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YouSolar, Inc.

Power your life. Independently.™

YouSolar, Inc.

Power your life. Independently.™

Emeryville, CA
Environment
Clean Technology
YouSolar is the innovative clean-energy company that created the PowerBloc™, a revolutionary solar+battery system for the home or business that delivers resilient and clean power for a modern world. The highly efficient PowerBloc, has ample power to run an entire house or business, including high-demand appliances such as air conditioners. The PowerBloc™ uses a patented modular power architecture that allows seamless integration of solar, utility and even generator power. Its proprietary power electronics are super-lightweight and compact. The patented stackable, plug-and-play cabinet allows for easy shipment and one-person installation. The PowerBloc aims to democratize power and deliver an impactful technology to fight climate change.

$1,069,846

raised
2,036
Investors
$10M
Valuation
$0.17
Price per Share
$249.90
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
0
Days Left

$1,069,846

raised
2,036
Investors
$10M
Valuation
$0.17
Price per Share
$249.90
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$1.07M
Offering Max
0
Days Left
This offering ended on August 14, 2020 and is no longer accepting investments.

Bonus Rewards

Get rewarded for investing more into YouSolar, Inc.

$249+
Investment
StartEngine Owner’s Bonus
This offering is eligible for the StartEngine Owner’s 10% Bonus program. For details on this program, please see the Offering Summary section below.
$249+
Investment
All Investor Owners Club
20% or 10% discount on a PowerBloc™ system (excluding solar panels and installation charges), if purchased in 2020 or 2021, respectively, for U.S. delivery or Free-on-Board, Oakland, California, for all international destinations. Discount applies on
$500+
Investment
First Tier
$500+ YouSolar-branded organic cotton T-shirt. (A female version is available.)
$1,000+
Investment
Second Tier
$1,000+ YouSolar-branded visor hat.
$2,500+
Investment
Third Tier
$2,500+ YouSolar-branded organic cotton T-shirt and visor hat.
$5,000+
Investment
Fourth Tier
$5,000+ YouSolar-branded titanium sports bottle + 5% bonus shares.
$20,000+
Investment
Fifth Tier
$20,000+ Wonderfully crafted, stackable model of the PowerBloc power unit for your desk. (Works as a "stress toy" or paperweight.) + 10% bonus shares.

Reasons to Invest

The PowerBloc™ is a patented, fully-integrated, and high-performance solar+battery system with a lean cost structure resulting in a target margin of 40% at a competitive price.
For over eight months a PowerBloc™ has been the only power source to an off-grid house in Big Sur, California, and we are currently installing systems in two more homes in California.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Angels of Northern California led YouSolar’s Series A round in December of 2018, and we were a National Finalist in the 2018 CleanTech Open.

“The ultimate solar + battery system for a modern world”

Our Story


The world needs a practical power system for when traditional utilities are unavailable

Solar phone chargers are easy to use and crucial in the case of a power outage. Shouldn’t a solar system for a home or office be just as easy and reliable? We set out to design a solar+battery power system that is simple enough for anyone to put together, yet also powerful enough to run an entire house or business. What we created is the YouSolar PowerBloc™.

Arnold Leitner, CEO, tests connections to a YouSolar STEP™ micro-converter at a PowerBloc™ demonstration system in Big Sur, California.

Our system allows people everywhere to power their lives reliably with solar energy, whether in the wake of a disaster that cuts utility power, or in emerging markets where large populations don’t have reliable or any electricity supply. After devastating wildfires caused power outages in our home state of California, we set out to help these customers power their homes independently. This has presented a sudden and unprecedented market for YouSolar's technology. While our main focus the next two years is growing our U.S. customer base, we believe the whole world benefits from PowerBloc™ technology. The PowerBloc delivers a primary power system that can take power supply beyond utilities, and unleash the unlimited potential of solar power. 

The PowerBloc’s TWIN™ bi-directional converter steps up the battery packs 52 Volt potential to the common 380 Volt direct current bus.

The Problem


Solar energy is still dependent on grid power

Today’s solar and battery systems are a mishmash technology that really only work in combination with stable grid power. None of these systems have been designed to be the primary power source to a home or business. As grid-tied systems, they also depend on utility approval, which makes incumbent utilities the gatekeepers of the entire industry. This is not a blueprint of an energy revolution, especially in some international markets where utility grids are unreliable or utilities view distributed solar as a threat to their business.

A solar array at the Greenschool in Bali, sponsored by YouSolar, one of its investors and its East Asian partners, has been a reliable source of energy to the school.

In our view, existing technologies are also cumbersome. They rely on trained installers with tools, dollies and, in the case of batteries, lift jacks for installation and often come with complicated manuals. Delivering primary power is complex and there are many more problems with existing technology which stand in the way of practical solar-battery systems to be a true utility or generator replacement.

