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SolarWakeup Live! is the insider's guide to the solar and energy markets. Hosted by Yann Brandt, the managing editor of SolarWakeup and CEO of Wakeup Media. Yann Brandt is a veteran executive of the solar industry. After several startups, Yann also founded SolarWakeup, the most influential newsletter in the industry. SolarWakeup is now a big part of Wakeup Media and Yann continues to work in solar investing hundreds of millions of dollars across the Country. Join Yann as he walks you through ...
 
Hear from energy pioneers from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker and Solar Inventions CEO Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the individuals who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality. Visit FreeingEnergy.com for more.
 
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Host Bill Nussey talks with Garrett Nilsen, Deputy Director of the Solar Industry Technologies Office in the US Department of Energy about the amazing and enormously practical scope and scale of DOE work across the energy landscape. Garrett explains how innovators and entrepreneurs can tap into vast resources to help vet, test, fund, pilot and even…
 
Freeing Energy founder Bill Nussey and Dr. Jemma Green, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Australian-based Power Ledger take us on an illuminating journey into emerging peer-to-peer electricity trading business models, where P2P pilot programs are proving themselves and how distributed ledger technologies, like blockchain, are helping to securel…
 
Host Bill Nussey catches up with Steph Speirs, CEO and Co-founder of community solar leader, Solstice, to learn how her team is using a game changing, door-opening mechanism to bring clean energy to people who cant get it. And, why re-defining the energy customer experience is critical to growth and a more inclusive energy future.…
 
Advocates, innovators and entrepreneurs, here is a discussion you don't want to miss. Listen in as Samir Ibrahim, CEO and Co-Founder of SunCulture, shares how his vision for the first affordable, widely available solar powered irrigation system in East Africa took shape, the impact that system is having on lives there and the business challenges he…
 
In this second of a two part series, John Farrell, Director of Energy Democracy at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, walks us through how the power and influence of investor owned utilities is trampling customers and how necessary changes in that relationship can benefit all parties.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
In this first of a special two part interview, John Farrell, Director of Energy Democracy with the Institute of Local Self Reliance, describes the challenges and barriers we face in shifting to clean local energy and the programs his leading think tank believes will move us toward a more equitable energy future.…
 
Renowned journalist, editor and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Steve LeVine joins host Bill Nussey and shares how the dramatic recent innovations in battery technology will change your world in just five years and completely redefine entire industries.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Innovators and entrepreneurs, listen up. Join in as Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association takes us on an insider's tour of the policies the solar industry is advocating with the new administration, how those policies are shaped, and what a diverse solar industry needs to do to continue growing.…
 
Utilities and Consumers in California are in a pitched battle over the value of residential solar generated electricity fed back to the grid. It’s important because the money consumers are paid for their excess solar directly affects how quickly their panels pay for themselves. If the state’s utilities have their way in the upcoming “Net Metering 3…
 
Simplifying the permitting and inspections of residential PV system installation may be the perfect local opportunity for making a big change in the solar industry, but is the young industry up for the challenge? Solar industry leaders, Yann Brandt, CEO of SolarWakeup, and Mike Casey, President and founder of Tigercomm, share why one piece of the g…
 
Strap on your walking shoes and listen in as Michael Chanin, founder and CEO of Cherry Street Energy, takes us on a walking tour of the beautiful Emory University Campus in Atlanta GA where one of the largest and coolest deployments of on-site solar power at a higher education institution in the Southeast is being developed. From seven stories up o…
 
Solar panels by themselves are just 10% of the cost of a residential solar system, yet US buyers are paying significantly more than homeowners in other parts of the world. Why is this? The answer is “soft costs” -- the design, permitting, and sales costs associated with system installation in the US. And, if this leading architect of the modern cle…
 
For the last few decades, rooftop solar was like Ford’s old Model T.....you could have any kind of system you wanted as long as it had black rectangles bolted to a frame on your roof. But, what if your roof could generate the electricity directly, without any panels at all? Host BIll Nussey talks with Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy, about h…
 
Dan Shugar is the CEO of Nextracker, a FLEX company. Dan, or Shug as his friends call him, has been in the solar industry for nearly 30 years and in some way always thought about trackers. In this interview we talk about his background and how he has built several companies in solar with success and why Nextracker is a market share leader in most m…
 
Many of us think of the US government’s role in solar innovation in terms of laboratories, deep science, and long term projects. But, that is only part of the story. Listen in as Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office in the US Department of Energy, shares how her office’s programs are bringing innovation to mark…
 
