President and CEO,
Doyle is the President and CEO of NRG Solar and an ...more ›
Doyle is the President and CEO of NRG Solar and an Executive Vice President at NRG Energy. Doyle was instrumental in building NRG Solar into the largest solar company in the country from an equity ownership perspective. He transitioned the company from a start-up utility-solar development company into one of the most diverse solar companies in the business focused on both utility and distributed solar. In addition, Doyle brought engineering, procurement, construction and manufacturing into NRG Solar in order to meet his objective of best-in-market installed cost.
Joining NRG in 2009 as President of NRG Solar, Doyle has more than 25 years of domestic and international energy industry experience that includes engineering design, development, asset management, M&A, and substantial P&L ownership. As Executive Vice President of Global Development at BrightSource Energy Inc., he led efforts to secure one of the largest portfolios of power purchase agreements in the solar industry and has also held senior management positions with InterGen and Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Raffi Garabedian joined First Solar in 2008 as Director ...more ›
Raffi Garabedian joined First Solar in 2008 as Director of Disruptive Technologies, and was promoted to Vice President of Advanced Technologies in 2010, overseeing the Company’s advanced research and development operations in Santa Clara, California, and was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining First Solar, he was founder and CEO of Touchdown Technologies, a semiconductor test equipment company. Prior to that, Mr. Garabedian worked in the semiconductor and microelectromechanical systems industries for over 15 years, developing new products ranging from automotive sensors to telecommunications switching systems, and holds more than 20 issued patents in these fields. Mr. Garabedian earned a BSEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and an MSEE degree from the University of California at Davis.
President of Regions,
Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, regions and ...more ›
Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, regions and is responsible for the company’s global residential, commercial, utilities and power plants business, including sales, business development, customer operations, sales and finance operations, and engineering, procurement and construction. Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group. Previously, he was SunPower president, utility and power plant (UPP), and from 2007 through 2009, Wenger served as president, global business units, where he helped grow SunPower’s sales more than 500 percent. Prior to the company’s acquisition of PowerLight Corporation in 2007, Wenger held positions at PowerLight as executive vice president and a member of its board, and as vice president, North American Business, for AstroPower, Inc (acquired by General Electric.) During his career in the solar and utility power field, Wenger has authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar power and developed software programs and tools still in use today. Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Chief Operating Officer,
As Chief Operating Officer, Tanguy Serra oversees every ...more ›
As Chief Operating Officer, Tanguy Serra oversees every facet of SolarCity's residential solar service delivery, from installation and maintenance to customer account management. Prior to SolarCity, Tanguy was the CEO of Vivint Solar, a company he co-founded in 2011 and grew into one of the largest residential solar providers in the U.S. in less than two years. Vivint Solar was acquired by the Blackstone Group in October 2012. Prior to his time at Vivint, Tanguy served for seven years as a vice president at TPG Capital, a global private investment firm with $48 billion of capital under management. He led TPG's investments in a range of companies in Europe, Asia and North America during his tenure. Prior to joining TPG, Tanguy successively served on Merrill Lynch's energy investment banking team, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the bank's private equity division. He has served on the boards of the TDF Group, an operator of shared facilities and terrestrial networks in Europeand HKE, a leading Chinese renewable energy company. Tanguy holds a bachelor's degree from ESCP in Paris.
President of Global Services,
Mr. McLanahan is the President of Global Services for ...more ›
Mr. McLanahan is the President of Global Services for SunEdison. Global Services provides comprehensive Asset Management and O&M services to PV owners around the world. The portfolio of assets under management currently exceeds 1,900MW. Mr. McLanahan was one of the original founders of the solar development company Renewable Ventures in 2005, which became FRV US and was acquired by SunEdison in the third quarter of 2011. Mr. McLanahan was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and closing external solar project opportunities for the company to complement internal development activities. Previously, Mr. McLanahan was at Gap Inc. for seven years in corporate finance. Prior to that, he was on the EMEA financial planning team for Compaq Computer in Munich, Germany. He has more than ten years of business planning experience in corporate and startup environments. Mr. McLanahan has a Masters Degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in International Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
PSEG Power Ventures
Diana L. Drysdale was named Vice President - Renewables ...more ›
Diana L. Drysdale was named Vice President - Renewables of PSEG Energy Holdings in January 2010. Since joining the company in 2008, she has been responsible for the strategic growth and operations of PSEG’s unregulated solar subsidiary which includes both development and acquisition of a number of utility scale solar facilities across the country. Ms. Drysdale was named President of PSEG Solar Source in September 2011.
In April 2011, Ms. Drysdale was named Vice President of PSEG Resources, where she assumed responsibility for PSEG Resources’ real estate portfolio of headquarters buildings, multi-tenant office buildings, shopping centers, and single stores located throughout the US which includes 46 properties totaling more than 7.5 million square feet. In this capacity she is responsible for ongoing management and strategic optimization of the portfolio including asset dispositions. She also assumed the lead of Resources’ environmental assets, primarily the Demand Management Company (energy conservation assets) and a co-investment in a flue gas desulphurization plant.
Ms. Drysdale brings broad experience in the energy and utilities sector in both regulated and unregulated businesses in the US and Canada. Before joining PSEG, Ms. Drysdale led the Enterprise Risk Management efforts at Limited Brands and prior to that at Northeast Utilities where she delivered a highly effective integrated ERM framework for both the regulated and unregulated energy businesses. She worked for seven years with ENMAX Corporation in Calgary, Canada where she held the positions of Vice President of Strategy and Risk Management and Vice President and Treasurer. At ENMAX she played a key role in the successful growth and operations of the company which included a number of renewable energy endeavors. Ms. Drysdale also worked for TransAlta Corporation in Calgary, Canada for seven years in various engineering and management roles which included significant experience with the company’s generation plants.
Ms. Drysdale holds a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in Alberta Canada; an MBA from Queen's School of Business in Ontario, Canada; and has completed the Finance for Senior Executives program from Harvard Business School. Since 1993, she has been a licensed professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta. She has served on several boards in both the US and Canada and has been a member of the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in New Jersey since 2008 and the G.I. Go Fund Board of Directors since 2011.
Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Minh Le is the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies ...more ›
Minh Le is the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he helps manage and balance a roughly $1B multi-year portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs to achieve the goals of the SunShot Initiative. The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy technologies fully cost-competitive with other forms of energy by reducing the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% before 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Prior to his current role at the DOE, Minh spent his career in the semiconductor and solar industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Minh earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT, where he held fellowships with DOE, the Department of Defense, and the Bose Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer,
Paul has over 20 years experience in both entrepreneurial ...more ›
Paul has over 20 years experience in both entrepreneurial and multinational high technology companies. Most recently, Paul was the CEO of Crimson Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in large scale SONET ICs for the telecommunications industry, with customers worldwide. Prior to Crimson, Paul was the CEO and co-founder of Accelerant Networks, a semiconductor company that designed and developed intelligent multi-gigabit transceivers. Accelerant was acquired by Synopsis, Inc (Nasdaq: SNPS). Paul has a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Director, Renewable Energy Investments,
Darren Van’t Hof executes internal and external renewable ...more ›
Darren Van’t Hof executes internal and external renewable energy initiatives and serves as USBCDC’s head of business development for renewable energy investments. Prior to leading our renewable energy team, he served on our NMTC and HTC business development and project management staff for four years. His tenure has also included prior leadership positions in NMTC and HTC asset management and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit asset management. He presently serves on the Environmental Stewardship Counsel for U.S. Bank and is an active board member of the Solar Energy Industry Association. His background includes real-estate development, asset management and structured finance. He holds a BA from the University of Missouri.
