Solar Shorts

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Solar Shorts

Short videos on opportunities, challenges, and skills of interest to challenge teams

If you are a team, consultant, or solar expert and are interested in creating a video please contact Jack Hoskins at 'jack.hoskins@ee.doe.gov'.






  • Title: Using LIHEAP for Solar Projects
  • Presenter: Jason Edens
  • Organization: Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
  • Length: 3:43
  • How innovative teams and states are finding creative ways to use energy assistance funds for solar projects.
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  • Title: Pollinators and Solar Agriculture
  • Presenter: Jordan Macknick
  • Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Length: 1:42
  • How solar developers are increasing revenues and community engagement by co-locating solar, pollinators, and agriculture.
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  • Title: How to Qualify Clients as LMI
  • Presenter: Brandee Cooklin
  • Organization: Grid Alternatives
  • Length: 3:46
  • A summary of the different methods Grid Alternatives uses to qualify clients and potencial clients as LMI.
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  • Title: Qualifying LMI Tenants in Multifamily Apartment Buildings
  • Presenter: Scott Sarem
  • Organization: Everyday Energy
  • Length: 4:13
  • A look at how to qualify LMI customers specifically in multifamily apartment buildings.
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  • Title: Why You Should Be Working With Your Local Housing Authority
  • Presenter: Jim Moran
  • Organization: Solar Synthesizers Meriden
  • Length: 3:17
  • The advantages of working with local public housing authorities for anyone planning to install solar on multifamily homes.
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  • Title: Three Mistakes I've Made Leading Solar Projects
  • Presenter: Jim Moran
  • Organization: Solar Synthesizers Meriden
  • Length: 2:55
  • Jim Moran discusses several mistakes he made when he first began installing solar and explains how teams can avoid making the same errors.
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  • Title: How to Find a Lawyer and Get a Pro-bono Consultation
  • Presenter: Michael Borovik
  • Organization: AEP Energy (and Challenge Coach)
  • Length: 7:31
  • Michel Borovik, energy lawyer and Challenge coach, discusses how to find a lawyer and how to get a pro-bono legal consultation. He has also volunteered to work with teams to help them find pro-bono legal services.
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  • Title: USDA Funding Opportunities for Teams
  • Presenter: William Hagy
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  • Organization: Independent Consultant
  • Length: 5:30
  • Summary of the funding opportunities available at USDA. Any team that works in a rural area, which includes towns under 50,000 people, should find out more.
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  • Title: Creating Your Own Brand
  • Presenter: Jen Bristol
  • Organization: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office via The Hannon Group
  • Length: 5:23
  • Quick tips for different ways to build a network and generate enthusiasm about your project.
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  • Title: Crafting a Better Story
  • Presenter: Jen Bristol
  • Organization: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office via The Hannon Group
  • Length: 6:52
  • Quick tips for how to write, talk, and communicate about your project.
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  • Title: Promoting Your Work
  • Presenter: Jen Bristol
  • Organization: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office via The Hannon Group
  • Length: 5:59
  • Quick tips for how to reach media and share facts and metrics about your project.
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