Personal Project Update 3 – Indiana Renewable Energy – The Companies

Posted: November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

I tried contacting many renewable energy firms but got responses only from the people who  are good at their work and greatly interested in spreading their products and marketing renewable energy systems.

I wanted to give a little back ground about the companies that responded to my questions.

SunRise Solar Inc :

Bill Keith, the President of the company, after working for nearly 25 years running a roofing company, started  SunRise Solar Inc. , to develop the “SunRise Solar-Powered Attic Fan”. As a roofer, wanted to offer an alternative to traditional electric attic exhaust fans  as he clearly understood the importance of proper attic ventilation, and . Thus he developed the “Solar Powered Attic Fan”.
Sunrise Solar logo

Bill Keith’s success and determination has attracted national media coverage, and has also drawn the attention of the White House. Bill Keith was invited twice by the White House to attend President Obama’s meetings in Indiana, where he challenged the President to reach out to small businesses that are innovating renewable energy products. SunRise Solar was also recognized for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and promote American manufacturing at Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force Summit in Philadelphia in March 2009.

two-solar-attic-fans

two-solar-attic-fans

SunRise Solar has received many awards and notable interviews including:

2010 – Indiana Green Business Award – Reducing Energy Consumption
2009 – CNBC Street Talk with Erin Burnett
2009 – ABC WorldNews with Charles Gibson & Bill Weir
2008 – Innovation Award – Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators
2007 – Named “Energy Patriot” by US Senator Richard Lugar
2006 – “Best Product” BUILDERnews Magazine
2006 – “Most Valuable Product” Building Products Magazine
2005 – “Most Valuable Product” Building Products Magazine

Their products can be found on http://www.sunrisesolar.net/products/by-type.html

 

SunRise Solar

Response to my questions:

1)      Is Sustainability a part of your firm’s motto?

A:     Our motto is “Reducing Energy Consumption Worldwide Through Solar-Powered Ventilation”.

2)      Do you think Indiana (which uses coal as its main energy source) will move towards maximizing its renewable energy and    reduce its fossil fuel usage?

A:      No, I don’t see us “maximizing” renewable energy in Indiana unless the Fed mandates it.

3)      What are the qualities that you look for in a person while hiring an employee for a job at your company?

A:     We look for detail-oriented problem solvers…..with passion.

4)    If you get a chance to develop your firm in an international developing country for example, India, would you be ready to move to a new country and what will your basic strategy be?

A:    I would evaluate the opportunity from an opportunistic point of view. However my goal is to grow domestic production not to take jobs overseas.

General Information:

  • Business type: manufacturer, wholesale supplier
  • Product types: Solar Attic Fans. . . made in the USA – roof mounted, gable mounted, remote panel option, and commercial roof application.
  • Service types: Solar Ventilators – Solar Home Products
  • Address: P. O. Box 53, St. John, Indiana USA 46373
  • Telephone: 219-558-2211
  • FAX: 219-306-4571
  • Web Site: http://www.sunrisesolar.net

Earth Solar Technologies Corporation:

Logo

Logo

Their mission is to empower those who reside in single family or multi-unit complexes in cities and towns, or rural farms and village settings anywhere in the world, to generate eSolarTech™ based renewable electrical energy for lighting, heating, cooling, medical equipment, appliances, technological devices, utility power back-up, safety and general well being.

At  Earth-Solar they operate at the front edge of renewable energy technology and also with a basic belief in social and environmental justice.

They are delivering solar based products through our eSOlarPowerCELL™ brands. This technology is perhaps the first 100% emissions free power grid available in global markets.  They are also engaged in advanced research and development of photovoltaic control systems as applied in commerical and community-regional scale energy systems. Their research associates are the Advanced Energy Laboratory at the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). THeywelcome partnerships with entrepreneurs and researchers.

Their products can be found on http://www.esolarmarket.com/

 

Response to my questions:

1) Is Sustainability a part of your firm’s motto?

A: “We at Earth-Solar believe that access to clean and affordable energy, produced free of violence, is a universal human right.”™

2) Do you think Indiana (which uses coal as its main energy source) will move towards maximizing its renewable energy and reduce its fossil fuel usage?

A: Not until the current governance of Indiana is radically changed. Governor Pense has made it clear on many occasions that as far as he’s concerned coal is here to stay; he even speculated that nuclear would be something worth implementing. The investment community long ago wrote off nuclear as a bankable energy technology. When Big Coal is made to pay for its emissions of carbon, mercury, methane and other calculable particulates that’s when solar will be enabled to proliferate in Indiana. We in the solar business can already show up to 50% cost savings over fossil fuel generated power right now.

3) What are the qualities that you look for in a person while hiring him/her for a job at your company?

A:  Competence at their profession, commitment to environmental justice and integrity.

4) If you get a chance to develop your firm in an international developing country for example, India, would you be ready to move to a new country and what will your basic strategy be?

A:  We’re already in 5 countries. And yes, we’d love to add India. Look at the Contact page at www.esolartech.com.

General Information:

  • Business type: Photovoltaic Cell Manufacturer
  • Product types: eSOlarPower: Division (1) Manufactures Photovoltaic Cells; Provides Equipment, Training and Infrastructure to entrepreneurs who want to establish Photovoltaic Panel Manufacturing. .
  • Service types: eSOlarCities: Division (2) Plans 100% Sustainable Cities and Regions
  • Address: 902 Broadway, Indianapolis, Indiana USA 46202
  • Telephone: 317. 926. 7000
  • FAX: NA
  • Web Site: http://esolartech.com
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