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Silicon Ranch Radio
32 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Day of Gratitude
Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for what we have. Americans have come to know this holiday for the food as well as an opportunity to tell those around us how much we appreciate them for what they bring to our lives. As we reflect on how grateful we are for the work we get to do and the people on our team here at Silicon Ranch, we wanted to share a few words of gratitude this Thanksgiving. In our twenty-first episode of Silicon Ranch Radio, Jim Bausell welcomes eight of his colleagues at Silicon Ranch who have come together to share their personal messages of what they are thankful for.
49 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
From Defending Our Nation to Powering Our Communities
In this special Veterans Day episode of Silicon Ranch Radio, Jim is joined by Silicon Ranch team members, Erin Hanratty and Ryan Edwards, to discuss how U.S. military veterans such as themselves can and are contributing to not just our company but our industry. Listen in as these two discuss how they’ve gone from powering the defense of our nation, to powering our partners and communities.
53 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
BESS Charging Up Our Future, with Adam Kabulski
In this episode, you’ll hear the Vice President of Renewables and Sales at Mitsubishi Electric Power, Adam Kabulski, as we explore the advantages of energy storage and the exciting prospects of battery energy storage systems (BESS).
48 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Powering Our Future, with James Chavez
How does energy feed into the overall economic development of our country? When you consider energy’s role in our economy, it’s more than a commodity, but rather the foundation of growth. New businesses have always demanded an energy partner that can provide affordable, reliable, plentiful power for their operations. In our eighteenth episode of Silicon Ranch Radio, Jim Bausell welcomes the CEO of South Carolina’s Power Team, James Chavez. James’s work with the SC Power Team, driving economic development in support of our partners at the Central Electric Power Cooperative and the 20 distribution cooperatives it serves across South Carolina, makes him a unique voice in this conversation. Together these groups embody the cooperative principles – particularly Cooperation Among Cooperatives, and Concern for Community – that are so aligned with Silicon Ranch’s core values. Listen in as these two explore the essential role that economic development plays in building the future of our region, our communities, and our quality of life.
49 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Built to Last, Celebrating 10 Years for Our Pulaski Solar Park
Ten years ago in Pulaski, Tennessee, Silicon Ranch became pioneers in the solar energy industry with the birth and creation of a new 1.4 MW solar project. In this episode, host Jim Bausell uncovers the lessons learned by two members who were present at the groundbreaking moment: Senior Vice President of Technology, Nick DeVries and retired Director of Construction and Safety, Jeff Lee.
39 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Our Commitment to Community Engagement
We believe our employees can make a real difference in the communities we serve, and as Silicon Ranch celebrates its tenth anniversary, we remain committed to that mission. In this episode, Director of Project Development, Ali Weaver, and Director of Economic and Community Development, Gina Brown, join host Jim Bausell to discuss the integral role Silicon Ranch has played as a corporate citizen of the many communities we serve, and the creative ways that engagement and development has allowed us to make a profound, sustainable impact on the local and global community.
35 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Making Your Solar Dreams Come True!
Did you know solar installations in the U.S. are predicted to quadruple in size by 2030? In this episode, Senior Vice President of Project Finance, Virginia Williams, and Director of Business Development, John Thompson, joins host Jim Bausell to discuss the growing demand for carbon-free power, and we'll take a dive deep into the world of solar economics by uncovering the purpose behind a power purchase agreement.
43 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Meet Us at the Gate: Part 3
Explore how we build our solar plants, and hear some of the necessary considerations during our entire construction process. In the third episode of our series MEET US AT THE GATE, Vice President of Projects, Morgan Day, and Director of Construction, Clint Abrams, joins host Jim Bausell to discuss the logistics behind building first-class solar generating plants. Day and Abrams explain the ins and outs of constructing safe and effective solar plants that will provide long-lasting and dependable clean energy.
35 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Meet Us at the Gate: Part 2
What should you look for when scouting out locations for future solar energy plants? In the second episode of our series MEET US AT THE GATE, Luke Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of Project Development here at Silicon Ranch, joins host Jim Bausell to share his insights about choosing a great site for solar generation. Learn from Luke as he discusses the four qualities to look for in a “perfect” site and how close partnerships can help make solar energy available in our communities.
