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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

    DOE Clean Energy Corps, Clean Power Consulting Group, Grid Expansion | Clean Power Quick Take

    DOE Clean Energy Corps, Clean Power Consulting Group, Grid Expansion | Clean Power Quick Take

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    1. Tim Montague has launched the CLEAN Power Consulting Group to help cleantech and clean energy companies accelerate their growth | Launch announcement | 2. The DOE is building a $62 billion Clean Energy Corps | 3. The Infrastructure Bill is funding grid expansion to ease the clean energy transition | 4. Recent show highlights | Check out all of our content at www.CleanPowerHour.com

    Today on the Clean Power Hour we bring you a new segment called clean power quick takes:
    CLEAN Power Consulting Group launches
    Your host Tim Montague is launching the CLEAN Power Consulting Group. It is a unique, structured and flexible approach to helping growth companies realize their full potential that Tim Montague developed over twenty years and two hundred million in sales of working with technology companies that are part of the answer to a future that is safer, healthier and more sustainable. Read more | Book a mtg with Tim | CLEAN stands for Capacity assessment, Leverage, Expansion, Action planning, and Next steps. We call it the CLEAN Power Market Expansion Method.

    Clean Energy Corps - $62 B initiative by US DOE
    With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Clean Energy Corps
    is charged with investing more than $62 billion to deliver a more equitable clean energy future for the American people by: Investing in American manufacturing; Creating good paying jobs; Expanding access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities, and businesses; Delivering reliable, clean, and affordable power to more Americans; And building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy research, development, and demonstrations.
    Building a Better Grid
    As part of the Infrastructure Bill of 2021 the DOE is launching an initiative to invest $20 billion in what they call ‘building a better grid.’  There's a bottleneck for wind and solar projects across the US where there isn’t capacity on the grid and so these projects are stuck in limbo. This initiative is to support the build out of long-distance high voltage transmission facilities to help us reach Biden's goal 100% clean electricity by 2035. 
     Recent Show Highlights | Check out all our content at www.CleanPowerHour.com
    DOE Clean Energy Corps | Expanding the Grid | Clean Power Hour Quicktake https://youtu.be/zySQYdQHDRA | audio
    Cleaning Up Thermal Power with Matt Lensink & Lisa Katz | #68 https://youtu.be/xZLmderKLpo | audio
    Renewable Energy as a Tenant with James Geshwiler | #69 https://youtu.be/XP9mX4iNCEM | audio
    Land Stewardship in the Solar Industry | Rhett Kerby, KerTec | #67 https://youtu.be/tTImJXEhAYo | audio

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    James Geshwiler on Rooftop Solar for Commercial Facilities Ep.69

    James Geshwiler on Rooftop Solar for Commercial Facilities Ep.69

    90% of real estate in America is owned by a third party. And this is a big part of what makes rooftop solar so challenging in the commercial and industrial space. How do you convince a property owner to install rooftop solar when it’s the tenant who pays the utility bill? How do you develop systems that work at scale and can expand as regulations change?
    James Geshwiler is the Cofounder and Chief Strategy and Investment Officer of Catalyze, a private equity backed energy transition company focused exclusively on rooftop solar for commercial and industrial facilities. Catalyze works with commercial real estate groups, large-scale owner operators and regional renewable energy developers to build and operate solar storage and EV charging systems at scale. James and his team are on a mission to accelerate the large-scale transition to clean energy by making it easy and profitable.
    On this episode of Clean Power Hour, James joins Tim and John to explain how Catalyze is overcoming the challenges of rooftop solar for C&I by serving as a long-term, independent energy services provider for its client-partners. James discusses the Catalyze partnership with Microgrid Labs, describing how the two companies are preparing for the coming shift to electric vehicles. Listen in to understand how Catalyze leverages the REenergyze software to future-proof its solar infrastructure and learn how James sells rooftop solar to property owners who don’t care about sustainability. 
    Key Takeaways
    What makes rooftop solar for commercial and industrial facilities so challenging
    Catalyze’s work as an energy transition company focused on solar storage and EV charging for C&I
    How James’ team serves commercial real estate groups, regional renewable energy developers and large-scale owner-operators
    Catalyze’s evolution from tech-focused software company to long-term owner-operator and energy services provider
    How operating at scale gives Catalyze a price advantage 
    The advantage Catalyze has in being able to expand as regulations change
    How James thinks about future-proofing to deal with demand curves
    How Catalyze leverages its REenergyze platform to create energy profiles for commercial buildings
    Catalyze’s partnership with Microgrid Labs to manage electricity charging and fleet scheduling
    How Catalyze sells rooftop solar to an owner who doesn’t care about sustainability
    How Catalyze offers lead gen as part of its partnership with local developers
    Connect with James
    Catalyze
    Connect with Tim 
    Clean Power Hour  
    Clean Power Hour on YouTube
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn 
    Connect with John
    Commercial Solar Guy 
    John on Twitter 
    John on LinkedIn 
    Resources
    Sungevity 
    SunRa Solar
    EnCap Investments 
    Microgrid Labs 
    Catalyze’s REenergyze Platform
    PermaCity
    Sol Alliance
     

