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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.

    Can THIS Put More Money In Solar Developers' Pockets? Jim Spano|Sol-REIT, and guest host, Tim Montague!

    Can THIS Put More Money In Solar Developers' Pockets? Jim Spano|Sol-REIT, and guest host, Tim Montague!

    Solar industry leader and returning guest, Jim Spano, helped develop the solar market in the mid-Atlantic region — and now he's bringing a new innovative product to market. New York City-based Sol-REIT is a unique solar financing platform that aims to give developers a new option and keep more of the project for themselves while also providing much-needed scaleable financing to the middle market.

    It's the first investment product to bring the novel model of real estate investment trusts (REITs) to the solar energy market. By financing solar in the same way as real estate, Sol-REIT can offer long-term, fixed-rate, lower-cost debt that matches the operational life of assets.

    Jim, the co-founder and head of originations at Sol-REIT, wants to "break the solar industry free of the binds of niche financing."

    On today's podcast, Tim Montague, fellow podcaster and also a developer himself, joins the show as a stand-in host and chat w/Jim about his latest venture.

    The conversation was part of the RE+ PowerUp Media Zone, a live production of SunCast Media.

    If you want to connect with today's guest, you’ll find links to their contact info (linked, twitter, etc) in the show notes on the blog.

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you, here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 500 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 31 min
    Shipping Is Dirty And Antiquated: This Guy Has A Solution. Matt Heider, CEO Nautilus Labs

    Shipping Is Dirty And Antiquated: This Guy Has A Solution. Matt Heider, CEO Nautilus Labs

    Matt Heider is CEO of Nautilus Labs, which is using artificial intelligence (AI) to create more efficient ocean commerce. While shipping is an adjacent category to our usual renewable focused podcasts, Matt has earned a spot. Before Nautilus, he built sales and account management systems at software startups that have grown to unicorns and worked for IBM on its famous Watson team. Now, he’s trained his attention to advancing the efficiency of ocean commerce (ie, cleaning up the wasteful shipping industry we all rely on!)

    Forbes recently named him to its Next 1000, a list of ambitious and inspiring leaders redefining what it means to run a business today and create meaningful change.

    Matt has an inspiring story about the woefully antiquated global shipping industry that he believes can use AI for a more sustainable tomorrow.

    Shipping is responsible for 3% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and will grow significantly by 2050 if left unchecked. Matt and his team envision delivering a clear alternative to the shipping companies that currently emit hundreds of tons of pollution daily.

    We discuss how his software can maximize the profit of every voyage and the yield on every vessel, all the while pulling this antiquated industry out of actual paper tracking and into the 21st century!

    Stick around. You'll want to listen to the rest of this conversation.

    If you want to connect with today's guest, you’ll find links to his contact info in the show notes on the blog.

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you, here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 545 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    What Every Community Solar Developer Needs to Know About the IRA, Presented by Perch Energy

    What Every Community Solar Developer Needs to Know About the IRA, Presented by Perch Energy

    Welcome to another Tactical Tuesday on SunCast, where we bring you subject-matter expertise, deep insights, and content from our many live broadcasts and trainings. Today's episode is rebroadcast from the RE+ PowerUp Media Zone, a live production of SunCast Media.

    The Media Zone featured interviews with industry thought leaders, executives and founders to glean their insights about trends and forecasts. Bruce Stewart, president and CEO of Perch Energy, a clean energy tech services platform and provider of community solar services, leads this discussion on what every community solar developer needs to know about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. He speaks with three solar notables to gain their insights from accounting, banking and legal perspectives:

    Tony Grappone is a partner in the Andover, Massachusetts, office of Novogradac. He provides accounting, tax and consulting services to developers, syndicators and investors of developments that qualify for federal and state tax incentives.
    Adam Altenhofen is a senior vice president of U.S. Bank's Environmental Finance Group, where he leads the development of new products, structures, and services.
    Bryan Didier is a partner at Leverage Law Group in Leawood, Kansas, where his specialties include Renewable Energy Tax Credits.
    If you want to connect with today's guests, you’ll find links to their contact info in the show notes on the blog.

    And if you want to connect with us and find more ways to grow your business, your career, or your influence, you should check out our amazing Discord community!

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 543 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with SunCast’s Host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 57 min
    Sunnova CEO John Berger, On Enron, Innovation And The Future Of Solar

    Sunnova CEO John Berger, On Enron, Innovation And The Future Of Solar

    John Berger is a renewable energy veteran deep in the heart of “Energy” country, as we discussed back in Episode 465. And he’s built more than one successful renewable energy company, but most of you will recognize him as the CEO of Sunnova Energy, the publicly traded solar giant that has helped usher in the modern residential solar revolution.

