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22 January

Upcoming PV America East 2013


Dear Friends/Viewers/Visitors/Readers,

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I’ve recently received show news about PV America East that will be held in Philadelphia, PA , on February 5-7. 2013, in Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Below, is a video clip of an over-view of what PV America East may provide for you:


Pam Golden
GLA Communications
James LoPiccolo
GLA Communications


Brian F. Keane of SmartPower, Scott Klososky of Future Point of View and Glenn Thayer
Will Motivate Solar Energy Industry to Explore New Ways to Expand Business Opportunities

Washington DC, January 22, 2013 – PV America East 2013 kicks off on Tuesday, February 5 in Philadelphia with three PVA Power Sessions featuring influential speakers who will share insights on achieving business success in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry.  PV America East runs through Thursday, February 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and brings together solar industry professionals from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to explore the latest in solar photovoltaic (PV) products, services and technology.  The show is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

Three simultaneous Power Sessions take place on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and are open to all PVA attendees:

Business Growth and Development: Marketing Sustainability for Growth and Profit – Brian F. Keane, president, SmartPower and author ofGreen Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy
• Insights from Top Solar Power Leadership: An Audience-Driven Discussion – Glenn Thayer moderates a discussion with Julia Hamm, president and CEO, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Rhone Resch, president and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
• Leveraging Disruptive Innovation for Business Success – Scott Klososky, CEO, Future Point of View

“We have tapped the expertise of three respected speakers who will motivate PV America East attendees to analyze their strategies and inspire them to implement new ways to expand and grow their businesses,” said Hamm. “Brian Keane and Scott Klososky have outstanding reputations for generating new ideas and helping businesses succeed.  With the solar energy industry undergoing a transformation, the show provides practical ways to manage through the transition.”

As author and president of Smart Power, a non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Keane has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that solar energy faces in the consumer marketplace.  He will address questions such as: “Why is it that 80 percent of Americans say they want solar power yet less than 3 percent actually buy it?” and “What will it take to effectively bring solar power into mainstream America?”

Klososky will discuss how to use new technology to find, sell and build relationships with customers in the perpetually changing landscape of the solar energy industry. He leads Future Point of View (FPOV), a thought-leading consulting and speaking firm specializing in helping clients understand and leverage emerging online technology trends.

“Julia and I are looking forward to sharing the stage with Glenn Thayer, who is known throughout the meeting industry as moderator extraordinaire,” said Resch. “The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions continue to drive the growth of PV in the U.S. and this Power Session is a great opportunity for us to engage with the people who are responsible for the rapid adoption of solar in this part of the country.  We anticipate a lively interaction with the audience about the impact current trends in solar energy will have on their businesses.”

In addition to the three Power Sessions, PV America East 2013 offers a comprehensive conference program with 28 concurrent sessions and fourSolar Idea Swaps covering topics within six tracks: finance, policy, markets, innovations, working with utilities and solar multi-track.  For the first time at PV America, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and Solar Energy International (SEI) are providing free PV technical training and resources for installers, salespeople and other solar energy professionals.  The training takes place in booth 1301 which serves as the center for information on grid-tied systems (residential, commercial and utility), grid-tied with battery back-up systems, and stand-alone systems.  The sessions are taught by subject matter experts and topics range from software to safety practices, maintenance and sales.

For more information on PV America East 2013 visit:

Elite PV America East 2013 sponsors include: ReneSola, Canadian Solar and Suntech.

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About PV America East 2013
PV America East is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)®, whose combined efforts have created a world-class, regionally focused and vertically integrated event for installers, designers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) technology and services. Unlike other PV conferences, all proceeds support the expansion of the U.S. solar energy market through SEIA’s and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s® advocacy efforts.

About SEIA®
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

About SEPA
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. With more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to utility strategies, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 July

Stage 2 & Stage 3 Results of American Solar Challenge 2012


Dear Readers & Friends,

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Here are the Stage 2 (July 15-16, 2012: Erie, PA to Mansfield, OH and Mansfield, OH to Ann Arbor, MI) and Stage 3 (July 17-18, 2012: Ann Arbor, MI to Kalamazoo, MI and Kalamazoo, MI to Normal, IL) Results of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, below:

ASC2012 Stage 2 Results: University of Michigan-First;University of Minnesota-Second;Principia College-Third

Team # and Name Erie Start 7/15 Mansfield Arrival 7/15 Ann Arbor Finish 7/16 Penalty Time Stage 2 Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 14:20:38 11:31:55 00:01:00 10:32:55
35 – Minnesota 09:02:00 16:01:45 14:23:16 00:02:00 13:25:16
32 – Principia 09:04:00 16:38:10 15:22:48 00:00:00 14:22:48
254 – CalSol 09:02:00 16:47:14 16:31:19 00:01:00 15:32:19
9 – Iowa State 09:01:00 16:03:25 00:00:00 16:03:25
256 – Oregon State 09:07:00 16:55:27 00:12:00 17:07:27
5 – Illinois State 09:08:00 Trailer 05:57:36 23:57:36
28 – New Paltz 09:10:00 Trailer 12:48:12 30:48:12
55 – Montreal 09:09:00 Trailer 14:25:12 32:25:12
20 – Western Michigan 09:03:00 Trailer 17:54:12 35:54:12
4 – MIT 09:05:00 Trailer 29:10:06 47:10:06

