Watt It Takes

By Emily Kirsch

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Watt It Takes tells the stories of founders that are making our zero-carbon future a reality — their upbringings, their risks, their failures, and their breakthroughs that are transforming our world. Hosted by Powerhouse Founder & CEO Emily Kirsch. New monthly episodes coming this spring.

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Sunrun Co-Founder Lynn Jurich
00:51:15

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Lynn Jurich, the co-founder and CEO of Sunrun.

Sunrun was a pioneer in the early days of residential solar. Today, it’s the biggest installer of home solar systems in America -- and one of the industry’s biggest success stories.

Sunrun also partners with utilities on using batteries and rooftop systems to create virtual power plants. Lynn talks about how she convinced homeowners and banks to invest millions during the great recession in a new kind of solar service — kicking off the residential solar boom.

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 -- so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, in every hour of the day. Learn more.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Trailer: Introducing Watt It Takes
00:03:36

Over the years, we’ve profiled top leaders in climate tech, on stage and in-studio. And now we're spinning the series into a standalone show.

Watt It Takes will introduce you to the entrepreneurs who are making our zero-carbon future a reality.

We’re launching new episodes throughout 2021, featuring the founders, innovators, and companies you need to know. You can also listen to our entire back catalogue on the feed.

Subscribe to Watt It Takes today. You can find the podcast everywhere. 

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Apr 06, 2021
Green Jobs Pioneer Van Jones
01:03:34

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with CNN host and green-jobs pioneer Van Jones.

Van may be best known for “The Van Jones Show” and “The Redemption Project,” which both air on CNN. He is also the author of three best-selling books, including “The Green Collar Economy.”

But long before his high-profile career, Van was a powerful voice for bringing clean energy jobs to black and brown communities. He helped spearhead the Green Jobs Act of 2007, the first time the country deliberately trained workers for the future clean economy. 

This conversation was recorded in front of a remote live audience in the fall of 2020.

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 — so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, every hour of the day. Learn more.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
BlocPower Founder Donnel Baird
00:57:33

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Donnel Baird, the founder and CEO of BlocPower.

BlocPower is a Brooklyn, New York startup electrifying and weatherizing buildings in underserved communities — slashing pollution and saving money. This includes housing units, churches, community centers. 

BlocPower was founded in 2012. It has raised venture capital from Kapor Capital and Andreesen Horowitz. But that process was not easy for a company with a mostly Black leadership team. As a black founder, Donnel was turned down 200 times before any venture firms were willing to back his vision.

The mission for Donnel isn’t about just about hitting milestones for investors. It’s about changing the fabric of underserved communities that are plagued by pollution and energy poverty. That’s because Donnel has lived it himself.

The conversation was recorded in front of a live, remote audience at the end of 2020.

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 — so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, every hour of the day. Learn more.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers
01:04:35

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Matt Rogers, the co-founder of Nest.

Nest is best known for its elegant learning thermostat, the first major breakout hit in the smart home space. Google later acquired the company for $3.2 billion. 

Matt is a former Apple engineer who applied design principles from the iPod and the iPad to smart thermostats — jolting an industry badly in need of change.

This conversation was recorded live at Powerhouse’s headquarters in 2019. 

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 — so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, every hour of the day. Learn more.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Solstice CEO Steph Speirs
00:51:11

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Steph Speirs, the CEO of Solstice.

Solstice is a community-solar company with a mission to bring clean electricity to underserved communities.

Steph Speirs grew up as one of three kids, a first generation immigrant, in Hawaii. She knows what poverty can feel like, or how a poor credit score can sink a human being.

Steph wanted to use her seat at the table to make room for others. Solstice’s motto is “Solar for every American.”

This conversation was recorded in front of a remote, live audience in the fall of 2020.

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 — so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, every hour of the day. Learn more.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Powerhouse Founder Emily Kirsch
00:53:26

In this episode, Shayle Kann interviews our Watt It Takes host, Emily Kirsch.

Emily is the founder and CEO of Powerhouse and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures. In this episode, she shares her entrepreneurial story.

Emily began her career as an organizer at the Ella Baker Center, working with green jobs pioneer Van Jones.

Then, in the early days of cleantech in Oakland, Emily searched for a hub for clean energy innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area, but didn’t find it. So, along with Sungevity Co-Founder Danny Kennedy, she started it.

