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SunCast is dedicated to providing the knowledge, research, tools and expert guidance you need to understand, grown and be ahead of the curve in the fastest growing solar markets in the world. Each week, host Nico Johnson takes you deep into conversations with solar energy industry executives from leading companies like SolarCity, SunEdison, Nextracker, Trina Solar, Conergy, Greentech Media and discovers what THEY are using to get ahead in emerging markets like Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Panama, ...
 
SolarWakeup Live! is the insider's guide to the solar and energy markets. Hosted by Yann Brandt, the managing editor of SolarWakeup and CEO of Wakeup Media. Yann Brandt is a veteran executive of the solar industry. After several startups, Yann also founded SolarWakeup, the most influential newsletter in the industry. SolarWakeup is now a big part of Wakeup Media and Yann continues to work in solar investing hundreds of millions of dollars across the Country. Join Yann as he walks you through ...
 
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Today, Nico shares his 400th conversation with clean energy experts on Suncast. Each episode investigates a small piece of the big puzzle by asking CEO's, founders, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to share their story and answer questions like "how did you get here?" and "where are you going?" One by one, these intimate conversations help unite a…
 
This is Part Two of our two-part series with Reagan Farr, CEO of Silicon Ranch, a pioneer of solar development in the Southeastern US. If you missed part 1, it's probably useful to queue that one up first, as it sets the tone for this episode. And, this one is a longer episode, as we get into the details of how Reagan and his cofounders Matt Kisber…
 
This is Part One of a two-part series with Reagan Farr, CEO of Silicon Ranch, a pioneer of solar development in the Southeastern US. We talk about his childhood in Baton Rouge, where "curiosity ruled the day" in a home of educators, law school, and 8 years as a commissioner with the Governor of Tennessee. Reagan was there when the state decided to …
 
DCBEL is a revolutionary fast electric vehicle charger and solar inverter all-in-one. Oh, and it uses artificial intelligence to optimize your solar energy and save money. Learn why this is the device of the future for the solar-powered home and why this is the device the grid needs. This week on the Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio podcast we talk …
 
Solar Power International was officially cancelled last Friday. 😩 Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering and in the arduous process of Rebuilding that great city, yet again. In today's Tactical Tuesday Nico chats w/Danielle Danko of Solar Power Events (the org that produces SPI) about how we can support the NOLA community, and wh…
 
What does it look to disrupt an industry? What does it take to make a career of it? And as Jim Collins suggested, WHO do you need to get on the bus? In Today's episode Nico gets into these details with Solar pioneers Daniel Flanigan and Charles Pimentel as we navigate their clean energy career paths through Offgrid solar, Hydrogen (Plug Power), Sol…
 
Whit Fulton knows a thing or two about solving problems. Today, I interview this introverted inventor & talk about his journey to deliver a brilliantly simple yet innovative energy solution to the world: a smart meter collar adapter. After seven years as the CEO of ConnectDER, his team is delivering a technology that dramatically simplifies the way…
 
Die künstliche Intelligenz (KI) ist die wahrscheinlich folgenschwerste technologische Entwicklung unserer Zeit. Dabei stellen sich immer noch viele Fragen – angefangen damit, wie wir mit KI umgehen, wie wir sie nutzen und fördern, wie wir sie in unsere Lebens- und Arbeitswelt verknüpfen. Denn eines steht fest: Von KI dürften hierzulande in den näch…
 
Today's Tactical Tuesday is the latest installment of our GREAT SOLAR DEBATE series, featuring two industry experts - Brian Potts, Partner at Perkins Coie and Karl Rábago, Principal at Rábago Energy. Brian and Karl debate the value of Net Energy Metering (NEM) in the residential market. Should it change to encourage more investment? Or should it re…
 
Unless you were under a rock last week, you prob noticed that two Solar industry SAAS titans have joined forces. Aurora Solar, hot off the heels of raising a giant $250M Round of funding, announced their first acquisition from that war chest - none other than Folsom Labs - makers of pioneering commercial solar design tool many of you use: Helioscop…
 
