Archive for April, 2012

Tricks of the Trade :: Perspicacity of patience, persistence & following one’s passion…

It’s been awhile since I bla bla’d about how to network for employment. Truth be told it has been slim because, R&D pickin’s for a generalist, hybrid renewable energy engineer have been rather slim up until recently. What’s the adage? When it rains, it pours…

These past few months, I’ve been in holding pattern awaiting the USA Dept. of Energy and other financiers to fill the financial coffers of a couple of SF Bay Area R&D renewable energy engineering/network engineering consultancies I’m in the queue. And most recently, I received hits via the LinkedIn matrix; one for a gig to collaborate on a nascent, disruptive technology that could be a real game-changer for the solar industry.

Being sans substantive, steady paying work for almost two years has really hampered the flow of my ‘creative juices.’ But, I’ve always been one to take risks, for the opportunity of being afforded a big reward. I’ve never had a lack of persistence, but had wondered these past two years if finally following my passion was going to be a worthwhile endeavor. I mention this, due to too many forces that have essentially been out of my control, hampering my beloved renewable energy industry from taking off on a MASSIVE scale:

1. Obama allowing subsidies for oil to persist in the USA. I say, take ALL the subsidies away, let the market forces do what they do well, and let the chips fall where they may. I bet the solar and wind industries will still stand on their own.
2. The ‘illustrious leadership’ of the USA approving the southern extension of the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline is slated to carry (eventual) oil from the Alberta Canada tar sands. NB: Most of this oil is being earmarked for off-shore to the likes of China and elsewhere–bet you did not know that…
3.USA congress ‘threatening’ expiration of the 1603 Production Tax Credit (PTC) legislation.This is expected to lapse at the year’s end. Huge companies in the wind industry are already downsizing and invoking MASSIVE layoffs in this election year here in the USA, and abroad; they want to be able to survive 2013. Some wind companies have recently filed for bankruptcy and wind farm projects are being cancelled all over the USA. And solar companies expect to be negatively impacted, too, in the coming months. Don’t believe the hype that renewables are taking off and green(er)/clean(er) jobs are aplenty. Don’t believe me? Have a go at this, AWEA SmartBrief.

I must, however, say, have patience and persistence to stay the course and follow my passion is now starting to paying off, because doors continue to open. And, ultimately I hope to be able to do what I was forged to do as a member of this citizenry of spaceship Earth as an agitator, disruptive technologist and MAD! scientist/engineer who’s true comfort zone is to ‘hide behind the curtain.’ Makin’ it happen, yo!

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.

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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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