Solar Technology Markets and Policy Analyst,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Kristen Ardani is a Solar Technology Markets and Policy ...more ›
Kristen Ardani is a Solar Technology Markets and Policy Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She develops and executes analyses of the market for solar technology and the policies affecting wide scale deployment of solar energy. Her recent work has focused on analysis of non-hardware balance of system costs, also known as soft costs, for residential and commercial PV. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and international development from Tulane University, and a master’s degree in international affairs and environmental and energy economics from U.C. San Diego.
Solar Grid Storage
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his ...more ›
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water‐pumping company. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower in 2007, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director. Prior to Solar Grid Storage he led the commercial division of SolarCity as VP of Project Development.
Mr. Leyden has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and MSEIA, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Mr. Leyden holds a BA from Princeton University.
Senior Manager of Product Marketing,
Chris Tan is the Senior Manager of Product Marketing at ...more ›
Chris Tan is the Senior Manager of Product Marketing at SolarCity, where he oversees the launch roadmap for solar and storage products. Before joining SolarCity, Chris was at Opower, a cloud-based software firm, where he conducted market intelligence on the energy efficiency industry. Prior to Opower, Chris was at Just Energy, an independent energy retailer, where he developed the company’s retail green energy product strategy, built its renewable energy and carbon trading desk, and managed marketing and operations in the Midwest natural gas and Ontario electricity markets. Chris holds his MBA from UC Berkeley and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Director of Product Management,
Mark Abrams brings over 20 years of high technology ...more ›
Mark Abrams brings over 20 years of high technology product management, marketing and sales experience to Enphase. Mr. Abrams worked on semiconductor and system solutions across the telecommunications, data communication, and storage industries before joining Enphase. At Enphase, Mark leads the Worldwide Product Management team, working on Enphase’s current and future microinverter solutions. Mark has a MBA from the University of San Francisco, and BS from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Chief Executive and Founder,
Vikram Aggarwal is the chief executive and founder of ...more ›
Vikram Aggarwal is the chief executive and founder of EnergySage. Often referred to as the "Expedia of Solar," EnergySage helps homeowners, businesses and non-profits to easily and quickly request, review and compare competitive quotes for solar PV systems and financing options online. In creating EnergySage, Vikram and his team have used technology to simplify the process of researching and shopping for solar. By offering them more choices and unprecedented levels of transparency into prices and product and installer quality, EnergySage allows consumers to select the option that provide the best value for them, quickly and easily. EnergySage has been recognized by the Department of Energy and won two SunShot awards totaling $1.75M.
In building and launching the company, Vikram drew heavily on his prior experience working at a major global financial services leader. His deep and diverse functional expertise in private equity investing and strategy consulting as well as creating and growing businesses serves as the basis for this new venture. Vikram holds master’s degree in business administration and is a CFA charterholder.
Head of Power Markets & Strategy, North America,
Mr. Arvizu is a business executive passionate abbot ...more ›
Mr. Arvizu is a business executive passionate abbot clean-technology investing to drive environmental, sustainability, and corporate governance issues. He has been leading the deployment of low-carbon, clean solar energy across North America with Gestamp Solar since 2009. At Gestmap Solar he is responsible for leading the company’s product offerings and market strategy, including building capabilities to meet utility and commercial customer needs, encompassing power marketing, power purchase agreements, structured transactions, market strategy and policy functions. He has experience in developing over 500 MW of solar-photovoltaic energy systems and leading all aspects of solar power contracts (PPAs), valued at more than $500M, with major public and private sector off-takers.
Mr. Arvizu brings diverse leadership experience from a background in technology start-ups (Revolution Money Inc.), venture capital (Visa Ventures), and private equity. Mr. Arvizu began his career in banking at Silicon Valley Bank (NASDAQ: SIVB) where he was Vice President of the Biotechnology and Technology group, leading the execution of over $400 million in debt, equity, and leverage buyout transactions in 25 leading technology companies. Mr. Arvizu earned a degree in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar.
Head of International Marketing & Innovation,
Mr. BEHAR is responsible for international marketing and ...more ›
Mr. BEHAR is responsible for international marketing and innovation at Solairedirect, France’s leading Independent Solar Power Producer.
Marc-Alain’s primary focus is to develop the company’s international footprint, coordinating internal business development activities as well as M&A and strategic partnership. He is also in charge for the design and implementation of innovative business models based on competitive solar power.
Prior to joining Solairedirect, Marc-Alain spent 7 years with strategy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, advising clients in the Energy and Infrastructure sector on a range of strategic and organizational issues. In this capacity he has accumulated direct working experience in than 10 countries across Europe, South-East Asia and Latin America.
Marc-Alain earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at INSEAD in France and Singapore and also hodls a MSc. in Management from HEC Paris.
Vice President of Business Development,
Borrego Solar Systems
Dan Berwick is Borrego Solar’s Vice President of Business ...more ›
Dan Berwick is Borrego Solar’s Vice President of Business Development, based out of the New England regional headquarters. Dan’s primary focus is on shaping Borrego Solar’s unique business strategies and product offerings around the country, with a particular focus on the opportunities created by policy and regulation. Dan is a leading expert in solar incentive policy design, SREC market dynamics, the Massachusetts solar marketplace, and the intersection of renewable energy policy and finance. Prior to joining Borrego Solar, Dan worked on renewable energy policy reform at the Texas House of Representatives. He’s also worked in the utilities practice area at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, and he supported Federal policy efforts for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Dan earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
MaxGen Energy Services
Joe brings years of experience from the solar O&M field ...more ›
Joe brings years of experience from the solar O&M field and experience in execution of over 1GW of solar O&M contracts. In 2009, Joe was the Commercial Operations Manager at Advanced Energy Inc., managing their O&M sales and contract negotiations. In 2011, Joe led Swinerton Renewable Energy’s technical services team where he managed both the field operations team and the in-house SCADA team after their development of the utility-scale monitoring program, SOLV. Joe now runs MaxGen’s day-to-day operations and is responsible for all company strategies and contracts. MaxGen is an independent, third-party, O&M provider for all power plant facilities. MaxGen currently has over 300MW of O&M contracts in place across the country. As an independent provider, MaxGen can operate at all project levels and for all clients including, financiers, developers and EPC’s. Joe has been a speaker at numerous industry events, most recently at Solar Power Generation USA.
Global Marketing Director,
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Mr. Burke is global marketing director of DuPont ...more ›
Mr. Burke is global marketing director of DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, one of the leading materials providers to the solar energy industry. Mr. Burke founded Innovalight in 2005 and served as the president and CEO until August 2011, when DuPont acquired the company. His career has spanned research and development, product management, marketing, sales, general management and operations in major global organizations such as NEC, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems, and abroad in Germany, U.K., and Japan. Before founding Innovalight, Mr. Burke was the Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Oclaro and was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. He has received the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech innovations from the World Economic Forum, and in 2010 the President of Ireland presented him with The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Burke attended The London Business School and received his B.S. in physics from University College Dublin and his M.S. in physics from Trinity College Dublin.
Global Director, Business Development, Energy & Industrial Systems
Evelyn M. Butler is UL's global business lead for the ...more ›
Evelyn M. Butler is UL's global business lead for the energy and industrial systems sector, which includes PV / Solar, wind, inverters, generators, large format batteries, energy storage systems, biofuels and traditional fuels. She has been with UL for 24 years in conformity assessment, quality registration services, sales/marketing and industry management roles. For the last eight years, she has had a commercial management focus on developing UL’s energy businesses. Currently, she is responsible for strategy development, program and service development and management of UL’s energy businesses; these activities include guiding UL’s standards development, creating value-based service offerings through an effective global delivery structure, and leading influential industry/stakeholder outreach.
Evelyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Business and Law from the University of California at Berkeley and has completed professional post-graduate courses in Business/Marketing Management and Financial Accounting. She was a Steering Committee member of the US Department of Energy's Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) and instrumental on UL’s involvement in several SunShot initiative grant awards. She is an active partner with many industries associations globally in the technology areas of focus. Evelyn is UL’s Working Group member with truSolar, an industry consortium working to create standardization and confidence in investment screening of commercial / industrial PV power plant projects.
Evelyn has spoken at numerous industry conferences and seminars on renewable energy technologies, the role of testing and certification in market access, reliability and durability and the technology convergence at a system level, including at past SolarPower International, SNEC in China, Intersolar India, PV Taiwan, Intersolar NA conferences, and at several US DOE technology / industry meetings and events.
Product Manager, Modules Group,
Zach Campeau serves as a SunPower product manager in the ...more ›
Zach Campeau serves as a SunPower product manager in the modules group and is responsible for developing product guarantees and collateral. Most recently, he designed and implemented the SunPower’s industry’s leading combined product and power warranty and created a comprehensive accrual model. Campeau also developed analysis to support reliability testing and messaging. Previously, he worked in fusion energy for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and for aerospace defense company Raytheon, bridging development and production. Campeau earned his MBA from IESE in Barcelona and CEIBS in Shanghai and his BSIE degree from Clemson University.
US Cleantech Advisory Leader
Brian is a Principal based in San Jose and leads PwC's US ...more ›
Brian is a Principal based in San Jose and leads PwC's US Cleantech Advisory practice. He has worked in technology and energy for over 20 years and has extensive experience working with both cleantech clients (e.g., solar, wind, smart grid, energy storage, etc.) and in cleantech solution/project deployment. His areas of focus include strategy, M&A, operations transformation, supply chain, engineering project management, product development, O&M, and sustainability. Prior to the PRTM-PwC merger in 2011, Brian worked in PRTM’s Energy Business Group, where he launched and built the firm’s global renewables practice. Brian has a BS and MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
David Christy represents governments and private-sector ...more ›
David Christy represents governments and private-sector clients on international trade matters, including World Trade Organization (WTO) litigation and negotiations, trade policy, trade remedies and customs. His counsel includes designing and implementing lobbying efforts before Congress and the executive branch as well as before foreign governments. David's worldwide representations include serving (with a colleague) as the first private counsel to argue a WTO member government's case before a WTO panel, and representing Saudi Arabia in its accession to the WTO. His achievements during more than two decades of practice have earned him a reputation as a "recognized WTO expert," according to Chambers & Partners Global.
A member of the Business practice, David focuses on WTO negotiations and dispute settlements, U.S. trade policy and U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Sovereign clients he has advised include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, St. Lucia, Taiwan and Thailand. He has advised sovereigns on a multitude of commercial trade issues, ranging from subsidies and anti-dumping duties, to labeling and product specifications, to government procurement, services and intellectual property. He has advised companies in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, aircraft and aircraft engines, automobiles, bearings, chemicals, distilled spirits, electronics, including computer chips, energy, financial and other services and steel.
David is a long standing adjunct and visiting professor at several prestigious institutions. At Georgetown University Law Center, since 1997, he has taught courses on the GATT and WTO Agreements, the Uruguay and Doha Rounds, WTO disputes and U.S. trade policy. He serves on the faculty of Georgetown's Academy of WTO Law and Policy at the Institute of International Economic Law. He also teaches at American University Washington College of Law and Catholic University of Lyon in France.
A graduate of The University of Chicago Law School, David has been quoted extensively by the BBC, Voice of America and other global media on international trade and WTO issues, and has been published in Foreign Policy.
Jinko Solar U.S. Inc.
Nigel Cockroft is the General Manager of San ...more ›
Nigel Cockroft is the General Manager of San Francisco-based Jinko Solar U.S. Inc. and responsible for PV Module Sales and Operations in the US and Canada. Prior to joining the company, he served as Head of North America System Integration Sales at GCL Solar and as a Senior Director of Sales at Hanwha SolarOne. Before working in the Solar Industry Mr.Cockroft had served in Executive Management roles in Development, Production and Sales/ Marketing for Silicon-Valley based Fiber Optics company Gemfire Corporation, building upon a 7 year R&D Management role at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a PhD in Physics from the University of Canterbury in 1987.
Executive Director, Loan Programs Office,
U.S. Department of Energy
Peter W. Davidson was appointed by the Obama ...more ›
Peter W. Davidson was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, the largest Federal project finance organization in the United States. Mr. Davidson oversees the program’s $32 billion existing loan and loan guarantee portfolio in renewable energy and advanced automotive technologies, making the Department of Energy the largest cleantech lender in the country.
Prior to leading the LPO, Mr. Davidson was Senior Advisor for Energy and Economic Development at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was the Executive Director of New York State’s economic development agency, the Empire State Development Corporation. Prior to his government service, Mr. Davidson was an entrepreneur who founded and managed six companies and was an executive in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co.
Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.
Jonathan Doochin is the CEO of Soligent, a leader in ...more ›
Jonathan Doochin is the CEO of Soligent, a leader in developing technology, financing programs and systems that make solar dealers more competitive, and a serial entrepreneur focused on market-based initiatives to promote the environment and sustainability. Prior to joining Soligent, Jonathan served as CEO of US Green Data Inc., the nation's largest energy incentive database, and Leverett Energy LLC, which finances and develops of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He also co-founded Clark Energy Group, an ESCO that was awarded over $5 billion in energy efficiency contracts, served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy, and worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Vice President of Sales,
JA Solar USA
Jeff Dorety is Vice President of Sales for JA Solar USA ...more ›
Jeff Dorety is Vice President of Sales for JA Solar USA responsible for customer relationships, business development and operations for PV modules and cells in North America. He has worked in the Solar PV industry for 6 years . Prior to JA Solar he was global director of sales for BP Solar. Jeff also worked as director of sales for commercial projects for solar EPC/integrator groSolar. Previous to entering the PV business Jeff held a number of senior leadership positions in the telecom equipment and wireless industries with companies such as Lucent Technologies and T-Mobile and AT&T.
Chief Technology Officer,
Upsolar CTO Stephane Dufrenne leads the optimization of ...more ›
Upsolar CTO Stephane Dufrenne leads the optimization of the company’s global manufacturing platforms, supported by more than a decade of experience in the solar and semiconductor industries. He supervises all technical functions for Upsolar, including quality systems, customer support, certifications, R&D center management, new product development and system application development. Dufrenne also serves as president of Upsolar America, overseeing developments across the North American market. Dufrenne received his Masters in Engineering from Supélec in Paris, France.
Director, Solar Energy Division
Thomas Enzendorfer serves as the Director for the solar ...more ›
Thomas Enzendorfer serves as the Director for the solar energy division of Fronius USA, the North American sales, support and distribution center for Fronius International GmbH, headquartered in Austria. Specializing in energy conversion technologies, with separate divisions for Solar Electronics, Welding Technology and Battery Charging Systems, Fronius International GmbH has more than 65 years of experience and employs more than 3,000 people globally.
In his role at Fronius USA, Enzendorfer oversees all sales and after-sales for the solar energy division, including technical support and product management with life-cycle support. He previously served as head of the company’s legal departments and was also the site selection project coordinator for Fronius' new U.S. headquarters in Portage, IN, which opened in September 2012.