We look at solar recycling - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ok, that's pretty melodramatic because as we learned solar modules contain mostly very benign, and rather plain materials. We tear apart a solar module, find out what toxins are present, and learn how a company in Medford, Oregon is recycling 110,000 solar modules per year.Green Energy F…
 
Today I talk to Ram Ambatipudi about his long history in energy and how that brought him into the world of Electric Vehicles. When Ram left business school in 1995 he headed straight to Southern California Gas Company. Turns out, being on the inside of the world of utilities would prove an unmatched advantage for him as moved through his career, fr…
 
Solar Recycling - Fabtech, A company is Phoenix, Arizona is breathing new life into end-of-life #solar modules. They're not only solving the solar #recycling challenge, they've already brought a 2nd Life to 600,000 solar modules. These very affordable solar modules are being sold to a whole new market of do-it-yourselfers, RV owners, farmers, homeo…
 
Today's Tactical Tuesday is a five minute jewel from our full episode with Clean Energy Associates' VP of Sales & Marketing, Darryl Parker. In this episode, Darryl focuses on understanding the customer beyond your average sales training. How can you really listen to the customer and structure your offer based on their real concerns? Remember you ca…
 
In today’s episode, we speak with a true solar pioneer, a well-known entrepreneur, Erica Mackey of GRID Alternatives. We break down her two decades of growth, entrepreneurship, and influence. Erica gives us a sense of the origin of GRID Alternatives. She talks about how she co-founded it way back in 2001 and how it evolved massively to become a maj…
 
Today’s guest, Darryl Parker, brings more than three decades of extensive high-tech manufacturing and power electronics experience to his role at Clean Energy Associates. But he's got a truly inspiring story of growing up in the booming high tech industry, pulling up a seat at the table and opening the door for many who have followed in his footste…
 
Late last year, kWh Analytics released a report titled 2020 Solar Risk Assessment suggesting that Recent assessments of the solar industry’s pre-construction production estimates have found evidence of “an industry wide bias towards aggressive predictions,” noting that “when a typical solar project performs at the official “P90, equity cash yield d…
 
90-95% of Canada’s NEW electricity generation, between now and 2050, will come from wind and solar energy says a five-year North American Renewable Integration Study (NREL) undertaken by Canada and the US. The study says Canada can have a reliable grid, powered by up to 95% renewable energy and electricity prices actually decline over time. This wi…
 
Für die Energiewende ist die Windkraft eine wertvolle Ressource. Im Jahr 2020 wurden bereits ein knappes Drittel (27%) des Energiemixes aus der Windenergie gewonnen – Tendenz steigend. Doch der aktuell jährliche Ausbau reicht nicht: von insgesamt 6 benötigten Terrawatt sind bisher nur knapp 60 Gigawatt geplant. Herkömmliche Windturbinen sind außerd…
 
Today's story of Solar pioneer, Michelle McGee, is illustrative of the power of a good question. In this case, we learn one question that changed the course of her career. This former Tesla Exec leads us on a serendipitous journey, and explains how now as President of GivePower Foundation she supports global communities in need of power. Michele's …
 
Last week, the first ever Cleantech Podcaster's Roundtable was held with 8 of the major clean economy podcasts, hosted by my friend Mike Casey at Tigercomm. The discussions were a lot of fun (and very interesting) as we covered favorites sector trends, where we get our insights/info, key backgrounds we expect to see in CEOs of the sector in coming …
 
Nisha Desai, is a serial entrepreneur, TX clean energy pioneer, and founder and CEO of Ennuity Holdings. This "Startup Queen" has 25+ years of experience in the energy business, and has started companies that span 2 continents and multiple energy sectors. Listen in for critical steps of creating a company and how to skillfully navigate your way thr…
 
Schneider Electric was named the most sustainable company in the world by Corporate Knights a Canadian sustainability rating firm. The France-based global company already used 80 per cent renewable energy for its operations and wants to be carbon neutral by 2025.Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio PodcastLearn more: www.greenenergyfutures.ca…
 
