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Clean Power Hour

Tim Montague, John Weaver

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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 up t ...
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague talks with Hunter Johnson, Vice President of Alliant Insurance, about the crucial role of insurance in the solar industry and how climate change is impacting the way insurance companies assess and underwrite solar projects. The discussion covers various factors that solar installers, developers,…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague interviews Sebastian Heitmann, the co-founder of the venture capital firm Extantia. The discussion covered a wide range of topics related to the energy transition and decarbonization efforts. Sebastian shared his journey from the early days of investing in clean tech 1.0, which primarily fo…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague interviews Kelly Warner, CEO of Lumin (or Lumin Smart), a company that produces smart electrical panels for load management and electrification. Kelly shares his extensive background in the energy industry, spanning roles in consulting and running technology companies focused on areas like …
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague brings together a panel of experts from CPS America and EnergeiaWorks to discuss proven tactics for talent acquisition and retention in the rapidly growing solar sector. The discussion kicks off with insightful introductions from the panelists, including John Drummond, senior applications e…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague is joined by Scott Tess, the Sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City of Urbana, Illinois. They discuss the 5.3 megawatt community solar project that was developed on the city’s closed municipal solid waste landfill in Urbana Illinois in Central Illinois (home of the University of…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague interviews Adib Nasle, the co-founder and CEO of Xendee, a company that provides a software platform to design and optimize complex on-site energy systems. The discussion revolves around Xendee's unique approach to addressing the complexities and uncertainties associated with distributed energy …
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague hosts a special live webinar with Austin Carr, founder and president of Greenlink Energy Solutions, and Jim Keeling, a business attorney and partner at Hinshaw law, both based in Rockford, Illinois. They discuss the opportunities and challenges of behind-the-meter solar PV installations for chur…
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The hydrogen economy is all the rage, with billions in government funding and skyrocketing private investment. But should we buy into the hype? Energy and utility guru Peter Kelly-Detwiler joins Tim Montague to separate fact from fiction about the promises and perils of the hydrogen economy. They discuss the existing hydrogen economy, which is larg…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague talks with Nate Owen, founder and CEO of Ampion, about the evolution and future of community solar. Key topics and takeaways include: - How community solar is moving beyond its roots in state-specific programs to more flexible models that can scale rapidly. Nate discusses "Community Solar 2…
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Solar trackers have swept the utility-scale solar industry in recent years, with single-axis trackers now deployed on a staggering 94% of large-scale projects. While a few big names dominate the tracker market, one company - Nevados Solar - has carved out a distinct niche with its unique all-terrain tracking technology. In this episode, host Tim Mo…
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The solar industry has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past decade, with string inverters playing a pivotal role in this evolution. In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague sits down with John Drummond, the Senior Applications Engineer at CPS America, to explore the advancements in string inverter technology and how…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague sits down with Aviv Shalgi, CEO and co-founder of Solar Simplified, to discuss the growing and important niche of community solar. Aviv shares his journey into entrepreneurship, starting in the advertising industry before finding his passion in the energy transition. He explains how Solar S…
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In this episode, Tim Montague sits down with Francois Byrne, CEO of Hybrid Power Solutions, to discuss the company's innovative approach to decarbonizing mobile power and construction. Francois shares his journey from working on hybrid race cars to developing cutting-edge battery and solar hybrid systems that eliminate the need for diesel generator…
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In this episode of The Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague interviews Alex Nussey, co-founder and CEO of Wattch, a cutting-edge solar monitoring and asset management platform trusted by top installers, developers, and utilities. Nussey shares the origin story of Wattch, which began as a college project building IV curve testers for a solar car raci…
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In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague is joined by Brian Baxter, Director of Sales East at CPS America, to discuss the rapid evolution of the solar and storage industry. As string inverter technologies gain traction in the utility-scale segment, CPS America is at the forefront of this trend with their innovative three-phase str…
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America's thousands of closed landfills represent a massive untapped opportunity to generate clean solar power. These unused brownfield sites, which are often seen as burdens on their local communities, have the potential to be transformed into renewable energy assets that provide a range of benefits. In this episode, Tim Montague explores the poss…
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In this expert panel webinar, Tim Montague hosts Monroe Jett, CEO and founder of Title Leader, and Mike Koehler, Director of Solar Development at Azimuth Renewables, to discuss how solar developers can accelerate project timelines and boost ROI by modernizing the often overlooked bottleneck of land title search and management. Key discussion points…