    • 41 min
    Matt Lensink & Lisa Katz on Cleaning Up Thermal Power Ep.68

    Matt Lensink & Lisa Katz on Cleaning Up Thermal Power Ep.68

    We don't spend a lot of time talking about thermal energy on the Clean Power Hour, but it’s a thing! And a lot of industrial and institutional processes require high-grade thermal power. We need it to heat hospitals and university campuses, for example, or to power food and beverage manufacturing plants. So, what can we do to accelerate the decarbonization of thermal energy?
    Matt Lensink and Lisa Katz are the CEO and Director of Business Development & Marketing, respectively, at CEM Engineering, a thermal power consulting firm specializing in cogeneration and energy management solutions. CEM is committed to cleaning up thermal power throughout North America, helping clients implement the best technology-based solutions to achieve their energy cost savings and CO2 reduction targets. Matt and Lisa also serve as hosts of the popular Energy Radio Podcast.
    On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Matt and Lisa join Tim to explain why it’s crucial to clean up thermal power and how CEM is evolving into the renewable energy space. They describe how carbon tax increases are driving positive change and discuss their new partnership with Absolicon to advance solar-thermal energy applications. Listen in for Matt and Lisa’s insight around the hydrogen-based technology projects being considered in Canada right now and learn about the different energy technologies we’re using to decarbonize thermal power.
    Key Takeaways
    CEM’s commitment to cleaning up thermal power and why it’s important
    Why CEM is evolving into the renewable energy space
    The increasing interest in biogas, biomass and RNG energy technologies
    How Canada’s carbon tax increase to $170 per tonne by 2030 is driving positive change
    The electric heat pumps and boilers, solar-thermal and hydrogen-based technologies being used to decarbonize thermal power
    CEM’s new partnership with Absolicon to produce advanced solar collectors
    Why CEM is involved in so many different energy sectors
    Matt & Lisa’s insight on the hydrogen projects being considered in Canada
    The feasibility of using existing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen power 
    What energy technologies food and beverage manufacturers will use moving forward
    Connect with Matt & Lisa
    CEM Engineering 
    Energy Radio
    Lisa on LinkedIn
    Email lisa@cemeng.ca
    Connect with Tim
    Clean Power Hour 
    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on LinkedIn
    Resources
    Energy News & Energy Roundtable
    Canada’s Carbon Tax
    Carbon Pricing in the US
    IPPSA Annual Conference
    Absolicon
    Phoenix Solar Thermal
    TECO’s RNG Project
    Urbana’s Commercial Electrolyzer
    Ally Power, Inc. on Clean Power Hour EP064
    Hydrogen Rainbow
    Air Products Collaboration with Baker Hughes
    Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB

    • 33 min
    Land Stewardship in the Solar Industry | Rhett Kerby, KerTec | #67

    Land Stewardship in the Solar Industry | Rhett Kerby, KerTec | #67

    #67 Successful vegetation restoration and natural landscaping of solar farms is a vital part of the solar industry. Solar farms mean changes in the land and those changes can be good from an ecological perspective - but this requires expert planning, engineering and execution of soil preparation and conservation and proper seed lists and vegetation establishment and maintenance plans/execution.
    Today on the Clean Power Hour we bring you Rhett Kerby, co-founder of KerTec and expert soil scientist based in west Texas and working across the Great Plains and Midwest of the US. We discuss the steps involved in properly planning, designing, engineering, and executing smart soil and vegetation restoration plans as they relate to the solar industry.
    Check out all of our content at www.CleanPowerHour.com
    Give us a thumbs up, rate us on Apple, and subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/cleanpowerhouryt

    • 28 min
    CEJA - Illinois Clean Energy Legislation 2021 with Mark Pruitt of the Power Bureau

    CEJA - Illinois Clean Energy Legislation 2021 with Mark Pruitt of the Power Bureau

    #66: Today on the Clean Power Hour, it's a new day in Illinois! Our new energy legislation, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act of 2021, triples the amount of resources coming into the solar wind and battery storage industries in Illinois. We are now gunning for 40% clean grid, by 2035.

