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Nico Johnson interviews solar industry leaders every week to uncover the tactics and tips you can use to lead the solar revolution in the Americas.

Episodes

  • 254 - World Record PV Efficiency 47%! Myles Steiner, NREL Sr. Scientist

    254 - World Record PV Efficiency 47%! Myles Steiner, NREL Sr. Scientist

    12/05/2020 Duration: 26min

    A recent Press Release by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), claimed they had achieved a world-record 47.1% efficient solar cell! The interview you’re about to hear is with one of the NREL Sr. Scientists on the team that published the research, Myles Steiner. Myles and I go into detail about the achievement, applications, and timeline for when this kind of technology might see it’s way into commercial activities. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 253 - The value of making solar visible with Craig Merrigan, CEO Spotlight Solar

    253 - The value of making solar visible with Craig Merrigan, CEO Spotlight Solar

    07/05/2020 Duration: 57min

    Today we hear from an entrepreneur who cut his teeth in product marketing for one of the most well-known brands in the world, and now he’s turned his sights toward helping fix the branding and visibility problems inherent in solar projects. Craig Merrigan and his company, Spotlight Solar, have created one of the most beautiful solar products you’ve ever seen. But don’t take my word for it, Nextera’s subsidiary Florida Power and Light have installed hundreds of them around that state to demonstrate their commitment to clean sustainable energy. Today we’ll hear from Craig about what it means to “make solar visible”. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 252 - Do you have The Innovator’s Spirit? Chuck Swoboda, former CEO of Cree Inc.

    252 - Do you have The Innovator’s Spirit? Chuck Swoboda, former CEO of Cree Inc.

    05/05/2020 Duration: 40min

    Today's guest is Chuck Swoboda, and he is no stranger to the pressure and privilege of leadership. As the CEO and Chairman of Cree, Inc., the category-changing LED lighting brand that many of you are familiar with, he led the company from 6 million to over 1.6 billion in anual revenue, over 65 quarters of growth and industry-leading innovation. Chuck recently presented they Keynote addressed for our inaugural SunCast Clean Energy Summit, so what you are about to hear is the audio version of that live-streamed interview. He talked about his new book, The Clean Energy Economy, which is all about finding that Innovator's Mindset, and I invited Chuck to share insights about his journey and the different verticals he faced in the process. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here Check out the first SunCast Clean Energy Summit You can connect w/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!

  • 251 - Can Batteries win in pay-for-performance? Marek Kubik, Fluence

    251 - Can Batteries win in pay-for-performance? Marek Kubik, Fluence

    30/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Today’s guest, Marek Kubik, is the Market Director at Fluence in the U.K. and Ireland, and he oversees a group working on origination, development, and commercial negotiation of energy storage. He is such an inspirational personality, hence being voted as Forbes 30 Under 30, and he is on a mission to bring storage and renewables penetration to the world. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here Check out the first SunCast Clean Energy Summit You can connect w/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!

  • 250 - How to make price irrelevant? The Relationship Economy with John DiJulius III

    250 - How to make price irrelevant? The Relationship Economy with John DiJulius III

    28/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    John DiJulius III is a best-selling author and authority on world-class customer-experience. Organizations across America use his philosophies and systems for creating world-class service. He has worked with companies such as The Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and many more, to help them continue to raise the bar and set the standard in service that consistently exceeds customer expectations. John spoke about the main foundations of his book, the Relationship Economy, and the opportunity for companies’ time to take their customer experience to a completely different level in these challenging times. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here Check out the first SunCast Clean Energy Summit You can connect w/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!

  • 249 - How to sell without selling, Scott Ringlein of The Energy Alliance Group of N.A.

    249 - How to sell without selling, Scott Ringlein of The Energy Alliance Group of N.A.

    23/04/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    I'm honored that you're joining me and pouring into this fantastic world of clean energy. Today's entrepreneur, Scott Ringlein, is the Founder and Principal of the Energy Alliance Group of North America (EAG). Scott is also a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and conducts technical reviews of applications for technology innovation & commercialization. We go really deep into how Scott thinks about servicing his customers. Besides that, we will discuss some of the lessons learned on his journey of the power of networking, having a mentor, accepting what you can not change and accepting that you can't do everything. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here Check out the first SunCast Clean Energy Summit You can connect w/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!

  • 248 - Earth Day 2020 + SunCast Clean Energy Summit

    248 - Earth Day 2020 + SunCast Clean Energy Summit

    21/04/2020 Duration: 14min

    Welcome back, Solar Warrior! We are getting geared up for a fantastic 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. So today’s Tactical Tuesday is all about Earth Day: its history and what we are working on together. It goes without saying that tomorrow we will kick off our first SunCast Clean Energy Summit to celebrate #EarthDayTogether! More information: www.suncastsummit.com Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 247 - This SEO guru can get You on 1st page of Google, Too!

    247 - This SEO guru can get You on 1st page of Google, Too!

