Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Our own Beau Gillis recommends this free weekly newsletter available from Civic Solar.
He says "Here is stuff on Solar panel load etc., looked like good stuff to pass on."
Another free newsletter about the international Solar Industry in general is from SolarBuzz.
Check these out and let others know what you find by adding comments below, or start a new post. A list of interesting Solar PV websites, blogs and News sources would be very helpful to everyone.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The February meeting of the Hampton Roads Solar Group will be Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM at ODU (note location change). We’ll be meeting at Kaufman Hall (the hydraulics lab), Rm 138 on the ODU campus. John Whitelaw will meet us there to let everyone in. You can locate it on a campus map by going to: http://www.odu.edu/oduhome/campusmap.shtml and selecting “Kaufman Hall” under the list of buildings below the large map. I’ll get more details as well as parking recommendations from John.
We’ll have two speakers for this meeting:
Hannah Weigard of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/about/about-us/staff/hannah-wiegard-hampton-roads-organizer). CCAN has been active in Virginia offshore wind power, an important renewable energy source;
Our own Jim Jacobs
Please pass on the word to others who may be interested; there’s no admission fee and lots of good discussion to be had.
March’s meeting will be March 20 (the Vernal equinox this year) in Hampton at the Ruppert-Sargent Building (our usual Peninsula location).
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:00 PM
Skelion was designed to make working in SketchUp quite a bit easier for solar professionals. It features the ability to automatically insert solar panels on SketchUp surfaces. Because the developers are solar professionals themselves, I have a feeling others in the industry will find this plugin quite useful. I had a chance to ask one of Skelion’s developers some questions:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I am Sam Jankis, industrial engineer and co-developer of Skelion, although my partner is the real code developer of the plugin: Juan Pons is a Spanish engineer and programmer. Skelion was born in July 2011 after two years of development. It is a plugin for Google SketchUp that allows you to, among other things, insert solar panels on surfaces automatically.
Why did you build Skelion?
Skelion was developed to automate the design of solar systems using Google SketchUp. The goal was to do all the design work we were doing, but automatically. Now we can do with four clicks what we were doing in four hours. Skelion reduced considerably our average time expended on doing layouts and energy production reports of solar systems, and allowed us to multiply by four the preliminary studies we could do.