The Solution


An easy-to-install system that works independently of utilities

Our revolutionary PowerBloc™ is a fully-integrated nano-grid - a modular power system that typically comprises a solar array, batteries, and an inverter that forms the grid for the house. The sun is the primary source of energy, but PowerBloc™ can also use and store energy from the grid, a generator, or any other power source. For customers with a utility connection, the grid only contributes energy to the PowerBloc™, but no longer directly connects to the load (and no utility approval is typically required). Therefore, there are no glitches when the grid goes down. And wherever there is no grid, the PowerBloc™ can operate as an off-grid system.

*Image of the stackable cabinet is a rendering of a YouSolar product currently under development.

YouSolar delivers sustainable and affordable power for the modern world. Customizable and scalable, the PowerBloc™ is a private power system that meets many needs, and can be connected to the grid or be off-grid. You can integrate a propane or diesel generator to “extend the range” of the batteries or a wind turbine to diversify power. With the addition of an optional grid-tied inverter, you can even sell power back to the grid. There isn’t really anything the PowerBloc™ cannot do.

Our Traction


We’ve developed advanced technology with a successful flagship system

We deployed a PowerBloc™ at an off-grid house on the coast of Big Sur, which includes a generator, where sunshine in the winter is 3x less than in the summer. That system has been working reliably for over 8+ months.

Arnold Leitner, founder and CEO of YouSolar, explains the PowerBloc™ nano-grid demonstration in Big Sur, California.

Now, we are installing two PowerBloc systems at homes in Calistoga and Los Gatos, California. We helped the GreenSchool in Bali, Indonesia, to power its entire campus 100% from solar and hydro power by delivering two solar arrays and inverters with over 15 kiloWatt of solar which are ready for integration with the PowerBloc.

YouSolar expanded the 22kW legacy solar array, shown here, at the Greenschool in Bail, Indonesia with 15kW of solar.

The MIT Angels of Northern California led YouSolar’s Series A round in December of 2018. Additionally, we were a National Finalist in the 2018 CleanTech Open by making it into the final six companies of this startup competition.

What We Do


We offer a user-friendly solar solution

YouSolar sells a fully-integrated solar+battery nano-grid that includes everything you need. Customers have the option to choose their solar panels, or YouSolar can include the solar array with the PowerBloc™. Assembly and operation of the PowerBloc™ is so easy that the system comes without a manual. The PowerBloc™ uses super-efficient and compact power electronics that deliver constant power at the highest quality.

The PowerBloc™ nano-grid comprises a solar array with STEP™ micro-converters, the revolutionary stackable cabinet (which comprises batteries, a solar manager, the inverter and the controller), and a tablet user interface. *Image of the stackable cabinet is a rendering of a YouSolar product currently under development.

Key features that make the system work:

  • New Standard: Uses 380 V DC used by server farms, EVs, LED lighting

  • Parallel - All  components operate independently of each other and new components can be added easily

  • Modular - The battery is broken down into modules lightweight enough to allow one-person installation

  • Multi-Source - Easy integration of multiple sources of power including utility or generator power

  • Safe - Solar array and system's high potential shut down rapidly when emergency stop is pushed

  • Automatic - Intelligent controller for fully automatic operation of the system

We’ve developed our own controller and energy management system that is integrated with the hardware’s processors. The energy management system uses solar and load forecast to decide if and how fast to charge the batteries. For grid-connected systems, this increases solar utilization, while for off-grid systems it reduces the chance of power loss. The solar forecast comes from our own real-time and location-specific solar production forecast with terrain shading that runs on Amazon Web Service.

The Market


Replacing generators in emerging markets and providing power to those with utility insecurity

Based on our research and opinion, the United States has tens of thousands of upscale residences with property values of USD $1M+ built in unincorporated areas and most of them rely on their own water-well. These customers lose power due to wildfires, heavy winds, and snow. A geospatial, census and tax analysis commissioned by YouSolar showed that there are 1,800 such properties in California’s wine country alone. The PowerBloc™ can deliver constant and high power for an uninterrupted lifestyle and the ability to run the well pump, allowing homeowners to water down the property and put out flying ember during a wildfire.

*Images are renderings of YouSolar products currently under development

Globally, the market we’ve identified with the highest value and largest arbitrage cost is the replacement of generators in emerging markets which run daily for backup or primary power. Customers in these markets critically rely on generator power and pay a very high energy cost.  The global market for residential and commercial generators, which the PowerBloc can replace, is alone U.S.$ 3.75 billion in 2020 and expected to grow to about U.S.$ 5 billion by 2026. Because of its ability to work on unstable grids or with no grid at all, and its modularity that make shipping easy, this massive market is also where the PowerBloc™ faces the least competition.

