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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 Build A Resilient And Sustainable Infrastructure, With ICFs Head Of Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, Anne Choate

    How To Build A Resilient And Sustainable Infrastructure, With ICFs Head Of Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, Anne Choate

    As you probably already know, it is Women's History Month, and here at SunCast we have very intentional programming for the month of March. 3 years ago Miss Tara Doyle, a good friend of our show insisted that we do more for not just the gender diversity, but the equity across the board. We’re doing our best to keep that habit and intention here in March, promoting female voices and increasingly more equity generally, throughout our show.
    We want to nod here to all of the fantastic leadership that is coming into the solar industry that just continues to blow our minds away. It’s well documented that companies with female leadership excel across many different metrics, not the least of which is profitability. And leadership skill is something that I personally learned more from my female bosses than my male bosses.
    Today, we have someone that I'm really honored and proud to have on the show, Miss Anne Choate, and she’s been such an instrumental figure for so many organizations, public and private, across government lines across (country and state level) at ICF. If you haven’t heard about Anne, you’ll get to hear how she has risen through the ranks to command a legion of climate champions within an organization like ICF.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 52 min
    How-to career transition into Clean Energy, with Resume expert Amanda Rico

    How-to career transition into Clean Energy, with Resume expert Amanda Rico

    Welcome to another Tactical Tuesday, a short-form conversation with subject matter experts designed to give you the practical tips, tools, and advice for building your solar business or career.
    If you’re outside of the clean energy or solar industry and you’re trying to transition from another energy sector, this episode will give you great insight into what steps you should take.
    Today we are going to feature Dr. Amanda Rico, an expert in the field of technical writing and resume writing. She runs Rico Editorial Services and specializes in helping folks in the energy sector level up and find the career they love. She’s also a mentor in our own Coaching Program, helping applicants achieve exactly that.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 52 min
    The Patagonia of Banking with Ravi Mikkelsen, Co-Founder at Atmos Financial

    The Patagonia of Banking with Ravi Mikkelsen, Co-Founder at Atmos Financial

    This is financial Thursday and we're going to help you put your money where your heart is. There are some secrets out there about how your money is being invested against your better interests.
    Today's entrepreneur is my good friend Ravi Mikkelsen, and if you tuned in back in October 1st, 2019, you might remember that we did the episode with Samuel Adeyemo of Aurora Solar organized through ClimateLink, one of the organizations that this multifaceted entrepreneur has put together.
    Ravi is someone I've come to respect and admire, and today we're going to dig into his latest brainchild that is gathering traction. Certainly several of you have no doubt heard Jigar Shah and others mentioned it from the stages of Energy Gang and other platforms recently, it’s called Atmos Financial. We're going to learn all about that today and why in the world he would be trying to take on big banks.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Is rooftop solar+storage finally here for C&I? Omeed Badkoobeh, CEO of Yotta Energy

    Is rooftop solar+storage finally here for C&I? Omeed Badkoobeh, CEO of Yotta Energy

    Today's entrepreneur is no stranger to the wild and crazy ride we call the solar coaster. He cut his teeth in the industry more than a decade ago and has worked at companies you'd recognize like Tesla. He got the entrepreneurial bug several years back, in this case, seeing before many others the coming wave and rise of energy storage and the need for a slightly different format and a form factor in the market that was underserving almost entirely unserved at that time in history.
    We'll hear more about that and how Omeed Badkoobeh and Yotta Energy have sought to address a little addressed market that is actually a huge total addressable market. We'll dig into energy storage for commercial and industrial as well as the journey of this young entrepreneur today on SunCast.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 59 min
    How the Texas grid failed? Insights from a former energy trader, Evan Caron

    How the Texas grid failed? Insights from a former energy trader, Evan Caron

    This episode will be different to the Tactical Tuesdays and long-form Thursday episodes we always publish. This is a mini episode if you will. Sometimes we do this on Fridays or other days, when we have a guest that has extraordinary information that we want to share with you and it's timely, but doesn't fit in our normal production schedule.
    If you are a Texas resident or if you've been watching what's happening in Texas, you should know by now that there is a crisis in ERCOT. There's a crisis in the electricity markets as well as a humanitarian crisis right now as a result of hard snowstorms. And since I'm not in Texas, but I have friends down there, I called on just such a friend, Mr. Evan Caron.
    He's an Austin resident, who is an energy trader and really deeply understands this market. So if you have been trying to figure it out, understand what the heck is happening in that market, we are here to give you some answers.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 32 min
    Serial entrepreneurs bring robotics to solar farms, Tim Matus & Steve Arters of Renu Robotics

    Serial entrepreneurs bring robotics to solar farms, Tim Matus & Steve Arters of Renu Robotics

    Today's entrepreneurs are certainly no stranger to the start-up ride, as they have started a number of companies. Most recently, they have made it all the way to Round Three of the National Renewable Energy Labs’ American-Made Solar Prize, which we've discussed here before.
    Tim Matus and Steve Arters are intrapreneurs I've come to respect and making it that far in the solar prize is something noteworthy. They created automated robots that help us maintain solar sites, which is something that I took note of and I thought that you might find it interesting as well, not just the technology, but how exactly they got around to the technology, including some tinkering around in their garage, as all good startup stories should include.
    Their company, Renu Robotics was launched in February of 2018 to address initiatives to control costs on utility-scale solar farms. The collaboration of ideas led to interest in creating flexible autonomous robots able to be fitted with many different implements.
    Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 340 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 sponsor for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

    • 58 min

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