Cranksgiving Returns to Solar One This Saturday

Cranksgiving is an annual bike ride/scavenger hunt/food drive, helping to feed the hungry on Thaksgiving for the past 15 years. And unlike other, much more notorious holiday food drives, this one does not involve drinking (until the afterparty, of course), carolling or the despoiling of sidewalks or stoops. Costumes are optional!
Collected food will be donated to the Bowery Mission, a fantastic NYC charity for the homeless. Their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now, so they need you more than ever!
Registration starts at 12:30pm and ends when the race begins at 2pm. Teams will get a list of items and will have a little time to strategize and plot their routes. Registration is free but expect to spend between $10-15 on food. And don’t forget a bag, a helmet and a lock!

Come Help Put the Park To Bed on Saturday November 8

That’s right- it’s the last Park Volunteer Day of the season, coming up next Saturday November 8 from 9am to 1pm.
Volunteers will be mulching beds, clearing weeds, finishing whatever fall plantings need to be done and generally handling all the tasks necessary so the Park is ready fro winter.
Pizza lunch will be provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to Daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.

Last Clean EC Panel Series of 2014 Season “The Grid Edge” Coming Up on Wednesday Nov 5


Grid Edge Analytics: Advances in Big Data, Intelligent Software and Analytics Behind the Meter

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm), The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street, NYC
FREE live stream hosted by Greentech Media starting at 7:05pm.
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The next generation of behind-the-meter analytics goes well beyond providing consumers with detailed data on their energy use. Utilities are now able to take advantage of customer segmentation and profiling information to increase the effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs. By leveraging intelligent software, utilities also gain better visibility into their customers’ responses to price signals, leading to optimized rate structures.
The early energy management market was a battle of the best-in-class hardware (e.g., displays, sensors, and thermostats), placing a strong emphasis on smart meters as an enabling technology. More recently there has been an increase in strategic partnerships. Blue-chip companies from the automation, security, solar, and telecom industries have taken notice and begun to gain market share with new solutions. This panel will examine the changing data analytics landscape behind-the-meter and discuss how companies have shifted their focus toward energy management.
The discussion is a featured event of Solar One and NYC ACRE’s cleantech panel discussion series, Clean Energy Connections in partnership with Greentech Media. Follow our ongoing online discussion at
Event Schedule
6:30 – 7:00 – Registration & Networking
7:00 – 8:30 – Panel Discussion
8:30 – 9:00 – Reception
Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst at GTM Research
Christopher Cavanagh – Principal Program Manager at National Grid
Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the Customer Strategy & Environmental group at National Grid and is responsible for developing strategies to expand National Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty seven years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and is a mentor in the CleanTech Open program. Mr. Cavanagh is graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.
Nicholas Payton – Associate Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at Opower
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Nick Payton directs marketing and strategy for emerging products at Opower, a leading providerof customer engagement software to energy utility companies. These efforts focus on Opower’s behavioral demand response and thermostat management platforms. Nick previously led market development and regulatory affairs for demand response, wholesale markets, and evaluation of Opower programs. Prior to Opower, he has served as a strategy consultant at the Analysis Group, an aide on a political campaign for U.S. Senate, and an analyst at a politically active law firm and government relations group. Nick graduated magna cum laude with degrees in political science and economics from Boston College.
Jun Shimada – Founder / CEO at ThinkEco
As one of the founders, Jun leads ThinkEco’s technology innovation & commercialization efforts, applying his experience to make the modlet super-smart and easy-to-use. Prior to ThinkEco, Jun was part of the original team at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as it received seed to Series B investments. At Vitae, he was the lead scientist behind its proprietary computational drug discovery platform. Jun received his BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard.
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Meet a NYSERDA EDGE ROC: Samuel Man

The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.
NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers. Sam i soine of them; he works at Solar One.
Tell me about your background.
I was born in Manhattan, attended Brooklyn Tech High School then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a communications technician.  I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Urban Planning and am currently taking classes at CCNY towards a graduate degree in sustainability.
What was your childhood dream occupation?
I always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and open my own business. Since my folks were in the restaurant business and I was practically raised in them, I’ve always had an affinity for the food service industry. I also love to cook and am fascinated by the various techniques and flavors used around the world.
What inspired you to seek a career in the energy field? What drew you to the ROC position?
I’ve always had an appreciation for architecture and industrial design. After studying how people interact with the built environment I became aware of the inefficiencies involved in building construction, operation, and maintenance. Prior to joining Solar One, I helped small business owners with energy efficiency evaluations and retrofits. It was a most rewarding experience and I wanted to bring that approach to the community level.
What are the three best things about your work as an EDGE ROC?
It’s great to be part of an organization that is dedicated to promoting urban sustainability and education. I’m incredibly grateful to work in a career I’m passionate about and working alongside such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team makes it that much better.
Do you have an energy-related success story you wish to share?
Two of my favorite projects were St George’s Episcopal Church and Dosa Hutt, both in Flushing. Everyone at St George was such a pleasure to work with and they were so happy with the results, especially with the ambient quality of the LED lighting. The other project was Dosa Hutt. I never had South Indian vegetarian food before doing an energy evaluation for them but once I did I continued to eat there several times a week, every week. After about two months and numerous dosas (a crepe of sorts), we developed a more meaningful relationship and they decided to go ahead with the energy efficient retrofit.
What are some interesting things you have learned on the job that most people are unaware of?
I’ve learned that Queens is really the world’s melting pot and the food in this borough is fantastic.
What are your top three favorite things to do in NYC?
Rooftop barbecues, biking along the Hudson River and admiring NYC’s architecture (my favorite buildings are Grand Central Station and the Midtown Library)
If you had the opportunity to give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be?
I would offer them Baz Lurhmann’s “Sunscreen”.
Keep an eye out for more profiles in the coming months!