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Mohit Anand
Mohit Anand
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Mohit Anand is a Senior Analyst at GTM research focusing on the global solar upstream market. With previous experience covering the demand dynamics and downstream procurement strategies in emerging markets like India, Mohit analyzes the competitive forces and sales growth criteria that determine the success of module manufacturers globally. Before joining GTM, he participated in the early stages of growth of the Indian solar industry by setting up a solar market intelligence team, advising project developers on new solar business models, and consulting international companies on their market success strategies. Mohit holds a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, a Master in International Studies from the National University of Singapore, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Leslie Barkemeyer
Leslie Barkemeyer
Deputy General Counsel, Sol Systems

Leslie Barkemeyer is the Deputy General Counsel at Sol Systems, where she supports Sol Systems' solar project finance team during project negotiations, deal structuring, and transaction closings.

Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Barkemeyer served as an Assistant General Counsel for a component of the Department of Justice, where her practice focused on third-party financed renewable projects for federal agencies. Dedicated to the Renewable Energy Initiative, she led negotiations on behalf of the federal government and pioneered innovative federal contracting vehicles. In addition to her transactional practice, Ms. Barkemeyer is an experienced litigator having served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York and a trial attorney at a boutique civil litigation firm in Chicago.

Ms. Barkemeyer received a BA in medieval history from Cornell University and a JD from Temple University, where she was a Public Interest Scholar and served on moot court and trial team. She currently serves as the Chair of the Renewables Committee of the Energy Bar Association and the Washington, D.C. Board of the Women’s Energy Network. Additionally, she sits on the national Board of Directors for the New Leaders Council.

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Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Investments & Structured Finance, GAF

Mr. Barrett oversees all solar finance and renewable investment related issues for the firm. Prior to GAF, Mr. Barrett served as Chief Commercial Officer of Sol-Wind, LLC. Prior, Mr. Barrett was a founding partner of Paladin Strategic Partners and had an extensive background in structured finance and asset management with senior positions at firms including Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley and the Hartford Insurance Group. Mr. Barrett holds a BBA in Finance and International Business from Howard University where he was a Trustee & ITT Hartford Scholar and an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management where he was a Robert Toigo Fellow.

Michael Belikoff
Michael Belikoff
Chief Operating Officer, Strata Solar, LLC

Mr. Belikoff joined Strata in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Strata’s EPC and O&M divisions.  During his time at Strata the company has successfully installed over 600 MWs over 50+ projects.  Mr. Belikoff also initiated programs which have improved safety and quality, while also reducing project cycle time by nearly half.

Prior to joining Strata Mr. Belikoff worked for First Solar as Vice President of Global Power Plant Engineering.  During his time at First Solar Mr. Belikoff initiated and lead the following efforts:

• Industry leading construction velocity (8X improvement in 4 years)
• EPC Infrastructure systems, allowing scale up of FS EPC business from 14 MW in 2008 to over 1000 MW in 2012
• Capabilities to optimize PV power plant design, resulting in dramatic improvement in LCOE and customer value with the same basic plant components
• Improvements to site layout and plant design which dramatically increased site density of DC power and AC energy output (upwards of 30% improvement), simultaneously reducing LCOE and improving NPV.

Prior to joining First Solar in 2008, Mr. Belikoff headed up the mechanical/electrical/energy division for Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor PS&S), a 250 person consulting A/E firm.   During his time at PS&S, Mr. Belikoff leadership enabled four-fold growth of the MEP/Energy division, broadening service offerings and industries serviced in the process.

Dan Berwick
Dan Berwick
General Manager, Energy Storage Division, Borrego Solar Systems

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.

Peyton Boswell
Peyton Boswell
Managing Director, EnterSolar

Peyton is a Managing Director at EnterSolar, where he is responsible for solar project origination, development and financing activities for Commercial & Industrial clients. Before joining the EnterSolar team, Peyton led solar development activities for Fortistar, and was previously the founder of a renewable energy development firm based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to entering the solar industry, Peyton was an investment banking professional for 15 years with J.P. Morgan and Bank of America, primarily focused on private equity transactions, M&A advisory services, and the coverage of corporate clients across a range of industry groups.

Peyton is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a NABCEP Technical Sales Certification. He earned a BA from Cornell University and holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Mike Bush
Mike Bush
Manager, Generation Planning & Development, Southern Company

Mike joined Southern Company full time in 1990 after working at Mississippi Power Company as a cooperative education student.  He is currently responsible for providing asset management and generation siting and development services (including renewable generation development) for the retail operating companies of Southern Company.  His previous responsibilities included positions as Manager of Energy Trading and Director of Portfolio Management. Mike and his wife Laura have five children.

