Jason Pittman

Jason Pittman
PresidentGoSmartSolar

你有多少次走进老板的办公室想要辞职,而他最后却给你提供了你真正想做的事情? In Jason Pitman’s case, 它是一家全球咨询公司清洁能源和可持续发展业务的领导者. Jason拥有18年的清洁能源经验,从大型公用事业规模系统和分布式住宅和商业系统到公用事业综合太阳能项目的开发和执行. In 2016, Jason co-founded Go Smart Solar 作为开发创新商业模式的一种方式,可以降低太阳能的成本,因为, as he says, ‘…the benefits of solar energy should be available to everyone.’

最近,我们采访了Jason,让他谈谈太阳能,特别是社区太阳能. Here’s our conversation.

NBA官方买球APP: From environmental engineering in school to Go Smart Solar看来你注定要成为太阳能领域的创新者.

JP在URS公司工作的十多年里,我有幸有机会专注于清洁技术和可持续发展. I was, and still am, driven by an environmental ethic. 在URS期间,我围绕太阳能和可持续发展建立了B2B业务线. After URS, 我在一家小型太阳能开发商工作了三年,开发公用事业综合太阳能项目. I really wanted to make a difference, 通过降低能源负担和减少个人排放,帮助更多的人直接受益于太阳能, and that meant distributed generation. 这两段经历都帮助我理解了领导力的重要性,并认识到利用创新来解决能源市场挑战(如获得资金和信贷)的机会, value stacking, utility models, homeownership requirements, and equity issues in the community. Once I met my co-founder, Robert Miggins, 建立一家创新驱动的能源公司来解决这些挑战是显而易见的下一步.

NBA官方买球APP: That’s a different, distinct set of hurdles. How did you switch?

JP使用太阳能有一些障碍,比如前期成本、拥有房屋、有一个可行的屋顶. 是什么促使我从公用事业规模转向社区规模的太阳能,并通过创新的商业模式与公用事业合作. At Go Smart Solar, 我们从太阳能的环境效益转向社区太阳能更加以公平为中心的心态:无论经济状况如何,每个人都应该而且可以使用太阳能.

NBA官方买球APP: Solar is such a democratic resource. The sun shines everywhere. But how do you help utilities overcome their solar fears? Utilities make money when they generate power. If more people put solar on their roofs, 公用事业公司可能会认为这是对他们底线的威胁,并以不必要的费用和惩罚性政策使人们难以使用太阳能. This isn’t a new tactic.

JP当前位置Go Smart Solar并不打算让公用事业公司破产. In fact, we want to help them deploy as much solar as they possibly can. 我们很早就做了一个决定,如果我们要实现让更多的人使用更多太阳能的目标, we need to partner with utilities not work against them. We’ve found that if you have an idea that checks all the boxes and makes sense, utilities will consider it.

NBA官方买球APP: And speaking of utility partnerships, talk about Big Sun Community Solar, Go Smart Solar’s partnership with City Public Service Energy (CPS).

JP: In late 2018, we were awarded a CPS Energy contract to build, operate and maintain 5MWac of community solar. This 5MW was broken up into 12 different facilities…solar carports, to be exact, all around the San Antonio community. We think covering large parking lots makes sense (think heat islands). 谁不想在德州中部有顶棚的停车场呢——太阳能光伏有顶棚的停车场! 我们启动了这个项目,开始建造发电设备,并开始向客户销售. And then COVID hit.

NBA官方买球APP: Ouch. How did that affect the roll-out?

JP: It definitely had an effect, but despite the pandemic, we pushed. Robert and I made a decision early on, we wouldn’t furlough or lay off any of our staff due to the pandemic. Instead, 我们通过在太阳能技术平台Core99上投入更多资源,专注于创造积极的用户体验. Core99是我们的公用事业和面向客户的软件平台,它驱动着我们所有的社区太阳能项目. 然后我们通过客户服务和UI/UX来关注客户——我们帮助客户找出最适合他们的面板的正确数量. 消费者可以只购买一块面板,也可以购买足够的面板来抵消100%的负荷. The average offset is about 80 percent. 这个项目的伟大之处在于,无论你住在CPS服务区域的哪个地方. The credit will follow you wherever you move. 我们还为低收入客户提供首付款援助和融资计划.

NBA官方买球APP: Are there any spots left?

JP: We sold all 5MW! CPS能源公司早在2016年就开始了其社区太阳能项目,一个非常成功的1MW试点项目推动了5MW项目的发展.

NBA官方买球APP: That’s great. 考虑到最近德克萨斯州的电网停电,不难认为分布式太阳能是一个聪明的主意. Have you seen an uptick in business?

JP: Distributed solar is beneficial anytime you generate energy. Next to the point of consumption, generation adds operational value to the grid. There’s no congestion risk, plus we can target stressed areas of the grid. During the blackout, 我们了解到,我们的一些系统连接到关键电路,这意味着它们在滚动停电期间继续发电. In the future, 我们希望能够将我们的资产连接到关键电路,这将为电网提供更多的价值和确定性. Plus, these community-scale projects are highly visible in the community.

NBA官方买球APP: What’s one of Go Smart Solar’s biggest challenges?

JP: Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is how to address bad actors in the solar industry:  those who don’t give consumers the facts and distort the truth; they install panels on shaded roofs and assure consumers electric bills will be zero. That’s who we’re in competition with. Ultimately, it’s up to consumers to be well-informed before they buy anything; caveat emptor. But solar rooftop systems are complicated. Consumers don’t think about kilowatt hours or annual maintenance. 如果你把太阳能安装在屋顶上,太阳能安装商说它将产生x/kWh/月,你当地的公用事业公司会给你回扣, who’s tracking production? What about consumer protection around long-term performance? Unfortunately, there’s no code of ethics. 我们Go Smart Solar从倡导的角度来看待消费者体验.

NBA官方买球APP:你听说过sb398太阳能消费者保护法吗? Among other things, it includes mandatory minimum disclosures for purchasing, leasing and purchasing power agreements. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one. What’s surprised you the most about this work?

JP: Deploying Big Sun Community Solar. 有很多人真的想做点什么来帮助保护环境和应对气候变化. 他们知道他们至少可以做的是回收,因为这不需要任何成本. They feel like they couldn’t adopt solar because it’s expensive. But through these community solar projects, 越来越多的人能够使用太阳能,因为我们正在用创新来消除障碍. It continues to be so rewarding to be part of this work.

杰森,你是德州太阳能社区的一员,这是我们的幸运. Thanks so much for sharing your work with us.