Solar Innovation in Action
CEO Nancy McKereghan, left, with Linda Holroyd
Here's an update from our most recent competition. We were one of 19 start-up finalists to receive a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Catalyst program in September. We worked with top coders at the aptly named crowdsourced site Topcoder to develop a minimum viable product (MVP). Then we were invited to attend Demo Day in Philadelphia in early December to present our app to an audience of industry experts and investors. It was an exciting event and exhilarating to go from concept to MVP within a few months.
Our app helps homeowners make informed decisions about their electrical usage after they install solar panels by combining the solar generation and the electricity imported and exported to the utility. The app will be available for viewing on mobile devices as well as on desktops.
Let us know
if you're interested in joining the User Community we're creating. We'll be seeking feedback on our app and what information you'd like or need for energy management.
Congratulations to the 5 solar winners that were awarded the next round of funding:
- Hot4Solar gives installers operational intelligence about residential solar markets.
- My Sun Buddy is developing a clearinghouse for solar net metering credits to enable peer-to-peer solar sharing between homes and businesses, supporting creative new business models for rooftop installations.
- Pick My Solar is an online solar marketplace that connects homeowners to solar installers through an online bidding platform. Through education and competition, customer acquisition costs are slashed.
- Solar Land Solutions helps utility and community solar developers by reducing the time and expense required to locate and acquire great locations for solar projects in diverse markets across the country.
- Solar Merchant is tapping small commercial rooftop solar potential.
Here's to a terrific 2016
Looking ahead, we couldn’t be more excited about 2016. It’s forecast as high growth for solar. We look forward to working with you to make it a terrific year. Wishing you and yours the best this holiday season.