Meet Mike Rodriguez

Manager, Development

Mike leads Palladium’s greenfield development initiatives and provides support for the company’s development and commercial execution.

  1. What excites you the most about your role at Palladium?

Palladium, being a utility-scale solar and storage investor and developer, provides an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other developers. I firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats, and our knowledgeable team allows for us to think outside the box in creating unique partnership opportunities to produce the most efficient solutions towards origination, development, and financing renewable energy projects. 

  1. What do you see as the most significant tailwind in the renewables industry?

With the recent enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, we find ourselves in what I consider to be the most interesting time in solar energy’s history – so far! The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has both increased in amount and duration, which will allow for exponential growth of solar and storage infrastructure in the United States.

  1. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the renewables industry and how do you think we can solve it?

This industry is no stranger to challenges. In fact, they don’t call it a solar-coaster for nothing! With the increase in benefits allocated the development of renewable energies, one potential issue is the lack of available capacity within the transmission lines. To overcome this challenge, it is now more important than ever for seasoned renewable energy professionals to perform more extensive preliminary due diligence to ensure that we invest in not only efficiently designed systems, but also in areas that best support local infrastructure. 

  1. What is your favorite quote?

“Three rules of work:
Out of clutter find simplicity.
From discord find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”

–  Albert Einstein

  1. What is a recent great read you’d like to share?

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. A fantastical story of adventure and self-exploration of the protagonist, as he travels endlessly in pursuit of his purpose. Coelho brilliantly writes the book in a way that allows the reader to relate to different elements of the protagonist’s story based on the reader’s experiences on their own path. One of my favorite quotes from the book reads

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

  1. What is a secret talent or fun hobby you do outside of developing solar?

There is nothing quite as relaxing as finding myself on a golf course on a beautiful day. During my off time at the range, I often find myself sharpening my shot to finally rid myself of my persistent slice.