• Does your business support "active" photovoltaic (PV) and/or "passive" solar thermal technology?
• Does your job have anything to do with solar power or hot water?
• Do you have an opinion about opportunities for solar power?
Welcome to the ASK project - Alabama Solar Knowledge - which is mapping data collected from solar businesses in and near Alabama and from Alabama citizens who have or know about solar installations. With the help of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Government GIS class, the Alabama Solar Association, the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association, and the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC), ASK is inviting Alabamians to help create a picture of our solar industry - available Summer 2015.
WE'D LIKE YOUR HELP WITH THREE SURVEYS:
1) Fill out this survey if your business has connections to solar energy. Please tell us about your firm so we can provide accurate information on our Alabama solar map to be created by UAB - we'll follow up with you to get information for the students to map in February.
2) If you know about or have worked on solar installations - either thermal or PV - please tell us about them on the survey located at AskAlabama.info/solarinstallation - this information will be mapped in March.
3) Finally, we'd like to hear from you and your contacts on our anonymous opinion survey at AskAlabama.info/solaropinion
In addition to mapping solar businesses and installations, the information that firms and citizens share about your obstacles, opportunities and recommendations will be used anonymously to summarize respondents' views on our state's current practices as well as changes that could improve the ability to use solar energy or do solar business here.
As Jeff Cantin, President, Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association, says:
“Any company interested in more solar work in Alabama will want to be involved in this important mapping project and make sure their name is seen by thousands of homeowners and businesses that will view the results. To be able to showcase your solar services as well as any installations in the state helps fill the big gap between the demand for solar that exists in Alabama, and finding financing and qualified contractors to perform the work. When complete, this study will also make a clear connection between different policy decisions throughout the state and region and the impact on consumers.”
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO US AND SHARE THE SURVEYS WITH OTHERS!
On this solar business survey, we're collecting information from as many organizations doing solar business in Alabama - or wanting to - as we can. As mentioned above, the solar installations survey is at www.AskAlabama.info/solarinstallation. That form is to collect entries for each Alabama solar installation you've worked on - or know about - in whatever capacity.
Please forward this message and share the three links with others who may want to provide information or just let us know they're interested in solar for Alabama: www.AskAlabama.info/solarbusiness, www.AskAlabama.info/solarinstallation and www.AskAlabama.info/solaropinion
This survey has 5 short pages, designed that way so you can skip sections that don't apply to you or that you aren't going to fill out right now.
With your help, Alabama Solar Knowledge (ASK) can provide answers for solar businesses and customers. An interactive map will be available next summer at http://www.AskAlabama.info and updated quarterly with information and web site links for each business with solar connections, as well as the solar installations they’ve helped create.You can check out Georgia's map at georgiaenergydata.org/solarmap.
QUESTIONS? We can be reached at AskAlabamaInfo@gmail.com with any questions or thoughts about the ASK project. We look forward to hearing from you.