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  • Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Nexushaus Part 4: Build. Disassemble. Re-build.

    Posted 9/30/2015 by Molly K. McNamara, Communications, UT-TUM Solar Decathlon Team

    September has been an extremely busy month for NexusHaus! Monday through Sunday, sun up to sun down, students and faculty members worked tirelessly to get the modules ready to ship to Irvine on September 22nd.

  • Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Nexushaus Part 3: Overcoming Hurdles

    Posted 8/28/2015 by Molly K. McNamara, Communications, UT-TUM Solar Decathlon Team

    Nexus Haus team member saws wood for construction, smallAs the summer months come to an end, NexusHaus construction nears completion. A team of dedicated students and faculty advisors have worked tirelessly to finish the house on time. Meanwhile, other team members in Austin and Munich have collaborated to meet the final deliverable due to the Department of Energy in mid-August. Countless stressful hours have been spent to establish the UT-TUM Solar Decathlon team as a contender for the October competition in Irvine.

  • Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Nexushaus Part 2: Tropical storms and the NexusHaus

    Posted 7/1/2015 by Megan Recher, Construction Manager

    Constructing Team Nexushaus's solar deck modulesSpring semester ended with a great success, construction-stopping rain and a lot of good stories. With the help of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen students who traveled, to the vital final design decisions made, the team was able to come together even more this month.

  • Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Nexushaus Part 1: Texas/Germany Establishes Working Research Partnership

    Posted 6/3/2015 by Kelsey Kaiser, UT-TUM Solar Decathlon Team

    solar-decathlon-2015-Team-Nexushaus-group-photoAs with any relationship, the one developed by the American and German members of Team Texas/Germany met many obstacles. By overcoming these challenges both sides of the team were able to see the strengths of their counterparts and very likely made a stronger team.

  • ASU-UNM Team Part 2: Solar Decathlon 2013 is over, Long Live Solar Decathlon!

    Posted 12/6/2013 by Prof. Olga Lavrova, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico

    ASU-UNM 2013 Solar Decathlon solar house - solar panels donated by SolarWorldThe US DOE Solar Decathlon 2013 is over and the results are in. Team ASUNM did great on the engineering aspects of the competition: we placed sixth in the Engineering Contest (our competition from other top engineering universities was tough!) and we consistently held second or third place on the Energy Balance Contest.

  • WVU Solar Team Part 2: Hands-on Training

    Posted 10/15/2013 by Sharrafti Kuzmar, West Virginian University Solar Decathlon Team

    WVU Solar decathlon 2013 - Sharrafti KuzmarHi, my name’s Sharrafti Kuzmar. I first heard about the Solar Decathlon through a friend and was instantly intrigued. Students get to design a net-zero house and then come to California to build it? Sign me up! It was my second semester at West Virginia University (WVU) studying Computer Engineering. I knew joining the project would be a great learning experience and getting to work with a team of dedicated students who want to see a project succeed would be highly rewarding.

  • WVU Solar team Part 1: Learning Curve

    Posted 6/18/2013 by Katie Frye, financial lead for the West Virginnia University Solar Decathlon Team

    A computer-generated rendering of the Solar Decathlon 2013 concept of West Virginia University For the West Virginia University Solar Decathlon Team, I have been the finance lead since … yesterday. Wait, let me back up. “What is ‘Solar Decathlon’?” you ask. No worries -- I had no idea what it was a mere five months ago. At that time, I was finishing up my first semester at WVU. I had just graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., last spring and was pursuing my master’s e degree in professional accountancy.

  • ASU-UNM Solar team Part 1: Evolving SHADE

    Posted 5/7/2013 by John Cribbs, Architectural project manager for the ASU-UNM Solar Decathlon team

    John Cribbs, 25, from Valparaiso, Ind. John is finishing his master of architecture degree program at ASU. I’d like to say that designing SHADE has been an easy ride thus far. Only that’s not true. Quite far from it … What it has been, though, is an intense learning experience. An experience that I am more than excited to take with me for the rest of my career. It is one that has prepared me for the reality of the design/build field and has touched on all aspects of design.

  • Video Contest Winner Powers Non-Profit With Solar System Grand Prize

    Posted 4/16/2013 by Cheryl Lohrmann, Director, Create Plenty

    SolarWorld video contest winner's solar panel system My prize solar panels have been in operation now for nearly 18 months. Although they are fairly inconspicuous (you have to crane your neck or cross the street to see them on my 3rd story roof) they are an idealist’s dream addition to my small urban Portland yard.

  • Installing, Testing, Permitting, and Commissioning 450 Solar Panels in Four Days Flat

    Posted 3/13/2013 by Mike McKechnie, President of Mountain View Solar

    Mike McKechnie from Mountain View Solar, a SolarWorld Authorized Installer, teams up with volunteers to help install a 100-kilowatt solar system I first heard about the Water Missions International project while I was having dinner with my friend Ben Santarris from SolarWorld last year. He was telling me about this charitable group that SolarWorld had developed a strategic partnership with and about a 100-kilowatt project that the company wanted to build at Water Missions’ new headquarters in Charleston. S.C.

