Hello, My name is Daniel O. Duffield, I am employed at Direct Power & Water Corp. in Albuq. New Mexico. We engineer, furnish and install alternative energy systems. I am the qualifying party for the New Mexico State Electrical Contracting license (ER01) for Direct Power & Water. I have been employed here - in charge of electrical engineering, since the beginning of 1995. I live in a remote setting completely off grid.
My educational background is an A.A.S. degree in Construction Technology (framing), I also have a Basic certificate in Welding-1983. I graduated from a technical trade school (Bryan) 1987 in electronics which led me to photovoltaics. I attended the two week course offered by Steve McCarney, Johnny Weiss and Ken Olsen way back in July of 1989.
The first big system I put together was for EARTH DAY 1990 in Forest Park, Saint Louis. MO. It ran the stage and the band when a generator failed.
To make photovoltaic a career, at that time, I thought it necessity to go get an electrical engineering degree. So I picked a school that would be participating in SunRayce 93, the D.O.E. sponsored national collegiate cross-country (photovoltaically based) electric vehicle competition. I attended and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in December of 1994, B.S.E.E.
I moved to New Mexico to work for Jeff Randall and Kevin Goodreau and have been employed here ever since. We work on all types of systems from the fancy telecom systems (out-of state), to remote homes, livestock wells, to those mind boggling RV systems.
Our company has a great integration capacity since we have a separate in-house pv array mounting structure manufacturing division including battery cabinets and all types of equipment enclosures. I myself have "wrenched" well over a hundred complete systems in the last 9 years. I have melted a wrench or two. I am always "volunteered" to physically interconnect the batteries.
I have learned four things about the PV business.
1). If you want to make alot of money, quit and become a lawyer.
2). Above any and beyond the skills required to put a system in, you have to become a teacher.
3). Doing is the real wage, at the end of the day - I still believe in what I do.
4). Never overestimate the common sense of a particular customer.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2004