Last updated 7/16/12 – 23:50 Eastern. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

ASC2012 Stage 3 Results:  University of Michigan-First;Iowa State University-Second;Principia College-Third  

Team # and Name Ann Arbor Start 7/17 Kalamazoo Arrival 7/17 Normal Finish 7/18 Penalty Time Stage 3 Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 13:02:09 13:14:15 00:12:00 12:26:15
9 – Iowa State 09:03:00 13:29:33 14:57:33 00:10:00 14:02:33
32 – Principia 09:02:00 14:15:17 17:57:00 00:15:00 17:12:00
254 – CalSol 09:04:00 15:08:08 17:02:08 00:02:00 16:04:08
256 – Oregon State 09:05:00 14:30:12 17:18:44 00:12:00 16:30:44
35 – Minnesota 09:01:00 13:35:20 Trailer 04:01:03 22:01:03
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00 Trailer 11:33:27 29:33:27
28 – New Paltz 09:07:00 Trailer 12:12:09 30:12:09
20 – Western Michigan 09:06:00 14:26:34 Trailer 06:18:45 24:18:45
55 – Montreal 09:05:00 Trailer 10:46:39 28:46:39
4 – MIT 09:09:00 14:22:40 Trailer 11:35:33 29:35:33

Last updated 7/18/12 – 23:40 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

Next stage, Stage 4, will start on July 19-20, 2012: Normal, IL to Verona, WI and Verona, WI to La Crosse, WI

  • Stage Start on July 19th at Illinois State University, 210 N School St (Parking Lot F67), Normal, IL 61761
  • Checkpoint on July 19th at Reddan Soccer Park, 6874 Cross Country Road , Verona, WI 53593. Checkpoint opens at 11am and closes at 5:45pm.
  • Stage Stop on July 20th at Western Technical College, 750 Badger St (Parking Lot D), La Crosse, WI 54601

Final stage, Stage 5, will start on July 21, 2012: La Crosse, WI to St. Paul, MN

  • Stage Start on July 21st at Western Technical College, 750 Badger St (Parking Lot D), La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Finish on July 21st at Minnesota State Capitol, MLK Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155.Finish line closes at 4pm.


*Some of the interviews with various American Solar Challenge 2012 teams have already been loaded up to sunisthefuture channelsusansunnunamaker’s channel at Youtube (and more will be uploaded as the week continues), so  be sure to check them out!

More videos will be available in future posts.  Any of your comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns will be welcomed at

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 July

ASC 2012-Result of Formula Sun Grand Prix & Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012


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For those of you who are waiting for the result of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12, 2012, @ Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY) and Stage I of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, started on July 14, 2012, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G, Rochester, NY 14623,

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

and stopped on July 14, 2012 at the Tom Ridge Center, 301 Peninsular Drive, Erie, PA 16505. This stage closed at 4:00 pm on July 14, 2012.  Please also refer to some of our previous posts regarding ASC 2012 July 9, 2012 post of and Jan. 13, 2012 post of .  Results of the Formula Sun Grand Prix and Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012 are listed below :

The 2012 Formula Sun Grand Prix is complete! 

Team # and Name Day 1 Laps Day 2 Laps Day 3 Laps Penalty Laps Total
2 – Michigan 145 158 146 449
9 – Iowa State 125 146 155 426
20 – Western Michigan 120 119 127 366
5 – Illinois State 88 131 131 350
256 – Oregon State 84 80 19 2 181
35 – Minnesota 109 0 71 180
32 – Principia 103 58 0 10 151
55 – Montreal 76 28 109 137
254 – CalSol 0 110 0 110
4 – MIT 0 55 107 107
28 – New Paltz 0 66 94 2 92
13 – Michigan State 0 0 50 50
505 – New Mexico 22 0 0 22
3 – Kentucky 0 0 6 6
11 – Northwestern* DNQ
49 – Georgia Tech* DNQ

Last updated (and finalized) on 7-12-2012 -17:45 Eastern. Each lap is 1.6 miles. * Team Not Yet Inspected – See Team Status (click & see)for more info

*End of Formula Sun Grand Prix: University of MI with highest total,  IA State University with second highest total (IA State University also has the Fastest Lap record at 2:18), Western MI University with third highest total. Cars must be both nimble and capable of rapid acceleration to succeed on this course. Teams must complete 105 laps in a single day, or 160 cumulative laps over two consecutive days, in order to qualify for ASC. Each driver must also complete a minimum of 25 laps to be allowed to drive on the road race.  As you can see, the list of cars that have qualified for ASC is below:

American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012: Stage 1 Results, below:

Team # and Name            Rochester Start         Erie Finish       Penalty Time      Elapsed Time

2 – Michigan                           09:00:00               13:08:29             00:05:00              04:13:29

