We had the good fortune of connecting with Quincy Holloway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quincy, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The War On Normal People by Andrew Yang. Reading this book gave me a prescient understanding of just how difficult, if not impossible it will be to rescue our middle and lower class from the chasm of our not at all distant economic future. He has a decade long view of what the “Elephant” looks like from being allowed to touch all aspects of our economy and workforce, not just the trunk, or leg. This along with other ideas in the book resonated with me as I feel like I’ve been fortunate to see the elephant of electric mobility and renewable energy from many sides. This vantage point over the last 12 years has given me a better view of the future that I wish to reside in. It’s given me a periscope out of the smog and into the world beyond internal combustion.This view has allowed me to position 3Billion, Karōshi, and RaEV at vantage a point where affordable sustainability is finally deliverable. While the concept of Yang’s “Freedom Dividend” got somewhat derided in his presidential campaign, I think it’s noteworthy to see how helpful these monthly stipends would have been if implemented in a Yang administration now. Not to mention the VAT, or value added tax would have been our collective financial returns on investments made into companies like Amazon, Microsoft and others profiting tremendously during the pandemic. Instead we get to watch ol’ Red and Blue toss their expired and tired-ass tropes back and forth at each other. yay.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
3Billion Renewables is focused on providing alternative solar energy system design to commercial properties via covered parking. Our Solports branded solar carports make the addition of RaEV’s level 2 ev charging stations a more affordable to install and scale. Karōshi Development expands on the tradition of placing sustainability first, sometimes with the addition of Solports, but not only solar, other energy efficient appliances and materials make up the colors of our design palette. There have been many ups and downs for me on this journey, the overall trend has been upward and in lock step with where we are as a people. We are collectively embracing the technologies, ideas and attitudes toward environmental stewardship, clean air initiatives and eMobility that my companies are positioned to accommodate, and accelerate the supply and demand of products and services. No matter the budget my customers have, I try to position some level of sustainable technology in their properties’ future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First up, Double Wide Bar for Yoohoo Yahoos! then we would swing down to Lee Harvey’s for a taste of their deliscious pub grub and a tour through the Cedars. I’d have to stop by GoodWorks for a look at the best damn coworking space probably anywhere. A quick jog back to Deep Ellum for a slice of Serious pizza and a few rounds at Three Links. Day two would be start with some outdoor strolling in the Cliff. Maybe shopping at DLM Supply, a coffee at Davis Street Espresso followed by a jaunt over to Fort Worth for lunch at Heims, record shopping at Panther City Vinyl and Doc’s Records and a trip through Trinity park before setting up at Lola’s for live music and stiff drinks and great mates!. We’d finish the weekend back in Dallas visiting my absolute favorite, Singlewide Bar. The jukebox and bartenders are equally phenomenal and just close enough to a plethora of shops and eateries each worth a look. Monday brings the work week, where we would post up at the Karōshi Development office on Swiss Avenue. We would network and review upcoming Karōshi, 3Billion and RaEV projects, taking a break to enjoy Tendril coffee and lunch with Two Sisters Catering.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Going over the list of names of all of the people who’ve helped me maintain a steady aim and stride towards the inevitable, I quickly realize that I am still lucky enough to be in contact with them on the regular. From those generous with their extra funds, business wisdom and willingness to let me hold the wheel, to those generous with a gracious ear and the ability to keep their eye’s from glazing over while I drone on endlessly about Level 2 charging, or solar investment tax credits, PACE lending or otherwise. It’s a long list that keeps growing, with different people topping it at different phases and stages. Most of all I acknowledge a few loved ones that we lost along the way. Jayson Wortham, Scott Staab, & Tanner Murphy all hold a place in my heart as brothers on the side of inspiration, sage wisdom, and the righteousness of supporting family and friends with a dream of making a mark in this flash of brilliance we call life.
Aerial photo of Solports courtesy of Tommy Linaman