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What is 'The Sounds of Solar'? What will we be talking about?

The Sounds of Solar is a podcast series of questions, answers and discussions about everything engineering and clean energy.

We will be giving our opinion and sharing facts about the solar market, energy storage, how to interview for engineering positions, studying, current events, innovations, conventions, and more.

This podcast will be informational for everyone (college students, potential clients, competitors, partners, engineers, anyone wanting to learn more about the renewable industry).

The Name

'The Sounds of Solar'. Kind of funny title, right? You can't really hear the sun. There are pulses from the sun that is about 93 million miles from us - pulses that can be picked up by a Michelson Doppler Imager mounted on a space craft circling the sun about a million miles from its surface. Lots of distance, lots of technology and yet, an extremely cool fact. As part of the solar energy industry, we see a lot of projects; from commercial roof tops to carports and ground mounts, as well as much larger utility-scale solar projects, from all corners of the globe. It's true that a PV solar project is very quiet - many websites talk about the slight hum of the inverters and the general silence of the array - but here we will talk about the people of solar, the bright and dedicated people from all corners of the planet that are pushing into solar energy design, deal-making, development and construction.

Behind The Mic

Prithviraj (Raj) Pawar

Meet The Sounds of Solar host and co-founder, Prithviraj Pawar!
Raj is the Director of Solar PV + Battery Storage at EVS. He is the one that ‘brings our projects to life’.
In January 2018, Raj had this idea of hosting a podcast about everything in the renewable industry. He believes that clean energy is our future, and he wanted to create a place where everyone can share their experiences about this. “I want to inspire people to adapt to clean energy and highlight the success stories in this amazing industry.” – Raj
Raj was born and raised in Belgaum, India. He found his passion for solar about 15 years ago when he had to buy solar powered water heaters for his home. This was his first introduction to any solar equipment, and he has been curious to learn more about the solar industry ever since.
Raj graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from VTU in India, then moved to the U.S. in 2012. He completed his master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University in Washington D.C., then started his first job at SolarCity in 2015. “This was my first job interview out of college – I was lucky to get my first job in solar.” – Raj
He has designed over 200MW of Solar and 50MWh of solar + storage projects which include residential, commercial (rooftop and ground mount) and Community Solar Garden (CSG) projects. He also managed the largest co-op storage project in MN and worked on the largest solar rooftop projects in the U.S.
Raj is also a man of many languages – he knows 4 programming languages (NERD ALERT!) and 7 languages from different regions of India!
He likes to read, go on hikes with his wife, travel and try new foods. Mainly try new foods, he is quite the foodie! Raj’s favorites are sushi, fried chicken, sour beer, and biryani. “I don’t have a spirit animal, just spirit food.” – Raj

Favorite Foods: Sushi, fried chicken, and biryani
Favorite Books: The Three Body Problem, Harry Potter series
Favorite TV Shows/Movies: The Office, Friends, Air Force One, Terminator series, Lord of The Rings series
Favorite Podcasts: Are we There Yet (The Space Exploration Podcast), Star Talk Radio, On Purpose with Jay Shetty, Political Climate, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Interchange, The Energy Gang, Theory of Everything
People Raj Wants to Meet: Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Jigar Shah, India’s PM – Mr. Modi, JK Rolling
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Kyle Haab

Meet The Sounds of Solar co-host and co-founder, Kyle Haab!
Kyle is an Electrical Project Manager and Quality Manager here at EVS. Kyle and Raj have worked together for the past 3 years. When Raj mentioned to Kyle that they should host a podcast about everything clean energy and engineering, Kyle was totally on board. “I was thrilled that it would be an open discussion format, and I am excited to have the opportunity to interview some of the leading people of our industry.” – Kyle
Kyle grew up on a farm in a small town called Canadensis, Pennsylvania. Small as in population of 2,100 people, wow!
Kyle has always had a passion for learning about the way things work. His father has his Agricultural Engineering degree from Penn State and his grandfather was a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, so naturally Kyle went to college to study engineering.
He was accepted into Penn State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering with minors in both Energy Business and Finance, and Environmental Engineering. Energy Engineering at Penn State was a broad degree, he learned about many different energy conversion processes as well as sources of energy like coal, oil, wind, hydro, nuclear and of course, solar. Kyle quickly became interested in renewable energy. “I took a liking to the fact that there is a viable, abundant, free source of energy that we can effectively harness from the nuclear fusion reactor in the sky that we call our sun.” – Kyle
Kyle has been a solar designer for 5+ years and in only 3 years with EVS he has designed over 60MW of Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota, a 6MW commercial rooftop system in California, a 27MW fixed tilt system in Vermont, and 2 utility scale single axis tracking projects in Texas totaling over 290MW. Kyle is responsible for the PV system electrical designs, engineering, technical compliance and quality management. He also manages a small team of junior engineers at EVS.
Kyle is a very active guy in his free time. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. Skiing is his favorite; he has been skiing in 6 different countries and when Kyle was 16, he placed 10th in a national half pipe skiing competition! Why wouldn’t you love to do something if you are good at it, right?

Favorite Foods: Indian and Thai (really anything spicy)
Favorite Books: How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan, Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker, PhD, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Last Week Tonight, Planet Earth, One Strange Rock, The Most Unknown, Vice
Favorite Podcasts: The Energy Gang, The Drive, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, The interchange, Hidden Brain, TED Radio Hour, Freakonomics
People Kyle Wants to Meet: Michael Pollan, Joe Rogan, Dr. Peter Attia, Alex Honnold
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