*Market Source Available Here. *Image of the stackable cabinet is a rendering of a YouSolar product currently under development.

How We Are Different


A system that can be customized and expanded to fit customers' changing needs over time

The PowerBloc™ is a customizable and scalable system. Customers can choose the size and number of power modules (“blocs”) that fit their needs. Our experts can help customers choose the system that is right for them. Customers can start small and expand their system as their needs grow without any design changes to their system. While our current modules are mounted inside a cabinet, our groundbreaking patented stackable cabinet is currently in development, with the goal to have a prototype for testing by September 2020 and ready for the market in 2021.

*This drawing of the stackable cabinet is a rendering of a YouSolar product currently under development.

We always leave some room for growth in the cabinet (or you can get a second cabinet if needed.) Want more storage? Just add another battery module. The controller will recognize any expansion and automatically integrate into the nano-grid. As customers increasingly expect customizable options that fit their specific needs, our plug-and-play system offers a long-lasting energy solution that can grow with them.

The Business Model


A cost-effective energy solution at a 40% target margin

By developing the power electronics with our engineering partner, we have a low cost structure. As a result, we can offer a competitive solution with a 40% target margin. This allows us to deliver an accessible energy solution for many customers while building a profitable business. The scalability of the PowerBloc also allows us to deliver a smaller and viable product at a price that is affordable for people in emerging markets.


A PowerBloc™ nano-grid including solar panels for a modern U.S. single family home costs between $35k to $50k. The PowerBloc™ can use almost any type of solar panel. The PowerBloc™ can, therefore, also retrofit an existing solar array. Customers working  with installers can also choose their own panels. Total product sales margin with and without solar panels are 41% and 45%, respectively. 

Each system receives YouSolar’s solar production forecast for free of the life of the system. We offer a 10-year service package with remote monitoring and troubleshooting, discounts on repairs and upgrades, and one free battery replacement. The price of the service package depends on system size and is in the range of $80 to $100 per month for 10 years. We expect a 15% margin on the service package. For customers who do not purchase the service package, we expect to sell replacement batteries to the customer every 10-15 years. Currently, the battery modules account for about 50% of the price of the system with the solar array and we have a 40% target margin on the battery.

How it works


A reliable and adaptable solar energy system

When we started YouSolar, we quickly realized that building a system using existing components would not result in the revolutionary product that is required to change the paradigm. To build the perfect solution, we needed total control over each part of the product and took the challenges of doing so head-on. Delivering primary power from multiple sources is complex, but the system had to be robust. The controls had to be intelligent, but the system had to be simple to install and use. The PowerBloc™ was designed to deliver on all these requirements. 

The YouSolar STEP™ micro-converter steps each solar panel’s potential from about 35 Volt to 380 Volt DC. It is able to throttle back the solar panel output and has rapid shutdown for firefighter protection.

In our opinion, the existing solar-battery industry is stuck with grid-tied technology which depends on AC currents and a stable grid. We instead built a system based on direct current (DC) where all components are on a common high potential of 380 V DC, and where only in the last step power is converted to alternating current (AC). This made it easy to integrate a battery and multiple power sources. In this design all components, which we call “blocs,” are in parallel and thus independent of each other. Because of this parallel architecture, customers can add solar panels or battery modules without having to worry about how these components affect the other blocs. The PowerBloc™ is more reliable, versatile, and easier to use than other products on the market.

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The PowerBloc features YouSolar’s patented “Internal Air Chimney”. This cooling system scales with the number of modules and allows for sealed modules that are spray-water and dust-proof. *Images are renderings of YouSolar products currently under development.

The Vision


Bringing the PowerBloc™ to emerging markets worldwide 

In our view, today’s solar industry does not have a product for those who would benefit the most from solar energy: people in countries with few trained installers and who have unreliable grids, or with no utility power at all.  People living in emerging markets account for most of the world’s population and 90% of electricity demand will be coming from emerging markets in the next decades.

Rice fields in Bali, Indonesia

This population is a huge untapped market for solar, and the crux of solving the climate challenge. In light of this, we are already working with our partners and investors in Indonesia, Singapore, and India to take the PowerBloc™ international.

The PowerBloc™ is a perfect power solution for disaster relief. *Images are renderings of YouSolar products currently underdevelopment.

Our Team


A team of experts and world class support

The executive team at YouSolar is comprised of experts in senior energy markets and solar technology who share a common passion to build the world’s greatest solar+battery system and to change the world for the better.

Why Invest


A clean energy solution that could be key to mitigating climate change

Around the world, millions of generators deliver power when the grid goes out or where there is no grid at all, even in areas with lots of sun. Existing solar-battery technology for primary power delivery is so inadequate that people resort to running expensive dirty generator power that is 3-5x more expensive than solar power and harmful to the environment.