    16/04/2020 Duration: 01h42s

    Matt Bertram is the Co-Host of a decade-long podcast specifically focused on the Unknown Secrets of Internet Marketing (BestSEOPodcast.com), with over 3.6 million downloads to their credit. He is also an Amazon best-selling author and the CEO at eWebResults (EWR), a digital marketing agency. Matt does a masterful job of unpacking what SEO really is. And he also dispels myths around the different verticals that affect the performance of your website (the things that are in your control vs what you can't control).  It's so difficult to briefly explain here all of the relevant aspects of SEO he and I talked about, so the best piece of advice I can give you is to listen through the whole interview, as I'm sure you'll find significant value in Matt's words. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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

  • 246 - Esdec is eating the solar racking world! [SPI 2019]

    246 - Esdec is eating the solar racking world! [SPI 2019]

    14/04/2020 Duration: 24min

    Today’s guest is Stijn Vos, CEO of ESDEC Solar Group, a company that has supplied universal mounting systems for roof-mounted PV installations on flat and pitched roofs since 2004. With over 15 years of experience and over 7GW of solar panels installed, the ESDEC folks have developed themselves from a brand new company in the U.S., into the largest residential racking manufacturer. Stijn shared his thoughts on bringing two of the most popular roofing companies, Iron Ridge and Quick Mount PV, underneath the ESDEC roof, and the back-end benefits for the ESDEC group in terms of product development. He also talked about the importance of fostering a proper feedback ecosystem amongst installers and engineers as they understand what’s happening on the roof, how stricter legislation within the U.S. impacts upon installing costs, and more! Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors fo

  • 245 - Can software replace batteries to boost CI solar growth? John Powers, Extensible Energy

    245 - Can software replace batteries to boost C&I solar growth? John Powers, Extensible Energy

    10/04/2020 Duration: 58min

    Today's guest is John Powers, CEO and Founder of Extensible Energy. He is an energy consultant, energy an economist and a serial entrepreneur with more than three decades of experience in technology development for energy markets. He's worked across a slew of different aspects of this industry, and has an incredible story and a stellar team. And I can't wait to unpack it here on SunCast. We're going to talk about what are all of the inputs that you want to consider as you help your customers deliver the maximum energy efficiency and transition away from their current way of thinking about using energy. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 244 - Solar Matchmaker, Vikram Aggarwal of Energy Sage [SPI 2019]

    244 - Solar Matchmaker, Vikram Aggarwal of Energy Sage [SPI 2019]

    07/04/2020 Duration: 26min

    Today we enjoy a conversation with  Vikram Aggarwal, the CEO and Founder of EnergySage, the leading online marketplace for solar energy systems in the U.S., sometimes referred to as “the Expedia of solar". Vikram founded EnergySage after more than fifteen years with a major global financial services leader, specializing in private equity investing and strategy consulting. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 243 - Will Google Ads work for me? with Pamela Wagner, Ajala Digital

    243 - Will Google Ads work for me? with Pamela Wagner, Ajala Digital

    02/04/2020 Duration: 46min

    I’ve asked my friend Pamela Wagner to join me to guide us through a discussion about the often mystical world of paid advertising, in particular, Google Ads. Pamela worked on the Google Ads team before branching out on her own to form Ajala Digital, a creative agency based in Europe that helps companies around the world with their digital marketing strategy and implementation. Pamela has been honored as a Forbes 30 under 30, and is one of my go-to experts when it comes to digital marketing and remote work strategies. I know you’re going to get a ton out of this episode, so make sure you have somewhere to take notes! Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 242 - How to advance solar for low-income communities? w/ Alexandra Wyatt, GRID Alternatives

    242 - How to advance solar for low-income communities? w/ Alexandra Wyatt, GRID Alternatives

    31/03/2020 Duration: 30min

    Solar energy has often been billed as a luxury item for the rich, yet as a technology it has the power to lift people out of poverty offering energy access and security to the poorest and most isolated communities. But how do we actually achieve this shift in paradigm? Today I am joined by Alexandra Wyatt, who is the policy and regulatory manager at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit with a vision for a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.  As we’ve highlighted in previous episodes, GRID Alternatives has done significant work for the renewable energy industry, empowering low-income communities and investing in access to solar for all. This conversation took place in the Podcast Lounge back at SPI 2019, and was led by PV Magazine contributor, Erica Johnson. Key ideas explored: The California energy crisis Low-income solar incentive programs (Solar-For-All Program) How is policy crucial for low income solar to succeed? The importance of tangible immediate energy-burden re

  • 241 - Amanda Bybee, Founder Amicus OM Cooperative - Part 2

    241 - Amanda Bybee, Founder Amicus O&M Cooperative - Part 2

    26/03/2020 Duration: 46min

    Today is Part 2 of our interview with Amanda Bybee, Founder of Amicus O&M Cooperative, a company that brings together a network of independent solar companies across the U.S. to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for geographically distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolios. Today, she will continue to share the struggles she’s gone through, how she has endured the growth curve of multiple companies, and the insight into ways you can now adapt her lens into your own career. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 240 - Amanda Bybee, Founder Amicus OM Cooperative - Part 1