  • Volunteers Flock to Headquarters at Water Mission International to Help Install 100kW Solar System Donated by SolarWorld

    Posted 3/6/2013 by George Greene III, Chief Executive Officer of Water Missions International

    Water Missions' volunteers working on installing the 100 kilowatts of solar panels donated by SolarWorld Work has begun on one of the largest solar arrays in South Carolina -- to power Water Mission International’s world headquarters in Charleston. It’s exciting news that, when I think about it, translates into thousands of lives that are going to be saved.

  • ultra-marathon

    Posted 1/9/2013 by Brian Janecek, SolarWorld Senior Recruiter

    Brian Janecek - SolarWorld's solar energy running man at the Pony Express 100 mile ultra marathonThere’s something about accomplishing a goal that makes me reflect back on it a bit less than when I fall short. In April I failed to complete the 100-mile Salt Flats 100 ultramarathon and it took me two months of reflection before I was able to articulate how I felt about the whole thing.

  • Clean Water Part 2: Teamwork, Perseverance, and a Selfless Act of Kindness Bring Clean Water to the Families of Aucayo

    Posted 10/10/2012 by Seth Womble, Engineer, Water Missions International

    SolarWorld solar panels and Water Missions Internation in Peru The town of Centro Union Aucayo, on the banks of a creek in the Amazon River valley of Peru, clearly needed safe drinking water. An earlier effort by a previous non-profit organization had created water infrastructure, including a run-down water tower with a distribution network and water-tap stands throughout the community.

  • Clean Water Part 1: Water Missions International and the Rotary Club Team Up With SolarWorld to Bring Clean Water to Villagers in Peru

    Posted 10/1/2012 by Seth Womble, Engineer, Water Missions International

    SolarWorld solar panels and Water Missions International bring clean water to villagers in Peru After a 30-minute boat ride down the Amazon River from the city of Iquitos, Peru, we reached the entrance to a tributary creek that would take us the village of Centro Union Aucayo. During normal times, navigating this winding creek through the Peruvian jungle would be easy, but these were not normal times.

  • Modern Design Meets SolarWorld Solar Panels

    Posted 7/5/2012 by Claudia Jordan, SolarWorld Consumer Events Specialist

    SolarWorld introduces solar panels to designers at Dwell on Design From high-end eco architects to the modern handy-man, attendees were embracing the technology of SolarWorld modules and were actively seeking engineering know-how on the subject. The show was jam-packed with panel discussions, demos, interactive exhibits, shopping opportunities and lots to look at. As I walked the floor, I noticed that SolarWorld was the only American solar panel manufacturer at Dwell on Design, the biggest modern design show on the West Coast.

  • SolarWorld's running man: Powered by perseverance

    Posted 6/25/2012 by Brian Janecek, SolarWorld Senior Recruiter

    Brian Janecek - SolarWorld's solar energy running man at Salt Flats 100 race Being a goal-oriented person who prides himself on pushing beyond pain and discomfort in order to achieve goals, it was a tough reality for me to face having to drop out short of the finish line in my first attempt at completing a 100-mile foot race. It was dark and nearly moonless and I was alone ascending the third of four big climbs in the race when the deep cough I’d been fighting for the last three days was first accompanied by a metallic taste.

  • University of Central Florida Knights get SunSense

    Posted 5/7/2012 by Chris Castro, UCF Alum and Founder & Executive Director of IDEAS for Us

    SolarWorld solar panel system at the University of Central Florida For those of us that were born at the close of the 20th century, the problems of the past are ours to address. If we do not learn from them, we will set ever worse problems for the future. One way to transform our society is to begin incorporating sustainable energy and the next generation of technologies to increase productivity, provide economic vitality, incorporate social responsibility and lessen our impacts on the global environment.

  • High school robotics teams tour SolarWorld's automated solar manufacturing facility

    Posted 4/30/2012 by Steve Pecis, Head of Cell Manufacturing, SolarWorld Industries Americas

    high school robotics team visits SolarWorld for tour of automated manufacturing facility FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an international high school robotics program and competition. Each year, student teams have six weeks to build a robot from scratch to accomplish a designated challenge. This year’s challenge was to shoot basketballs through hoops of various heights. The teams designed, built and then put their creations into competition to see how they stacked up against world-wide competitors.

  • Save a life: Walk for Water

    Posted 4/20/2012 by Kelsey McNamara, SolarWorld Solar2World program manager

    Walk for Water Every single day, more than 5,000 people die from waterborne illnesses because they lack access to safe drinking water. In many developing countries, people walk miles to a water source to collect often-contaminated water and then carry it home. With one gallon of water weighing over 8 pounds, a five-gallon water jug is 40 pounds. In most cases, the task of fetching the water is left to the women and children, many carrying as much as 30-60 pounds of water.

  • Veterans team up for American energy independence

    Posted 3/8/2012 by Rory Womack, Co-owner of Davisville Express Lube

    Solar power system installation at the Davisville Express Lube in Davis, CA The Air Force Veteran owners of my company, Davisville Express Lube, teamed up with the Marine Corps Veteran owner of GoSimpleSolar, a SolarWorld authorized installer to install a solar power generating system on our business in Davis, California.

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