Last evening, I attended the first ever “Clean TX Talks” at the University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The featured speaker was Sun Edison Founder and PPA pioneer, Jigar Shah. As an extremely affable and knowledgeable gentleman, Shah has a knack for telling it like it is while not offending those planted on the other side of the aisle from his perspective. He clearly demonstrated this talent while responding to several heated questions (read comments) that were diametrically opposed to his view point. Well played, Mr. Shah.

Given his track record of correctly predicting trends in the sustainability sector, and capitalizing economically on these trends, it is advisable for all of us to carefully consider his perspective of where future opportunity exists. Here are a few random items gleaned from his discussion that I thought were of particular interest:

– The potential financial implications associated with discovering and implementing next generation sustainable practices offers the single greatest wealth creation opportunity in human history.

– It is necessary that the renewable energy industry completely re-invents the way we talk about and market renewable energy products.

– The expiration of the 30% ITC in 2017 is a positive development for the renewable industry and will open up the flow of capital driving substantial growth.

– Unlocking the power of “Big Data” will revolutionize life as we know…..in a good way.

Thanks for the inspiration Jigar, I am bullish on the future!