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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 ...
 
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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. …
 
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…
 
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…
 
Taped at MREA's Energy Fair, I speak with Deb Erwin (Xcel Energy), Eric Udelhofen (One Energy Renewables) and Nick Hylla (MREA). We talk about the future of solar in the Midwest and how to grow it faster and bigger!Deb Erwin is the manager of regulatory policy for Xcel Energy in Wisconsin, supporting Xcel’s efforts to lead the clean energy transiti…
 
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin and when it comes to renewable energy, she is all in. I speak to the Mayor about the goals the City has given itself and how they plan to get there. We cover the ways that consumers can get solar and how regulators are working with the City to achieve the goals. This interview was taped at MREA…
 
Taped at SolarWakeup Live! Boston, I speak with Marc Roper from Engie Storage about the storage market's growth and where it goes from here. Check out solargraf.com/solarwakeup to trial the exciting solar sales accelerator. The online platform allows for fast and simple design of solar projects and proposals. Solargraf.com/solarwakeup for your free…
 
Taped at SolarWakeup Live! Boston, I speak with Nathan Phelps from Vote Solar about the needs for regulations to keep up with solar's growth. Check out solargraf.com/solarwakeup to trial the exciting solar sales accelerator. The online platform allows for fast and simple design of solar projects and proposals. Solargraf.com/solarwakeup for your fre…
 
Taped at SolarWakeup Live! Boston, I speak with Michael Judge about the progress SMART has seen over the last year. We talk about the issues and ongoing regulatory changes that the program is looking for. Check out solargraf.com/solarwakeup to trial the exciting solar sales accelerator. The online platform allows for fast and simple design of solar…
 
Taped live at SolarWakeup Live! Boston, I speak with Jon Bonanno about opportunity zones. If you are interesting in learning more and seeing some of the backup material, send an email to Yann. Thank you to the sponsors that made the event happen: Engie Storage, CleanChoice Energy and Pfister Energy.By Yann Brandt
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup’s podcast I talk to Mary Barber of the Environmental Defense Fund. Mary has been the lead on the EDF’s work regarding NJ’s push for more solar and took part in Governor Murphy’s transition team on clean energy issues. We talk about the work ahead for the State and what she thinks is possible for the State. Mary Barber…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup’s podcast I talk with Jim Spano of Spano Partner Holdings. Jim is well known in the New Jersey solar market and continues to develop solar projects across the State. He recently launched a new company, Radiant REIT. Jim Spano is a Managing Partner of Spano Partner Holdings and a nationally recognized expert in solar d…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup Live I talk to Thomas Byrne of CleanCapital. We talk about the difficulty to scale smaller solar and what path CleanCapital is taking to achieve this. Since the interview CleanCapital has acquired several portfolios and taken an investment from BlackRock. Thomas Byrne is founder and CEO of CleanCapital. CleanCapital i…
 
In this episode I speak with Dave Rosenfeld of the Solar Rights Alliance about the bipartisan legislation that was filed in California last week, the Solar Bill of Rights. The bill is California focused legislation but the story rings true across the Country, consumers deserve the opportunity to go solar without obstruction from the electric monopo…
 
Jenya co-founded PVEL in 2010 and now serves as CEO. He developed the first extended reliability and performance test protocols for the downstream PV industry as well as innovative methods of evaluating PV performance for power plant level risk assessment and mitigation.Prior to founding PVEL, Jenya was the Senior Quality and Reliability Engineer a…
 
Kelcy Pegler Jr. is a solar industry veteran. Kelcy was Founder and CEO of Roof Diagnostics Solar, which was acquired by NRG Energy, where Kelcy continued on to lead NRG Home Solar. Most recently, Kelcy has joined the Board of Sofdesk, a software company aimed to accelerate sales in solar and other construction fields. Kelcy also serves as an advis…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup Live, my guest is Gabe Phillips, Managing Director of GP Energy Management. Gabe has been a power and electricity market trader for over a decade including structuring solar and REC offtake agreements. Gabe joined me on stage in front of a sold out crowd at SolarWakeup Live in Jersey City to talk about the role that p…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup Live, my guest is Abby Hopper, the CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Abby has been leading SEIA for over a year and gives us an update on the mid term election day including some predictions, she is always an engaging and lively conversation and it was great to have this conversation. Abby joined me on s…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup Live, my guest on the podcast is Joseph Fiordaliso, the President of the NJ BPU. He has been on the board for over a decade and appointed by Governors of both parties. President Fiordaliso joined me on stage in front of a sold out crowd at SolarWakeup Live in Jersey City to talk about the future of solar, energy stora…
 
In this episode of the Energy Wakeup podcast, we sat down with Brad Klein, senior attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center. He and the team at ELPC were instrumental in bringing Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016, and Klein takes us behind the scenes to discuss exactly what that process – long and arduous as it sometimes was – lo…
 
In this episode of the Energy Wakeup podcast, we sat down with Anthony Star, director of the Illinois Power Agency, to discuss the process for developing solar under the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016, which will increase the amount of solar produced in the state in the coming years.Star discusses in detail the Illinois SREC procurement program, as…
 
In this episode of the Energy Wakeup podcast, we sat down with Jon Carson, founder of Trajectory Energy Partners, to discuss early solar project development in Illinois—and the politics of solar. Carson has spent nearly a lifetime in Illinois politics, first running Tammy Duckworth’s successful Senatorial campaign and then was the field director an…
 
