"PV has allowed me to make a contribution that matters to me...the work that I've done is purely a function of seeing what I think needs to be done and seeing that nobody else is doing it."

Welcome to Episode 47 of SunCast. I'm so glad you you're back with me again this week! I'm just back from an amazing time at SPI 2017, and I'm exhausted, but wanted to make sure we are staying on track with the next episode here as we continue to bring you actionable content focused on helping you grow as a solar leader and professional!

Today we'll be spending time with someone who is VERY acquainted with the Solar Pioneers and their stories!  My friend, and fellow podcaster, Jeff Spies, has been in the solar industry for nearly exactly the same amount of time I have (that's 11 yrs and counting!) and I don't think Anybody has spent as much time as he has thinking about how to tell the story of the dawn of the Solar PV Industry and the vanguards who ushered it out of obscurity and into mainstream. His Solar Pioneer parties are legendary, so stay tuned to hear how you can attend the 3rd and final one this November!

In today's episode, we get into detail about:

  • Jeff's journey into solar, from his early days at AEE to now
  • What exactly is this Solar Pioneers party he keeps talking about on LinkedIn and Facebook and why you should attend?
  • Which contractor trade Jeff expects solar to most resemble as it continues to evolve
  • His take on Hot or Not, and of course, books, lessons learned and much more.

I hope some of this resonates with you. I am queuing up more tactical episodes to keep you sharp, and I'd love to know what themes or areas of interest you're keen to learn more about!? What other problems or roadblocks can we help you remove? Would you please reach out to me to let me know how I can help either here on SunCast or even offline? I would love to hear from you. 

And, of course, If YOU have someone or something you think should be on Suncast, you can shoot me an email, a LinkedIn message, or even just pop over to the website and leave me a quick Voicemail, right from your smartphone! That website is and email is

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Thanks again for taking the time to be here.  I hope you enjoy this week’s episode of SunCast, with Jeff Spies of Quick Mount PV.

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Resources from today's Show:

Follow Jeff on Twitter, Facebook (Pioneers) or Facebook personal page
Or on LinkedIn

Jeff's own podcast: Quick Mount PV Solar Roof Talk

Learn more & Register for the Solar Pioneer Party (you'll need to hit me up for the "password" required to register)

Praise for the upcoming documentary and the Pioneer Party:

Books Mentioned:

What color is your parachute - Richard Bolles

Centeniel, Hawaii, and The Source  - all by James Mitchner

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.

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