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Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems LinkedIn Group Participation Etiquette and Membership Guidelines

[Adapted from the GReEN LinkedIn Group]

As the new owner of the Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems LinkedIn Group, I recognize that there is a responsibility to create value, maintain a high level of quality and protect our members. To that end, for now, there are some guidelines for membership and participation in this group. Your membership and participation is conditional upon your compliance with the following guidelines. Should you not comply with these guidelines, we reserve the right to delete your posting(s), remove, and/or block you from this group, at our own discretion, with or without warning.

1. Absolutely no spamming. Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (in this case, LinkedIn Messaging or email) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. Do NOT spam other members of this group. We have NO tolerance for spam. If even one member complains about this to us, not only will you be removed and blocked from this group, but you will also be reported to LinkedIn.

2. Do not confuse hybrid EV (electric vehicle) with “hybrid.” While its name made lead you to believe otherwise, the focus of this group is NOT about hybrid electric vehicles per se. It’s possible there will be discussion on infrastructure that supports hybrid electrical vehicles. Discussions here will likely include energy efficiency, clean(er)/green(er) technologies, sustainability, eco-friendliness and corporate environmental social responsibility (CESR). Do not post anything that is not relevant to the renewable energy industry and/or its respective sub-sectors (e.g. bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, hydrogen, ocean, solar or wind).

3. Advertisements are not Discussions. Feel free to solicit feedback about your products and/or services. However, do not post advertisements as Discussions. If you want to advertise, please do so in the Promotions area. While we do possess the ability to move postings from the Discussions to the Promotions area, if you post an advertisement there, we will simply delete it.

4. Discussions are meant to be “discussed.” In case you are wondering whether your posting is appropriate for a Discussion, bear in mind that discussions usually contain a question and/or a solicitation for feedback. If you post a Discussion and it does not meet this criteria, chances are it is an advertisement, in which case you should refer to #3 above.

5. Event announcements are Promotions. If you are announcing an event, please post it in the Promotions area. Event announcements are not Discussions; they are advertisements. In order to make your announcement stand out, we recommend that you put “[EVENT]” at the beginning of the headline. If you would like to offer a special discount on attendance to your event “exclusively” to members of this group, please contact me directly through LinkedIn and we will help you promote it.

6. People look for jobs in Jobs. There is a separate Jobs area specifically for job-related opportunities and/or inquiries, and we encourage you to use it. Do NOT submit job-related postings in the Discussions, News, or Promotions areas, as they will be deleted.

7. Do not re-post. Do not re-post. If other members did not respond to your posting the first time, chances are that people are either not interested or your headline was not engaging enough. Feel free to be creative and try something new (after at least a week or two has passed). However, do NOT submit the same posting with the same headline multiple times, as they will ALL be deleted.

8. Open networking requests are prohibited. Feel free to use this group to help build your professional network, but please do so on an individual one-on-one basis. Do NOT post requests for people to connect to you, also known as “open networking requests.” I you want to connect via a post, please be discrete and use the ‘Reply Privately’ feature. Unlike many other group owners, this group was created to discuss, not as a means to grow my own personal/professional network of contacts. I rarely request group members to connect to me, but typically accept all group members’ requests.

Try to adhere to the following as a guide: LinkedIn Etiquette: Five Dos and Don’ts: http://www.cio.com/article/print/468067

Also see Bryan C Webb, P. Eng. Best Answer here: http://www.linkedin.com/answers/using-linkedIn/ULI/640270-1762601?searchIdx=2&sik=1331221486499&goback=%2Easr_1_1331221486499

9. Be professional and respectful. You do not have to agree with or even respect what other members post. However, as a member of this group, you DO have to be professional and respectful with your postings and with your response to other members’ postings. Personal attacks on others will NOT be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the group, even if you are “right.” Just change the channel.

10. You can build your own group, just not here. Feel free to share links to valuable non-competitive online or offline third-party resources. However, do not post invitations to join other LinkedIn Groups, social networks, professional networks, or communities. In general, postings that are intended to recruit members to join other groups are not permitted.

11. Flagging posts. If you feel that a member of this group is not complying with any of the above guidelines, please “Flag” their posting and the moderators will review it and take action, if necessary. NB: Postings that are flagged more than ten (10) members are deleted automatically. If you would like to post something but you are unsure about its appropriateness or relevance to the group, feel free to contact us directly through LinkedIn and we will provide you with feedback. Thank you for being a member of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems Group. We look forward to your continued membership and participation. ____________________________________________________________________________________ More coming soon in this space about the Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems Group…

Kimberly King is a Renewable Energy Engineer and the Co-founder of RE-Power Them and the owner of the Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems LinkedIn Group.

VIDEO :: Installing the 1st Small Wind Turbine in Berkeley, CA, USA

I figured this deserved a post of it’s own…

A few weeks ago, I was offered the privilege to scrounge around the Wysinger’s garage to locate archives of this historical installation that were buried/lost after Vossa Wysinger passed away some many years ago. I earned the trust of Vossa’s youngest daughter, Myra, who allowed me to dig thru boxes and boxes of memories. Not only did we locate a newspaper article in The Berkeley Gazette, but we found an 8 mm reel of the installation footage. The digital copy was handed to me today, and it’s now viable on YouTube.