By providing a clean energy solution for emerging markets that will account for most of the growing electricity demand in the coming decades, our product has the potential to be key to solving the climate problem. Our system allows people everywhere to power their lives with solar energy and realize the enormous potential of the sun. With demonstrated successes and more projects in development, now is the perfect time to be a part of the clean energy revolution and invest in YouSolar.

Offering Summary


Company

:

YouSolar, Inc.

Corporate Address

:

1575 Brunswig Lane, Emeryville, CA 94608

Offering Minimum

:

$9,999.91

Offering Maximum

:

$1,069,999.89

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$249.90











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common B

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

58,823

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

6,294,117

Price per Share

:

$0.17

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$10,000,000.00











*Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below.

Investment Incentives & Bonuses*

All Investor Owners Club

20% or 10% discount on a PowerBloc™ system (excluding solar panels and installation charges), if purchased in 2020 or 2021, respectively, for U.S. delivery or Free-on-Board, Oakland, California, for all international destinations. Discount applies only to the first U.S. $100,000.00 of order(s) by the investor.

Early Bird

First 48 hours - Friends and Family Early Birds | 20% bonus shares 

Next 72 hours - Early Bird Bonus | 15% bonus shares

Next 7 days - Early Adopters | 5% bonus shares 

Perks by Investment Amount

$500+ YouSolar-branded organic cotton T-shirt. (A female version is available.)

$1,000+ YouSolar-branded visor hat.

$2,500+ YouSolar-branded organic cotton T-shirt and visor hat.

$5,000+ YouSolar-branded titanium sports bottle + 5% bonus shares.

$20,000+ Wonderfully crafted, stackable model of the PowerBloc power unit for your desk. (Works as a "stress toy" or paperweight.) + 10% bonus shares.

The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders

YouSolar, Inc. will offer 10% bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 100 shares of Class B Common Stock at $0.17 / share, you will receive 110 Class B Common Stock, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $17. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid during the investors eligibility period. Investors eligible for this bonus will also have priority if they are on a waitlist to invest and the company surpasses its maximum funding goal. They will have the first opportunity to invest should room in the offering become available if prior investments are cancelled or fail.

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for.

Note on Bonus Shares and Perks

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for. 

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

Other Material Information

Voting Proxy. Each Subscriber shall appoint the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the “CEO”), or his or her successor, as the Subscriber’s true and lawful proxy and attorney, with the power to act alone and with full power of substitution, to, consistent with this instrument and on behalf of the Subscriber, (i) vote all Securities,(ii) give and receive notices and communications, (iii) execute any instrument or document that the CEO determines is necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its authority under this instrument, and (iv) take all actions necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the CEO for the accomplishment of the foregoing. The proxy and power granted by the Subscriber pursuant to this Section are coupled with an interest. Such proxy and power will be irrevocable. The proxy and power, so long as the Subscriber is an individual, will survive the death, incompetency and disability of the Subscriber and, so long as the Subscriber is an entity, will survive the merger or reorganization of the Subscriber or any other entity holding the Securities. However, the Proxy will terminate upon the closing of a firm-commitment underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 covering the offer and sale of Common Stock or the effectiveness of a registration statement under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 covering the Common Stock.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments. Salary payments made to one’s self, a friend or relative.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$615,093.00 USD
$508,134.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$24,533.00 USD
$28,116.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$360,793.00 USD
$115,733.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$193,796.00 USD
$212,067.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$1,500.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$701,485.00 USD
-$552,502.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

Perks Are Coming and Other Important News

6 days ago

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the YouSolar store will open in a few days so that you can get your perks! Thank you for your patience.

Here is how it works. Each investor eligible for a perk will receive a code to his or her email registered with StartEngine. You will use this code to "pay" for your item upon checkout. You can even change your mind and apply that coupon to another perk.

If you like to have a second T-shirt, a visor hat, or a titanium water bottle, you can add that item to the shopping cart. You then pay for that item directly. Of course, the shop is open to all investors or anyone who want to get his hands on genuine YouSolar "swag".

So, go and stuff the stockings for your family and friends—or yourself. But please only buy what you need. Every product consumes natural resources. Even organic cotton fields take land that could otherwise be left to nature. Thank you.

On other important news...

We now have sold enough residential systems to meet our gaol for this year. We are now ready to move into permitting, manufacturing, and installation.

The PowerBloc™ system for the domestic market in 2020 and 2021 is cabinet-mounted. One of the critical components is the TWIN™ Battery Module, or TBM, which connects to one or two batteries. We just received the production-ready TBM from our manufacturer. So we decided to unbox it for you, and here it is.

