177: Nicole Steele, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic

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Nicole Steele, started as GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic’s Executive Director in 2014, at a time when there was little precedent for low-income solar policies and programs across the region. Under Nicole’s leadership, GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic has installed more than 2MW of solar on over 250 rooftops of low-income families. Nicole’s leadership has led to visionary programs like the Solar Works DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. She’s an inspiration, and is dedicated to equitable renewable energy access and sustainable policy.

If you would like to check out the SPI Podcast lounge and nominate a guest or apply to participate, head to http://www.mysuncast.com/podcast-lounge

Check out GRID Mid-Atlantic’s Solar Soirée on September 19th: https://gridalternatives.org/regions/midatlantic/grid-mid-atlantics-solar-soire%C3%A9-five-year-anniversary

And a special thank you to Aurora Solar. If you would like to download their free Solar Sales Proposal guide, you can do so at http://www.mysuncast.com/aurora

Books Mentioned

Resources

Connect with Nicole on LinkedIn

Check out the Grid Alternatives Mid Atlantic website

Tickets to 5th Anniversary Solar Soiree

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

176: Women & Diversity in Renewables - Kristen Graf of WRISE

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Kristen Graf is the Executive Director of the non-profit Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy, or WRISE as it’s better known. For a decade, she has championed, mentored and modeled the female executive rise in engineering and renewable energy business. She’s made hard choices along the way, but in the end her work has helped more than 30 chapters and hundreds if not thousands of women finding their way into the male-dominated energy business.

If you would like to check out the SPI Podcast lounge and nominate a guest or apply to participate, head to http://www.mysuncast.com/podcast-lounge

And a special thank you to Aurora Solar. If you would like to download their free Solar Sales Proposal guide, you can do so at http://www.mysuncast.com/aurora

Resources

Connect with Kristen on LinkedIn

Learn more about WRISE on their website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

175: SPI Announcement - Live Podcast Lounge! Apply Now

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I'm thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting the first-ever Podcast Lounge live from Solar Power International! Check out today’s episode for details and learn how YOU can be featured and involved! Calling all podcasters, apply today!

Learn more about how you can be a featured guest or podcast host at the first-ever SPI Podcast Lounge, presented by SunCast Media by visiting: mysuncast.com/podcast-lounge

Learn more about Aurora here: mysuncast.com/aurora

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

174: Deep Chakraborty, Enact Systems

Today’s entrepreneur is Deep Chakraborty, a seasoned solar veteran with experience bringing quality products to market. Some of you probably know Deep from his days launching and growing the Centrosolar brand in the US, but in today’s episode, you’ll learn how he applied product savvy from Detroit’s automotive industry to launch Enact Systems, a fast-growing software platform helping solar developers globally.

ENACT SYSTEMS Inc. is a leader in cloud-based software for the solar industry. ENACT’s EnerCloudTM Platform powers complete solar business operations for 100+ customers, ranging from top global corporations to emerging project developers. ENACT is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Resources

Check out the Enact Systems website

Connect with Deep on LinkedIn

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

173: Tapping the Sap: Converting Brownfields into Brightfields with Chad Farrell, CEO, Encore Renewable Energy

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Chad Farrell was originally involved in real-estate redevelopment in Vermont when he realized that solar is a perfect complement to the brownfields, landfills and other ‘problem’ sites not suitable for traditional development.

Now, Encore Renewable Energy, the company he founded, has become a trusted and go-to development partner for some of the largest companies and projects in the region.

Encore Renewable Energy is a leading integrated clean energy company focusing on commercial, industrial and community-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for under-utilized property.

