We talk to Google about solar. Yesterday we spoke with Sam Arons from Google about the tech giants achievement to go 100% renewable energy. In this episode of EnergyWakeup, we go deep into how this works and how Google participates in the wholesale markets. In some markets, like North Carolina, Google has had to push utilities that own those markets into new ways for Google to get access to renewable energy. We talk about corporate PPAs and how solar gets a bigger piece of that market going forward. Don’t miss this episode and pass it on to your friends.
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Solyndra times 20. Westinghouse, the nuclear power plant contractor, filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Huge news on its own but there is an interesting part of this. The cost overruns of the Southern Company/Oglethorpe Vogtle Nuclear Plant in Georgia had a lot to do with it. The Vogtle Nuke also received an $8.3 billion loan guarantee from the same program that Solyndra got money from. There is a nuance, Southern Company has apparently guaranteed the loan so even if the project fails, Southern will likely pay their portion. Nevertheless, a huge blow to the nuclear industry that is now lacking capable contractors to build plants. If you don’t like the Solyndra comparison, check out this side by side from the Nuclear Energy Institute justifying the loan.
Make sure you listen to the latest episode of EnergyWakeup. Google is now at 100% renewables, how do they do it and what is next? Sam Arons talks to SolarWakeup.
Tariffs don’t work. Exhibit 542 on why protectionism doesn’t work. SolarWorld loses money again and doesn’t see profitability until 2019. How do protectionist policies work for you now?

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In this episode of EnergyWakeup, we speak with Sam Arons from Google. Sam is the Lead, Tech and Infrastructure at Google. In short, he is responsible with bringing renewable energy to Google operations and behind the ability for Google to say that they power their operations with 100% renewable energy. In December of 2016, Google shocked the energy world by announcing that they bought 2.6GW worth of renewable energy, almost all of it wind and matched their total operation’s energy usage with renewables. Sam and I get into the details of where they are now and where they want to be. We dig into out this works using their FERC regulated subsidiary, Google Energy LLC as the offtaker of the energy in the RTOs across the globe. With the growth of corporate PPAs, we discuss how this market can expand using financial products available in the wholesale markets. Google is also getting into policy and pushing investor owned utilities that have monopolies on providing renewable energy to corporate clients. One case was the green rider program that allowed Google to get over 60MW of solar from Duke Energy in North Carolina. Sam sends a message to utility CEOs on what Google is looking for. I also ask him why Google is so far ahead of the other tech companies and what it will take to get more corporates into the market. Don’t miss this episode of EnergyWakeup. Find the episode on SolarWakeup.com, iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher radio. Please subscribe and share with your friends how much EnergyWakeup is helping you! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/315169332" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=false&visual=false&show_playcount=false&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

In this episode of EnergyWakeup, we speak with Sam Arons from Google. Sam is the Lead, Tech and Infrastructure at Google. In short, he is responsible with bringing renewable energy to Google operations and behind the ability for Google to say that they power their operations with 100% renewable energy. In December of 2016, Google shocked the energy world by announcing that they bought 2.6GW worth of renewable energy, almost all of it wind and matched their total operation’s energy usage with renewables. Sam and I get into the details of where they are now and where they want to be. We dig into out this works using their FERC regulated subsidiary, Google Energy LLC as the offtaker of the energy in the RTOs across the globe. With the growth of corporate PPAs, we discuss how this market can expand using financial products available in the wholesale markets. Google is also getting into policy and pushing investor owned utilities that have monopolies on providing renewable energy to corporate clients. One case was the green rider program that allowed Google to get over 60MW of solar from Duke Energy in North Carolina. Sam sends a message to utility CEOs on what Google is looking for. I also ask him why Google is so far ahead of the other tech companies and what it will take to get more corporates into the market. Don’t miss this episode of EnergyWakeup. Find the episode on SolarWakeup.com, iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher radio. Please subscribe and share with your friends how much EnergyWakeup is helping you! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/315169332" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=false&visual=false&show_playcount=false&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]


On the road again this week, covering the asset management market in San Francisco for the next few days. Big shoutout to the folks at Powerhouse. They hosted, thanks to Paul from Folsom Labs a nice networking happy hour. Good to see folks working hard on software innovation in solar.
What Spicer Said. “I think he understands, he does not believe on the outset that there is a binary choice job creation, economic growth and caring about the environment. And that is what we should be focusing on. At the end of the day, where we should be focusing on is making sure that all Americans have clean water, clean air and that we do what we can to preserve out environment.”- Sean Spicer

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Solar jobs are local. Solar Foundation is out with great hyperlocal solar jobs data. Solarstates.org is the site that you should visit.

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On the road again this week, covering the asset management market in San Francisco for the next few days. With so many gigawatts and hundreds of billions of dollars deployed, I wonder how all of this gets managed and maintained. So here I am, stay tuned for some content and I’d love to hear how you solve this.
The Day Is Here. Trump is doing away with the Clean Power Plan. CPP is going to start to unwind which means the EPA will go through some sort of rulemaking process. Flawed data is included in the talking point and its bad for America but we knew this was coming. The early goals of the plan had been met but that wasn’t the point. Now there are some mixed signals to the market and I have a positive outlook. I don’t see how investors that are asked to structure capital for power plants ignore the future carbon regulations that have a big likelihood of coming back. Let the private sector save us from this horrible deregulation.
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Vegas Baby. There are quite a few bills being filed in Nevada, we knew they were coming because Assemblyman Brooks told EnergyWakeup a few episodes ago.  The Governor has been quiet but the next few weeks will be telling to see if the bills go through committee. If they are not held up and make it to the opposite chamber or meet for reconciliation, I would be hopeful that the backroom deal with the Governor has been made. NV Energy has made some proposals and their posture may be part of what the Governor is thinking.
Make sure you listen to the latest episode of EnergyWakeup. Wall Street has plenty of ways to invest in solar, so what does analysts say about our industry.
Pleasing the buyer. The Dallas area must be a hotbed for solar because Oncor is asking for solar fees to cover the ‘infrastructure costs.’ We all know that Texas does not yet have a vibrant distributed generation market and this has little to do with actual policy. Oncor’s parent is going through bankruptcy and Oncor is selling itself to NextEra. Maybe that is more telling about why the attacks on solar are happening.

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