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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.
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.
Vikram Aggarwal is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the industry’s leading online solar marketplace for rooftop solar, community solar, and financing. He started EnergySage after more than 15 years of experience with Fidelity Investments, where he specialized in private equity investing, growth strategy, marketing, and new business development. His thought leadership on solar industry innovation has appeared in Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Kiplinger, Money Magazine and Scientific American. He was named to the Boston Globe’s 2016 Game Changers list, one of only two cleantech entrepreneurs included. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Edgar has been investing in solar energy since 2009, leading the execution of over $1.5B in transactions with businesses, utilities, and governments.
At Sonnedix, he is responsible for business development, focused on acquiring and investing in solar assets in development, construction and in operation.
Sonnedix is a leading global solar independent power producer (IPP) backed by JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, focused on owning and operating assets long-term in attractive growth markets. Sonnedix owns interest in over 1GW of assets across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to Sonnedix, Edgar was Head of Latin America at sPower, a leading U.S. solar IPP. Previous to that, he was Head of Power Markets & Strategy at Gestamp Solar, a multinational European solar energy company.
Mr. Arvizu has a background in technology start-ups, venture capital and biotechnology banking from Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar and a BS in Finance from SDSU.
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.
Dan Berwick is Borrego Solar’s Executive 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 has led Borrego Solar’s market expansion efforts in Massachusetts and New York, as well the development of Borrego Solar’s third-party O&M business. He is a leading expert on solar policy design, and the intersection of renewable energy policy and market dynamics. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 8.0 GW for silicon wafers, 5.0 GW for solar cells, and 8.0 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2017
JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. works closely with top financial institutions and key stakeholders in the solar industry. Publicly vetted by trusted industry third party laboratories, JinkoSolar is one of the fastest growing and most reliable PV suppliers in the United States and Canada. The North American headquarters is located in San Francisco with 5 regional sales offices.
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.
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.
Jonathan Doochin is the CEO of Soligent Holdings Inc., including Soligent, the largest U.S. pure play solar distributor, financier, training and technology platform touching over 5,000 installers. Doochin has successfully led the rollup, investment in, and growth of nearly a dozen solar companies. Doochin and his partners actively invest funds and human capital know-how into uniquely positioned businesses across the energy sector.
Prior to Soligent Holdings, Doochin co-founded and led companies in software, automotive, finance, and construction. Doochin co-founded Clark Energy Group, a national ESCO awarded $5B IDIQ contract for renewable energy development projects with the US government. Doochin has also served in the public sector as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy helping deploy $13B in energy funds. Doochin attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School where he followed his passion in education and co-founded two different well known leadership institutes to further leadership development and education. Doochin spends his spare time hiking, running, traveling, and mentoring.
Jeff Dorety is President; Americas for Trina Solar responsible for all phases of sales, operations, financial and back-office support for North, Central and South American markets. Jeff has worked in Solar PV for eight years including national and global roles with two other manufacturers plus director of sales for commercial projects with an EPC/developer. Previous to entering the PV business Jeff held a number of senior leadership positions in the telecom & datacom equipment and mobile wireless industries with companies such as Lucent Technologies and T-Mobile and AT&T. Jeff has over 25 years’ experience in both small and large tech companies managing and leading various sales channels, building high performing teams and running various operational functions.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas is a passionate leader in the Solar Energy industry, and prides himself on building lasting teams and facilitating alignment and cohesion of business models across diverse projects and programs. He balances the business capability roadmap with energy sustainability and renewable technology solutions, quality, service, and process simplification to achieve a positive return on assets.
Thomas currently serves as President for Soligent Distribution and is responsible for the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the company. Prior to joining Soligent, Thomas served as a member of the Management Board and ran the Solar Energy Division at Fronius USA for over five years. Before his time spent at Fronius USA, Thomas co-founded and managed joint ventures and conducted multiple successful mergers and acquisitions.
Edwin F. Feo, President for Coronal Group, is responsible for Coronal’s development efforts and for maintaining the firm’s developer relationships. Mr. Feo is a pioneer in energy development and finance and a respected authority on the energy industry. He leads an ongoing dialogue on renewable energy by chairing or speaking at top industry conferences. He was named one of the “Five Most Influential People in Renewable Energy” by Euromoney/Institutional Investor and ranked by Project Finance magazine in “Deals of the Year” and “Top Legal Advisors” in the renewable energy industry.
Prior to Coronal, Mr. Feo co-chaired 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.
He was a co-founder of USRG Renewable Finance, which arranged the senior debt financing for 375 MW of rooftop solar photovoltaic projects. Highly active in the industry, Mr. Feo serves on the boards of several companies engaged in the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems.
Mr. Feo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles-School of Law.
Raffi Garabedian joined First Solar in May 2008 as Director of Disruptive Technologies and was promoted to his current role in 2012. Prior to First solar, he spent over 15 years in the micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) industry, developing new products ranging from automotive engine control sensors to fiber-optic telecommunications switching systems. He was the founding CEO of Touchdown Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Verigy, as well as Micromachines Inc., which was acquired by Kavlico. Mr. Garabedian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering with a focus on semiconductor and microsystems technology from the University of California-Davis. He is named on approximately 28 issued U.S. patents.
Álvaro del Río Garcia has been involved in the energy sector for nearly 7 years with a strong background in the PV technical area, strategic planning and international business expansion. Mr. del Río Garcia manages all aspects of Gestamp Solar business and development in Mexico as the Head of the Mexican subsidiary. Prior to this, he worked as Managing Director in Martifer Solar 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
David Kenny is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Omnidian. Omnidian offers comprehensive performance assurance services designed to protect capital invested in solar assets. Mr. Kenny has over 15 years of solar and clean tech experience. Prior to Omnidian, Mr. Kenny was a Senior Director at Sunrun, where he created and led the Fleet Operations Department. This team was responsible for design and installation quality, performance monitoring and alerting, and field service activity. Prior to joining Sunrun, Mr. Kenny helped launch an energy efficiency project finance business (Metrus Energy), developed and operated commercial/utility solar projects (MMA Renewable Ventures), and supported demand-side management programs (Nexant and Navigant Consulting).
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison in January 2015 where he became VP of Energy Storage Deployment.
Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and Mid‐Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton
As Sr. Director of Business Development & Sales, Alejo Lopez leads NEXTracker’s business development and sales team for Mexico and Latin America. Alejo is an expert in the Latin American energy markets where he has worked extensively for over a decade. Prior to joining NEXTracker in 2016, Alejo held the post of Country Manager for Hanwha Q CELLS in Mexico, with primary responsibilities of project development, M&A and PPA sales. Alejo was also a key member of Siliken USA Distributed Generation managing project development and structured finance after working as an advisor with cutting-edge clean-tech ventures including Combined Power, ElectraDrive and others in Silicon Valley.
Alejo, a native of Argentina, started his career running large numerical models, fracking wells and poking at the Earth in what he calls being a Reservoir Engineer in Patagonia. 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. Alejo also holds an MSe in Petroleum Engineering from UNC Argentina and currently lives in Mexico City.
Morten Lund is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Development group, and serves as Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative. His experience includes development and financing of a broad variety of energy and infrastructure projects. Morten’s project experience background covers the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from early-stage development through construction, financing, and acquisition/divestiture. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, including hydro-electric facilities, chemical facilities, wind and solar energy projects, forestry/paper facilities, combustion generator projects, large aircraft, cogeneration facilities, shipping fleets, and nuclear energy facilities. Morten also represents companies developing infrastructure technology, including water treatment technology, solar energy technology, and wind energy technology.
Brad Mattson is CEO of Siva Power, a solar technology company based in Silicon Valley. Mattson is a renowned semiconductor entrepreneur and the only person to date who founded and scaled two publicly-traded semiconductor equipment companies. Prior to Siva Power, Mattson was a partner for Vantage Point Capital Partners where he led the firm’s solar portfolio. Mattson is an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, has been named as one of the top 50 most influential people in the semiconductor industry, and authored The SOLAR PHOENIX: How America Can Rise from the Ashes of Solyndra to World Leadership in Solar 2.0.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pham is the President of PowerFin. Throughout his career, Tuan has focused on areas where energy and finance converge. Prior to founding PowerFin, Tuan worked at HelioVolt, a thin-film solar technology company, and 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 devise a plan for citywide solar development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rubin serves as President of AES Distributed Energy Solutions, which owns and operates distributed energy solar projects within the US strategic business unit of AES. As President, Woody is responsible for AES’ growth efforts in the U.S. energy market for deployment of distributed energy solutions across AES’ platform.
Previously, Mr. Rubin served as Senior Vice President of business development and prior to that, as General Counsel for AES Distributed Energy Solutions. Prior to joining the company Mr. Rubin practiced law in the New York City offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP and in the Denver, CO offices of Holland & Hart LLP.
Mr. Rubin has a J.D. from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.
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 where he leads the strategic direction for a company that provides asset management services for over 150MWs of operating solar plants. Before founding Radian in 2013, he 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 working in the solar industry, Mr. Sachs worked at JPMorgan Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, where he focused on growth equities and LBOs, and as a financial analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Sachs holds a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University.
John Schroeder is a minority founder of DEPCOM Power, which is a top 10 solar EPC company, and one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States. Prior to his experience at DEPCOM, John spent 8 years with First Solar, most recently leading their technology development in balance of system (BoS) products. During his tenure at First Solar, John was part of the leadership team that produced several patents, gigawatts of scale in module manufacturing, and revolutionary systems in renewable energy on some of the largest PV plants in the world.
