Phil Friedman becomes a solar panel in Suriname, South America. more >
Solar Professional Services works with clients to assess the requirements for planning, purchasing, and installing a renewable energy system — mainly photovoltaic, PV — but also solar domestic hot water, SDHW. Site assessments help develop an approach that is fiscally responsible and well designed, while meeting the energy needs of the site and the environmental goals of the client. Assessments take into account energy usage, characteristics of the home or business, and individual financial goals. SPS focuses on solar projects through feasibility assessments, design, and specification. We provide hands-on and consulting focal points. We also offer technical documentation, training, and education.
Phil Friedman is president and owner. He has an applied knowledge of photovoltaics, both on- and off-grid, PV project feasibility, analysis, assessment, installation, and project management. Phil has experience working with electrical contractors and PV installers, a knowledge of the U.S. National Electric Code (NEC), and knowledge of the current market in renewable energy (RE) and photovoltaic (PV) products and specifications. Phil is a NABCEP and COSEIA (Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association) PV certified installer and an IREC/ISPQ certified PV trainer.
SPS uses PV sizing programs such as SAM, PVWatts, and Solar Pathfinder Assistant software along with other modeling and sizing methodologies for on- and off-grid systems. Spreadsheet models provide data for return on investment and other financial information.
Phil has worked in renewable energy and photovoltaics for more than 5 years. Work has been in the field, at a desk, and in front of a computer (and often in his dreams!). His field experience is in Colorado, New Mexico, and Suriname, South America. He has installed on- and off-grid systems, provides technical support and troubleshooting, and writes technical documentation. Phil has conducted training with audiences as small as two and as large as 20 and worked with field crews from two to ten.
Phil has B.S. in Geography from Northern Arizona University and a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, a technical certification in electronics technology from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado, along with advanced PV training from Solar Energy International. Phil is a member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association (CoSEIA), and the American Association For Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), among others.
“I am zealous about renewable energy and photovoltaics and have long been a supporter of renewable energy. I was among those citizens in Fort Collins who worked hard for municipal adoption of wind energy in 1997.”
“Later on, in 1999, I was appointed to a City of Fort Collins task force charged with developing a greenhouse gas reduction program. The result was Fort Collins became one of the first cities in Colorado to propose, adopt, and implement a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are linked to global warming. I was proud of the work the committee accomplished, especially in a time when global climate change was not as urgent an issue.”
In 1998, Fort Collins became the first city in Colorado to offer wind-generated electricity to its customers. Phil was one of the first Fort Collins electric utility customers to sign up for wind power. He has been recognized as a Pioneer Subscriber to this program. In 1999, Phil was appointed to the Fort Collins Cities for Climate Protection Advisory Committee. This committee studied, designed, and helped adopt a climate protection program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions–at a time when such actions were few and far between and hard to gain acceptance. Energy conservation and what is now called utility scale wind energy was an integral part of this plan.
Phil is now involved with a nonprofit group–the Fort Collins Sustainability Group–formed in the summer of 2005. Its mission is to develop and advocate a Fort Collins vision and strategy for becoming a sustainable community in partnership with key stakeholders. FCSG’s main goal is to work with the city of Fort Collins in a new effort to reduce the community emissions of greenhouse gases and start the path towards becoming a carbon neutral city.
“It feels like deja vu. Eight years later the good work that was started is now being revamped, with new ideas, new technology, and new commitments to a greener, more energy sustainable community, while making contributions to our national energy security and reducing fossil fuel demand. I am continually hopeful that we can rise to the occasion using renewable solar power to help avert a global climate crisis.”