What is 'The Sounds of Solar'? What will we be talking about?

The Sounds of Solar is a podcast series of questions, answers and discussions about everything engineering and clean energy.

We will be giving our opinion and sharing facts about the solar market, energy storage, how to interview for engineering positions, studying, current events, innovations, conventions, and more.

This podcast will be informational for everyone (college students, potential clients, competitors, partners, engineers, anyone wanting to learn more about the renewable industry).

Ep 21: The Health of the Grid and Modernization with Rao Konidena

Rao Konidena of Rakon Energy LLC is an independent consultant focused on providing policy and testimony support, business development, and training in wholesale energy markets.
If you are heavily involved in developing, building, and owning renewable energy assets, especially for solar and battery storage, then you will get a lot out of this episode.
Let's dive in!
Reach out and learn more about Rao:
To learn more about EVS in Eden Prairie, MN, head here: https://www.evs-eng.com/

Ep 20: Substations, Reactive Power, and Beer

On today's episode, we have two guests from our engineering firm EVS, Michael Carlson, our Director of Power Studies and Substation, along with Sayem Ali, our Lead substation engineer. We will dive into substation engineering power system studies and why we have started a substation design group. If you're interested in substations, reactive power and beer (you'll hear what I mean), this is the perfect episode for you. So without further delay, let's dive right in.

Learn more about a future at EVS: https://www.evs-eng.com/

Ep 19: The Foundation of Solar: EVS Civil Engineer Noah Waterhouse

Today we welcome Noah Waterhouse. Noah is the Director of Civil Engineering at EVS. We'll cover why civil engineering is important to solar and battery storage projects, how much civil engineering for solar projects has changed in the last few years, and the importance of doing tracker grading and hydrology.

Reach out to Noah: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noah-waterhouse-9b65b512/

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Ep 18: Massive Changes Coming in Consumer, Commercial, and Public Transit EV's with Erika Myers

Global Senior Manager, Electric Vehicles for the World Resources Institute. For two decades, Erika Myers has worked on clean energy efforts in government, along with for-profit and non-profit roles. Today we'll talk about the exciting future of consumer, commercial, and public EV's, and how public utilities are preparing the supply chain. 

Learn more and contact Erika here: https://www.wri.org/profile/erika-myers

To learn more and subscribe, head here: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/

Looking for a career in solar? EVS may be hiring! Head here: https://www.evs-eng.com/contact/ 

Ep 17: Senior Director of Power Marketing and Wholesale Operations at Lightsource BP, Supria Ranade

Today we welcome Supria Ranade, Senior Director of Power Marketing and Wholesale Operations at Lightsource BP. If you are involved in developing and building renewable energy assets, especially solar and battery storage, then you are going to get a lot out of our conversation. We cover the recent Texas power outage, PPA's, how to analyze markets for the best return, and more.

Find out more about Supria here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/supria-ranade-991a674

Listen to past episodes and subscribe to our podcast here: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar

Ep 16: How Drones Are Transforming the Solar Industry

Today we welcome Scott Alwin who works at EVS as a professional land surveyor. We are going to dive into Scott's specialty, drones, and talk about how drones have completely changed the industry, including how you can fly up to 500 acres a day using LiDAR, and the importance of performing a survey at the right time, the right way.

Keep up with the Sounds of Solar podcast on social here: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/

Ep 15: Details Into New Cutting-Edge Storage Solutions with Tesla and Vessyll's Adam Iliff

Adam Iliff is the Chief Executive Officer for Vessyll which is developing cutting-edge storage solutions that are reliable, safe, and beautifully designed. Adam will detail the company's progress and goals, and also dive deep into his work with Elon Musk and Tesla, including a fascinating project they recently completed for Tesla vehicles in Las Vegas!

