Happy 4th of July - A day to celebrate independence & interdependence

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Happy Birthday, America!  Today, we are celebrating 241 years of independent self-governance.  

But, in this time of hyper-polarization in our country, I suggest that we also celebrate our interdependence.  Though most media reports don't highlight our common values and interconnectedness, ties run deep with our fellow Americans.  We love our country with it's freedoms of speech, of travel and to congregate.  We love our complex cities, our fertile countrysides and wondrous wilderness.  We love our families, we love our kids and hope for the best for both.  We value safety, health and prosperity.  What we fail to see is that we are often dependent on each other to achieve these things we value.  We depend on our friends, our community, local police and our military to keep us safe.  We rely on the grocer, the farmer and the medical professional to keep us healthy.  And we seek to prosper by continually learning new things through librarians, teachers, professors, mentors, fellow team members and journeymen (and women) in our lives.

So on this Fourth of July, let us celebrate both our independence and our interdependence that makes America greater every day.

SMASHsolar wins multi-year, multi-megawatt contract

SMASH to deliver high power, great looking solar to Orlando residents


SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2017 -- SMASHsolar, a leading solar innovation company, today announced a multi-year sales agreement for up to 10 MW of SMASHmount systems to be installed in Orlando, Florida. SMASH will provide its state-of the art frameless PV solar systems that are simple, elegant and deliver more power than traditional solar systems.


Under the program, Orlando residents receive SMASHmount solar systems with state-of the art frameless PV modules generating 5% to 20% more power in an elegant, low profile design. Through an exclusive Orlando-based solar installer, homeowners will benefit from the sleek design, lower utility bills, and increased home values.


SMASHsolar is proud to deliver a high quality, integrated solar mounting system with American-made parts. “Supporting job creation in the US manufacturing sector while also delivering affordable solar to homeowners makes this program a win-win for Orlando and SMASH,” said CEO Troy Tyler.


About SMASHsolar Inc.:

SMASHsolar, Richmond, CA,  is dedicated to breaking down barriers to solar. With a keen focus on innovation, value, and quality, SMASH has developed the first direct attach system for dual-glass photovoltaic (PV) modules. SMASHsolar harnesses the ingenuity of Silicon Valley to deliver more powerful residential PV modules with lower overhead costs. SMASHsolar is the recipient of awards totaling $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Incubator Program, the 2014 Winner of SPI Startup Alley Challenge, and an Alumnus of Clean Tech Open, the world's largest cleantech accelerator.  


For more information please visit: www.smashsolar.com.


Media Contact: Kelly Marston



Breaking Down Barriers to Solar: DIY Girls Program from Pacoima, CA wins $10k Grant

DIY Girls Program in Pacoima, CA, www.womenyoushouldknow.com

DIY Girls Program in Pacoima, CA, www.womenyoushouldknow.com

At SMASHsolar, we applaud everyone breaking down barriers.  We especially support girls and young women who use innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve problems.  In such efforts, innovative leaders are born.  And as a country, we need more women innovators and leaders.

Solar Innovation

Check out this article about 12 young women who created an innovative design employing solar power. This team of high school students identified a need in their community to address, conducted extensive research, and ultimately delivered an award-winning solution.

Design Thinking 

What sets them apart is their use of design thinking and engineering to create a solution that is truly customer focused. The d.school at Stanford University sets out 5 steps for design thinking -- Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. This team showed the strength of the design thinking with their creative solution to the struggles of homeless people.

As a design-focused company, these same principles drive our innovation. A commitment to delivering the highest quality product and the best value is at the core of who we are. We are proud to see quality design thinking in this talented team from DIY Girls Program in Tacoma, CA.