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Dr. Antoniadis is responsible for DuPont Photovoltaic (PV) Solutions global technology and for accelerating the introduction of next-generation DuPont materials and offerings into the solar energy market. He joined DuPont in 2011 with the acquisition of Innovalight, Inc., where he was chief technology officer & vice president of Engineering. Prior to Innovalight, his 20-year career included positions with Osram Opto Semiconductors, Hewlett-Packard Labs and Xerox. Widely recognized in the PV industry, he regularly serves as a lecturer and conference chair at leading industry events. Dr. Antoniadis has more than 60 publications in crystalline and amorphous silicon photovoltaics, OLEDs, and polymer materials and has 25 issued U.S. patents. He earned a B.S. in physics from Ioannina University in Greece and his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from Syracuse University.
Mr. Auerbach is founder and Managing Partner of Hudson. Formerly, Mr. Auerbach was a Partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he co-founded the U.S. alternative energy investment business within the Special Situations Group and led several of Goldman’s most successful investments in renewable energy. Mr. Auerbach founded and managed several other businesses at Goldman during his seven year tenure with the firm, supervising over 30 professionals in the U.S. and Europe, and presiding over a $3 Billion balance sheet. Mr. Auerbach worked in the firm’s Debt Capital Markets and Credit Derivatives units before joining the Special Situations Group in December 2003.
Mr. Auerbach is a member of the Leadership Council, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and serves on the Executive Committee of ACORE’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance. Mr. Auerbach is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project. Mr. Auerbach leads Hudson’s global efforts to engage with the political and business communities to develop policy frameworks that best facilitate the scale-up of clean energy.
Dino Barajas focuses his practice on domestic and international project development and finance, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure projects, debt financings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Barajas regularly represents lenders, investors and developers in a wide range of domestic and international project financings in the energy, power, infrastructure and commercial sectors, as well as in traditional banking, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, asset finance, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. His clients include commercial lenders, institutional investors, investment funds, project sponsors, and public and private companies. Mr. Barajas has worked on transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Yemen and elsewhere.
Paul has been a senior sales and marketing executive in power electronics firms ranging from startups to large multinational corporations, including Alpha Technologies, TDI and Advance Power. His work experience has been in custom power supply design, UPS, telecom power, cable TV backup power, and most recently in renewable energy. Paul holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Boston College. He also holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the USMC (retired).
Raghu Belur has 15 years of experience in engineering and engineering management. He started his career at the Indian Institute of Science where he worked on a team developing an alternative energy gasification system. He was an early engineer at Cerent where he was responsible for the development of the optical 2.5Gig interface for the Cerent-454 ADM. Cerent was subsequently acquired by Cisco for $7 Billion. At Cisco, Raghu was managing the team developing the 10Gig interface products for the ONS-15454. He co-founded Enphase Energy Inc. with Mr. Fornage in March of 2006. Raghu has a MSEE from Texas A&M University.
Karin Berardo, leads emerging market solar business development and operations, and also financing solutions for M+W Group’s solar activities worldwide. Prior to M+W, Ms. Berardo founded SIRES Advisors, where she drew on over 20 years of experience in structured finance, fund management, organizational management and policy to provide financing solutions to clients in the renewable energy, water and sustainable agriculture sectors. Ms. Berardo also co-founded CleanPath Ventures, where she raised capital for and managed a development equity fund to bring 10 MW of utility and commercial projects to the US market; and she spent 10 years at real estate and renewable energy company MuniMae, where she was instrumental in closing over $500 million in institutional investment funds in the US, Africa and the Middle East, while also working in Structured Finance, Financial Risk Management and Corporate Planning. Ms. Berardo holds a Masters in Public Policy, an International Masters of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, all from the University of Chicago.
Yann is the President of North America at Conergy, one of the largest downstream solar companies in the world. In this role, Yann manages a team of 45 to develop, finance and manage assets throughout the Country. With locations in Miami, New York and San Francisco, Conergy has deployed over $250million and added 100MW to its balance sheet in the past year within the region.
Yann is a known solar expert, who founded and runs SolarWakeup, a daily newsletter that thousands of solar industry professionals have read every day since 2012. Yann has been cited for his perspectives on the solar industry in numerous publications, including Greentech Media, PV Magazine, PV Tech and the local business journals.
