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SMEThermal 2014: “Take the risk away from the customer and the financier”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 4, 2014
SMEThermal 2014Solar thermal is not just about technology, it´s also about financing. It takes much more than just an improved, mature technology to have a successful industry. It needs new business models which attract the financial sector and it requires transparency in terms of performance and costs when dealing with commercial clients. These were the major topics of a roundtable discussion at SMEThermal 2014 in Berlin, Germany, on 18 February 2014. Solar thermal specialists from three different continents – Europe, Asia and North America – presented their case studies at the conference (from left): Søren Elisiussen, CEO of Arcon Solar (Denmark), Nicholas Atkins, Managing Partner of Georgieff Capital Advisors (United Kingdom), Thippegowda Srinath, Technical Director at Emmvee Solar Systems (India), Justin Schafer, Product Manager at Skyline Innovations (USA) and Robin Welling, Managing Director of Tisun (Austria). The roundtable discussion was chaired by Bärbel Epp, Managing Director of solrico (Germany).
Photos: Stephanie Banse
 

“We try to take the complication out of the energy business, not only for our customers, but also for our industry partners.”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2014
J_SchaeferSkyline Innovations, the United States’ largest solar thermal developer by project volume, finances, develops, and operates commercial-scale solar thermal systems for small and medium-sized enterprises. Skyline’s customers are able to achieve operational savings from day one by purchasing the renewable energy from Skyline’s system at a fixed discount to their conventional utility. According to the company 104 projects are completed to date, 96 currently in design/build phase, and another 41 signed to be built. Justin Schafer, Product Manager at Skyline, took part in a panel discussion about New Business Models in Solar Thermal at SMEThermal 2014, an international conference for industry professionals held in Berlin on 18 February. Schafer joined Skyline in January 2012 and has worked in sales and marketing in both their Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Schafer about Skyline´s successful business model.
Photo: Stephanie Banse
 

USA: New US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2013

A strong voice for the solar thermal industry: that is the aim of the new US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance (SHC Alliance), a division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA announced the new elected board in a press release on 19 February 2013. The US Solar Heating and Cooling Council which governs the SHC Alliance consists of five persons. First, there are Chairman Mike Healy from Skyline Innovations (left), Vice Chairman Matt Carlson from Sunnovations (middle) and Treasurer Eileen Prado from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). The other two positions will rotate and are currently held by Les Nelson, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Ole Pilgaard from Heliodyne. Only the chairperson and vice-chairperson, however, occupied formal positions within SEIA, another press release stated in January 2013.
Photos: Sunnovations, Skyline Innovations, SRCC

USA: Solar Heating and Cooling Gets Less Attention

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 30, 2012

The US-American solar heating and cooling industry has been receiving significantly less attention than solar electricity technologies. An example of that is the webpage “My Solar Job”, which gathers profiles of people who have worked in the solar industry in the States since June 2012. So far, 148 US-Americans have posted a picture which shows them working with solar technology. Only a few of them are actually from the solar heating and cooling industry, whereas the majority works in the photovoltaic business.
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