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The Clean Power Hour podcast is speeding the clean energy transition. Tim Montague and John Weaver highlight clean energy innovations shaping the next generation of renewable energy sources. We discuss the latest solar PV, battery storage, wind, water, wave and other low carbon technologies. We answer the question: How can we decarbonize the economy? We promote the economic opportunity of electrifying everything - transportation, energy, industry and the built environment. Let's speed the cl ...
 
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🔥Stay up to date with the latest in solar, wind, and energy storage news with Tim Montague and John Weaver (Commercial Solar Guy)! 🤩 We break down the tools, technologies, and trends that are speeding the energy transition. Tune in LIVE on Thursdays at 12 noon EST/ 9 AM Pacific/ 11 Central/ 10 Mountain and give us a rating and review on Apple or Sp…
 
Welcome to the Clean Power Hour. Today we are joined by Adam Rauwerdink, SVP Business Development at Boston Metal. Boston Metal is using innovative technology to decarbonize steel manufacture, with their technology on track to reach commercialization by 2026. Adam has spent the last decade leading global business development for new technologies in…
 
Welcome to the Clean Power Hour. On today’s show, we are joined by Paul Charles, CEO of American Battery Factory. American Battery Factory is developing a network of ‘safe’ lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cell giga-factories in the United States to fuel stationary storage and EV batteries. They are building their flagship gigafactory in Tucson…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. What the IRA Means for Wind, Solar and Storage Manufacturing - WoodMac Horizons Report is AWESOME 2. CCA must procure 1,300 GWh of …
 
Welcome to The Clean Power Hour! On today's show, we are joined by Mukesh Chatter, CEO of Alsym Energy - a company dedicated to providing next-generation clean energy storage solutions. Mukesh holds a Masters in Engineering from RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. His mission is to develop affordab…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. Silicon cost per watt down 96% over the last two decades: Since 2004, the volume of polysilicon per watt is down by 87%, and the in…
 
Welcome to the Clean Power Hour! Today we are joined by Alexis Pascaris, Founder and CEO of Agrisolar Consulting, a company on a mission to promote dual-use solar and agrivoltaics. Alexis has a Master of Science degree in Environmental & Energy Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Studies & Sustainability. She joins Tim Montague to talk about integra…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. Form Energy has a battery facility for construction coming to WV 2. Guy tried to kill his family by driving his Tesla over a 250-fo…
 
Welcome to the Clean Power Hour! On today's show, we are joined by Yaron Ben-Nun, Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Nostromo Energy. Yaron shares his inspiring story of how he went from a jet fighter and a film director to founding Nostromo which turns commercial building cooling systems from grid burdens into clean, safe, and cost-effective…
 
Welcome to Clean Power Hour! Today we have a very special guest – James McWalter, CEO & Founder of Paces AI. James shares his vision for empowering green infrastructure development with AI-driven software. Paces is a software platform that aims to help solar, wind, and storage project developers manage their site selection more efficiently. James a…
 
On this episode of the Clean Power Hour join Kate Collardson of Solar Recycle to learn how solar panel recycling can help move us towards a more circular economy. Solar Recycle is a free, online platform that connects solar professionals, recyclers, and waste management companies to promote the safe, responsible, and efficient recycling of solar pa…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. 10 GW of solar wafer factory plans announced - no site yet, the company says they raised $26 million recently - CubicPV 2. Solar mo…
 
Nobody likes to talk about rooftop solar fires but solar safety is vital for the growth of our industry. In fact, the risk of an electrical fire from your solar array is very small - certainly a fraction of a percent. But more and better safety is always good which is why we are excited to bring you Jing Tian, Chief Growth Officer for Tigo Energy o…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. New EV wireless charging technique 2. Preliminary tariff ruling is for tariffs - but there are a lot of ways to make this not hurt …
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. Pepsi getting the first of their original order delivered (maybe today?) Tesla Semi even today - musk suggests 50,000 units/year 2.…
 
My guest today is the Chief of Minority Business and Workforce (division office of economic impact and diversity) at the US DOE, Shalaya Morissette. Prior to her role at the DOE Shalaya was the Senior Technical Inspector at the Gas Pipeline Safety group for National Grid USA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's i…
 
Behind the meter, the wind has some vexing characteristics that until now have kept it largely off the playing field for large facility operators. One Energy has seemingly cracked the code by offering a bespoke, white-glove approach. Their 1.5 MW turbines produce up to 5 million kWh per year of on-site Clean energy (note the high capacity factor). …
 
