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Spring Into Action

Participating in your local community around environmental issues can be empowering. For this blog, we look at different ways you can spring into action and get involved in the Roaring Fork Valley to help combat climate change. Act We have all heard the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally” and there is nothing more local than your own home! There are easy changes you can make to lessen the carbon footprint of your home; changing light bulbs, updating insulation, and switching out your old windows are all good places to start. Beyond efficiency measures, offsetting your energy usage with a solar PV system is a great way to live a greener lifestyle. If you want to go a step further, you can [...]

In Memory of Colin Bashant: Chitas, Guatemala Installation

In December of 2015, we tragically lost our solar brother Colin Bashant. It was a part of Colin's mission to install solar energy "in different climates, for different demographics with varying production needs, to best understand the most effective way for renewable energy to proliferate and satisfy global energy demands". With the support of Colin's friends, family, and community, a trip to Chitas, Guatemala was made possible to install solar for a rural village school to honor Colin's life. [one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last] With solar equipment and a handful of donated laptops, Sunsense installers Jes Sanderford and Kevin Lundy landed in Antigua, Guatemala on February 25th 2017. [one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]After leaving Antigua and travelling for nearly 12 hours, Jes and Kevin arrived in Chitas.[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last][one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]With the help of the Guatemala [...]

Green Transportation

Transportation is a necessity in our world; however transportation is also one of the largest contributors to air pollution and climate change. Luckily, modern scientists and engineers are constantly inventing new and innovative ways to keep you mobile without harming the planet. So we decided to explore some environmentally conscious ways you can commute to work and satisfy your travel bug. [one_half]First of all, how could we not start with bikes! Living in the Roaring Fork Valley, we are lucky that our local government created the Rio Grande Trail system for us to take advantage of. Whether it’s on road bikes and cruisers during the summer or a fat bike during the winter, this trail system allows members of our community [...]

Jeff Lauckhart: Commercial PV Designer and Environmental Enthusiast

Jeff Lauckhart, a pillar here at Sunsense Solar, joined the team over a decade ago. Starry-eyed and eager to get his hands on some solar, Jeff quickly found his groove within the company and eventually became part of the commercial squad and head of the design department. Jeff’s calm yet witty demeanor make him an excellent leader and team member. When Jeff isn’t busy designing megawatts of solar, you can find him rafting, playing some ultimate, or hanging out with his wife and super cool tiny twins! 1) Why do you choose to work in the solar industry? I chose to work in the solar industry because I was worried about the environmental damage caused by traditional energy production.  I was also concerned about other [...]

Rafting on the Roaring Fork: A Team Building Adventure

Every now and then the Sunsense team enjoys getting out of the office to strengthen our professional bond. This past Friday we had the chance to go on a company float trip down the Roaring Fork River.[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last] Four rafts, two SUPS, and one fly fishing pontoon carried all of the Sunsense-ians from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. Thanks to our fearless rafting leader, Sunsense Commercial Systems Designer Jeff Lauckhart, we all made it in one piece.[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last] Sadly, during the voyage one of the rafts lost a valve, which ultimately lead to it partially deflating. However, we were able to put our team building skills to the test and redistributed the contents and inhabitants of the fallen vessel to the rest of the river-worthy [...]

Sunsense Spotlight: Tyler Sweeney, Energy Expert

Last year,  Sunsense Solar was lucky enough to have Tyler Sweeney join the team as a Residential Solar Consultant. Tyler brought with him a passion for sustainability and extensive knowledge of energy efficiency. He has quickly made himself indispensable! Tyler not only helps clients decide what solar PV system is best for their home, but also conducts home energy assessments to help homeowners save as much energy as possible. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys going on adventures in his home town of Crested Butte. He also makes the rest of us very jealous by travelling to wonderful and interesting places around the world. We are always wondering where will he go to next! Here are Tyler's thoughts about the Solar Industry: [one_half]Why do you choose to work in [...]

Amicus Solar Cooperative Blog: Solar Policies Across America

The solar industry is still at a stage where it relies on local, state, and federal policies. Depending on where you are located across the country, the acceptance and support of solar energy on a legislative level varies drastically. For this month's Amicus Solar Cooperative blog, we will examine how communities around America approach solar through policy. Davis Dixon from Native in Austin, Texas says: [one_half]Texas  has a very interesting solar story to tell.  With the state’s large and growing population and continuous development, it’s primed for a huge distributed solar boom. Combine this with a dedicated, state-wide grid connecting the second largest state market of potential rooftop solar through a patchwork of deregulated markets, electric cooperatives, and municipally owned utilities, and we should [...]

Earth Day 2016: Celebrating Andy Lietz

This past Friday, the Sunsense Team was fortunate enough to participate in our 14th Habitat for Humanity Earth Day installation for the Dory family of Basalt, CO. The roof mounted solar electric system was a 5.6 kW--our largest Habitat install to date! A special thanks to the generous donations of Suniva, SolarEdge, and BayWa, without which this project would not have been possible! [one_half]SolarEdge representative Andrew Hogue and Sunsense Solar Commercial Designer Jeff Lauckhart[/one_half] [one_half_last]Brothers and Sunsense Solar Installers Kyle and Greg Wilson [/one_half_last] [one_half] This year, in addition to collaborating with Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley to help a deserving family receive a solar photovoltaic system, we also took some time to remember and celebrate the life and achievements of our friend and coworker, Andy Lietz, who [...]

Sunsense Spotlight: “Jes” of All Trades

Now that the holidays are over and we have brought in the New Year, it’s time for the first Sunsense Spotlight blog of 2016!! [one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]This time we will focus on Sunsense cornerstone, Jes Sanderford. Jes joined the Sunsense Team back in 2008 to work in the Operations Department. With his extensive rock climbing background, Jes felt right at home installing solar on steep roofs. He has proven to be an indispensable asset to the Sunsense Team. As most people who work with Jes know, he is definitely a Jack (or Jes) of all trades. If this guy can visualize it, he can make it happen—which has come in handy more times than you can imagine. This ingenuity and resourcefulness made Jes the perfect fit [...]

Solar 2016 – Trends and New Opportunities

With the close of 2015 and the unexpected extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, US Solar companies can now look toward 2016 with a stable marketplace within which to operate. The US Solar economy continues to enjoy unprecedented growth, providing employment for over 200,000 solar workers and achieving a  total installed capacity of over 20 Gigawatts to date, enough to power more than 4.6 million average American homes. So what can we look forward to in the coming year? We asked Amicus members the following: What do you see as the major market opportunities for 2016? What new or innovative products or ideas may change your business or the industry? Grace Robertson from Lightwave Solar in Nashville, Tennessee had this to [...]