Self Sufficiency 1976
easy to operate, even older folks could easily walk to one side
and guide the Troy-Bilt garden tiller with just one hand. Often
imitated but never equaled, it brought health and self-sufficiency
million families. Click Here to learn more about Lyman Wood, direct
marketing, and the impact of Garden Way.
Tracking the Sun 2008
Yours truly, next to a state-of-the-art, sun-tracking
photo-voltaic array for residential and small businesses. Technology,
costs, and government incentives are rapidly changing. Reach out
to an expert who can help ensure that you are part of the future.
Industry Shows 2009
You meet the nicest people at Solar shows. At this one in CA, we
spent some time meeting the capable folks at SunWize, one of the
leading makers and suppliers of high quality solar PV systems.
Other Alternative Fuels
To learn more about our involvment with fuel cells, Click Here.
rebuild America. Here, I'm doing my part (this photo was back while working
my way through college as a licensed electrician.) With our current
economic recession, costs are
and it's an ideal time to install solar and other renewable solutions.
Having been an electrician in an earlier life, I've been attending
seminars and taking classes for the past four years to keep abreast
of solar technologies. Spent a week learning solar from the Conergy
folks; and, as of October 2013, I completed 80 hours of intermediate
and advanced solar training at HVCC, several online safety and
training classes, sold and built 5 residential PV systems. I
not only passed the NABCEP Intro to PV test, but also the Technical
Sales test and Installers test. I'm working with a top quality
contractor, so if you live within 50 miles of Albany and need
solar for your home
My theory is that you can’t
be an effective executive unless you know what it’s like
to walk in the shoes of your customers.
Solar PV, Thermal Heating, Wind and
other Green Solutions
Where is the world headed? Will you be part of
Are you in the green industry? Are you looking
for a Chief Marketing Officer-for-hire who can help your team create
a better marketing strategy, find new business partners, and increase
I was there -- back in the 1970’s, developing
new products and bringing them to market. It was in the midst of
movement, the boom in gardening, doing more for yourself, and
the two major energy crises. Troy-Bilt rototillers had a cult-like
following because of their performance and the company’s
over-the-top customer service. Garden
Way marketed some of the
first energy efficient greenhouse/sunrooms and high-efficiency
wood stoves, and started a catalog of self-sufficiency items. Some
of my later
projects included solar-powered products like the photovoltaic
shown at right.
Now it’s the 21st century, and the
rest of the world has finally caught up with the realization
that using the sun, the
wind, and other green energy sources are the best source for our
Where would you like to go?
What’s your vision? What’s your technology?
the stage of your organization? You probably need more than just
an expert marketer; you need a tech-savvy guy who has marketed
mechanical and electrical products, who has set up and operated
key dealer networks that played nicely with factory-direct channels,
and who knows how to mentor and lead a sales and marketing team
you are in the solar or wind industry, chances are that I have
through the same growth stage you are now entering. If you need
to get it to the next level -- to find the
develop the product and teamwork -- then please give me a call.
I guarantee you’ll get some good ideas, just from our first
Path to Solar Success 2011
Here, I'm photographing my Solar Pathfinder tool
which shows how much insolation reaches the site of this future
ground/pole mount PV array I'm designing. With 14 KW of power,
it will test several technologies, such as 7 KW of AC micro-inverters
well as 7 KW of DC and conventional inverters, plus a battery back-up
system. Also creating a small-scale test of fixed vs adjustable
vs 2-axis tracking arrays. The more electricity we create from
distributed generation, the better
Need A Good Solar Dealer Program?
For details on how my concepts helped
a company double its sales, Click
Here to see the results for Garden
Good Organizations to Know
ASES (American Solar Energy Society)
NESEA (NE Sustainable Energy Association)
SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) and
AWEA (American Wind Energy Association)
more Portfolio Case Histories!
(Or go forward to Next Page to see Fuel
Sun Power 1982
This solar greenhouse
addition provided attractive extra space to your house,
while saving energy costs. Garden Way was an early leader
in solar enhancement techniques involving parallax, insulation,
heat storage, and temperature controls.
Solar Sheep 1993
Sheep”; world’s first autonomous lawn-mowing
robot powered by its 22w solar PV array. Within an
invisible fence surrounding your lawn area, it quietly
and safely goes about it’s business of mowing
your grass to a golf-course quality of cut.
Sun Tractor 1995
electric tractor built by Steve Heckeroth, noted PV
pioneer from California. This could be fully charged
by Steve's 15kw barn-top solar panels. Choppy and Steve
each designed a number of electric tractors (but the
most fun was riding in Steve's hotrod electric Porsches!)
Wind Turbine 1997
From rancher's well
to hunter's cabin to modern windfarms, the windmill
has come a long way. If you've got the wind turbine,
we can help you market and sell the benefits.
What's In A Name?
Do you have a marketing use for names
like the one below and dozens of others?
Here to see a list of Solar Domain Names from
our engineering development projects that are now
Solar Tour Organizers: Promotional Tips.
There are hundreds of books and magazines
on solor, but if you want a technical textbook that gives you the
true nuts & bolts of how
PV installations work, this is it. Photovoltaic Systems by Jim Dunlop.