Tom Jackson's Comments

May 03, 2013

Drip, Drip, Drip: How to Effortlessly Educate Solar Customers with a Few Mouse Clicks

That's a fantastic concept, Tor. We'll implementing something like this soon. Thank you!

November 12, 2012

Memo to the President; Re: Your Forgotten Promise to Put Solar on the White House

Thanks for posting this, Tor. You would think it would be a no-brainer decision for the White House. It wouldn't even be the first time because Carter had solar panels on the White House about thirty years ago, which have since been removed. Even George W. Bush used solar to heat a swimming pool at the White House. Installing solar panels on the White House is not only a practical choice, but a symbolic message to the American people. I look forward to seeing some follow-through on this promise too!

September 11, 2012

California Community Solar Bill Dies

Utilities will definitely have to adjust when community solar makes way in California. Colorado is moving in the right direction ...faster than California. We need to get moving on this!

August 10, 2012

Follow Germany's Lead: Streamlined Permitting

Dennis- Thanks for bringing this to my attention. UL is a third-party testing laboratory used by many AHJs as a means to determine product safety. UL does quality inspections before adding their UL label. However, I'm currently trying to get in touch with UL to clarify this information for us. I'll follow up as soon as I have their response.

Paul- Please see this report by SunRun:
"By comparison, other countries have much simpler, less expensive processes that do not sacrifice safety. Germany, France, and Japan have eliminated permitting for basic residential installations.3 Not surprisingly, Germany has the lowest installed cost in the world, 40% lower than the U.S., even though total incentives are expected to be lower in Germany in 2011.4"

http://www4.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/resource_center/sites/default/files/59b89d0ed01.pdf

August 10, 2012

Follow Germany's Lead: Streamlined Permitting

Thanks for your input. Hopefully they'll get back to me with clarification. In the meantime, I'm going to remove that short paragraph, especially because I only touched on this issue briefly.

Quality control is important and having UL conduct quality inspections promotes product safety, which is good in itself.
I appreciate the feedback. Have a great day.

Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

I believe in a future that’s powered by clean energy. Working in the solar industry, I feel like I’m part of a coalition to help renewable energy become mainstream. "Idealist" should not be a dirty word.

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