Hear from energy pioneers from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker and Solar Inventions CEO Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the individuals who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality.
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Our most popular podcasts
Podcast episode #047 – Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus: The government’s surprising role in supercharging solar technology innovation.
Many of us think of the US government’s role in solar innovation in terms of laboratories, deep science, and long term projects. But that is only part of the story. Listen in as Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in the Department of Energy (DOE) shares how the US government is accelerating innovation with startups, helping commercialize new solutions, funding new products, and paving the way for breakthrough new technologies, all with the mission of making solar affordable and available to every American. Listen here.
Podcast episode #058 – Samir Ibrahim: The story behind an affordable solar-powered irrigation system that is changing the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa.
Advocates, Innovators and Entrepreneurs, here is a discussion you don’t want to miss. Listen in as Samir Ibrahim, CEO and Co-Founder of SunCulture, shares how his vision for the first affordable, widely available solar powered irrigation system in East Africa took shape, the impact that system is having on lives there and the business challenges he has faced along the way. Listen here.
Podcast episode #054 – Abigail Ross Hopper: What are the top policy priorities shaping the future of the solar industry?
Innovators and entrepreneurs, listen up. Join in as Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association takes us on an insider’s tour of the policies the solar industry is advocating with the new administration, how those policies are shaped, and what a diverse solar industry needs to do to continue growing. Listen here.
Once the leader in the technology and manufacturing of solar products, the US lost that lead to China. But, if one company’s vision is realized, the US can again lead in this critical industry. FEP catches up with Charlie Gay, solar industry legend and CEO of startup Violet Power. With a game-changing approach that almost cuts the cost of generating solar energy in half, Violet Power is poised to re-establish world-class solar manufacturing leadership in the US where the technology was firstborn. Listen here.
Podcast episode #034 – Andy Klump: An insider’s look at how COVID-19 is impacting global energy supply chains.
In this exclusive interview, global supply chain expert Andy Klump shares his unique insights on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Chinese manufacturing, the impact it’s having on renewable energy projects around the world, and the steps needed to get the global system back on an even keel. Klump’s international firm, Clean Energy Associates, is headquartered in Shanghai, China and advises manufacturers, suppliers, and users of renewable energy around the world. Listen here.
Podcast episode #050 – Andrew Birch: Can cutting red tape lower the cost of residential solar?
Solar panels by themselves are just 10% of the cost of a residential solar system, yet US buyers are paying significantly more than homeowners in other parts of the world. Why is this? The answer is “soft costs” — the design, permitting, and sales costs associated with system installation in the US. And, if this leading architect of the modern clean energy era has his way, we will see big cost savings in the near future. Listen in as Andrew “Birchy” Birch, co-founder and CEO of Open Solar, unfolds his solution to reducing some of the most unnecessary costs of going solar. Listen here.
Podcast episode #037 – Laura Sartore: What happens when our roofs, walls, and windows make solar directly?
Listen in as Laura Sartore, the CEO of Italian module equipment firm, Ecoprogetti, shares how her firm is blending engineering, aesthetics, and automation for BIPV. Her firm is revolutionizing local energy, not just by making solar power beautiful and affordable at the same time, but also making equipment that is designed to let companies manufacture solar panels in their own regions and countries everywhere in the world. Listen here.
All of our podcasts
- Podcast 063: Bill Nussey – The vision behind Freeing Energy and lessons learned from three clean energy entrepreneurs. - Bill Nussey shares why the local energy approach will reshape the transition to clean renewable electricity and shares lessons learned from some of the new breed of clean tech entrepreneurs interviewed in the past year.
- Podcast 062: Loren McDonald – Could the new Ford electric pickup truck disrupt the century-old electric grid? - Loren and Bill take a drive through the unexpected twists and turns that EVs will face in reshaping our electric grid. With hundreds of billions being invested, the implications of electric vehicles goes so much further than cleaner transportation.
- Podcast 061: Garrett Nilsen – The Department of Energy may be the best way to fund energy tech startups that no one knows about - Bill Nussey interviews Garrett Nilsen, Deputy Director of the Solar Industry Technologies Office in the US Department of Energy about the amazing scope and scale of DOE work across the energy landscape.
