181: Jon Powers - Clean Capital

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Today’s entrepreneur, Jon Powers, is a true warrior, and a veritable solar warrior. When Jon returned from serving the US Army in Iraq, he had a vision for how important clean energy is for our nation’s independence, and charted a path to help the armed forces transition away from Fossil Fuels. Little did he know this would lead him to the White House the first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer under the Obama administration. His fingerprint is on many of the important initiatives underway in the Federal arena, and he’s now turned his eye to the private sector with an eye towards disrupting the finance and fintech side of clean energy. I’m also honored to have Jon on b/c he’s a fellow podcaster. If you’ve not yet heard his Experts Only podcast, you should add it to your queue. We discuss the genesis of the podcast, the startup woes and wins at Clean Capital, and more on today’s episode.

Resources

Connect with Jon 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

180: Carbon Free vs 100% RE w/SEPA’s Julia Hamm

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Today is part 2 of our interview with SEPA President & CEO, Julia Hamm.

Episode 165 is part 1, and I strongly encourage you to go back and check that one out as we cover SEPAs role in launching the modern US Solar era, Julia’s early involvement, how she’s working with Puerto Rico, and more. 

In this episode we dig into SEPA’s state of the union moving beyond 2019, their 4 pathways framework for achieving a smarter & cleaner grid, Julia’s ardent perspective on Carbon-free vs 100% RE, and hiring & keeping “A” Players.

Books Mentioned:

Resources:

Connect with Julia on LinkedIn

Follow Julia on Twitter

Check out the SEPA 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

179: Drone-Enabled Solar Design Software, Scanifly

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Today’s entrepreneur, John Novak, cut his teeth in the trenches doing design for well-known east-coast solar firms before he stepped out to start Scanifly, a drone-based solar site evaluation & design tool. I’ve been talking lately a lot with entrepreneurs helping solve the “Digitalization of solar” with software and hardware that speeds up inefficient processes and mundane tasks, and greatly accelerate our industry’s ability to scale. I believe John and his team at Scanifly are on to something with their approach, and his entrepreneur story is an intriguing one.

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

Books Mentioned

Resources

Connect with John on LinkedIn

Check out the Scanifly 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

178: #CarbonOffsetChallenge - Etienne Lecompte

Today we chat with Etienne Lecompte, CEO of PowerHub and we learn the 3 practical ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. I also inquire about the recent #carbonoffsetchallenge Etienne issued to me on Twitter.

You’ll learn 3 helpful ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, and hear how Etienne Lecompte, CEO of Powerhub, has challenged me and the SunCast Tribe to take the #carbonoffsetchallenge!

…and now to you, SolarWarrior!

Will you accept? Who will you challenge?

Find us on Twitter @nicomeo & @theATN, tag us, tag the folks you challenge, and be sure to use the hashtag #carbonoffsetchallenge. And as a bonus, upload a pic of how YOU are offsetting your carbon footprint. As a bonus, I’m offering a primo prize to the person who can demonstrate the MOST carbon footprint offset between now and September 15th. You will be featured for 10 minutes on-air at the SPI Podcast Lounge! We’ll have Etienne swing by, and we’ll do a followup on the importance of taking personal responsibility for your carbon footprint, featuring YOU, the grand prize winner.

For those who don’t win but still want to feel like a winner, then you should download the amazing free resource being offered to SunCast listeners by Aurora Solar - it’s their highly researched guide to writing the perfect solar proposal, and you can get your copy by going to www.mysuncast.com/aurora.

Resources

Check out the #carbonoffsetchallenge hashtag on Twitter

Connect with Etienne on LinkedIn

Keep up to date with Etienne on Twitter

Check out the Powerhub 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

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

convoy.com

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