Resources:

Check out the Encore Renewable Energy website

Connect with Chad on LinkedIn

Follow Chad on Twitter

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

172: Jim Spano on Solar Development & Finance

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Jim Spano is co-founder of RadiantREIT, Managing Partner of Spano Partner Holdings and a nationally recognized expert in solar development and finance. He has been instrumental in the development of over 300 megawatts of solar generation primarily in the Northeast United States. He is the founder and President of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), Vice-President of the Mid Atlantic Solar and Storage Industry Association (MSSIA), on the board of the International Battery and Energy Storage Association (IBESA), a conference committee member of the Intersolar North America Conference, as well as numerous other industry positions.

Resources

Reach out to Jim on LinkedIn

Learn more about RadiantREIT

Check out the Spano Partners Holdings website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

171: Empowering Solar Salespeople, Part 2 - Jonathan Budd, CEO Powur

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Today is part 2 of our interview with Jonathan Budd, Founder and CEO of Powur. In our last episode, we got the background and point of inspiration for how Jonathan decided to create Powur, but we ran out of time to get into the details of exactly how this innovative new sales empowerment platform works.

Today we go into those details, and we also round out the discussion as per usual with Jonathan’s key advice to entrepreneurs and solar salespeople, his book recommendations, life hacks and more.

Resources

Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn

Check out the Powur Website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

170: Does Powur Really Work? Let’s Hear From CEO Jonathan Budd

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Today’s entrepreneur, Jonathan Budd, CEO of Powur, was, like many of you, introduced to me through a SunCast listener and past guest. If you’ve been as curious as I was these last 3 years about the business model of Powur and whether it’s both legitimate and relevant to your network, as his small army of independent sales reps would have you believe, then stick around for today’s episode. Jonathan explains all about how he has built Powur as a solar salesforce powerhouse quietly establishing legitimacy and a nationwide footprint. 

We didn’t have time to even get through it all in 1 take, so today is Part 1, episode 171 will be part 2!

Resources

Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn

Check out the Powur Website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

169: Trading Goats for Solar in Africa. Guled Ahmed, Power Offgrid

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Did hear about that one company in Africa trading goats for solar? Join me today as I engage with Guled Ahmed of Power Offgrid, a fledgling solar company in Somalia that has done just that!

Guled has become a friend through #energytwitter and reached out to me about the innovative ways he’s building his fledgling startup offering solar power to rural communities in Africa. He may be the first and only company in the world thus far to exchange solar power for Goats, yes, you heard that right, and he goes into the how and why on today’s episode. Guled Ahmed is an enterprising immigrant from Somalia who’s been building his company, Power Offgrid, as a side-hustle funded from his real estate investments in Arizona. He has an inspiring story, and just might leave you wondering whether YOU are accomplishing all that you could be with your time and talents!

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Guled on Twitter

Check out the Power Offgrid Twitter

Check out the Power Offgrid Website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

168: Capitol Hill Insider Bill Parsons, ACORE’s COO

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If you listened to our last Tactical Tuesday, Ep 160 w/Chris Rausher, then you have a primer into the important policy work happening on our behalf on Capitol Hill and in corporate boardrooms. Legislation is one of those things you need to keep an eye on, so today I thought I’d bring in a Washington insider who’s spent decades on the Hill.

Bill Parsons is Chief Operating Officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and sat down with me recently at the REFF Wall St conference to discuss the latest happenings in Washington and what you should be keeping tabs on.

Resources:

To read the new report and survey, and for more details on the $1T 2030 campaign, please visit http://www.acore.org/1T2030

Learn more about Bill here

Check out the ACORE website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

167: Smart Home Startup Lumin is Poised for Growth, CEO Alex Bazhinov

Alex Bazhinov and his co-founder, Kevin O’Shea, built Lumin to give the homeowner the ability to actually know what their home energy usage is. Tune-in to hear how Alex got the idea for Lumin, how he and Kevin met and formed the company, and just how they expect to disrupt the Smart Home market and enable more solar and energy storage integration along the way.

Regular listeners know that I spent a few days in Charlottesville in April where I had the privilege of meeting some of that town’s solar and cleantech all-stars! Alex Bazhinov is one such entrepreneur, and I am grateful that his head of Marketing, Val Newcomb, reached out to me for this interview.