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The solar industry has come a long way since its early days of small off-grid systems. With utility-scale solar farms now measured in the 100s of megawatts, grid penetration rising fast, and batteries no longer a novelty but a necessity, there's a world of knowledge required to be successful in solar + BESS. To help make sense of the current solar …
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Solar PPAs are a popular way to finance commercial solar projects, but the process remains nebulous to many installers and developers. In this illuminating webinar, host Tim Montague gets candid insights from two solar financing experts - Marc Palmer of Conductor Solar and Nick Perugini of Solaris Energy. With decades of combined experience structu…
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Imagine a world where anyone, from a 10-year-old child to a seasoned professional, can access top-notch training in clean energy technologies like solar, batteries, and energy efficiency – all from the comfort of their living room. That's the vision behind Heatspring, an online learning platform co-founded by Brian Hayden back in 2007. In this epis…
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Stay up to date with the latest solar, wind, and energy storage news and analysis. Join co-hosts Tim Montague, solar & storage expert, and John Weaver, PV Magazine journalist, as they reflect on the latest tools, technologies, and trends driving the energy transition forward. With a strong commitment to decarbonizing the economy and building a safe…
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Earn, save, protect - energy storage is revolutionizing the way we think about and utilize electricity. Batteries are no longer just backup power sources - they have become assets capable of providing a multitude of services to the grid and customers. Earn - you can turn a battery into a cash machine by providing ‘ancillary services’ to the grid op…
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Austin Carr, founder of Greenlink Energy Solutions, joins us to discuss his journey from military service to clean energy entrepreneur. We cover electrifying homes and buildings in a 360-degree approach - improving energy efficiency, upgrading mechanical systems, and adding solar and storage. Solar installers take note - this is the future of the s…
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The solar industry is rapidly evolving, with new technologies and mounting competition forcing companies to adapt or be left behind. On this week's Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague sits down with Kelly Shamblen, Regional Sales Manager West for Chint Power Systems (CPS America), the leading three-phase string inverter manufacturer in North America. Ke…
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Solar developers know that securing site control is mission-critical. But painstaking manual title search processes bog down developers every day, wasting valuable time across dozens of projects. What if you could centralize and streamline title management, gain visibility into individual workloads, and never miss a beat when team members are out? …
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In this episode, Tim Montague interviews Marc Palmer, CEO and Co-Founder of Conductor Solar, a platform that aims to accelerate commercial and community solar deals by connecting solar developers and investors to streamline project financing. Marc is a repeat guest on the show and one of the nicest people in solar. He cut his teeth on the solar ind…
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The solar industry in Illinois has come a long way over the past decade, but its continued growth relies on overcoming legislative and regulatory challenges. In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague talks with Michelle Knox, owner of Wind Solar USA and former Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) board member, about the organization…
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The Inflation Reduction Act has supercharged clean energy investment in the US through generous tax credits for renewable energy projects. But monetizing those credits can be cumbersome, especially for smaller project developers. My guests today are working to change that. In this episode of The Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague speaks with Erik Under…
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The solar industry is constantly evolving. With new technologies, regulations, and business models emerging every year, it can be challenging for solar companies to keep up. That's where joining your state's solar energy association can make all the difference. In this episode of the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague talks with Lewis Butler, head of s…
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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides major incentives and tax credits to accelerate the clean energy transition in the United States. But how can solar, storage, and electrification companies take advantage of the IRA? In this episode, Tim Montague talks with Jamie Skaar, founder and CEO of Luna Energy, about the opportunities and challenge…
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Hawaii is a living laboratory for the future of solar, storage, EVs, and grid innovation. Today on The Clean Power Hour, hosts Josh Porter and Jason Verkaart of the SolarCoaster podcast join Tim Montague and share their in-depth knowledge of Hawaii's clean energy landscape. Josh and Jason explain how Hawaii's high electricity rates, plentiful solar…
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Just a decade ago, solar installation costs were a whopping $15 per watt. Today, prices have plunged below $3 per watt, thanks to the cost adoption curve. Illinois is now a top 10 solar state. But the meteoric growth didn't happen by chance. Behind the scenes, the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) has been working for years to clear obstacle…
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Stay up to date with the latest solar, wind, and energy storage news and analysis. Join co-hosts Tim Montague, solar & storage expert, and John Weaver, PV Magazine journalist, as they reflect on the latest tools, technologies, and trends driving the energy transition forward. With a strong commitment to decarbonizing the economy and building a safe…
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Happy New Year Folks. The clean energy industry is booming, with projections to double by 2030. This rapid growth represents an immense opportunity for the over 200,000 service members transitioning from the military to civilian life every year. Helping veterans translate their skills and find purposeful work is crucial, and this week's Clean Power…
