Hi. I've been programming computers since 1986. Mostly Python and Javascript these days. I'm married and have a 2-year old daughter.

I left $WELL_KNOWN_INTERNET_COMPANY to career switch into renewable energy and maybe do something about global warming. My startup is trying to reduce the cost of solar power, using data science. We're in San Francisco.

Been reading Ribbonfarm since 2013, never joined the community before.


@nindokag How's data science reduce the cost of data science?

@jamescgibson Hello! is that a joke, a riddle, or a zen koan? or did you want to know about how data science reduces the cost of solar power?

@nindokag Sorry! That's me being tired and not proof reading.

Yes, I meant to ask about how it reduces the cost of solar power :)


Two examples:

1. comparing production data streams from many solar projects in the same area lets us judge if power loss is due to equipment failure or weather, thus whether you need to send a repair truck or not

2. convincing banks that solar is a safer investment then they currently think it is (offering a guarantee on energy production). Then a solar developer can get cheaper loans or bigger loans.

At least, that's the premise of this startup. Happy to discuss further!

@nindokag Neat! Sounds fun, especially the financing part. I imagine that's more for larger commercial installations than residential?

@jamescgibson i thought so too, but it turns out there are also organizations investing in portfolios of thousands of residential rooftop systems, who are also interested in our guarantee. We wouldn't be relevant to individual homeowners though.

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