eBay of Solar Coming September 9?

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I’ve already written about a couple of companies that are essentially aimed at being the Expedia or Orbitz of solar power (1BOG and EnergySage). But a new one is coming on to the scene that is modeled after another successful internet company, eBay. The company is SolarExchange.com.

SolarExchange.com (Solar Exchange) is officially launching on September 9. Solar Exchange’s founding members include a number of big-name solar players, such as Hanwha SolarOne, REC Solar, Conergy, ReneSolar, and many others.

“Founded in 2012, SolarExchange.com is the leading global solar marketplace facilitating B2B online auctions for direct materials and finished goods. SolarExchange.com is building a global community that promotes an organized way of doing business, where companies can collaborate with buyers and sellers, large and small, from anywhere in the world,” the About Us section of the website states.

“SolarExchange.com brings together a service portfolio that spans the solar supply chain, delivering procurement management, risk management, online auctions, price indexes, human resource sourcing and a knowledge base serving the solar industry.”

The company is based in Menlo Park, CA (one of my favorite cities in the world), but it also has offices in other parts of the US, China, India, and Germany.

Here’s a list of some purported benefits of Solar Exchange:

  • Connect with the global solar trading community
  • Reduce costs by automating solar procurement and sale activities
  • React rapidly to changing market conditions for greater competitive advantage
  • Extend your market reach through access to new trading partners and suppliers
  • Accelerate sales cycles and minimize inventory risk
  • Lower operating costs and improve margins
  • Promote your brand to increase awareness and drive commerce activities
  • Source global talent

I’m eager to see how things look after the official launch on September 9.

Here’s a screenshot from the How It Works page:

Solar Online Auction Solar Exchange

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