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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, ...
 
The smarter E Podcast – für und mit den Machern der neuen Energiewelt. In unserem Podcast dreht sich alles um die aktuellen Trends und Entwicklungen einer erneuerbaren, dezentralen und digitalen Energiewirtschaft. Unsere Moderatoren Tobias Bücklein (DE) und Zackes Brustik (EN) begrüßen und interviewen Persönlichkeiten, die unsere Branche prägen und Entwicklungen vorantreiben. Jede Woche Donnerstag mit einer neuen Folge! || The smarter E Podcast - for and with the creators of the new energy w ...
 
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Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics (VIPV) is the mechanical, electrical and design integration of photovoltaic modules in vehicles. The PV modules fit seamlessly into the vehicle shell and are connected to electrical consumers or the drive battery in electric vehicles. What potential lies dormant in VIPV? Where is VIPV already being used? And what ar…
 
Today's guest is Amy Simpkins, CEO of Mu Grid. We talk about her life as a clean energy consultant, her history in astronautics and her new podcast, Energy Flow. Growing up in a culture of theater, music and performance, Amy has deep love for words and a connection to story. But she spent years taming the right brain and training the left as an eng…
 
Viele Unternehmen streben heute als Beitrag zum Klimaschutz eine CO2-neutrale Produktion an. Besonders schwierig ist das vielleicht für eine Branche, die üblicherweise sehr viel Energie benötigt, nämlich die Eisproduktion. Erst wird gekocht, dann gekühlt und eingefroren. Die Kühlung muss aufrechterhalten werden, bis das Eis den Verbraucher erreicht…
 
Welcome, #SolarWarrior, to another Tactical Tuesday, a short-form conversation with subject-matter experts designed to give you practical tools, tips, and advice for building your solar business or career. Ten years ago, if you called on a solar company to give you a rooftop solar system proposal, one of your installer’s first steps was to come to …
 
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 …
 
Everyone is talking about the climate-friendly production of green hydrogen. One company that has been driving the industry forward for some time now is Enapter AG. Enapter develops and produces compact and scalable AEM electrolysers. Thomas Chrometzka, Head of Strategy at Enapter, reveals what exactly lies behind this, what the most exciting techn…
 
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…
 
Elektrofahrzeuge sind in vielerlei Hinsicht die bessere Wahl für den Fuhrpark, denn sie sind nicht nur ökologisch nachhaltig, sondern langfristig auch die kostengünstigere Wahl. Einer der Vorreiter, wenn es um Elektromobilität in Flotten geht, ist die EnBW, eines der größten Energieunternehmen Deutschlands. Warum E-Flotten wirtschaftlich sind, wie …
 
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…
 
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…
 
The hype surrounding "blockchain" has died down somewhat in recent months, but the applications are gaining in maturity. But what is the current state of the discussion on blockchain and what are the real opportunities and prospects that blockchain approaches offer? We talk about this with Sebnem Rusitschka, founder of the energy startup Freeelio. …
 
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…
 
Deutschland braucht ein Vielfaches an installierter Photovoltaik-Leistung, um bis 2050 den Gebäudebestand klimaneutral zu haben. Dabei kommt der Bauwerkintegrierten PV (BIPV) eine Schlüsselrolle zu. Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik ermöglicht eine energetisch sinnvolle Fassadennutzung. Ein großer Vorteil ist, wenn bereits vorhandene oder sowieso zu …
 
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…
 
Electromobility continues to experience massive growth. Sales of electric cars are increasing and the expansion of charging infrastructure is also progressing. But what role does electromobility play in concrete terms and what action plans are there at all to pave the way to climate neutrality? What solutions are there for using renewable energies …
 
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…
 
Grüner Wasserstoff ist ein Schlüsselelement für die Transformation und Dekarbonisierung des Energiesystems. Mit der Nationalen Wasserstoffstrategie hat sich die Politik bereits im vergangenem Jahr klar zu grünem Wasserstoff bekannt, wobei der Bedarf vor allem über Importe aus dem Ausland gedeckt werden soll. Doch auch eine inländische Produktion vo…
 
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 …
 
Digital and IoT solutions are making power grids smart. They create new opportunities to integrate renewable energies into the grids. Smart grids can react intelligently and adaptively to changes in the grid. Energy intelligence enables the use of data in the grid for economical, flexible and secure grid operation. This also gives rise to new busin…
 
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 …
 
Klimaneutralität ist in aller Munde, doch nicht alles, was sich „klimaneutral" nennt, ist eine sinnvolle und langfristig angelegte Strategie mit positiver Wirkung für das Klima. Sollten Unternehmen unterschiedlicher Branchen dieselbe Art von Klimaneutralität anstreben oder ist es sinnvoll, die Wege zur Klimaneutralität nach Branchen zu differenzier…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Very few western countries are feeling the effects of the climate change on a very immediate every day basis. Which makes it quite difficult to advocate for a change in behaviour and policies amongst the constituents, if the effet is either years or miles away. But not in California though: For several years now, California has made the world headl…
 
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.…
 
Professor Sarah Kurtz, former senior research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and now a professor at the University of California Merced, sits down with guest host Rebecca Saive and Sebastian Husein to chat about all-things energy related. Listen to her take on what the "coolest" photovoltaic tech is, how she feels about her elec…
 
Binnen neun Jahren kann Deutschland seine Strom- und seine Wärmeerzeugung vollständig auf Erneuerbare Energien umstellen. Das ist das Ergebnis einer neuen Studie der Energy Watch Group (EWG). Die Untersuchung zeigt, dass Deutschland bereits bis 2030 vollständig, zuverlässig und wirtschaftlich mit Energie versorgt werden kann und dabei sogar über ei…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Der Kampf gegen die Klimakrise ist in vollem Gang. Die Politik in Deutschland hat reagiert und kürzlich ein neues Klimaschutzgesetz vorgelegt. Der neue Gesetzentwurf sieht vor, dass Deutschland bis zum Jahr 2030 mindestens 65 Prozent weniger Treibhausgase ausstößt als im Jahr 1990. Bisher waren nur 55 Prozent vorgesehen. Bis 2040 sollen die CO2-Emi…
 
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…
 
After endless summers of drought, the realization that something must be done about rising greenhouse gas emissions is finally forcing international politicians to act. Fossil fuels are being banned, and the still considerable carbonization of the economy is being brought down to zero in the shortest possible time. Companies whose business models a…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Deutschland hat mit dem Recycling von Lithium-Ionen-Batterien früh begonnen: Schon vor über zehn Jahren starteten Unternehmen und wissenschaftliche Institutionen mit intensiven Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten. So sind heute bereits entsprechende industrielle Prozesse realisiert. Ein wichtiger Schritt, denn das Recycling hat eine hohe Relevanz …
 
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…
 
Die Bundes- und Landesziele stellen uns vor die Aufgabe, den Gebäudebestand bis allerspätestens 2050 klimaneutral mit Wärme zu versorgen. Das Ziel im zukünftigen Energiesystem ist es, Wärmenetze und dezentrale Erzeugungsanlagen in einen effizienten Einklang zu bringen. Bei diesem Strukturwandel wird die kommunale Wärmeplanung eine zentrale Rolle sp…
 
Dr. Parikhit Sinha from First Solar—the only solar manufacturer to bring thin-film solar panels to the gigawatt scale (so far...looking at you, perovskite-enthusiasts)—joins STEMoirs to share about the winding path of his scientific career. We hear about his start at Harvard University, his transition into a science degree, moving to Seattle and ho…
 
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