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  • Hospital of Light Part 3: Bringing it all together

    Posted 25 August 2016 12:00 AM by Jody Murphy, Director Operations & Project Management

    SolarWorld solar system in Haiti installed by Smucker's Energy. Installing the solar system.Rainy days and a snow storm slowed installation progress but by the end of the first trip (10 working days) one of the three main roof arrays were completed along with racking for the second and layout began on the third.

  • Hospital of Light Part 2: Solar is Good Medicine

    Posted 29 July 2016 12:00 AM by Jody Murphy, Director of Operations & Project Management – Smucker’s Energy

    SolarWorld solar system in Haiti installed by Smucker's EnergyFour hours into our journey in Haiti from the airport to the hospital, horns have honked endlessly. Unlike anywhere else I’ve traveled, there is no break from the economic distress, no sections of town that let you forget, even temporarily, that you are in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

  • Off-grid island solar and solving the issue of too much power

    Posted 11 July 2016 12:00 AM by Kyle Bronstein, President of Florida Renewable Energy

    Florida Renewable Energy - Cayo Costa - full house viewThe owners of this island beach house were looking for a quality solar system so they contacted us at Florida Renewable Energy. The solar installation for this home is a complete off-grid system on the remote island of Cayo Costa near the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.

    After running the load calculations for the beach house on the island, we determined that a 60 kWh battery bank would be sufficient to run the entire house without discharging the batteries more than 50%, leaving 30 kWh usable. I could tell that the homeowner was a man who valued quality, so I offered him the best components on the market for this system.

  • Hospital of Light Part 1

    Posted 8 June 2016 12:00 AM by Jody Murphy, Director Operations & Project Management

    Hospital of Light SolarWorld solar panel donation to HaitiPassport in hand, suitcase loaded with extra strength sunscreen, and various sized lock rings (just in case the count sent months earlier via cargo ship was short); I shuffle through customs into the sights, sounds and heat of Haiti.

  • Structuring commercial solar deals for third party ownership

    Posted 3 May 2016 12:00 AM by Brian Lynch

    Selling a project directly to a customer and allowing them to realize the full benefits of the solar array is always the best option. It’s generally the easiest transaction to contract and with the minimal number of parties involved in the transaction, provides everyone with the greatest benefit. However, there are several types of projects that end-up in third party ownership (TPO) transactions – generally in the form of PPAs.

  • Top 5 things your solar customer still wants to know about their solar system

    Posted 7 April 2016 12:00 AM by By Sarah Wilder, SolarWorld Training Manager

    5 things your solar customer wishes they knew and what to do about it Your salesperson spends weeks closing a new sale. Your project manager spends several more weeks working through the solar system design and permitting. Your install crew finally arrives on site, completes the installation in a few days, and off they go. This shouldn’t the end of communication with your customer or you could be missing an important opportunity.

  • How to reach your large-scale solar project goals with SolarWorld

    Posted 10 March 2016 1:18 PM by SolarWorld

    How to reach your large-scale solar project goals with SolarWorld As the 757 rumbled down the runway at the Tampa International Airport (TPA) on a warm and clear February afternoon, dignitaries gathered on top of the long-term parking garage to inaugurate the airport’s new 2 MW solar carport. It was an exciting day for everyone involved. This solar electric system was a major part of the upgrade currently underway at TPA that will double the airport’s capacity and improve visitor experience. The over 6,000 325Wp SolarWorld solar panels perch atop the airport’s south economy parking garage provide shade to 900 parking spaces and will generate enough energy to offset the power required to run the airport’s planned 1.4 mile automated “people mover” train, another part of the upgrade project.

  • Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Nexushaus Part 5: Success at the Competition

    Posted 22 October 2015 12:00 AM by Molly K. McNamara, Communications, UT-TUM Solar Decathlon Team

    Solar Decathlon 2015 Team NexusHaus Part 5: SuccessDeconstruction is underway in Irvine. After two intense years of dedication and hard work for the Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon we can’t believe it’s over. The UT-TUM NexusHaus team came in fourth overall out of the fourteen competitors that made it to California. We also placed first for Energy Balance, second for Affordability, and third for Engineering. Twenty teams were initially selected by the DOE in 2014, but the rigorous requirements and incredible coordination proved to be too much for some schools. 

