Build Native http://buildnative.com Leading Green Home Building and Residential/Commercial Solar Power Experts Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:47:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Field Marketing Representatives http://buildnative.com/now-hiring-for-field-marketing-positions/ http://buildnative.com/now-hiring-for-field-marketing-positions/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:28:24 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=12279 Responsibilities: Create strong partner relationships built on Customer engagement, commitment and customer service Initiate, schedule and attend community events in order to promote Native’s full-scope of services Provide weekly and monthly reporting statistics and communication on current and upco...

The post Field Marketing Representatives appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
field marketing

Native is a leader in renewable energy and construction. Our continued growth has resulted in multiple positions opening up in our Marketing Department.

As a Field Marketing Representative, you generate solar leads by educating homeowners on the benefits of solar. Your role impacts sales results by developing, supporting and executing field marketing campaigns and activities. You will create and maintain strong lasting partner relationships built on Customer engagement, commitment and customer service. If you have a passion for sustainable energy and love working with the local community, this job is for you.

Field Marketing Representative
Type: Part-time
Open: Immediately
Deadline: March 15, 2015
(or until filled)
Apply Here

Responsibilities:

  • Create strong partner relationships built on Customer engagement, commitment and customer service
  • Initiate, schedule and attend community events in order to promote Native’s full-scope of services
  • Provide weekly and monthly reporting statistics and communication on current and upcoming objectives
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the solar industry and Native’s business goals
  • Consult and advise Customers about solar, while emphasizing product features and demonstrating technical knowledge of our products
  • Develop and maintain detailed records of Customer visits and activity and prepare monthly reports to define Customer value
  • Ensure customer satisfaction and create the best possible experience for the Customer
  • Develop and share best practices from the Field Marketing Representative role

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience in customer service, sales or marketing preferred
  • Exudes professionalism and confidence as a Representative of Native
  • Plans, organizes and prioritizes in an efficient and productive manner
  • Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done
  • Adaptable to changing priorities and conditions; anticipates and copes with change effectively
  • Ability to work independently and contribute in a team environment
  • Exceptional communication skills, including presenting and training abilities
  • Desire to Succeed
  • Candidate should have a flexible work schedule and have reliable transportation.

 
Interested applicants should fill out our online Native Application with resume on the Native website prior to the deadline. Qualified applicants will be called to schedule an interview.

The post Field Marketing Representatives appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/now-hiring-for-field-marketing-positions/feed/ 0
Women in Solar Energy http://buildnative.com/women-solar-energy/ http://buildnative.com/women-solar-energy/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:03:37 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=12223 #NationWISE (Women in Solar Energy) Join the #NationWISE Multi-City Round Table Women in Solar Energy (WISE) is hosting a nationwide roundtable on Tuesday, 2/24. Be part of the movement to foster a better female workforce for clean energy and network with others in the growing solar industry. Native...

The post Women in Solar Energy appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
women in solar energy

#NationWISE (Women in Solar Energy)

Join the #NationWISE Multi-City Round Table

Women in Solar Energy (WISE) is hosting a nationwide roundtable on Tuesday, 2/24. Be part of the movement to foster a better female workforce for clean energy and network with others in the growing solar industry.

Native’s Cathy Redson joins execs from SunPower, Public Citizen and others in the industry to share stories and advice during a historic multi-city round table on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

The Austin event will take place at

Sagra
1050 E. 11th #100
Austin, Texas 78702
from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Register here: Women in Solar Energy
#NationWISE

The post Women in Solar Energy appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/women-solar-energy/feed/ 0
River Bend http://buildnative.com/portfolio/river-bend/ http://buildnative.com/portfolio/river-bend/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:55:29 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=12149 River Bend – Austin, TX Click Image for Gallery The River Bend Project is a 3.78kW residential solar photovoltaic (PV) array consisting of 14 270W LG modules and 14 Enphase M250 microinverters. Our river front client can expect to generate a minimum of 25 years, maintenance free, clean energy ...

The post River Bend appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
River Bend – Austin, TX

Click Image for Gallery

The River Bend Project is a 3.78kW residential solar photovoltaic (PV) array consisting of 14 270W LG modules and 14 Enphase M250 microinverters. Our river front client can expect to generate a minimum of 25 years, maintenance free, clean energy from this NATiVE solar array, offsetting hundreds of tons of CO2 over it’s lifetime.

get started on your residential solar project
 
 

Project Features:

3.78kW Solar Array
(14) 270W LG Solar Panels
(14) Enphase M250 Microinverters

The post River Bend appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/portfolio/river-bend/feed/ 0
Energy Monitoring http://buildnative.com/energy-monitoring/ http://buildnative.com/energy-monitoring/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:56 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=11949 “If you can not measure it, you can not improve it” - Lord Kelvin We are in the midst of a mindshift of the energy consumer. Consumers are becoming keenly aware of not only the direct cost of the energy that they use, but also of the external health and environmental effects as well. For a multitude...

