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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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    • 4.9, 79 Ratings

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 COVID-19 has impacted Solar Finance and Development

    How COVID-19 has impacted Solar Finance and Development

    Coronavirus has drastically changed the global economy with impacts across every industry, including clean energy and solar development. We may have never seen an economic or public health crisis at this scale, but policy, solar and finance experts have reason to believe that renewable energy can weather this storm and continue to grow. Moreover, the industry can help create jobs and meet public policy goals once we return to a new normal.
    How can we navigate current challenges, and what can we expect from the future of solar financing and development? To answer those questions, we hosted a marvelous panel with New York State Senator, Kevin Parker, Member and Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications; PPL Director – Solar Development, Brian Fratus; Entersolar Business Development Director, Suparna Kadam; ROTH Capital Managing Director, Philip Shen, and RadiantREIT co-founder, Jim Spano.
    Today’s episode is a recap of one of our Live webinars back in May.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 280 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 15 min
    Solar Project Finance & Acquisitions in the Post-COVID era

    Solar Project Finance & Acquisitions in the Post-COVID era

    COVID-19 has touched every corner of our economy, and guess what? The solar project finance and acquisition space is not the exception. Jesse Grossman, CEO of Soltage, joined us here on SunCast to provide his insights on this concerning area.
    Jesse has directed over $600M into solar asset investment through Soltage, which currently owns and manages a solar portfolio of over 300 MWs across 14 states.
    The main points of our conversation were how the solar industry has changed since the start of the 2020 pandemic, what small and medium-size solar developers can do to best position their assets for sale in the post-COVID economy, and Jesse’s takeaways from the 2007-2009 recession that can help solar developers today.
    Today’s episode is a recap of one of our Live webinars back in June.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 280 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!

    • 44 min
    Enel X Head of E-Mobility on the future of electric charging (Giovanni Bertolino)

    Enel X Head of E-Mobility on the future of electric charging (Giovanni Bertolino)

    We’ve been extending into e-mobility and energy storage as you might have noticed in our recent episodes. Both elements serve the collective consciousness of how low-carbon future for the grid can be achieved, as well as mas penetration of renewables as a whole.
    Today, we have Giovanni Bertolino, Head of E-Mobility for U.S. and Canada at Enel X. We are going to tease out what’s happening in the market from their mobility-business representative. He’s focused on growing the Residential and Commercial smart charging business, and he’s been serving Enel X and others in the utility sector for a long time.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 280 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 14 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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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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