After my first involvement with solar back in 1977 in the Oilfield Instrumentation and control industry (Dresser Industries) I kept abreast of changes in the business as my career moved through various phases. As the economy spiraled in 2008 I realized it was time for my to take my BSEE, MBA and PROGRAM/PROJECT MANAGEMENT skills to the next level and merge them with Solar PV. I earned my NABCEP Certification in April of this year, and have been working in this area since that time. I have a website up at www.cincihomesolar.com to promote my services to DIY solar enthusiasts who want to do solar, but don’t want to pay the high prices that commercial installers charge. I provide information on how to do each phase of the project, where to shop, how to get permits, how to apply for certification as a renewable energy generating source, and how to sell their SRECs. Using my assistance it’s possible to create solar arrays on their residences for $3 or less per watt, and still be in compliance with the NEC and NABCEP guidelines. I also work with other local solar companies as both a consultant and laborer (as the job may require) to keep me employed as much as possible.
I see much noise made about the growth in the solar industry, and see occasional projects sprouting up, but from the “inside” I can tell you it’s just a challenging as it’s ever been to promote, sell, and CLOSE new solar sales/installations as it’s ever been. I’m a firm believer in Solar PV and have arrays on both of my homes to prove my dedication.