Powerhouse is still in a sunshine state of mind. The solar startup incubator and accelerator hosted hundreds of guests at last Friday’s sold-out New Dawn party in Oakland.
Powerhouse Co-Founder and CEO Emily Kirsch said on stage, “For all of you that have ideas for how to power the planet with sunshine, today is the day. Take your ideas from New Dawn to Powerhouse; make it happen.”
Powerhouse is where solar entrepreneurs succeed. Their goal is to make solar the most abundant source of energy in the world, in their lifetime. They have 14,707 square feet of office space in Oakland’s hip Uptown district dedicated to solar startups.
Emily started Powerhouse in 2013 with Sungevity Co-Founder Danny Kennedy. At the time, they were working with just two startups: Powerhive and Mosaic. Earlier this year, Powerhive closed a $20m series A to bring solar to people without electricity. Mosaic recently closed a $220m series C and aims to do a billion dollars worth of solar loan financing in the next year.
From their early days in 2013, Powerhouse has housed 40 startups and hundreds of entrepreneurs, and has seen four startups acquired out of their incubator. Full disclosure, Sunible, which managed PV Solar Report, was the first of those four exits — so we know firsthand how awesome it is to be part of the Powerhouse network.
The network was in full effect on Friday night at the New Parish in Oakland, where hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders gathered to celebrate solar innovation. Representatives of companies that are competitive by day united at night at New Dawn for incredible food, rocking music, and the shared ultimate goal of bringing solar mainstream. The program culminated with keynotes from Dan Shugar, Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, and Billy Parish, Co-Founder and CEO of Mosaic, who recounted Mosaic’s early days when Emily worked with Billy on their Oakland Solar Mosaic pilot.
As the program ended, the live band began — and not just any band, but the 2016 Solar Battle of the Bands winners, Inovateus Solar’s Reverend Ray and the Everlasting Incentives. They flew their 8-person rock band from Indiana to Oakland to perform at New Dawn — thus starting a new tradition of the winners of Solar Battle of the Bands performing at New Dawn. The party officially ended at 10pm, but partygoers kept the celebration going until midnight.
If you want to get invited to the next Powerhouse party, sign up at powerhouse.solar, at the bottom left of the home page. The deadline to apply to Powerhouse’s next accelerator cohort is November 15, and space is available in their incubator on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email email@example.com for details.
New Dawn 2016 was sponsored by NEXTracker, The 11th Hour Project, Inovateus Solar, Genability, DLA Piper, and Vote Solar.
See more photos here.