Thoughtful Solar Guy

There are very few people working in Alternative Energy who restrain themselves from making grandiose statements, but Bill Gross of eSolar is one of the few who sticks to the facts, and clearly has worked hard to get through (not around) the challenges. Here is a tech entrepreneur who really understands the big themes: energy density, the cheapness of coal, the problem of scale, and the tight margins in both capital and energy terms that can be so decisive as solar competes to become economically competitive. This is actually quite an amazing interview that Gross gave this week to Henry Blodget of The Business Insider. For you energy bugs, pay close attention to Gross’ discussion surrounding the diffuse nature of sunlight, and his keenly spot-on obsession with controlling all the manufacturing variables to perfection. If there’s a place where the best of energy and entrepreneurship can ever meet, it’s here. Must watch video.

-Gregor

  • John Allen

    I haven't been interested in solar energy until watching this video. Will learn everything about him and his companies/projects.

  • gregor.us

    It may be helpful to use insights stated here from Gross as part of a benchmark to view other Solar companies, and solar policy. For example, based on Gross, I have to rethink my views a little (I was already) about utility grade PV. I was already an advocate for concentrated solar.

    G

  • Anon

    Fantastic interview.

    Bill Gross is not advocating, or trying to sell, anything, he is what his values are, passionate with integrity and honesty.

  • Sam Penrose

    Inspiring, thanks for posting.

  • Burt

    thanks, great video, not just on solar, but on what it takes to be successful in anything.

  • KB

    Holy crap that's the most annoying video platform I've ever used. You can't pre-buffer the video! Use a better video platform.

  • KB

    Holy crap that's the most annoying video platform I've ever used. You can't pre-buffer the video! Use a better video platform.