What Does A Solar Certification Education Consist Of?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:39
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Education Requirements

Solar EducationBecoming a solar professional can be a confusing process for many people. It isn’t necessarily a career that requires a college education, but it does require a very specific skill set, so you can’t simply start doing business immediately. Oftentimes, becoming a professional solar installer sometimes requires an Electricians License that is regulated by the state in which you wish to install.

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The Difference Between Home Inspection and Energy Auditing [Infographic]

Monday, October 13, 2014 10:53
Posted in category Energy Auditor Articles

There are many skills that are shared by both home inspectors and energy auditors, and in fact many professionals are fully trained and certified in both of these fields. But for many who are looking for a career change, or to add a new service to their current business, it’s not clear what the difference is. Kaplan Clean Tech and Kaplan Real Estate have put our heads together to provide this information in a simply, easy to understand way.

Difference Between Energy Auditing and Home Inspection

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What Do Solar Installers Do (And How Much Do They Make)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 14:14
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Interested in a Career in Solar Energy?

A Quick Overview – Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers

Solar panel installationSolar PV installers are key to the operations of solar panel installation and maintenance. They utilize a particular skill-set to maximize the effectiveness of both residential and commercial projects. They are in charge of safely attaching the modules to the roofs of houses or other buildings and guaranteeing that the entire systems works.  Solar PV installers are expected to work with a variety of tools (both electronic and mechanical), have knowledge of electrical wiring, and possess basic math skills. At any given point, installers must be ready to be problem solvers, ready to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components at the drop of a hat. Not surprisingly, safety is a top priority when installing solar panels because of the height of most projects and the high voltage that solar panels produce.

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Top Ten Traits of a Successful Solar Installer

Thursday, October 2, 2014 13:57
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Solar ProfessionalThe world of residential solar installation has many different players, including inspectors, property managers, contractors, bankers, and government agencies, as well as prospective owners and occupants. But, the workhorses of the typical solar photovoltaic project are the people on the ground—the solar design and installation professionals.

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How To Become A Solar Installer

Thursday, September 25, 2014 16:18
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Solar Installation

Deciding to become a solar energy installation professional is a major move in anyone’s career journey. People enter the field of renewable energy from various occupations and careers and at various stages of their lives. Everyone has different reasons why they think solar energy is the correct career choice for them. But, one question consistently comes from people looking to enter the solar photovoltaic industry: “How do I become a solar PV Installer?”

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How Much Will Energy Star Rated Appliances Save You?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:17
Posted in category Energy Auditor Articles

Energy StarWhen you consider that home appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines account for about 13% of your home energy costs, it only makes sense to take a close look at their efficiency. High-efficiency appliances like those with Energy Star ratings not only save money in the long run, but they also benefit the environment. Case in point: In 2010, Americans saved enough power with their Energy Star-rated appliances to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars, which also equaled about $18 billion in utility bill savings.

Energy Star-rated appliances can have higher price tags than their standard counterparts, but you must consider the dollars you’ll save over the lifetime of the appliance, which, in most cases, more than makes up for the initial cost increase.

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How to Harness Solar Power in Your Backyard

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:32
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Image credit: The Home Depot

Image credit: The Home Depot

What better place to use the clean, infinitely renewable energy that the sun provides than in your outdoor space? “Living green” now has more meanings than one. Solar power might seem like the obvious choice over greenhouse gas-producing fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, but we still have some hurdles to overcome. According to National Geographic, the sun beams enough energy onto Earth in one hour to satisfy global energy needs for a year. The big question here is how to efficiently harness all that energy.

Photovoltaic (PV) solar energy technology is essentially capturing the sun’s light and converting it into energy that we can use to power our homes, businesses, vehicles and more. We use panels made of solar cells that absorb photons from the sun’s rays and release usable electricity in the form of electrons. This effect was discovered in 1839, but first became available to the common citizen in the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s New in the World of Renewables – India’s Floating Solar Panels

Thursday, July 31, 2014 16:56
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floatingSolar

It was 1985 when the first Tour de Sol, a Swiss rally for solar powered vehicles, ushered in a new era of design and innovation for solar energy use. Among the first of its kind, the contest challenged teams of students and engineers to use solar cells to propel their “racecars” through Swiss towns. Now, nearly 30 years later, similar competitions all over the world openly invite interested parties to engage with solar technology in ways that maintain the velocity of its innovation and implementation.

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Microgrids, They’re Kind of a Big Deal

Thursday, July 17, 2014 14:17
Posted in category Energy Auditor Articles

 

MicrogridFor locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part of the institute’s efforts to understand how individuals can lower their collective carbon impact and use energy more efficiently. This new technology, known as a smart grid system, has proven to be much more efficient than the traditional electrical grid used throughout the US. However, smart grids and the smart meters used to track energy usage of individual homes have come under fire for their ‘invasiveness’ as people have vocalized concerns about the lack of privacy that could accompany this advanced monitoring system. Fortunately for the anti-smart meter crowd, there are other ways to make a community more energy efficient.


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The Dirty Little Secret of The Electronic Era

Friday, July 11, 2014 12:30
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rsz_1dlsee_image_by_rayi_christian_wLaptops, phones, mp3 players and other electronic gadgets have become staple commodities in today’s technological era.  Our need for new and improved electronic equipment that becomes obsolete in two or three years has spawned the fastest growing waste stream: e-waste.

The Problem:

In 2012 the world purchased 238.5 million televisions, 444.4 million computers and tablets and a staggering 1.75 billion cellphones. Back in 2008, Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resource Defense Council, estimated that in the USA alone we throw out 48 million computers and 100  every year. In fact, according to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, the average US cellphone has a 22 month lifecycle. All these discarded electronics add up to 5-7million tons of ewaste every year from the USA alone. The volume of this electronic waste is expected to increase by 33% by 2020.

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