One Year In and Walking the Talk


Earlier this year, I marked one year since I decided to start my own consulting business. It has been a year of walking the talk and proving to myself and an industry that things can be done differently. Not surprisingly, a lot of people don’t get it or don’t want to take the risks of going down the path of what if. It makes sense…what if can be pretty scary. It’s easier to grumble about why a large organization

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Making Sense of YieldCos: Following the Yo-Yos


Every time I sit down to write my take on the current YieldCo market and its impact on the rest of the solar industry, the market changes before I finish my thoughts. So, I’ve decided to give some feedback on the general phenomenon of the YieldCo, its impact on the rest of the industry, and try to determine what it means. For me and many of my clients, the first step is to analyze the major market forces at

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So Into/So Over – Here is What Tops My Lists


I am so into: New California energy policy – SB 350 and AB 802 are taking the mystery out of energy efficiency. Measuring and verifying actual savings is something investors can get behind! Community solar taking off across the country The MEETS modelof energy efficiency finance as a potential solution for the tenant/landlord split incentive. Will utilities be willing to procure negawatts the same way they do megawatts? Behind the meter energy storage as a resource for both utilities

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Resilience: The Word on the Street

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I have started to hear the word resilience more and more from policy-makers, project developers, and investors. The first time the word hit my radar was when New Jersey established an Energy Resilience Bank in late 2014 as a way of spurring post-Sandy energy infrastructure development. Now we have the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities initiative, with cities across the world appointing Chief Resilience Officers separate from Directors of Sustainability, Public Works, Infrastructure, and Finance. Of course, resilience means

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Miriam Recommends: Essenatialism


Do less. Read less. Have fewer priorities. According to Greg McKeown, we should only be focused on what is most essential in our day, our careers, and our lives. In his book Essentialism, McKeown challenges us to pare things down. He suggests making a habit of constantly exploring opportunities — and then saying no to most of them. McKeown wants us to politely decline the meetings that are not essential, say no to time sucks disguised as opportunities, and

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Re-thinking Clean Energy Sales


The clean energy industry has a love/hate relationship with sales. Whether c-suites insist that products and services should sell themselves with appealing economics or people are looking to avoid the sleaze factor of the salesman straight from Central Casting, we as an industry are losing out on business that could be ours because we are unwilling to take sales seriously. I find myself coming back to this point over and over when I talk to companies looking to grow

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Energy and Water Conservation Need More Sizzle!


I was fortunate to have been invited to attend the annual US Conference of Mayors meeting in San Francisco in June. In addition to meeting mayors from all over the country, I sat in on some very interesting discussions about sustainability. Many mayors were facing challenges related to water: too little, too much, contamination, and invasive species. At one point, the mayors started comparing water reuse programs. In a moment of levity, one said, “I have a question. Can

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