Journey into Commercial Solar: The Fast-Pass to Sustainability | Episode 3

by | Nov 3, 2023

Welcome to another fascinating episode of the Fast-Pass podcast brought to you by Community Solar Authority. In this session, we unpack the concept of our Fast-Pass process – a simple, done-for-you solution designed to lower electricity costs for big consumers such as municipalities, universities, and real estate investors. Listen in as we walk you through the easy steps involved – from the introductory call to the development process, promising guaranteed savings on your electricity bill in less than 30 days.

As we progress, we shift our focus to the incredible benefits of community solar. We share some impressive success stories, showing how clients like Mattress Firm and Lawrence County Housing Authority saved an average of $53,000 in the first year. Learn about how this sustainable solution not only provides financial benefits but also helps make a positive environmental impact, contributing to the growth of local communities. It’s all about clean energy, high-paying jobs, and sustainability with less than two hours of your time.


(0:00:01) – Lower Electricity Costs With Fast-Pass Process (13 Minutes)

Our Fast-Pass podcast is designed for clients who are large consumers of electricity, such as municipalities, real estate investors, universities, and more. Our Fast-Pass process is a done-for-you solution – super simple and straightforward, and it’ll save you a lot of money. We will get you access to guaranteed lower electricity costs for a year with no cost to you. We will ask you to submit all your utility bills to us and we’ll figure out the best solution for you. We’ll present all the agreements, scope of work, and the end result that you can expect. All you need to do is sign up and review the agreement, which will only take two hours of your time. Our Fast-Pass process also applies to our entire sustainability suite, including participating in a local solar project.

(0:13:04) – Community Solar Authority (10 Minutes)

We discuss the amazing benefits of community solar for local communities and businesses, and how it can create high-paying jobs while taking reliance off of fossil fuels and injecting green energy into the grid. We explain our process and how it is able to maximize this opportunity for clients, saving an average of $53,000 in year one for clients such as Mattress Firm, Lawrence County Housing Authority, and Voyage Senior Living. We show how our process helps people and organizations make a positive impact and make their local communities a better place, all while providing access to guaranteed savings with less than two hours of their time. We are excited to showcase our success stories and demonstrate why you should work with Community Solar Authority.

(0:22:42) – Encountering a Bear in Blue Ridge (14 Minutes)

We explore the serene beauty of Blue Ridge, Georgia and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. We hear how I spent two weeks there with my family, no cell service, and the highlight of the trip – bear hunting with my three year old son! We discuss the precautions taken when exploring the Chattahoochee National Forest and the excitement of coming face-to-face with a large black bear. We learn how the bear spray was left in the car, and my quick thinking to protect my family!

(0:36:42) – Podcast Thanks and Invitation to Connect (0 Minutes)

We take a look into the world of off-grid solar, and the potential for this technology to help remote areas access clean energy. We discuss how off-grid solar can be used to power remote communities, and the impact this can have on the environment and people’s quality of life. We also look at the benefits of off-grid solar for businesses and how they can benefit from access to cleaner energy. Finally, we touch on the potential risks and challenges of adopting off-grid solar technology.

Read the transcript


0:00:06 – Dakota
What’s up everybody. This is Dakota and you are listening to the FastPass podcast brought to you by Community Solar Authority. We believe that large consumers of electricity should be able to keep sustainability simple. We host these podcasts to educate, share stories and provide insights into the world of commercial solar. On this episode, we want to talk about our FastPass podcast specifically for our clients, people who are using a lot of electricity, so you can imagine this is going to be for municipalities, real estate investors, universities and beyond. Don’t know a better way to start this podcast other than introducing my co-hosts, nathaniel Bruno, andrew Shaver. Again, my name’s Dakota, and together we make up Community Solar Authority. Now what are we getting into today? Can you talk a little bit about what we’re about to share?

0:01:05 – Andy
Today we are getting into our FastPass process. It is a done-for-you solution. It is super simple, very straightforward and ideally it’s going to save you a whole bunch of money. But I want to get into. Who is this for? Why are we offering this service and, specifically, what does it do for our clients?