You can see the TWIN™ bi-directional converter inside of the enclosure. After adding the connectors and local control unit, a local processor to allow for high-speed communication and rapid control, the TBM is ready for testing and deployment. 

We will share more photos now that more power electronics come from the manufacturer and get ready for customer deployment. So, stay tuned.

First Look. PowerBloc™ inside a Standard Electrical Cabinet

about 2 months ago

Today we are excited to give you a first look at the production PowerBloc™ inside a standard electrical cabinet.

Building a system like the PowerBloc nanogrid is like solving a 1,500-piece puzzle. In the beginning, you have parts of the frame and maybe some distinct elements in the center, but otherwise, a lot of loose pieces. Any part of the puzzle draws your attention, but it is unclear which section to solve next. We are excited that the puzzle that is the PowerBloc™ is nearly complete. Some parts need to be finished, but the steps are clear, and the pace quickens.

So, we are happy to share a view of the inside of a PowerBloc™ cabinet, which holds three batteries and associated TWIN™ bi-directional converters. TWIN is the brilliant power electronic that turns any current or future battery into a "universal" 380 Volt battery. Even better, TWIN can also use and manage two batteries, albeit of the same type, which gives the PowerBloc™ even greater flexibility to meet the storage and power needs of our customers.

The battery and TWIN combination in the above image is internal to the stackable cabinet's battery module. That module will have only one connector. This connector is currently in development. The first prototypes will be made soon. The result will be the compelling and elegant stackable PowerBloc we all have fallen in love with.

 

For now, I hope that you will enjoy the aesthetics of technology.

YouSolar Is a Finalist of the S&P Global Platts “Global Energy Awards”

2 months ago

We are excited to share our first update since closing our oversubscribe Reg CF financing on 14 August 2020. We meant to tell what we have done at YouSolar in the last weeks, let you know when the perks are coming, and discuss the promise of the PowerBloc™ for customers dealing with power outages due to wildfires and heatwaves in California and beyond. But then we found out today that YouSolar had become a finalist in the category of "Emerging Technology" for the S&G Global Platts "Global Energy Awards."

So instead, we decide to celebrate this selection with you and tell you why we believe we deserve attention of the jury and, hopefully, win the award by highlighting one of the many features which make the PowerBloc™ special.

The PowerBloc™ uses a bi-directional converter, the TWIN™. TWIN turns any battery into a 380 Volt battery and translates the battery's management system into a standard "universal" battery. This brilliant power electronics piece allows us to use batteries with various chemistries, different electric potentials, or even with other battery management systems in the same PowerBloc. Batteries can even be of different "age" or have different charge and discharge characteristics. TWIN makes all batteries look the same to the PowerBloc. TWIN future proofs the PowerBloc against changes in battery technology and it also allows us to buy the lowest-cost batterie packs that meet our specifications in the market. 

TWIN is just one of the many features of the PowerBloc, which makes the PowerBloc™ the ultimate solar+battery nanogrid.

The Global Energy Awards will be announced on 10 December. Keep the Cristal champagne on ice.

We did it! Oversubscribed and opportunity to join the waitlist!

4 months ago

On behalf of everyone at YouSolar and all the people out there struggling with unreliable power or unable to choose clean electricity for their homes and business, I thank you for the massive success of our equity crowdfunding campaign and for reaching the funding maximum of $1,070,000 under Regulation Crowdfunding. Your funding helps us to build our company and deliver the PowerBloc™ to people everywhere.

By you did more than fund YouSolar. By taking a clean technology company like YouSolar to the maximum, you are also sending a clear message to the investment community: Cleantech is still essential, and you believe in innovation. You voted not with a "Like" but with your checkbook. Other investors, the industry and media will pay attention.

If you have not invested yet and want to invest in YouSolar, I recommend that you put your name on the waitlist. The truth is, some checks bounce. Being on the waitlist gives you the chance to purchase the shares previously reserved for investors whose funds for one or the other reasons do not clear. Chances are good for those who join the waitlist quickly. So, I recommend that you add your name to the waitlist now.

Thank you for the great run, and let's keep it going for the last three days of our campaign.


Arnod Leitner, Founder and CEO, YouSolar

$ 150k Raised since Monday. One Week Left in the Campaign.

4 months ago

On Monday at 7 AM our funding ticker on StartEngine rolled over to $ 800k. Then it began spinning like the altimeter on a Saturn V! 72 hours later, we are at $950k.

We are on a trajectory to reach the funding maximum of $1,070,000 and to oversubscribing our campaign. There is only one week left. If you want to invest in the future of power, invest now before all shares are gone!

When we wrote the script in the early morning of 27 February and headed to Big Sur's stunningly beautiful Garrapata beach to film our pitch, we did not know what the StartEngine campaign would bring. But we did know that we had worked hard and built something extraordinary and built it well. We were exhilarated to share it with the world.

