Catalyst SunShot Finalists Pitch for Prize Money

On May 14th 2015 17 finalists who have successfully completed the ideation, business innovation, and prototyping stages of the SunShot Catalyst Contest publicly demonstrated their products to a panel of judges and audience members. Five winners were chosen to win up to $100,000 each to bring their early stage solutions to market.

The SunShot Catalyst prize program connects contestants to the tools, prototyping resources through the TopCoder platform, data assets managed by NREL, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories to help them bring soft cost solution prototypes to life. 

To learn more about the 17 finalists and their ideas, read more in my article for Renewable Energy World. Finalists presented ideas spanning from customer acquisition to big data analytics to financing and funding.

Posted on May 15, 2015 and filed under eventwrapup.

Pamela Cargill featured on The Energy Show with Barry Cinnamon

Chaolysti Principal Pamela Cargill recently appeared on The Energy Show with Barry Cinnamon. Listen in for a lively conversation about running a successful small solar business - from setting key performance indicators to using software to tracking design requirements to focusing on customer satisfaction.

The Solar Energy Show is a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Sunday morning at 11 AM on KLIV Radio in San Jose, and distributed as a podcast through Renewable Energy World. Every week Barry, a solar industry veteran, provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce home and business energy consumption and interviews subject matter experts on topical issues relating to energy and renewables.

Chaolysti joins CalSEIA, Further Supporting Solar Soft Cost Reductions

Chaolysti is proud to announce joining CalSEIA. Our priority to lower solar soft costs naturally aligned with CalSEIA's mission to advance the common interests of the California solar industry, helping make California's solar market the most robust in the United States. We look forward to joining the braintrust of individuals and companies working together to support the growth of the solar industry in California under the leadership of CalSEIA's new executive director, Bernadette Del Chiaro. Del Chiaro was most recently Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.

Comprised of California solar contractors, manufacturers, distributors, developers, utilities, engineers, consultants and educational organizations, CALSEIA represents a diverse membership committed to growing the California solar industry. CALSEIA provides solar industry members located throughout California with a presence at the Capitol in Sacramento, at the CPUC in San Francisco, and at hearings and workshops throughout the state. As a policy-dependent industry, it is imperative that the California solar industry engages politically to fight for, and defend, good solar policy in California.  

Posted on April 9, 2015 and filed under news.

Chaolysti selected to deliver presentation at MidWest Renewable Energy Fair

The Midwest Renewable Energy Fair has selected Chaolysti to deliver a presentation as part of their Professional Development and Tools of the Trade track aimed at installer and contractor education. Principal Pamela Cargill will deliver a presentation entitled "Leveraging Software to Reduce Solar Soft Costs."

Ms. Cargill published an article earlier this year with SolarPro magazine investigating a number of software tools installers can use to help streamline aspects of their business and complement their business model. The presentation will build off her program of driving sustainable soft cost reductions and customer value through operational effectiveness techniques and lessons learned inside and outside the solar industry. She will present best practices learned from some of the largest installers in the industry packaged in a relevant format for smaller installers including business model innovation as well as of software tools and selective outsourcing models.

Learn more about and register for the Energy Fair here.

About the Energy Fair (MREF)

Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosts The Energy Fair, transforming rural Central Wisconsin into the hot spot for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education. The Energy Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together to learn the latest and greatest in clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a more sustainable future. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind. This year's fair takes place from June 19-21, 2015

Posted on March 31, 2015 and filed under news.