0:01:35 – Dakota
Yes, we have a sheet to share our screens and really be able to relay that information with visuals, right? Yes, oh, and there it is Awesome. Well, let’s get right into it. And so, again, we built this process. As a result of over five years of doing the same thing over and over and over again, we realized that we could essentially serve as an extension to our clients. So, again, whether you’re a municipality, manufacturing site, university, sometimes our clients have sustainability departments and other times they don’t, and so, regardless whether they have someone in place or a team in place or we need to act as their sustainability department, we essentially serve as an extension to them to get them access to turnkey, lower electricity costs and it’s not going to cost them a single dollar. And so, really, the details of this is in less than 30 days, right? So this is not a capital project I think we’ve talked about this on our podcast before where we consider this a lower case project. Low projects are long term timelines, they’re expensive, they require a lot of time and energy, and so we coined the term lower case project. I don’t even think that’s a real word, but it really encapsulates what we’re trying to do for our clients. So in less than 30 days we essentially work with people, get them access to guaranteed lower electricity costs for a year to come and all they need to do is turn in their electricity bills, sign up and review the agreement is when it’s time. So, andy, you want to jump into our actual FastPass process and what it actually looks like for people to get started? For sure, yeah, we try to keep it incredibly simplistic just to make it as easy as possible on that end user. So anytime we are introduced to a new client or, you know, introduce ourselves to new client and kind of figure out exactly what their goals are, we always start with an introductory call, kind of figure out what all those things entail, what their goals are, what their timelines look like. You know their wish lists and a lot of the times we can bring back solutions that they’re not even aware of. That could really make a huge dent on those goals right from the jump.

Um, after we conclude that call, we simply kick over an LOI, non-binding LOI, basically an energetic eight. We like your guys’s vibe, we like what your solutions are, we think you can help us as an organization and we intend to work with you. Um, again, that’s non-binding, so in the long run, if you choose to go elsewhere, we’re not folding you to anything Uh. We just like people to be in the right energetic space uh, to where we feel like we can sink our teeth into the project to start to invest our time uh to provide solutions. After we have that LOI sign, what the client would then do is just submit all their utility bills to us I think, a lot of good accounts that they manage and take care of uh so we can get a good idea of what the energy consumption is on the property and run it through our, our energy auditing process. Then what we do is we figure out what that next step would be and we start an internal RFP with all of our part, of our partners and channels, uh, for some of the largest solar developers and organizations in the country, um, and we basically try to take bids from all of our partners, see who would do the best job of what the best design is, what the best price point is and, most importantly, the biggest impact for the organization encapsulated all of those things that I had just explained Um. After that, we picked the the best ones uh and we bring it back to our client so they can see what the agreements look like, see the scope of work looks like, see what the end and result would look like on the property, and it’s really just picking whatever you see the best fit for your organization from that standpoint, and then we take it from there and start the development process. Beautiful, yeah.

And so, as you guys can see, this is literally four steps and you’re involved in three of them. Those three steps require, on average, less than two hours of your time and energy. And so, again, when you think of in terms of your dream outcome, which is, like Andrew said, a massive impact that’s positive for your commercial property, right, you’re taking steps towards sustainability, you’re hedging against electricity, you’re lowering your electricity costs. You spend two hours of your time, we do the rest of the work and we do it in under 30 days and, by the way, this is our fast pass process for the entire scope of our sustainability suite. So this page is specifically talking about community solar, which is is you participating in a local solar project and, in exchange, you get lower electricity costs for no cost. However, this same four step process is good, whether we’re talking about battery storage, land and leases, onsite solar and beyond. So, regardless, we run the same process for the full gamut of commercial solar and we make it as easy as possible.

So, scrolling down, we always just like to get straight into the details, and so typically people want to know all right, well, what do I get? Who’s this for, who else is in it? And so, really diving into it again, what you get is access to guaranteed lower future electricity costs and 30 days or less and again, this is for community solar. And so what we’re actually doing is turning back to you using our process for the Bob. We’re turning back in a proposal with your first year savings estimate.

So, again, we’re going to go do all of the sourcing, all of the legwork required to find the best possible project, and then we’re going to give you a proposal that says, hey, this is how much you’re expected to say year one if markets stay the same. We don’t like to project savings beyond that, because we really don’t know what energy markets are going to look like. Right, the price of electricity is always changing, and so we can give a snapshot of year one, and, of course, we can just multiply that by the savings in year one across the entire light to the agreement. That’s a good snapshot, but not necessarily an accurate piece of information, because, again, we don’t know what’s going to happen to the energy markets, unless you’re locked in for your electricity prices for 10 years at a time, which typically is not the case. There’s really no good way to do that, which is why we now give people a year, one savings proposal and again you’re going to get a proposal. You’re also going to get done for you execution.

So again, the alternative is if you wanted to do community solar for yourself, you can log into the marketplace or you can go, try to speak to five to 10 developers, and now you’re going from two hours or less of work using our process to probably 10 to 20 minimum, and that’s no guarantee that you’re going to actually be able to execute, because, again, you are a municipality, a manufacturer, you’re something other than a sustainability company, and so one of the big value props here is that you don’t have to pay us a dollar to do our work, because we work as extensions to these solar developers. We know what the process looks like, we know what it takes to get you approved, so you might as well just let us do everything for you, and so that was kind of the philosophy behind it. And so, again, in less than 30 days, you’re getting everything done for you so that you need access to lower electricity costs. You’re getting proposals so you can see exactly how much you’re going to save your first year. You’re getting a press release.

I mean, if you choose to work with us, we have local networks and national networks. You know, we’ve been seen on ABC, nbc, major news. Our major news organizations are picking up our work, which you can scroll to do at the bottom and kind of see which you know, scroll back up and we’ll get back to. But we’re getting picked up by major networks. And so, a bonus, as working with us again doesn’t cost you a single thing, we’ll write up a press release for you, so then you can then use that for your digital marketing strategy. You can put it in newspapers and really just let people know, let your customers know, that you’re an organization that believes in sustainability. And then, lastly, as far as support, email, phone, zoom text, linkedin however, you guys want to communicate with us, we are agnostic to the platform and we provide customer support to answer any questions at any time of day, right? So if you hit one of us up in the middle of the night, we may not get back to you until the morning, but we are open as far as our availability and making time to get our clients questions answered.

Now, andy, I’m going to pass it back over to you. Do you want to get into? Who is this for? Yeah, so really this is for any commercial property who wants to make that particular property more for.

So, at the end of the day, the number one I’d say probably the number one thing that every business owner is dealing with right now that is a huge threat to their business and really something that probably keeps them up at night is just the rising cost of everything, electricity being a huge, huge focus on that. We’ve seen markets go up 400% for electricity costs over the past 18 to 24 months, which is just how does this something we thought we’d never see? Obviously, that stuff can happen at any given time, but this is really the only way to spend zero dollars to try to head start inflation as much as humanly possible and bring those costs back into a management or manageable solution. Hedging against that electricity cost is huge because, no matter what they see, you be going up every single year and being able to basically apply a coupon to that particular electric bill to just guarantee yourself some type of savings, is huge. And to me, solar is the only thing in the energy space that will guarantee you savings on that particular bill, which is a huge bonus. Now there’s a lot of people that, do you know, they’ll hedge their electric rates. They’ll go to an energy supplier, lock in that particular rate for like to go to, said, not 10 years, but usually one to three, maybe five years, but that energy supplier is never going to tell you that they’re going to guarantee savings money. It’s still. It’s like the stock market you say to. You know where it’s going to go and you could, you know, freeze it here with the hopes that it doesn’t go above that, but it also could go back down. Community solar is just a flat coupon that gets applied to that electric bill. That gives you a guaranteed percentage, no matter what the energy cost is. So it’s guaranteed to bring that down.

And the bigger aspect here is community solar is only available because we’re trying to clean the energy. That’s the reality I’m sure everybody has seen. You know, regardless of what your views are, there’s a huge focus on climate change right now and trying to do everything we can as a human race to do our share of not making such a big impact on the earth. Right? And you know, like I said, whether your views go whatever way on there, we could always do that. And by introducing community solar to the marketplace, it allows people that can’t go solar on their particular property to access a solar farm and participate in, you know, offsetting their electric usage on a solar farm to then pump that energy back into the solar, into the audit grid to, you know, inject as much green energy into the communities as possible.

And you know that’s the big play here is being able to be a part of that movement, to know that you’re doing something for your local community to take the reliance off of fossil fuels and inject more green energy to the grid. And over time we’re going to see that grow and grow and grow. And you know, from there it’s kind of a ripple effect. There are tons of high paying jobs are going to be created to help people in that in your specific community, because somebody has to maintain these solar farms engineers, electricians, somebody has to build them. You have all different types of construction jobs that are created by building these assets and many have operation amenities of those assets long-term. So it’s doing so many things in the community that are going to be for the good and it should really make people feel good about getting involved on top of the discount that is gonna impact their bottom line. So, as a whole, I think it’s just a fantastic opportunity for ever state that’s involved.

Really well said, yeah. And again, just to summarize, it is for people who recognize that, hey, we’re in business. Business is an infinite game. It goes forever. You don’t win at business and if you do, that’s just a metric that you’ve made up because business keeps going. And so if you wanna remain profitable and sustainable, this is for you. If you want to create a gap between you and rising electric costs, which, for large consumers of electric, is their largest overhead expense, this is for you. And again, it’s for people and organizations who care, wanna make a positive impact and make their local communities a better place. So let’s get into who is in it.

And so, again, we’re gonna show you a couple brands. Some you may recognize, some you may not. Some are national retailers, some are local to the community, community servant leaders, nonprofits, and again, we’ve already gone over the process above. We essentially take our process and we pair it with whoever we’re working with. So, again, the same way we were able to save $59,000 in year one for mattress firm was the same process. We used to save an average of 53,000 year one with the bullet wage.

And so, for example, the voyage is a nonprofit, it’s a senior living community. We are just finishing up with them and finalizing it, so they are our latest client. We’re super excited to release the case study, but you guys are seeing it first here. We were able to get them access to over $50,000 in savings year one. They were originally working with somebody else for community solar when I had called them and they were about to save $15,000 a year in their year one savings and we were able to run our process and literally I don’t know almost three to four exit for them.

And so again, we work with national retailers, we work with nonprofits, we also work with public housing, and so on one of our last podcasts we mentioned how we got LCHA Lawrence County Housing Authority, which is the fast pass case study to the right. We got them access to $40,000 in savings year one. And we’ve also done a deal with the towers, which is a HUD property in upstate New York, and we got them access to $50,000 in savings year one Now for free right. So people are paying $0 and in less than 30 days they’re getting access to guaranteed savings and we’re maximizing that opportunity for them, and it requires less than two hours of their time. So I’m there and so if you keep scrolling, go ahead. Andy, didn’t mean to cut you off.

Just to add on to that, what Dakota had mentioned and alluded to with a lot of these companies were looking at different three to three solar deals and in most of these cases we were able to bring back something that was just way more impact. As you saw in the case study that Nathaniel had shown before, the towers had looked at a 10% agreement on those days in the past. We brought them back one. The voyage had looked at a. Was it a 10% test count? To start, dakota, it was a 5%, 5% discount. We were able to bring them back a 50% discount through the Illinois Solar for All program, which is niched down for their particular types of organizations. So these people and these organizations were just so blown away by what our process was able to do for them by leveraging the right people and the right relationships to take care of this for you.

Not all community solar companies and community solar consultants are the same. Some have better access to the right organizations and the right programs. That could make a huge impact Way bigger of an impact than something that you just see on the internet. And that’s why it’s so important to really work with the experts in space, which we like to think of ourselves as the experts in the space, because we’ve been doing this for so long and we have the right relationships to tackle anything in the space. And that is just living proof on why you should work with community solar authority and trust your business or your property in our hands, because we’re going to do everything in our power to bring you back at the biggest impact possible. That’s what wakes us up in the morning, guys.

I love knowing that I’m able to take that type of opportunity and magnify it for somebody, especially for a senior living community. I mean, everybody has grandparents, right? Some of these grandparents are staying in those homes and if we could provide that particular property more resources to reinvest into that property to make somebody’s life better, that is huge to us and same thing with the other properties that we’ve taken care of. They’re going to use those funds to impact the lives of the people that need it the most, whether it’s the low income community, who are already struggling as it is and could use some help to make their life quality better. Or, you know, like the senior living community that I mentioned before, we are servants at heart.

I think that we all love to help people on this call. We feel good about it. It’s something that we feel good about in life, knowing that we’re making an impact in a more meaningful way than just dollars. I mean, dollars are what runs the world in a lot of scenarios, so it’s nice to do both, but it’s really the service that probably hits all of us on this call harder than any money ever would, and it’s just really cool that we can make that kind of an impact and blow away expectations with people who are already well versed in space and they’re like oh, how did you guys do this and that’s just what we do. No, I love it, and I think it also speaks to the whole point that sustainability goes beyond environmental right, and again, I think this is a theme we’ve mentioned before where there are many pillars to sustainability, environmental being one of them, and important. But beyond that, you know, we’re here to take care of our community, and that includes business sustainability, social sustainability and human sustainability, on top of commercial solar being obviously environmental. And so we took our process, we built an organization, community solar authority, on the back of the idea that we can make a positive impact on all of these pillars.

Getting back into it, you can see, here we serve large CNI properties. So, again, these are local businesses, these are hospitality groups in, you know, my hometown of Oswego, with Broadwell hospitality group, for example, eurofins is a national brand, scientific company, jacob’s is a Native American reservation or, excuse me, it’s a tobacco company on a Native American reservation in upstate New York. United Wire, local manufacturing and, as you can see, with the many more success stories below you’ll see examples. You know municipalities, banks, manufacturing, property management groups, national brands, and so, again, the intention of building this page is to show you guys just flat out, the social proof.

We are working with every type of commercial property imaginable. We are niched down into those consumers of electricity who are using a lot of it, because those are the people that we have found have the most pain. Again, if electricity is your main overhead cost and it goes up by 5%, 10%, you know, in some cases 20 to 30% rate increases, that is what can put you out of business. And so, again, we apply our fast pass process to the highest leverage place which are working with the people who pay the most amount in electricity, because those are the organizations that are using the most. So I hope that this page was all encompassing and really allowed you guys to see that, hey, there are many organizations like yours on this page. Again, whether you are a municipality, in real estate or otherwise, our process can help you in less than 30 days, access, lower future electricity costs guaranteed. And so, again, you may have seen us on ABC, you may have seen us on NBC, you’re going to see us on a lot more than that, moving forward. And this page also features FAQs, which we won’t get into today. But if you want a copy of this page, you can go to community solar authoritycom, shoot us an email that is going to be info at community solar authoritycom. We can get you a copy of this page so that you can open up the FAQs. Or if you want to have a chat. You can send that same email over to info at community solar authoritycom. We will set up a zoom call and we will meet with your organization to get this process started.

Thank you guys, so much for tuning into this part of the podcast, and so now we’re going to transition into the fun part. We’ve got some carbouts that we want to talk about. As far as what’s going on in our personal lives, we believe in building our brand and really letting you guys know more about who we are. Andrew, I want to kick it off with you. You’re just getting back from vacation. Tell us about where you went and some of the crazy stuff that happened to you. Well, it was a fun one.

So I brought my whole family down to Blue Ridge, georgia, which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains northwestern part of Georgia. It’s kind of connected to the Smokies technically a different mountain range, but all encompassing its appellation and a lot of people have never heard of Blue Ridge. Even the locals are starting to get a little upset that more people are starting to catch wind of it, because it is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever, and this is my second consecutive summer heading down there. My father-in-law and I are huge fly trisham and we love it. I love to be in the water, love to wade in the streams and in the rivers and just kind of be out there at six o’clock in the morning and watch the world wake up and kind of see the fog of the river and the mountains and the backdrop. I mean it is as serene as it possibly could get. So it’s been about two weeks down there no cell service. I was really off the grid and luckily I have two awesome business partners who pick up the slat for me and kind of made sure that everything stayed running on my end. But it’s gorgeous and if you ever have the chance to get down to Blue Ridge I highly recommend it. It’s not just about fishing some of the best national forests in the country, very desolate, wilderness, dirt roads, creeps, streams, animal life I mean you name it and it’s there. I don’t know, but one of my last days there. This is probably the highlight of the trip, which is really funny.

So my family wanted to go see some waterfalls. None of the big falls, yeah, a lot of. So we went to two waterfalls in one day after we spent the day at the beach, and the first one was about four or five miles down a dirt road. I had to cross two creeps in a small SUV, which was interesting. Not on Google did they tell you that you had to literally drive through two creeps, but thankfully I have all the drive. I mean I’m no regular, but we made it through. So the first one was deep in the forest. I mean you had to really get there. And so the waterfall.

I have almost three year old son, luca. He’s awesome, and before we went I told him we were going to go bear hunting. The whole time, I mean, our house was on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, overlooking everything, and he just wanted to walk around the property and say, hey, let’s, I’m searching for bears, because he’s super hurt into animals and he was really, you know, kind of sad that he hadn’t seen a bear. So the first waterfall didn’t see anything other than a beautiful scenery. Then we left and before we got to that first waterfall I had given my, my wife, my, a can of bear spray, because earlier in the trip my father of all had went deep into the forestry creek and, you know, decided to fish this little creek called Cuckoo Creek and I saw bear tracks everywhere. I saw a mountain lion paw about this big, all super fresh, probably, even the last hour. I’m an avid outdoorsman. I was checking everything out. I’m like, hey, this probably kind of stupid, we are not smart. We’re fishing in bear territory and lion territory and we have no meat of the fence. So we didn’t say that very long. But on this particular waterfall trip I made sure I brought bear mace swung on her little one strap book bag that she had. It’s accessible, it’s safe. So you know, if I had my son in the wilderness, I’m going to make sure that those precautions are made.

So we go to the next spot, which is still in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Mind you, it’s a very large forest but it doesn’t feel like you’re in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It’s a little lake off a main road. You know there’s still forest everywhere. But we get to the waterfall and we get to this little viewing area with like a man-made wooden platform that you stand on to view it and my son’s freaking out looking at the waterfall and having a blast. And I’m scanning the wilderness like I usually do.

Like I said, I’m an added-off doorman and I see Tree moving a little more than it should and I was like, oh, something big. Then I see the black is behind it. I’m like, oh, wow, that’s a big black bear, probably three, three to four hundred pounds. It was big. And it’s walking up my, up the stream side, like the, the cliff side on the opposite side of the creek, about 50 yards away, not very far. And I’m like, look a look a bear. Finally found him a bear. So he starts y’all, you know, the three-year-old sees the bear in the woods, has no idea what that means. So, as this is happening, the bear steps, turns around and starts walking back towards us as slightly faster-paced it was going up them up.

And I turn to my wife and I’m like, okay, you got the bear spray right. And she looks at me. She’s four months pregnant. So she’s like no, it’s in the car. It was kind of heavy and I was like, what do you mean? It’s in the car? This is not the time. She said well, it was a lake.

I didn’t think we’re in the forest, woman, what are we doing here? And, needless to say, I scooped up my son and ran up the mountain side, back up the trailhead, just to kind of throw the opposite way because we’re in the middle of nowhere. Now there’s probably people a couple hundred yards away, no peace here in us in that forest, and I’m not sticking around to find out if okay wants to play, just not doing that. And and I got probably 50 yards back on the trail that I’d heard like a snarl growl coming from the bear. He’s pretty pissed off that we were in that area and this time of year you really got to be careful.

Usually black bears are. They’re a lot more free to you than you are of them in most. Most scenarios is not like a brown bear which you have to worry about, it being like a territorial dispute. But if a black bear has cubs, your screw and they will Come after you. So I didn’t stick around long enough to mind out, I didn’t. And as after we got out of the forest we got away safely, thank God, my son’s, you know cracking up because we were, you know, sprinting up this mountain side, four wives four months pregnant, running and he’s like Thomas, eight pair of yes, yes, crazy it was wow.

0:28:54 – Andy
So gotta be careful. Your story is making me sweat, andy. It was awesome it was cool.

0:29:01 – Dakota
We’re guys who recently was in a bear in a forest, but that was probably the biggest black bear by like two times that I’ve ever seen in. I’ve seen a bunch of them in Pennsylvania but they’re usually small under fifty two hundred five pounds. This is a big boy. He was moving probably a I don’t know 15, 18 foot like tree Side to side, something that was probably a couple of years stick and he was moving it like it was not a tree. So, yeah, it was real do. And after we left he’s actually got a picture of just a picture from there in a zoom and we got out of the forest and look at it. You could see a clear outline of this various face just staring at us from behind. This little bush that it was behind. Wow, I was right, disathom. Well, we’re glad that you live to tell the tale and that You’re back. We missed you over the last couple weeks, but I’m glad that you made the time to do that with your family, Keeping the tradition alive. I know you did that last year as well and that’s just super cool that you get to do that Funny story too.

I was just talking to one of our partners over in New York, right, and you know who it is, but I won’t mention my podcast. But His cousin lives in McKay, still Georgia, which is where that pizzeria is that I told you about, and I was literally debating on going to this restaurant at heels. It’s a, it’s like a barry grill right on the river. They sell like Super fresh trout, which trout is like world-class fishing down there. You’ll have some of the best trout you’ve ever had in your life. You enjoy it. Zero fishing is the whole game.

Yeah, it’s this cousin’s restaurant and I was literally debating on going there to get fish to take home and and I was telling the story about the bear and he goes. You were in Blue Ridge. That cousin lives down there. Man, that’s a small world. I go next time I’m going in there. I’m going drop your name and say, hey, where’s he at? They’re gonna be like who is this guy? How do you know them? But so we keep really funny. Love it, you, love it. See, you’re cool. So Now, what’s going on in your world? Anything you’re, uh, you’re up to these days.

