Participating in Pecan Street’s research network is easy. We hope this page will make it a no-brainer.
This is where we’ll post documents, forms, technical support links, and any other information that you may need to install, use or troubleshoot your system. You can bookmark this page or get to it directly from PecanStreet.org by clicking Resources in the navigation bar.
People thinking about participating in our research network can find some stories and videos about our current volunteers and information about what it means to volunteer.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (512) 782-9213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanna meet some volunteer participants? Great. Below are a few stories about our work in Austin’s Mueller neighborhood, where we started our research.
- KXAN Austin
- PBS NewsHour – Miles O’Brien
- Time Magazine (print/web story)
- Time Magazine (video essay)
- EDF Pecan Street video
- Case Study for Verizon Foundation
We’re expanding our research network in Puerto Rico, Delaware, and Detroit, Michigan.
Our research in Texas has provided incredible insight into energy use and renewable energy. Expanding our research network to include participants with different energy profiles in different regions will allow us to tackle a number of remaining research questions critical for moving clean energy programs forward and for supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Committed individuals and companies can speed up the arrival of a better, cleaner energy future. That’s where you come in! Residents who participate in Pecan Street research receive access to a secure website to monitor their solar production and energy use. Data is de-identified, and in aggregate with all of our other participants, is used by researchers around the world to develop new energy technology and climate solutions.
As with all of Pecan Street’s research, participation is free, and volunteer identities are not shared with any research partners.
As Pecan Street recruits new participants, we often host online and in-person information sessions so you can learn what it means to participate in our research. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming information sessions, complete the short form listed below.
Because our research involves volunteers’ energy data, we’re very careful to spell out what information we collect, how it is used, and what Pecan Street and each participant agrees to. If we are currently recruiting participants, we will include a link to an online participant agreement here.
- Participant Agreement – Austin Research
- Participant Agreement – Delaware
- Participant Agreement – Puerto Rico
- Participant Agreement – New York and California Research
- Participant Agreement – University of Michigan Study
Troubleshooting – Tech Support
Following the installation of your equipment, your system shouldn’t require any maintenance. Just like your cable box and WiFi router, however, some technical issues arise. If your system seems unresponsive or if a Pecan Street employee asks you to restart your system, please refer to the following technical posts.
- Viewing Your Data – eGauge Tutorial
- Installing and Connecting BluCube
- Restarting Homeplug for your eGauge