- Podcast 060: Jemma Green – Will peer-to-peer electricity trading unlock local energy and transform the grid? - Bill Nussey interviews Dr. Jemma Green, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Australian-based Power Ledger which is pioneering the technology and policy behind peer-to-peer electricity trading.
- Podcast 059: Steph Speirs – Not everyone can afford solar. Here’s what one visionary company is doing to change that. - Host Bill Nussey catches up with Steph Spears, CEO of community solar leader, Solstice, to learn how her team is working to bring clean energy to people who otherwise couldn't afford it.
- Podcast 058: Samir Ibrahim – The story behind an affordable solar-powered irrigation system that is changing the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa - Host Bill Nussey interviews Samir Ibrahim, the visionary co-founder and CEO of Kenya-based SunCulture.
- Podcast 057: John Farrell – Monopoly utilities and consumers are headed for a collision over local energy. The rules must change, but how? - In this second of a two-part series, John Farrell, Director of Energy Democracy at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, walks us through how the power and influence of investor-owned utilities is trampling customers and how necessary changes in that relationship can benefit all parties.
- Podcast 056: John Farrell – One organization is working to bring power to the people. Literally. - In this first of a special two part interview, John Farrell, Director of Energy Democracy with the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, describes the challenges and barriers we face in shifting to clean local energy and the programs his leading think tank believes will move us toward a more equitable energy future.
- Podcast 055: Steve LeVine – Batteries were invented 220 years ago. Why are they suddenly critical to our grid? - Batteries are not a new idea but plummeting costs have positioned them to disrupt two of the world's biggest industries: automobiles and the electric grid. Listen in as battery guru Steve LeVine helps us understand how this will all unfold.
- Podcast 054: Abigail Ross Hopper – What are the top policy priorities shaping the future of the solar industry? - What should the new administration focus on? How do we balance domestic manufacturing with low cost imports? Abby shares her insights on this and much more.
- Podcast 053: Bernadette Del Chiaro — Could a change in California’s net metering policy cripple residential solar? - California is considering whether to change its pioneering net metering program. The future of local energy is at stake. Bernadette explains the issues behind this make-or-break policy in 2021.
- Podcast 052: Yann Brandt and Mike Casey – Is creating a surge in solar jobs easier than we think? - Host Bill Nussey takes a walking tour of an amazing solar project being built on the Emory University campus by Cherry Street Energy and its CEO Michael Chanin.
- Podcast 051: Michael Chanin – Emory University is going solar and doing it in a surprising way - Host Bill Nussey takes a walking tour of an amazing solar project being built on the Emory University campus by Cherry Street Energy and its CEO Michael Chanin.
- Podcast 050: Andrew Birch – Can cutting red tape lower the cost of residential solar? - Andrew "Birchy" Birch, the CEO of Open Solar, highlights the crazy high prices of US residential solar. He explains how reducing "soft costs" is the easiest way to slash these prices.
- Podcast 049: Nussey and Easterby – 2020 clean energy favorites and a peek into 2021 - Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby share their favorite stories about clean, local energy in 2020 and preview what's coming in 2021.
- Podcast 048: Martin DeBono – Why add solar panels if your roof can capture solar energy all by itself? - GAF Energy is part of the world's largest roofing company. Listen as their President, Martin DeBono, explains how panels and racks are bring replaced by solar photovoltaics that are integrated into the roof itself (BIPV).
- Podcast 047: Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus – the government’s surprising role in supercharging solar technology innovation - Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, the Director of Dept of Energy's Solar Energy Technology office shares the surprising ways the government is spurring innovation, funding startups, and helping US solar companies achieve commercial success.
- Podcast 046: Ryan Goodman: Are microgrids the future of reliable, clean energy? - Ryan Goodman, the CEO of leading microgrid company, Scale Microgrid Solutions, explains why microgrids are a clean reliable source of energy in the face of growing electric outages.
- Podcast 045: Vikram Aggarwal – Why are millions of people putting solar on their roofs? - Vikram Aggarwal is the CEO of the internet's #1 source for going solar -- EnergySage. He shares his story and insights about why America is going solar!