Do You understand Reactive Power? How's it different from Real Power? You're not alone, but we're here to help! ICYMI from 2020, this SunCast Rewind answers these 2 questions from one of our SunCast Summit speakers, Jacqueline DeSouza Jacqueline's company, Apparent, Inc, specializes in helping folks take advantage of the 3 elements of this complex …
 
Today we get to soak in the wisdom of an industry pioneer in the solar-distribution business model. Boaz Soifer has been a solar pioneer for the last 20+ years. He is the Director of Solar Trade at BayWa r.e., where he oversees the company’s distribution activities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Today we get into Boaz’s focus on co-creating a cultu…
 
We will continue our SunCast Rewing theme, this time, dipping into the vault of one of our LinkedIn Live sessions from last year. I had a great conversation with John Powers of Extensible Energy about the value of capacity building in an organization during difficult times. In truth, this happened just as the pandemic started back in April of 2020.…
 
Today's entrepreneur is Aviv Shalgi. He has several successful M&A VC investments and joint ventures under his belt, in addition to two successful startups prior to his current venture, Solar Simplified. Aviv has been a mentor and advisor to many entrepreneurs, startups, investors, VCs, nonprofits, and is a captain in the Israeli Defense Force or I…
 
Edmonton has a bold plan to create 15-minute districts all in a bid to build a modern, climate-resilient, net-zero city of the future. This week in Part II of our 15-Minute Cities series we talk to engineer Howaida Hassan about building a sustainable city of the future on Green Energy Futures CKUA Podcast. Learn more in our blog: https://www.greene…
 
Architect Shafraaz Kaba says the concept of the 15-minute city can help tackle urban sprawl and help us build zero-emissions cities that are people-friendly, location efficient, and climate-resilient. Kaba is co-chair of Edmonton's Energy Transition and Climate Resilience Committee and an award-winning architect of super-efficient, net-zero buildin…
 
We wanted to add a different touch to this Tactical Tuesday, so we thought “why not create a rewind with the Top 3 Tactical Tuesdays of 2020?”. The first episode will disseminate practical advice on fundraising for solar start-ups by the hand of Josh Beck of BCI Technology Investments. Why do startups fail to raise capital? Josh and his team know t…
 
Today's entrepreneurs are Texas solar pioneers. The story we're about to unwrap today is unprecedented. If you haven’t heard about Speir Innovations, they are one of the leading sustainable energy providers in Texas. Not only that, they are developing the largest floating solar voltaic system in Texas, and we will get all the details from their EVP…
 
What you're about to hear is a conversation between Eric and me rolling out an overview of the clean energy economy where we draw inspiration not just from his book, but from both our decades-long careers in building solar companies and helping others do the same. Today's content specifically is actually part of our exclusive coaching program, but …
 
Today's entrepreneur has impressed me through the years with his ability to be a diplomat and translator between technical and laypeople, helping folks dial in their product-market fit with his entrepreneurial sense. From pizza.com to rooftop solar, Jeff Weiss has pioneered innovation across multiple sectors. Today’s episode will glean into his ins…
 
Are the monopoly utilities attacking your individual rights to make energy from the sun, power your life and become more financially independent? If you’re in California, the answer might be yes. Today we’ll find out in this special report from Dave Rosenfeld, the Executive Director of Solar Rights Alliance, what you need to know to be informed on …
 
Today’s guest is a pioneering cleantech entrepreneur and product developer as chief Commercial Officer of the company Invinity Energy Systems. We’re talking about Matt Harper! He's transforming the evolution of what we call the Grid storage and value creation to enable the energy transition that we all desire so much. Matt has been in this industry…
 
Hydrogen is no magical solution, but it just might be the lynchpin to integrating and optimizing renewable energy and creating a pathway to a zero-emissions future. We talk to Dr. Walter Merida at UBC's Renewable Energy Hub where they are integrating the use of hydrogen, solar, batteries and electric vehicles to find a pathway to a zero-emissions f…
 
