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The Clean Power Hour podcast is speeding the clean energy transition. Tim Montague and John Weaver highlight clean energy innovations shaping the next generation of renewable energy sources. We discuss the latest solar PV, battery storage, wind, water, wave and other low carbon technologies. We answer the question: How can we decarbonize the economy? We promote the economic opportunity of electrifying everything - transportation, energy, industry and the built environment. Let's speed the clean energy transition together. Join the movement - www.CleanPowerHour.com

Clean Power Hour Tim Montague, John Weaver

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The Clean Power Hour podcast is speeding the clean energy transition. Tim Montague and John Weaver highlight clean energy innovations shaping the next generation of renewable energy sources. We discuss the latest solar PV, battery storage, wind, water, wave and other low carbon technologies. We answer the question: How can we decarbonize the economy? We promote the economic opportunity of electrifying everything - transportation, energy, industry and the built environment. Let's speed the clean energy transition together. Join the movement - www.CleanPowerHour.com

    Mark Settles and Jim Spano of Sol-REIT | Improving Economics for Solar Developers with REIT Loans Ep.87

    Mark Settles and Jim Spano of Sol-REIT | Improving Economics for Solar Developers with REIT Loans Ep.87

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    These guys know solar.  These guys know financing.  Put that together and Sol-REIT, LLC (Sol-REIT) is a one stop shop for solar investors and developers to access capital and maximize returns with more control over each stage of the project.
    Sol-REIT offers financing of construction loans for small to mid-sized solar project developers underserved in the market today.  Sol-REIT will be the first firm to bring the proven mortgage REIT model to the solar industry, ushering in a new era of control and profitability for developers.
    Mark Settles is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sol-REIT.  Mark serves as a liaison with the firm’s Board of Directors, furnishes executive leadership across the firm and brings over 35 years of executive leadership, financial markets expertise and economics education experience to the firm.
    Jim Spano is the Co-Founder and Head of Originations of Sol-REIT.  Jim leads originations for the company's loan investments, as well as strategic business development relationship management with the company's solar developer and mortgage broker clients.
    Listen in for an education in structured financing, its fundamental differences to traditional loans and how REIT-style loans previously reserved only for real estate can be favorable for a solar build.
    Key Takeaways
    How Sol-REIT came to be, started by solar developers, not bankers
    Why Sol-REIT is the financing solution for small and mid-sized solar developers 
    How structured financing supports the developer by monetizing the value of getting a project to NTP
    Why treating solar project financing similarly to real estate financing makes logical sense
    The easiest way for a developer to maintain control over their cashflow for a project
    Examples of how Sol-REIT’s depth of knowledge of solar far surpasses any other lender
    How structured finance relies solely on the revenue of the project it is funding, not the revenue of the company as in typical financing
    How Sol-REIT offers capital with zero to minimal sponsor equity requirement for the full term of the project
    Why traditional financing options aren’t in line with the operational life of a typical solar project
    How the REIT solution allows developers to own the project long-term and avoid selling to aggregators
    How to eliminate the middleman and bring the project right to investment banks in half the time
    Connect with Jim
    Jim Spano on LinkedIn
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Connect with Mark
    Email mark@sol-reit.com
    Mark on LinkedIn
    Connect with Tim   
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
     Resources
    Sol-REIT 
    Kevin Adler, Co-Founder
    Brian A. Sidman, Co-Founder

    • 1 hr
    Tyler Duvelius, Jon Carson, Robin Pressman and Mike Casey | Easing Project Approval: Go Local Early and Long-Term Ep.86

    Tyler Duvelius, Jon Carson, Robin Pressman and Mike Casey | Easing Project Approval: Go Local Early and Long-Term Ep.86

