“2-BULLET TUESDAY” Newsletter — ​ Commercial Solar Fragmentation, Home Storage ROI, 7 Questions for Evaluating Companies, &
Impossible Meat

Chris Wedding, PhD
Aug 6, 2019 · 3 min read
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

Hey there,

We hope you enjoy our most recent 4-minute digest on clean energy, finance, business tips, trivia, and (attempts at) humor.

Quote for the day:
“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
– Lin Yutang (Chinese writer, translator, linguist, philosopher and inventor)

  • Food for thought: In contrast to our tendency to constantly add to our list, our schedule, etc., how might we find effectiveness, happiness, freedom, or success by doing less, not more? (And, yes, in fact, I did watch the Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin with my daughter last weekend. #PoohWisdom)

Now what?

Have a great week.

Chris Wedding, PhD

Managing Director, IronOak Energy Capital

Founder, Invest for Impact Academy


Don’t Believe the Hype:
Solar is Alive and Poised for Growth

Residential Sector > Utility Sector:
You Thought Bigger was Always Better

  • New Q2 2018 data is in from GTM Research: Residential MW of energy storage exceeded big utility scale installs. Surprising, but the latter is pretty lumpy, with a much larger pipeline. Still, the meteoric growth in behind-the-meter battery installs ain’t nothing to sneeze at. They made up 75% of Q2 capacity. For more on energy storage finance, check out our primer here. |Source — Energy Storage News (Andy Calthorpe)


Want to Get More Done Tomorrow?
21 Apps for Business

  • If you spent the Labor Day weekend thinking, “How do I accomplish more each day?” — then you might need help. Or a reconsideration of the quote at the start of this newsletter (less = more). In any case, here are 21 apps to help you get an external brain (Evernote), manage projects visually (Trello), accept payments (Square), keep track of your peeps (Insightly), track time (Toggl), and get a full-body deep tissue massage after every long day. I exaggerate slightly, but I can dream. | Source — The Simple Dollar (Saundra Latham)

Nike Takes a Stand:
Or is it a Kneel

  • You might recall stories from months ago about Colin Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback who (respectfully) took a knee to ironically take a stand against police brutality. And then was arguably blacklisted by the league. (Despite the political spin, this was never about disrespect to the U.S. flag. #DontBeFooled) And now Nike is putting their values out front, despite some haters on Twitter — “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” #JustDoIt By the way, it appears to be a good business decision, too. Perhaps $43M of media exposure so far. | Source — Bloomberg (Eben Novy-Williams)

For More Information:

INVESTMENT BANKING| Renewable Energy, Cleantech, Smart City, and Mobility — www.ironoakenergy.capital

MASTERMINDS & EXECUTIVE EDUCATION | Renewable Energy, Startups, & Impact Investing — www.investforimpact.academy

Chris Wedding, PhD

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#Startups #Energy #ClimateChange — Mastermind Coach (Entrepreneurs for Impact). #Finance (IronOak). Professor (Duke, UNC). Newsletter. chrisweddingphd.com

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