Claremont Locally Grown Power (CLGP) Initiative
Currently, we are working with the Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) on a campus-to-community initiative entitled Claremont Locally Grown Power, or CLGP.
The CLGP initiative is one of many efforts on behalf of CHERP to provide low-income communities in the city of Claremont with affordable renewable energy technologies, with the long-term goal of establishing a photovoltaics manufacturing plant in the city of Claremont to help address the needs of energy-retrofitted homes. The project is now prepared for launch, now utilizing a recent patent by idealPV.
Through this collaboration, CHERP and idealPV are partnering with the Hixon Center and Harvey Mudd College to teach students how to construct, test, and ultimately distribute prototype solar panels. This partnership will not only enable CHERP to document best practices as the CLGP project moves forward, but it will also offer students career starts in the energy industry. As of October 2016, students can engage with the project through paid internships via the Energize Colleges or through a myriad of unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities.
The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) in Claremont is a volunteer non-profit organization that was created to eliminate the barriers to success of our critical, national, energy efficiency goals. CHERP is engaged in a comprehensive, replicable, community-wide program to help achieve aggressive goals for improved energy efficiency in buildings through education about the impact of buildings on greenhouse gas emissions, and the many benefits that accrue to building owners and cities from retrofitting buildings. This program has now developed into an unprecedented community-based, state-wide collaborative effort by practicing the motto of “radical inclusion” and uniting as many homeowners, businesses, community organizations, and city governments as possible in the laser-sharp goal of retrofitting buildings on a massive scale.
To learn more about the Claremont Locally Grown Power initiative, you can visit the official website and read the white paper below.
At the Harvey Mudd Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions, CHERP Executive Director Devon Hartman spoke to attendees about the Claremont Locally Grown Power project and facilitated a skill-building workshop regarding environmental economics. You can view the lecture and accompanying workshop here!
idealPV’s patented solar panel technology is based on the discovery of the Law of Forward Only Zero Hot Spot (FOZHS). The Law of FOZHS, directly derived from the First Law of Thermodynamics and the Law of the Photoelectric effect, states that the conductance of a solar cell falls as its voltage becomes more negative. idealPV solar panels use the Law of FOZHS to keep the conductance of each solar cell high, preventing any of them from being subjected to the reverse (negative) voltage that drives extreme heat into the cell.
At the Harvey Mudd Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions, Kent Kernahan (idealPV) facilitated a skill-building workshop regarding the idealPV technology and solar panels. You can view the workshop session here!
To learn more about idealPV’s solar panel technology, you may read the white papers below. If you have trouble accessing any documents on this page, please refer to the Website Accessibility statement for further assistance.