As we now deploy this campaign's funding to deliver PowerBloc™ systems to our first customers here in California, we will guide our work by the same principles: Be extraordinary and do it well. And We will again work hard. 

In our campaign pitch, we say that "We at YouSolar deliver clean and reliable electricity that's the foundation to address the world's greatest challenges, from climate, to clean water, to education." If this is our goal, then sales are giving people something they want and need. Then sales are service. We are ready and excited for this second phase in our company by taking the PowerBloc to market and making it a huge commercial success.

We hope you will join us as an investor in the last week of this campaign or top off your previous investment.



The PowerBloc™ Seamlessly Blends Multiple Power Sources. Simple and Powerful.

4 months ago

The PowerBloc™ is a nano-grid that blends power from multiple sources, including a generator, seamlessly on its high-power direct current 380 Volt core, or "bus." Small bus potential changes tell each source whether to deliver power or in case of the battery when to charge or discharge. Responses of all components are autonomous. Therefore, no complex controls or transfer switches are required.

YouSolar's TRAFFIC™ controller monitors each power source and can send commands to turn a power source on or off or limit how much power it can deliver to the bus. For example, TRAFFIC™ can stop a battery from charging or set the battery's charge and discharge rate. TRAFFIC™ also throttles back the solar array's output when the batteries are fully charged, and consumption is less than solar production.


Above: Annotated Power Flow screens of the PowerBloc™ user interface, DIYA™.


The EDSION™ energy management system tells TRAFFIC™ which settings to apply to each component to meet the system's overall goals, such as only using utility power at certain times or when and how long to run a generator during a power outage. EDISON™ is a highly sophisticated predictive modeling engine that uses YouSolar's in-house high-resolution, real-time solar radiation forecast, SPOT™, to make its decisions.

As a primary power supply, the PowerBloc™ makes utility power secondary, or even optional. The utility connection is low-power and plays the role of an energy source, while the high-power batteries deliver peak power to the house. When no energy is needed from the utility, the PowerBloc™ turns off utility power, and the PowerBloc™ is effectively off-grid. When solar power is plentiful during summer months, utility power may be off for weeks or even months.

Simple and powerful, the PowerBloc™ is the ultimate solar+battery system.


Invest in YouSolar now! Only 10 days left in our campaign.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

4 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, YouSolar, Inc. has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in YouSolar, Inc. be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

USD 720k Raised. Only 14 Days Left. Invest Before We Oversubscribe.

4 months ago

There are only 14 days left in our campaign. We may oversubscribe, so make sure you invest soon to get in—or to top off your previous investment.

So, what are we doing with your money?

First, we are building the PowerBloc™ systems for our initial customers in California for installation in the early fall. This effort involves system integration and testing, fitting the modules into the cabinet, and certification. We manufacture our power electronics in Monterey, California. Our new operations manager, Galen Torneby, lives near Calistoga in the heart of California’s wine county within a short drive from our customers. This proximity allows us to give these customers the highest service and establish ourselves in one of the most important markets for backup power in the U.S.

Our second goal is to convert the enormous number of product inquiries into a vetted pipeline, which allows us to decide which markets to target next and plan the manufacturing and delivery of PowerBloc™ systems. We are building a customer relationship management system, perfecting the quality of our proposals, and streamlining the process to work through our backlog and respond to inquiries in a timely way.

Third and importantly, we are building the revolutionary stackable power unit with the best engineering firms in metalwork and connector design. We hired a mechanical engineering student, Oliver Parkin, as a summer intern. He is doing fantastic work in supporting and complementing the work of the engineering firms. We are exhilarated seeing the stackable PowerBloc™ come into reality. The stackable PowerBloc™ is going to be a game-changer. It is what the world needs: A plug-and-play, easy to ship and install power system that works without a reliable utility power or no grid at all.

Power your Life. Independently. Thank you for investing.

Amazing! $100k Raised Over the Weekend.

4 months ago

YouSolar raised $100k over the weekend after StartEngine featured YouSolar's milestone of reaching $500k in an email to the StartEngine community. Amazing. We are now approaching $650k and going strong. Thank you.

We are grateful that in this "upside-down world," StartEngine investors are looking forward and believe in a technology that can transform the way the world accesses power. We cannot choose the world that we find ourselves thrust into, but we can decide how to respond to it.

We keep busy building that future and we are excited to share more about our company and the PowerBloc™ in the next updates.

Please stay tuned. You will hear from us soon. 

Notice of Funds Disbursement

4 months ago

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As you might know, YouSolar, Inc. has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in YouSolar, Inc. be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


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$500k Raised. How You Are Changing the World.