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

    Posted 30 September 2015 12:00 AM 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 28 August 2015 12:00 AM 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 1 July 2015 12:00 AM 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 3 June 2015 3:36 PM 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 6 December 2013 12:00 AM 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 15 October 2013 12:00 AM 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 18 June 2013 12:00 AM 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 7 May 2013 12:00 AM 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 16 April 2013 12:00 AM 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 13 March 2013 12:00 AM 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 6 March 2013 12:00 AM 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 9 January 2013 12:00 AM 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 October 2012 12:00 AM 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 1 October 2012 12:00 AM 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 5 July 2012 12:00 AM 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 25 June 2012 12:00 AM 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 7 May 2012 12:00 AM 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 30 April 2012 12:00 AM 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 20 April 2012 12:00 AM 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 8 March 2012 12:00 AM 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.

  • Employee viewpoint on solar trade case

    Posted 22 February 2012 12:00 AM by Amy Keiter, SolarWorld community relations manager

    Mike Rice, production manager in SolarWorld’s crystal growing area The SolarWorld-led trade case against government-sponsored solar manufacturers in China has generated daily headlines for four months now, as it has progressed through investigations of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. While details of the case are complex and the process looks muddy to those outside the small internal team managing the case, many of SolarWorld’s more than 1,100 employees are paying close attention.

  • SolarWorld GT solar car at the Bren School in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Posted 6 February 2012 12:00 AM by Andy Prosser, Master’s Student at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

    Andy prosser with SolarWorld GT solar carIt was a bright and sunny afternoon at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Usually when I need a study break I step out onto the terrace of Bren Hall and take in the fantastic view of waves peeling around Campus Point and the sea stretching out past the Channel Islands and into the horizon.

  • Solar panels for Kaiser Permanente Hospital delivered by bike

    Posted 14 November 2011 12:00 AM by Micha Ramsey, SolarWorld Americas, Crystal Growing Process Technology Manager

    Mischa Ramsey of SolarWorld holding the rescued All in all, it was a lovely morning for a bike ride. As I met my fellow SolarWorld employees, including President Gordon Brinser and VP of Operations Mukesh Dulani, at the front entrance, it wasn’t yet raining and was a balmy 48-degrees out -- much better than the forecast predicted the night before.

  • Glebe Elementary School celebrates SolarWorld’s first Solar2Schools initiative

    Posted 8 November 2011 12:00 AM by Amy Keiter, Community Relations Manager, SolarWorld Americas

    Glebe Elementary Principal, Jamie Borg, being interviewed at the SolarWorld Solar2Schools ceremony Glebe Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia is simply a happy place. From my first step into the building, with its flamingo-pink walls and pet turtles (“please wash your hands after touching the turtles” suggested a sign in lobby), the school hummed with peaceful purpose. And the sense of focused calm went beyond the reason for my visit -- celebrating the installation of a small, educational solar array. Even after the outdoor assembly had concluded, I felt a coordinated commitment to making learning joyful.

  • Solar trade case announcement: Try to keep complexity simple

    Posted 21 October 2011 12:00 AM by Ben Santarris, Head of corporate communications and sustainability, SolarWorld Americas

    Ben Santarris addressing the media at the announcement of the solar trade petitions against China When SolarWorld and a coalition of six U.S. solar cell and panel manufacturers revealed we’d filed a trade case against China’s state-sponsored solar industry this week in the U.S. Senate Energy Committee Hearing, more than 50 people, mostly reporters, filled the room.

  • Privileged to host top-ranking U.S. Senate Energy Committee members

    Posted 14 October 2011 12:00 AM by Marvin Talbert, Head of moduling, SolarWorld Industries America

    Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, visit SolarWorld's module assembly facility in Hillsboro, Oregon Having two top-ranking members of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee meeting in SolarWorld’s state-of-the-art module assembly building, known as "SA7" on campus, was a privilege that we looked forward to all week.

  • School in quiet Oregon logging town gets a big upgrade with 60 kW solar system

    Posted 6 October 2011 12:00 AM by Amy Keiter, Community Relations Manager, SolarWorld Americas

    Rendering of solar panels on Vernonia school You can compare what happened in the tiny Oregon logging town of Vernonia to some of the small communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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