In this episode, I was interviewed by James McWalter, CEO of Paces AI and host of the Carbotnic Podcast where he has conversations with experts in cleantech. We discuss how I got into the solar industry, why I am a mission-driven entrepreneur and solar developer, how you too could get into the solar industry, and much more. My solar roots go back t…
 
Long-term energy storage is vital for higher penetration of wind and solar that will clean the grid. Luckily, we have a variety of technologies at our fingertips that just need to be deployed for large-scale testing. Over the next decade, the global market potential for long-duration grid storage is expected to grow as much as 140+ gigawatts (GW). …
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. Resi Solar is ‘Crossing the Chasm’ in the US - we need to solve the problem of the soft cost according to Ryan Kennedy at PV Mag 2.…
 
Decarbonizing thermal heat for industrial and grid applications is a herculean and important task. A handful of companies are tackling this including our guest today Brenmiller Energy. Avi Brenmiller, his two sons Nir Brenmiller and Doron Brenmiller and a team of energy and engineering experts are bringing sustainable thermal energy storage solutio…
 
When you start something big like the clean energy transition, you have to think big and take risks. If you're an energy professional, want to become one, or want to understand how ripples turn into tsunamis, you'll enjoy today's guest, Tom Weirich. Tom is the author of "We Took the Risk," a book that chronicles the pioneers who made wind, solar, a…
 
Our guest today is Kiya Segni, the founder and CEO of Aduu Solar Engineering. Aduu solar provides exceptional solar construction permit plansets within a fast turnaround and quality workmanship. Contact Kiya at www.aduusolar.com for a free consultation. Enter "BHON1ZA" in the "Have a coupon?" field to get 25% off your first order! We're tripling th…
 
Three-phase string inverters are the workhorses of distributed solar projects. CPS America is the market-leading manufacturer of commercial and utility string inverters with over 10,000 operating sites in North America. Their 125 kW product is extremely popular in community solar and now they are launching 250 and 275 kW products ideal for 5 to 150…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week John Weaver and I discuss, 1. The Two Falcon Heavy rockets that landed within moments of each other this week. 2. Sunnova's plan seeking to develop ‘electricity …
 
Our guest today is Anthony Star, the former Director of the Illinois Power Agency (IPA). The IPA is the authority that oversees renewable energy implementation in Illinois. It was established in 2007 by Public Act 95-0481. In 2017, they established the Illinois Solar program as mandated by the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). The Illinois solar progr…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week we were joined by Dave Rosenberg, vice president of sales and business development at Heliene solar. He joined John Weaver and me to discuss the following; 1. Wh…
 
What if you could measure the full benefits of your wind, solar, and battery storage projects and see beyond C02 emissions reductions? When you take into account the additional benefits of decarbonizing the economy and count human health and wellbeing, ecosystem services, and biodiversity impacts, you see much greater value. Now project developers,…
 
The growth of the solar industry depends on contractors, EPCs, and developers who are bringing residential and commercial solar to scale across the US. GRNE Solar is one such solar EPC, founded in Chicago and recently acquired by financial services company Nelnet. On this episode of the Clean Power Hour, we bring you Eric Peterman the founder and C…
 
On the weekly clean power news and views, we bring you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ This week we discuss, 1. Greece says its entire electrical grid ran on 100% renewables for the first time 2. South Australia was 100% solar powered from 10 am to 4 pm - 90…
 
On this live, we bring you the latest news in cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ The podcast is available on Youtube and audio platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon. Each week, we bring you interviews with cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, manufacturers, and…
 
Industrial heat is a major source of carbon emissions and there is an emerging ecosystem of next-generation solar thermal technologies targeting this sector. Phoenix Solar Thermal is one such company. Their single-axis tracker concentrating solar collectors produce high temperatures, providing heat and steam to replace fossil fuel. They are initial…
 
Community solar allows households to tap into a local shared solar farm and see savings on their electric bill. This spreads the cost and enables a broader consumer audience to enjoy the benefits of greening the grid. Camelia Miu is the Chief Financial Officer of Nautilus Solar Energy, a leading owner-operator of community solar projects throughout…
 
With the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law, the solar industry is set to grow at 40% over the baseline projections by 2027. However, this growth is hindered by the lack of enough skilled laborers in the solar industry. The solution is developing an automation platform to reduce the cost and increase the scalability of utility-scale solar. Ter…
 