Previous to Conergy, he co-founded several solar companies within the EPC and finance segments. He is deploy involved in solar public policy and works with national trade groups to advance solar policy across the Country. Yann has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two children.
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.
Greg Butterfield is the CEO at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar company headquartered in Utah. Greg has over 25 years of leadership experience and has been the CEO of many private and public companies. Greg has also served as a chairman or board member for RES Software, Needle, Omniture, and several other technology and eCommerce companies. Greg was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was inducted into Utah’s Technology Hall of Fame in 2009. Greg holds a B.S. in business administration and finance from Brigham Young University.
Matt Card brings over 20 years of marketing, business development, sales and product management experience working and leading in high-technology companies ranging in size and diversity from engineering start-ups, established software development firms and global telecommunications providers.
One of Suniva's first 20 employees, Matt has been instrumental in building Suniva's worldwide customer base since 2008, having led or managed the development of many of the company's key customer relationships. Under Matt's guidance, Suniva's sales organization has developed strategic commercial relationships with leading EPCs nationally and internationally, with major customers in North and South America, Asia, and Europe, and developed an industry-leading distribution channel.
In October, 2014, Matt was appointed to a two-year term with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, chartered with improving export competitiveness of these sectors.
He has also held senior positions in Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Strategic Alliances, Product Management, and Systems Development, at various high-technology companies including Air2Web, Infinium Software, KnowledgeWare and Sprint Telecommunications after starting his career in application development at MCI.
Matt holds degree a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, and has done graduate studies, majoring in International Business, at Georgia State University.
Mr. Chatila has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of SunEdison since March 2009. Mr. Chatila oversaw our acquisition of SunEdison LLC in 2009 and developed SunEdison’s solar strategy. Prior to joining SunEdison, Mr. Chatila served as Executive Vice President, Memory and Imaging Division of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor design and manufacturing company, from July 2005 to February 2009. From September 2004 to June 2005, Mr. Chatila was the Vice President of Operations of the Cypress Memory and Imaging Division, and before that he served as Managing Director of the low power memory business unit in the Memory and Imaging Division from January 2003 to September 2004. Mr. Chatila initially joined Cypress in 1991 and held a number of management roles in wafer technology development, manufacturing and sales since that time, including the positions described above. From November 1997 to December 1999, Mr. Chatila worked for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as Senior Account Manager, before rejoining Cypress in January 2000. Mr. Chatila has over 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, with increasing responsibility as an executive during this time, prior to his appointment as our President and Chief Executive Officer.
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.
Andrew Cronk is an experienced engineer and entrepreneur driven to make better decisions through data. Andrew learned the power of data-driven leadership early in his career as an engineer at UPS and Motorola, and he used data to enable manufacturing decisions at the crowdfunding company he founded and successfully exited. Before TempoIQ, he partnered with his eventual co-founder Michael Yagley to lead the software development team at an innovative geothermal energy company. This experience revealed to Andrew and Michael the unique challenges of monitoring and analyzing massive streams of real-time sensor data, and they leveraged these insights in architecting TempoIQ’s sensor analytics backend. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from Kettering University.
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.
Brian Farhi is a market and product strategy professional with more than 15 years of experience in energy and the high tech industry. Brian's specialty is bringing technically complex solutions to market, managing all aspects of the process from ideation to launch to product line growth. He has successfully launched more than a dozen new products in the software and hardware spaces that have been marketed in B2B and B2C channels.
In his current role as the lead for solar energy and new channel partnerships at Nest, Brian works with solar companies, utilities and new energy channels to overcome conservation, reliability, and customer engagement-related challenges by leveraging Nest's products and services.
Previously, Brian was vice president of marketing and business development at SolarNexus – a software company providing the solar industry with business management software that streamlines the process of selling, installing and maintaining solar systems. Prior to that, Brian was the first associate at a seed-stage cleantech VC firm, helping with the launch of the US business unit of Fronius inverters - an EU-based market leader, and led SunPower’s inverter and data monitoring system definition and development. Brian has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado's Building Systems Program, and a dual BA in Physics and Sociology from Colgate University.
Dale is a founding partner of FLS Energy and has overseen its growth from a local residential solar provider to one of the leading utility scale solar developers in the eastern United States. He has facilitated the creation and implementation of management and construction processes that have enabled FLS Energy to receive recognition as the fastest growing company in North Carolina for two consecutive years. Through his leadership, FLS Energy has developed a comprehensive business model of solar development including financing, engineering, construction, and asset management which has enabled FLS to own and operate a portfolio of solar energy facilities.
