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Factor This! is a weekly podcast for the solar industry that provides in-depth and actionable content not available anywhere else. The podcast features solar energy leaders who actually move the needle, in hopes of making you smarter, your solar job easier, and moving the industry forward. Factor This! is produced by Renewable Energy World and Clarion Energy, and is hosted by John Engel. Have an idea for an episode or want to sponsor the show? Email john.engel@clarionevents.com for more information. Find show notes, transcripts, and resources at RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Subscribe today to renewable energy's newest podcast. 

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Factor This! is a weekly podcast for the solar industry that provides in-depth and actionable content not available anywhere else. The podcast features solar energy leaders who actually move the needle, in hopes of making you smarter, your solar job easier, and moving the industry forward. Factor This! is produced by Renewable Energy World and Clarion Energy, and is hosted by John Engel. Have an idea for an episode or want to sponsor the show? Email john.engel@clarionevents.com for more information. Find show notes, transcripts, and resources at RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Subscribe today to renewable energy's newest podcast. 

    This Week in Cleantech (3/2/2024) — LIVE from DISTRIBUTECH International

    This Week in Cleantech (3/2/2024) — LIVE from DISTRIBUTECH International

    This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week's episode was recorded live from DISTRIBUTECH International, North America's largest transmission and distribution utility event.
    This week's episode features Latitude Media co-founder Stephen Lacey, whose podcast Carbon Copy, broke down the latest data on clean energy investment and whether it's enough to achieve climate goals.

    This Week in Cleantech — March 2, 2024

    This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Jon Pevitali from VDE Americas.

    1. Profiteering Hampers U.S. Grid Expansion — IEEE Spectrum
    2. Coal's influence on energy generation is fading fast — Axios
    3. Why Oil Stocks Aren’t That Hot — The New York Times
    4. How BYD and CATL’s Solid-state Battery Partnership Impacts Toyota And Tesla — TopSpeed
    5. Views on the $1.8 trillion clean energy economy — Latitude Media’s “Carbon Copy”

    Watch the full episode on YouTube

    Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts.

    This Week in Cleantech is hosted by Renewable Energy World senior content director John Engel and Tigercomm president Mike Casey. The show is produced by Brian Mendes with research support from Alex Petersen and Clare Quirin.
    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

    • 16 min
    This Week in Cleantech (2/23/24) — Can Biden win on climate?

    This Week in Cleantech (2/23/24) — Can Biden win on climate?

    This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts.

    This week’s episode features Amanda Chu, US energy reporter for the Financial Times, who reported on President Biden’s challenge of making investments in clean energy and infrastructure resonate with voters.

    This Week in Cleantech — Feb. 23, 2024

    This week's "Cleantecher of the Week" is Dan Shugar, CEO of the Nextracker, which was recently featured on CNBC's "Mad Money" for its successful IPO and stock performance.

    1. JPMorgan, State Street quit climate group, BlackRock steps back — Reuters
    2. 'We got your money, see ya': Customers frustrated by Encor Solar closure — WRAL
    3. How the housing industry is working to stop energy efficient homes — The Washington Post
    4. A traditional automaker just turned a profit on EVs — CNN
    5. Biden’s clean energy conundrums — Financial Times

    Watch the full episode on YouTube

    Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts.


    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

    • 17 min
    Clean energy needs a new bellwether. Who should it be?

    Clean energy needs a new bellwether. Who should it be?

    Most CEOs are deliberate and careful, often neutering commentary of any hint of controversy. Sheldon Kimber is not like most CEOs.

    He's known to pen a thousand words, or two, on the ebbs and flows of the energy transition. His comments are not always complimentary. But they're aimed at pushing the industry toward new heights.

    Don't be mistaken— Kimber is deliberate, too. He uses his voice not for attention, but because he passionately believes the clean energy industry needs an unashamed advocate.

    His latest campaign may be his most bold. In Episode 75 of the Factor This! podcast, Kimber shares why you should forget everything you know about clean energy development. He's convinced a fresh business model is necessary to sustain an industry battered by rising capital costs, which have shaken even the likes of sector king NextEra.

