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EGIA Contractor University

Contractor Educational Programs

Make More Green by Getting Greener: Re-Position Your Company as a Renewable Energy Provider

Recorded Thursday, September 6, 2012 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific (2:00-3:30pm Eastern)

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Explore the opportunities and challenges associated with providing renewable contracting services alongside your current product and service portfolio. Find out how contractors have created successful businesses by combining traditional business models to provide clients with comprehensive solutions. As rebates and incentives go away and new public policies emerge, the window of opportunity to position yourself beyond a traditional services provider is now.

No matter the client motivation – save money; benefit the environment; reduce dependence on foreign energy; show up the neighbors – contractors who are innovative and help their customers buy differently are in demand.

During this Web Exchange, you will gain these insights:

  • Renewable energy offerings can provide diversification for your business, expand your customer base, and increase your margins
  • Establishing strong relationships with other businesses that can provide expertise in areas that complement yours can be a key component to your sustainability
  • Incorporating renewables can increase your market share and increase your referral network

Hal Smith

President & Co-Owner, Halcyon Inc.

Hal Smith is the President and Co-Owner of Halcyon, Inc. better known as Halco. He started the business with his wife Tammy in 1984, and has been a constant and primary force in its development into a leading company focused on providing full energy solutions for residential and commercial clients with an emphasis on quality, service, and sustainability. Hal currently serves as Chairman on Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. His certifications include: Air Balancer, BPI and Carbon Monoxide specialist. Licenses are held as master plumber, HVAC contractor, electrician, Geothermal specialist and Energy auditor.

James Price

Manager, Freedom Solar Energy LLC.

James Price is Manager of Freedom Solar Energy LLC is an Energy Star Home Performance Contracting company, certified and accredited by the Building Performance Institute. They test and evaluate individual homes for energy efficiency, provide an evaluation report, then make recommendations for improving the homes comfort, safety and energy efficiency based on our testing and evaluation report. Then make the improvements to the heating & cooling system, air seal and insulate the home, in addition we can install solar thermal or solar electric systems to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign fuel supplies.

Paul Bony

Director of Residential Market Development, ClimateMaster

Paul Bony is Director of Residential Market Development for ClimateMaster and has been in the geoexchange industry since the late 1980’s and has extensive hands-on experience in the ground source heat pump installation business. He has expertise in the promotion and market development of GHPs at the national, regional, and local level. Paul has managed the development of several innovative GHP financing tools including loop leases, a second mortgage “Co-Z Energy Plan” and a ground breaking Geo loop utility tariff. Paul has served on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Demand Side Management Advisory Committee, the Cooperative Research Network’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Advisory Group, the Board of the California Utility Energy Forum, and the Colorado GeoPowering the West state wide working group. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) certified geoexchange trainer and serves on the IGSHPA Training Committee.

Paul Outram

Vice President & General Manager, SunEarth Inc.

Paul Outram is Vice President & General Manager of SunEarth Inc. SunEarth is the largest manufacturer of hot water collectors in the USA and has been manufacturing solar thermal collectors in California since 1978. Prior to joining SunEarth, he worked for InSynergy in Honolulu, designing mechanical systems for energy efficient buildings and LEED projects. Paul has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick, U.K. and is a licensed PE and LEED Accredited Professional.

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