Dale is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and is active on several boards within the renewable energy industry as well as his local community. Dale manages from a triple bottom line philosophy, resulting in a company where 100% of its employees volunteer, its solar facilities generate enough power for 20,000 homes and in 2014 was recognized as one of North Carolina’s top 100 privately held firms.
José Galíndez is Chairman and Co-founder of Solarpack, a company dedicated to the development, construction of turn-key solar PV plants since 2005 with 120 MW built to date worldwide. Previously, he was President of Sulzer Chemtech and CEO of Guascor. He was Chairman of the Spanish Wind Association from 2002 to 2004, and board member in the Photovoltaic Industry Association from 2005 to 2009. He sits on the boards of Industria de Turbopropulsores, SENER and Velatia.
Marco Garcia has over 25 years of sales management and international business development experience. He has developed and closed scores of landmark PV projects in the U.S. and Europe, including some of the world’s largest solar power plants. His tenure in the solar industry includes sales leadership positions at PowerLight, SunPower, Suntech, and Suniva. As Suniva CCO, he spearheaded the shift in their sales approach from high efficiency cells to Suniva-branded high efficiency modules. As Chief Commercial Officer at NEXTracker since 2014, Marco and his team are responsible for closing approximately 5GW in tracker sales worldwide. Marco Garcia holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Economics from Brown University.
Dr. Tassos Golnas is leading the Performance Analytics team for the SunEdison Global Services organization – a group responsible for the creation and delivery of performance reports and for deep action-oriented analysis of the rich dataset captured by SunEdison’s data acquisition infrastructure. He is also an Associate SunEdison Fellow. He joined SunEdison in 2008 to evaluate newly commercialized technologies in PV power generation and conversion. Since 2009 he has worked extensively with performance and field data from SunEdison’s worldwide fleet and his analyses, with a focus on the perspective of O&M services provider, have been presented in domestic and international conferences and workshops. Prior to SunEdison he managed R&D teams in the semiconductor and photonic equipment industries. Tassos holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Ed Heacox is a Principal at Envect Inc., a venture consulting firm helping solar industry players gain traction in North America. Mr. Heacox is also GM for Chint Power Systems building the team and driving execution for customers in North America. He enjoys strategy formulation, team building, sales/marketing, business development and strategic transformation projects such as M&A, due diligence and integration.
Ed previously served as a Vice President, Solar Inverters at Advanced Energy building the business from new entrant to USA market leader, 2008-2011.
Mr. Heacox also worked for GE Power Systems, Celestica Power, Emerson Network Power and attended Stanford University to become a Sloan Fellow where he secured a Masters Degree in Management. For fun he plays tennis and flies motorcycles.
Brad has seventeen years of clean energy advocacy experience with statewide and national organizations. He was the architect of the nation’s strictest state policy on existing coal-fired power plants, the Healthy Air Act, and led the campaign for Maryland’s law capping greenhouse gas emissions. He is the author of dozens of research reports written for statewide policy campaigns across the country. Before joining CALSEIA’s staff in 2013 he was working to support the development of Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Aggregation initiatives in California.
George W. Hershman is the Vice President and General Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE), a division of Swinerton Inc. Originally founded in 1888, Swinerton Builders is one of the largest general contractors in the Country. Mr. Hershman began his tenure at Swinerton in 1997 as a Project Manager, working on a diverse set of projects ranging from a Los Angeles Airport runway, tunnel expansion to a $150-million renovation of the Los Angeles Zoo. In 2006, he was promoted to San Diego Division Manager of Swinerton Management & Consulting. In this capacity, he oversaw Construction Management assignments for municipal and education clients throughout the San Diego region. In response to the growing demand for renewable energy, Mr. Hershman took on the task of building Swinerton's presence in the Renewable Energy Sector in 2008. Since starting the group, he and his team built SRE into one of the largest Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) firms in the Country. In 2014, SRE formed a stand-alone plant management group called SOLV to enhance plant operations through specialized analytics and customized services. Both the EPC and SOLV teams are consistently ranked in the top five (5) among industry leaders in annual solar company rankings. SRE has performed over 1GW of EPC work and SOLV group manages over 1.2GW of solar and wind assets. This includes projects throughout the United States and Canada. With over 30 years of construction experience, Mr. Hershman has become a recognized expert and industry leader in the engineering, construction and management of solar power plants. Mr. Hershman is an elected Executive Committee member and sits on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Michael Herzig heads corporate development and company strategy. Prior to founding Locus Energy, Herzig was a partner and co-founder of the financial services industry IT consulting firm MPI Professionals, which was purchased by CGI. MPI served major financial institutions globally, and had offices in New York, Toronto, Sao Paulo and London. The firm grew from two founders to 100 employees. Before MPI, Herzig co-founded UConnections.com, a college-focused Internet company. He started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the Financial Services Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Lon Huber directs Strategen’s private sector consulting practice. In this capacity, Lon provides independent analysis, strategy, and policy solutions to some of the energy sector’s most controversial issues. On behalf of a diversity of clients, he is involved in numerous public proceedings across the US, covering such topics as rate design modernization, community solar, energy storage policy, and the designing of new ratepayer friendly market structures.