Prior to joining Fronius USA, Enzendorfer co-founded and managed joint ventures and conducted multiple successful mergers and acquisitions.
Thomas and his wife, Laura, live in Chicago with their daughter.
Chief Operating Officer,
Ed Feo is the chief operating officer and a founder of ...more ›
Ed Feo is the chief operating officer and a founder of Coronal Management. Coronal is a Panasonic Eco- Solutions partner company, focused on the development and funding of PV projects in the 250 kw to 20 mw range. Prior to Coronal, Mr. Feo was a co-founder and managing director of USRG Renewable Finance, which arranged the senior debt financing for 375 MW of rooftop PV projects. He also serves on the boards of a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency companies, including Clean Power Finance, Solsystems, and EcoPower Capital.
Prior to 2010, Mr. Feo was the co-chair of the Global Project Finance practice at the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, where he spearheaded the development of one of the first law firm practice groups devoted to renewable energy. Under his leadership, the group closed more than 200 renewable energy transactions for more than $35 billion in capital, and consistently captured every top ranking presented to law firms in the industry.
Managing Director, Mexico,
Álvaro del Río Garcia has been involved in the energy ...more ›
Álvaro del Río Garcia has been involved in the energy sector for nearly 6 years with a strong background in the PV technical area, strategic planning and international business expansion. Mr. del Río Garcia currently manages all aspects of Martifer Solar´s business and development in Mexico as the Country Manager, Mexico. One of the major milestones achieved during his time in this position has been the completion of the 38.7 MW Aura Solar plant in La Paz, Mexico. Prior to this, he worked as Solar Analyst in Prosolia. Mr. del Río Garcia holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Renewables and Environment from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German with a working proficiency in the Portuguese language.
Director of Marketing,
Marcelo Gomez has been with Unirac for eight years. As ...more ›
Marcelo Gomez has been with Unirac for eight years. As the Director of Marketing, Marcelo champions Unirac’s brand presence, marketing strategies, communication plans and social media engagement.
Prior to Unirac, Marcelo served as a Marketing Specialist and Creative Designer for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. His additional experience includes, three years as a freelance graphic designer, marketing consultant and owner of a graphic design agency.
Marcelo brings more than 15 years of experience of creative expertise, marketing tactics and business acumen to the table. Marcelo continues to advance Unirac’s corporate identity with a multi-tiered MARCOM strategy, to maintain Unirac’s nation & global presence through customer events & tradeshows, a MDF program, print, web, tradeshow, and social media campaigns. Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Arent Fox LLP
John Gurley is a member of the Arent Fox’s international ...more ›
John Gurley is a member of the Arent Fox’s international practice. He focuses on trade relief proceedings, including antidumping and countervailing duty matters, customs, and matters before the Office of the US Trade Representative.
Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc.
Tarik Bolat is a Managing Director focusing on ...more ›
Tarik Bolat is a Managing Director focusing on acquisitions and corporate strategy and development. Mr. Bolat is responsible for building strategic relationships with asset partners, raising corporate and asset acquisition capital and underwriting RET’s portfolio of assets. Prior to RET, Tarik worked at Accretive, an early-stage investment firm and incubator, and was a consultant with Booz and Company. Prior to Booz, he was a principal at Select Enterprises, a consulting firm that worked with new businesses in the energy sector. Tarik holds a joint BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Director of Origination
Hannon Armstrong Capital
Patrick Fox leads Hannon Armstrong’s west coast office ...more ›
Patrick Fox leads Hannon Armstrong’s west coast office and is a director in the origination and project finance group. Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI) is a REIT that makes debt and equity investments in sustainable infrastructure projects. Mr. Fox had led multiple investments in wind and solar while at Hannon Armstrong. His solar investments include residential, commercial, industrial and utility scale.
Prior to Hannon Armstrong, Patrick led the negotiation, structuring, and execution of over $2.5 billion in energy purchase power agreements (PPA) at PG&E and worked at Merrill Lynch in Debt Capital Markets. Patrick was a U.S. Air Force pilot where he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Patrick holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Ned has over twenty years of experience in diverse ...more ›
Ned has over twenty years of experience in diverse business leadership and has tremendous cross-functional skills. He has extensive experience in project finance, business development, marketing and business planning.
Prior to coming to RMI, Ned was the CEO and founder of Cistern Solutions, a strategy consultancy that specialized in assisting large corporations identify new business opportunities and structure development projects in the emerging renewable and clean energy industries.
Before founding Cistern, Ned was the president of startup firm Simplicity Energy Farms, an advisory and development company working with ranchers and rural communities to develop their renewable energy resources. Preceding Simplicity, Ned was a ten-year executive at Parson Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in corporate finance and accounting. Ned spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office.
Director, Business Development and Energy Efficiency,
Cary Hayes is a Director of Business Development for REC ...more ›
Cary Hayes is a Director of Business Development for REC Solar. He leads the commercial business unit in developing new channels, strategic partnerships, and key accounts. Having founded and built the REC Solar residential business unit starting in 2006, Cary has been with REC Solar for over 8 years, and played an important role in achieving company growth rates in excess of 100%.
Prior to joining REC, Cary spent five years in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney in Chicago. His passion for promoting sustainable business practices that make financial sense led him into a career in solar energy. He is a graduate from Colorado State University, and is happy to call Boulder, CO home.
Theresa Jester is the CEO at Silicor Materials. Prior to ...more ›
Theresa Jester is the CEO at Silicor Materials. Prior to her current position, she was an entrepreneur in residence at Hudson Clean Energy.
Jester has managed large solar operations and held engineering positions at SoloPower, SunPower, SolarWorld, Shell Solar, Siemens Solar and Arco Solar.
She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, USA.
Director of Fleet Operations,
David Kenny is a Director at Sunrun, where he leads the ...more ›
David Kenny is a Director at Sunrun, where he leads the Fleet Operations Department. Through supply chain management and field operations, the department is responsible for reducing installation costs and promoting installation quality across a network of partners. The department is also responsible for delivering a positive customer experience by monitoring all operational projects, identifying performance alerts, and managing field service activity. Mr. Kenny has over 10 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Sunrun, Mr. Kenny helped launch a new energy efficiency project finance business (Metrus Energy), developed and operated commercial/utility solar projects (MMA Renewable Ventures), and supported demand-side energy efficiency programs (Nexant and Navigant Consulting).
Chief Executive Officer,
Mark brings extensive business operations and commercial ...more ›
Mark brings extensive business operations and commercial experience from his global leadership positions spanning more than 20 years. He is the current President and CEO of Alion Energy, in Richmond, California. The Alion Energy Team has executed a fundamental redesign of the way we build and maintain community scale solar. The company combines robotic installation & cleaning technologies with established construction practices to build local, utility scale projects faster for up to 25% less, while producing more energy. The company’s mission is to rapidly lower solar’s LCOE to $0.05/kwh by 2016 and create an economically viable replacement for natural gas in the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Director of Photovoltaic Technologies,
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)
Geoffrey S. Kinsey is Director of Photovoltaic ...more ›
Geoffrey S. Kinsey is Director of Photovoltaic Technologies at Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His work includes research and development on advanced photovoltaic materials, increasing energy yield, and durability. Dr. Kinsey previously served as Senior Director of Research and Development at Amonix, Inc., where he led optimization of utility-scale solar power generators using III-V multijunction cells. His group was the first to demonstrate a module outdoor operating efficiency rating over 30% and, successively, over 33%. Prior to this, he spent seven years at Boeing-Spectrolab in research and development of high-efficiency multijunction cells for both space and terrestrial applications. He received his B.S. from Yale University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in solid-state electronics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.He has two patents issued and seven pending and over eighty publications in the optoelectronics field, including a chapter in the 2nd edition of Solar Cells and Their Applications.