To learn more about Vessyll, head to www.Vessyll.com

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Ep 14: Looking Into 2021 with Ben Macias from Shoals Technologies

Ben Macias is the Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Shoals Technologies. If you're heavily involved in solar projects then you will get a lot of today's episode. Ben tells us how Shoals made the transformation from automotive to solar, the deep research that goes into every product, and his advice for new engineers looking for a career in solar. 

To learn more about Shoals: https://www.shoals.com/

Learn more about career opportunities at EVS by clicking here: https://www.evs-eng.com/

Ep 13: How Dan Wilson and Chanje Energy Is Helping Fed-Ex Transition to an Ev Fleet

Dan Wilson is Chanje Energy's Senior Product Manager. Chanje Energy makes medium-duty electric vehicles for companies like Fed Ex. In fact, Fed Ex is deploying 1,000 Chanje Energy vehicles in California over the next year. You will hear details about that amazing project and more as we dive into commercial EV on the Sounds of Solar Podcast. To learn more about Dan, head here: https://chanje.com/

And to keep up with the Sounds of Solar Podcast, head here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sounds-of-solar-podcast/id1464969926

Ep 12: Michael Noble of Fresh Energy On Turning Solar Gardens Into Habitats For Vulernable Species

Today we chat with the CEO and Executive Director of Fresh Energy, Michael Noble, on some of the incredible legislation that Fresh Energy pushed to open solar energy to Minnesota. Probably the most interesting is their vision for solar gardens as a refuge for species that need a safe and productive home. To get in contact with Michael, head here: https://fresh-energy.org/our-team/michael-noble/

And to keep up with the latest episodes of the Sounds of Solar, head here: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar

Ep 11: Season 2 Kickoff! Covid's Impact on Solar

Welcome to another great season of The Sounds of Solar Podcast! Raj and Kyle are back with special guest Andy Kim, President of EVS, Inc, and we have big announcements including a huge first for one of our hosts. Of course, the main topic is Covid-19's impact on solar, for EVS, and the industry. Plus, we get a preview of the upcoming season. It's great to be back! Learn more about The Sounds of Solar here: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/

Ep 10: Raphael Rosen, President, Carbon Lighthouse

In the final episode of Season 1 of The Sounds of Solar Podcast, Raj, Kyle, and Sohan sit down with Raphael Rosen, President of Carbon Lighthouse. Their mission is to find every possible way to make existing buildings more energy-efficient with the ultimate goal of stopping climate change. Raphael details how this is done and the long term partnerships they develop with building owners. 

To learn more about Carbon  Lighthouse: https://www.carbonlighthouse.com/

To learn more about the Sounds of Solar Podcast: https://www.evs-eng.com/

Ep 9: Dennis Kim, President of EVS, Inc

40 years ago, a young and smart immigrant from South Korea opened an engineering firm that would eventually become a leader in solar implementation, EVS, Inc. Dennis Kim recently announced he was passing the torch to his son, Andy, but that doesn’t mean he’s going away. Learn about his new mission, his early childhood, and how his optimism has created a Minneapolis engineering company that is in high demand.  

Learn more about Dennis and the Sounds of Solar podcast here: https://www.evs-eng.com/

Ep 8: Shawn Rumery, Director of Research for SEIA

Vice President of EVS, Andy Kim, joins Raj and Kyle to reflect on SPI 2018, and predictions for SPI 2019. The EVS gang will be taking on a challenge before SPI in Salt Lake City, one that Raj's doctor will probably want him to avoid. Also, a conversation with SEIA's Director of Research, Shawn Rumery. 

Learn more about SEIA's Shawn Rumery here: https://www.seia.org/

Learn more about The Sounds of Solar: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/

To learn more about SPI: https://www.solarpowerinternational.com

Ep 7: Gregg Mast, Executive Director of Clean Energy Economy MN

While EVS and other renewable energy firms work hard at implementing solar solutions across the state of Minnesota, Clean Energy Economy MN works hard on the front lines to make sure state leaders continue to move clean energy policies forward. Minnesota has been a leader in renewable solutions, so we thought it was time to get the “state of solar,” not only in the Midwest but across the country, from the Executive Director of Clean Energy Economy MN, Gregg Mast. 


