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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 to Scale C&I solar with Matt Hankey, Founder of New Energy Equity

    How to Scale C&I solar with Matt Hankey, Founder of New Energy Equity

    Today's entrepreneur I have been introduced to multiple times since 2014. Thanks to the homebound lockdowns of the pandemic this year, we finally had a chance to get to know one another.
    Matt Hankey is the Founder and CEO of New Energy Equity, one of the fastest-growing companies in our industry. They're the fourth largest solar commercial company in the US seventh largest developer in the United States, and one of the fastest-growing solar developers in the DC area.
    Suffice to say, this will be a fun dive into an entrepreneurial journey that has seen some extreme highs, probably some extreme lows, and we're going to learn a ton.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 330 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 me, 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!

    • 55 min
    Supporting the Advancement of Emerging Leaders & Increasing Diversity Across Clean Energy, with Paula Glover

    Supporting the Advancement of Emerging Leaders & Increasing Diversity Across Clean Energy, with Paula Glover

    Welcome to another Tactical Tuesday, a short-form conversation with subject-matter experts designed to give you practical tools, tips and advice for building your solar business or career. What you’re about to hear is a recorded keynote from our SunCast Career Summit.
    Paula Glover is the President and CEO for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). Established in 1977, the American Association of Blacks in Energy is an association founded and dedicated to ensuring the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations.
    I truly appreciated and enjoyed having Paula come speak to our SunCast Career Summit back in September. And if you missed it, you're in luck because today, you get to hear Paula's keynote supporting the advancement of emerging leaders and increasing diversity across clean energy. It is a fantastic look inside how we can achieve more diversity and inclusiveness in the energy business, not just renewables.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 330 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 me, 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
    Abigail Hopper - President and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) | Part 2

    Abigail Hopper - President and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) | Part 2

    This is Part Two of the episode we began earlier in the week with SEIA’s President Abby Hopper. We have a lot of ground left to cover, and we get into some GREAT insights from Abby in this one. But if you missed Part 1, I’d recommend you start there, then come to this one for the rest of the story.
    Abby really gets into the details on this episode about how we all can help hold President-elect Biden to account for the awesome opportunity before him to leave a lasting clean energy legacy.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 330 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 me, 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!

    • 53 min
    Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) | Part 1

    Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) | Part 1

    Welcome back and Happy New Year, Solar Warrior!
    If you’re in the solar or energy storage industry, then today’s guest will be no stranger to you. I hope I do justice to making this useful and interesting, as she’s shared most of her thoughts and plans with us in a variety of forums.
    Abigail Ross Hopper became the first female President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in January 2017 just as the Obama-era solar boom was being handed off to the Trump administration. Abby has been dubbed the most important woman in solar by the media, and it’s true she carries an immensely important role.
    Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, where she led the agency that oversaw the leasing and development of all offshore energy, from oil and natural gas to offshore wind.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 330 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 me, 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
    San Antonio triples down on solar and storage: An Insiders guide to CPS Energy's 900MW RFP

    San Antonio triples down on solar and storage: An Insiders guide to CPS Energy's 900MW RFP

    Happy New Year, Solar Warrior!
    In early December, I had a chance to sit down with CPS Energy executives to discuss their latest RFP, and I was amazed by the depth of answers they provided. Not only we discussed how the RFP is shaped, but also the underlying philosophy and methodology supporting the landmark power call for the Lonestar state!
    As many of you are well aware, having listened to the interview with Paula Gold-Williams (the CEO of CPS Energy) some weeks ago, the largest public power utility in the United States CPS is on a journey of decarbonizing their generation assets. And, as such has been foreshadowing a quite sizable RFP.
    On December 1, CPS along with the City of San Antonio announced the largest municipally-owned fully integrated electric and gas utility in the US is launching their RFP under what's known as the FlexPOWER Bundle initiative for a whopping 900MW of solar, 50MW of energy storage, and 500MW of firming capacity as part of the vision for CPS’ Flexible Path.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 320 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 me, 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!

    • 40 min
    What is a Solar Marketeer? with Trina Solar's Ryan Simpson, Head of US Marketing

    What is a Solar Marketeer? with Trina Solar's Ryan Simpson, Head of US Marketing

    I am honored to have you joining me yet again for another foray into the world of clean and solar-powered energy. Merry Christmas, and happy almost new year to all of you who are listening during the holiday season.
    Ryan Simpson is the head of marketing for Trina solar North America. He and I have been fellow sales and marketing colleagues and solar warriors in the hardware side of the PV industry now for going on two decades. I love hearing how he parlayed his experience working for McDonald's into a marketing role like Kyocera, for example, he's one of the funniest and savviest marketers I know in the industry. So I'm honored to finally get to share some of these stories. Ryan brings old school tactics for new school tech.
    With his decade-plus of experience in solar, Ryan has been instrumental in launching new and innovative products, developing and opening new markets and channels, introducing new marketing platforms, and creating technical documents to help companies achieve success. Today, Ryan drives the support levels of Trina’s product management and marketing efforts that develop additional market share for Trina in North America.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 320 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 me, 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!

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