On 14 acres west of Austin, Texas, a home-grown manufacturing business is delivering on a sustainable vision. Rehme Steel Windows & Doors manufactures high-end, architectural steel doors and windows for some of the most discerning customers in the U.S. Company founder Peter Rehme, an Austin native, decided to build his factory in the Texas Hill
Defining your microgrid project’s business model is the process through which you identify the economic benefits and underlying financial structure of your project. This should justify the investment you are making as well as define any ancillary benefits, such as resiliency, that might be more difficult to monetize or quantify. This process is especially important if you are not a utility who might be able to rate-base costs and you need to show financial metrics for your investment with a higher level of certainty.
The quest to create a zero-carbon future and the drive for a more resilient, flexible power grid are not mutually exclusive goals. Utilities who were once resistant to islanded distributed generation projects are now developing renewably powered microgrids at a rapid pace. Here’s why.
As the clean energy industry enters 2019, it can be tempting to get discouraged by the dire climate news that came out toward the end of 2018. But there is good news on the horizon too. What can you do to make a truly sustainable difference?
In solar, when a commercial customer has a positive experience with your company or service, it can sometimes be tricky to turn that experience into effective inbound marketing. But if you nurture that relationship, even a large commercial or industrial customer can become a powerful influencer and advocate. Here’s how to turn those experiences into compelling and evergreen solar content marketing.
For as long as humans have roamed the earth, we have told and retold stories. There is something universal in this need to connect through the powerful medium of stories. It’s especially important in an industry like solar.
For companies focused on the commercial solar market, the lead generation task can be complicated. Targeting multiple decision makers over a long sales cycle as market incentives shift under the ground beneath you can compromise your efforts. But with a disciplined, integrated marketing approach, you will start to see improvement in both the quantity and quality of incoming leads — and the speed at which you convert those leads to sales.
The customer relationship doesn’t end after solar is installed. In fact, it’s only the beginning.
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? We hope so, but a recent study has shown that a whopping 80% of New Year’s resolutions are broken by February. That doesn’t have to be you. Don’t put extra pressure to upend your solar marketing strategy just because you’re writing 2018 on your checks and
There are nearly as many models of community solar as there are communities to adopt them. Solstice, a DOE SunShot grant recipient, is breaking down barriers to solar energy adoption using an online platform and community-organizing techniques pioneered in Obama’s presidential campaign.