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.

How Accurate? A Thought Experiment about Performance Estimation

image courtesy of Solemtric Corporation

image courtesy of Solemtric Corporation

In our latest article for Renewable Energy World, join us in considering a future without the SunEye. What is the new ideal process for estimating shade impact and determining system performance? Will software tools and remote analysis take over? Can we or should we eliminate site visit for residential solar and true up only during installation? What are the risks and benefits?

Explore these any many more questions with us in the comment section of the piece.

Posted on March 31, 2015 and filed under analysis.

Choosing a Residential Solar Business Platform

Choosing the right business software platform—based on company business model and strengths—could help smaller residential solar installers remain competitive.

In our recent article for SolarPro magazine, we conduct a features/benefits analysis of several software platforms with the aim to help residential solar installers complement their business model with effective tools to help streamline their businesses.

Platforms reviewed include Aurora, CPF Tools, enACT, ModSolar, Solar eCRM, SolarNexus

Read the article here.

Posted on March 6, 2015 and filed under analysis.