Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza's Comments

August 06, 2014

The SfunCube Solar Incubator: Helping the Solar Industry Get Beyond “Start-up”

Well, Nestor, why yes, that Facebook photo is indeed a version of the SFuncube solar table.

For those who don't read Spanish, Nestor wrote: "Interesting application but in my humble opinion, it's a waste of technology. Use that size panels to power laptops and desktop items."

You're right that it is perhaps a waste of technology, but I'm told they were acquired and turned into a table when there was a huge solar oversupply, so better than sitting in a warehouse gathering dust. And who knows, one day they might use them or be donated to a good cause. For now, though, it's a great reminder of what we all do, especially when we're tied to a desk instead of a roof.

August 06, 2014

How the Don Quixote Principle Drives Solar

Well said, Paula!

August 04, 2014

Free Solar Marketing on Facebook Is Mostly Dead, Now What?

As usual, Fred, we're on the same page. Thanks for your added insights.

August 11, 2014

Free Solar Marketing on Facebook Is Mostly Dead, Now What?

Marvin, thanks for your thoughts. I agree that Facebook is not an effective tool for your services and perhaps many other solar B to B services. And yet, --not to be pitching my strategies, but to answer your question--I could design a strategy for your business as well that I think would engage with your current clients and increase referrals. I agree that LinkedIn is a a better platform for B to B, but I still recommend that you be on Facebook as well.

The bottom is that despite their privacy issues, your business should have a presence on Facebook. At the very least, you could update the page with press releases for those who find and follow you there. That takes five minutes and a few clicks, so not a lot of time once your page is established.

Thanks again for your thoughts, Marvin. Appreciate it.

July 15, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Oops! of Intersolar 2014's Event Marketing

Drew, I liked SolarEdge's rolling literature box too. Useful, plus a rolling advertisement throughout the show.

Bill, there were three floors of solar products at San Francisco's Moscone center. Some name brands were definitely missing for whatever reason, but from what I understand, they were only down 10 or 20 booths from last year, so fairly stable. Not sure about the attendee numbers, but I think they were also down slightly from last year. Intersolar should be publishing those numbers soon. Come on down to SPI, BIll! There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Vegas (but will people be coming for the show, or the 24/7 Black Jack and booze?)

July 03, 2014

The Rise of the Residential Solar PV Customer

Great thoughts, Paula, and thanks for linking to many of my past solar marketing posts. However,I need to point out that this one:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/04/will-solar-installers-become-commodities-too-perhaps-they-are-already

...does not predict the "demise" of small and medium solar installers. What I do say is that the price of installation is being commoditized, and therefore, all installers, regardless of their size, are going to have to find ways to define themselves better so that price is less of a factor. One my most recent blogs goes more into depth about how to do that:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/06/enphase-survey-trust-and-ratings-trump-price-in-residential-solar-sales

Otherwise, great thoughts, as usual!

June 13, 2014

Solar “Freakin’” Roadways Reveals How the Solar Industry Has Failed to Inspire America

I completely agree, Pamm. That's the point of this article. We need to have as much fun as Solar Roadways...every day!

June 13, 2014

Solar “Freakin’” Roadways Reveals How the Solar Industry Has Failed to Inspire America

Hey, Fred. I've included the link. Sorry about that.

I think part of the reason why there's not a lot of high end digital here is because it's... high end. Marketing budgets are tight. Don't know how much it cost you guys to do your video, but it looks (and sounds) great, so kudos to you. But with the exception of perhaps Sunrun and a handful of others, solar companies are using their (limited) marketing dollars in other ways besides video, and I think that's a mistake. It doesn't have to be expensive, as this Roadways video shows, but it does have to grab attention to even have a chance to be viral. There has to be something new or surprising in it. Since solar tech isn't new, that means the story/subject has to be compelling and shareworthy.

As you and I both noted, Solar Roadways has been around for some time, but they finally found a relatively inexpensive formula to up their game and relate to a tech-friendly audience. The challenge for you and all of us is to think of some story that will not only make us share, but pick the phone/email and get a "freakin'" quote before assuming that solar is too expensive/not ready for my house.

Thanks for your thoughts, Fred, and thanks for making such a cool video! I've personally shared numerous times and I hope others do too.

June 15, 2014

Solar “Freakin’” Roadways Reveals How the Solar Industry Has Failed to Inspire America

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful thoughts, Don! Appreciate it.

June 17, 2014

Solar “Freakin’” Roadways Reveals How the Solar Industry Has Failed to Inspire America

Any time, Thom. Thanks for your added comments.

Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza

Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza

Tor Valenza aka “Solar Fred” is the founder of UnThink Solar, a strategic communications firm dedicated to helping solar companies reach solar customers through innovative messaging, branding, and social media communications. Follow him...

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