Hurricanes, wildfires, and even forced outages are highlighting the shortcomings of our century-old grid. At the same time, a growing majority of people are looking to accelerate the shift towards cleaner energy sources like solar and batteries. Microgrids sit at the center of these two huge trends and they are becoming increasingly available and a…
 
Rooftop solar growth is staggering. Why are so many going solar? Bill Nussey catches up with Vikram Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of EnergySage, the most popular web-based, solar marketplace and #1 source on solar information in the US for solar buyers. Vikram shares the personal story behind founding Energy Sage and the unique insights gained into the…
 
If you are even remotely interested in helping accelerate the shift to clean local renewable energy, this podcast is for you. Why? Getting the right message out there today is tricky...but our guest today has been helping clean tech companies and renewable energy groups for some 30 years and he has some powerful ideas on how to be more effective. M…
 
Heating and cooling the spaces we live in amounts to just over 50% of the energy consumed in the average home in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Agency. Add in water heaters and the percentage climbs to just over 60%. That’s a lot of energy and today that energy is supplied predominantly by electricity and natural gas. But…
 
Once the leader in the technology and manufacturing of solar products, the US lost that lead to China. But, if one company’s vision is realized, the US can again lead in this critical industry. FEP catches up with Charlie Gay, solar industry legend and CEO of startup Violet Power. With a game changing approach that almost cuts the cost of generatin…
 
In this episode of the SolarWakeup podcast, Yann talks to Mike O’Boyle from Energy Innovation where he is the Director of Electricity Policy. Energy Innovation recently published a report authored by Mike that looks at the southeastern US energy market if it were based on competitive power markets instead of monopolies. The results are as expected,…
 
In this episode Yann talks to Gabe Phillips, the CEO and founder of Catalyst Power. Catalyst received the backing of BP Energy Partners to the tune of $60million in order to scale their retail energy business. Gabe describes the novel approach to distributed generation development in coordination with the retail energy business under the same busin…
 
In this episode Yann talks to Tim Rochman who leads all things solar at EagleView Technologies. Eagleview works with municipalities and insurance companies around the Country to provide data on real estate or after a natural disaster. Eagleview entered the solar market to help solar installers get better data through imagery for faster and more acc…
 
In this episode Yann talks to John Powers of Extensible Energy. Extensible sells the DemandEx platform which is referred to as a virtual battery. The virtual battery allows buildings to operate more efficiently with minimal hardware, lowering the cost of implementation and speeding up the process. By managing thermal loads, DemandEx is targeting th…
 
In this episode we talk with the CEO of Inovateus Solar, TJ Kanczuzewksi, about their recently released sustainability report. Inovateus sees sustainability in two parts, first being the sustainability of their customers and why they are going solar and second, the sustainability of the solar construction and life cycle. Inovateus is based in South…
 
Eric Clifton is the CEO of Orison which announced a recent close of their $8.5million seed round. The latest capital came from Australia's Origin Energy.Orison has a wall mounted energy storage platform that is meant to be simple enough for homeowners to install. With their recent capital raise, I talk with Eric on the future of the company. The co…
 
Nick Chaset is the CEO of East Bay Community Energy, a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA for short) based in Alameda County. Nick is a lifelong energy professional and has taken the relatively new organization to new heights. We talk about virtual power plants including their ongoing RFP for community microgrids and their pilot project with Sunrun. …
 
For homeowners, communities, or commercial users it’ s not easy jumping all the compliance hurdles when building out a solar installation: But, how many of those hurdles are just adding cost and time and how many are really needed? Solar leader James Marlow gives us a peek inside the challenging rules and regulations piece of the local energy puzzl…
 
If you think just knowing sunrise and sunset is enough to manage a 21st Century Solar Power generation system, think again. Having accurate weather data can make the difference between being profitable or not. Join us as Nick Engerer, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of global weather data service, Solcast, shares the role of weather data in…
 
John Farrell leads ILSR Energy Democratization Initiative and his plan to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic is to install 30 million solar roofs across the Country. In his thoughtful post, John outlines how, where and why this is the way to build our clean energy economy. Yann and John discuss what this means for the market, what is the cost and h…
 
In this episode Yann talks with Rob Newman, the CEO of Nearmap. With online design tools becoming the only way solar is done anymore, aerial imagery data is more important than ever. Nearmaps flies a plan over your house 3 times a year, every year and can measure the roof dimensions with precision. This allows the remote salesforce to also answer t…
 
