Jeff Flath, president and CEO of eNow Inc., launched his alternative-energy technology company in 2011 as a way to make the world a better place by driving savings through environmentally sound technology in the trucking and transportation industry.
The former president of The Cooley Group is a member of the New England Clean Energy Councils Rhode Island board and co-host of Renewable Now Radio and TV programs that focus on the “business side of green.”
The eNow front man talked to Providence Business News about his company, its unique technology and the future of the alternative energy industry.
PBN: Could you explain a little bit about your technology?
FLATH: eNow has designed our panels specifically for transportation applications and have built in features that will enable these panels to produce power, even if the panels are partially shaded.
PBN: What makes your solar technology unique?
FLATH: What I said above. We have also designed these panels with safety features built in, in case the vehicle is in an accident.
PBN: Can you tell us about your recent partnership with the Arpin Group?
FLATH: The Arpin Group has been Beta testing the eNow system for the last two and a half years. According to Aprin, the eNow system has exceeded their expectations in producing more power and saving more money in operating costs than they expected.
PBN: Why do you think now is the right time for alternative energy?
FLATH: With unstable fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions increasing, it is clear to customers that they need to invest in technology that will lower their operating costs, and technology that will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PBN: How do you envision growth in the alternative energy technology industry in the U.S. in the next decade?
FLATH: You may know that the U.S. government has established a goal of becoming 100 percent energy independent by the year 2020. With transportation currently representing over 20 percent of the U.S.’s annual energy cost, we believe alternative energy technology in the transportation industry is ready to explode.