Entrepreneur Jigar Shah reflects on clean energy finance, the importance of plain speaking

By Sarah Golden, GreenBiz

If you’ve heard Jigar Shah talk, it won’t surprise you that he has a couple opinions about a couple things. And his track record shows he might be onto something. The co-founder of Generate Capital has been following and shaping the clean energy sector for decades. His weapon of choice: financial mechanisms to open up new clean energy options.

Among Shah’s claim to fame is founding SunEdison in 2003, where he designed the first no-money-down solar contract, and heading up Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room to support entrepreneurs working on climate solutions. He’s also shot into earned podcast fame with his no-nonsense style on “The Energy Gang.” I had a chance to chat with Jigar and talk about his communication style, his inspiration and what the private sector can do to leverage clean energy more and better. Continue reading here.

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Over the past several years, rural electric cooperatives like La Plata Electric Association, which are also members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, have been looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy they can produce locally. However, under their contracts with Tri-State, that local energy production has been limited to just 5 percent of the total power they use. This has caused some rural coops to consider other options.

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Tri-State’s 43 member distribution systems (18 in Colorado, 11 in New Mexico, 8 in Wyoming and 6 in western Nebraska) directly supply electricity to rural residences, farms and ranches, cities, towns and suburban communities, as well as large and small commercial businesses and industries. Combined, they serve more than 1 million consumers in nearly 200,000-square-mile area. Nebraska Members

Cooperatives are democratic organizations governed by their members who actively participate by making decisions through voting. Tri-State’s board of directors is made up of one representative from each of its 43 member distribution systems, and each of its members function under a similar structure.