Spotlight: Logan Peterson

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Spotlight on a Solar Pro: Logan Peterson

This spotlight on a Solar Pro is Logan Peterson. “I get to help people feel like they are contributing to bettering the planet through green energy,” says Logan Peterson. He’s the future of the solar energy workforce and he’s already become indispensable at Renu Energy Solutions in his role as an intern in our operations department.

Logan comes from Corvallis, Oregon and this year he’ll finish out his undergrad at UNC Charlotte. A former avid basketballer – it was pretty much his life from when he was born until his first year of college, he says – he has long seem himself in jobs where he does good while working hard. He previously worked at Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and had volunteered with Quetzaltrekkers Xela, which helps kids by funding schools and homes through the proceeds from volcano-hiking adventure travel trips. He’s also been active with SUWS of the Carolinas, an outdoor program that treats teens struggling with drug addiction.

Why did he want to work with Renu? Logan explains he is interested in renewable energy, like most of his generation he supports clean wind and solar power and wants to see pollution-free energy grow dramatically. He sees a chance to gain experience in the solar industry and strongly wants to be involved in the spread of this technology.

A day in the life of Logan the solar operations intern

It’s early mornings for Logan – he often rises before the sun to meet with the technicians that make up Renu’s installation crew to keep communication close and allow him to be of more assistance to them.

He feels at his best, he says, when talking through and solving problems. Solar retrofits on existing buildings can be complex – aging homes with funny wiring or crowded main breaker boxes, permitting and utility challenges, and intricate choreography of materials and equipment orders, to name a few. He’s proud to be part of a team that tackles a lot of these complexities and is always getting tighter and more capable. He says he loves when he’s interacting with co-workers and functioning as part of the team.

Connecting the dots and seeing the big picture

“As energy demand grows worldwide, I feel like it is important to find more sustainable ways for society to function without doing irreversible harm to our environment,” Logan reflects. It’s essential that we take advantage of the potential for sustainable energy to end reliance on other less environmentally friendly energy forms. He talks as though he wouldn’t want to be around a lot of people who are just trying to make a buck and don’t care about the community – he’s glad to be part of a company that he says employs people who seem to value the lifestyle and product they are selling and installing.

He says he’s also noticed that everyone at Renu seems to care about happiness and satisfaction of clients after their install has happened – he notes, even after their final payment has gone through! He thinks he’s got some security in his position – as prices go down, he sees residential solar booming in the area. That means more people are feeling the benefit of owning their energy, which he’s pleased about. Who knows what’s on the horizon, but he says he’s excited to stick around as technology progresses and printable solar panels might be an exciting thing to see, with a lower manufacturing cost.

He still loves traveling to places where he can go climbing mountains and volcanoes on long backpacking trips, as well as watching and playing sports and continuing to volunteer at Habitat. We salute you, Logan Peterson, and thanks for all your work!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors. Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar. Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small. Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.
What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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