Alex and his co-founder Kevin O’Shea share a passion for making things around the home easier. Especially the ability to actually know what your home energy usage is… and they’ve created a device that goes far beyond that to actually allow you to control the loads right at the load panel!

Lumin is breaking new ground in the smart-home race, and I think they are destined to be another Charlottesville tech company success story.

Enjoy some of the photos from my time with Lumin throughout this post.

A game of SolarPong at the Lumin Office

A game of SolarPong at the Lumin Office

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Alex on LinkedIn

Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn

Check out the Lumin Website

The Lumin Panel

The Lumin Panel

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

166: A New Finance Mechanism for Solar?

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Jason Edens has been developing solar and renewable financing mechanisms for nearly 2 decades. His innovation and hard work in America’s heartland has earned the energy freedom of hundreds of families formerly dependent on energy assistance from the US Government. Today we hear his story and learn how the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance is offering innovative financing that could free up $5B a year in federal funding! 

I first met Jason thanks to his team on Twitter, and as soon as I heard the deeper story about the nonprofit he founded way back in 2000, I knew it was one for the SunCast audience.

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Jason on LinkedIn

Follow RREAL Solar on Twitter

Utility Dive - Lowering Bills for Low Income Households

Energy News: Minnesota/Vermont Partnership Will Offer Solar to Low Income Families

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

165: Julia Hamm, SEPA’s Evolution & Fingerprint

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Julia Hamm has been leading SEPA for more than 15 yrs, and helped the Utility Photovoltaic Group in its transition to being the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Along the way, she helped birth Solar Power International and has supported dozens of Utilities in their transition to clean energy.

Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies.  She has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Resources:

Connect with Julia on LinkedIn

Follow Julia on Twitter

Check out the SEPA website

Get the Build Back Better report

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

164: Building a renewable energy development platform. Mark Goodwin, Apex Clean Energy

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Mark Goodwin is the CEO of Apex Clean Energy. We go deep into the process and definitions underlying building a renewable energy development company. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it looks like from the inside of what has been referred to as the leading independent clean energy company in the nation, tune in!

Apex Clean Energy is a renewable energy firm that develops commercial-scale wind and solar energy facilities.

Apex has been built with a singular focus: to speed the shift to clean electricity. Drawing from their experience with several of the nation’s leading renewable energy companies, Apex’s founders set out to create a company with the capacity to excel in every phase of project realization, from origination and financing to construction and asset management.

Resources:

Follow Mark on Twitter

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn

Check out the Apex Clean Energy website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus


163: Bridging Silicon Valley & Latam, YPF Ventures’ Tomas Ocampo

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Today’s Entrepreneur is helping bridge the technology and financing gap between Silicon Valley and Latin America.  Tomas Ocampo and I first met when he was a Graduate Student at Stanford back in early 2016, and Today we’re announcing both the investment fund he’s created, as well as their first two investments - backed by one of Latin America’s largest utilities. Stay tuned to learn all about how Tomas is bringing Silicon Valley savvy to his native Argentina.

Resources:

Connect with Tomas on LinkedIn

Follow Tomas on Twitter

Learn more about Adverse Selection

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

162: Drift, an Energy marketplace for consumers, w/co-founder Greg Robinson

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Today’s Entrepreneur is building one of those pick-axe type of companies that Seattle is so famous for - you know, the kind that support the entire industry they serve? Microsoft, Amazon, the list goes on, as you’ll see, and I think that Drift has the potential to hold a similar place in our minds as Renewable Energy increasingly becomes the core of our infrastructure.

Greg Robinson and his team envision and have built a marketplace where the biggest companies in the world and individual consumers alike can buy true green power service at the best price possible.

