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SunCast is dedicated to providing the knowledge, research, tools and expert guidance you need to understand, grown and be ahead of the curve in the fastest growing solar markets in the world. Each week, host Nico Johnson takes you deep into conversations with solar energy industry executives from leading companies like SolarCity, SunEdison, Nextracker, Trina Solar, Conergy, Greentech Media and discovers what THEY are using to get ahead in emerging markets like Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tune in, and stay informed.

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SunCast is dedicated to providing the knowledge, research, tools and expert guidance you need to understand, grown and be ahead of the curve in the fastest growing solar markets in the world. Each week, host Nico Johnson takes you deep into conversations with solar energy industry executives from leading companies like SolarCity, SunEdison, Nextracker, Trina Solar, Conergy, Greentech Media and discovers what THEY are using to get ahead in emerging markets like Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tune in, and stay informed.

    How is Energy Storage driving innovation in renewables? [SunCast Clean Energy Summit]

    How is Energy Storage driving innovation in renewables? [SunCast Clean Energy Summit]

    From residential to large-scale utility projects, energy storage (predominantly in the form of batteries) is leap-frogging other applications for finally providing firm and transactive power to the grid from renewables.
    How are developers using storage as a force-multiplier and where can we expect to see further business model innovation? We had the pleasure to break this question down with Jacqueline DeRosa, Vice President Battery Energy Storage Systems of Ameresco, Omeed Badkoobeh, Co-Founder & CEO of Yotta Energy, Marek Kubik, Market Director of Fluence in the UK, and Zach Ward, Head of North America Division of Sungrow USA Corporation.
    This was the final session of Day 2 of our SunCast Clean Energy Summit back in April 2020. Check out this and more sessions over at www.suncastsummit.com
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 57 min
    State of the Union of Clean Energy, with James Ellis [SunCast Clean Energy Summit]

    State of the Union of Clean Energy, with James Ellis [SunCast Clean Energy Summit]

    Today’s episode is one of the keynotes of our SunCast Clean Energy Summit: the State of the Union of Clean Energy in the LATAM region. Learn about this market’s ecosystem, players, and dynamics from BloombergNEF's Head of Research in LATAM, James Ellis. He is based in São Paulo, and he oversees an analyst team focused on research material into the clean energy sector across the LATAM region. This was a great session to those who needed (and need) to make critical decisions around how to grow their companies, how the market moves, and how to stay ahead of it.
    This was one of the sessions of Day 3 of our SunCast Clean Energy Summit back in May 2020. Check out this and more sessions over at www.suncastsummit.com
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 45 min
    How to value energy storage as an investment? with Paul Dailey, Outback Power

    How to value energy storage as an investment? with Paul Dailey, Outback Power

    Did you ever wonder how ideas like SunRun’s Brightbox Storage Program got their start?
    Today’s Intrapreneur and solar OG, Paul Dailey, has had a hand in that bright idea and more in his 2+ decade career on the solarcoaster. We dig into his journey to Director of Product Strategy at Outback, the twists and turns along the way, and the carefully curated and practical steps he took to craft his role in this booming market. Committed listeners will recall that we had Paul on last week for a Tactical Tuesday on Storage Trends, so if you missed that one, I hope you’ll bookmark it for later as well.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Perfecting Operations and Management, live from Midwest Solar Expo 2020

    Perfecting Operations and Management, live from Midwest Solar Expo 2020

    What you’re about to hear was recorded LIVE during the pandemic, but also during the first-ever virtual solar conference hosted by our friends over at Midwest Solar Expo 2020.
    I was the moderator for a panel dedicated all about the innovations around operations and maintenance. This topic certainly demands more attention than what it’s getting within the clean energy industry, so we’re trying to give it more exposure. Thanks to our friends at Midwest Solar Expo 2020, as well as the fantastic individuals who participated in this panel:
    Etienne Lecompte, Founder & CEO of PowerHub
    Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar
    Reegan Moen, Business Development Manager of SOLV.
    It was such an interesting conversation, so stay tuned to hear all of their contributions to this panel.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 49 min
    How light changes lives, Nicole Watson of Econic Earth

    How light changes lives, Nicole Watson of Econic Earth

    It’s truly an honor every time I get the chance on this show to highlight the work that folks are doing to bring light, electricity, hope and opportunity to those less fortunate. Today’s entrepreneur has traveled the world producing and acting in films, and she has learned what a privilege we have in developed countries to consider electric lights and running water a necessity, not a luxury.
    She also has seen first hand how introducing the simplest of light can eradicate darkness in many different ways, and elevate equity, in particular among females, in powerful ways in a community. That’s why Nicole Watson founded Econic Earth Foundation. She’s taking light into dark places from India to Kenya and bringing good news to you and me... and she's just getting started. 
    I encourage you to set aside some time as you hear her story and ponder what you also can do with the freedom and luxuries you’ve been afforded to care for those less fortunate. You may not start a foundation, or even a movement, but you can be sure you have the power to change lives.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 37 min
    10 Predictions For Solar+Storage In The 20’S, With Paul Dailey, Outback Power

    10 Predictions For Solar+Storage In The 20’S, With Paul Dailey, Outback Power

    Today’s conversation is aimed to discuss the storage scenarios many of you face, which are Residential & Commercial spaces, and today’s Intrapreneur, Paul Dailey, has a decorated career in some of the most recognized and established solar companies in the business serving those 2 markets.
    It’s no wonder Outback Power recruited him to head Product and Market Strategy, and it was great to have a fellow podcaster on the show as Paul originated the AEE podcast nearly a decade ago!
    We are going to dig into Paul’s predictions for Storage based on an article he penned for GTM back in February. We covered system costs, storage trends, safety standards, AC v DC Coupling and more.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 270 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.
    Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here
    You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email
    Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 24 min

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79 Ratings

Scooter509 ,

Outstanding!

Whether listening or part of the discussion, it is a privilege to be part of Nico's conversation. Always an interesting topic and guest to go with it.

Cascade Coast Solar ,

Awesome pod cast

You know how to bring out the best in your interviews.

Ramsey Brookhart ,

Solar tribe

I was turned on to your feed through Adam Hall and his Million Solar Star project - which was awesome. I am a teacher in Denver and partnered with Million Solar Stars in this crusade. I then tuned into your other podcasts and am impressed with your guests and depth of knowledge within the solar tribe. Now more than ever, these topics need to be discussed and taught to our kids. Well done.

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