To learn more about Clean Energy Economy MN, head here: https://www.cleanenergyeconomymn.org/


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Are you a solar engineer as passionate about renewable energy as EVS? If so, join our team! Contact us here: https://www.evs-eng.com/contact/

Ep 6: Will Heegaard, Founder & Director of Footprint Project

Will Heegaard is a former paramedic who now dedicates his life to using clean technology to power disaster relief around the world. Footprint provides solar-powered generators for emergency communications, medical services, water filtration, and more. Joining Raj and Kyle at the table today is EVS Vice President Steve Hansen.

To learn more about Footprint Project, head here: https://www.footprintproject.org/

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Ep 5: Julia Pyper, Senior Editor at Greentech Media and Political Climate Podcast Host

Journalist Julia Pyper has covered clean energy issues across the world. From Haiti, Israel, and the Maldives, to Australia and China, Julia has spoken to and reported on the leaders making a difference in the industry of clean energy. Raj and Kyle sit down for an in-depth and blunt conversation with Julia about the politics involved in pushing solar and clean energy solutions into the mainstream.

Learn more about The Sounds of Solar Podcast by visiting our website: https://www.evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/


Ep 4: Jigar Shah, President of Generate Capital

This week's guest is entrepreneur, author and podcast host Jigar Shah. Jigar is co-founder and president of Generate Capital, former CEO and founder of Sun Edison, former CEO of the Carbon War Room and current co-host of The Energy Gang Podcast. In this podcast Jigar shares his sobering advice on development, where most solar companies fail, what developers do badly and why Google isn't our friend. Enjoy episode 4 of The Sounds of Solar Podcast!

Learn more about Generate Capital here: https://generatecapital.com/

Ep 3: Tony Clifford, CDO of Standard Solar

Today Kyle and Raj sit down with Tony Clifford, CDO at Standard Solar. Throughout his career, Mr. Clifford has served as chief executive officer or chief financial officer of three high growth technology companies that were acquired by major corporations. Before that, Kyle and Raj chat with VP of EVS, Andy Kim, about his recent solar panel installation on his house. How was the process and what are the results? Find out on this episode!


Ep 2: J.W. Postal, CEO and Founder of Nikola Power

Today we sit down with J.W. Postal, founder and CEO of Nikola Power out of Colorado. Learn how this history major, after leaving college with no job opportunities, went on to study endangered species in Washington, D.C.,  only to later become a prominent leader for distributed solar, community solar and renewable energy finance.

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The Name

‘The Sounds of Solar’. Kind of funny title, right? You can’t really hear the sun. There are pulses from the sun that is about 93 million miles from us – pulses that can be picked up by a Michelson Doppler Imager mounted on a space craft circling the sun about a million miles from its surface. Lots of distance, lots of technology and yet, an extremely cool fact.

As part of the solar energy industry, we see a lot of projects; from commercial roof tops to carports and ground mounts, as well as much larger utility-scale solar projects, from all corners of the globe. It’s true that a PV solar project is very quiet – many websites talk about the slight hum of the inverters and the general silence of the array – but here we will talk about the people of solar, the bright and dedicated people from all corners of the planet that are pushing into solar energy design, deal-making, development and construction.

Behind the Mic


Prithviraj (Raj) Pawar

Meet The Sounds of Solar host and co-founder, Prithviraj Pawar!
Raj is the Director of Solar PV + Battery Storage at EVS. He is the one that ‘brings our projects to life’.

In January 2018, Raj had this idea of hosting a podcast about everything in the renewable industry. He believes that clean energy is our future, and he wanted to create a place where everyone can share their experiences about this. “I want to inspire people to adapt to clean energy and highlight the success stories in this amazing industry.” – Raj

Raj was born and raised in Belgaum, India. He found his passion for solar about 15 years ago when he had to buy solar powered water heaters for his home. This was his first introduction to any solar equipment, and he has been curious to learn more about the solar industry ever since.

