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Titiaan Palazzi

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As a Manager on Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Program, Titiaan helps small utilities, municipalities, and corporates to procure 0.5–5 MW solar at much lower costs, making clean energy affordable to more North Americans. Titiaan is responsible for Shine’s projects in Texas and the Southeast (including North Carolina).

BACKGROUND

Titiaan joined Rocky Mountain Institute in 2014, as Special Aide to Amory Lovins. Before moving to Colorado, Titiaan founded Cool Schools, an initiative to install solar PV on elementary schools; and Kairos Society the Netherlands, a network of young, impact-driven entrepreneurs. As an engineering undergraduate student, Titiaan co-founded Bodega Ksi, a high-end catering company.

Titiaan briefly worked with Nest Labs to develop product specs for the German market; with FirstFuel Software on data science and interface design; and with Infosys to identify opportunities for energy efficiency and onsite renewables in India.

Titiaan loves to foster environments in which people can learn. He has co-taught energy seminars at Stanford University, Olin College, and MIT; and led a hackathon at MIT Medialab’s India Initiative in Mumbai. He is a founding team member of Spokes America, an annual cross-U.S. bicycle trip in which college students teach hands-on engineering classes to teenagers.

EDUCATION & AWARDS

M.Sc., Sustainable Energy Technologies,Delft University of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology and ETH Zürich

LOCATION

New York City

TWITTER HANDLE

@titiaan_palazzi

WHY I LOVE WORKING AT RMI

“I am inspired by the joy and commitment with which RMI colleagues spend each day fully focused on accelerating the shift to a clean energy economy.”

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Distribution-Scale Solar Goes Big in Texas

Texas has long been known as the capital of oil and gas. And over the past decade it added so much wind power that if Texas were a country, it would be the world’s fourth-largest wind producer. Looking back at the past few years, a fourth energy trend can…

Outlet Blog Post

The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, and powering lifesaving…

Outlet Blog Post

Solar Embrace

More than a year ago, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced its Shine Program would focus on community-scale solar. We claimed that community-scale solar could be procured at costs close to utility-scale solar, unlocking a 5–30 GW market by 2020. However, we could not have predicted the success of our initial…

Outlet Blog Post

The Many Flavors of Community-Scale Solar

Community-scale solar has the potential to become the next market segment to present a real gigawatt-scale growth opportunity, as outlined in RMI’s recent insight brief. So far, the growth of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the U.S. has been concentrated in two markets. One is residential rooftop solar, which is…

insight

The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How “Flexiwatts” Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid

In this report we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in…

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Micropower Database 2015

2015 Edition: The purpose of the micropower database is to present a clear, rigorous, and independent assessment of the global capacity and electrical output of micropower (all renewables, except large hydro, and cogeneration), showing its development over time and documenting all data and assumptions. With minor exceptions, this information is…

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The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How “Flexiwatts” Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid (Executive Summary)

In this report we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in…