Jan 19, 2022
Summary: In this episode of the Propcast, Louisa speaks with Christopher Hopper & Samuel Adeyemo from Aurora Solar about what effect the growing solar industry can have on the built environment. They discuss how their technology is changing the way that solar panels are designed and fitted, saving on emissions and reducing money for the end consumer. You’ll learn more about the career opportunities within renewable energy projects within PropTech and Christopher and Samuel’s best advice for anyone looking to enter the industry at this exciting time.
Key Insights From This Episode:
Keywords: renewable energy, solar panels, ESG, climate change, emissions
About Our Guests:
Christopher Hopper, Co-Founder & CEO, Aurora Solar
Christopher Hopper is the Co-founder and CEO of Aurora Solar, the solar industry’s leading platform for solar PV system design and sales. Prior to founding Aurora, Chris co-founded e.quinox and BBOXX, a charitable organization and a startup focused on developing sustainable rural electriﬁcation solutions for the developing world. He received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.
Samuel Adeyemo, Co-Founder & CRO, Aurora Solar
Samuel Adeyemo is the co-founder and CRO of Aurora Solar, a software application used by solar professionals to design and sell solar PV installations. Prior to Aurora, Samuel was Co-Founder of Vituo Technologies, a solar EPC that installs small commercial PV systems in emerging markets. Samuel started his career at JPMorgan, where he was a Vice President in the bank's Chief Investment Oﬃce, and was responsible for investing the bank's assets. Samuel got his AB from the University of Chicago, and his MBA and MSc from Stanford University.
About Aurora Solar
Aurora Solar was founded in 2013 with the idea that well-built digital tools could transform the process of how solar projects are designed and sold, paving the way for scalability and cost reduction. Fast forward to today, Aurora is the industry’s leading software platform, trusted by thousands of solar industry leaders around the world.
To date, over 7 million solar projects have been designed in Aurora. Aurora Solar was named Rising Star Company by S&P Global Platts in 2020, and ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 2021 list.
About Our Host
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the place at the time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
[02:30] What is the founding story or Aurora Solar?
[06:40] What are the major ESG components of solar, how does it slow down climate change?
[11:00] Do you have a challenge with people who are less used to tech being slower to adopt your software?
[13:00] Is it right that you’ve delivered over 7 million solar projects?
[14:30] What major trends have you seen from customers?
[17:45] What are the career opportunities in this space?
[23:00] The LMRE part of the podcast. L - what is the main lesson you’ve learned? M - mention someone or give a shoutout to a product or service. R – what is the most rewarding part of working in PropTech? E – what are you most excited about for the future?
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