Archive for October, 2011


September 28, 2011

by Jeff Spies – Solar Energy International Business Services Manager, President of SolarSpies Consulting and Secretary for NABCEP

7 reasons why quality solar training is key to solar business success

1) Successful PV companies take training seriously

The top solar installation companies have placed a priority on quality training to insure their employees are current on the latest code considerations, product innovations, design intricacies and installation procedures.

2) Technical knowledge required to succeed

PV is a technical field requiring strong knowledge of the electrical and mechanical aspects of PV design and installation.   View Full Article »


The failure rate among new solar installation companies seems to be rivaling that of restaurant startups, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Quality solar training can change this trend, and one of the major lessons I have learned in my 20 years in sales, marketing, and technical training is the pot quality training can have on business success in the technical arena.

First, some history. Prior to entering the solar industry, I had a successful career working in the field of industrial automation. My background included a degree in mechanical engineering, View Full Article »

Solar Power International is hosting a 2 day workshop on solar business and finance as part of it’s conference workshop program.  ”Understanding Solar Business and Financefeatures 2 of the industries most experienced and compelling speakers.

Jeff Spies – President of SolarSpies and Secretary for NABCEP will join forces with Lee Feliciano – President of SolarCapital LLC to conduct a 2 day training workshop outlines the best practices that help successful solar businesses succeed and identifies the potholes that swallow many solar business alive.

This powerful program will help contractors, finance, and business professionals understand the fast paced solar PV market and learn the key steps to succeeding in an increasingly competitive field. Gain insights on the practices and programs used by successful solar contractors to outlast the competition and stay profitable. Attendees will gain View Full Article »