9 – Iowa State                       09:01:00                13:23:35             00:00:00              04:22:34

35 – Minnesota                      09:05:00                13:36:09             00:01:00              04:32:09

32 – Principia                         09:06:00                14:32:59             00:00:00              05:26:59

4 – MIT                                   09:09:00                14:18:05             00:18:00              05:27:05

254 – CalSol                          09:08:00                 14:42:35            00:00:00              05:34:35

256 – Oregon State              09:04:00                 14:59:04            00:01:00              05:56:04

5 – Illinois State                    09:03:00                 15:15:05            00:00:00             06:12:05

55 – Montreal                        09:07:00                 00:00:00          00:21:18               07:21:18

28 – New Paltz*                    09:10:00                 00:00:00          01:54:39               08:54:39

13 – Michigan State*            09:11:00                                                                       DNF/Withrawn

Times given as hh:mm:ss. * indicates teams with conditional status.

*Stage I Winners: University of MI-First; IA State University-Second; University of MN-Third

Student of IA State University Solar Car Hyperion washing/cleaning the solar cells to increase efficiency before the race


University of MI Solar Car Quantum on display at Rochester Institute of Technology Parking Lot G


University of MN Solar Car Sunpower at Rochester Institute of Technology parking lot G before the race

If you have any questions regarding these records, please contact ASC 2012 at

Until more  photos and videos of ASC 2012 (interviews with team members) will be posted,

~have a bright and sunny day~

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9 July

Here Comes The American Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) 2012!


Dear Solar Enthusiasts,

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Remember our coverage on Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011 between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia? Here, in North America, we will have our very own solar car race soon, the American Solar Challenge, from July 14-21, 2012. The event will take student teams and their solar cars from Rochester, NY, to St. Paul, MN. This is a competition for student teams to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars that will race through 1,650 mile course through multiple cities (in NY-PA-OH-MI-IL-WI-MN) across the United States. All teams (18 teams have registered and 16 teams are planning to compete in both Formula Sun Grand Prix-July 10-12, 2012 and the American Solar Challenge-July 14-21, 2012) have to go through three days (July 7-9, 2012) of careful scrutineering process in Monticello, NY, at the Monticello Raceway, where each and every solar car is inspected from electrical and mechanical engineering adherence (such as body and sizing) to safety regulations and dynamic testing (consisting of a slalom course followed by a breaking test where each driver must demonstrate that he/she can come to a complete and controlled stop, under wet driving conditions, within a time limit) before the solar car will be allowed to enter the track.  This is a very friendly competition, so occasionally some teams are given additional shot at the braking qualifier. The purpose and emphasis of the scrutineering process is in safety and adherence to regulation.  Then Scrutineering will be followed by three days of track racing, the Formula Sun Grand Prix portion of the event. On July 13, 2012, solar car teams will travel to Rochester, NY, to be displayed and to prepare for the start of the cross-country rally, The American Solar Challenge. On July 14, solar car teams will leave on the start of the race at 9:00AM at one minute interval.

Day I       (July 14, 2012): Rochester, NY———>Erie, PA

Day II     (July 15, 2012): Erie, PA—————–>Mansfield, OH

Day III   (July 16, 2012):Mansfield, OH———->Ann Arbor, MI

Day IV    (July 17, 2012):Ann Arbor, MI——–>Kalamazoo, MI

Day V      (July 18, 2012): Kalamazoo, MI——–>Normal, IL

Day VI    (July 19, 2012): Normal, IL————->Verona, WI

Day VII  (July 20, 2012): Verona, WI————>LaCrosse, WI

Day VIII (July 21, 2012): LaCrosse, WI———->St. Paul, MN

The American Solar Challenge race will finish at the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN, on July 21, 2012.

Below, please allow me to share a clip of ASC 2012 (American Solar Challenge 2012):

Take a look at the team photos of this year’s American Solar Challenge solar race teams (University of MI, University of KY, MIT, IL State University, IA State University, Northwestern University,  MI State University, Western MI University, State University of NY-New Paltz, Principia College, University of MN, Georgia Institute of Technology, Polytechnique Montreal, University of CA-Berkeley, OR State University, University of NM) .  So far,  we’ve received reporting of Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team has withdrawn from the 2012 American Solar Challenge due to insufficient time in completing the vehicle before the race starts (July 14, 2012) in Rochester, NY. “The team, which consists of a large percentage of new student members, was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and thus the design and fabrication took longer than anticipated,” says Dr. Roger A. LaBoube, director of S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. “I’m sure our team will take what we learned during this process in preparation for the next big race.” It is true that experience really matters and we wish Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team the best next time. Let this also be a lesson for all potential future entering teams: please allot a great deal of safety factor in terms of preparation time because these are complicated designs and it will always take more time than one anticipates.

Here are some links/video clips that may be of interest to you: American Solar Challenge 2012 official site,  past American Solar Challenge 2010, Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, below:

More coverage of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2012-July 10-12, 2012 and American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012-July 14-21, 2012 will unfold in future posts.  Until then, I wish all of these teams…..

~bright and sunny days during the complete course of the race~

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