    Clean energy is in desperate need of a new bellwether, and way of thinking, to survive and thrive. Kimber, and Intersect Power, say they are ready to lead the charge. 

    Watch the full episode on YouTube
    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.
    Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there! 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    This Week in Cleantech (2/16/24) — Virtual power plants still working out the kinks

    This Week in Cleantech (2/16/24) — Virtual power plants still working out the kinks

    This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts.

    This week’s episode features Latitude Media founding reporter Maeve Allsup, who covered some of the challenges facing one of the first virtual power plants deployed in the U.S.

    This Week in Cleantech - Feb. 16, 2024

    This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is world-renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann.

    1. This Arctic Circle Town Expected a Green Energy Boom. Then Came Bidenomics. — New York Times
    2. California could make — or break — the Western grid — E&E News
    3. The world is reducing its reliance on fossil fuels – except for in three key sectors — The Guardian
    4. Fervo Energy Is Quickly Making Geothermal Cheaper — Heatmap News
    5. Under the hood of PG&E's summer VPP pilot with Sunrun — Latitude Media

    Watch the full episode on YouTube

    Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts.
    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

    • 18 min
    This Week in Cleantech (2/9/24) — The NIMBY stat that clean energy can't ignore

    This Week in Cleantech (2/9/24) — The NIMBY stat that clean energy can't ignore

    This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts.

    This week’s episode features USA Today national correspondent Elizabeth Weise, who reported on overwhelming local opposition to clean energy projects.

    This Week in Cleantech  — February 9, 2024

    This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Tom Matzzie, CEO of CleanChoice Energy.

    1. Summer Has Long Stressed Electric Grids. Now Winter Does, Too. — New York Times
    2. ‘Gold’ hydrogen: The next clean fuel? — E&E News
    3. How bad is Tesla’s hazardous waste problem in California? — The Verge
    4. EV Slowdown Turns the Table for Leaders and Laggards — Bloomberg
    5. Across America, clean energy plants are being banned faster than they're being built — USA Today

    Watch the full episode on YouTube

    Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts.
    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

    • 20 min
    This Week in Cleantech (2/2/24) — Should we worry about rooftop solar?

    This Week in Cleantech (2/2/24) — Should we worry about rooftop solar?

    This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts.

    This week's episode features Associated Press climate change reporter Matthew Daly, who reported on President Biden's controversial pause on considering new LNG export terminals.

    This Week in Cleantech — Feb. 2, 2024 (not Jan. 26!)

    This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Jimmy Rogers, Manager of Communications at Redaptive.

    1. The Rooftop Solar Industry Could Be On the Verge of Collapse — TIME
    2. U.S. Oil Drillers Are Going Electric—if They Can Get the Electricity — Wall Street Journal
    3. China Leads Global Clean Energy Spending, Which Record $1.8 Trillion in 2023 — Bloomberg
    4. The Coolest Thing in Climate Tech is a Super Hot Rock — Heatmap News
    5. Liquefied Natural Gas: What to know about LNG and Biden's decision to delay gas export proposals — Associated Press

    Watch the full episode on YouTube

    Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts.
    Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection.  All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

photonimpact ,

Truly Insightful

I have worked in solar for many year. Sole continues to expand at a crazy pace and it is hard to keep up with the relevant developments. This podcast has helped me stay up to date and surveys as a pivotal jump off point for my own research. Keep up the great work! It is appreciated!

erpdc ,

Makes keeping up with cleantech easy and digestible

I listen every week to get my right-sized amount of cleantech news, as the landscape can sometimes be a bit daunting to keep track of on my own. The guys have a great conversation flow and complement each other well in their approach to different issues. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the cleantech/renewables space. Looking forward to future episodes!

MelBaldwin81 ,

Every single episode brings value

I have never listened to an episode of the Factor This! podcast that I did not find incredible valuable, insightful, informative and rich. John Engel consistently catches the next big thing before it hits. These shows are full of content and opportunities that generate great ideas for our team!

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