The post Energy Monitoring appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
energy monitoring
energy monitoring

“If you can not measure it, you can not improve it”
- Lord Kelvin

We are in the midst of a mindshift of the energy consumer. Consumers are becoming keenly aware of not only the direct cost of the energy that they use, but also of the external health and environmental effects as well. For a multitude of reasons, they are looking to reduce the amount of energy that is being supplied by the grid.

But our homes are complex energy distribution centers. We connect dozens to hundreds of lights, appliances, and plugs into our homes, and most of us have no idea of what energy is being used where.

For many, installing a solar system is a sure fire way to reduce utility energy consumption. But even after a solar system is installed, a client may have several questions:

  • Is my solar array producing the power that I was told?
  • Is my energy usage appropriate for my home?
  • What other opportunities are there to reduce my energy consumption?
  • How should these other opportunities be prioritized?

There is one answer to all of these questions: energy monitoring.

Awareness is the first step towards change and it is gained through measurement. The energy monitor is the enabling tool in this process. It consists of a small device that connects to the electrical panel in your home that can be configured to measure a variety of different energy flows throughout your house in real time. Energy monitors also collect energy usage over time. This allows you to understand energy usage patterns and identify opportunities to make positive steps to change.

Energy monitors can provide energy consumption down to the appliance level. Think of it as your home’s fingerprint, by analyzing this print, we are able to find patterns and usage and identify areas where energy can be saved. We have been able to identify a failing HVAC system, point out an inefficient pool pump, and even find an overactive water heater.

Below is an example of one day’s energy usage in one of our client’s homes. The area in red represents energy that the home is using from the grid. The area in white represents energy that the home is using from the solar system on the roof. The area in green represents excess solar energy that is being fed back into grid.

energy monitoring

In addition to this macro level view, there are also individual circuits being monitored, that allows the homeowner to identify specific appliances in the home. Having this data provides a slate of options for the customer when looking for other ways to reduce energy consumption.

When you measure, you will improve it…and you can quote us on that.

The post Energy Monitoring appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/energy-monitoring/feed/ 1
FM 1704 http://buildnative.com/portfolio/fm-1704/ http://buildnative.com/portfolio/fm-1704/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:20:51 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=11926 FM 1704 – Elgin, Texas Click Image for Gallery The FM 1704 Project is a beautiful Elgin high-performance home that was NATiVE built and features a unique design and an abundance of energy-saving solutions. Project Features...

The post FM 1704 appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
FM 1704 – Elgin, Texas

Click Image for Gallery

The FM 1704 Project is a beautiful Elgin high-performance home that was NATiVE built and features a unique design and an abundance of energy-saving solutions.

get started on your residential construction project

Project Features

29,000 gallon Rainwater collection tank
5.00kW Solar array
Spray foam insulation
Advanced framing
Natural day lighting

The post FM 1704 appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/portfolio/fm-1704/feed/ 0
San Jose Way http://buildnative.com/portfolio/san-jose-way/ http://buildnative.com/portfolio/san-jose-way/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:03:53 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=11909 San Jose Way – Canyon Lake, Texas Click Image for Gallery The San Jose Way Project is a beautiful Canyon Lake high performance passive solar home that was NATiVE built and features an abundance of energy-saving solutions. Project Features...

The post San Jose Way appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
San Jose Way – Canyon Lake, Texas

Click Image for Gallery

The San Jose Way Project is a beautiful Canyon Lake high performance passive solar home that was NATiVE built and features an abundance of energy-saving solutions.

get started on your residential construction project

Project Features

Rainwater collection tank
5.00kW Solar array
Spray foam insulation
Standing seam galvalume roof
Advanced framing
Natural day lighting

The post San Jose Way appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/portfolio/san-jose-way/feed/ 0
Canyon View http://buildnative.com/portfolio/canyon-view/ http://buildnative.com/portfolio/canyon-view/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:20:07 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=11875 Canyon View - Dripping Springs, Texas Click Image for Gallery The Canyon View Project is a beautiful hill country high performance passive solar home that was NATiVE built in Dripping Springs, Texas. Project Features...