0:31:06 – Andy
Yeah, we got a whole bunch of good stuff going on at the homestead, but everything’s just kind of in process right now. But I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite podcasts, which is the acquired podcast, and it’s where these two guys just go in depth on one company. So They’ll do a tremendous amount of research and they’ll probably put together a podcast like anywhere between two and four hours. I’m just one company, so they go through the NFL, which was a fascinating podcast Nintendo, sega, amazon Web Services, lvmh.

I love oh, it’s gold and I just eat it up, man. But this is this is actually where I got the carve-outs idea from for our podcast, because these guys they go through a big long episode and then they start talking about the video games that they’ve been playing, or just these some do tool that they purchased on Amazon or something, and it’s always interesting stuff. So I said what the heck, let’s bring this to our podcast and Put it out there, and that’s what I’m sharing with y’all. Acquired podcast is one of my favorites that I listened to consistently.

0:32:24 – Dakota
Now we’ve also got some exciting news about a tournament. You are participating.

0:32:29 – Andy
Ha ha ha yes, great, great reminder, thank you. We have a minor league pick, a ball team. It’s myself, my wife and two friends, and we will be. New York Solar Authority will be sponsoring our team. It will be playing in our first tournament in, I Think, late August in New Bromphills, texas.

0:32:57 – Dakota
So or in this four v four tournaments then? Or is it 2v2 with subs?

0:33:02 – Andy
so, great question Minor league take a ball is a little different, or major league pick up, whatever. Whatever you want to call it. It’s a different format in that it’s teams, so it’s doubles. However, you play, I think, four matches and then, let’s say, they’re tied at the end of those four matches, so it’s two and two. You will then go to a dream breaker match, which is what a singles match will be. So we’ll each have to play a singles match versus the other, the other individuals on the team and I have not played that much singles. I played a lot of doubles in my life. Yeah, I know, that is one thing. We got to practice a lot before our tournament. So what will be? Uh, what’s the team name? Our team name. Great question is homegrown pickles. My wife Farley and I grow our own Q-tumbers and we we have been pickling like crazy this summer a little bit, so we said a little play on words homegrown pickles. So I’ll be sharing y’all the logo with y’all and the t-shirts also we’re gonna make we’ll actually have jerseys.

0:34:23 – Dakota
So yeah, I’m super excited for that and I definitely had to mention it Bastille up to now and his team and, um, yeah, I’m super excited to have CSA bring on the gold on that one, so base loves it. I’m I’m not doing much. Um, you know I I was talking to Nat for the podcast. I’m going through 75 hard right now, which is a mental toughness program. This is going to be the second time that I’ve done it, so I did it one time with my girlfriend a couple years ago and I am re-dissiting it this year. I’m set to finish two days before my 30th birthday. First time I did it, I got absolutely shredded. I think that I’m going to have great results and similarly this time around. So I’m really excited for that. And that aside, I actually need to start preparing, for I’ve started doing a think tank within our master mind in upstate New York.

So shout out to profound mastermind um Ben with those guys since the inception of it and it’s really just, we got a hundred of the you know best and brightest entrepreneurs in central New York region, upstate New York. Really, we’ve got guys from everywhere in upstate and we get everybody together and one of the things that we do is we started a think tank session and so we really dive deep into. You know, last month we talked about offers and sustainable business growth. This week, uh, or this month rather, we’re talking about content creation, which is, you know, what we’re doing right now and so really excited to get into that stuff. We are diving deep and really making sure people are walking away with actionable steps. You know, I think a lot of times people will try to get together and kind of create results but not necessarily have the blueprinter map to get there. And so the same way that we built csa in our process, where it’s like, hey, what’s the four-step process we can run for everybody. You know we follow a blueprint for these think tank sessions where people can walk away and actually make progress in their life and business.

So really excited to get into that and that’s that’s what I got going on in my world, so wanted to definitely make time to shout out those guys and other than that guys just wanted to give a big shout out to you, our listeners. Thank you so much for listening. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a positive rating or review. You can connect with all of us on linkedin by searching community solar authority. Hit us up with questions and we will see you next time. Thank you for jumping on. We’ll see you, guys on the other side. Thank you everybody. Thanks, bye, guys.

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