Welcome to Episode 88 of Suncast!

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From Akeena's IPO and co-founding Green Charge Networks to helping Nextracker build the next generation of hardware-embedded energy storage, Josh and his Enginerds at SepiSolar have done it all.  Josh first appeared on SunCast in the Tactical Tuesday Episode #81, where he dispelled myths about battery chemistry and helped us understand the true value of adding storage to a solar project.  He's is the CEO/Founder of SepiSolar, a Bay Area engineering services company that has taken a long view on the integration of storage with solar.

Josh began his solar career at Akeena Solar, one of the leading turnkey residential and commercial solar contractors from 2002 to 2009. Shortly after joining the Akeena team in 2005, Joshua quickly took on a supervisory role within the company’s operations departments, opening several remote offices nation-wide and scaling the company’s staffing and infrastructure needs upon Akeena’s IPO filing.


He was also one of the co-founders of another well-known storage company, Green Charge Networks, which I teased in the Tactical Tuesday episode.

Tune in to learn:

  • SepiSolar’s foundation story and what separates them from others 
  • Lessons learned from Akeena Solar's IPO and dramatic growth 
  • The not-so-strange connection between Music & the Solar Industry? 
  • The incredible impact a neighbor can have on a young mind 

Josh’s energy storage career began as a co-founder of Green Charge Networks, which was awarded a $10M grant by the US DOE to deploy 8 micro-grid and utility-interactive solar + energy storage + electric vehicle chargers projects for the purposes of optimizing behind-the-meter electricity usage. After exiting Green Charge Networks (now owned by Engie) in 2015, Josh has gone on to develop grid-connected energy storage and micro-grid projects with NRG’s Station A team and NEXTracker’s integrated energy storage program, where Josh has played many roles in the development of energy storage products and services, including business, finance, policy, project, product, hardware, and software development.  


Connect with Josh on LinkedIn

Check out SepiSolar's site here: SepiSolar

You can get the free energy storage cost analysis tool Josh alluded to in the episode by going to the Sepi Solar blog,

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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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