46 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Meet Us at the Gate: Part 1
Have you ever wondered what really goes on beyond the fence of one of our more than 145 solar power plants across the country? Our series MEET US AT THE GATE will get you up close and personal with the men and women who literally keep the lights on, allowing solar power to flow into your communities 24/7. In this episode, we'll hear from Lynsey Tibbs, Director of Asset Management, and James Millis, Manager of Fleet Maintenance, two of many colleagues who keep their eyes on the small, and not so small, details behind managing and maintaining an efficient, self-sustaining plant.
26 minutes | May 28, 2021
Day of Honor
Memorial Day is a beloved holiday across America. But how many people truly know and understand the meaning behind this patriotic day of honor? And how is it different from holidays such as Veterans Day and Independence Day? In today’s special episode of Silicon Ranch Radio, Jim Bausell talks with three individuals from some of the communities Silicon Ranch serves. Listen in as our colleagues, partners, and neighbors reflect on Memorial Day and share its personal significance to them.
36 minutes | May 13, 2021
Powered by Partnerships
In this episode, Jim sits down with Gil Hough, the Executive Director for the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA). Gil has been a leader, a consensus builder, and a true champion of the solar energy efforts within the Tennessee Valley. Jim and Gil discuss the power of partnerships and how it draws all of us together to make solar do more. So, listen in and be inspired as we explore how joining together helps us all to accomplish great things within the solar industry.
40 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Making Solar Do More with Agrivoltaics
We are re-joined by Director of Regenerative Energy and Land Management, Michael Baute. Since being on the show this past Fall, Michael has been responsible for a new website which contains the Regenerative Energy Standard. He also built his team to oversee our innovative holistic land management platform while increasing the number of solar farms implementing it. Also tune in to find out what ‘agrivoltaics’ is and how we are using it to make solar do more for local communities, American agriculture, and the land we are fortunate to steward.
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Back to the Future: Clean Electricity Powers and Benefits the World
In this episode, Jim sits down with Keith Dennis, Vice President of Consumer Member Engagement at NRECA, the national association that represents 900 plus electric cooperatives serving the daily electricity needs of consumers in 48 states. We'll take a deep dive into the new ‘Beneficial Electrification World’ Keith first described in his 2015 white paper titled Environmentally Beneficial Electrification and discuss the important role clean renewable energy will play in this far-reaching energy transition.
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
A Solar Power Journey: Lessons Learned with Matt Kisber
In this episode, Jim Bausell is joined by Silicon Ranch’s Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Matt Kisber. Matt is an innovator, entrepreneur, and community and economic development leader with a fascinating background — from the Tennessee state legislature to serving as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic Development under Governor Phil Bredesen. In their conversation, Matt shares with Jim the journey he took with his partners in making a solar dream come true.
36 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Making Solar Shine For You
In this episode, our host Jim Bausell is joined by Silicon Ranch’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Asset Management, Nick de Vries. Nick is a problem solver, inventor, and veteran. In their conversation, Nick speaks with Jim about how he arrived at Silicon Ranch and what goes into his team’s work to manage our portfolio of more than 140 solar power plants across 14 states coast to coast...Here's a hint: DATA!
31 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Local Power, Solar Power: Part 3
Our fifth episode features Mark Cayce, President and CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative, an electric cooperative headquartered in Camden, Arkansas. This episode wraps up a three-part series, Local Power, Solar Power, which takes a look at how local solar farming and strategic partnerships can light up your community. Mark brings decades of real-time, real-world experiences that all of us can learn from, so you won't want to miss this episode.
45 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Local Power, Solar Power: Part 2
Our fourth episode features Jeff Dykes, President and CEO of BrightRidge, a public utility headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. The second installment in our series “Local Power, Solar Power,” this episode takes a look at how local solar farming and strategic partnerships are lighting up communities. By providing clean energy options, Silicon Ranch is working to help improve quality of life, create new business and jobs, and power the next generation.
36 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Local Power, Solar Power: Part 1
Our third episode features Silicon Ranch Corporation’s Vice President of Business Development, Matt Brown. This episode begins our series “Local Power, Solar Power,” which takes a look at how local solar farming lights up your community. By providing you with clean energy options, Silicon Ranch is working to improve your quality of life, create new business and jobs in your area, and power the next generation.
23 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
An Introduction to Regenerative Energy
Our second episode features Michael Baute, our Director of Regenerative Energy and Land Management. He shares his thoughts on Silicon Ranch’s efforts in co-locating regenerative farming practices and solar energy generation - a process that we call Regenerative Energy. Our innovative process compounds the already positive impact of solar facilities to provide further environmental, economic, and community benefits. Join us to learn more!
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