Today, Powerhouse is an innovation firm and venture fund — working with the world’s leading companies to help connect them to hundreds of climate tech startups every year, and investing directly in software-focused clean energy and mobility startups through Powerhouse Ventures.

This interview was recorded in March 2021.

We’re brought to you by Google. Google is pioneering the electricity systems of the future with its effort to source 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 — so that everyone can have round-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere they operate, every hour of the day. Learn more.

Apr 06, 2021
Executive Producer Stephen Lacey
01:17:21

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Stephen Lacey, the founder of Post Script Audio.

Stephen has been the creative force behind many of the top podcasts about climate change and clean energy. And, he also happens to be our executive producer. He’s been making podcasts about the energy transition since 2006. This was the dawn of on-demand audio and the modern clean energy industry—and he had a front-row seat to both.

The conversation was recorded in front of a live, remote audience in December 2020.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi
00:48:38

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Cathy Zoi, the CEO of EVgo — one of the country’s largest electric vehicle charging networks.

Cathy has seen it all. She’s studied and worked in oil, gas and clean energy since the Reagan Era. Now at the helm of EVgo, she’s convinced the future of mobility is coming fast. 

Cathy was on the team that developed the original Energy Star rating when she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. She was chief of staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore Administration. 

The conversation was recorded in front of a live, remote audience at the end of 2020.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Bloomberg New Energy Finance Founder Michael Liebreich
00:56:52

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Michael had been many things, from entry-level analyst to Olympic skier to a crestfallen dot-com entrepreneur. And then in the mid-2000s, he found his home in the clean energy economy.

Unemployed, he used a team of interns to begin compiling data on clean energy investment. And that turned into a 140-employee business that Bloomberg LP purchased in 2009. 

This conversation was recorded in front of a live remote audience in the fall of 2020.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Opower Co-Founder Dan Yates
00:52:38

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Dan Yates, the co-founder and former CEO of Opower. 

Opower was based on a simple premise: send paper mailers to utility customers comparing their electricity use to their neighbors. And if people saw they were doing poorly, they’d make changes. It worked.

Over time, Opower inked deals with the world’s biggest power companies and started processing vast amounts of smart meter data -- making it arguably the biggest energy efficiency success story in business. The company went public in 2014 and was sold to Oracle in 2016.

This conversation was recorded in front of a remote live audience in the summer of 2020.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Natel Energy Co-Founder Gia Schneider
00:53:17

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Gia Schneider, the co-founder and CEO of Natel Energy.

Natel is commercializing a turbine for low-head hydro applications—at locations like old dams, irrigation canals and run-of-river projects. And it’s designed to protect wildlife and drastically cut the ecological impact of hydropower. 

Gia has a long history in energy. She worked at Constellation Energy and in Accenture’s utility practice. She started the energy and carbon trading desks at Credit Suisse. And in 2009, she launched Natel with her brother Abe.

This conversation was recorded in front of a remote live audience in the spring of 2020.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Otherlab Founder Saul Griffith
01:07:27

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Saul Griffith, the founder and chief scientist at Otherlab. 

Otherlab is an R&D incubator and accelerator that helps pair startups in robotics and renewable energy with government labs and corporate investors. It has partnered with NASA, the Navy, the Department of Energy, Google, Facebook, GE and Ford to help build and fund projects in energy, automation, and robotics in service of 100% decarbonization.

Saul has a PhD in materials science and information theory. He’s co-founded over a dozen companies. 

This conversation was recorded in February, 2020 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. It was our last in-person recording before the pandemic.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at 

https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Blueprint Power Co-Founder Robyn Beavers
01:07:19

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Robyn Beavers, the co-founder and CEO of Blueprint Power.

Blueprint works with real estate companies to turn their buildings into power plants. It has a piece of software that helps building owners optimize their use of co-generation, fuel cells, solar or batteries.

Robin has a long history in the tech, real estate, and the energy world. 

This conversation was recorded in January 2020 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Imprint Energy Co-Founder Dr. Christine Ho
01:06:53

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Dr. Christine Ho, the co-founder and CEO of Imprint Energy.

Imprint is the company created to commercialize Christine’s invention: a tiny, zinc-based solid-state battery that can be screen printed. It’s being integrated into sensors and other tiny devices, helping power the internet-of-things.

Today, Imprint is licensing its technology to multiple manufacturers, and it’s printed hundreds of thousands of batteries.