    My guest today is Mark Pruitt, principal of the Power Bureau and and original director of the Illinois Power Agency. 


    Highlights 
    New RPS is 40% by 2030, and 50% by 2040
    Triple the incentives for solar, wind and battery storage - 9 GW of clean power 
    Omnibus bill including six major initiatives including renewables, job training, coal to solar, initiatives for schools, nuclear rates and more 
    Equitable Jobs… training for a new workforce, workers in transition from coal to solar, and solar contractor support
    Prairie State Energy Campus - 1200 MW coal plant, a mine mouth coal plant near Carbondale IL 
    Coal to solar including a fleet of Vistra coal plants being converted to solar plus battery storage

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    Americans want Solar in 2022 I Clean Power News

    Americans want Solar in 2022 I Clean Power News

    #65: Welcome to the Clean Power Hour Holiday special!

    We cover a TON of big clean energy news in today's episode.

    - Solar could triple by 2023 to 60 GW per year!
    - Voters want America-first clean energy and climate solutions - conservative poll shows
    - Build Back Better funding includes the largest level of clean energy R&D in history 
    - Small modular nuclear is good for Mars colonization…solar is good for Earth
    - Installation and cleaning robots - solar clean-O
    - Solar panel pricing has peaked hopefully
    - Retrofitting diesel school buses with EV drive trains (see Ally Power hydrogen episode 64)
    -Erthos flat solar racking and BCI has a new racking product that you’ll want to see
    -Rounding out the show…John and Tim give a glimpse into why they got into solar and the energy transition (John visited China - boom!). HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

    Three vastly divergent solar deployment projections by John Weaver
    https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2021/12/06/three-vastly-divergent-solar-deployment-projections/
    IEA predicts flat growth, S&P Global predicts we triple by 2023 to 60 GW/yr of installed solar which is where we need to be headed.

    Conservative Energy Network Poll Shows Voters Want America-First Clean Energy and Climate Solutions. From a conservative poll - “91% of respondents support America increasing its domestic supply chain to ensure components important to clean energy development are made in America.”
    https://files.ctctusercontent.com/cd6385aa501/2e02760e-c7c2-4baa-a343-03f397aca1af.pdf?rdr=true

    Build Back Better/Infrastructure funding includes the largest level of clean energy R&D in history of US, even accounting for inflation back to the later 1970s under President Carter
    https://twitter.com/CostaSamaras/status/1468760391505297415

    Solar panel cleaning robots for a commercial roof, and of key importance - check out the neat platform to get the unit on the roof:
    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kim-verduyckt_zonnepanelen-zonnepanelenreinigen-zonneenergie-activity-6874075559362662400-yWbO/

    A robot to install utility scale solar panels - we truly will need this to avoid climate chaos
    https://twitter.com/SolarInMASS/status/1468570367614767105

    Panel supply chain pricing officially falling more broadly, after wafers fell for two weeks first - this is the spot market of course
    https://twitter.com/PvInfolink/status/1468546378574200837

    Retrofitting school buses with EV drive trains and batteries
    First - 10,000 units coming
    Second- here is the kit for the retrofit
    SEA-Drive ® Power-Systems – SEA... the Future

    Real pictures of a solar panel system - by Erthos - installed flat on the ground:
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6873622803191603200/

    BCI Engineering doing their own racking system - lays flat to install then tilts up to whatever angle you engineer. 
    https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/11/a-contract-manufacturer-goes-first-party-after-years-of-producing-solar-racking-for-others/ 

    Two pictures from the John’s trip to China in the 1980’s:
    Wind turbines - https://photos.app.goo.gl/YSsN4xK8L3qTzRBd7
    Solar panel on a Yurt = https://photos.app.goo.gl/YSsN4xK8L3qTzRBd7

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