CEO and Founder,
Clean Energy Associates
Andy has over thirteen years of experience spanning the ...more ›
Andy has over thirteen years of experience spanning the High-Technology and Renewable Energy sectors with ten years of experience in both first and third tier cities in China. Andy is the Chief Executive Officer of Clean Energy Associates (CEA), an advisory firm based in Hong Kong with 15 employees and an operating presence in Shanghai since 2008. CEA serves the needs of solar industry manufacturers, project developers, EPC contractors, and downstream investors in the areas of supply chain management, quality control, technology transfer, and financing solutions for the solar energy sector.
Prior to founding CEA, Andy was the Vice President of Business Development for Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL), a vertically integrated Chinese solar PV manufacturer which he helped to obtain nearly $500M of financing through its IPO and post-public offerings in 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively. Andy has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) while at Trina Solar. Previously, he worked in management roles in sales and business development for Dell Computer and Intel in China, respectively. He has a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He speaks Mandarin fluently and lives with his wife and two daughters in Shanghai, China.
Craig Lawrence is responsible for strategic marketing, ...more ›
Craig Lawrence is responsible for strategic marketing, product management, product marketing and marketing communications. Prior to joining the company, Lawrence served in executive roles at SunEdison, a global leader in solar energy, including vice president of products and general manager of Sun Edison’s Residential and Light Commercial Business Unit.Prior to SunEdison, Lawrence led the Energy Practice at IDEO, a global design and innovation firm providing product design, engineering and marketing services to leading renewable energy companies and utilities. Lawrence also led energy investing activities as a principal at Accel Partners, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Lawrence holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
As a consultant, failed entrepreneur, developer and ...more ›
As a consultant, failed entrepreneur, developer and leader, Alejo Lopez has worked in the solar industry since 2006. He currently leads Hanwha Q CELLS Mexico operation where he is primarily responsible for PPA sales, project development, M&A and for growing Q CELLS footprint in the most important solar emerging market in the world. Prior to joining Q CELLS, Alejo was responsible for project development and structured finance for Siliken USA, primarily in the Distributed Generation space. Prior to Siliken, Alejo was an advisor to several Cleantech companies including SolFocus, Combined Power, ElectraDrive among others.
In his non-linear career spanning 20 years, Alejo has worked in over 30 countries and done multiple things. Mostly good. He worked as a strategy consultant for startups, large extractive companies, multilateral banks and governments predominantly in the areas of energy, finance and development for over 10 years.
Alejo started his career running large numerical models, fracking wells and poking at the Earth in what he calls being a Reservoir Engineer in Patagonia, Argentina. He left the dark side after 6 years to pursue an MBA in Finance at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with honors. He also holds an MSe in Petroleum Engineering from UNC Argentina.
Stoel Rives LLP
Morten Lund is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in the ...more ›
Morten Lund is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in the Energy Development group, and he serves as Co-Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative. His practice is focused on the development and financing of renewable energy projects, particularly solar energy projects. Mr. Lund has experience with development and finance of solar projects and portfolios ranging from residential to utility-scale, both PV and solar thermal.
Beyond solar energy, Mr. Lund also has experience with the construction, acquisition and/or financing of wind energy projects, biomass projects, combustion generator projects, hydroelectric facilities, cogeneration facilities, nuclear energy facilities, and other energy and infrastructure projects. Morten has particularly strong experience in project finance construction documentation and complex power purchase arrangements, as well as tax-motivated project finance.
Mr. Lund was born in Oslo, Norway, and is a native speaker of Norwegian. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Augustana College, and is the author of the Jagged Rocks of Wisdom series of books.
To learn more about Morten Lund and Stoel Rives LLP, please visit: www.stoel.com.
Country Manager, Mexico and Business Development Latin America and Caribbean,
Yingli Green Energy
Mr. Desentis is the Country Manager, Mexico and Business ...more ›
Mr. Desentis is the Country Manager, Mexico and Business Development Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean of Yingli Green Energy. Mr. Desentis is responsible for the sustained commercial success of Yingli’s regional business and for executing upon the sales and marketing strategy in order to meet or exceed sales and margin targets.
Mr. Desentis worked as new products development specialist at PREI Latin America and was responsible for the identification, structuring and marketing of new products offered by PREI Latam. He worked on the structure of a Residential CKD, a commercial exit fund and a Chilean Fund. Previously Mr. Desentis duties included management of the joint venture, property prospecting and acquisition, asset management, property sales, as well as the monitoring of the assets of the society.
Before working at PREI Mr. Desentis worked as an customer service analyst at The Dow Chemical Co. where he was responsible of the reporting of sales and ordering of the plastics and chemical business.
Mr. Desentis is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana of México, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Mr. Desentis is a Mexican citizen, is fluent in English, Spanish and has basic knowledge of French.
Brad Mattson is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siva ...more ›
Brad Mattson is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siva Power, an advanced solar technology company based in Silicon Valley, and author of an upcoming book, “Solar 2.0, We Can!” (working title). He joined Siva Power in 2011, bringing together a world-class team focused on making CIGS thin film technology and manufacturing the foundation of the Gigawatt Era in solar. Mattson is also a renowned entrepreneur from the semiconductor industry. He has been listed as one of the top 50 most influential people in the semiconductor industry and has also received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young. He holds 12 patents.
Senior Financial Analyst,
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Mr. Mendelsohn has over 20 years of experience in the ...more ›
Mr. Mendelsohn has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He is currently a Senior Financial Analyst with the National Renewable Energy Lab where he organizes the solar industry to improve access to capital and evaluates financing innovations and policies designed to spur private investment in renewable energy. Prior to joining NREL, Mr. Mendelsohn was an economist with the Massachusetts DPU and an executive consultant for Levitan & Associates located in Boston. Mr. Mendelsohn holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Midden joins Sol Systems with 17 years of ...more ›
Michael Midden joins Sol Systems with 17 years of experience in finance for the energy sector, particularly in leading investment origination, marketing and financial structuring in the North American energy market. Mr. Midden was Co-Head of Energy for Dexia for 10 years in part leading the renewable energy effort for Dexia’s Structured Finance Lending Group in North America where he directed and initiated the bank’s strategy to enter the wind, solar and offshore wind energy sectors. During his tenure, he contributed to Dexia winning the Renewable Arranger of the Year award for 4 out of 5 consecutive years in addition to winning the Renewable Deal of the Year Award in 2007. His additional experience includes working at ANZ Investment Bank executing financing for numerous gas and coal project finance, as well as IPP and utility corporate transaction. He also worked on project finance deals in coal and gas at the Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi. Mr. Midden has originated and structured transactions sponsored by Noble Environmental Power, Shell WindEnergy, Mitsui, AES, EDF Renewable Energy, Miracol, Recurrent, and First Wind, among others. He has extensive knowledge of renewable power generation, conventional generation, and energy infrastructure markets with experience advising state and local officials, energy sector service companies, and developers on energy finance. He is also a regular speaker at energy and finance conferences. Mr. Midden graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in International Affairs and an MBA.
Todd provides freelance product marketing expertise for ...more ›
Todd provides freelance product marketing expertise for solar power, utility controls, and emerging technologies. As Affiliate Partner with Envect such ventures often include strategic planning and embedded marketing services for renewable energy companies launching products in North America. His current role developing inverter test services for PV Evolution Labs stems from this Affiliate network.