This may be the most important topic to be organized in solar since the start of net metering. The permitting process in the US adds almost $1/watt to the cost of the installations and increases the cancellation rate for customers looking to go solar. In this episode of SolarWakeup Live! I speak with Andrew Birch who was a co-founder of Sungevity. …
 
It feels as if the solar industry talks a lot – a lot – about how important federal policy is to pushing the solar industry forward. Which is why, when you have the chance to vote for a strong solar advocate and add another voice to the Congress in favor of our industry, we should do it.Meet Sam Jammal, who is running for the soon-to-be-open Califo…
 
"It appears Florida is finally getting serious about becoming a viable solar market. Two weeks ago, the Public Service Commission decided, against all odds and the expectations of some seasoned solar observers, to allow third parties to own solar arrays without becoming regulated utilities.In the wake of the decision, at least one major residential…
 
In this episode of SolarWakeup Live!, taped live at the Midwest Solar Expo, I speak with the CEO of Connexus Energy, Greg Ridderbusch. Connexus Energy is one of the largest utility cooperatives in the Country and serves over 150,000 members in Minnesota. Connexus is building a 10MW solar farm which will be integrated with an AC coupled energy stora…
 
What Happened: In this edition of the SolarWakeup Live! podcast, Yann Brandt sat down with Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra, an electric vehicle manufacturer currently focused on building buses and driving and discussed:why China is so far ahead of the United States in EV development,how Tesla made it from being a small startup to the electric vehicle …
 
Yann Brandt sat down with Blake Jones and Terri Mickelsen, the driving forces behind the Colorado-based Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU), which they expect will:- provide loans to people who want to invest in products like solar installations, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and other similar investments.- give new clean energy markets another…
 
What Happened: Our own Yann Brandt, the proprietor of this place, interviewed Josh Prueher, CEO of FlexGen, about the concept of DC-coupled energy storage and what it could mean for the solar industry.What are the major advantages of DC versus AC coupled energy storage for solar?How does solar start integrating storage in its projects?SolarWakeup’s…
 
This episode of EnergyWakeup, the podcast produced by SolarWakeup, Yann speaks with Costa Nicolaou from PanelClaw. The discussion centers around the 201 tariff process and a behind the scenes look at how industry leaders participated in the fight against the solar tax. As a racking company that actually creates the steel and aluminum manufacturing …
 
What: President of NY Green Bank, Alfred Griffin, Talks Solar Capital and Green Bank SuccessSummary: During an interview at SolarWakeup Live! New York, Alfred Griffin, the President of the New York Green Bank, gave an overview of the type of work that the Green Bank has been undertaking. The active pipeline is in excess of $500 million and is meant…
 
What: Interview with LO3 Energy And National Grid On The Use Of Blockchain In The Future Energy MarketSummary: Blockchain is a decentralized ledger technology driven to publicity by cryptocurrencies. In this conversation recorded at SolarWakeup Live! New York, Yann speaks with Lawrence Orsini, CEO of LO3 Energy, and Mathew Sachs from National Grid.…
 
What: On January 24th, SolarWakeup held a conference call to discuss the 201 Tariffs and their market impactsSummary: Joined by solar experts, Colin Rusch of Oppenheimer and MJ Shiao of GTM Research, SolarWakeup held a conference call to discuss the impacts and next steps from the President’s solar tariffs. Research from Oppenheimer suggests price …
 
What: Interview with Mercedes Benz Energy Americas CEO, Future of e-mobility and Yann’s View On The TopicSummary: In this interview, Yann speaks with the CEO of Mercedes Benz Energy Americas, Boris von Bormann. Boris was previously the CEO of Sonnen in the US and has a background in solar prior to that. The conversation includes information about h…
 
What: Axios Energy and Climate Change Reporter, Amy Harder, Joins SolarWakeup To Talk Politics and Energy MarketsSummary: Amy Harder joined Axios from the Wall Street Journal and writes the Harder Line, part of Axios’ coverage of the energy space. Amy is well versed on the politics of energy and has been based in DC for over 10 years. She joins Yan…
 
Who: Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s only representative in CongressImpact: Over a million Americans living in Puerto Rico are still without access to energy, more than 90 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island. The solar industry has been coming together to show the potential of solar plus storage by powering hospitals,…
 
Who: Daniel Hullah, Managing Director at GE Ventures, focused on investing in the energy space. With a Phd in in Chemistry, Daniel has a unique view of clean energy in addition to 10 years of clean energy venture capital experience. What: How does the grid of the future evolve from central, fossil fuel power plants? We have this discussion during o…
 
Who: Thierry Lepercq, EVP of Research, Development and Innovation at Engie. Member of the executive committee. Engie is a global energy company with $78billion in revenues and 150,000 employees. What: A discussion about the future of energy regarding the use of traditional power plants, transition to renewables and investing in innovative companies…
 
In this episode of energywakeup I talk about the current Tax Reform Bill with Audrey Louison from Mintz and Greg Jenner from Stoel Rives. The tax reform bill was in conference committee at the time of this recording and had several issues that impacted the solar industry. The corporate AMT, a lower corporate tax rate and the BEAT provision. I walk …
 
In this episode of energywakeup I am joined by Jon Abe the CEO of SunWealth. Sunwealth is a solar start up based in Boston Massachusetts focused on financing small commercial and nonprofit solar projects. The innovation at sunwealth is getting new capital into solar by educating them about the small C&I market. In our conversation Jon tells you abo…
 
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