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The Solar Maverick Podcast is the insiders guide to where the solar and energy markets meet entrepreneurship and trailblazing. Hosted by Benoy Thanjan - a serial entrepreneur and founder of Reneu Energy one of the industries top companies. Benoy is known for his passion, leadership and style. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Thanjan digs deep and provides a tangible blueprint for his listeners to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only funny but entertaining, energetic and hyper -useful.

Solar Maverick Podcast Benoy Thanjan

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The Solar Maverick Podcast is the insiders guide to where the solar and energy markets meet entrepreneurship and trailblazing. Hosted by Benoy Thanjan - a serial entrepreneur and founder of Reneu Energy one of the industries top companies. Benoy is known for his passion, leadership and style. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Thanjan digs deep and provides a tangible blueprint for his listeners to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only funny but entertaining, energetic and hyper -useful.

    SMP 87: How Summit Ridge Energy became one of the largest owners of community solar projects in the US?

    SMP 87: How Summit Ridge Energy became one of the largest owners of community solar projects in the US?

    In this episode of Solar Maverick, Benoy talks with Steve Raeder who is the Founder and CEO at Summit Ridge Energy and Brian Dunn who serves as dual role COO/CFO and co-founder at Summit Ridge Energy.  Summit Ridge Energy is the nation’s leading owner-operator of community solar assets, providing energy savings to thousands of customers across the country.

    • 46 min
    SMP 86: How Renewable Energy is Partnering with Cryptomining?

    SMP 86: How Renewable Energy is Partnering with Cryptomining?

    In this episode of Solar Maverick, Benoy talks with William Szamosszegiwho is the Founder and CEO at Sazmining which is a cryptocurrency mining, consulting, and management firm.  William talks about cryptocurrency and the importance of cryptomining and how renewable energy can be incorporated into cryptomining. He also discusses how energy storage is a game changer for cryptomining and how they help energy companies turn their excess/stranded power into revenue through cryptomining.

    • 41 min
    SMP 85: Energy Expert's Perspective on Solar Plus Storage and Electriciation of the Transportation Fleet

    SMP 85: Energy Expert's Perspective on Solar Plus Storage and Electriciation of the Transportation Fleet

    In this episode of Solar Maverick, Benoy talks with Shounok Sinha who is an investment principal at Constellation Technology Ventures.  Shounok has helped deploy over $1 billion of capital on distributed energy development and involved in non-recourse debt offerings on energy assets totaling over $1.5 billion.  Shounok discusses many interesting topics like the electrification of the transportation fleet, future of solar plus storage, and his predications on the electricity grid of the future.

    • 55 min
    SMP 84: Midwest Solar Market Commentary and how Clean Energy will be major part of the Economic Recovery

    SMP 84: Midwest Solar Market Commentary and how Clean Energy will be major part of the Economic Recovery

    Episode Summary
    In this episode of Solar Maverick, Benoy talks with Eric Pasi who is the Chief Development Officer at Innovative Power Systems(“IPS”) which is full-service clean energy development firm about the Midwest solar market and other solar markets that the company focuses on and the community solar segment.  Also, Eric wrote a new book called the CleanWave: A Guide to Success in the Green Recovery.  His book educates readers through the past, present, and future of cleantech post-pandemic and offers practical tips for those interested in career opportunities, or those curious to learn more. 
     
    Benoy Thanjan
    Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy, as well as an advisor for several solar startup companies. Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer, and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar, as well as utility-scale solar plus storage projects. The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges both energy and environmental commodities. 
    Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity, which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity, to move into the east coast markets. Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.
     
    Eric Pasi
    Since 2007, Eric has helped organizations create revenue and meet sustainability goals with IPS Solar. As a company they carved out a niche in Midwest commercial rooftop and community-based solar development, focusing on our clients’ best interests.Over the last 13+ years he has helped to accelerate significant solar power development in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Taking on the Chief Development Officer role in 2016, he has contributed to growing annual revenues by more than 1000%.
     
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    Benoy Thanjan
    Email: info@reneuenergy.com 
    LinkedIn: Benoy Thanjan
    Website: https://www.reneuenergy.com
     
    Eric Pasi
    Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericpasi/
    Twitter:  @ericpasi
    https://www.cleanwavebook.com
    https://www.amazon.com/CleanWave-Guide-Success-Green-Recovery-ebook/dp/B08D39RPCW
    https://www.instagram.com/cleanwavebook/
     
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    • 39 min
    SMP 83: NJ Solar Market Overview

    SMP 83: NJ Solar Market Overview

    In this episode of the Solar Maverick Podcast, Benoy Thanjan, the host of the podcast, discusses the NJ Solar Market which has been top ten state for solar deployment in the United States and has an ambitious goal of 100% clean energy by 2050.  He discusses a lot of new developments in the NJ Solar market for example new solar state level incentive and the community solar pilot.

    • 20 min
    SMP 82: Startup Focuses on Technology Innovations for Solar Panels

    SMP 82: Startup Focuses on Technology Innovations for Solar Panels

    SMP 82:  Startup Focuses on Technology Innovations for Solar Panels
    Episode Summary
    In this episode of the Solar Maverick Podcast, Bill Nussey and Dr. Ben Damiani discuss their startup Solar Inventions and how they are improving solar technology and scaling up and commercializing their inventions.  They also speak about being the first winner of the American-Made Solar Prize Competition and how it has helped their company.  Ben and Bill also discuss their predictions for the clean energy industry and their experiences as entrepreneurs.
     
    Solar Inventions was created with a mission to accelerate the pace of innovation in solar and other clean energy solutions.  Their first wave of products is based on the work of Dr. Ben Damiani.  The benefits of the technology include increased power, improved shading tolerance, and reduced hotspot risk.  Their product compliment existing technologies and do not require new equipment or manufacturing techniques.
     
    Our Host
    Benoy Thanjan
    Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy, as well as an advisor for several solar startup companies. Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer, and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar, as well as utility-scale solar plus storage projects. The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges both energy and environmental commodities.
    Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity, which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity, to move into the east coast markets. Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.
     
    Our Guests
    Bill Nussey, Partner and CEO
    Prior to Solar Inventions, Bill spent most of his career as a tech CEO. He co-founded his first company in high school which provided graphics software for early, text-based personal computers. His second company was started out of his college dorm room and ultimately sold business software across 45 countries. After several years as a venture capitalist with Greylock, he left the firm to run a portfolio company which he took public and grew to almost $500 million in revenue.
    His company prior to Solar Inventions, Silverpop, was sold to IBM where he later served as IBM’s VP Corporate Strategy out of their world headquarters in New York. Bill’s companies have created thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in value.
    Bill received a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds several patents and has published two books with another book in development called Freeing Energy.
     
    Dr. Ben Damiani, Partner and Chief Scientist
    Ben has spent his career in solar. His innovations have enjoyed global reach through his work at early solar pioneers, Suniva and SolarWorld. He has worked across the world commercializing new solar technologies and building solar manufacturing facilities.
    Ben received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and did part of his grad work at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. After graduating he joined Intel’s Process Technology Development (PTD) group and lead the medium current ion implant group. Bridging the technology from the integrated electronics industry into the solar industry, Ben was responsible for the first-ever implementation of Ion Implanted Solar Cells in high volume production for Suniva, Inc. Ben successfully realized this USA born technology from concept and feasibility to 180 MW’s production capacity i

    • 50 min

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