Previously, Todd helped incubate and launch Advanced Energy’s Solaron line of high-efficiency inverters, now known as the NX series. In 5 years as AE Marketing Director he helped grow revenue from $0 to $100M annually and was widely known for advocating LCOE as key metric for solar value. Responsibilities as Director spanned portfolio strategy, product marketing, advertising, sales training, negotiations, and alliance management.
Todd has BSEE and MSEE degrees from The Ohio State University, holds a U.S. Patent related to digital photography, and supports COSEIA and various entrepreneurial organizations in Northern Colorado.
EVP Marketing and Business Development,
As the head marketing, sales and business development ...more ›
As the head marketing, sales and business development efforts at Solar Universe. Miller is focused on driving revenue and expanding the Solar Universe network while creating a branded experience for our customers. Prior to working for Solar Universe, Mr. Miller was SVP of Consumer Marketing and Sales for TiVo. As an early employee Miller led the companies go-to market strategy, created distribution and helped turn TiVo into a household brand. Before TiVo, Miller was a pre-market launch employee for (USSB) DIRECTV driving early sales and marketing strategies. Miller has also held key management positions at Cox Cable's satellite division, leading consumer sales and marketing efforts.
Director, Strategic Accounts,
SMA America, LLC
Jim Morgenson is the director of strategic accounts at ...more ›
Jim Morgenson is the director of strategic accounts at SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of global solar technology leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany.
In his current role, Morgenson is responsible for SMA America’s sales activities in North America for strategic global and key accounts across the residential and commercial market segments.
Morgenson joined SMA America in 2009 and had a significant impact on the success of SMA’s Sunny Central utility-scale business in North America including managing sales, application engineering, and project management teams with a focus on design collaboration and fulfillment solutions for large projects. In Morgenson’s most recent role, he achieved breakthrough industry results in the commercial segment for adoption of 1000VDC and distributed architectures.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development,
Clean Power Finance
Micah has led teams in senior operational roles for more ...more ›
Micah has led teams in senior operational roles for more than 18 years and comes with deep experience in renewable energy, software and finance. Prior to rejoining as a full-time team member, Micah was the first Product Manager at Clean Power Finance in 2007. He later led the investment in Clean Power Finance as a Principal at Claremont Creek Ventures where he also served as a board observer with Alphabet Energy and Sentilla Corporation. He previously worked as an analyst for the energy team at Passport Capital. Still an officer in the US Marine Corps (Reserves), Micah has served in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and graduated from the TOPGUN Strike Fighter Weapons Instructor School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Micah also serves on the Board of Directors of SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association), an organization that helps utilities make smart solar decisions.
Camilo Patrignani serves as CEO of Greenwood Energy and ...more ›
Camilo Patrignani serves as CEO of Greenwood Energy and board representative to Greenwood’s parent company, the Libra Group. Camilo graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He oversees strategic direction for Greenwood’s solar, waste-to-energy, and combined heat and power (CHP) business interests, and has over 10 years’ project financing experience. Camilo formerly served as Vice President at Fortress Investment Group and a Director at UBS Investment Bank. Camilo is personally committed to a zero carbon footprint, drives an electric car, and has installed solar panels on his home.
Tuan is the president of PowerFin Partners, a Texas-based ...more ›
Tuan is the president of PowerFin Partners, a Texas-based solar investment and development firm that has completed over 40 MW of projects across over ten project sites in the US. Throughout his career, Tuan has focused on areas where energy and finance converge. Prior to his role in business development at HelioVolt, a thin-film solar company, Tuan covered energy and chemical companies at Morgan Stanley and Banc of America Securities in New York. During his time in leveraged finance, he worked on multi-billion dollar transactions and was recognized as a leading analyst by Institutional Investor magazine. Tuan's experience also includes time at the Austin Clean Energy Incubator and Strategic Value Partners, a $5 billion hedge fund, where he served as a Director overseeing energy and industrials investments. He holds the CFA charter, a BSBA with honors from the University of Tulsa, and an MBA from the University of Texas, where he was a Venture Fellow. Tuan also has served on the Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee, a City Council-appointed committee to provide a plan for citywide solar development.
Chief Operating Officer and SVP for the Americas,
Charles Pimentel joined Solar Frontier as Chief Operating ...more ›
Charles Pimentel joined Solar Frontier as Chief Operating Officer and SVP for the Americas where he led efforts to establish Solar Frontier’s presence within North America. In August 2012, Charles was subsequently appointed the role of Chief Operating Officer and Sr. Vice President for the Americas. He continues to lead both strategy and the day-to-day operation of Solar Frontier’s module sales business within the United States. In the Clean Energy business since 1999, Mr. Pimentel has held senior level Sales Management, Business Development, Consulting, and Entrepreneurial roles within the PV, energy storage, flow battery, and fuel cell industries. Mr. Pimentel earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and holds a NABCEP Photovoltaic Knowledge Certification.
Chairman & General Director,
Robert Preston Powell, Founder, Chairman & General ...more ›
Robert Preston Powell, Founder, Chairman & General Director of Envolta – Serial entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience in the U.S. and Mexico solar industries. A reformed oil and gas, and finance professional with a passion for creating profitable businesses in the clean energy sector.
Global Business Development,
Brett Prior is a Director of Global Business Development ...more ›
Brett Prior is a Director of Global Business Development at SunEdison, where he focuses on project acquisitions, developer partnerships, and innovative financing structures.
Prior to joining SunEdison in 2013, Brett was a Senior Analyst at PHOTON Consulting and GTM Research, where he focused on project finance and utility-scale solar.
Before joining the renewables industry, Brett spent six years as an equity research analyst with mutual fund managers in New York and Honolulu.
Brett has a BA from Yale, an MBA from London Business School, and is a CFA charter holder.
Executive Vice President, EPC & CTO,
Fazli brings over 25 years of utility, consulting, ...more ›
Fazli brings over 25 years of utility, consulting, financial and energy-industry experience as Executive Vice President of EPC and Chief Technology Officer of Hecate Energy. He is widely respected in the industry for optimizing project financial returns through innovative use of technology and transaction structuring. Fazli is a founder of Hecate Energy, and in addition to EPC, leads Hecate’s international project development efforts and project financial structuring.
Prior to Hecate Energy, Fazli was a founder of OCI Solar Power’s predecessor, CornerStone Power Development, where he served as Senior Vice President of EPC & Operations. There he developed the concept of bringing the solar power manufacturing supply chain to San Antonio, Texas along with 800 permanent high paying jobs as part of an economic development package associated with a 400MW PV solar power project with CPS Energy of San Antonio. Fazli identified and built the manufacturing supply chain consortium and led economic optimization of the 400MW PV solar facilities in San Antonio that resulted in the winning proposal for the project’s PPA. Fazli also oversaw the development, design and construction of the 3 MW Delsea Drive solar PV project in Vineland, New Jersey, the 3 MW Forbes Street solar PV project on a landfill in Rhode Island and a 1 MW solar PV project in Georgia.
Fazli has held numerous leadership positions during his career. He has previously worked as a management consultant at AT Kearney and has been the head of the Market Intelligence group at DTE Energy. At DTE Energy, he developed the industry’s leading forecasting model for electricity, gas, coal and emissions allowance prices. Fazli was also responsible for evaluating business development decisions, M&A and asset divestitures along with developing DTE’s coal fleet’s long-term environmental compliance strategy. Fazli has also led strategic sourcing efforts for some of the largest corporations that resulted in billions of dollars of annual spend savings for his clients.