Prior to joining Strategen, Lon worked for the consumer advocate office in Arizona, in the private sector for solar technology firms, and in academia at an energy focused research institute. Due to his efforts in the community, Mr. Huber received a congressional recognition award for his work in educating citizens about solar energy. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and MBA from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.
Peter Lorenz is Chief Executive Officer of Unirac Inc. As CEO, Lorenz oversees all aspects of Unirac’s operations including sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain and finance.
Lorenz brings over ten years of experience in energy and solar power and twenty years of diversified experience in business building, sales and marketing, operational performance improvements and M&A. Prior to assuming his current role, Lorenz was with Quanta Services, a leading specialty contractor in North America, where as president of Renewable Energy Services he developed the company’s solar strategy allowing Quanta to become the leading solar EPC company during his tenure. Prior to joining Quanta Services, Lorenz worked for the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Houston where his work focused energy firm growth, performance transformations and renewable energy. He was also instrumental in building McKinsey’s global solar competence. Lorenz began his career in finance for Royal Dutch Shell in London.
Lorenz has published and co-authored several articles on electric power and solar energy and been a featured speaker on several industry conferences. Lorenz has a BA in European Business Administration from Middlesex University and FH Reutlingen and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Eran Mahrer serves as Vice President of Market, Utility and Government Origination. He joined First Solar in 2014 and leads the company's engagement with utilities on solar planning and programming. In this role, Mr. Mahrer establishes and maintains relationships with utilities, engages in strategic planning, integrated resource planning and program design initiatives.
Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Mahrer served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Programs for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). He joined SEPA in 2012 and led the organization's efforts in driving utility and solar industry strategies and practices in support of solar energy. His experience also includes serving as Arizona Public Service Company's (APS) Director of Renewable Energy and Resource Portfolio Planning. In his 11 years with APS, he led the company's renewable energy strategy, renewable and customer program resource planning, regulatory interface on many renewable matters and implementation of all renewable programs.
Mr. Mahrer received his MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a Master of Science from Washington State University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Mr. Lou Marrero is a sales professional with over 22 years of successful executive sales and sales management experience, currently leading Trina’s Channel sales in North America, Latin America and Caribbean. Prior to joining Trina Solar, Lou Marrero worked at Kyocera where he led the U.S. distribution sales force and Latin American sales team, growing sales, building and motivating the sales organization, and reinforcing brand strategy
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.
Tom Matzzie is Founder, President and CEO of Ethical Electric, a renewable energy company empowering utility customers to cut emissions and support clean energy through 100 percent renewable electricity. The company buys electricity from local wind and solar farms in wholesale competitive energy markets and sells it to homes and businesses in seven states and the District of Columbia. For more than twelve years, Tom has built online communities for causes that disrupted incumbents in the space, his work has developed innovations now considered best practices in online civic engagement, and he is a widely recognized expert in this field.
Michael Maulick is President and CEO of SunLink Corporation, a leading provider of commercial photovoltaic mounting solutions proven in over 500MW of commercial projects at 2,000+ sites across North America. He has been the CEO of three international technology companies, had a 20-plus year career at IBM and has served on Private and Public Boards, most notably as Independent Director for the IPO of Rackable Systems. Michael has arranged almost $200M of financial backing and completed multiple M&A activities. Prior to SunLink, he served as Managing Director of Maulick Capital, an investment and consulting firm he founded in January 2009.