This conversation was recorded in 2020 at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Opus 12 Co-Founder Dr. Etosha Cave
00:56:26

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Dr. Etosha Cave, the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Opus 12.

Opus 12 is a team of engineers, electrochemists and materials scientists working on a technology that converts carbon dioxide into usable products. 

If the tech works at commercial scale, it would be a vital solution for slashing CO2 from industrial sources. The company has brought in about $20 million in funding. 

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Form Energy Co-Founder Mateo Jaramillo
01:01:31

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Mateo Jaramillo, the co-founder and CEO of Form Energy.

Form is working on a new kind of long-duration battery that could change the power sector. 

In the early 2000s, Mateo deployed some of the first battery systems in New York for demand response — seeing the grid services potential well before anyone else did. He went on to start the storage unit at Tesla, launching and building the Powerwall business. 

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at the Prelude Venture Low Carbon Forum in Sonoma, CA. 

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Zola Electric Co-Founder Xavier Helgesen
01:04:45

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Xavier Helgesen, the co-founder and former CEO of Zola Electric. 

Zola is a provider of solar and storage systems in Africa. Since its founding in 2012 as Off-Grid Electric, the company has served over a million people with clean power in five countries.

Over the years, Zola has evolved from a small, scrappy startup that offered basic energy packages into a hardware software company that installs sleek, scalable power systems that rival the grid in performance. 

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
StreetLight Data Founder Laura Schewel
01:07:09

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Laura Schewel, the founder and CEO of StreetLight Data.

While at UC Berkeley, Laura got interested giving EV owners more information about how they were driving their cars. She ended up uncovering a data gold mine in the process. 

Laura built a company that now processes over 100 billion data points and provides transportation and urban planners with a granular view of how roads, bike lanes and sidewalks are being used.

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Sila Nanotechnologies Co-Founder Gene Berdichevsky
00:59:22

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Gene Berdichevsky, the co-founder and CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies. 

Sila is developing a new lithium-ion battery chemistry that uses silicon in place of graphite, leading to an improvement in battery density by 20 percent. 

Gene was the seventh employee at Tesla, where he developed the Roadster’s battery. For the last nine years, his team at Sila has been working on a drop-in replacement for today’s lithium-ion batteries. 

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Dandelion Co-Founder Kathy Hannun
00:33:27

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Kathy Hannun, the co-founder and president of Dandelion.

Dandelion is a company reinventing home geothermal systems. The company uses a proprietary drilling technique, simple product design, and financing to cut the cost of ground-source heating and cooling.

For seven years, Kathy was on a team at Alphabet X — formerly Google X — evaluating technology moonshots. That’s where she stumbled upon the opportunity in home geothermal.

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Solar Technology Veteran Terry Jester
00:49:39

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Terry Jester, a solar technology veteran.

Terry has seen it all in her four-decade career in solar and electronics. As both an engineer and an executive, she’s learned that timing is everything in the energy business. 

Terry started her solar career in the late 1970s. She’s since held operations and engineering positions at Shell, Siemens, SunPower, and Solaria — witnessing the initial evolution and eventual explosion of solar firsthand. 

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy forum in Denver, CO.

This podcast is brought to you by DLA Piper, a full-service global law firm that works with leading technology companies and their investors to meet all their legal needs. 

It’s also brought to you by AES, a fortune-500 company helping organizations transition to new, smarter and cleaner solutions. AES is working toward a world that is 100% carbon-free.

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Former NRG CEO David Crane
01:17:12

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with David Crane, the former CEO of NRG.

Today, David is a clean energy investor. Back in 2015, he was CEO of NRG, one of the biggest power producers in America. And he was fired by his board for his ambitious plan to make the company a renewable energy titan.

This conversation was recorded in 2019 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at 

https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Wunder Capital Co-Founder Bryan Birsic
00:58:00

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Bryan Birsic, the co-founder and former CEO of Wunder Capital.

Since its launch in 2014, Wunder has exploded onto the solar scene. It quickly became the top financier in commercial solar—which is a big deal, because commercial solar is extremely hard to finance. But Wunder cracked the code.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Solar Impulse Co-Pilot Bertrand Piccard
00:46:52

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Bertrand Piccard, the co-pilot of Solar Impulse, the first solar-electric plane to circumnavigate the globe.

