137: Andrew Beebe, Obvious Ventures

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Welcome to Episode 137 of SunCast!

Today’s guest is someone I’ve followed for a long time, and am honored to finally have on SunCast.

In ’02, Andrew Beebe took a much-needed sabbatical from tech after selling his startup Big Step, in order to find new direction.

Ignoring advice from solar legend Dick Swanson, he scaled a solar EPC business long before being an EPC subcontractor was a popular model, and was still able to sell his solar company to then-market-leader, Suntech, going on to run Global Sales for that company.

Of course, many are following and interested in what he’s currently up to with his VC partners at Obvious Ventures. Not-to-miss is the Hot or Hype section where Andrew discusses where he sees beyond the hype in bleeding edge technologies! Hint - #electrifyeverything!

Resources:

Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn

Follow Andrew on Twitter

Follow Obvious Ventures on Twitter

A Venture Capitalist’s View on the Promise of Electric Aviation

Preparing For Liftoff by Andrew Beebe

Book Recommendations:

 
           
 

(Click the links above to check them out on Amazon - and you help support SunCast!)

Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss
(also Nico’s top book recommendation of 2018, as mentioned on Episodes #83, #101, #133, & #135 !!)

The Lean Startup - Eric Ries

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Covey

Built to Last - Jim Collins

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

136 - SunShare, US Pioneer in Community Solar

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Welcome to Episode 136 of SunCast!

We’re kicking the new year off with an entrepreneur out of Colorado who has been instrumental in pioneering the category of solar we today call Community Solar, you may have also heard the alternate phrase "Solar Gardens".

Unfamiliar w/that term? Well today you’ll learn not only what it is, but why David decided to spend the better part of his 20’s capturing a huge share of this booming segment his company coined as the 4th vertical. You may also recall that term "4th vertical" was first mentioned here on SunCast by one of his former employees, and now CEO of Nikola Power, JW Postal).

Resources:

Connect with David 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

135 - Year In Review (2018)

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Welcome to Episode 135 of SunCast!

Do you prefer New Year’s Resolutions, or Goals? At SunCast, we are resolved to continue bringing you, solar warriors, quality content that will improve your lives and businesses. In this episode, host Nico Johnson looks back at some key moments from the podcast throughout 2018. Tune in for highlights from the wide array of fascinating guests and topics covered this year, and a preview of the first two episodes that kickoff 2019!

Episodes Mentioned:

Founders & Pioneers:

Ep 62 - Suvi Sharma

Ep 82 - Ed Feo

Ep 85 - Mike Silvestrini

Ep 95 & 96 - Kyle Cherrick

Ep 106 - Lior Handelsman

Ep 109 & 110 - Jenya Meydbray

Ep 118 - Shawn Qu

Ep 120 - Andy Klump

Ep 123 - Bruce Levy

Ep 127 - Sam Vanderhoof

Get Tactical, Get Practical:

Ep 74 - Scott Sullivan

Ep TT 81 & 88 - Josh Weiner

Ep 83 & 101 - Never Split the Difference

Ep 97 - Nick Gogerty, SolarCoin

Ep 107 - Community First - NPR-Style Episode

Ep 117 - Adam James

Ep 121 - Lisa Ann

Ep 125 - Bill Nussey

Current events & commentary

Ep 94 - Intersolar Know-Before-You-Go Series ’Tradition’

Ep 112 - SPI Know Before You Go - The Introduction of Our Partnership with PV Magazine

Ep 113 - Puerto Rico 1 yr Hurricane Maria Anniversary

Ep 130 - Christian Roselund

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

134 - Jigar Shah Anniversary Episode

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Welcome to Episode 134 of SunCast!

It was almost exactly a year ago that I had the honor and privilege of having the eponymous Jigar Shah on SunCast. To celebrate the anniversary of this episode, and the fact that it’s currently the most downloaded episode of the year, I’m re-publishing it so the numerous new listeners to SunCast this year get a chance to hear it. 

Maybe you've heard him on the popular podcast The Energy Gang, or you helped put him at the top of the Solar #100 list as one of his nearly 20K Twitter followers, but hopefully today you’ll hear something you haven’t heard before as we discuss:

  • How Jigar's early career and family life shaped the companies he's built

  • Why Jigar believes you can't build a business as a side-hustle

  • SunEdison's early days of financing, and how that influences his own investing ethos

  • What Jigars sees smart entrepreneurs doing to win

  • And of course, his Bold Prediction

Links & Resources:

Follow Jigar and Generate Capital on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn

Generate Capital

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

or by email nico@mysuncast.com

133 - Christmas Gift - Podcast Roundup

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Merry Christmas Solar Warriors!

Thank you for a Wonderful Year in 2018!!

Since today is about giving more than receiving, I wanted to give you a gift. I don’t have another interview, rather I’d like to share with you some of my favorite podcasts of the year, and in so doing, also shout out to some of the fellow podcasters I believe are bringing incredible value to the world.

Unlock the remaining 15 podcasts by becoming a member of the SunCast Tribe here!

Top 5

  1. Drilled - Amy Westervelt (Critical Frequency)  https://pca.st/S2o5 by https://twitter.com/amywestervelt 

  2. Energy Transition Show (Chris Nelder): Ep 62: How Advanced Cost Recovery Swindled the South  https://pca.st/NGPV by https://twitter.com/chrisnelder - RMI, deep analytical, yet approachable, complete w/geek rating

  3. Experts Only (Jon Powers, Clean Capital) - Live from SPI - Economics of Microgrids - https://pca.st/id5r  by https://twitter.com/powersjon - other "live from” style events

  4. Watt it Takes: Sept 13th How Sunnova John Berger Convinced Oil & Gas Investors to believe in Solar (Energy Gang feed) https://pca.st/Uezb by https://twitter.com/emilykirsch

  5. More Power to You - 57 episodes! Ep 41 - Community Solar: Trends, Models & Case Studies, w/Dan Chwastyk, K Kaufmann & Jared Leader from SEPA https://pca.st/9oWk by https://twitter.com/cohenjosh

If you’d like to get access to the other 15 on my list, plus all the other exclusive content I share then join my SunCast Tribe, and help support the podcast.

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

132: Solar Inventions - Breakthroughs in Solar Science with Dr. Ben Damiani

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Welcome to Episode 132!

Have you ever gotten into a conversation with someone only to realize you were totally unprepared for how much knowledge and value you were about to receive? That’s how I’d describe the following interview, at least it was my experience. The unassuming and mild-mannered entrepreneur and scientist who’s today’s featured founder has spent his entire career working on technology many of us doesn’t even realize exists, and which may come to completely reconfigure how your solar cells function.

Ben Damiani is the co-founder of Solar Inventions, and his research has already dramatically improved solar cell manufacturing, but there’s more to come.

Resources

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn

Check out the Solar Inventions Website

Follow Ben on Twitter

Drilled Podcast

Books Mentioned

Ben Franklin by Walter Isaacson

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

Article on Design Optimization for Higher Stabilized Efficiency and Reduced Light‐Induced Degradation in Boron‐Doped Czochralski Silicon Solar Cells

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

131: Anastasios Hionis, Planning a Solar Project

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Welcome to Episode 131, Solar Warrior!

Today's entrepreneur journey takes us back to California, as we have a look at a young founder with a ton of experience in his field. Anastasios Hionis, may refer to him simply as Stas, is the founder and CEO of PV Amps. He has the rare quality of being a visionary leader AND A technical get-it-done kind of guy…and the even more rare combo of both electrical and mechanical engineering professional licenses. And today we dig in to how this entrepreneur and his team implement proven processes to reduce the risk, cost and frustration of solar PV projects.

And, thanks to listener and friend, John Espino, for recommending Anastasios for SunCast.

As the founder of PV AMPS, Anastasios “Stas” Hionis, PE leads a proactive, solutions driven, engineering consultancy that implements proven processes to reduce the risk, cost and frustration of developing, executing, and operating Utility, Commercial and Industrial Solar + Storage projects for Developers, EPCs, Owners, and Operators. Anastasios’ objective, along with his engineering team and curated partner network, is to increase the market value of Renewable Energy Assets by stewarding their successfully Launch, Verification and Optimization. He achieves this using a holistic, life-cycle-based view and implements a transparent and collaborative process in the design, planning, validation, performance testing, certification, and operational optimization of each asset. Anastasios holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a Professional Electrical and Mechanical Engineer in CA and holds an Electrical Engineering license in multiple states and has authored case studies and articles for the solar industry.

Resources:

Check out PV AMPS Website

Email Anastasios: stas@pvamps.com

Connect with Anastasios on LinkedIn

Gary Vaynerchuk - Crushing it! Audiobook

Eric Ries - Lean Startup

The Toyota Way

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

130: TT: 100% renewables targets, Christian Roselund - PV Magazine

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Welcome to Episode 130 of SunCast!

This week Christian Roselund, Americas Editor at PV Magazine is back to continue our discussion on 100% renewable targets. Last week there were a flurry of targets being announced by Cities, Utilities, Co-ops, it seems many people are getting on the bandwagon, but is it feasible, and if so, what will it take? Christian is particularly passionate about this topic, and we hope you are too.

Resources:

Connect with Christian on LinkedIn

Read PV Magazine USA

Future PV Roundtable Event at SPI 2018

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

129: Casey Collins, Duke University Energy Manager

Welcome to Episode 129, Solar Warrior!

Casey Collins has a unique perspective & insight into the Solar Industry as he works with the 5th largest energy buyer in the state of NC, Duke University. North Carolina is perennially among the largest solar states & recently announced the 2019 Renewable Energy and Net Metering Rules. 

Resources:

Connect with Casey on LinkedIn

Follow Duke Universities Sustainability 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

128: From Macy’s Exec to Crypto ICO, Girard Newkirk of kWh Coin

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Welcome to Episode 128 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

If you’ve been keeping up you know that I’ve been diving into the nexus of blockchain and energy lately. Well, I consider today’s guest one of my own mentors and experts on the topic, and I’m lucky to have met him. Thanks to his right hand, Monica, who reached out to me on Twitter, we’ve gotten to know each other this year, and I’m jazzed to finally have him on SunCast. Girard Newkirk is an entrepreneur on a mission to bring critical civic infrastructure to millions of homes in developing countries, starting with Africa. He has raised over $1.3 Million for his Crytpocurrency kWh Coin in an ICO earlier this year, and has big plans for his network of tokenized clean energy assets.

KWHCoin is a blockchain-based community, ecosystem and cryptocurrency backed by units of clean, renewable energy. Physical units of kWh energy are leveraged from multiple sources including smart meters, sensor readings and green button data. This measurable output is tokenized on the blockchain to create KWH tokens.

Today we dig into the why, when, how, where and who with Girard. I learned a lot, and I am certain you’ll come away with some insights.

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If you’re a member of the SunCast Tribe, you will have access to the additional Exclusive interview with Girard where he disclosed his top picks and prognostications for cryptocurrencies in 2019.

 
 

We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

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Resources

Learn more about kWh Coin on their website

Read the kWh Coin Whitepaper

Connect with Girard on LinkedIn

Follow kWh Coin on Twitter

Find kWh Coin on Facebook

Follow kWh Coin Renewable Energy on Instagram

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

127: Sam Vanderhoof: Solar Cowboyz, PV Recycling, 40 yrs in Solar

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Welcome to Episode 127 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Back in episodes 40 & 42 with Cory Vaughan, we talked about a Pioneer of the industry named Sam Vanderhoof.

Sam runs the consultancy Solar Cowboyz, and I thought it fitting to air his episode on Thanksgiving b/c he’s a person we all should be thankful for. Sam is one of the real pioneers in this industry, and I’m honored to have been able to host him on the show.  

Sam was part of the coming of age from catalogue sales of offgrid products to introducing some of the most transformative grid-tie systems to the industry, and he was featured in Jeff Spies’ documentary Solar Roots. I hope by the end you’ll feel you know him a little better, and I hope you enjoy his stories.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

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Resources

Connect with Sam on LinkedIn

Check out the RecyclePV website

Follow Solar Cowboyz on Twitter

It’s Time to Plan for Solar Panel Recycling, Solar Power World Online Article

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

126: Adam Hall, Million Solar Stars

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Welcome to Episode 126 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Welcome to this week’s Tactical Tuesday. On this week’s episode, Adam Hall, middle school science teacher and founder of the non-profit Million Solar Stars, shares how and why he chose to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy via the non-profit sector. 

Contrary to what some may believe, many non-profits act as a bridge – not a vehicle – so that tech, software, and other providers can extend their reach nationally and internationally. That is why I believe collaboration between for- and non-profit organizations is critical for lasting change, and why I felt it was important to highlight Adam Hall and his organization in today’s episode. 

Million Solar Stars helps our world’s youth gain greater access and understanding of solar power so they can stand as tomorrow’s solar industry leaders. Whether it be solar reading lights provided to underprivileged students in Africa or a solar race car built with groups of high school students, Million Solar Stars is reaching an ever-growing number of children to “power the potential of the next generation.”  

Adam teaches in Dubai’s sustainable city, and has worked in the renewable energy industry since 1999. Working with students holds a special place in his heart; he knows that the solar programs he provides will fuel progress both in the industry and in our world for years to come. 

In short, with projects ranging from solar windmills to solar-powered and remote-controlled racecars, Million Solar Stars is doing an exceptional job of making solar learning fun and engaging for the soon-to-be change-makers, leaders, and keepers of our planet.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

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Resources

Connect with Adam on LinkedIn

Check out Million Solar Stars here

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

125: Bill Nussey is Freeing Energy, Moving from the Cloud to the Grid

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Welcome to Episode 125, Solar Warrior!

Bill Nussey is a tinkerer & creator, and founded his first company in High School. He’s spent most of his career as a tech CEO, and has some incredible stories from his time at Greylock and as VP of Corp Strategy at IBM. But his storytelling also extends to writing, and his newest project, Freeing Energy, is one of the best new blogs I’ve had the pleasure to dive into. If you’re a fan of Energy Transition show, you’re gonna love Bill.

Thanks Andy Klump for the intro to Bill as well!

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is also brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

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Resources

Check out Bill’s TED Talk below:

Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

Follow Bill on Twitter

The Freeing Energy Project’s Book Website

Follow the Freeing Energy Project on Twitter

How Edison’s Protege Made the Power Industry into a Regulated Monopoly blog post

Check out the Solar Inventions Website

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

124: Nano Leasing Solar for Africa - Abe Cambridge

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Welcome to Episode 124 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Today's entrepreneur is a climate change scientist who laid down his pen and picked up a pv panel, so to speak, and has accomplished some notable firsts in the industry. Stay tuned to hear why Abe Cambridge left London for S. Africa to build the first nano­scale solar leasing platform and how blockchain is helping pull it all together .

Abraham Cambridge is a British born solar entrepreneur who establishes businesses and projects around the world that use solar energy as a means for bringing about major socio-economic shifts.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is also brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

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Resources

Follow the Sun Exchange on Twitter

Connect with the Sun Exchange on LinkedIn

Learn more about The Sun Exchange here

Article referenced from Genesis Block referring to the Impending Economic Crisis

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

123: Richard Branson Bought His Company - Bruce Levy of BMR Energy

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Welcome to Episode 123 of SunCast, Solar Warriors!

Today's entrepreneur journey leads us down the path of a seasoned energy industry exec who finally ventured out on his own, and after a couple years developing their portfolio, he successfully sold the company to none other than Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group!

Bruce Levy has worked in the power and energy industry for more than 35 years. He's run a major International Utility, a US IPP with 7GW of assets, and is Currently Founder, President and CEO of BMR Energy. Virgin Group acquired the Caribbean and Latin America project developer in 2016, and Bruce and his team are considered among the region's experts on clean energy deployment.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is also brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

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Resources

Check out the BMR Energy Website

Connect with Bruce on LinkedIn

Follow BMR Energy on Twitter

Follow Bruce on Twitter

Bruce's recent article describing BMR's due diligence efforts to improve energy infrastructure longevity in Latin American & Caribbean communities in the face of increasing storm severity

BMR's recent project in St. Croix. You can find more information about this project on their website here

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

122: Empower female leaders in Renewables with Patricia Tatto

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Welcome to another episode of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Today is Episode 122, and it's 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.

A lot of you out there have a desire to help the industry beyond just your day job, and you are movers and shakers, that's one of the reasons you listen to SunCast! Today's guest is just like you, incapable of sitting by when she sees a need, and she's a self-starter. When my Friend and longtime SunCast listener Patrica Tatto told me she was going to organize all the women in the Mexico renewables industry, I knew it would grow to be something important. Today we're going to have a look at how that spark of initiative has grown into a beacon of light for women all across Latin America.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is also brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

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Resources

Check Out the MERM Website

Connect with Patricia on LinkedIn

Join the LinkedIn Group - Mujeres en Energia Renovable Latinoamerica 

Connect with MERM on Twitter

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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


121: Women In Cleantech & Sustainability Founder, Lisa Ann Pinkerton

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Welcome to another episode of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Today's conversation is with another power hitter whose built a sustainable and growing business out of what she loves to do.

Lisa Ann Pinkerton and I have many things in common, but chief among them is a love to share cleantech stories with the world, but we go about it in slightly different ways. So I was intrigued to better understand how and why she’s been able to build a loyal client base of rabid ‘fans’ of her work in the past 7 years. In an era when most clients turnover every 18 months, her company, Technica Communications, has managed to retain clients from as far back as 2012! After this interview, it was clear to me why: when you get a pro on your team, you don’t want to let them go!