NB: This installation in the city limits of Berkeley proper was during the same time utility scale wind turbines were being deployed in the Altamont Pass. And notice, there was footage of the solar hot water system, too!

If the video above is not viewable, try clicking here .

Decommissioning a small WTG in the built environment :: Berkeley, CA, USA

I am in the process of helping a family in Berkeley, CA, USA decommission their small wind turbine generator (WTG). Just yesterday, I was able to obtain an affirming newspaper article that this WTG was indeed the first small WTG installed in Berkeley.

Click here to view larger PDF.

As I continue to perform research and due diligence, my hope is I will reveal that this is the first WTG of it’s kind installed not only in Berkeley, or the East Bay of San Francisco, but in a California municipality.

In the coming weeks, I will post updates here, and eventually summarize all my findings in a historical report. It’s an honor and privilege that Paul Gipe thinks this is a worthwhile endeavor. And yes, I will be forwarding my final historical report to Paul Gipe for him to share on his web site, as well.

The Mother of (Re)Invention :: SF Mag Reinvention Chronicles

I have for the better part of the last decade been redirecting my efforts to become a renewable energy engineer and conceptual designer of hybrid renewable energy systems since surviving the dot-com of the 1990s. I’m not shy about taking bold risks for the sake of maintaining a creative approach to my work or job search. Last month, there was the following read in the San Francisco Magazine that I found rather affirming to the process I have been immersed in for a number of years. I am, indeed, not alone. http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-reinvention-chronicles

Anyone who has been unemployed these past few years knows, it’s no longer about resumes and contacts. I realized some many, many years ago, after my third company merger in four years that the rules were different. It’s a new social movement going on worldwide in the workplace that I do not think has been fully acknowledged, yet.

Also of interest, a recently published book titled “Company of One – Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment” was put out by Cornell University Press. http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100974400

The Informational Interview

To my surprise, this tactic has proved the most successful for me over the past several years in securing short-term, contract work assignments. Yes, contractual work is my comfort-zone, which I am sure a great deal of employers have difficulty comprehending. During the dot-com, it was expected by an employer that an employee could demonstrate agility and adaptability to change, wear a number of different hats. Evolve. And mind you, evolve on-the-fly, because it was new territory we were traversing, and there were no reference books or rules–kind of like what’s currently transpiring in the RE industry at this juncture in time. Going through a number of mergers in a short span of a few years actually created this personality work mold of mine. That being said…

Being a dot-com ‘survivor’ with and long and lengthy list of skill sets in my arsenal doesn’t hurt, either. AND, very important, one needs to be honest about the type of worker they are and environments in which one thrives. Essential! I often find myself revisiting and retaking my Myers-Briggs (Personality) Test prior to going out on an Informational Interview.

According to my mentor, Sarah Murphy of WorkLink in San Francisco, CA, USA:

As the name implies, the Informational Interview is a fact-finding mission for the jobseeker. The jobseeker should never enter the Informational Interview with the impression that it will lead to a job. Occasionally, the Informational Interview can turn into a job interview.The Informational Interview is an opportunity for the jobseeker to ask questions about the role, industry, and company culture. It is also a key component of a jobseeker’s networking strategy.

Aside: I enjoy workplaces where there is appreciation of innovation and originality, and job content variety. I have a passion for coming up with new ideas, like change and dynamic environments, so I don’t mind ambiguity. I rather like being immersed in projects that are high-risk with high-reward opportunities. Working independently or as a team member is not a problem.

Indeed, I am more comfortable working with smaller, start-up companies that require the agility, adaptability, adept dynamics and creativity that have become part of my comfort zone. So, when I go on Informational Interviews, I am often able to suss out where my transferable skills fit-in, whilst also negotiating a way to find out where an opportunity or two may lie where I can get more applied skills in the RE industry.

I usually have 8-10 questions prepared, as well. And I always keep expectations lo-no on the job acquisition outcome, since this is NOT the intent of an informational interview. I additionally frame my interaction under the auspice of a conversation, not an interview–this usually minimizes the stress for all involved.

The outcome of my Information Interviews? I manage, at worst, to get a call back. And on most occasions, am usually offered a job.

Networking

Not enough can be said about this tactic. With the exception of the LinkedIn.com matrix, this is how I’ve obtained short-term contract gigs over the past 3+ years.

Go to every industry conference you can afford to attend. Be sure to target your conversations on a few key people–there won’t be time to speak to everyone. And be sure to have your 30 second introduction polished, and business card in-hand.

And if you don’t have a budget to attend too many conferences, offer to volunteer e.g. moderate and/or time speaker sessions, provide administrative assistance, etc.

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What is a Hybrid RE Engineer?

An engineering generalist with an understanding of sustainable development whose skills set are typically comprised of an amalgam of mechanical and electrical engineering. One who is able to design and assemble systems and components that are comprised of more than one renewable energy (RE) technology i.e. solar, wind, hydro-kinetic (ocean/wave/micro-hydro), biomass, hydrogen fuel cell, geothermal and storage (battery, fly wheel, pumped-hydro). The RE technologies selected depend on one's geographical predisposition, resource availability, the end-use need, practicing conservation (behavioral change) to name a few considerations...

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