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hands on solar, leading photovoltaics education

We can all agree that the solar photovoltaics industry is booming, it’s taking off like a rocket ship. Although with all this rapid growth surrounding the industry there are growth barriers in the way before solar photovoltaics can reach the mainstream market. There just isn’t enough qualified people to help customers go solar, the industry and governments have been funding research & development of photovoltaic technology although they’ve overlooked a critical component, solar education. I met Brian Hurd, at an ethnic press conference at USC back in 2006 and was intrigued by his passion to provide quality photovoltaic education and through that experience I learned about the great work he was doing training future solar professionals at the East Los Angeles Skills Center (ELASC). I immediately told my friend Linh Tran to check out the ELASC since he was eager to learn more about photovoltaics. Linh went to visit the school and was hooked from the very first day, he enrolled the class and the rest is history. He went through the program and eventually became a NABCEP entry level professional, which is certificate of basic knowledge of photovoltaic systems received at the end of the program, if the student is able to pass a well balanced test. In fact, ELASC has the highest passing ratio in the industry for the NABCEP photovoltaic entry level exam. Today, Linh and other great students from Brian’s class at the ELASC are working with GoGreenSolar.com to help customers become more energy efficient and produce power from the sun. At that point I realized that education is the key in the photovoltaics industry, it improves the customer experience of purchasing solar power, keeps the industry reputable by having safe code compliant installations in the field and it makes it easier for solar companies to create jobs since the qualified labor is being manufactured by solar photovoltaics school put together by Brian. Brain recently retired from ELASC and handed off the teaching to some great instructors but he isn’t throwing in the towel just yet. He’s now focusing 100% of his time to push solar education even further into the mainstream through Hands on Solar, a company he founded to improve solar education nationwide. Brian’s goal is to allow schools all over the country to share the same success the photovoltaic program has achieved at the ELASC. Hands on Solar works with individual schools to assist in the set up of appropriate instructional programs in photovoltaics, alternative energy, and energy efficiency, based on industry set standards. In partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Advanced Transportation...

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QuantaSol breaks efficiency record

‘ At the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition QuantaSol announced their world record breaking solar cell that is 28.3% efficient. Founded as a spin off from Imperial College in London, the company started in 2007 to focus in commercializing the solar technology developed at the university. QuantaSol not only claims they have developed the most efficient solar cell on the market but they say the manufacturing process is an ease. The company’s secrete sauce to their highly efficient solar cells is the nanotechnology behind their products. This is good news for mass market customers because the trend of the solar industry is more highly efficient at lower costs, this is the perfect recipe for solar power to go mainstream, wouldn’t you...

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a new Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, 1776 our great nation declared Independence from England, this day marked a significant shift in world history. One of the most famous phrases in the Declaration of Independence was “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, which is a phrase honored by many countries around the world. To this day Americans, continue to protect to live life protecting the values set by the founding fathers, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Although today we face another challenge that can disrupt the way we enjoy our freedom. When gas prices go up, people start to cut back on the things they enjoy to do, they cut back on their freedom. Energy has a python like grip around our lifestyle, we make adjustments in our lives based on the cost of energy. Wouldn’t you agree the people who supply our energy are controlling our freedom? Today, we aren’t fighting for freedom from England but we’re fighting multinational corporations for Energy Independence. Let’s face it, as a country we’re addicted to energy and we depend on the hand that feeds us energy everyday. It’s time we write a ” Declaration of Energy Independence“, a vision that preserves our right to purse Life, Liberty and Happiness by empowering you to control your own energy destiny through solar energy, wind power and renewable fuels. Happy 4th of...

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obama understands lighting efficiency

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) “I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses” – President Obama Standing next to Steven Chu, Energy Secretary Obama stressed the importance of energy efficiency today. New energy efficiency standards the President announced will result in 4 billion dollars in savings annually between 2012 and 2042. To make this happen Obama has accelerated the disbursements of the 346 million dollars in economic stimulus money set aside for energy efficiency for commercial buildings. This is great news for LED light bulbs since the technology will greatly benefit from the White House’s support. I think with new lighting standards, LED light bulbs will become more affordable through economies of scale. It’s always more cost effective to produce and then produce clean energy, this is a great investment in our future since we are a society of energy wasters, wouldn’t you...

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solar panels manufactured by bpsolar catches fire

I’ve heard a few cases about bpsolar panels catching on fire on rooftops, today we add another story to the book. Recently, a bpsolar panel caught on fire in Germany on top of a warehouse. The faulty equipment was provided by BPSolar about 5 years ago and the owner of the building says the fire started in the middle of the solar panel array and spread to the wooden beams of the building according to the UK TimesOnline. BPSolar and independent third parties have launched investigations behind the cause of the fire. A few years back, BPSolar made changes to their solar panels by replacing the junction box since it was overheating. I wanted to let you know about case about the bpsolar panel catching on fire not make you think that solar panels are unsafe but to point out some brands of solar panels have a better track record than others. In my opinion, studying the history of bpsolar panels they are not the best manufacturer in the market compared to others that have a sucessful track record to performance and saftey. What do you think about BPSolar...

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