Swift & Staley, Inc. of Kevil, Kentucky, won the Small Business of the Year Award at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 13th Annual Small Business Forum on June 12, 2014 in Tampa, FL. CEO Patricia Holsapple and Project Manager Diane Snow represented SST at the ceremony, where they received the award from John Hale III, Director of DOE’s Office of Small and Diverse Business Utilization (OSDBU) and Kevin Knobloch, Chief of Staff for the Department of Energy.
Solar installers, utilities, non-profit groups, and policymakers are charged with creating on-the-ground solar programs. A new set of tools, developed by social scientists and strengthened with the availability of data with astounding depth and breadth, can now be applied to make energy programs better: more effective, flexible, and affordable. Data-driven, low-cost, real-time embedded evaluation is solving some of the nation’s largest energy challenges, from changing consumer behavior to ramping up adoption of new technology.
Crowdsourcing, hackathons and local business accelerators are creating unprecedented opportunities for a new generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs who rapidly create transformative economic change and social impact. The federal government has taken notice of growing market mechanisms that are shaping the next waves of innovation and sought to unleash the potential of social entrepreneurs with prizes, challenges, and open data.
The U.S. solar industry is soaring – deployment has increased tenfold in six years. But despite this growth, low cost solar financing remains a major market barrier to rapid deployment. The structural foundations for solar financing are now advancing rapidly, as the SunShot Initiative works to convene and cultivate progress within the solar industry. Moderated by solar securitization expert Michael Mendelsohn from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this panel discussion will explore U.S.