SolarWorld Donates Modules to Make It Right Project

The latest home GSS installed for the Make it Right foundation was a particularly challenging installation. After the breach of the industrial canal, the original home was left uninhabitable after the storm and was the only one still standing after the flood waters rushed in. Miraculously, the tree prevented the rushing water from washing away their home. While the residents of 1708 had evacuated before the storm, four of their neighbors were left scrambling for higher ground as the flood waters began to rise. They climbed the tree to escape the rising flood waters and were able to jump to the rooftop of the only nearby home still standing. This oak tree stands today, next to the new, energy efficient home as a daily reminder of the determination and resilience of this community. The tree that means so much to the community also shades much of the rooftop. When the Make It Right Foundation started working on plans for 1708 Tennessee, the residents insisted that this tree be left intact.

The only space on the roof that was not shaded by the tree was a small area towards the front of the home. Gulf South Solar chose to go with the most efficient system available for this small space. In order to maximize the systems output, Gulf South Solar selected SolarWorld 175 watt modules and enphase inverters. When we told our manufacturer about this project, SolarWorld immediately responded by offering to donated all of the modules for this project.

The engineering team at GSS designed a non-penetrating mounting solution to secure the modules to the standing seam metal roof. This system securely attaches to the raised seam of the roof creating a framework that not only allowed the mounting of modules – It also supports the micro inverters. The micro inverters were selected for this project for their superior ability to maximize the power production for each individual module.

The homeowners love their new home and solar power system. Before the storm, their utility bill was running over $400 a month. Now, in their new energy efficient, solar powered home, their bills are about $30 a month.

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Registration is Open for New Solar Classes

PV301: Advanced Solar Installation Case Studies

Date: December 11, 2009
Cost:  $125
TIME:  9am-1:30pm
LOCATION:  GSS Training Center, Baton Rouge

Course Description:  Instructors will guide their class through a simple case study progressing to more complex ones. Lunch will be provided.

Who Should Attend?  This class is ideal for installers, dealers and electrical or building contractors looking to get into the solar business. A basic knowledge of solar power systems and installation is recommended.

INV301: Advanced Outback Power Systems Inverter Training

Date:  December 18, 2009
Cost:  $199
TIME:  9am-4pm
LOCATION:  GSS Training Center, Baton Rouge

Course Description:  Upon completion of this 7 hour workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the capacity and capability of Outback Power Systems inverters. Lunch will be provided.

Who Should Attend?  This class is ideal for installers, dealers and electrical or building contractors looking to get into the solar business. A basic knowledge of solar power systems and installation is recommended.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Call:  225-932-0035
Email:  training@gulfsouthsolar.com

Check our Solar Training courses often for the latest in solar workshops for homeowners and advanced courses for dealers. Register for any of these classes by emailing us at training@gulfsouthsolar.com

Workshops  /  Dealer Training

PV101: Last Call for Registrations

IMG_5012Registration for the PV101 Solar Basics course schedule for Friday, November 6th closes on Wednesday at 5pm. There are only a few slots left – don’t miss this opportunity!  Check our Solar Training courses often for the latest in solar workshops for homeowners and advanced courses for dealers.

Date: Friday, November 6th
Time:  11am – 2pm
Cost:  $75 (includes lunch)
Location:  GSS Training Facility, Baton Rouge, LA

Register by emailing us at training@gulfsouthsolar.com

Workshops  /  Dealer Training

“Natural Energy”: Jeff Shaw’s solar powered home is profiled in The Advocate

MARK H. HUNTER/Advocate photo
MARK H. HUNTER/Advocate photo

“Jeff Shaw, owner of Gulf South Solar, makes his living selling and installing solar arrays. As founder of the 1,500-member Louisiana Solar Energy Society, he was also hosting visitors to his Menlo Drive home during the National Solar Tour Day, held on Oct. 3.” For the full article, visit The Advocate’s website:  http://www.2theadvocate.com/features/64052077.html

GSS Annouces New Training Classes

IMG_5050smGSS recently added new classes to their regular dealer training lineup. New to GSS Training are Solar Hot Water Heater Installation courses, Solar Marketing, and Sunkits Sales Training. The BRCC Installer Training course is the only registered provider for the NABCEP®  entry level PV exam in Baton Rouge and was designed and is lead by GSS Instructors.

