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

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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.

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