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80. Solar rooftop: the foot soldiers of the Energy Transition - Redefining Energy podcast

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CEO, Megawatt-X

Laurent is a Franco-British financier, founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based global platform for Renewable Energy Assets. For the past twenty years, Laurent has been trading and managing...

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This episode is done in partnership with SolarPower Europe. There is a lot of media around Utility solar, but the real solar revolution is happening one rooftop at the time. In China, the EU and Australia, Rooftop and C&I account for more than 60% of all solar installations (In the US, it’s only 30%). No need to restructure the Distribution network: it’s energy at the point of need. So, we wanted to do an episode on Rooftop solar, because on one hand, very intelligent people in think-tanks and governments write reports after white papers about decarbonisation, on the other hand, entrepreneurs and industrialists are every day executing the energy transition by installing on-site solar power. These are the foot soldiers of the energy transition, and they deserve their place in the sun (so to speak).  

Hence, we have invited Thomas Kercher the CEO of Febesol, a fast-growing German rooftop solar installer to discuss the nitty-gritty of residential solar.

What are the motivations of his clients? How are the technologies evolving? What does the software look like? How easy it is to get permitting? and most important, what is the Human Resources aspect?

We also discuss the integration of solar into smart home, EV Charger, Batteries, Heat pumps as citizens are looking for lower costs, autonomy, and a new meaning of freedom from bureaucratic and unreliable global systems.

We salute OTOVO, great platform, for providing excellent data.

Great thanks to our partner DLA Piper.

The energy transition is coming; it is not a top-down, it’s a bottom-up.


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Jim Stack on Aug 18, 2022

Excellent report. The equipment is so good and can save money very easily. In FACTS thee areas with high utility prices can pay off the best. The home batteries are also great and longer lasting. So as the rates go up for many areas the solar will grow even faster. 

   The biggest problem in the USA is some utilities are adding high extra fees if you add solar. Some also won't give you Net-Metering.  They put you on Demand charges and Very high Time of day rate plans. If mine does that I will just go Off GRID. 

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