The post Canyon View appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
Canyon View - Dripping Springs, Texas

Click Image for Gallery

The Canyon View Project is a beautiful hill country high performance passive solar home that was NATiVE built in Dripping Springs, Texas.

get started on your residential construction project

Project Features

Rainwater collection tank
3.00kW Solar array
Geo Thermal
Spray foam insulation
Standing seam galvalume roof
Advanced framing
Natural day lighting

The post Canyon View appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/portfolio/canyon-view/feed/ 0
American Dream 2.0 http://buildnative.com/american-dream-2-0/ http://buildnative.com/american-dream-2-0/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:23:29 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=11665 If You’ve Ever Considered Solar, You Must Read This Declare Your Independence and Take Ownership of Your Energy The origins of the American Dream date back to the frontier days when early settlers, unbounded by the hierarchical limitations they left behind in Europe, saw the opportunity throug...

The post American Dream 2.0 appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
american dream

If You’ve Ever Considered Solar, You Must Read This

Declare Your Independence and Take Ownership of Your Energy

The origins of the American Dream date back to the frontier days when early settlers, unbounded by the hierarchical limitations they left behind in Europe, saw the opportunity through hard work to build a better life for their families. In these early beginnings, and even today, this Dream includes home ownership. The purchase of a home is considered a memorable and significant step in our lives and one that pays homage to history as a time of “settling” down.

Despite our ambition to achieve this Dream of home ownership, most of us are content with the concept of renting the energy it takes to occupy our dream homes. We pay our energy landlords on a monthly basis and don’t think much about it – other than we wish other people in the home could learn to turn off the lights!

Even though as a country, we still power our homes with the same coal fire/steam technology used since the days of the first railroads, we have the ability to power them from our own rooftops. We now have the potential to take the American Dream a step further and own our energy for the same price we’re paying our energy landlords. This is possible due to a concept that enabled most of us the ability to recognize the homeownership dream in the first place: financing.

Native is constantly being contacted by institutions promoting their financing options to gain our customers’ business. Many of these are conventional banks that want to add solar loans as a product they offer, but with terms more similar to an auto loan. Over the years we have found only a few institutions that we felt offered a financing product that met our customers’ needs. However, as the solar industry has matured, more and more financing institutions are starting to offer products. Native’s current offerings reflect the results of a rigorous vetting process so that we can offer specifically designed loans that align with the cost, output, and lifetime of a PV system.

In some areas of Texas, historically the only low/no money down option was a lease product offered by a few large, national solar companies and in very select areas that allow them. While leasing often requires little or no money down, payments are subject to annual escalators, and after 20 years of payment , the lessee has no equity in the system. Also, the sale of homes with leased systems can be problematic if the new owner does not want, or can’t qualify for the existing lease. This could lead to a default, with high penalties owed to reimburse the leasing company.

This fall, new solar finance options have emerged that not only align the financing with the life of the system, but can be cash positive from day one, with little or no money down. This means that the payment is LESS than what the solar system will save off of your electric bill! Not only is your monthly energy bill reduced the same month your system installed, it will never go up as your neighbors’ grid power rates are increased.

This is possible through a 20 year solar loan, with low interest rates starting at 6.49%. The loan is secured by the solar panels on your roof and the loan includes a 15 year solar performance guarantee. If your system goes down or is under performing, it gets serviced for free. To put this another way, because of the long duration (equating to a low monthly payment) and performance guarantee, this loan product has the feel and security of a lease. The difference is you own it!

In addition to the aforementioned solar specific loan, conventional real estate loan options are available for those who are buying/building a new home, remodeling an existing home, or refinancing an existing mortgage. Conventional finance vehicles can include solar as part of the loan with terms consistent with market mortgage rates. The result is the same: loan payments that are less than what would be paid to the utility.

For commercial customers, there are leases and loans that can be cash positive in under 3 years in any Texas market. Commercial customers with access to rebates or production-based incentives [from Austin Energy, CPS Energy in San Antonio, AEP, Oncor, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Sharyland Utilities, or City of San Marcos] can realize immediate positive cash flow when these funds are combined with the 30% federal tax credit and the MACRS accelerated depreciation tax structure.

There are several variables and non-solar related circumstances relevant to every building and homeowner’s specific situation. As a builder who works with its customers to find the best home financing solutions and as a solar integrator that works with its customers to find the best solar financing solutions, Native is uniquely positioned to help navigate these complicated waters. Contact us to learn how to start taking ownership of your energy and live the new American Dream.

financing options

The post American Dream 2.0 appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/american-dream-2-0/feed/ 0
New Year’s Resolutions http://buildnative.com/new-years-resolutions/ http://buildnative.com/new-years-resolutions/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:08:05 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=11646 2015 New Year’s Resolutions - Think Way Past 2015 As the new year approaches, nearly half of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of these resolutions have to do with making personal life improvements, like losing weight, eating healthier, being more positive, etc. 2015 is the yea...