- Podcast 044: Mike Casey – What is strategic brevity and how can it amplify the local energy story? - Listen to Mike Casey, the CEO of marketing communications firm, Tigercomm, share his amazing insights and advice on communicating the messages of clean, local energy.
- Podcast 043: Michael Sachse of geothermal pioneer Dandelion Energy – Is part of the local renewable energy solution right under our feet? - Michael Sachse of Dandelion Energy explains how geothermal is an increasingly important part of local energy and how it can provide 24/7 heating and cooling to homes.
- Podcast 042: Charlie Gay – How can the US re-establish leadership in solar manufacturing? - Listen in as Charlie shares stories from his career and his plans for the first vertically integrated solar manufacturer in the US in a decade, Violet Power.
- Podcast 041: James Marlow – Are rules and regulations keeping pace with innovation in solar energy? - James Marlow shares his insights as a solar pioneer and explains how regulations and policy help and impede the growth of solar energy.
- Podcast 040: Dr. Nick Engerer – How does having precise weather data change the way we manage solar energy? - Dr. Nick Engerer explains how Solcast uses satellite data to provide 5-min interval forecasts on hyper-local cloud and irradiance data, helping boost solar profits.
- Podcast 039: Nussey and Easterby – How Is COVID-19 Impacting the electric grid and renewable energy? - Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby unveil 4 surprising insights on how COVID-19 is affecting the energy business, from crude oil and coal to the growth of solar power.
- Podcast 038: John Powers – Can software supercharge financial returns for commercial solar projects? - Host Bill Nussey interviews Extensible Energy's CEO John Powers about how software can coordinate solar and HVAC to dramatically reduce expensive demand charges.
- Podcast #037: Laura Sartore – What happens when we ditch panels and let our roofs, walls, and windows make affordable solar directly? - Bill Nussey talked with Ecoprogetti CEO Laura Sartore about the revolution in affordable and beautiful building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).
- Podcast #036: Joshua Rhodes – How will massive new data sets and some rational thinking shape the future of clean local energy? - When we think about a cleaner grid, we immediately think of solar and wind. But Joshua Rhodes explains the critical role of data and how it is transforming the way we operate the world's most sophisticated machine.
- Podcast #035: Ashvin Dayal – How is the Rockefeller Foundation using mini-grids to tackle energy poverty in Africa and India? - Ashvin Dayal, the SVP Power Initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, talks with host Bill Nussey about how clean energy mini-grids are lifting Africa and India out of energy poverty.
- Podcast #034: Andy Klump – An insider’s look at how COVID-19 is impacting the global clean energy supply chain - Global supply chain expert, Andy Klump, CEO of Clean Energy Associates, shares his unique insights on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Chinese manufacturing and the entire global supply chain for renewable energy.
- Podcast #033: Dr. Peter Fox-Penner – What must change to move our electric power system beyond carbon? - Dr. Peter Fox Penner shares insights from his new book with host Bill Nussey. Listen in to learn about the big grid vs small grid, the future role of utilities, and a roadmap for policymakers in the power industry "After Carbon."
- Podcast #032: Expert tips – what you can do to help get to a clean energy future faster - Anya Schoolman, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, Andy Klump, Roy Torbert and other experts share advice on how each of us can help accelerate the transition to a renewable energy future
- Podcast #031: Nussey and Easterby – Innovation in the power industry is harder than you think, but that is about to change - In this episode of the Freeing Energy podcast, hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby discuss innovation in the power industry, from its hurdles to its promising future.
- Podcast #030: Dr. Greg Nemet: How solar became cheap and the lessons for other clean energy technologies - In this episode of the Freeing Energy podcast, Dr. Greg Nemet discusses the factors driving solar's continued decline in price.
- Podcast #029: Nussey and Easterby: Unpacking solar myths around land use, raw materials and agriculture - In this episode of the Freeing Energy podcast, hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby break down some common misconceptions about solar energy.
- Podcast #028: Top Experts – The biggest local energy headlines in 2019 and what they are most excited about in 2020 - Listen in as top experts share their views on the biggest local clean energy stories in 2019 and their biggest excitements about 2020.