    He founded Sunnova in 2012 and has served since as CEO, president and board chair. An energy entrepreneur with more than two decades of industry experience, he supports free market competition, consumer choice and the advancement of technology to power energy independence.

    Houston-based Sunnova is an Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) provider that wants to make clean, renewable energy more accessible, reliable, and affordable by providing "better energy service at a better price."

    Today's podcast focuses on the perspective of one of the most influential solar services companies in the United States and arguably the world. We'll explore his thoughts on energy transformation, what it means for consumer choice, and how his experience informs his vision for a renewable energy future.

    If you're a regular listener, you may recall John's insights from Episodes 113 & 465. It's always interesting to hear from John because he's a clean-energy prophet in the heart of the United States' oil and gas country.

    If you want to connect with today's guest, you’ll find links to their contact info (linked, twitter, etc) in the show notes on the blog.

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you, here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 543 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How to double solar customer value through follow-on sales, an all-star panel shares their secrets!

    How to double solar customer value through follow-on sales, an all-star panel shares their secrets!

    Today's special edition podcast offers practical, tactical advice on getting the most from your customer relationships. Through an all-star panel discussion led by Bodhi CEO Scott Nguyen, you'll learn how to double the value of your solar customers through follow-on sales.

    Join us for insights from Ryan Barnett, market development officer at Palmetto; Preston Booker, head of strategic accounts at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems; Adam Hinckley, vice president, Corporate Development at Enphase Energy; and Mark Liffmann, co-founder and CEO of Omnidian.

    You'll hear excellent perspectives on follow-up sales for solar companies and discover how solar installers can help cultivate more sales through thoughtful customer relations.

    This Bodhi Media Zone Takeover was part of the RE+ PowerUp Media Zone, a live production of SunCast Media.

    If you want to connect with today's guest, you’ll find links to their contact info (linked, twitter, etc) in the show notes on the blog.

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you, here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 540 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 39 min
    Why Falling in Love With Failure Matters So Much, with Piper Wilder, 60Hertz Energy

    Why Falling in Love With Failure Matters So Much, with Piper Wilder, 60Hertz Energy

    Piper Foster Wilder is the co-founder and CEO of 60Hertz Energy, the first maintenance software purpose-built for distributed energy resources (DER). DERs are physical and virtual assets deployed across the distribution grid, typically close to load and usually behind the meter, and used individually or in aggregate to provide value to the grid, individual customers, or both.

    Anchorage, Alaska-based 60Hertz's remote management platform enables maintenance personnel to optimize the potential of solar, wind, battery energy storage systems (BESS), microgrids and backup diesel assets.

    In today's podcast, Piper and I explore the growth of 60Hertz and her commitment to creating meaningful work. Her company supports the energy transition while making the best of existing diesel-fueled microgrids.

    Regular listeners may recall her appearance on Episode 457 when she advised how to work with electric cooperatives.

    Piper is a thoughtful entrepreneur. She has an interesting role as a non-technical founder of a company that enables microgrids and their managers to use their assets more effectively and efficiently. You'll enjoy the conversation as we unpack how Piper successfully created this entrepreneurial venture.

    If you want to connect with today's guest, you’ll find links to their contact info (linked, twitter, etc) in the show notes on the blog.

    SunCast is presented by Sungrow, the world’s most bankable inverter brand.

    You can learn more about all the sponsors who help make this show free for you, here: www.mysuncast.com/sponsors

    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 540 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com.

    You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

timmtate ,

Essential

If you’re curious about renewable energy, transitioning to the field, or want to keep up to date with the quick changing business, Suncast is one of the best ways I’ve found so far of hearing from the best in the business on a regular basis. Excellent programming. I’m thankful for it!

Scooter509 ,

500 Episodes - What a Ride!

A long time listener, fan, and guest. Love Nico, his content, and the amazing guests that have passed through his virtual studio. Keep doing what you are doiing Nico!

Sandcroft1 ,

Excellence in Consistency and Positive Information Sharing

This latest episode with Miguel Gil Mast sharing his trek and success with Schneider Electric and other related experience is superb. The global aspects discussed of skills and applicability were excellent and a lot of value will be derived by many ongoing from the fantastic work Nico and team are delivering continuously and consistently.

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