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The Illinois solar market has exploded in recent years thanks to favorable state policies, turning the state into a national leader in renewable energy. Today on the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague talks with Brian Haug, President of Continental Energy Solutions. Brian is a past President of the board of ISEA, the Illinois Solar Energy Associat…
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Please take our listener survey. The global rooftop solar PV market was valued at 101 billion USD in 2022 and is expected to hit 435 billion by 2032 (a CAGR of 16% from 2023 to 2032). At the heart of this growth is a company called PanelClaw, the number one flat roof racking maker in the US. My guest today is Costa Nicolaou, CEO of PanelClaw and th…
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Please take our listener survey. Stay up to date with the latest solar, wind, and energy storage news and analysis. Join co-hosts Tim Montague, solar & storage expert, and John Weaver, PV Magazine journalist, as they reflect on the latest tools, technologies, and trends driving the energy transition forward. With a strong commitment to decarbonizin…
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Please take our listener survey. The Illinois solar industry is booming thanks to forward-thinking policies like the Future Energy Jobs Act and the recent Climate & Equitable Jobs Act. Solar companies looking to tap into this growth market must engage locally to capitalize on opportunities fully. That's why joining the Illinois Solar Energy Associa…
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Please take our listener survey. Installing solar PV on commercial buildings can significantly reduce electricity costs but it requires careful coordination with roof repairs and replacements. Today on the Clean Power Hour, experts from the solar and roofing industries advise facility owners and contractors on best practices for integrated solar ro…
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Please take our listener survey. The clean energy transition requires an unprecedented deployment of wind, solar, storage, and emerging technologies across the globe. However, friction and complexity in financing these projects remain key obstacles to reaching scale. Our guest today sees a major opportunity for software innovation to unlock abundan…
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Please take our listener survey. The promise of "clean" natural gas has led many U.S. utilities to bet big on gas infrastructure, but how clean is gas? In this episode, we dive into the risks utilities are taking with massive investments in natural gas, which may be far worse for the climate than coal once methane leakage is accounted for. Expert N…
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Please take our listener survey. The renewable energy transition requires a massive overhaul of power grid operations and infrastructure. While utilities will play a critical role in this transformation, many face challenges integrating distributed resources like rooftop solar, batteries, and electric vehicles. How can legacy grid operators embrace…
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Please take our listener survey. The Biden administration has set an ambitious goal of decarbonizing the US grid by 2035. Achieving this target will require rapidly scaling up renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and battery storage. The DOE has a little-known office called the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) that “accelerates the adv…
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Please take our listener survey. The residential solar market has come a long way since the early 2000s, but there's still ample room for growth. Our guest today on the Clean Power Hour is a true veteran of the industry who's been innovating in rooftop solar for over 14 years. Dave Anderson, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Complete Solaria, …
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Please take our listener survey. How is one of the world's leading engineering firms driving the clean energy revolution? Today on the Clean Power Hour Patrick Hogan, Chief Client Officer at Black & Veatch, joins Tim Montague to discuss how utilities and other stakeholders can work together to green the grid by 2035. He provides insights from Black…
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Please take our listener survey. Today on the Clean Power Hour, Hugh McDermott, Senior VP of Sales at ESS Inc., joins Tim Montague for an illuminating conversation on long-duration energy storage. Hugh has dedicated his entire career to the energy transition. He shares how he went from advising companies on cleantech to developing infrastructure fo…
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Please take our listener survey. Today on the Clean Power Hour Tim Montague is joined by Tyler Hortin, president and co-founder of Lion Energy. Lion Energy is an American company focused on making smart energy storage solutions to enable buildings and homes to become energy-independent. They manufacture lithium-ion phosphate batteries and battery c…
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Please take our listener survey. Today on the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague speaks with Gregor Macdonald, author of Oil Fall (ebook) and The Gregor Letter, a weekly publication about the global energy transition. Gregor provides a big-picture perspective on how wind, solar, batteries, and electric vehicles are disrupting the fossil fuel industry. …
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Please take our listener survey. LG Electronics has re-entered the renewable energy space with a new residential battery storage system called LG Home ESS. Today on the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague is joined by Jim Brown, Senior Account Manager at LG Electronics, to discuss LG's journey into clean energy and the details around their new LG Home b…
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Please take our listener survey. Today on the Clean Power Hour, host Tim Montague sits down with Chris Thompson, VP of Product at SolarEdge to discuss SolarEdge's innovative approach to solar optimization, Chris' fascinating career journey in clean energy, and how he eventually landed at SolarEdge. Chris Thompson has had a lifelong fascination with…
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