Subscribe: https://bit.ly/cph-sub The Clean Power Hour live brings you the latest cleantech and clean energy news, thought leaders, and innovators. Our motto is ‘Speeding the Energy Transition!’ The podcast is available on Youtube and audio platforms like Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon. Each week, we bring you interviews with cleantech entrepre…
 
Solar inspection in an industrial solar farm is an enormous task, even for large companies. It takes days or even weeks for teams to do a complete sweep of the solar project from the ground. Aerial solar inspection has become the easiest and best way to inspect solar. Mark Culpepper is the general manager of DroneBase, the leader in intelligent aer…
 
According to the International Energy Agency, three quarters of the energy used by industry is not in the form of electricity. It's in the form of heat. And that industrial heat accounts for about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But what if we could turn low-cost, intermittent wind and solar energy into continuous heat and succes…
 
Historically, it has been challenging for solar and wind developers to find an appropriate parcel of land, conduct an accurate valuation, and then make contact with the landowner. But now there is a marketplace for land resources where developers can go to find parcels that meet their buy criteria and connect with landowners who want to get a deal …
 
When a grid gets congested, the excess energy generated at renewable plants is wasted. But what if there was something we could do to mitigate that curtailment and monetize our excess wind, solar or hydroelectric power? John Belizaire is Founder and CEO at Soluna Computing, the leading developer of green data centers for batchable computing, powere…
 
With the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, the solar industry is projected to grow by leaps and bounds in the next several years. But such rapid growth is not without its challenges. How do we address the labor shortage in clean tech? And make sure that the abundance of new solar projects are built with a focus on quality? Michael Eyman is Ma…
 
In the early days of solar development, we built solar farms and then locked the gate and walked away, completely missing the opportunity to the use the land under the panels for a productive, long-term purpose. Enter agrivoltaics or dual-use solar, a technique where solar farms are built to allow for grazing or growing crops, creating a win-win si…
 
Even if they want to go solar, most middle-income Americans can’t afford it. Or maybe they rent or move frequently and can’t take rooftop solar with them when they go. And those who live in areas with frequent natural disasters worry about the cost of replacing solar panels that get damaged or destroyed. But what if solar energy was both inexpensiv…
 
The entire infrastructure of our economy depends on a reliable grid. And the work we are doing to decarbonize will only increase demands on the grid moving forward. So, how do we look into the future? What are we doing to upgrade the grid? To make it stronger and more adaptable? And most importantly, how do we get solar and wind energy facilities c…
 
Lead-acid batteries are heavy and highly toxic. Lithium-ion is lighter but tends to catch fire and requires a thermal management system to regulate its temperature. So, Michael Burz, President and CEO at Enzinc, is developing a next-generation rechargeable zinc battery that is safer for people and the planet. With a background in aerospace engineer…
 
Solar is an unpredictable industry. Government incentives drive an uptick in the market for a few years. And then high-profile bankruptcies and severe tariffs put the brakes on development for a year or two. But those of us committed to renewables for the long term keep moving forward, developing the grit it takes to navigate the ups and downs of w…
 
Solar asset managers are dealing with a number of variables, among them soiling, shading, weather conditions and the degradation of equipment. And while supervisory control and data acquisition or SCADA systems support the decision-making process, they can’t conduct the kind of advanced analytics asset managers need to significantly improve a plant…
 
6 Powerful Cleantech Podcasters On Biden, Ukraine and the Energy Transition Today we're sharing our fifth quarterly podcaster's roundtable, which offers a rich, one-hour discussion of energy trends, developments, challenges and opportunities. We’re joined by some impressive industry voices. These roundtables are organized and produced by my friends…
 
The communities that contribute the least to climate change are impacted by it the most. And that’s a disheartening thing for Gen Zers to discover. But the antidote to anxiety is action. So, what can young people do to advocate for environmental justice? How can we all work together for an equitable transition to the net-zero carbon economy? McKenn…
 
It’s awe-inspiring to consider that renewable energy transforms weather into electrons and then into dollars. And yet, many asset managers are still operating with spreadsheets, notebooks and post-its. So, how do we encourage the adoption of digital tools in the renewable energy space? And how can solar, wind and hydro operators benefit from techno…
 
Get a 10% discount to attend Solar Plaza Asset Management Texas with discount code: CPH22. https://www.solarplaza.com/event/solarplaza-summit-asset-management-texas-2022/ Bringing solar professionals together in-person is Solar Plaza’s specialty; they’ve organized over 150 solar events in 60 cities, in 41 countries and six continents. Since 2004, S…
 
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