Listen in as John Powers, the CEO of California-based Extensible Energy, shares how software is helping commercial solar customers boost their ROI and reduce the most expensive parts of electricity bills, all at the same time. Learn how this innovative software approach is leapfrogging slow moving utilities by adding intelligence on the edge.…
 
Andy Klump is the CEO of Clean Energy Associates (CEA). CEA is a team of specialists that oversee and manage purchasing, quality control and quality assurance programs for manufacturers, suppliers and other cleantech companies. For example, large installers will hire CEA to ensure their modules are the highest quality possible. In recent days, Andy…
 
Yann is joined by Palmetto's CEO, Chris Kemper, and President, Sean Hayes. Palmetto has been serving the residential solar market for a decade since Chris drew up the concept. Over the years Palmetto has had to pivot many times to keep up with the changes in the market. As a mostly remote organization serving residential solar consumers and install…
 
Yann talks with Tom Matzzie, the CEO of Clean Choice Energy. Clean Choice is a retail energy provider that serves customers with renewable energy and also has a community solar development division. With a data driven marketing model, Tom shares his views on how to acquire customers in the new normal. We also talk about the value of sharing your bu…
 
There is a revolution in clean local energy coming fast and it’s a good bet that you’ll never even see it. Building Integrated Photovoltaics, or BIPV, ditches the notion of black rectangular panels and instead transforms your house or building into a solar power generator. Listen in as Laura Sartore, the CEO of Italian module equipment firm, Ecopro…
 
Join us for a fascinating dive into how data is unleashing new business models, spurring innovation and reducing risk with special guest, Joshua Rhodes from the University of Texas in Austin. This rock climbing, mountain biking academic with some serious chops in advanced mathematics, engineering, economics and architecture shares insights on how r…
 
The foundation that helped shape modern philanthropy and improve health care institutions around the world in the 20th Century is increasingly focused on energy poverty in the 21st Century. In this eloquent overview, Ashvin Dayal, the man who heads the Rockefeller Foundation’s Power Initiative, shares his insights on the origins of the foundation’s…
 
In this exclusive interview, global supply chain expert Andy Klump shares his unique insights on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Chinese manufacturing, the impact it’s having on renewable energy projects around the world, and the steps needed to get the global system back on an even keel. Klump’s international firm, Clean Energy Associates, …
 
Renowned energy author, academic, and entrepreneur Peter Fox-Penner shares insights from his new book, Power After Carbon. To decarbonize the energy sector is the largest investment opportunity of all time but, as Fox-Penner notes, the moral and social imperatives are just as large. Join host Bill Nussey as they into the changes that must occur to …
 
Listen along with hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby as six renewable energy experts share practical tips on what you can do to help get to a clean energy future faster. Plus, in this episode we hear what inspired one retired Nike executive to help take on a giant utility and how he is helping to shape a clean energy future for Taos, New Mexico.…
 
Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby explore the role innovation plays in the world of energy and electricity today, what holds it back and where innovation is truly making a difference. Choice is expanding the marketplace beyond utilities and including new entrepreneurs, new technologies, and new investors for the first time in a century.…
 
Join Host Bill Nussey and Dr. Greg Nemet, Educator and author of How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A model for low-carbon innovation (https://www.howsolargotcheap.com). Dr. Nemet has created the single best resource on the historical drivers behind the price decline in solar energy and the impacts this will have on our energy future. Listen as he shar…
 
Join Hosts Sam Easterby and Bill Nussey as they dispel these and other myths around solar energy. From land and raw material requirements to social equity, listen as the team unravels narratives fueling confusion and misinformation about solar power.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby are joined by some top experts in the world of renewable energy to review the biggest stories that impacted the local energy landscape in 2019 and the stories that will shape the local energy movement in 2020. Listen in as these experts share their views on policies, technology and global dynamics that are shaping…
 
Host Bill Nussey catches up with John Berger, CEO of Sunnova Energy (NOVA), a leader in the residential Solar + Battery service provider market in the United States. John shares insights about how dramatic changes in distributed local energy are rapidly re- shaping energy markets and why the shift is so important. Listen too as John shares how the …
 
In part three of this special three part series, Host Bill Nussey travels to the mountains of central Puerto Rico and talks with Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI), Ana Sophia Mifsud. Ana Sophia shares her journey in the world of renewable energy and how by being on site she and the RMI team are helping shape the future of Puerto Rico with microgrids…
 
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