Tamara Montague is Director of Sales for JA Solar USA and responsible for customer relationships, business development and operations for PV modules and cells in North America. She has been with JA Solar since 2011 and worked in the solar PV industry for seven years. Prior to joining the company, she launched Lumeta Solar’s BIPV products globally as the Director of Marketing. Tamara has broad experience in the semiconductor and energy sectors. As Product Marketing Manager at Advanced Micro Devices, she was responsible for business planning and competitive intelligence. During her tenure at the Clean Energy Incubator, Tamara developed focused marketing and growth strategies for early-stage renewable-energy companies. At UOP LLC, she designed and operated process plants for petroleum refining and petrochemical production. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Mahesh Morjaria has been with First Solar over seven years during which he has had several leadership positions. He led the development of grid-friendly PV plant capability that has now been successfully deployed at a number of large utility-scale PV plants. Currently, he leads a team at First Solar that is responsible for grid integration and systems capability for utility-scale PV plants.
He brings more than 30 years of advanced technology, engineering and product development expertise in energy and other fields. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions. In his previous role at GE Energy, Dr Morjaria was the engineering leader for wind turbine and wind plant controls. Under his leadership GE successfully commercialized advanced control and SCADA features for the GE wind business.
He is an author of numerous papers and patents in the area of renewable grid integration, PV and wind plants, wind turbine controls, monitoring, diagnostics and services technologies. Dr. Morjaria’s academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University in the U.S.
Mr. Matt Murphy is the Director of Operations & Maintenance for Borrego Solar and is based out of the regional headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts. Matt is responsible for the routine maintenance and incidental service required on all of Borrego Solar's commercial and public-sector solar energy systems from the time they are interconnected to the electrical grid until they are decommissioned, ensuring the system equipment produces electricity at the projected levels for the duration of their usable lives. Prior to joining Borrego Solar, he worked for three years at the Vermont-based electrical contracting company Peck Electric, where he was instrumental in creating and running Peck's solar PV division and was responsible for every job function from sales to system commissioning. While at Peck, Matt oversaw the development and construction of over 3 MW of solar PV capacity. Matt also has experience teaching PV construction to electricians at the Vermont NJATC training center, where he prepared students for the entry level NABCEP certification test. Matt is a licensed journeyman electrician and is NABCEP certified.
Costa started with PanelClaw when the company was founded in 2007 as it’s first employee. Over the last 10 years, he has focused his efforts leading PanelClaw's sales and marketing and international business development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PanelClaw, Inc. and SunWealth Management. PanelClaw’s structures have been utilized in on over 1 gigawatt of PV flat roof installations around the world, making the company one of the most experienced flat roof PV structures providers in the world. Costa is passionate about unlocking the true potential of PV flat roof applications worldwide.
David Ozment is currently serving as SR Director of Energy in the Walmart’s Energy Department. In this role, he leads the company’s renewable energy efforts as well as the company’s business relationships and with electric and natural gas utilities across the U.S.
Walmart’s renewable energy efforts have included the installation of onsite roof mounted solar systems, ground mounted systems, and shaded parking structure systems. Walmart has also installed onsite wind turbines, purchased the output of a large scale wind farm, installed fuel cells, and continues to explore other cost effective renewable energy alternatives and opportunities.
David came to Wal-Mart in 2003 from the electric utility industry primarily with American Electric Power Company (AEP) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a part of the Central & Southwest System (CSW). Over his utility career he held a number of management and senior management positions including operations, marketing, business development and regulatory.
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.
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.
Tim Rebhorn joined First Solar in January 2013 as Senior Vice President, Sales - Americas. As a member of the senior leadership team, he oversees all regional business and project development. Tim’s 30-year career in the energy industry includes senior leadership roles in the natural gas and power generation segments in worldwide markets. Prior to joining First Solar, he was CEO of Quail Nuclear Specialty Services, an industrial construction company. Previous experience includes executive leadership of Resolutions Management/Merrill International, high-level consulting for clients in energy, steel, engineering and construction industries. He began his career in the United States Navy, where he served in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program and as a NATO staff planning officer. Tim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Court S. Rich is Senior Partner at Rose Law Group. He has spent the last decade at RLG helping his clients add value to their business endeavors, get projects approved, and issues quickly resolved. Court practices in the areas of, municipal law, land use and zoning, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and the State Liquor Board as well as lobbying at the State Legislature. Court also serves as the Director of Rose Law Group’s Renewable Energy Department and represents many of the largest solar companies in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility sittings, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed. On the regulatory front, Court has worked on numerous groundbreaking matters in Arizona including acting as lead counsel before the Arizona Corporation Commission for the largest solar energy industry groups in the country. Court has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and turnkey agreements for utility scale solar generation facilities with utilities including among others Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, Court has drafted and negotiated solar service agreements, solar lease agreements, and solar purchase agreements for numerous distributed scale solar projects with a variety of off-takers.