    240 - Amanda Bybee, Founder Amicus O&M Cooperative - Part 1

    24/03/2020 Duration: 53min

    I'm really, grateful for my friend Tara Doyle, who introduced me to today's guest, Amanda Bybee. Before I began conversations with Amanda, I didn't know much about her life and work. And I must tell you, I was engrossed by Amanda's story. She had such a phenomenal background and journey to get to where she is today. And we learn all about the Amicus O&M Cooperative as well as her time at Namaste Solar, and even back to the early days of Solar Austin and the early early push to get renewable energy and solar into the agenda in Texas. I am honored to be able to provide you with this Part One of the interview, and we'll be following the Part Two on Thursday. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 239 - How to become a Solar Maven w/ Kendra Hubbard, SEIA board Member

    239 - How to become a Solar Maven w/ Kendra Hubbard, SEIA board Member

    19/03/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    If you’ve ever pulled yourself up by the bootstrings, ever worked hard-as-hell just to get on a level playing field, ever kept at something b/c it was simply worth doing, then today’s episode is for you. Today’s Energy executive is my longtime friend and true #SolarWarrior, Kendra Hubbard. Kendra and I met in 2011 in Philly at a regional solar conference, the way I’ve met so many of you. She earned and kept my respect for her tenacity and ingenuity from the first moment we met. Today I share with you some of the ways she’s become a thought leader in the solar industry, and how she manufactured her ascension to become one of the general assembly elected members of the board of SEIA. She’s an inspiration, and I’m honored to know her. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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 thi

  • 238 - Why take the leap into Microgrids? with Rosana Francescato [SPI 2019]

    238 - Why take the leap into Microgrids? with Rosana Francescato [SPI 2019]

    17/03/2020 Duration: 24min

    Today's guest is Rosana Francescato, Communications Director at Clean Coalition, a non-profit organization that drives policy innovation to remove barriers to procurement and interconnection of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and also collaborates with utilities and municipalities to create near-term deployment opportunities that prove the technical and financial viability of local renewables and other DER. This conversation took place in the Podcast Lounge back at SPI 2019, and was led by PV Magazine contributors, Christian Roselund and Erica Johnson. Hear Rosana separate fact from dicromato about an often confusing electricity topic: Microgrids! Much has been said about the traditional power grid, but their smaller versions offer viable solutions due to independent control capability, better known as "Island Mode". Rosana covered this and other benefits that this approach has to offer in supporting our savings grid infrastructure, from phasing out diesel generators, to mitigating risks in the face of na

  • 237 - Mona Dajani, Deal Machine, Network-aholic, sabre-wielding bada$$

    237 - Mona Dajani, Deal Machine, Network-aholic, sabre-wielding bada$$

    12/03/2020 Duration: 55min

    Today’s guest does not consider herself an entrepreneur, so I’ll give her some other titles. Whether she would be self-referential or not, Mona Dajani is a deal machine. She’s also the only woman ever to be head of energy and infrastructure of a major law firm, and The only lawyer on the board for ACORE. In short, she’s a trusted advisor and has been the steady hand in nearly $100B in renewables transactions.  Mona unpacks for me the 3 key elements of a ‘good deal’ - Reliable pathway, Risk mitigation, and the reality of the macro-environment. We also unpack where deals get stuck, what Mona does to relax, and as you’ll hear, she has an infectious laugh. I like to think that contributes greatly to the appeal of this self-proclaimed network-aholic. At times, she appears superhuman, but rest assured, I get Mona comfortable enough to reveal her secrets to success and a life well lived. I know you’ll love seeing the corners she’s peering around. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode he

  • 236 - The PV Afterlife - The challenge  opportunity of Recycling

    236 - The PV Afterlife - The challenge & opportunity of Recycling

    10/03/2020 Duration: 24min

    PV recycling is something that our industry has been working on for at least four years, maybe longer. Many question marks gravitate around recycling solar PV modules, one of them being the final destination of these assets if not recycled properly, often associated to increase the world’s pollution levels. Today we're joined by Evelyn Butler from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Garvin Heath of the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Garvin himself has been very entrenched in the efforts with a lot of his other research activities. It's an area near and dear to his heart, so I'm excited to share both his and Evelyn’s insights about this topic. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect w/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!

  • 235 - Britta von Oesen - CohnReznick Capital (Womens History Month)

    235 - Britta von Oesen - CohnReznick Capital (Women's History Month)

    05/03/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    Today’s the second in our Women’s History Month lineup of all-star clean energy leaders. Britta von Oesen is a longtime Solar Warrior. The story about her entry into the industry is fascinating. Britta is a Managing Director with CohnReznick Capital and leads the San Francisco Office.  She has 10+ years of experience in investment banking, tax equity, corporate strategy, and development in the wind, solar, and broader environmental sector. She has directly advised on over 5GW of solar, wind and battery storage projects, and contributed to the financing or sale of $20B+ worth of projects with CohnReznick Capital. Hear how she turned from financial crisis to financial dealmaker during The Great Recession. Britta has been responsible for 5GW and some of the biggest transactions in the last decade of the solar boom. But that’s not the whole story - she’s a dedicated mother and a sterling example that you can lead at home and the office without compromise. As we continue our all-female lineup during this Women’s H

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