Beta Byte: Sol Report




Beta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?

The dashboard is called Sol Report

What problem does this solve and what was the “aha” moment?

Solar technology and policy is evolving and growing faster than ever and I was having trouble finding an intuitive, centralized resource to keep tabs on the space. I was pulling feeds together for my own reference, and starting receiving some promising conversations with others interested in access. Ultimately, the value prop goal for industry professionals & investors is more efficient access to relevant, time-sensitive content.

What is the full launch/release date planned?

I’m hoping to promote a full-launch this spring that will include a stronger focus on local business & consumer resources, as well as blog content contributions from industry pros.


Who is on the team?

Peter Dykstra

What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used? Is there any IP?

Nothing fancy, just a Bootstrap framework with some Angular to aggregate/sort feeds and Javascript for various feeds/charts.

What is the size/scope of your market and how will you scale?

The number of professionals supporting the development, sale & installation of PV systems is estimated to be around 100K in the U.S. and growing quickly – scaling will depend on earning attention and trust early on. Long term scaling may involve expansion into other niche energy industries.

What is your revenue model?

Revenue is ad based for the time being – first priority is building something useful. Longer term plans may include a revenue model applied to local business resources.

What is your greatest strength?

Flexibility – any ideas that support the core platform goals can be considered and integrated rapidly.

What is your biggest weakness?

Exposure – working on connecting with more solar professionals and investors to get feedback and fine-tune the types of information demanded on a daily basis.

What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?

More feedback from users and contact with people/brands interested in contributing content for upcoming blog – shoot me an email if you’re interested in collaborating! ([email protected])

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Did I mention I’m looking for feedback? I recently moved to Minneapolis, looking forward to networking at TECHdotMN events!



  • Jeff Pesek

    Thanks for sharing Peter. We’re going to bring your beta byte to the Entrepreneurs in Residence meeting early next month…dissect, discuss and come back with some feedback. Stay tuned!

    • Peter Dykstra

      Thanks Jeff!

      • Jeff Pesek

        Hi Peter, here’s some notes we made while reviewing the site, maybe something will be of value to you?

        Header instead of left sidebar?

        (+) Simplicity

        (-) No call to action

        Email space?

        Archived articles?

        (+) Good job collecting information

        (-) Heavy titles on articles

        (-) No information talking about what they do – only articles

        Not obvious that it’s a news source – make more obvious – caption of what it is – slogan/tagline/”this is the place for solar energy news and information”

        (-) Conglomerate of info – too much

        (-) Fb and twitter overlap on sidebar – *Chrome – 48.0.2564

        Populating empty sections?

        Feature Request:

        Filters to narrow down interests – more complex search?

        • Peter Dykstra

          This is super valuable, thanks for all the feedback. The revisions I’ve been drafting recently have been centered around simplifying and clarifying, so hearing that general idea supported is helpful. I’ll be working on getting some of these updates out, and will stay in touch with progress.