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    Solar developers are well aware of the energy it takes to win the uphill, sometimes prolonged battle of project approval.  Is education the answer?  And which strategy works the best?  
    Community engagement via telephone land line is a thing of the past; Dynamic Online Sampling on social media is the method of today.  Tyler Duvelius is Director of External Affairs at Conservative Energy Network.  Jon Carson is a lead solar developer with Trajectory Energy.  Robin Pressman is Head of Embold Research.  Mike Casey is the President of Tigercomm.  
    Today on Clean Power Hour, we have a team of experts and advocates from diverse fields within the solar industry: Robin is conducting the research, Tyler is advocating on the ground in the communities long-term, and Jon and Mike are managing installs and slowly chipping away at getting solar into rural America.  
    Together, this team offers evidence-based methods to get projects off the ground in a timely and affordable way.  Listen in for easy, low or cost-free resources for developers to ease the process of project approval. 
    Key Takeaways
    How utility-scale developers tend to under-communicate with the public at the most important moment
    Two key metrics that were shown to significantly increase public acceptance of a project 
    Three ways developers could streamline project approval with local officials, businesses and the public
    Why community perception is still the worst bottleneck of recent times
    Why Embold’s proprietary research and sampling methods are so integral in the effort to understand community mindset
    Key results from Embold’s comprehensive research study into public opinion of solar 
    Why investing in the early stages of a project can save time and hassle come permit time
    Why staying involved locally past project completion will help in landing future work
    How the Conservative Energy Network’s Land and Liberty project aims to stick around and continue community engagement well after the project is completed
    Why explicitly stating where project revenue will go, e.g., high school renovations, is essential
    Locations in the US where new projects tend to be sited
    Why never letting the loudest voice win the argument is sage advice to follow
    Connect with Tyler 
    Conservatives for Clean Energy
    Connect with Robin
    Embold Research
    Connect with Jon
    Trajectory Energy
    Connect with Mike 
    Tigercomm
    Feb 2022 Article
    Connect with Tim  
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
    Resources
    Midwest Solar Expo [Discount Code CPH15] 
     Sponsor 
    Clean Power Consulting Group

    • 41 min
    Sean White, Master Solar PV Trainer | Training Solar Professionals for Next “Solar Coaster” Climb Ep.85

    Sean White, Master Solar PV Trainer | Training Solar Professionals for Next “Solar Coaster” Climb Ep.85

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    As innovation in solar chugs along and consumer perception climbs and falls, one thing is true.  New terminology – with accompanying acronyms – appears almost daily right now in solar industry.  From “solar economics” to “virtual power plants (VPP) ” to “frequency regulation” and “vehicle to grid (V2G),” these terms are the future of solar.  And solar is climbing high.
    Sean White is an award-winning solar photovoltaic (PV) professor, master trainer, solar contractor and author of several books, including Solar Photovoltaic Basics, Solar PV Engineering and Installation, PV Technical Sales, PV and the NEC and Energy Storage Basics.  
    On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Sean joins Tim to talk about important milestones in the history of solar technology from its inception in the 1950’s to its maturity today.  They discuss solar energy storage, bidirectional car batteries, self-consumption systems, V2G, VPPs, getting to cash positive, plus details on important upcoming industry conferences.
    Listen in to bring that expertise to the forefront to tackle any business challenge, hire new talent, acquire new business and so much more.
    Key Takeaways
    Milestones in PV cell development from its invention in 1954 to one gigawatt installed worldwide in 2000 to one terawatt installed worldwide in 2022 
    How the price adoption curve has played a major role in the solar industry
    How battery size and availability introduce the new frontier of solar: “solar plus storage” 
    Why California has half of solar energy production and its likely status-change to a “self-consumption system” in the very near future
    Sean’s predicted boom of self-consumption systems and how the “price is right” for bidirectional batteries in electric vehicles 
    The essential missing piece that is the main barrier to V2G technology
    Which mainstream car company is actively working on a V2G-ready car
    How solar energy will become economical in 5-10 years
    Why energy storage can assist with “frequency regulation” (injecting extra power into the grid or holding back when necessary)
    How the “solar coaster” came to be and why solar could be the next massive money-maker
    How utilities pushing back sends consumers migrating off grid
    Connect with Sean
    SolarSEAN.org
    Sean on LinkedIn
    Books by Sean
    White House Solar 
    Connect with Tim  
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts

    Resources 
    HeatSpring.com
    Grid Alternatives
    RE+ Southeast Conference, May 11-12, 2022
    Re+ Conference, September 19-22, 2022
    InterSolar North America Conference, February 14-16, 2023
    RE+ Northeast Confe

    • 45 min
    Scott Nguyen, CEO of Bodhi | Faster Solar Adoption via Improved Customer Experience Ep.84

    Scott Nguyen, CEO of Bodhi | Faster Solar Adoption via Improved Customer Experience Ep.84

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    What happens when a home solar install company lacks a smooth interface between the business operations, their staff and the homeowner?  A missed opportunity for more happy customers, referrals and mass adoption of solar.
    When customers receive just the right amount of intel from their solar system in one polished platform, user experience vastly improves.  Even more, the installer’s customer support costs fall while referrals, good reviews and add-on projects ramp up!
    Scott Nguyen is the CEO of Bodhi, a software company founded in 2019 that empowers solar companies to deliver amazing customer experiences.  After an underwhelming experience with his own home’s solar panel installation, Scott recognized a gap in the business model.  Important parts of the process were missing.  The ease of UI needed a reboot.  Performance monitoring was a mess.  
    Listen in to hear how Scott and Bodhi are delivering real value to solar companies and transforming how customers interface with their installers, making it easier for all parties to sustain a positive, lucrative relationship well beyond the life of their first panels.  The opportunities to improve the product were many, and Bodhi answered the call.  And their results are streaming in like a ray of innovation.  
    Key Takeaways
    How Scott conceived the idea for better CRM in solar and his take on the expertise missing from current-day solar installations
    How consumer experience on other platforms, such as streaming, shapes expectations elsewhere
    How adding Bodhi to an installer’s slate of services fulfills the “software stack” principle in business
    Why high consumer expectations will be the driver of true mass adoption of solar
    Evidence of how automating repetitious processes using Bodhi reduces customer acquisition costs by 20% and CRM by 20-50%
    Details on Bodhi’s project lifecycle: a kickoff, consults and a customizable product in a month’s time
    Why there is blatant missed revenue with the existing installation model to “set it and forget it”
    How Bodhi can boost referrals, good reviews and follow-on projects, e.g. batteries or incorporating new tech
    How Bodhi’s software eliminates false low performance alerts and recognizes the impacts of extreme weather
    Why keeping a customer educated and apprised of project status without spamming them is such a valuable service
    Connect with Scott
    Bodhi
    Scott on LinkedIn
    Bodhi Contact Us 
    Connect with Tim  
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
    Resources
    Bodhi on YouTube
    Re-Plus Conference (formerly SPI)
    Midwest Solar Expo [Discount Code CPH15] 
    Sponsor 
    Clean Power Consulting Group

