Solar Maverick Podcast

SMP 79: Building the Solar Future Through Solar Forecasting

August 4, 2020

SMP 79:  Building the Solar Future Through Solar Forecasting


Episode Summary

In this episode of the Solar Maverick Podcast, Dr. Nick Engerer who is the CTO and co-founder of Solcast speaks about how new advancements in cloud computing and satellites has allowed Solcast to create comprehensive models for solar forecasting. He also speaks about how solar forecasting is extremely important regarding profitability of solar projects and its importance when you combine storage with a solar project.


Solcast is dedicated to developing the data and tools through solar modeling and forecasting needed to plan, construct, operate and manage solar power systems across the world helping boost solar profits for projects across the world. 


Our Host

Benoy Thanjan

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy, as well as an advisor for several solar startup companies. Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer, and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar, as well as utility-scale solar plus storage projects. The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges both energy and environmental commodities.


Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity, which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity, to move into the east coast markets. Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.


Our Guest

Dr. Nick Engerer

Nick is an expert in the field of solar radiation and distributed solar PV modelling, and has co-founded Solcast in 2016 out of a sincere desire to enable others to build the solar-powered future. Nick displays an unusual level of passion for developing applied research projects and collaborating with industry to make BIG ideas a reality.


Stay Connected:

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Thank you to our sponsor Solar Energy Systems LLC who sponsored this episode of the podcast.  Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES) is a solar energy photovoltaic design/build firm headquartered in Brooklyn, NY and serving the Northeast U.S.  Founded in 1998, the company designs, builds, and maintains solar photovoltaic (PV) systems within the public and private domain.  I interviewed David Buckner who is the Founder and CEO of SES on Episode 65:  20 Year Solar Veteran and Entrepreneur Provides Perspective on the Solar Market. 


To learn more about Solar Energy Systems, check out their website which is  Email SES at or Call 718-389-1545.


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