Green Light Distrikt is about entrepreneurship focused on the cleantech sector. GLD U provides cleantech courses . Edited by Chris Williams with frequent guest posts from friends, experts and industry insiders from clusters across the globe. Our goal is to provide a place where cleantech entrepreneurs in various clusters across the globe can learn from one another. Green Light Distrikt is creating the "Hitchikers Guide to Clentech" to provide a resource for cleantech entrepreneurs. Read more
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- BICEP (3)
- Business Insights (14)
- CleanTech Events (16)
- CleanTech Guide (8)
- CleanTech Kingpins (9)
- EnergyBar (2)
- Entrepreneurship (28)
- For College Students (1)
- GLD U (1)
- Government Policy (39)
- Green Building (8)
- Hitch Hikers Guide to Cleantech (1)
- Industry Insiders (5)
$100 Discounts for Basic Technical TrainingBasic technical training is key for anyone interested in the renewable energy industry. Use the code "GLD" to get discounts from any of the below trainings.
- NABCEP Solar Training Boston This training course is made for people who are new to solar. You’ll learn how to design a solar PV array from a to z, how to quote a project, the installation process, and solar code.
- Solar Sales Training Learn how to sell solar from an expert, Keith Cronin. Keith build and sold his solar company to SunEdison. Keith knows how to sell jobs profitably.
- IGSHPA Geothermal Training The IGSHPA certification is the standard in the industry. In this training, you’ll learn how to design and quote residential and light commercial projects by 1) determining building loading 2) sizing equipment 3) sizing the group loop 4) sizing the distribution system and controls 5) and what sort of equipment so spec in each of the prior steps.
- NABCEP Solar Thermal Training Boot Camp: The solar thermal boot camp is similar to the PV boot camp, but just that it’s based on solar thermal systems.
- Selling Clean Energy to the Government The federal government, and specifically the military, has become the largest single renewable energy customer in the US with a goal of 3GW of installed capacity, among various technologies, by 202.
Other Free ResourcesFree NABCEP Study Guide If you’re studying for the NABCEP Solar PV installer or just want an in-depth review of solar basics this will be a good resource for you. If you want to buy the full guide, you can find it here NABCEP Study Guide.
Solar Reading List 101 A useful list of free article on solar sales, marketing, design, installation, policy and finance.
Geothermal Reading List 101 A useful life of free articles on solar sales, marketing, design, installation of projects.
Click here to learn what is NABCEP and wether or not you should need to get the certification. If you're serious about the solar industry and you want to get the NABCEP Certification, but you need to understand how exactly to apply, you can read more about getting the NABCEP Certification here.
Who are our industry insiders?
Our industry insiders are not journalists, they are professionals who are working in the clean technology industry that write about what they are learning, seeing and experiencing.
If you want to be an industry insider there are only a couple, simple criteria:
- You live and/or work is primarily in the Boston, NYC, DC, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco.
- You work in clean technology, or you work is strongly related to it. For example, a lawyer focusing on clean tech innovation.
- You have something interesting to say.
- You’re young. I’ll let you define that yourself, so I won’t offend anyone
If you want to join contact us.
Jesse Gossett was born in the wilderness of Washington State and is currently the Director of Community Affairs at Emergent Energy Group. His efforts focus on developing new ways of helping clients, staying abreast of renewable energy policy and regulations, and overall project management. Emergent Energy Groups plans, designs, and facilitates the advancement of community focused energy and sustainability solutions. Our contribution helps public and private entities assess, optimize, and create on-site clean energy systems.Emergent Energy Group has recently won Business Week's 'Top 25 Under 25 Competition'.
Brian Hayden founded HeatSpring Learning Institute in 2007. He's an accredited geothermal installer and creates technical training programs on geothermal and solar systems. HeatSpring has been featured in Business Week's "America's Top 25 Promising Social Entrepreneurs"
Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.
Jessisca R. Manganello is an attorney with and founder of New Leaf Legal, LLC . She works with sustainable and emerging businesses in the Boston area on their corporate and intellectual property needs. Passions include everything green, concept cars, food, movies, heavy metal music, body art, and kitty cats. To learn more check out New Leaf Legal and follow her @mangojess .
Miles Ryan is currently becoming an expert on SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) in Washington DC. For 1.5 years Miles was the regional Operations Manager for Alteris Renewables where he managed 85+ active commercial and residential solar projects in Eastern MA, Southern NH, Rhode Island, and Maine. Miles coordinated directly with electric utilities, state rebate agencies, local building departments, solar financing firms, install crews, and customers.
Walter Frick works for the New England Clean Energy Council, managing the Council’s communications, web presence, and student outreach. Prior to joining the Council, Walter worked for the U.S. Green Building Council, creator of the LEED rating system, in D.C., where he focused on membership recruitment. Before that he worked in Richmond for the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus. In addition to clean energy, Walter is interested in public policy, information and media, and how the web is changing our relationships with each. He is a graduate of Colgate University. Follow Walter on Twitter: @wfrick
Matt C. Marino is a LEED Green Associate and 2010 graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management MBA program, where he studied energy and technology markets. Upon graduation, Matt started work as a Market and Policy Analyst at First Wind in Boston. He is also the founder of Clean Pursuits (@cleanpursuits) a “for-benefit” venture committed to developing cleantech applications for communities in need; and the co-founder of Switchback Life (@SwitchbackLife), a healthy snacks company. When not working, Matt can be found making lists and training for ultra-distance endurance competitions, often with his Brittany (spaniel), Cooper.