Mike has over 16 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar industries. His background includes over 10 years at Applied Materials working in the Semiconductor and Solar divisions and over 3 years working on leading CIGS technologies to commercialize products at MiaSole and NanoSolar. Currently, Mike serves as the Marketing Director for SolarEdge North America.
Sara founded Sungage Financial following her own struggle to finance solar panels during a deep energy retrofit of her home. She realized firsthand that solar contractors need simple financing that works at the kitchen table, consumers want financing that helps them capture as much savings as possible, and banks need a partner with a deep understanding of residential solar. Sungage Financial was started to meet those needs. Sara is a frequent speaker and panelist at solar energy conferences and is a member of the New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Solar Connecticut. Prior to Sungage, Sara was a policy and economic analyst for the City of New York, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates. She holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Tucker Ruberti has worked for Advanced Energy since 2007 and is currently Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Solar Inverters. In his current role he is responsible for the developing and driving AE Solar’s global product and solutions roadmap.
Mr. Ruberti earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Environmental Management & Policy from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked in the energy technology space since 1993, working for a broad range of companies including Westinghouse, General Electric, the NYSERDA and IdaTech.
Ray Saka is the Sales Manager for Renewable Energy Systems at TMEIC Corporation, where he focuses of utility-scale PV inverter business development and market analysis for U.S. operations. Ray has worked extensively on new market development, key account partnerships, strategic business planning, competitive analysis, and innovative technology assessments for U.S. renewable power conversion and systems markets. He has written several articles on inverter reliability and presented on topics at conferences such as Intersolar North America and Intersolar Europe. He previously worked at a market development and consulting firm where his work focused on evaluation of new start-ups and business development for the solar, semiconductor, and artificial intelligence security systems industries. Ray graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor degree in Psychology.
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.
As the CEO of American Solar & Roofing, Joy blends her diverse experience in for-profit and non-profit management, fundraising, public relations, lobbying, and community outreach to lead their growing team into a solar and roofing revolution. Joy obtained her BS degree from the School of Global Management and Leadership, with a focus in Finance, from ASU at the West Campus. She has over a decade of experience in public policy and has been involved in solar policy since 2009.
Dr. Lidija Sekaric is the Director of Solar Energy Technologies Office and its SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy. In that role, she manages and balances a portfolio of nearly $1B in projects, and sets the near and long-term goals for the programs. Prior to joining SunShot, she served as a senior advisor in the office of the Under Secretary of Energy and as a technical and market advisor on some of the world’s largest distributed solar generation projects. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Sekaric was on research staff at IBM T.J. Watson laboratory where she conducted record-setting research in nanoscale science and engineering. She holds 30 U.S. patents and has over 40 scientific publications. Dr. Sekaric received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.
Lori is a 29 year employee of SRP and 40 year resident of Arizona. She is responsible for design/implementation of SRP's environmental outreach programs with special focus on renewable energy.
Lori's responsibilities at SRP include development/implementation of renewable energy projects to meet SRP's sustainable resource goals. Singleton oversees research and development projects to support company-wide initiatives for SRP including gasoline lawn mower recycling, tree planting, clean school bus initiative, travel reduction, and other internal environmental programs.
She works on development and implementation of the "green" energy pricing program, solar incentive program for residential and commercial customers and renewable energy education programs for implementation in middle school/high school curriculums.
In addition, she does promotion/public relations for all new renewable energy projects/purchases (solar, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, low head hydro, fuel cells) while serving as the environmental issues media spokesperson for SRP and is a constant representative of SRP on numerous environmental committees, boards and commissions.
She was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve on the Solar Energy Advisory Council and also has several other current affiliations including: Valley Forward Association, Board of Directors; Audubon Society, Chair, Board of Directors; Maricopa County Regional Travel Reduction Task Force, Chair; Association for Commuter Transportation, Valley of the Sun, President & National Board Director; Southwest Center for Education; and the Natural Environment (ASU), Board of Directors.
