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Nico Johnson takes you into conversations with those at the forefront of Renewable Energy. SunCast gives an inside look into what is happening in renewable energy. From conversations with the biggest Solar Panel manufacturers in the world to the small startups creating the future of renewable energy, such as carbon capture and battery technology breakthroughs. SunCast is dedicated to providing the knowledge, research, tools and expert guidance you need to understand, grow and be ahead of the curve in the fastest-growing markets in the world. Featuring over 600 conversations, Nico has interviewed people from Tesla, SolarCity, Trina Solar, Meyer Burger, Conergy, SunEdison, Energy Vault and even the US Government... to name a few. Covering topics such as Solar Power, Wind Energy, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Carbon Capture, Finance, Hydrogen, and more. You can watch SunCast on YouTube: ...or view the full archive of SunCast episodes here:


Last Episode Date: 20 June 2024

Total Episodes: 719

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20 June 2024
710: The Truth About Solar's Hidden Waste Crisis with Adam Saghei of We Recycle Solar

I learned a staggering statistic recently: Almost 90% of solar panels are thrown away when they reach the end of their useful life.  In 2016, The International Renewable Energy Agency projected that 78 million tons of solar waste would be created by 2050...

83 min
18 June 2024
709: NABCEP Solar Certification: Expert Insights from the Top Trainer, Sean White

When it comes to certifications and training in the solar industry, one name (or label) stands out and is recognized as the gold standard: NABCEP.  The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is the certifying body for Solar PV and Battery Inst...

14 min
13 June 2024
708: Inside Sunrun’s Customer-Led Revolution with CEO, Mary Powell

Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun, has cast the vision of the leading solar brand in North America as a clean energy lifestyle company. She recently shared with Nico how Sunrun is accelerating the transition and nearing its millionth customer despite the typical electric...

32 min
11 June 2024
707: US Solar’s AD/CVD, The Latest Round of Investigations Explained with CEA’s Dan Shreve & Christian Roselund

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) are nothing new; they have plagued US-based solar developers and decision-makers since 2011. These duties, aimed at preventing unfair trade practices, greatly impact pricing and timelines of solar projects and genera...

30 min
6 June 2024
706: An Insider's Guide To Better Solar Projects, with industry veteran Keith Cronin

In the solar industry, we’re often building the plane as we fly it, as it were. This is ever-moreso evident in commercial and industrial (C&I) solar, a relatively untapped market with unique challenges. One of the key areas of failure is a lack of fundi...

87 min
4 June 2024
705: A Plastic Pollution Solution: How PlantSwitch’s Bioplastics Lead the Way, with CEO Dillon Baxter

Ever get annoyed when you order takeout and they give you the obligatory plastic wrapped napkin and plastic cutlery? If you’re like me, you politely decline, but most just take them and dispose of them directly in the waste bin.The world is drowning in plastic w...

14 min
30 May 2024
704: Better Funding For Climate Entrepreneurs? Dimitry Gershenson explains

If we’re going to address climate change through capitalism, we’ll need about $10 Trillion. The growing climate crisis demands that we take urgent action, but early-stage climate entrepreneurs still face significant barriers in finding the funding to brin...

67 min
28 May 2024
703: Unlocking Great Leadership, Imposter Syndrome, and Authenticity | Paula Glover, President of Alliance to Save Energy

Struggling with imposter syndrome? You're not alone. Returning guest (Ep 333, 687) Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, delves into one of the most common emotional challenges faced by leaders and entrepreneurs. Paula gets real about the se...

27 min
23 May 2024
702: From Rock Star to Serial Entrepreneur: Rue Phillips' Journey

He came to America with ten thousand dollars and a dream of making it big. A few years later, he was a legitimate rock star, rocking arenas with Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osborne.  So why did this British rocker who achieved the height of music stardom give it a...

76 min
21 May 2024
701: Nextracker and JM Steel Are Reviving American Manufacturing

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 co...

23 min
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