Episode 20 – Horror Stories

The Solar Dudes return with an episode revolving around some horror stories they have encountered in the industry. Listen as they explore the net metering fiasco in Las Vegas, having to custom-make off the shelf parts in the middle of nowhere, and the different surprise visitors they have met on the job-site.

Episode 19 – Trails Less Traveled

The Dudes share their personal history in the solar industry and what got them started along with what keeps them in it. Their different backgrounds brought them together to create The Solar Dudes Podcast in order to educate listeners on what they need to know and do to get the right solar system for them. They discuss the many challenges that went with choosing a career in solar and what led them to this point.

Episode 18 – Solar Coaster: 300ft. Drop

Join the Dudes as we take ride on the solar coaster explaining the ups and downs of the industry. Just like other dynamic industries solar can fluctuate in many areas including manufacturer bankruptcies, utility changes, incentive reductions, and storage. While some of these changes are avoidable others can be mitigated but not overcome.  As an industry we have to strive to overcome these challenges, as solutions don’t often come from the same locality.

Episode 17 – The Little Professor

We all have that one friend who knows more than even the expert. On this episode we argue misconceptions some of our “little professor” friends have. Topics covered include cost per watt, kilowatt hours vs. kilowatt, HOA’s, cash back/rebates, power outages and more.

Episode 16 – I Call BS

This week on the Solar Dudes Podcast we call “BS”. We have a candid conversation on items we often find in”green” media sources and hear from solar companies that aren’t necessarily accurate. Topics such as battery placements, thin film longevity, end of lease terms, and companies that outsource, which are often conveyed in a way that gives you typically uncovered or inaccurate information.

Episode 15 – Mars, Venus and Somewhere Between Us

When presenting the idea to go solar to a significant other, there are many unknowns such as how to finance, find the right company and how beneficial it can actually be. Convincing someone why they should be on board with getting a solar system proves to be a challenge with many couples. On this episode we explore both sides of the argument when researching different solar options.

Episode 14 – Solar on the Water

This episode explores solar energy applications on water. With many positive benefits such as, cooling effect on panels, less evaporation, and water algae reduction, solar on water could show promise for certain applications. While there may be many positives that could come from solar on water, it also poses many challenges and need for creative solutions. On this episode we look at the pros and cons as well as taking a look into the future of floating solar.

L.A. Shade Balls | Kyocera Large Scale Floating Solar

Episode 13 – Reduce or Renewable?

When looking into solar a lot of customers wonder if reducing usage may be a good first step, before producing the power from a renewable source. This week on The Solar Dudes we have special guest, Jason Owsley, who is a Home Energy Auditor. We discuss when the right time to reduce is vs. renewable energy being a better option, as well as diving into efficiencies of heating and cooling systems, insulation, and other energy saving info.

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Episode 12 – The Unasked Questions

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the questions that don’t often get asked that probably should when looking into going solar. When getting solar quotes how do solar providers determine the output of the system, and is it guaranteed? When referring to things like ROI or return on investment, is the long term or short term strategy more fitting? We ask the questions as well as others and discuss the implication and possible outcomes.

Episode 11 – Off The Roof Applications

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore off the roof solar applications, including everything from covered parking to tiny homes. While a lot of people are interested in solar they may not have the roof space in order to achieve their objectives. Commercial and residential systems have come a long way in terms of off the roof applications, especially in the commercial and industrial markets where roof space is a premium. Below are some examples of off the roof solar we discuss in this weeks episode.

Baja – Solar Covered Parking Structure

Baseball Stadium Seating Cover

Day and Night Solar – Zero Lot Line Car Shade

Frameless (All Glass) Solar Patio Cover

Frameless (All Glass) Shade Structure

Tiny Home with Solar

Solar Roadway