- Podcast #027: Sunnova CEO John Berger – Will a rapidly evolving residential solar + battery story reshape energy markets? - Host Bill Nussey talks with Sunnova CEO John Berger about his entrepreneurial journey, the origin story of Sunnova, and the future of residential solar+battery systems.
- Podcast 026: Ana Sophia Mifsud – Her story from ground zero – Shaping the energy future of Puerto Rico with microgrids - Listen in or read the transcript as Ana Sophia Mifsud of the Rocky Mountain Institute takes host Bill Nussey on a tour of a microgrid in a rural school in Puerto Rico.
- Podcast 025: Roy Torbert – Can tapping people power shape a local energy revolution in Puerto Rico? - Listen in or read the transcript as host Bill Nussey interviews Roy Torbert of RMI about their work to bring together communities and help build resilient local energy for the rural schools in the mountains of Puerto Rico.
- Freeing Energy Founder, Bill Nussey, interviewed on Jason Jacobs’ podcast - Successful startup CEO turned climate entrepreneur, Jason Jacobs interviews Bill Nussey on his podcast, My Climate Journey. Bill shares his own journey from the software business to clean energy author and entrepreneur.
- Podcast 024: After Maria – How microgrids are helping schools in Puerto Rico stay open during outages - Listen in or read the transcript as host Bill Nussey travels to Puerto Rico to talk with teachers, local leaders, and a team of energy experts to learn how solar microgrids are making schools in rural Puerto Rico more resilient.
- Podcast #023: Jereme Kent – Can small-scale distributed wind allow companies to embrace clean, local energy? - Host Sam Easterby talks with Jereme Kent, CEO of One Energy, the largest provider of distributed wind solutions - offering clean, local energy for commercial and industrial customers.
- Podcast #022: Peter Heintzelman – Can electric membership cooperatives light the way for clean local energy in the utility industry? - Host Bill Nussey talks with Peter Heintzelman, CEO of the electric utility, Cobb EMC, one of the largest and most forward-thinking electric membership cooperatives in the US. Peter and Bill discuss the rise of distributed generation and electric vehicles.
- Podcast #021: Emily Morris – Can distributed hydropower provide clean local energy 24/7 without expensive dams? - The Freeing Energy host Bill Nussey talks with Emily Morris of Emrgy about how distributed hydro power can provide clean, local, affordable energy 24/7/365.
- Podcast #020: Alan Russo: Can artificial intelligence turbocharge local energy? - Bill Nussey talks with Alan Russo of STEM, a leading clean energy company in storage, microgrids and, most recently, AI software that ties it all together.
- Podcast #019: Mike Dudgeon: An insider’s guide to navigating the state politics of clean energy policy - The Freeing Energy hosts interview Mike Dudgeon, an engineer, the co-founder of a successful tech company, and a ground breaking politician. Mike offers a balanced, insider’s view on the politics of clean energy.
- Podcast #018: Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby: Separating fact from fiction about renewable energy. - The solar market is experiencing explosive growth. Freeing Energy Hosts Sam Easterby and Bill Nussey talk about the long term environmental impacts of solar. Is there really enough land and how will we dispose of the panels when they need to be retired?
- Podcast #017: Anya Schoolman and Solar United Neighbors: Can we change the future of energy at the community level? - Freeing Energy Podcast Host Sam Easterby talks with Anya Schoolman, the founder and Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors, an organization that is accelerating the clean energy transition one neighborhood at a time across the US.
- Podcast #016: Paul Gibbs & Paul Grana – Folsom Labs: Can software help accelerate adoption of Solar Power? - Folsom Lab founders Paul Gibbs and Paul Grana talk with Host Bill Nussey about how their easy to use software tools help solar power system installers keep pace with demand and create projects that are profitable, safe, and competitive.
- Podcast #015: Marc Perez: Can we capture more sunshine and save big on energy storage? - Host Bill Nussey talks with Marc Perez of Clean Power Research about their groundbreaking research for creating a simpler, cheaper clean energy grid that also dramatically reduces the requirements for battery storage.