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.
Bob Stojanovic, Director of Solar Power for ABB North America, is responsible for driving the company's North American solar market. In this role, Stojanovic offers a turnkey approach to directing wind solutions for customers. He has been with ABB since 1999 and previously served as a regional manager for low voltage drive sales as well as a district drives manager in wind, then solar. As solar transmission continues improve, Stojanovic and his team focus on future storage and smart solutions for the growing North American solar market. He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from The University of Western Ontario.
Drew Torbin is the CEO of Black Bear Energy Inc., a buyer’s agent for commercial and industrial renewable energy. Together with Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room, Mr. Torbin launched Black Bear to accelerate the adoption of clean energy by large property owners and users. Black Bear assists clients with identification and procurement of solar and other renewable energy projects within their real estate portfolio. Black Bear’s clients own, manage or control over 800 million square feet of property throughout the U.S. Prior to starting Black Bear, Mr. Torbin founded and led the renewable energy group at Prologis, the global leader in industrial real estate. During his tenure the group deployed over 120 megawatts of distributed solar projects across North America, Europe and Asia. Before Prologis, Mr. Torbin held positions at Litchfield Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. equity long/short hedge fund, and at Wells Fargo. Mr. Torbin received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Executive Leadership Program and serves on the Colorado New Energy Improvement District board.
James Tong is the CEO of Advanced Grid Consulting, which advises technology and energy providers transforming the electric grid. He is a recognized expert on market structures and strategies for distributed energy resources. His numerous thought pieces on the electric power industry have been widely cited by policymakers, businesses, and researchers. James also served as a principal on a $2.3M research led by NREL analyzing the drivers and barriers of consumer adoption of solar. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a finalist for the Platts Global Energy Awards Rising Star.
James was previously VP of strategy at Clean Power Finance, where he designed and led three projects that were awarded a total of $4.5 million from the Department of Energy. He had also served in various management positions at GE, where he completed its elite commercial leadership program. James earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Terry Vernon stands at the forefront of one of the fastest moving technology industry trends; Solar Energy. Terry has spent the last 5 years developing Sustainable Energy for Yolo County. The projects he developed not only required a zero capital investment from the County; it also eliminated a $1.4 million dollar electric bill. In addition, the solar systems generate $400,000+ in annual revenue and produce 152% more electricity than the county needs.
These projects have been recognized by the EPA twice for leadership awards, and the County also received the 2014 Leadership Award for Renewable Energy from the Green California Summit.
Terry has extensive knowledge and background in renewable energy development, waste to energy, energy reduction and efficiency. He is a senior level executive with thirty years of experience in project management, engineering, construction management and administration.
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.
Claudia Wentworth is co-founder and CEO of Quick Mount PV, a solar roof mount manufacturer based in California. As CEO, Claudia leads the effort to create the guiding vision and strategic direction for the company. Claudia serves on numerous industry association boards and is a passionate advocate of consumer and professional education in the solar industry. She also serves as the company's lead ambassador to the solar industry and was recently named as of the “Top 10 Women in Solar Energy” by theenergycollective.com. Claudia has been active in the solar industry since 2000 and in the green building and construction industries for more than 20 years. Claudia co-founded Quick Mount PV in 2006, and is co-inventor on multiple utility patents on mounting technologies.
Tom Werner serves as SunPower’s CEO and chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining SunPower, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
José Zambrano is President and CEO at Galt Energy, Mexico's leading residential and small commercial solar developer. In the four years since its founding, José has led Galt Energy to more than 1,000 residential and small commercial systems amounting to more than 5 MW of installations, of which 30% have been financed through its own fund. José is board member of the Energy Cluster for the state of Nuevo León and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.
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.
Ravi is the head of solar research at Wood Mackenzie, where he focuses on solar-plus-storage, solar integration on the grid and related power markets issues. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Wood Mackenzie’s energy storage research practice and covered global storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge. Ravi has over 10 years of experience in renewables as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
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.
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
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.
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.
Scott Moskowitz is the Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence at Hanwha Q CELLS America Inc., where he heads market research and leads communication and policy initiatives. Prior to Q CELLS, Scott was a Research Manager at GTM Research and head of the Renewable Technologies Group, leading a team of analysts covering technology trends in the solar, storage, and wind energy markets. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis.