The U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference presents data, analysis and expert forecasting on the state of the solar market in the U.S. This is the only event exclusively underpinned by the Solar Market Insight report series produced by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

A Deep Dive into a Fragmented Market

Now in its third year, this two-day conference is essential for anyone involved, or looking to get involved, in the U.S. solar industry. Based on over four years of analysis of installation data, the event dissects cost trends, discusses the future of project finance and business models, and examines the potential of individual states and market segments. 

GTM Research and SEIA will bring together industry leaders to help attendees navigate complex market dynamics and local policies to reduce installation costs, acquire customers, and increase project returns. Make deals by connecting with fellow attendees including leading financiers, policy makers, developers and technology manufacturers. 


Craig Cornelius
Senior Vice President, Business Development, NRG Solar

Craig Cornelius is the Senior Vice President for Business Development at NRG Solar.  In this capacity, he leads activities in the origination of solar project investment opportunities, the formation of new financing sources for distributed generation and utility markets, and the formation of external partnerships in key strategic areas.
Prior to his tenure at NRG Solar, he served as a Managing Director at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, where he led investment activities in the firm’s solar investing practice.  Hudson’s solar practice comprised successfully-exited investments in multiple downstream end-markets around the world, at multiple steps in the global solar photovoltaic supply chain, and in multiple solar product application areas.

Previously, Mr. Cornelius was the Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program, where he led the creation of the $1.5 Billion Solar America Initiative.  He has also served terms at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand, the U.S. National Academies of Science, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, and the Office of House Minority Leader Rep. Richard Gephardt.
Mr. Cornelius holds an A.B. from Princeton University in History of Science with a concentration in aerospace engineering, and an M.A. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the George Washington University.  He was a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar and received the DOE's Special Service Award for his work in creating the Solar America Initiative.

David Shuford
Vice President – Policy and Business Evaluation, Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion

David Shuford joined Dominion in 2003 as vice president- Regulation from the Richmond law firm LeClair Ryan, where he was a partner on the Business Litigation and Administrative Law & Government Relations teams. He was named vice president-State Regulation in January 2006, and was named deputy general counsel and executive advisor-State & Federal Affairs in July 2009. He assumed his current position in July 2011.

Before joining LeClair Ryan in 1994, he was a partner at Mays & Valentine (now Troutman Sanders) in Richmond and served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr.

Shuford is a past chairman of the Virginia Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section; a member of the board of directors of the Richmond Bar Association, and has been recognized by Virginia Business magazine as among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in the fields of civil litigation and lobbying.

He was a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia from 2000 to 2002, and currently serves on the boards of directors of St. Andrew’s School and The Commonwealth Club.

Born in Richmond, Shuford received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jon Wellinghoff
Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert. He is co-chair of the Stoel Rives energy team. Jon has nearly 38 years of leadership experience in federal and state energy policy, regulation, and project development. He has particular expertise in emerging clean tech energy system development, including systems for renewable energy production, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy infrastructure security, including cyber security. The longest serving chair of the FERC, Jon was first nominated to be a FERC Commissioner in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed to the Commission in 2008. In March of 2009 he was named Chairman by President Barack Obama. Previously, Jon founded and led the Beckley Singleton, Chtd. Sustainable Energy and Clean Tech Division (2000-2006), severed as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (1998-2000), and served two terms as the State of Nevada’s first Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities. As Consumer Advocate, he authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. He was also the primary author of the groundbreaking Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard Act and was one of the lead participants in developing the regulations to implement the law. He went on to assist six other states with the development of renewable portfolio standards. During his FERC tenure, Jon worked to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient. He championed the agency's landmark Order 1000 which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations. As Chairman, he also created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC's jurisdiction, and oversaw development of the National Assessment of Demand Response Potential and the National Action Plan for Demand Response. Jon has written and lectured on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice.

Gregory Rosen
Chief Investment Officer, Solar Mosaic

Gregory Rosen, Chief Investment Officer at Mosaic, is a 14-year solar project finance and business development veteran who has developed or financed more than $300 million worth of rooftop and utility-scale solar projects. 
Since joining Mosaic in 2012, Mr. Rosen has originated over $20 million of solar loans and Mosaic has issued several million dollars worth of corresponding notes yielding ~4.5-7% annual interest to thousands of people across the United States, with another 40,000 following Mosaic on various social media channels. Mosaic is forging a new pathway for tens of millions of people to participate in the solar economy (http://www.joinmosaic.com).  
Prior to Mosaic, Mr. Rosen served as Vice President of Solar Finance at Union Bank where he originated and closed tax equity and syndicated loan transactions. Previously, he raised and managed a solar tax equity fund for Citi and held various other positions in solar finance and investment banking, including several years at PowerLight and SunPower Corporations where he financed many industry-leading solar projects. Mr. Rosen holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Carrie Cullen Hitt
Senior Vice President, State Affairs, SEIA

Carrie Cullen Hitt serves as Senior Vice President, State Affairs for SEIA and was previously President of the Solar Alliance, which merged with SEIA on January 1st of 2012. Prior to joining the Solar Alliance, Carrie served as Vice President, Renewable Products for Constellation Energy. In this role, she developed programs and capabilities to help customers manage their business' impact on the environment through greenhouse gas reducing activities, including purchasing renewable power.

She also served as Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs from 2002-2007. From 1999-2001, she worked at Green Mountain Energy Resources as Director of Regional Business Development. She has also held energy related positions at the Massachusetts Legislature and Harvard University.

Carrie holds an undergraduate degree from Clark University and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).

Richard Mull
Principal, KPMG, LLP

Richard is a principal with KPMG’s Washington National Tax (WNT) Corporate tax group, based in Los Angeles. He advises clients on the tax aspects of international and domestic acquisitions, reorganizations, and financings. Prior to KPMG, Rich practiced law for 17 years at the Seattle based law firm Perkins Coie, LLP, where he advised clients on the tax aspects of international and domestic reorganizations, joint ventures, and  project financings and served as the head of the tax group. Rich has more than 30 years of experience in tax planning and structuring of transactions for multinational corporations.


Matt Cheney
Chief Executive Officer, CleanPath Ventures

Matt Cheney is the CEO of CleanPath Ventures LLC, a next generation effort designed to manage capital intensive late-stage renewable energy project development and financing, servicing growing demand for solutions.  In addition, CleanPath works to deploy and integrate emerging clean energy technologies into fields of proven technologies, serving to "commercialize" the new technologies in the process. 

Prior to CleanPath, Matt was the CEO, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures LLC, a largest-scale IPP.   Prior toFotowatio, Mr. Cheney was the CEO & Founder of MMA Renewable Ventures LLC, which pioneered the use of the power purchase agreement for solar power, and developed, financed, owned and operated over 50 commercial scale PV projects, and developed over 1.6 GW of utility scale solar by 2009.  MMA Renewable Ventures closed 5 fully leveraged tax equity funds ($300 MM) to finance its portfolio of commercial and utility scale projects, along with wind and biomass power plants, and was acquired by Fotowatio in 2010.

Matt has invested in and directed a number of new clean tech companies, including Black Rock Solar (rural electrification using PV), PV Evolution Labs (PV lab and field testing), Promise Energy (solar PV & thermal solutions), Vizn (storage), GeoStellar (geo-mapping), etc.  He is skilled at helping new companies stabilize and grow, including raising capital.  Mr. Cheney is also expert in international development, having worked for 6 years in Central/South America for the U.S. Agency for International Development, CARE and Save the Children.  He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.  Mr. Cheney holds a B.S. Degree from The American University and a Master Degree from Johns Hopkins School for International Studies.

Avra Durack
Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Stem, Inc.

Avra Durack heads strategic partnerships and operations for Stem, a company that combines big data, predictive analytics and energy storage to reduce electricity costs for businesses. 

Prior to Stem, Avra was President at One Block off the Grid where she helped lead the company from a pilot project through investment and nationwide expansion.  Previous roles included overseeing $65 million on behalf of the State of Louisiana for post-Katrina redevelopment, and expanding affordable housing for the City of New York. Avra has a BA in Urban Studies from Stanford University and received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

agenda 2013 Conference Themes
  • US PV Market Trends and Insights
  • The Distributed Generation Market
  • The Future of Net Energy Metering and Rate Design
  • Distributed PV Technology: Trends and Innovations
  • Solar Plus Storage Business Models
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