Director, Solar Sales Origination,
Brendon Quinlivan leads the Solar Sales Origination ...more ›
Brendon Quinlivan leads the Solar Sales Origination efforts for Constellation across U.S. markets, including the negotiation and execution of all power purchase agreements, solar leases, and late-stage project acquisitions.
During his solar career he has developed more than 100 MWs of distributed generation solar in North America. Previously, Mr. Quinlivan served as the Director of Commercial Sales at SunEdison. He was responsible for Commercial and Industrial customer business development efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to entering the solar energy industry, Mr. Quinlivan spent eight years in the commercial/industrial real estate development and management industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Mr. Quinlivan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Renewable Energy Finance,
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Mr. Ratliff is a Director with the Overseas Private ...more ›
Mr. Ratliff is a Director with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Finance group. Prior to joining OPIC he worked as a financial advisor to the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program, providing advisory services in the structuring of renewable energy projects. Previously he also served as the head of infrastructure for the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Private Sector Department, executing transactions in infrastructure and energy throughout Latin America. Prior to joining the IDB, he was the manager of project finance for CH2M Hill’s Capital Corporation. Mr. Ratliff earned his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Ratliff is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel,
Main Street Power Company
Mr. Rubin manages transactions and legal matters for Main ...more ›
Mr. Rubin manages transactions and legal matters for Main Street Power. He has experience in structuring renewable energy transactions, project financing, tax equity funds and debt facilities, and acquisition and sale of energy assets. Previously, Mr. Rubin practiced law in the New York City offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP in the energy and project finance departments representing project sponsors, developers, lenders and tax equity investors in the financing and development of renewable energy projects.
Co-Founder & CEO,
After spending five years as Director at the New York ...more ›
After spending five years as Director at the New York City commercial real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank, Zach Rubin learned firsthand the inefficiencies and complexities property owners face when seeking to manage their energy costs. He co-founded THiNKnrg to make it simpler for organizations to minimize their utility expenditures, while also reducing their carbon footprint. Today, Zach oversees company control, project financing and supply development, while also keeping an eye on THiNKnrg’s growing global influence.
Chad Sachs is the CEO of Radian Generation, a provider of ...more ›
Chad Sachs is the CEO of Radian Generation, a provider of solar asset management and advisory services to investors and owners of projects. RadianGEN’s current customers include utilities, private equity/hedge funds, developers, and publicly traded vehicles that are looking for more predictability and improved operating performance of their assets.
Mr. Sachs has held senior executive positions at leading developers in the commercial dg and utility sectors including MMA Renewable Ventures, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and SunEdison. He has raised over $1.1 BN of financing for solar projects since 2005, including tax equity, permanent debt and construction financing.
Prior to entering the solar sector, Mr. Sachs worked at J.P. Morgan Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, where he focused on growth equity, and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Mr. Sachs holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President, Engineering,
E3 International Corporation
John Schroeder is the Senior Vice President for E3 ...more ›
John Schroeder is the Senior Vice President for E3 International, which supports project development, engineering, and construction services for utility scale photovoltaic plants. The company also provides operations and maintenance services. He holds several patents in balance-of-system technologies, and his work is exhibited in more than 1300MW of installed and operating plants nationwide. Before joining E3 International in 2013, Mr. Schroeder spent 8 years at First Solar in various leadership roles in product development, engineering, and information systems. Prior to this, he worked for General Electric in the Industrial Systems division. He holds a BSEE from Purdue University, and an MBA.
CEO and Founder,
Shoals Technologies Group
Technical Marketing Manager,
Dru Sutton leads the North American Technical Marketing ...more ›
Dru Sutton leads the North American Technical Marketing group for SolarEdge; he focusses on highlighting the benefits of DC power optimizers with SolarEdge inverters. Since joining the solar industry in 2005, Mr. Sutton has worked in Engineering, Applications, Sales, and Marketing at several international companies involved with Solar Installation, Module Manufacturing, Distributed Module Electronics, and Inverter Products. Dru installed a grid-tied solar electric system on his California home in 1998 and has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Director, Business Development,
Power-One Renewable Energy
Larry Truong is Director of Business Development for ...more ›
Larry Truong is Director of Business Development for Power-One Renewable Energy Solutions LLC. In his capacity, Larry is responsible for leading strategic planning, product portfolio development, and business development activities for Power-One’s PV market in the Americas.
Before joining Power-One, Larry spent 3 ½ years with Schneider Electric Renewable Energies (formerly Xantrex Technology, Inc.,) first as Regional Sales Manager, and then as Director of Business Development with major focus in the emerging utility-scale PV power plants. During this time, Larry contributed to the company’s early successes with multi-megawatt utility scale installations in the Southwest US and Ontario, Canada.
Prior to Schneider Electric, Larry spent 12 years with American Power Conversion Corporation (APC,) a world’s leader in IT and telecommunication power infrastructure. In his capacity as General Manager for Southeast Asia, Larry established APC’s legal entities in 6 countries, and grew the company’s business from a new entrant to the top market share position. The company also won more than 25 industry awards, and was recognized as one of the top 5 IT brands in the region during Larry’s tenure.
Larry holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He also attended advanced executive development courses in marketing and management at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the Center for Quality of Management, and the Singapore Institute of Management.
Morgan Stanley | Commodities
Mr. Vargas joined Morgan Stanley in 2011. He is the Head ...more ›
Mr. Vargas joined Morgan Stanley in 2011. He is the Head of Residential Solar and member of the origination and structuring team at MS Solar Solutions Corp. Mr. Vargas started his career in the Investment Banking Divisions of JP Morgan and Banc of America Securities in New York. In 2005, Mr. Vargas joined Lennar Corporation, where he held a number of management positions in Lennar Ventures, Lennar Financial Services and its distressed debt subsidiary, Rialto Capital. Mr. Vargas was active in the development of Lennar’s Green Strategy and successfully launched one of the first Residential Solar Leasing Funds in California.
Director of Sales & Development,
With an educational background in Construction Management ...more ›
With an educational background in Construction Management and Engineering, 20 years of professional sales experience with 8 years dedicated to commercial solar development, David brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his position. He has self-developed over $60M in commercial solar projects and has overseen 50+MW worth of non-utility solar installations. He has an outstanding ability to determine client needs, develop customer solutions, and to coordinate projects with multiple entities. David uses his vast technical knowledge, engineering background and deep understanding of finance options to help customers determine the best-fit solution for their needs. He is responsible for all of the direct Sales and Development for Conergy North America and manages a team of professionals to ensure Conergy’s customers get the highest level of service possible.
Mr. Phil Vyhanek joined Solectria Renewables in 2010 ...more ›
Mr. Phil Vyhanek joined Solectria Renewables in 2010 based on the solid performance and growth since 2005 and in anticipation of the incredible opportunities in the PV market. Mr. Vyhanek comes to Solectria Renewables after holding senior management roles with Laird Technologies, Cushcraft Corporation and Honeywell where he developed expertise in strategic planning, sales, operations, engineering and finance for technology companies. He has a proven track record of delivering results and is experienced in driving systems key for rapid business growth. Mr. Vyhanek is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a Degree in Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.
VP North America,
Robert Benedict has been in the solar industry since ...more ›
Robert Benedict has been in the solar industry since 2005. Presently Robert is the VP North America for RECOM a European solar PV manufacturer. His duties are to open up the North American market as he did for Jinko Solar. It his responsibility to build, hire and train the entire North American team. Additionally, he was the SVP of Business Development at Coronal Management. Coronal Management is an end to end finance company assisting Developers, EPC’s and technology companies get their projects completed. We are interested in owning these projects long term.
