Speeding the Energy Transition
March 1, 2022

Matt Campbell of Terabase Energy on Building the Platform for Terawatt-Scale Solar Ep.75

Matt Campbell of Terabase Energy on Building the Platform for Terawatt-Scale Solar Ep.75

Less than 1% of the solar that’s going to be built has been built. And in the wake of climate change, it’s imperative that we build solar plants faster and make the process cheaper. 

But what will it take to achieve terawatt-scale solar power?

Matt Campbell is the Cofounder and CEO of Terabase Energy, a technology solutions company on a mission to reduce costs and accelerate deployment by digitizing the solar power plant. Prior to Terabase, Matt spent 15 years at SunPower, and his experience spans 200-plus projects in 20 countries representing $10B in project investment.

On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Matt joins Tim to explain why digitization and automation are key in unlocking the full potential of PV technology and explore how close we are to seeing a robotized solar construction site.

Matt shares the thinking behind his cost-reduction goal of one cent per KWh of solar energy and describes how Terabase is addressing the two biggest constraints to reaching terawatt scale—cost and scalability.

Listen in for Matt’s insight on leveraging narrow AI to make solar farm design more efficient and learn how Terabase is reducing the carbon footprint of solar construction and minimizing its impact on the land while building the platform for terawatt-scale solar. 

Key Takeaways

How the desire to drive innovation in utility-scale solar inspired Matt to build Terabase Energy

Why digitization and automation are key in unlocking the full potential of PV technology

The thinking behind Matt’s cost reduction goal of 1 cent per KWh of solar energy

Why Matt is a true believer in green hydrogen (and why we can’t get to full decarbonization without it)

How Terabase is addressing the 2 biggest constraints to reaching terawatt scale—cost and scalability

The Mammoth Solar Project and how narrow AI makes large-scale solar farm design more efficient

The benefits of automating solar construction

Matt’s perspective on scaling the US labor force in clean energy and clean tech

How close we are to seeing a robotized solar construction site

How to reduce the carbon footprint of solar construction and minimize its impact on the land

Connect with Matt

Terabase Energy 

Terabase on LinkedIn

Matt on LinkedIn

Connect with Tim  

Clean Power Hour  

Clean Power Hour on YouTube

Tim on Twitter

Tim on LinkedIn 

Email tgmontague@gmail.com 

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Resources

SunPower 

RE|Plant Solutions

PlantPredict

Mammoth Solar Farm Project

Ultra Low-Carbon Solar Alliance 

Solar Power International 

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