Past Episodes

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Christine Ho · CO-FOUNDER & CEO · Imprint Energy

Dr. Christine Ho is the Co-Founder and CEO of Imprint Energy, a UC Berkeley spin-off commercializing a printed battery technology of which Dr. Ho is the principal inventor. Imprint is commercializing ultrathin, flexible, low-cast batteries for sensors and IoT devices. Dr. Ho received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. Christine’s interview was recorded live at the emPOWER19 conference.



Xavier Helgesen is the Co-Founder, President, and CTO of Zola Electric (previously known as Off Grid Electric), the fastest growing solar leasing company in Africa. The company was founded on a vision to make solar-powered electricity affordable and accessible to the 1.3 billion people around the world who live without electricity. Previously, Xavier served as the CEO of Indaba Systems and co-founded Better World Books.



Laura Schewel is co-founder and CEO of StreetLight Data, the leading provider of on-demand transportation analytics. Laura has worked in the advanced transportation sector for her entire career, focused on accelerating innovative transportation and energy solutions from the start-up, academic, governmental and non-profit vantage points. Before founding StreetLight, Laura worked on transportation sustainability issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Rocky Mountain Institute.


Matt Rogers · Co-Founder and former CPO · Nest

Matt is a builder at heart. He started at Apple, building the software team for 10 generations of the iPod, was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone and was involved in the development of 5 iPhone generations, and the first iPad. As co-founder of Nest, Matt built the team that built the first machine learning thermostat and the leading connected home brand.

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GENE BERDICHEVSKY · Co-Founder and CEO · Sila Nanotechnologies

Gene is the Co-Founder & CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies, the materials company that is revolutionizing energy storage. Prior to co-founding Sila, Gene was the seventh employee at Tesla Motors where he served as Principal Engineer on the Roadster battery.


kathy Hannun ·  Founder & CEO · dandelion

Kathy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dandelion, an Alphabet X spinout that provides affordable geothermal heating solutions for individual homes. Before starting Dandelion, Kathy was a product manager at X and led a team in extracting carbon dioxide from seawater to create a carbon-neutral fuel.


terry jester ·  CEO · SOLPAD

Terry brings decades worth of solar engineering expertise to her current role as CEO of SolPad, a leading provider of innovative solar+storage solutions. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) forum in Denver, CO.


David Crane · Former President & CEO · NRG

David Crane took over as CEO of NRG Energy when the company faced bankruptcy in 2003. David would pilot them to a Fortune 200 placement while developing a clean energy strategy that produced 5,000 MW of solar and wind, and the nation's most extensive level 3 EV charging network (EVgo).


Bryan BIrsic · Cofounder & CEO · Wunder Capital

Bryan Birsic, CEO and Founder of Wunder Capital, on his path from investing in leading financial technology startups as a VC in New York to building the largest commercial solar financing platform in the country out of Boulder, Colorado.


Lynn Jurich · CO-FOUNDER & CEO · SunruN

Lynn Jurich started Sunrun in her cofounder’s attic, weathered the 2008 recession, and grew Sunrun to become what is now the country's leading residential solar and battery storage company.


Bertrand Piccard · Co-Pilot· Solar Impulse

Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss-balloonist-turned-futurist who co-piloted Solar Impulse, the first solar-electric airplane to navigate the globe.

John Berger · FOUNDER & CEO · Sunnova

Serial energy entrepreneur John Berger  founded  three solar companies including his present company, Sunnova Energy Corporation, one of the top residential solar providers in the U.S.

Susan Kennedy · Founder & ceo · AMS

Susan went from the highest levels of California politics to founding Advanced Microgrid Solutions, which uses energy storage technology and analytics software to aggregate battery storage.

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Ryan Popple · President & CEO · Proterra

Ryan Popple  went from an investor at Kleiner Perkins to become the Founder and CEO of Proterra, a pioneering Silicon Valley–based electric bus manufacturer.

Leila Madrone · Founder & cto · Sunfolding

Leila Madrone speaks to how she went from building robots at MIT and NASA to questioning the very nature of the machines we use for solar plants - and how that led her to found Sunfolding .

Billy Parish · FouNDER & CEO · MOSAIC

Billy Parish, Founder and CEO of Mosaic, explains how he went from creating the Energy Action Coalition - and growing it into the world’s largest youth clean energy organization  to founding Mosaic, the largest residential solar+ lender in the U.S.

Jigar Shah · CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT · Generate Capital

Jigar Shah, Co-founder and President of Generate Capital, tells his story of founding SunEdison and leading The Carbon War Room, as well as his latest musings on all things clean energy.

Sara Ross · Founder & CEO · Sungage Financial 

 Sara Ross, Co-Founder and CEO of Sungage Financial, turns her struggle to go solar into a thriving  proprietary online platform that enables homeowners to apply, qualify, and contract for solar financing.

Nancy Pfund · Managing Partner · DBL Partners

Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of Double Bottom Line Partners, describes her path from policy and advocacy to finance, to then build the premiere impact investing firm in the country that was an early investor in clean energy companies Tesla, Solar City, and more.

Scott Clavenna · Founder & CEO · Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna tells the story of applying a successful business model in telecommunications market research to found GTM, leading energy news and market research company, that was acquired by Woods Mackenzie in 2016.

Dan Shugar · Founder & CEO · Nextracker

Dan Shugar recounts his journey and shares lessons learned after founding and leading two successful solar companies, Powerlight and NEXTracker.

Andrew BIrch · Former founder & CEO · Sungevity

Andrew Birch shares the story of founding Sungevity, reflects on the company's recent bankruptcy, and shares how the company lives on abroad.

Dick Swanson · Former Founder & CEO · SunPower

Dick Swanson discusses the early days of solar and how his ground-breaking solar cell research at Stanford became SunPower, one of the longest standing and most successful solar companies in the country.