Robert started his career in management consulting at Anderson Consulting. Years later as an Analyst he rose to the top of his career area to the Sr. VP of sales and marketing for Gulf Pacific. His knowledge of sales and sales management is extensive having spent 15 plus years training different sales teams. Robert was instrumental in increased revenues by up to 30% gross sales per year. Industries where he has experience include the following: Consulting, Software, Solar, Display & Internet Marketing, Construction and presently he writes for the San Francisco Examiner in the Business and Finance section: http://www.examiner.com/internet-business-in-san-francisco/robert-benedict
NRG Residential Solar Solutions
Joshua Weiner serves as Director of Engineering for NRG ...more ›
Joshua Weiner serves as Director of Engineering for NRG Residential Solar Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG). NRG is a Fortune 500 Company and is one of the country’s largest power generation and retail electricity businesses. NRG’s power plants provide approximately 46,000 megawatts AC of generation capacity and our retail and thermal subsidiaries serve more than 2 million customers in 16 states.
In his role at NRG Residential Solar Solutions, Joshua oversees all engineering efforts, including due diligence of new installers, risk assessment & mitigation, quality control, equipment evaluation, and overall fleet performance analysis.
After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics & Astronomy from UC Berkeley, Joshua began his solar career at Akeena Solar in 2005, which was one of the leading residential and commercial solar engineering procurement and construction companies (EPCs) at the time. From 2008 to 2009, he pursued research and development work in lithium-ion battery technology for Green Charge Networks to help secure a $12 million Department of Energy grant in partnership with ConEd of New York. Joshua designed, engineered, and managed the deployment of the first distributed lithium-ion systems in New York City on the customer side of the meter for demand charge management. Most recently prior to joining NRG Residential Solar Solutions, Joshua provided solar photovoltaic, electric vehicle charging, and energy storage system design & product consulting services to product developers, EPC’s, and independent engineering firms.
Chase Weir is co-founder and CEO of Distributed Sun – a ...more ›
Chase Weir is co-founder and CEO of Distributed Sun – a commercial solar developer, platform services provider and Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC) manager. Mr. Weir led the design of the company’s business, policy and finance intelligence tools and filings with the USPTO. Under his leadership, D-SUN has secured eight closings of operating and project portfolio company finance. His Washington, DC-based firm owns and operates profitable SEICs, sunONE through sunFOUR, with performing solar assets in 6 states, serving power to Hilton, Sheraton, and US Foods properties, and commercial and school sites nationwide.
Mr. Yi is a seasoned CFO with an extensive background in ...more ›
Mr. Yi is a seasoned CFO with an extensive background in developing corporate strategies, raising capital, cutting costs and driving profit margins. Prior to joining Standard Solar, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Magellan Resources Group, an alternative energy investment company with more than $500 million in annual revenue and several notable investors including Morgan Stanley and Shell Oil. At Magellan, Mr. Yi raised $1.06 billion in equity for a synthetic fuel project and developed a financial model that raised $600 million in equity for a 264-megawatt wind farm in West Virginia. Prior to these positions, Mr. Yi spent his early career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Yi earned his MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland.
Abe is a Partner at RockPort Capital Partners, a leading ...more ›
Abe is a Partner at RockPort Capital Partners, a leading venture fund with offices in Boston and Menlo Park focused on Energy, Mobility, and Sustainability. Abe helped spearhead the opening of RockPort’s Menlo Park, CA office. He has worked on specific investments in urban mobility, energy efficiency, green buildings, solar and efficiency financing, solar technology, energy storage, lighting, and smart grid and is currently focused on urban mobility, the Internet of Things and related data, and financing platforms. Abe has been with RockPort for ten years and has been directly involved in over 25 investments. He currently holds board seats at Solar Universe, Renovate America, EcoFactor, Qnovo, and Flywheel Software, and was previously involved with Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), Recurve (acquired by Tendril), and Eka Systems (acquired by Cooper Power), among others. Abe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Economics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Senior Vice President,
Shayle Kann is the Senior Vice President of Research for ...more ›
Shayle Kann is the Senior Vice President of Research for Greentech Media. He has spoken in conferences around the world and been cited in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, and more. He has also testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on the state and future of the U.S. solar market. Mr. Kann joined GTM Research upon returning from Australia, where he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar studying renewable energy project finance during the credit crisis. Prior to this, Mr. Kann worked in the Clean Energy Markets division of Conservation Services Group, focusing on voluntary and compliance markets for renewable energy certificates. He has a Bachelor’s cum laude, phi beta kappa from Pomona College.
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research ...more ›
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.
Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Lead Upstream Solar Analyst,
Shyam Mehta is the Lead Upstream Solar Analyst at GTM ...more ›
Shyam Mehta is the Lead Upstream Solar Analyst at GTM Research. Before joining GTM Research, Shyam was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research where he covered equities in the alternative energy sector, primarily solar companies. Prior to Goldman, Shyam was a Research Analyst at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where his work focused on problems within the electricity industry. Shyam received his Bachelor's in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.
Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded ...more ›
Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields. He also was the publisher of the Venture Power newsletter, a subscription-only newsletter covering venture-capital investment in renewable energy.
Eric's expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.
Adam James is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering ...more ›
Adam James is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering global downstream markets. Previously, Adam was a Research Assistant for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress where he specialized in clean energy and international climate policy. Adam has worked on topics including renewable integration, electricity markets, financing clean energy development and deployment, transforming utility business models, and international climate negotiations. Adam also founded the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC devoted to providing young people with professional skills and an interdisciplinary community. Adam has written frequently on technology, markets and politics for media outlets, including Climate Progress, Renewable Energy World, Midwest Energy News, The Energy Collective, EC&M, and Greentech Media. His work has been also cited the Washington Post, Forbes, and Grist. Adam graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Philosophy, where he also competed nationally with their policy debate team. Follow Adam James on Twitter: @Adam_S_James
Director, Solar Research,
MJ Shiao is the Director of Solar Research for GTM ...more ›
MJ Shiao is the Director of Solar Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.
Stephen Lacey is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media, ...more ›
Stephen Lacey is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media, where he focuses primarily on energy efficiency. He has extensive experience reporting on the business and politics of cleantech. He was formerly Deputy Editor of Climate Progress, a climate and energy blog based at the Center for American Progress. He was also an editor/producer with Renewable Energy World. He received his B.A. in journalism from Franklin Pierce University.
Nicole Litvak is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a ...more ›
Nicole Litvak is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US solar market. In addition to tracking the competitive landscape of installers, financiers, and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments, Nicole serves as editor of PVNews, the solar industry's longest running market research periodical. Nicole has prior internship experience in corporate sustainability, solar water heating, and business development. She graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with majors in Economics and Psychology.
Jade Jones is a Solar Analyst with GTM Research covering ...more ›
Jade Jones is a Solar Analyst with GTM Research covering the global solar supply market. Jade aggregates and analyzes technology and pricing data within the solar manufacturing sector which informs both research and consulting. Prior to GTM, she has held several positions providing insight into the key relationships, business models and technology trends that are shaping the cleantech sector. Jade has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Cory Honeyman is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a ...more ›
Cory Honeyman is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a focus on downstream demand in the US. He handles primary data collection and analysis for the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight reports and covers U.S. utility and commercial project development. His prior internship experiences include work in corporate sustainability and carbon markets. Cory has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and MS from Columbia University with a concentration in energy and sustainability.