5 months ago

On Friday, we reached $500k, which is a big milestone for any company on StartEngine. Your investment is not just a number or entry on a balance sheet, but your way of saying, “Yes!” to a product, an idea, and a vision.

Your investment is your power to change the world.

Every dollar you invest is software we can finally write, an order for a new circuit board we can place, or a UL certification we can obtain; it is a house in California that will brave the next wildfire, a power outage at a clinic in Nigeria that will never happen, or a ton of fossil fuel we forever leave in the ground.

We have been working for years, perfecting the PowerBloc™. But we needed the last money to have a product we can sell all over the world. We are only weeks away now.

We love selling the PowerBloc™ because it allows us to give people something that makes their lives better, or even possible.

With every disbursement from the campaign, we add another module to the PowerBloc™, and the final product takes shape. We are exhilarated. We cannot wait to get up in the morning or for Monday to arrive.

Everything we have worked on so hard for over the years is becoming a reality because of your investment. Thank you.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

5 months ago

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As you might know, YouSolar, Inc. has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in YouSolar, Inc. be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


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A Saharan Dust Cloud Blows Across the Atlantic. YouSolar’s SPOT™ Solar Forecast Estimates Its Impact on Solar Arrays.

5 months ago

Two weeks ago, a massive sand storm engulfed the Saharan Desert. Trade winds carried a dust cloud the size of Europe across the Atlantic. NASA estimates that an average 182 million tons of Saharan dust each year is blown past the Sahara's western edge. This volume is the equivalent of 689,290 semi-trucks filled with dust. After a 1,600 miles journey across the Atlantic Ocean, the dust reaches the Amazon basin and the Caribbean Sea.

 

YouSolar uses NASA's "Aqua" satellite for its solar forecast and created a time sequence of the June event using images from Aqua's MODIS sensor. Leaving Africa around 14 June 2020, the cloud was over the Caribbean Sea by 22 June. It then rotated north and hung over the Easter United States for about three days.

 

The dust particles suspended in the atmosphere scatter and absorb the incident radiation from the sun. SPOT™ estimates that total radiation reaching the surface was reduced by about 30% during the days of maximum dust cover. Solar array production in the region was reduced by a corresponding amount.

 

Every three hours, SPOT™ creates an hourly multi-day solar forecast, which is specific to the location of each PowerBloc™ system. This forecast informs PowerBloc ™'s energy management system on how to manage energy in the batteries. SPOT™ not only detects and calculates the impact on solar production from a Saharan dust cloud but also from wildfire plumes or storm fronts.

 

YouSolar covers solar energy from the photon, hitting the top of the atmosphere to the electron exiting our inverter.

 

Notice of Funds Disbursement

5 months ago

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As you might know, YouSolar, Inc. has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in YouSolar, Inc. be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


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YouSolar Raised 1/3rd of the Maximum Amount

5 months ago

Great news. YouSolar just crossed another milestone. We have now raised $360,000 or 1/3rd of the maximum amount of $1,070,000. Thank you, StartEngine community! We are now one step closer to taking the PowerBloc™ to people everywhere.

The PowerBloc may be designed in California, but it is ready to power the world. Just as critical as your investments are the many inquiries we are getting on our website from people who want a PowerBloc to solve their electricity insecurity.

These customers live in Calistoga, California, subject to power shutdowns to prevent wildfires, on the Virgin Islands, in the path of hurricanes, or in Nigeria, where 200 million people have half the generating capacity of the City of Los Angeles.

In all these places, the PowerBloc is the primary power supply and a complete utility replacement. The PowerBloc works when the grid is up or down, on unstable grids with transients that normally damage appliances, or where there is not grid at all. The PowerBloc delivers continuous power no matter what. 

The PowerBloc is a game-changer for people everywhere.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

6 months ago

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As you might know, YouSolar, Inc. has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in YouSolar, Inc. be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Wildfires and "Public Service Power Shutdowns" Fuel YouSolar's Business

6 months ago

YouSolar's PowerBloc™ solar+battery is high power and also allows for easy integration of a generator. Battery solutions by Tesla, Sonnen, or Enphase are not powerful enough or cannot integrate a generator. Thus, the PowerBloc™ is the preferred and often the only choice for customers in California and beyond who are threatened by wildfires and who are subject to "Public Service Power Shutdowns" by utilities, which are meant to prevent fires.

These customers often have water wells and need high power to run their well pumps during power outages. Running water is critical to a livable home or to be able to water down structures or put out spot fires from flying ambers. YouSolar's PowerBloc™, with its powerful batteries and 16kW inverter with 32 kW of peak power, is the perfect solution.  

The PowerBloc™ also easily integrates a generator for complete reliability. This is critical as smoke plumes from nearby fires can significantly reduce solar production. YouSolar's SPOT™ real-time satellite-based solar production forecast will detect these plumes and calculate the reduction in solar production. The PowerBloc™ will then start the generator in time to top off the batteries.