Bertrand is a Swiss aviator who spent 15 years of his life obsessed with flying a solar airplane across the world. He didn’t just see it as a novel technical feat—he wanted to prove the extraordinary capabilities of renewable energy.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Sunnova Founder John Berger
00:57:03

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with John Berger, the Founder and CEO of Sunnova. 

Sunnova is a Texas-based company putting hybrid solar-battery systems on homes across the country. The company is backed by players you wouldn’t expect: oil & gas investors who are looking for the next big thing in energy.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Proterra Co-Founder Ryan Popple
01:02:20

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Ryan Popple, co-founder and executive director of Proterra.

Proterra is one of the largest makers of electric buses and chargers in the world. Electric buses are quickly gaining market share—and Proterra has a pipeline of sales that covers 10% of the U.S. transit fleet. But it took many years to reach that stage. Proterra has faced numerous technical redesigns and lumpy consumer adoption over the years.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Advanced Microgrid Solutions Founder Susan Kennedy
00:59:50

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Susan Kennedy, the founder of Advanced Microgrid Solutions. 

AMS created a platform for managing battery storage across buildings, turning them into virtual power plants. The company raised $34 million from a “who’s who” of strategic investors—and was eventually acquired by the battery developer Fluence.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Sunfolding Founder Leila Madrone
00:46:10

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Leila Madrone, the founder and chief technology officer of Sunfolding. 

Leila is a former NASA engineer who used her expertise to create a new kind of tracking system that eliminates expensive components and reduces the installed cost of solar.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Mosaic Co-Founder Billy Parish
00:40:13

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Billy Parish, the co-founder and CEO of Mosaic. 

Mosaic is the top underwriter of home solar loans in America. It is creating the financial tools for homeowners to easily get solar on their roofs. Billy didn’t start in finance: he actually dropped out of Yale to pursue a career in activism. 

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Generate Capital Co-Founder Jigar Shah
00:51:53

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Jigar Shah, the co-founder of Generate Capital.

Jigar is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs and investors in the world of climate tech. He helped pioneer a financial model that allowed solar to scale massively in the US. He’s been responsible for financing billions of dollars in clean energy projects. 

Today, he runs the loan programs office at the Department of Energy — directing the power of the government to finance zero-carbon energy.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Sungage Financial Co-Founder Sara Ross
00:56:06

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Sara Ross, the co-founder of Sungage Financial. 

Sungage is a company that makes it easy for homeowners to finance solar or energy efficiency projects. In 2009, Sara turned her Massachusetts farmhouse into a net-zero home -- but it was expensive and difficult. She became obsessed with improving the process. 

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
DBL Partners Founder Nancy Pfund
00:52:44

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Partners. 

Nancy is one of the most recognizable VCs in the clean energy space. DBL made early investments in companies like Tesla, PowerLight, and Nextracker. Nancy has been featured by Forbes and Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business.

This conversation was recorded in 2018 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Greentech Media Co-Founder Scott Clavenna
00:53:25

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Scott Clavenna, the co-founder of Greentech Media.

Launched in 2007, Greentech Media quickly became the premiere brand in cleantech journalism and research. The company took a forward-thinking and sometimes-edgy approach to covering the emerging world of cleantech and climatetech.

This conversation was recorded in 2017 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Nextracker Founder Dan Shugar
00:58:11

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Dan Shugar, the founder and CEO of Nextracker. 

Dan lives, breaths and bleeds solar. Some call him the "King Midas" of solar, because he's turned so many ventures into gold. He’s been responsible for some of the biggest and most consequential solar projects and companies ever built.

This conversation was recorded in 2017 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at 

https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
Sungevity Co-Founder Andrew Birch
00:53:06

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Andrew Birch, the co-founder of Sungevity.

Sungevity was an early success story in residential solar. But after 10 years in business, it went bankrupt in 2017. 

In this interview, recorded five months after the company’s collapse, Birchy joined us on stage to talk about what happened. His story tells us a lot about the turbulence that defines the solar industry. 

This conversation was recorded in 2017 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021
SunPower Founder Dick Swanson
01:05:35

In this episode: Emily’s conversation with Dick Swanson, the founder of SunPower, one of the most successful solar companies of all time. 

Dick is a solar legend, who has been working to make solar cheaper and better since the 1970s.

This conversation was recorded in 2017 in front of a live audience at Powerhouse’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse partners with leading corporations and investors to help them lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, invests in founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems. You can learn more about Powerhouse at https://www.powerhouse.fund/

Apr 06, 2021