Solar Power World

By Solar Power World

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In this podcast series, Solar Power World editors give you the opportunity to hear from the U.S. solar power industry’s biggest newsmakers in their own words.
276 episodes
In this podcast
April 11, 2018
In light of our call to solar installers, developers and EPCs to apply for our 2018 Top Solar Contractors list, we thought it made sense to speak to one for this edition. Not unlike the construction field as a whole, solar installation is a male-dominated industry. Out of 500 companies that made the list last year, only 23 were lead by women. Michelle Greenfield is one of them. She has served as CEO of Ohio-based Third Sun Solar for more than 16 years. In this podcast, she discusses what it’s like to be a female leader in a male-dominated industry, working in a state that isn’t exactly the first that comes to mind when you think of solar.
April 10, 2018
You’ve likely heard of IHS Markit in research reports or articles about the solar or storage markets. But in this podcast we get to learn more about the organization as we talked to Cormac Gilligan, research manager of solar and energy storage, and Miguel De Jesus, solar energy analyst at IHS. Listen to learn more about inverter trends, as well as the solar and storage markets overall.
April 2, 2018
We spoke with Martin Hermann, CEO and founder of solar developer 8minutenergy. Prior to founding the company in 2008, Martin worked with solar panel manufacturer Advent Solar, and even owned a semiconductor tools company which he sold to Intel. Martin provides some great insight on the solar and storage markets.
March 26, 2018
EGT Solar gives us the lowdown on the Idaho solar market. With an expected population increase that is three-times the national rate through 2025, Idaho is going to be a big demand market for new solar. Read our full story:
March 16, 2018
If you’ve spotted a man with a signature mustache, bow tie and hat walking around a solar show floor, you’ve seen this month’s vet Marvin Hamon, principal and founder of Hamon Engineering. Besides his signature look, Marvin is known for being an expert electrical engineer, writer and supporter of the green energy movement.
March 6, 2018
We spoke with Chip Palombini, sales and marketing director at Dynapower, for a story on AC versus DC coupling. We wanted to share some of that interview with you. Chip talked about the differences between AC and DC coupling and told us about Dynapower's new DC to DC converter. Listen to learn more and read the whole article here
Feb. 27, 2018
We recently talked with Hannah Solar, a mid-sized EPC in the Southeast, about how the company is adjusting to the new 30% solar tariffs (Spoiler alert: not sweating them). We also talk logistics on how to get materials to far away islands in the Pacific. Read our story here:
Feb. 21, 2018
Paula Mints is the founder of global market research firm SPV Market Research. Learn what it takes to be a solar market researcher, her views of the market and how she is looking to help struggling women find a new life in solar in this latest edition.
Feb. 6, 2018
Aurora Solar has been researching what makes solar sales proposals successful. The company interviewed homeowners at different stages of the buying process and talked with solar sales professionals to gain insights into the solar sales process. In this Solar Speaks podcast, we talk with Rahul Nihalani, head of growth at Aurora Solar, about what the company learned from this research and how you can apply them to your solar business. See Aurora's blog on its research efforts here:
Feb. 1, 2018
Having trained more than 12,000 installers and inspectors in his 25+ years in solar, Bill Brooks can be called the godfather of solar engineering. However, he chooses to call himself an ambassador for solar technology. Listen to learn more about Bill's journey from the early days of solar in the 70s, to his work with the codes and standards that continue to drive the industry today.
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