Also, for customers who do not have the time or money ahead of the fire season to install as solar, a PowerBloc™ combined with a small generator can provide an immediate solution. The generator charges PowerBloc™'s batteries for a few hours during the day. This combination avoids the need for large, inefficient generators that need to run 24/7 and delivers perfect power quality. Of course, this PowerBloc™ can quickly expand at a later time to include solar.

The PowerBloc™ is the ultimate solar + battery system for a changing world.

Cool it! PowerBloc™'s Patented Internal Air Chimney is Breakthrough Design

6 months ago

YouSolar’s stackable PowerBloc is customizable and scalable. By breaking down the PowerBloc™ into modules, we created a system that can be handled by one person, greatly simplifying and reducing the cost of shipping and installation. Each module is plug-and-play and seamlessly integrates with other modules. But the critical challenge that needed to solved was how to cool the stack of modules? PowerBloc™ features some of the highest efficiency power electronics in the world. But a high power system like the PowerBloc™ still gives off some heat. The solution is YouSolar’s patented “Internal Air Chimney.” This cooling system scales with the number of modules and allows for sealed modules that are spray-water and dustproof. YouSolar is now working on completely weatherizing the modules so that the PowerBloc™ becomes the perfect solution for disaster relief and any situation wherever power is needed quickly and under challenging circumstances.




YouSolar Launches Real-Time Solar Forecast with Global Coverage | Last Day of Early Bird Bonus.

6 months ago


YouSolar is proud to introduce SPOT™, a historical and real-time hourly solar data service with global coverage. YouSolar streams solar data to each of its PowerBloc™ solar+battery nano-grid installations. The data is not only location-specific but also accounts for shading of the solar array by nearby hills or mountains.

This real-time hourly forecast gives each PowerBloc information on when the first rays hit the solar array and how much sunshine to expect over the day. The forecast is updated every three hours. Each PowerBloc adjusts the forecast irradiance for the orientation of the solar array and then creates a solar production forecast based on the solar panel specifications.


The PowerBloc is a primary power supply to a home. The production forecast informs the PowerBloc's energy management system on how to meet forecast demand. SPOT also detects smoke from wildfires or storm fronts and calculates their impact on solar power production in real-time.

SPOT also has nearly 20 years of historical data, allowing YouSolar to determine the right size of a solar array during the design process. SPOT is free for all PowerBloc customers. SPOT is available to residential or commercial solar installers and utility solar power plant operators under a subscription service.


YouSolar Raises over $300k in 9 Days. Last Day of Early Bird Bonus.


More about SPOT™: SPOT uses a NASA forecast model that assimilates global observations from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites. Model forecasts are tuned with historical satellite observations from the NASA Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System datasets, which NASA validates against surface radiometer networks. SPOT builds on the capabilities of datasets of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory by offering global coverage and consistent historical and forecast data. SPOT continually improves its precision by validating predicted solar production against actual solar production from reference photovoltaic arrays. Hourly historical data is available globally from 2001 to the present.

Wahoo! Over $250k Raised in 3 1/2 Days. Only 12 Hour Left for Early Bird Bonus Shares.

6 months ago

Thank you! StartEngine investors have invested more than $250k in less than 3 1/2 days, and our fundraising campaign has put us into the "Most Momentum" category on StartEngine. We are thrilled and are excited to grow our investor and fan base in the next phase of our campaign. If you have not invested or want to top off the tank, invest now because, in as little over 12 hours, all bonus shares will go away.

We continue to receive great comments, and will we love answering them. Please keep the momentum going and tell your family, friends, and colleagues about YouSolar. Fire up your social media account and share YouSolar with the world.

Thank you again for your support. Clean and reliable power is the foundation of an equitable, healthy, and sustainable world. The PowerBloc™ is designed to deliver on this vision. Together we will change the world of power one independent PowerBloc™ at a time.

Cheers,

Arnold Leitner, CEO

Wow! Over $100k raised from 90+ investors in the first 30 hours!

7 months ago

Thank you! Over 90 StartEngine investors have invested more than $100K in less than 30 hours; we couldn’t be more thrilled with the strong start to our fundraising campaign. I want to personally welcome each of you to the YouSolar family. It’s obvious from the many comments you posted that you are as passionate as we are about bringing the PowerBloc to market. Like you, we strongly believe that clean, reliable, independent power is the foundation of an equitable, healthy, and sustainable world.

Help keep the momentum going strong! Please tell your family, friends, and colleagues about YouSolar; every dollar counts. Thank you again for your enthusiastic support. Together, we are going to create a global success!

Arnold Leitner, CEO

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