Raj graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from VTU in India, then moved to the U.S. in 2012. He completed his master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University in Washington D.C., then started his first job at SolarCity in 2015. “This was my first job interview out of college – I was lucky to get my first job in solar.” – Raj

He has designed over 200MW of Solar and 50MWh of solar + storage projects which include residential, commercial (rooftop and ground mount) and Community Solar Garden (CSG) projects. He also managed the largest co-op storage project in MN and worked on the largest solar rooftop projects in the U.S.

Raj is also a man of many languages – he knows 4 programming languages (NERD ALERT!) and 7 languages from different regions of India!
He likes to read, go on hikes with his wife, travel and try new foods. Mainly try new foods, he is quite the foodie! Raj’s favorites are sushi, fried chicken, sour beer, and biryani. “I don’t have a spirit animal, just spirit food.” – Raj

Favorite Foods: Sushi, fried chicken, and biryani
Favorite Books: The Three Body Problem, Harry Potter series
Favorite TV Shows/Movies: The Office, Friends, Air Force One, Terminator series, Lord of The Rings series
Favorite Podcasts: Are we There Yet (The Space Exploration Podcast), Star Talk Radio, On Purpose with Jay Shetty, Political Climate, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Interchange, The Energy Gang, Theory of Everything
People Raj Wants to Meet: Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Jigar Shah, India’s PM – Mr. Modi, JK Rolling


Kyle Haab

Meet The Sounds of Solar co-host and co-founder, Kyle Haab!

Kyle is an Electrical Project Manager and Quality Manager here at EVS. Kyle and Raj have worked together for the past 3 years. When Raj mentioned to Kyle that they should host a podcast about everything clean energy and engineering, Kyle was totally on board. “I was thrilled that it would be an open discussion format, and I am excited to have the opportunity to interview some of the leading people of our industry.” – Kyle
Kyle grew up on a farm in a small town called Canadensis, Pennsylvania. Small as in population of 2,100 people, wow!

Kyle has always had a passion for learning about the way things work. His father has his Agricultural Engineering degree from Penn State and his grandfather was a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, so naturally Kyle went to college to study engineering.

He was accepted into Penn State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering with minors in both Energy Business and Finance, and Environmental Engineering. Energy Engineering at Penn State was a broad degree, he learned about many different energy conversion processes as well as sources of energy like coal, oil, wind, hydro, nuclear and of course, solar. Kyle quickly became interested in renewable energy. “I took a liking to the fact that there is a viable, abundant, free source of energy that we can effectively harness from the nuclear fusion reactor in the sky that we call our sun.” – Kyle

Kyle has been a solar designer for 5+ years and in only 3 years with EVS he has designed over 60MW of Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota, a 6MW commercial rooftop system in California, a 27MW fixed tilt system in Vermont, and 2 utility scale single axis tracking projects in Texas totaling over 290MW. Kyle is responsible for the PV system electrical designs, engineering, technical compliance and quality management. He also manages a small team of junior engineers at EVS.

Kyle is a very active guy in his free time. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. Skiing is his favorite; he has been skiing in 6 different countries and when Kyle was 16, he placed 10th in a national half pipe skiing competition! Why wouldn’t you love to do something if you are good at it, right?

Favorite Foods: Indian and Thai (really anything spicy)
Favorite Books: How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan, Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker, PhD, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Last Week Tonight, Planet Earth, One Strange Rock, The Most Unknown, Vice
Favorite Podcasts: The Energy Gang, The Drive, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, The interchange, Hidden Brain, TED Radio Hour, Freakonomics
People Kyle Wants to Meet: Michael Pollan, Joe Rogan, Dr. Peter Attia, Alex Honnold