SunCast Podcast Episodes

701: Nextracker and JM Steel Are Reviving American Manufacturing

{{short-ad}} US manufacturing is back!  We were recently invited to a ceremony to celebrate the expansion of Nextracker’s dedicated steel torque tube manufacturing lines at JM Steel’s Leetsdale facility in Pittsburgh. This historic site, formerly Bethlehem Steel(the company that produced the landing craft for Normandy during World War II) now manufactures low-carbon steel tubes for …

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699: Breaking the American Electricity Monopoly | CleanChoice’s Zoe Gamble

{{short-ad}} Many of us working in clean energy forget that access to clean power is still a privilege, not a right. Millions of Americans still don’t have the freedom to choose clean energy.  People all over the country want to fight climate change by choosing renewable energy sources for their homes and businesses. But, in …

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698: Building the Biggest Battery Project in the World — Anthony Carroll, former President of Powin

{{short-ad}} Imagine that your phone rings. The person on the other end tells you: “you won the project. Now, we need you to fly to Australia and build the largest battery backup project in the entire world.”  Powin, a Portland, Oregon-based battery energy storage developer, was up to the challenge.  Nico got a chance to …

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696: Manufacturing Ground Mounts In The U.S. For The Same Cost as Abroad? FTC’s Solar’s Eric Frazier

{{short-ad}} The IRA gave solar manufacturers a huge incentive to manufacture on U.S. soil. How does the 45x incentive work, and are we actually gonna see anybody other than Nextracker capitalize on it?! Companies like FTC Solar are taking full advantage of this huge manufacturing tax credit. Their Vice President of Sales, Eric Frazier, shares …

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695: ‘Digital Owner’s Manuals’ for installers with Illu co-founder Sierra Fan

{{short-ad}} We’ve heard that we need to focus on workforce development.  Yet many times the workforce we’ve developed has to re-invent the wheel for lack of reliable systems to a) know what good looks like, and b) replicate it in the field with minimal oversight.   What if any solar installer had reliable, step-by-step installation guidance …

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694: LG Proves There’s More Than One Home Battery That’s Easy, Effective & Elegant

{{short-ad}} What if solar installers could easily integrate energy storage with any inverter on the market? LG Energy Storage Systems (ESS) makes that possible, and in an important and elegant way.  At the 2024 NABCEP Conference, Jim Brown, Senior National Sales Manager at LG ESS, highlighted  LG’s new “Home 8” AC-coupled energy storage system, a …

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