This episode is a part of a mini-season titled, “Sustainability is a Buzzword”. A series of conversations about conservation, water, agriculture, creativity, and everyday life. They took place in Paonia, CO as part of an artist-in-residence program at the ever-magical Elsewhere Studios. 

Kris Sutton is the Director of Business Development for the Middle East and Africa for Solar Energy International (SEI), a training company teaching people how to design and build solar power systems since 1991 with over 61k alumni from around the world. Kris has been in the industry for a long time and has a very practical stance on its value. In this episode, he shares how the market works, why people invest in solar, ways for it to scale, and his thoughts on the future of the energy industry.

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Show notes

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • how SEI is trying to develop and protect the solar industry in a way that’s sustainable
  • why the amount of sun has almost nothing to do with the solar market
  • how the price of electricity market-to-market impacts solar’s competitiveness
  • the size of the solar market
  • the impact of trade tariffs on the solar market
  • the benefits of being a global organization in a potentially volatile industry
  • how Chinese products have driven the price of solar down
  • the inability to avoid corruption
  • the value of a diversified electric grid
  • leapfrogging technology in developing countries
  • agriculturally friendlier ways to build a solar plant

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