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Greg on LinkedIn

Check out the Drift Website

Follow Nico and Greg on their Strava running goals

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Freeing Energy - Podcast #006 – Greg Robinson: Making It Easy to Get Clean Energy 24/7

GeekWire - New unicorn in Seattle: Outreach raises $114M round, pushing valuation above $1 billion

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

161: Anne Hoskins, SunRun Chief Policy Officer

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Today’s guest has one of the most intriguing and possibly most important jobs in our industry. Yet, the actual work she and her team do remains a great mystery to many of us, until today. Tune In as I sit down with Anne Hoskins live at Solar Power Puerto Rico to ask the question “what exactly does a Chief Policy Officer do, anyway?” Anne has a fascinating story, and she is leading Sunrun into unchartered waters by paving the way for their DER products, opening key new markets like Illinois and Puerto Rico, and much much more.

As Chief Policy Officer, Anne leads Sunrun's state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy. Sunrun, the largest residential solar and storage provider in the United States provides clean energy to homeowners in 23 states. Anne previously served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. As an attorney and executive with regulatory, public policy and government affairs experience, Anne has held positions in federal and state government, at energy and communications companies and in academia.

Anne was a senior officer at PSEG, a visiting research fellow at Princeton University, a senior counsel at Verizon Wireless, an attorney at McCarter and English and a governor's policy advisor. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and has also served on other non-profit boards of directors, with a strong interest in the intersection of technology, policy and sustainability.

Resources:

Connect with Anne on LinkedIn

Check out the Sunrun Website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

160: TT, Sunrun Dir. of Policy & Storage Strategy, Chris Rauscher

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If you, like me, have ever felt a bit like Policy is that thing that those people do in those big capital buildings that I don’t really understand how to influence or how it all works, then today’s episode will surely help clear that up. Chris Rauscher is one of the folks responsible for Sunrun’s strategy regarding new markets and innovative storage initiatives.  Perhaps you heard they won a DER auction in the Northeast earlier this year? Chris was involved. And you see that Sunrun is now leading the charge to help Puerto Rico achieve a 100% renewable standard? Yep, Chris is involved. In fact, Chris is on a select team of folks who quite literally carry their companies, including Sunrun, into uncharted territory, paving the way for the rest of us. You can learn more today, on this Tactical Tuesday.

Resources:

Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

Check out the Sunrun Website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

159: Solar Pioneer Gary Gerber, 40 yrs of Sun Light & Power

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Today’s entrepreneur has been building an iconic solar business since before many of you were even born! Gary Gerber founded Sun Light & Power in 1976, and has built one of the most trusted brands in the California market. It was humbling and educational to finally sit down with Gary and chat about his 4 decades of experience.

I learned the value of leaning in longterm when you’ve got a good idea, and why selling the company to his employees after 40+ yrs was a sound business decision. Gary also told me the secret to his success.

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Gary on LinkedIn

Check out the Sun Light and Power website

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

158: Know before you go, MIRECweek Mexico City

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If you’re familiar at all with the Mexico market, then you’ll have heard of the Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress, now know universally as Mirec. Like many of you, I’ll be headed to Mexico City next week to participate in what is essentially the SPI of Mexico, so thought it a good time to tell you both about the conference and a bit about why you might be interested in Mexico’s market at all. Today’s guests are Jamie Dowswell - Dir. of Programs for MIRECweek, Jonathan Pinzon - Dir. of Gov’t Affairs for Invenergy in Mexico, and Carlos Abad - Head of Latam Markets for Chint Power Systems.

If you’ve listened to previous Know Before You Go episodes (last year’s Intersolar & SPI, then you know we highlight both what the show is about, but also how you can optimize your time on the show floor and in the conference sessions. Today we spend much less time on tips & tricks for showing up well at the conference, so if you are indeed interested in those, I strongly recommend you go back to the archives and listen to the SPI episode from September which is chock full of tidbits on how to make the most of any tradeshow.

Resources:

SPI: Know Before You Go Episode

Jamie Dowswell - LinkedIn

Jonathan Pinzon - LinkedIn

Carlos Abad - LinkedIn

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus