On Thursday April 11th, Marc drove up to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in our work truck (Big Blue) wearing his new favorite blue and orange Victron hat. He met up with Henry Red Cloud that morning outside the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center which is about an hour’s drive north of us. He helped out with the flood cleanup and transported for them a donated emergency power trailer (from a nonprofit in Vermont), outfitted with solar energy equipment, to Henry's site from the town of Pine Ridge (see pic).
The flood was a result of rapid melting from the massive snow fall that was dropped from the blizzard, also referred to as a bomb cyclone by some of the weather channels. The blizzard went through our area while we were in Miami at the Training Camp last month.
Below is a video of the damage.
Marc is back home from the 2019 North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) conference that he attended with a Victron Energy colleague in San Diego. There was a curious positive buzz in the air about Victron Energy. There were attendees that he talked to that knew about the quality of Victron gear from a Marine or Mobile experience and were glad to see us getting into the North American Stationary game. People were very interested in the Bluetooth and GX communications capabilities and total system configuration sizing available from smaller mobile applications to the larger 3-Phase and Split-Phase possibilities. There was also a sizable interest in Victron's line of MPPT’s and the capability to design closely for the PV capacity that they have to work with.
It was great seeing old friends and acquaintances in the Solar Industry and wearing the Ambassador Blue and Orange of Victron Energy and sharing information about our equipment. A lot of fellow Solar Energy International (SEI) Alumni came to our booth as well.
Two trainings were given, one on Victron's company background and diverse product line and the second on AC & DC Coupling. Both trainings were well received and our room was at capacity.
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