We've had a busy but very productive travel schedule the last few weeks. Over my 10 years in the renewables space, I have found conferences to be an invaluable use of time and energy. I am able to connect with key partners, new prospects, and targeted vendors.
Generally, I like to speak at conferences as way to better position myself and Nikola Power as a thought leader. I was excited to see and hear significant talk and action on energy storage at each of my most recent events.
We started our events schedule in Washington D.C. at the ESA Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. It was a great event and an excellent opportunity to network and hear from FERC commissioners, Senate policy staff, and state issues. It's quite clear that energy storage opportunities are growing exponentially. NRECA, was a wonderful event as well that was based in Nashville (got a bit of my Johnny Cash and Bourbon hobbies taken care of). We are working with a few rural cooperatives and looking forward to more work with this exciting market — we have the ability to add real value and talk to decision makers running complex power systems. It was excellent event for Nikola Power with lots of networking and learning.
The First Solar Event was one of the best events of the year. It is an intimate affair with many of the industry's heavy hitters in attendance. The venue, FSLR, planning, and hospitality was second to none. Seeing and hearing about the long-term strategies from one of our industry's largest and most successful companies was tremendous opportunity for myself as a new CEO. I was quite giddy about the dialogue surrounding storage and how better, more intelligent software can be the key to unlocking the true value of storage. The golf and red wine later in the day made for a truly must-attend event.
The Mountain West COSEIA event was a chance for me to be in my home state and help lead the great organization I just became a board member of. Colorado and the Mountain West are a great home for solar companies, solar opportunities, and the new storage landscape with bills passing our State Legislature just this month.
There are many more events on the calendar, including the Energy Storage National Conference in Boston, InterSolar in San Francisco and Solar Power International in Anaheim — we hope to see everyone there!
–J.W. Postal, Founder & CEO