Oct 20, 2016

Everything you need to know about SolarCity

Admin
6 min
SolarCity was founded in July 2006 by brothers Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive based on a suggestion for a solar company concept by their cousin, Elon Mus...

SolarCity was founded in July 2006 by brothers Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive based on a suggestion for a solar company concept by their cousin, Elon Musk. The company has become increasingly more well known as solar energy became more popular, with 6,200 megawatts of solar energy installed in the U.S. in 2014, compared to 440 megawatts in 2009. In 2014 and 2015 Solar City became more diversified with the aim of lowering costs and boosting sales. It is also one of the founding members of The Alliance for Solar Choice, a rooftop photovoltaic power station solar advocacy organisation.

  SolarCity has been the leading provider of residential solar power in California since 2007, its first full year of operation. It was also the number one residential solar installer in the U.S. in 2013, according to GTM Research and in the same year it was listed as the number 2 overall solar installation company in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine.

SolarCity is America’s largest solar power provider and serves more than 275,000 customers across 19 states, with someone switching to them every three minutes. The company oversees the entire solar panel installation and provides a point of contact should anything go wrong once they are fitted.

SolarCity’s engineers complete a structural analysis for customer’s homes, providing design and electrical blueprints. The solar panels are designed around this so each system is tailored to the specific architecture and electrical needs.

Solar panel installation is done by SolarCity’s team of installers, who have installed tens of thousands of residential solar power systems across the country. Supervisors are NABCEP- certified, the highest certificate available, and they only use the highest quality solar panels, equipment and hardware.

SolarCity’s Zep solar panels include low impact mounting technology; integrated front skirts that contour to the roof to protect it from hard weather; redirected plumbing vents to ensure correct panel placement and have no top clamps or rail ends with jagged edges, to ensure a smooth surface and that mounting hardware is hidden from view. After solar panel installation, an inspection is scheduled to make sure the installation conforms to local regulations.

 Solar project management is looked after by an in-house customer account management team who plan out the installation process and coordinate all team members, including the engineering design team, installation crew and external city and utility inspectors. They also keep the customer informed of project status and in addition to this, every customer is given an online account where they can check the project status at any time.

 SolarCity has a five-step process to buying solar energy: a solar consultation where SolarCity discusses if solar energy is the right step for that particular customer, depending on energy usage and the roof of the house. The customer will then sign an agreement to secure the solar energy cost for the next 20 years and discuss guarantees and warranties. The solar panels are then designed to fit with the needs of the customer and their home. The panels are then fitted, and most solar panel installations will only take a day. The solar panels are then ready to be used.  

Currently, SolarCity has 13,000 employees. Its CEO is Lyndon Rive; the CTO is Peter Rive and Chairman is Elon Musk. SolarCity is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and provides service to other areas of the U.S. with local operations centres. SolarCity currently operates in 20 places, including Hawaii, the District of Columbia and 18 other states on the West Coast, the southwest and northeast.

SolarCity was founded in July 2006 by brothers Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive based on a suggestion for a solar company concept by their cousin, Elon Musk. The company has become increasingly more well known as solar energy became more popular, with 6,200 megawatts of solar energy installed in the U.S. in 2014, compared to 440 megawatts in 2009. In 2014 and 2015 Solar City became more diversified with the aim of lowering costs and boosting sales. It is also one of the founding members of The Alliance for Solar Choice, a rooftop photovoltaic power station solar advocacy organisation.

  SolarCity has been the leading provider of residential solar power in California since 2007, its first full year of operation. It was also the number one residential solar installer in the U.S. in 2013, according to GTM Research and in the same year it was listed as the number 2 overall solar installation company in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine.

SolarCity is America’s largest solar power provider and serves more than 275,000 customers across 19 states, with someone switching to them every three minutes. The company oversees the entire solar panel installation and provides a point of contact should anything go wrong once they are fitted.

SolarCity’s engineers complete a structural analysis for customer’s homes, providing design and electrical blueprints. The solar panels are designed around this so each system is tailored to the specific architecture and electrical needs.

Solar panel installation is done by SolarCity’s team of installers, who have installed tens of thousands of residential solar power systems across the country. Supervisors are NABCEP- certified, the highest certificate available, and they only use the highest quality solar panels, equipment and hardware.

SolarCity’s Zep solar panels include low impact mounting technology; integrated front skirts that contour to the roof to protect it from hard weather; redirected plumbing vents to ensure correct panel placement and have no top clamps or rail ends with jagged edges, to ensure a smooth surface and that mounting hardware is hidden from view. After solar panel installation, an inspection is scheduled to make sure the installation conforms to local regulations.

 Solar project management is looked after by an in-house customer account management team who plan out the installation process and coordinate all team members, including the engineering design team, installation crew and external city and utility inspectors. They also keep the customer informed of project status and in addition to this, every customer is given an online account where they can check the project status at any time.

 SolarCity has a five-step process to buying solar energy: a solar consultation where SolarCity discusses if solar energy is the right step for that particular customer, depending on energy usage and the roof of the house. The customer will then sign an agreement to secure the solar energy cost for the next 20 years and discuss guarantees and warranties. The solar panels are then designed to fit with the needs of the customer and their home. The panels are then fitted, and most solar panel installations will only take a day. The solar panels are then ready to be used.  

Currently, SolarCity has 13,000 employees. Its CEO is Lyndon Rive; the CTO is Peter Rive and Chairman is Elon Musk. SolarCity is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and provides service to other areas of the U.S. with local operations centres. SolarCity currently operates in 20 places, including Hawaii, the District of Columbia and 18 other states on the West Coast, the southwest and northeast.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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