Project Manager Leif Rhoades has spent the last decade investing his time in renewable energy. In college he started out studying Environmental Science, his passion, and soon saw the intrinsic link between economic structures and environmental stewardship. Recognizing that with the proper foresight positive environmental and financial gains do not need to be mutually exclusive, he decided to add another major in Economics. He has since used this background to develop cost-efficient solar energy projects across the Pacific North West.
"I started to see how many of the environmental issues we face are due to the exclusion of biological cost accounting from industrial development." says Leif. "I wanted to better understand the intersection between responsible practices, both financial and environmental, and help develop practices that better account for the real cost of doing business"
"And then the question started to be "how can we afford to live these energy intensive lifestyles without taking the consequences of our consumption into consideration? We can't binge-watch Netflix in our 70 degree homes all winter long without thinking about where that electricity and heat came from."
"I found myself wanting to help others, including myself, to have a closer connection to their energy source".
A few years later, he graduated and moved to Portland, a historically solar-friendly city, and began looking around for potential opportunities to get his foot in the door of an industry that had captivated him.
"I had heard about these networking events for solar folks in Portland, Solar Drinks, which combines two of my favorite things: cocktails and solar energy, so of course I went". There he met three of Synchro Solar's owners, Sarah Freel, Jeni Hall, and Brion Wickstrom. (Jeni has since moved on to work for the Energy Trust of Oregon and Sarah now works at SolarWorld).
Leif's friendly attitude and obvious passion for sustainability landed him a position at Synchro, where he's grown into one of Portland's youngest Solar Project Managers.
"At Synchro we have this amazing team of people who are motivated to making this a better industry and a better world. As a small company we are able to form relationships with our clients. It's not just numbers or projects, it's people. Brion, the owner, is passionately dedicated to this work, so it's been awesome to learn from him and his years of experience."
"We don't do cookie-cutter. When looking at a new project we start fresh. Our goal is to design each project for the specific property and the owner's needs. It's a team-based approach too, so we have all of these great minds coming together to make each system the best that we can.
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Lighting accounts for over 20% of a building's energy use, whether residential or commercial. As a result, if you want to save energy, you should convert to energy-saving lighting fixtures—in which case, LEDs are an excellent choice. Old light bulbs squander up to 90% of the energy they consume as heat, whereas LEDs stay cool. That's because they consume all of the energy they have to generate light, which isn't something you can make light of.
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Most of the people have the thought that solar energy is a twentieth century fact, new and unproven. Solar energy is build up by nuclear fusion that occurs in the sun. It is important for life on Earth, and can be gained for human uses for example electricity. Solar energy is build up by nuclear fusion that occurs in the sun. Fusion takes place when protons of hydrogen atoms intensely bump in the sun’s core and integrate to form a helium atom. This procedure, termed as a PP (proton-proton) chain reaction, releases a massive amount of energy. In its core, the sun integrates about 620 million metric tons of hydrogen per second. The PP chain reaction takes place in other stars that are about the size of our sun, and offers them with constant energy and heat. The energy, heat, and light from the sun flow away in the kind of electromagnetic radiation
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