A results driven marketing and communications professional, Joanna has over 7 years of experience in developing marketing strategies that generate leads, raise awareness and grow market share. Working with clients of various sizes and stages she’s helping to build strong foundations for the clean tech, energy, sustainability and local food verticals by developing marketing strategies that are effective, scalable and provide consistent ROI. Her specialty includes project management, web 2.0 and social media planning, event management and corporate communications. To learn more about Joanna and her work you can follow her on Twitter @GoodNatureGirl .
Aaron Lindenbaum is an Account Executive at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications in Boston. At the intersection of media and politics, Aaron works in the Energy, Environment and Emerging Tech practice group where he provides essential support in developing and executing campaigns that include community, media and government relations for a wide range of energy and cleantech companies and organizations. Connect with Aaron @lindybomb
JR Moreau hails from Worcester, Massachusetts and is current residing in Boulder, Colorado working as a freelance brand and community building consultant for clean tech and emerging tech companies. Particularly interested in renewable energy and carbon sequestration, JR has done research for several studies conducted on innovative emerging technology in The Boston Indicators Project. He also blogs on personal, professional and societal development on his blog at No so Literal . He can be reached at james.r.moreau [at] gmail [dot] com
Catherine Moore currently works in Development and Marketing for an education nonprofit in Boston called Associated Early Care and Education. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of Communications for "Repower Massachusetts," a brand initiative that supports a national transition to clean energy, funded by The Alliance for Climate Protection based in Washington, D.C.
Please follow Catherine or email her at email@example.com. All opinions expressed are those of the author and not a connected affiliation.
Peter McPhee cut his teeth in clean energy as a consultant with KEMA, a Dutch energy consulting company where he led the Wind Energy Practice Area. He had the chance to dabble in all sorts of emerging technologies and policy programs, and to give his two cents when anyone was listening. After an enjoyable stint in the private sector, he moved into the public sector, where he continues to be involved in renewable energy. Peter is an active volunteer with the non-profit EarthSpark International, where he works on cutting-edge social entrepreneurship models for introducing transformative clean energy technologies to those suffering from energy poverty in Haiti. Peter lives in Somerville, MA and likes to spend as much time as possible outside.
Aaron is a research analyst at Iridian Asset Management, an equity management firm in the New York City area. Part of his work is to investigate mid- and large-cap energy efficiency and renewable energy companies to evaluate their investment potential. Previously Aaron was the Director of Marketing at the Sustainable Performance Institute in Boston, MA. He is also active in the community and has organized campaigns to increase awareness about the benefits of purchasing local food in the Greater Boston Jewish community as well as to develop a growth strategy for the transportation advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance. Ping Aaron if you want to talk about strategy, investing, energy or cycling. firstname.lastname@example.org @aarondesatnik www.aarondesatnik.com
Located in the SF Bay Area, Pamela Cargill is the principal "chaolyst" at Chaolysti and provides marketing and operations support to small and growing renewable energy companies and green brands. She writes about issues facing the solar industry, marketing best-practices, and shines a light on renewable energy at work in her travels. Her background is in solar energy system design and new media marketing. Since 2006, she has been helping small solar companies grow into successful operations. Since relocating to the SF Bay Area from the NorthEast, she has quickly become plugged in to the pulse of the renewable energy entrepreneurial community. In her free time, she enjoys her sailboat-live-aboard & car-free lifestyle, year-round farmers markets, the urban vintners movement, and working in her Square-Foot Garden. Follow her on twitter: @chaolyst
James, 24 from Cheshire in the UK, completed an MSc in International Technology Management at The University of Warwick in October 2011. During the last year undertook research into creativity in the Front End of Innovation for disruptive cleantech. James is currently working on several projects which include driving GLD forward in the UK. Further since graduating he has lectured on disruptive business model innovation at UoW. Moreover he is looking for opportunities in a technology and innovation management related role. James is contactable at email@example.com
George is a cleantech analyst and distributed energy campaigner. George launched the consulting venture IndREcon in 2010, reviewing cleantech innovation business plans before joining Orion Innovations, a London based specialist strategy consultancy firm focusing on innovations in emergent sectors, primarily Smartclean industries. George is originally from London, but lived in North America and Europe for almost 10 years. He is currently developing GLD in London UK. @gphillipsUK @GLD_UK *Views expressed are my own *
Ethan Labowitz is the founder of Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping and is the shop manager at Greentown Labs. He is committed to making Boston the best city in the US for prototyping clean energy products by decreasing the costs and time needed to create new product. Keep up to date with Ethan @cleantechptypes
Julia from Oslo, Norway is GLD's point of contact in the Nordic region. She current works as a Management Consultant and graduated with an Engineering Business Management MSc in 2011. Julia contributes to coverage of the Nordic countries and supports the London GLD team.