Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina
“the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness“
“Born and raised in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 2,500 miles from the nearest land mass, my ancestors forgot more about sustainability and resiliency than I will ever learn. It is my responsibility to honor their legacy and protect my posterity by doing the best I can to protect this land and its people.”
A growth CEO featured in Fortune Magazine – India as one of the Unstoppable World’s Business Minds and selected by Business Talk Magazine as one of the “Influential Business Leaders of 2021”, Mr. Perkins has helped many startups including one of the fastest growing renewable energy & sustainability companies, Instant ON (IO). He helped to secure over 3GW of contracts for projects across the US and helped IO to be partnered with global leaders in the industry like Lockheed Martin Energy, Schneider Electric GreenStruxure and Bosch. His work helped them to have been named within the CEO Views Top 50 Most Innovative Companies to Watch 2020, named as the Most Outstanding Microgrid Integrator 2020 in the 2020 CV Corporate Excellence Awards and listed within the CIO Insights Top Energy Storage Providers 2020
Noted & Quoted
• Business Talk Magazine: Influential Business Leader of 2021
With the increasing urbanization and globalization, it’s no epiphany there is a constant increase in the global carbon footprint. The way we produce, distribute, and consume energy is identical to how it was a century ago. And it has several negative effects on the environment and climate. But the tide is changing; people are focusing on renewable energy and responsible energy consumption, both on the field and in boardrooms. Microgrid technology is triggering a fundamental change since it can function without being connected to the main grid. It also allows for integrating renewable energy sources such as solar, delivering efficient, low-cost, clean energy while improving the operation and stability of the regional electric grid.
• MGK: Schneider’s GreenStruxure Partners with Instant ON
GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital, plans to team with upstart Instant On, to develop microgrids for medium-sized buildings in California.
The two companies will use an energy-as-a-service model, which offers microgrids at no upfront cost to the customer.
• Microgrid and net zero as -a-service providers form partnership
A partnership was announced between InfraPrime, a provider of net zero as-a-service for datacenters, and Instant ON, a microgrid designer, builder, and aggregator, announced a partnership in which the two will co-develop a net-zero microgrid service for datacenters named PowerShell.
• Top Microgrid White Paper of 2020
Solar energy has the ability to provide immense benefit to society and the grid. But solar’s full potential isn’t being fully realized. This report is designed to help boost awareness and understanding of solar nanogrids, courtesy of Instant ON.
• Video: Microgrids for Agriculture and the Food Industry
Microgrid Knowledge Video Series: This panel discussion from Microgrid California offers examples of successful microgrids used in the food industry and looks at how to make wider adoption of microgrids for agriculture easier.
• Are 2nd Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?
The second life batteries are especially useful in stationary storage applications that require less frequent cycling (100-300 cycles per year). If they’re not reused, they must be discarded or recycled, creating environmental challenges.
• The Mixx Magazine: DEI Changemaker
Our latest DEI Changemaker is AJ Perkins, Co-Founder of CLENECT, the new social media platform where Cleantech connects…During our time together we spoke with AJ to learn more about his journey as a leader and founder in the tech industry, and his impact as a changemaker for the AAPI community.
• “Microgrid Gap” Solution Article
To solve such challenges in Nevada, California and elsewhere, microgrid provider Instant On has proposed a “microgrid gap” solution that provides microgrids — mostly made up of natural gas generators, fuel cells and energy storage — that can be built in as little as 30 days and used until permanent or renewable microgrids can be built…
Scale For ClimateTech’s Manufacturing & Engineers-in-Residence Program
Each company receives access to dedicated mentors, entry into the New York State hardware ecosystem, Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) assessments from industry experts, a deeper understanding of GHG metrics and impact in your target market, customized roadmap development, and introductions to strategic partnerships, investors, and founder-friendly contract manufacturers to commercialize technology in New York State and beyond.
On Deck's Build for Climate Mentor
Over the course of 8 weeks, you’ll get structure and accountability to go from interest to action through:
• A crash course in building for Climate Tech
• Idea pitch sessions
• Socials & curated connections to form a team
• Resource, guidance & mentorship to build an MVP
Inland Empire Energy Innovation Council
Clean energy research and entrepreneurial support for this sector are pillars of UCR’s commitment to sustainable energy and environmental management. This new five-year commitment, in partnership with Cleantech San Diego and as an integral part of UCR’s OASIS sustainability initiative enables us to support the growth of dozens of young clean-tech companies, which will be addressing the clean energy challenges faced right here in the Inland Empire
Elemental Excelerator Scout
“While technology has half the solution, the community brings the other half. If we invest with this knowledge, we will be able to decarbonize faster, center equitable solutions, and be better investors,” said Elemental Excelerator CEO Dawn Lippert. “Our goal is to back the companies that address climate change today and over the next 10 years, giving policymakers and corporations proof points to act on climate now.”
Island Innovation Ambassador - HAWAII
The Island Innovation Ambassador Program is a unique program that aims at building a network of skilled change makers across Island territories. The program provides essential training in areas such as climate change, climate finance, project implementation & sustainability. Most importantly, the Island Ambassador Program hones the skills of future leaders committed to enhancing the resilience of island communities, ensuring a place in the global arena for islanders to collaborate and create vital solutions.
How solar installers can expand their businesses – and support the grid – with solar nanogrids for homes and businesses
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