John is a 6-degree black belt, MCSE, MBA, and earned his BSEE from Purdue University.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Tanguay leads the Loanpal innovation group, identifying new business opportunities and market growth potential by leveraging new technology, and optimizing advancements in the consumer leading platform.
Prior to Loanpal, Tanguay served as President of Solar City – in the largest residential solar company in the world, overseeing 10,000 employees. At SolarCity, he led operations alongside Hayes Barnard and helped grow the business 5x to 40% of market share (10 times the size of the nearest competitor). Additionally, this growth was achieved with the best safety and quality track record, and lowest cost structure.
Additionally, Tanguy co-founded Vivint Solar, a residential solar provider that quickly became the 2nd largest in the market. Tanguy also spent 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, London, and also served 8 years as Vice President of the private equity group at TPG in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
As the President and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners and in the year 2000, bought all their shares in the business and changed the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in it’s infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies. During that time, Bosch Automotive approached Dean with a request for him to start his own manufacturing business and become their sole vendor for automotive brush cards. This request was the catalyst for Dean to found Shoals Technologies Group and supply Bosch Mexico with product for many years. Dean attended college at Purdue University in 1988 and studied mechanical engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Darren Van’t Hof leads a team that executes internal and external renewable energy policy initiatives. Through those initiatives U.S. Bank has invested over $3.5 billion in renewable energy throughout the United States. Over the past 10 years, Darren has held various management and leadership positions within the CDC. His background includes real estate development, asset management and structured finance. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
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.
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 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.
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
With over a decade and a half in the solar and storage sectors, Josh serves as NEXTracker’s Storage Integration Director for the NX Flow Solar and storage product. He began his solar career at Akeena Solar, one of the leading turnkey residential and commercial solar contractors from 2002 to 2009. Shortly after joining the Akeena team in 2005, Josh took on a supervisory role within the company’s operations departments, opening several remote offices nation-wide and scaling the company’s staffing and infrastructure needs upon Akeena’s IPO filing. Joshua managed the engineering, drafting, and project management teams, supporting over 20 MW of both residential and small commercial PV systems over a 3-year time period.
Josh’s energy storage career began as a co-founder of Green Charge Networks, where he secured a $10M grant by the US DOE to deploy 8 micro-grid and utility-interactive solar + energy storage + electric vehicle chargers projects for the purposes of optimizing behind-the-meter electricity usage. After exiting Green Charge Networks (now owned by Engie) in 2013, Josh has gone on to develop grid-connected energy storage and micro-grid projects with NRG’s Station A team and NEXTracker’s integrated energy storage program, where Josh has played many roles in the development of energy storage products and services, including business, finance, policy, project, product, hardware, and software development.
Josh has been an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and currently offers solar engineering training and educational resources through SepiSolar. Joshua is fully certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP-certified Solar PV Installer) and has extensive experience training and scaling Project Management and Design teams within the solar PV integration industry. Josh holds a BA in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley and holds a patents (see: Load Isolation Consumption Management Systems and Methods (US 20130285446 A1).
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.
Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business. He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services. Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group. Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded. Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally. He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems. Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently serves as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.
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 Yokell is Managing Partner and co-founder of Congruent Ventures, an early stage venture firm that backs companies in the sustainable technology ecosystem.
Prior to co-founding Congruent Ventures, Abe spent 13 years at RockPort Capital, helping the RockPort team build nearly half of its portfolio, with a primary focus on business models and software solutions that address climate change challenges. While at RockPort, he was responsible for opening the West Coast office in 2007, where he helped lead investments in energy fintech, residential solar, companies focused on blending software and hardware, data analytics platforms, urban transportation solutions, and energy storage companies.
His RockPort board seats included Renovate America, RePower, Qnovo, Flywheel, and EcoFactor, and he was previously involved with Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), Streetline Networks (acquired by Kapsch), Recurve (acquired by Tendril), and Eka Systems (acquired by Cooper Power), among others.
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.
Shyam Mehta is Executive Director at NYSEIA, the New York Solar Energy Industries Assocation, the only industry association devoted solely to advancing solar energy use and deployment in New York State. As Executive Director, Shyam leads NYSEIA's solar policy initiatives and represents the voice of the New York solar industry in interfacing with stakeholders including legislators, regulators, state agencies and utilities. Prior to NYSEIA, Shyam spent almost a decade at Greentech Media (GTM), an integrated research, media and events firm covering the global renewable energy industry, where he covered the global PV supply chain.
Eric Wesoff is Editor-at-Large at Greentech Media. Prior to joining GTM, 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.
His 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 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
MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power's partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries. MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous conferences, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He 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 also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.
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 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.