Ein virtueller Einkaufsassistent, dem ich jederzeit über WhatsApp schreiben kann, dass ich ein neues T-Shirt benötige? Für dieses einfache und bequeme Einkaufserlebnis sorgt Gründer Artjem Weissbeck mit seiner neuentwickelten Plattform Charles. In der brandaktuellen BusinessClass Podcastfolge by Tilo Bonow ist der Charles Co-CEO zu Gast und beantwo…
 
Last year, we hosted the first Great Solar Debate featuring clean-energy thought leaders sharing two contrasting perspectives on critical solar and storage topics. This time for our first Great Solar Debate of 2021, representatives from the residential solar financing industries will discuss the value of their respective financing solutions for con…
 
Today's entrepreneur has been in the renewables industry since 1999. My friend Ryan Mayfield started Mayfield Renewables back in 2007, blending his technical expertise with his affinity for writing and education. He is the CEO of a company that now provides PV system technical engineering services to hundreds of companies across the United States a…
 
Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are building a $23 million Renewable Energy Hub to learn how to integrate solar, batteries, electric vehicles (EVs), and hydrogen production. They believe integration will maximize our use of renewable energy while converting some solar energy into hydrogen for mobility use in trucks and plane…
 
Today’s topic is Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), and to give us the ins and outs of this hot topic we have one of the top guests we’ve had on the show: Mona Dajani, Global Co-Head of Energy, Infrastructure, Mobility, Renewables & Water at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm with a particular focus on the techn…
 
Today's entrepreneur is redefining the way that clean energy buyers and sellers think about Risk Management. Lee Taylor founded REsurety before ever finishing his MBA, and he amassed a portfolio of over 5 Gigawatts of renewable energy generation with his unique insurance product. Despite Insurance not being always the most compelling topic in clean…
 
Plastic Bank tackles poverty and pollution at the same time by paying thousands of the world's poorest people to collect plastic pollution in more than half a dozen countries around the world. This week on Green Energy Future's CKUA Radio Podcast we talk to David Katz, founder of the Plastic Bank social enterprise. See blog and video: https://www.g…
 
Today’s Tactical Tuesday will be longer than usual, as we have the honor to bring Dr. Tamika Jacques to the show. She is the Director of Workforce Development for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and she's also the CEO of Fruitful Vision Enterprise. She's been in workforce development for over 18 years and has the honor of assisting with the …
 
Today's entrepreneur has been elevating the solar industry for more than 20 years across different roles. More recently, he’s been an inventor of breakthrough solar ovens and outdoor gear that's caught my attention. As a Social Entrepreneur, Patrick Sherwin focuses on appropriate technology with measurable impact. Patrick maintains a diverse backgr…
 
When COVID shut down the events industry worldwide, David Betke created GreenShows a carbon-neutral online event hosting service that radically reduces travel, increases participation, and plants trees instead of handing our swag. Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio Podcast. See blog and more: https://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/greenshows-carbon…
 
Many of you have probably listened to today's guests Joe Tassone Jr. from episodes 232 where we told his journey from the telecom industry to solar. He was also in episode 341 helping us give an overview of the clean energy industry. Joe is an experienced industry executive with access to the frontline conversations about what's happening in the wo…
 
This week on Green Energy Futures we return to CBI Solar's pop-up solar RV workshop in the parking lot at West Edmonton mall to take a tour of Don Riep's off-grid, solar-powered Airstream trailer. Don is just one of many people adding high-end solar systems to their RVs to go off-grid on the open road. Demand for these $2,000 to $20,000 solar syste…
 
Today’s guest is Martin DeBono, and he is by no means a stranger to distributed energy and high growth working in the startup industry. However, he didn't cut his teeth in solar energy. In fact, he has had a bit of an unorthodox entry into alternative energy. We talked about this especially in his first episode about a year ago where he mentioned b…
 
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