Chris Williams's Comments

May 09, 2011

Follow Solar Fred … to China


Great to see you're going to China, can't wait to hear what you find. I'm planning on touring some solar and wind manufacturing centers here in Germany too.


May 11, 2011

Four Ways Software Can Make your Solar Business More Profitable


Have you started working with software companies that are creating component specific production models to incorporate your program with theirs?

Chris Williams

April 11, 2011

What you Need to Know About Geothermal and Solar Certifications, Licenses, and Permits


Thank you for your comment. I believe the post is simply meant to say that by law you do not need to be an electrician, it's not saying that it's not dangerous. Regarding your statement "Most states make no differentiation between AC and DC wiring." Do you have a resource or link which discusses needing an electricians license to handle panels and wire systems in states other the MA or CT? I know that Brian would want to update the most to make it as accurate as possible.


February 22, 2011

Colorado's PV Industry Threatened by Xcel Energy


Thank you for the update. What are your thoughts on the best way(s) that this can be counter-acted? Will it take another amendment? Also, how can we (the solar community) help you to achieve this?

Similar to what's happening in Wisconsin, I feel that what's happening in Colorado is a battle we should all be fighting.


January 15, 2011

Clean Energy is Filthy, Dirty, Hot, Itchy, Sticky, Yet Awesome Work


I couldn't agree with you more. There's no question in my mind that its fun and rewarding. What I'd really like to see is a combination of the two, after going to college and then working in the field its easy to see how the two camps could benefit from learning from one another. Also, I completely agree with you that college is not for everyone and wouldn't even say it's heresy, there is a lot of data to back it up as well.


November 19, 2010

'The Business Community is in Agreement: We Need a Price on Carbon'


I don't think most people will see an RPS as a tax, much like they don't see outlawing child labor or many other labor regulations as a tax. It's just the right thing to do.

I think the RPS is more like a tax credit, like we all love - don't you? - that the government is using to spur investment in a new industry. And it's working. The Massachusetts solar industry will grow 30% per year for the next 10 years with 100ks more in other parts of the country:


Thanks for your comment. The reality is that energy IS NOT priced correctly. The federal government subsidies coal plants (

Nuclear power is also heavily subsidized. NO private market insurer will back a plant and thus the government must do so. This means, without the government no nuke plants would exist. If you can find data that state the opposite, please let me know.

Also, the government heavily regulates utilities and manipulates what they can charge for power. For example, in Massachusetts the government de-couple energy use from price, thus the more power utilities deliver they can charge less for it (

Do you think that is fair pricing?

Again, thanks for the time and energy you took into placing a comment. I look forward to any supporting documentation that have the says the government doesn't currently subsidize or manipulate the cost of energy.

September 27, 2010

Who Cares About Flexible Solar?

Very good point. Without knowing if they last for 30 years, it'll be hard to put up the money. It seems that this can be another barrier to entry or innovation, I'd rather put money into a worse technology I'm more confident will last a while then a new technology that is much better that might not.

The comprise should make a huge difference for institutional investors and I remember you mentioning in one of your podcasts in the wind industry.


July 07, 2010

SURVEY: Who are the Top 10 US Cites for Cleantech? Need Your Input

We'll see, I have no interest in advertising for certain cities only sharing with everyone the resources currently available in each city.

However, there is no question is will seem like advertising because some cities will have more resources and thus I will like them more.


June 08, 2010

Being a Solar Hero and Lessons on Leadership


Agreed. From my perspective, I'd also add the views can almost be left out of it for the trust part of the relationship. I think that people establish trust through a different medium then whether they agree with your views or not.

What I've been trying to figure out is how to use this when speaking and communicating to huge groups of people and not just one on one relationships.


June 12, 2010

Being a Solar Hero and Lessons on Leadership


Thanks for the comment input. I agree, I think social medias largest benefit is that it can (most of the time its note) be used to break down the corporate vail so people can talk to people. Most of how people treat their customers or employees, I don't think they would if it wasn't 'business'


I agree. Coming at things from all angles is the best way to gain trust, it seems that the challenge is that some people find it hard to see things from every angle.


You could call it salesmanship but I wouldn't. Really the revelation I came to is this....when i was growing up I thought you could just continue to say the same thing to someone over and over again and eventually they would just poof, see something from your perspective. What I found out is that they won't, it doesn't matter how "true" something is, if they don't trust you, they won't believe you.


May 30, 2010

Bringing Down the Installed Cost of Solar PV


Loved the podcast as usual, am looking forward to the solar thermal edition.

One question, in the podcast a SEIA survey was quoted and mentioned a couple times. Do you know where I can find it? I've searched on SEIA website and haven't been able to find anything that matches the description of the report/survey that was mentioned.

Thanks for the help in advance!


Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Founder of The Green Light Sailor, Solar Integrator, Connector, Entrepreneur, Drummer, Mischief Maker

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