Compass COO, Michael Bourgeois, featured on Pensacola podcast “Pensacola Right Now”

As a renewable energy company, Compass Solar Energy is committed to helping Pensacola businesses and municipalities save money on their electric bills and reduce their carbon footprint by generating their own power from the sun. In a recent interview, our COO, Michael Bourgeois, discussed the challenges and benefits of switching to solar energy, as well as the trends shaping the industry. We’re excited to share this transcription with you as it highlights our mission and provides insights into the advantages of renewable energy. Whether you’re interested in the economic benefits or the environmental impact, this post will give you a glimpse into the world of solar power and our efforts to make it accessible and cost-effective for everyone.


Interviewer: Welcome back to Pensacola Right Now. Joining us now is Michael Bourgeois. He is the COO of Compass Solar Energy. Michael, thank you for joining us.


Michael Bourgeois: Thank you for having me.


Interviewer: So tell us a little bit about Compass Solar Energy and what you guys do.


Michael Bourgeois: So we are a renewable energy company based here in Pensacola, Florida. We focus on solar energy, specifically commercial-scale solar energy systems, and we help businesses and municipalities save money on their electric bills by generating their own power from the sun.


Interviewer: That’s interesting. So what are some of the challenges that you face when it comes to getting businesses and municipalities to switch over to solar energy?


Michael Bourgeois: Well, I think the biggest challenge is education. A lot of people don’t understand how solar energy works, they don’t understand the benefits, they don’t understand the economics of it. So we spend a lot of time educating people on the benefits of solar energy and helping them understand how it can be a cost-effective solution for their energy needs.


Interviewer: Yeah, that makes sense. And what about the cost? Is that still a big hurdle for a lot of businesses and municipalities?


Michael Bourgeois: Well, the cost has come down dramatically over the past few years, and solar energy is now often the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the country. So we’re finding that cost is becoming less and less of a barrier, especially when you consider the long-term savings that can be achieved.


Interviewer: And what kind of impact can switching to solar energy have on the environment?


Michael Bourgeois: Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of energy, so it has a very positive impact on the environment. By switching to solar energy, businesses and municipalities can reduce their carbon footprint and help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.


Interviewer: That’s great. And what are some of the trends that you’re seeing in the solar energy industry right now?


Michael Bourgeois: Well, one trend that we’re seeing is the move towards battery storage. With battery storage, businesses and municipalities can store excess solar energy generated during the day and use it at night or during periods of peak demand. This can help to further reduce energy costs and increase energy independence.


Interviewer: That’s interesting. And what’s next for Compass Solar Energy?


Michael Bourgeois: Well, we’re continuing to grow and expand our business. We’re also looking at new technologies and innovations that can help us to better serve our customers and make solar energy even more accessible and cost-effective.


Interviewer: Well, it sounds like you guys are doing some great work. Michael Bourgeois, COO of Compass Solar Energy, thank you so much for joining us.


Michael Bourgeois: Thank you for having me.