Solar + Storage – Opportunities and Innovations

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Sohan Das (EVS, Inc.)
The Solar industry has come a long way since the mid 2000’s and has become a mainstream source of energy in the recent years. In-fact it is the fastest growing new energy being added to the United States Electric grid in the recent years. It is also the most significant job-creator of any energy source in US. The Solar Energy market has benefitted from constant innovations that has brought the price of Solar installations down about 80% in the last 15 years.

It’s very well known that Solar is an intermittent source of Energy and the last piece of puzzle to make solar and wind energy become completely self-sufficient is adding energy storage. The story of energy storage is similar to Solar. It has been around for a long time but its finally becoming cost efficient and mainstream. Besides providing back up power for solar and wind, energy storage provides numerous other benefits that will be covered in the presentation. The presentation will cover different battery technologies and will tie the two industries to other industries. The presentation will also touch on how software and big data will play a huge part in this energy transformation over the next few decades.

Sohan Das is the Director of Solar at EVS, Inc. Sohan joined EVS in 2014 and helped start the Solar group in the company. He is a seasoned Solar energy veteran having worked in the industry for over 10 years. At EVS, he spearheads the design teams and has completed designs for more than 1.5 GW of Solar throughout the U.S. Sohan has helped grow the Electrical Group from just himself to about 30 people total within 5 years of inception. Sohan also helped EVS get into the Energy Storage market and to-date has completed designs for 8 Energy Storage projects with several more projects in the works. At EVS, Sohan is responsible for growing the group, managing clients, hiring new employees and developing current Solar team members, contract management, and overseeing the Solar team’s finances, engineering quality control and training. He is also responsible for steering the company into new markets such as Energy Storage.

Prior to joining EVS, Sohan had worked for Solar Developers and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors such as Safari Energy, Lanco Infratech and Wanzek Construction in the capacity of Solar Design/Development Engineer. He was responsible for the photovoltaic engineering design for solar projects of varying sizes from commercial rooftop solar to utility-scale projects. Sohan has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Architecture from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Shivaji University, India.