Energy Retrofit Policy Spotlight: Interview with Barry Cinnamon Posted on Oct 12, 2021
Last month, we began a series exploring policies that would solve the problem of the excessively high cost and long timeline required to retrofit existing buildings to become “net zero emission” properties. In this article, you can read our first interview with leading industry expert Barry Cinnamon.
Currently, Mr. Cinnamon runs Cinnamon Energy, a solar and storage installation company based in the Silicon Valley region of California. Over the last 40 years, Mr. Cinnamon has led a publicly traded solar installer, manufacturer and distributor, designed a rackless solar mounting system, served on the Boards of CALSSA and SEIA, and helped create critical sections of the California Solar Rights Act.
Policies that decrease utility delays and costs to upgrade individual and neighborhood electrical infrastructure would dramatically accelerate the clean energy retrofit market.
In our interview with Mr. Cinnamon, he noted that significant utility delays and costs are one of the largest obstacles facing the clean-energy retrofit market. He thinks that if property owners want to “do it all,” cleantech retrofits must be done in succession, beginning with upgrading the properties’ electrical infrastructure. For instance, if a property owner wants to net zero their property, this means that first they must plan ahead to make sure that the building’s electric infrastructure can handle the increased load needed for a retrofit.
Clean technologies now exist, but the skills to install them often cannot be found.