Visit the GSS Training page for more details.

Registration is Now Open for the Next BRCC Solar Installation Course!

Solar Panel Design and Installation Course

Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806

Saturdays: August 29 – September 19, 2009
7:30am – 5:30pm Continue reading “Registration is Now Open for the Next BRCC Solar Installation Course!”

Another Shipment of SMARTRE Arrives at GSS

cimg7752Gulf South Solar received another shipment of Outback Power’s new product offering – SMARTRESMARTRE,from OutBack Power, is a simplified grid-tie solar system with back-up power for residential and small commercial applications. SMARTRE is the ONLY grid-tie inverter system with back-up power that does not have to be installed indoors. The specially designed case protects the inverter and batteries from the elements – saving homeowners valuable indoor storage space. Continue reading “Another Shipment of SMARTRE Arrives at GSS”

Last Chance to Register for BRCC Solar Installation Course!

Baton Rouge Community College in Downtown Baton Rouge is offering another Solar Installation course at its campus on Community College Drive. The course runs on Saturdays: 7/11 – 8/1 from 7:30am – 5:30pm. For more information, click here or contact Will Seaman, the Program Director of the Economic Development Division of BRCC
at: seamanw@mybrcc.edu   Phone: (225) 216-8436

GSS’s latest “Make it Right” Installation on WWL

On June 30, 2009, Reporter Dave McNamera did an excellent piece called “Green 4 Louisiana” on WWL TV in New Orleans. Dave filmed our latest “Make it Right Foundation” solar installation in the Lower 9th Ward and spoke with residents of these new energy efficient homes. To see our team at work installing solar, click here.

 

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SMARTRE Hits the Warehouse at Gulf South Solar

dsc_0040Last week, Gulf South Solar received its 1st shipment of Outback Power’s new product offering – SMARTRESMARTRE,from OutBack Power, is a simplified grid-tie solar system with back-up power for residential and small commercial applications. SMARTRE is the ONLY grid-tie inverter system with back-up power that does not have to be installed indoors. The specially designed case protects the inverter and batteries from the elements – saving homeowners valuable indoor storage space.

Gulf South Solar is also the first company in the country to install SMARTRE. The home, which is near Slidell Louisiana, has a 2.5kW system. Our installers report that it is the easiest grid-tie /battery back-up inverter to install yet! SMARTRE units are in stock now and are available for dealer purchase or customer installations.

Gulf South Solar is your Authorized Distributor of SMARTRE by Outback Power for the state of Louisiana.Gulf South Solar distributes, designs and installs Outback products for retail (homeowners) and wholesale (dealers/installers).

GSS Launches New Group Buying Sales Promotion

Today, Gulf South Solar announces their new group buying sales promotion, 1Solar Block. This program is designed to enable neighbors to ban together and obtain wholesale pricing on the cost of their solar power systems.  If you’ve ever dreamed of going solar but was put off by the cost, then this promotion was made just for you! By grouping installs in one geographic area and timing installations together, GSS can leverage efficiencies to lower installation and equipment costs – passing the savings on to their customers.

To get started, interested homeowners organize roughly 10 or more of their neighbors in one subdivision or town. GSS will go out to the neighborhood and give a presentation on how the program works and answer questions about the different types of systems available to them. When 5 or more homeowners agree to move forward, get a site analysis and agree to purchase a system, these homeowner will get the 1Solar Block price on their installation. To learn more about this program, click here.

Jeff Shaw to speak at AIA Design Conference

Jeff Shaw, president of Gulf South Solar, will be presenting “Integrating Solar Power Into Architectural Projects” at the AIA Louisiana Design Conference August 2 – 4, 2009. The conference is at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin Florida.

For more information or to register, visit their website at https://www.aiala.com/conferences/

Jeff Shaw

Louisiana Environmental Voter Day

Over 50 Environmental leaders from all over Louisiana came out to the Capital on Tuesday, May 26th to learn about important environmental legislation that is being considered by the Louisiana  House and Senate. Continue reading “Louisiana Environmental Voter Day”

Louisiana has its 2nd NABCEP Certified Installer

Louisiana now has another NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified professional! Jeff Shaw, president of Gulf South Solar has earned the highest certification for the solar professional, NABCEP Solar PV Installer. Continue reading “Louisiana has its 2nd NABCEP Certified Installer”