and I believe that as an industry we need to do a better job in policing our own.  In addition to the blog, I am also heavily engaged in other social media outlets such as Twitter (more than 9,000 followers), Facebook, Linkedin and Klout.  I am a well-regarded solar advocate on all of those diverse fora.

Drawing on my advocacy skills, I have also spoken publicly at a host of events related to solar from city or utility sponsored solar fairs, to school assemblies to presentations before public entities including the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles City Council and the Pasadena City Council.

I would really appreciate it if any of my readers would care to endorse my candidacy by adding a comment below.  SEIA will vet the submitted nominations between now and the 8th of November with the balloting to open on November 9th and the results to be announced on November 23.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read this and I welcome your support.

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  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!!!


  11:29:00 am, by   , 435 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Solar Economics, PWP Rebates, PWP, Energy Efficiency

Run on Sun Featured in Pasadena Weekly Article - The City of the Future

The April 28, 2011 edition of the Pasadena Weekly has a very nice article by Sara Cardine titled, The City of the Future, which includes an interview with Run on Sun Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal.

Part of its month-long series of articles on going Green, Cardine’s piece looks specifically at how Pasadena has taken long strides toward turning itself into a truly Green City.  Starting with its adoption of a “Green Action Plan” in 2006 - the same year that Run on Sun was founded - Pasadena is working hard to turn its good intentions into practical actions.  For example, Pasadena has made major reductions in its own energy usage and is pushing to do much more.

From the article:

Since the Green Action Plan was established, the city has seen improvements on multiple levels, said Ursula Schmidt, the city’s sustainability affairs manager. In addition to increased water and energy conservation, renewable energy use and recycling, the city is also making headway in its green building program and in an effort to establish an alternative-fuel fleet.

Last year alone, Pasadena trimmed its peak power demand by 4.45 megawatts and saved enough energy to power 3,640 homes for one year. Officials now hope to see a citywide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 25 percent by 2030, along with an increase in the citywide use of green energy sources beyond recently adopted statewide standards. Last month, state lawmakers passed SBX1 2, a law requiring that 33 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2020. Pasadena is already pushing itself past that benchmark; last year the City Council adopted a comprehensive integrated resources plan that set a goal of 40 percent renewable energy use by 2020, according to Gurcharan Bawa, PWP assistant general manager.

Encouraging commercial and residential customers to Go Solar is a big part of the strategy to meet those goals.  Caltech, one of the largest energy users in the City, has installed over 1.3 megawatts of solar power on its campus with more planned.  Yet some customers have been reluctant to follow Caltech’s lead.  To get the installer’s view, Cardine interviewed Jim Jenal and quoted him as he described the process of working with an installer to get a proposal and ultimately, an installed system.

Please check out the article online or pick up a print copy (which features a wonderful picture of Jim with that famous Solar Kid) and let us know what you think.

As Cardine concluded:

“This isn’t rocket science — it’s truly something normal, everyday people can understand and feel comfortable with,” Jenal said.
It just begins with a little knowledge and the commitment to make a difference.

We couldn’t agree more!

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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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