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"We want to take solar mainstream. If I continue to help people communicate their vision, how they run their companies, and communicate with each other better, then I can help make that happen."

Welcome to Episode 46 of SunCast.

Today, we will be spending time with my new friend, Pamela Cargill of Chaolysti Consulting.  You should have a listen if you're interested in:

  • Insights into how small companies prepare for growth in solar
  • Solid tools Pam uses to coach her clients along that path
  • What it's like leaving corporate to run your own consulting business, from a woman's perspective
  • And about a dozen other insights gleaned from this hour with Pam

Pam is an often quiet but ever-present force in the California solar market (and increasingly beyond!) and cut her teeth more than a decade ago schlepping modules and working on a crew installing in the Northeast. She then moved up to the marketing and operations teams at Sungevity before stepping out on her own. So, she understands a thing or two about companies that scale, common misconceptions, and how to frame the conversation.

Hey, speaking of which, we would love to know, what are you struggling with? What one thing is in your way that you'd like help solving? Are there areas specific to your business, or the industry as a whole, that you wish you knew how to do better, or where you're getting stuck? Let me know; I love brainstorming ideas and helping people think through these types of problems. And if I don't know it, I just might know someone who does, and we'll get them on the show!

If you'd like to schedule a 1:1 call w/me, you can now do that at

You can also just shoot me an email, a LinkedIn message, or pop over to the website and leave me a quick Voicemail, right from your smartphone! That website is and email is

Resources from today's Show:

Follow Pam on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn personal & Business Page.
and of course on her blog, Chaolysti.

Books Mentioned:

Implementing Value Pricing - Roland J Baker
Start with Why - Simon Sinek
Good to Great - Jim Collins

Shout out to Barry Cinnamon's episode with Pam a couple of yrs ago - much more succinct intro and explanation of what Pam does!

Running A Successful Solar Business With Pamela Cargill by The Energy Show

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

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