In addition to being named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017, Lisa Ann is founder and Chairwoman of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, which will host the upcoming WCS Talks at the Google Campus on November 3rd.
WCS Talks is an annual TED-style event hosted by Google, including the first female-focused startup pitch competition for the cleantech and sustainable industry.

As a SunCast listener, you can get a special 25% discount on your WCS Talks ticket by using the code “SunCast” at checkout!

Lisa Ann started her career as a broadcast journalist for nearly a decade. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, PBS Television, NBC and other US news outlets. It was a joy to finally get a full interview with her to discuss how she transitioned from a radio career to become a clean tech marketing maven. And it’s always great to share the mic with someone who’s got professional voice training! I explored Lisa Ann’s past to uncover some of the tricks of the trade she has ported over from her journalistic and radio career. I was especially surprised to learn one of the key hiring criteria she credits for her success! You’ll be glad you tuned in.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

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Resources

Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn

Follow Technica Communications on Twitter

Learn more about Women in Cleantech & Sustainability here

Top Ten Twitter Tips for an Optimized Solar Power International 

4 Steps to Following up After Solar Power International


Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

120: Andy Klump on China, Trina, Quality and Personal Growth

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Welcome to Episode 120 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

Andy Klump is one of the most connected and charismatic figures I have met in solar; not only does he know and work with  major industry players, but he's been part of helping the industry mature, and as an American in China, has a unique perspective to share.

Andrew Klump is a recognised board advisor to the world’s leading solar manufacturers, EPCs and project development companies. 

Until 2008 Andrew was Vice President of Business Development for Trina Solar where he managed international growth, JV/M&A activity, and the signing of long-term polysilicon agreements in over nine countries. He has experience in raising capital helping the company raise near $500 million through its IPO on the NYSE in 2006, and subsequent follow-on offerings. 

Andrew has worked in China since 2003, serving in executive management roles with Dell and Intel. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University in 1998 and MBA degree from Harvard in 2003. Andrew lives in Shanghai with his family and is fluent in Mandarin.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

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Resources

Connect with Andy on LinkedIn

Connect with Clean Energy Associate on LinkedIn

Learn more about Clean Energy Associates on their website


Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

119 - TT: Drones and Computer Vision, Lance Li of Aerospec

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Welcome to Episode 119 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

I've been noticing there's an increasing hum drum about drones and their role in asset management and on-site data acquisition pre and post-installation, so thought I'd bring on an expert in the subject to better understand it, Lance Li of Aerospec.

Aerospec is a data-driven aerial inspection provider for the renewable energy industry and now have made a lot of progress in the solar field by using artificial intelligence to detect assets issues.

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We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

Resources

Connect with Lance on LinkedIn

Follow Aerospec on Twitter

The Value of AI Powered Analytics in Solar O&M - Case Study

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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

118: Founder of Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Shawn Qu

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Welcome to Episode 118 of SunCast, Solar Warrior!

We are back to the Solar Pioneers series. 

I'm so grateful you are here, and this interview with Dr. Qu won't let you down.

Dr. Shawn (Xiaohua) Qu has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since founding Canadian Solar in October 2001 with little more than a vision and his personal savings, and taking it public on Nasdaq (CSIQ) only 5 yrs later!  17 years in, and the company operates on 6 continents and is set to achieve an impressive 6GW in shipments and > $4Billion in revenues for 2018!

I got the privilege of sitting down with him in Anaheim recently during Solar Power Int'l, and squeezed as much as I could out in the hour I was given. 

We want to thank Folsom Labs (makers of Helioscope) and our amazing sponsors and partners of SunCast. You can find more about them by visiting our sponsors page.

Today's episode is brought to you in collaboration with PV Magazine USA.

With its independent, technology-focused reporting, pv magazine concentrates on covering the latest solar PV news, topical technological trends, and worldwide market developments. This is an ongoing editorial cross-pollination, so If you're joining us as a new listener thanks to PV Mag, thank you for checking out SunCast.

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Resources

Follow Canadian Solar on Twitter

Connect with Shawn on LinkedIn

Learn more about Canadian Solar on their Website

The Shawn Qu Story - part of the inspiration for this interview.

Join the Tribe? Check out Episode 86, in which I explain how YOU can become an Energy Tribe member and support the growth and stability of SunCast moving forward! www.mysuncast.com/member to join today!

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