    • 30 min
    Jigar Shah | Scaling the Gigaton Decarbonization Economy Ep.83

    Jigar Shah | Scaling the Gigaton Decarbonization Economy Ep.83

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    The first Tesla Model S came to be with an initial half-billion-dollar loan from the Department of Energy.  SpaceX was saved by a loan from NASA. The might of the federal government paired with the indomitable will of an entrepreneur equals a bridge to bankability.  
    A successful model exists for scaling up decarbonization, and a tenacious entrepreneur’s first step is to the front door of the Loan Program Office.
    Jigar Shah is the Director for the Loan Program Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Previously, he founded SunEdison and served as President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital.  In his current role, Jigar works with technologies that are ready to scale the transition to a global clean energy economy.  He oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s over $40B of authority within manufacturing, innovative project finance and tribal energy. 
    On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Jigar joins Tim to discuss historical patterns in green energy financing, the many viable technologies still awaiting commercialization and how to identify your best and highest use professionally.
    Listen in for a deep dive into decarbonization technology funding complete with rich detail, directly from a legitimate pioneer in the field.
    Key Takeaways
    How a DOE loan to an industry  sparks lending confidence from private banks down the line
    The influence of state-level policies on lending, e.g.: California’s electric vehicle (EV) mandates 
    Jigar’s take on why strong will and heart is required to reach the “bridge to bankability”
    Why the Loan Program Office is a safe place for founders unfamiliar with commercialization
    The perceived tension between improving existing technologies and deploying them as-is
    What equity stage a company should be when applying for a DOE loan
    Examples of long-established technologies plagued by inertia: green cement and green hydrogen
    The differences at play in decarbonizing steel vs. cement
    The learning curve benefit: a doubling of adoption of technologies equals 20% lower price
    Why the process of discovery is worth losing money
    The plans for a national carbon dioxide sequestration pipeline
    The major investment in direct air capture technologies to come from Stripe, Meta and Google
    The future decarbonization goals we have to meet as a nation by 2035 and 2050
    How each individual can find their “best and highest use,” be it local activism or a fearless pursuit of bringing new technologies to a commercial market
    Connect with Jigar 
    Department of Energy
    Jigar on Twitter
    Jigar on LinkedIn
    Connect with Tim   
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
     Resources
    Zero Carbon-Grid Blueprint by 2035
    Earthshots for a Gigaton of Carbon Removal by 2050
    Infrastructure Modernization Efforts
    Sponsor 
    Clean Power Consulting Group

    • 39 min
    Mastermind Roundtable with Cliff Ravenscraft & Deacon Bradley Ep.82

    Mastermind Roundtable with Cliff Ravenscraft & Deacon Bradley Ep.82

    Get a 15% discount to attend Midwest Solar Expo with discount code: CPH15. www.MidwestSolarExpo.com/, the premier B2B solar and clean energy event in the region. 
    To speed the clean energy transition, we need innovative businesses in the renewable energy space to scale quickly. 
    And perhaps the best way for entrepreneurs and executives in clean tech to accelerate their growth is to join a mastermind, leveraging the knowledge, experience and network of the group to go further faster. 
    Cliff Ravenscraft is the business mentor behind the Mindset Answer Man and the facilitator of the Next Level Mastermind Group. Deacon Bradley is the business growth consultant and mastermind facilitator at Sharp Business Growth.   
    On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Cliff and Deacon join Tim to share their definition of a mastermind, describing how members come together around a shared goal and learn from one another.
    Cliff and Deacon explain how masterminds work, discussing the hot seat model they use in their groups to help members accelerate their results. 
    Listen in for success stories from the entrepreneurs and executives in Cliff and Deacon’s programs and find out how you might benefit from the support of a mastermind group.
    Key Takeaways
    How Deacon defines a mastermind as a group of people who come together around a shared goal
    What inspired Deacon's transition from 1:1 coaching to facilitating a mastermind
    How Deacon and Cliff were introduced to the mastermind community
    Cliff's take on masterminds as a small group in which every member is committed to the success of every other member
    How Cliff and Deacon's mastermind groups work
    The hot seat model both Cliff and Deacon use in their mastermind groups
    Other structures you might see in a mastermind group, i.e.: resource round-robin, book club or ask me anything
    What outcomes entrepreneurs and executives can expect from participating in a mastermind 
    How CEOs and execs in Deacon's mastermind benefit from participating in the group
    Cliff's insight on how participating in a mastermind accelerates your results
    The common question Deacon gets from prospective mastermind members around confidentiality
    How Cliff thinks about building a level of trust among members of his mastermind groups 
    Connect with Cliff 
    Mindset Answer Man
    Connect with Deacon
    Sharp Business Growth Podcast 
    Deacon on LinkedIn 
    Deacon on Instagram
    Connect with Tim   
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Email tgmontague@gmail.com 
    Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
    Resources
    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 
    48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller 
    Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income 
    Podcasting A to Z
    Midwest Solar Expo [Discount Code CPH15] 
    Sponsor 
    Clean Power Consulting Group 

    • 36 min

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