The post New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
New Year's Resolutions

2015 New Year’s Resolutions - Think Way Past 2015

As the new year approaches, nearly half of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of these resolutions have to do with making personal life improvements, like losing weight, eating healthier, being more positive, etc. 2015 is the year to live efficiently; to be sustainable; to save money; to declare your independence and own your energy & water.

The following resolutions will benefit you far beyond 2015.

Never buy bottled water again – Use a NATiVE water bottle instead!
Trade your bottled water habit for an at-home filtering pitcher and you can help make a dent in the 1.5 million barrels of oil used to make plastic water bottles each year; pair it with a reusable NATiVE water bottle and you’ll always be prepared to tackle your thirst. A customized NATiVE Kleen Kanteen is a thank you gift for each solar PV installation and home we build.

Remember your reusable bags
With more than 1 million plastic bags ending up in the trash every minute, taking reusable bags to the store is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint — but the hardest part about using them is simply remembering to take them with you!

Recycle everything
In Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, recycling is made easy. The average family should be able to fill their recycle bin up faster than their trash bin, if you’re mindful of what is recyclable when shopping, and actually recycle it after use.

Drive less and use a bike for short trips
It takes a certain amount of dedication to permanently give up a car in favor of a bike, but anyone can make it work for short trips that don’t require hauling a lot of stuff: picking up milk at the local grocery store, after-dinner ice cream at your favorite dessert spot, your morning yoga class, brunch with friends at the coffee shop. Ride your bike for trips shorter than 2 miles and you could cut your carbon footprint significantly, save money on gasoline and car maintenance, and increase your fitness level — all at the same time.

Eliminate phantom power
It takes approximately one second to unplug the charger for your cell phone, mp3 player, e-reader, or iPad — but if you really can’t be bothered, then let nifty, energy-efficient gadgets do the work for you. Use power strips to turn off all your appliances at once; put your television, DVD player, game system, and stereo on a timer so they automatically shut off overnight; and invest in chargers that stop drawing current when the device’s battery is full. You could cut your energy bill by as much as 10 percent annually — without lifting a finger.

Conserve water
Americans are some of the biggest consumers of water worldwide, according to the EPA. We use 100 gallons on average per day, while Europeans of equal lifestyle use only about 50. Since we are living at a time when half the world’s population will face water scarcity issues within two decades, reducing your water use makes sense. Besides conserving water, you can also add a rainwater collection system to your home and enjoy the best of what mother nature has to offer.

Switch to green power
Switching your home to run on green power sounds like a big job, but having solar panels installed is easy and affordable. NATiVE has great financing options and one of the best warranties in the business! Own your energy and never pay an electric bill again beginning in 2015!

Replace your lightbulbs
Replacing your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights may be the easiest change to make in 2015. Despite all the jokes, it takes only one person to change a lightbulb — and since CFLs last longer than traditional bulbs, you’ll be saving time for years down the road while cutting your energy use by as much as 80 percent.

Know your energy usage
Energy monitoring is an easy way to be green in 2015. Systems like E-guage monitor usage on different circuits in your home. NATiVE installs these systems in conjunction with a solar PV system so you can not only monitor your energy production but you can monitor your energy usage. No longer will you leave the lights on in the other room!

Do deep energy retrofits to your existing home
Whether you need better or more insulation, energy efficient windows, roof, or HVAC system, a NATiVE retrofit on your existing home or business will save you money, increase the value of your home, and increase the comfort and health of you and your family.

Take the leap – build a net zero home!
Go green or go home! 2015 is the year to build your energy efficient, high performance NATiVE home.

new year's resolution

The post New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/new-years-resolutions/feed/ 0
Happy Holidays http://buildnative.com/happy-holidays/ http://buildnative.com/happy-holidays/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:05:50 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=11606 Happy Holidays from NATiVE As NATiVE looks back on the years of projects, we are thankful for all the wonderful customers that have made it all possible. From our family to yours…Happy Holidays!...

The post Happy Holidays appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
happy holidays

Happy Holidays from NATiVE

As NATiVE looks back on the years of projects, we are thankful for all the wonderful customers that have made it all possible. From our family to yours…Happy Holidays!

The post Happy Holidays appeared first on Build Native.

]]>
http://buildnative.com/happy-holidays/feed/ 2