David Chang
David Chang
Sr. Director, Head of Sales – Solar & Energy Storage, LG

David Chang is the Director of U.S. Sales for LG Electronics’ Solar Business. Since joining LG in 2011, he has been an integral part of LG Solar’s growth in the U.S.  A 10-year veteran of the solar industry, David has experience in crystalline silicon, thin film, and multi-junction cells used in CPV. Before solar, he held sales and business development roles in the telecom and semiconductor industry.  David holds a BS in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.

Cynthia Christensen
Cynthia Christensen
Director of Commercial Sales, Namaste Solar

Cynthia Christensen is the Director of Commercial Sales for Namasté Solar, an employee-owned cooperative and national engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider of solar electric systems, with offices in Colorado, California and New York. Cynthia has 30 years of experience in commercial and utility scale photovoltaic projects and has led strategic growth for Stirling Energy Systems, Blackrock Renewables and NTR-Ireland, among others. She started her career as a material science engineer, contributing to manufacturing techniques for polysilicon development and high volume module production.

With over 3,500 installed systems in the U.S., Namasté Solar is a leader in the commercial photovoltaic market, leveraging a comprehensive understanding of commercial project development from feasibility studies to financing acumen and quality engineering. Some of Namasté Solar’s most notable project clients include National Renewable Energy Lab, the Environmental Protection Agency, Coors Field, New Belgium Brewery and Kaiser Permanente. 

Christensen’s strategic initiatives, coupled with national partnerships through the Amicus Solar Cooperative, have aligned Namasté Solar for fast paced growth in the commercial and industrial sector.

Nigel Cockroft
Nigel Cockroft
General Manager, Jinko Solar U.S. Inc.

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.

Joel Cohn
Joel Cohn
Partner, CohnReznick

Joel Cohn, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Transaction Consulting Group.  Since 1995, he has provided transaction structuring advice and technical services to sponsors of various tax credit projects including, among others, renewable energy projects.  His broad experience in raising tax equity brings to bear solutions where business goals and tax rules would appear to conflict.  He believes the key is having an understanding of the goals of the various stakeholders, and the alternative ways those goals can be achieved.

His advice has included maximization of credits through re-categorization of costs, contract restructuring and tax planning, all while working within the framework of tax law; creation of transaction structures designed to satisfy the key agendas of various stakeholders; exit strategy development for investors/ developers, including the creation of various option strategies; development of strategies which maximize sponsor return on investment; and creation of transaction structures that permit economic participation by nonprofits.

Joel’s tax credit transaction experience includes several hundred projects throughout the country.  He has also contributed policy advice to working groups across the country, advising on both federal and state tax credit law, consequently generating substantial improvements to the programs and to the public’s understanding of the law.

Trevor d’Olier-Lees
Trevor d’Olier-Lees
Senior Director, Corporate Ratings-Infrastructure, Standard & Poor's Rating Services

Trevor d’Olier-Lees is a Senior Director in the Infrastructure practice, part of the Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Corporate and Government Ratings group.

Trevor joined Standard & Poor’s in 1998 and has been involved in all analytical aspects of the Infrastructure practice. His responsibilities include chairing rating committees, also as the primary analyst for new credit ratings such as Solar Star, WVB East End Partners (S&P’s first rating of an availability public-private partnership project in the U.S.) and surveillance of existing ratings. In addition, Trevor has been significantly involved in the world’s first three rated solar securitization transactions (SolarCity 1, 2 and 3) and the rating of the first rooftop solar loan portfolio (SolarCity FTE 1).

Trevor was also involved in writing the project finance methodology such as “Project Finance Construction Methodology”, Nov 15 2013.  Recent thought leadership articles Trevor has authored include “How Standard & Poor’s Views The Credit Risk Of Energy Efficiency Projects”, Nov 16, 2016,  “How Environmental And Climate Risks Factor Into Global Corporate
Ratings”, Oct 21st 2015,  “Placid Turbines Fan Concerns About Wind Energy Reliability In The US”, Sept 15 2015, “US Public-Private Partnerships Encounter New Road Bumps As Political Appetite For The Projects Waxes and Wanes”, Sept 9, 2015, ”Standard & Poor's Approach To Rating Renewable Energy Project Finance Transactions” 20th April 2015, and “Renewables Start To Shape U.S. Utility Decisions; Stable Outlook For Utilities, But More Changes To Generation Portfolios Are Expected” 10th Dec 2014.

Trevor holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University College, Swansea, U.K. and a master of business administration degree from Manchester Business School, U.K.

Benjamin Gallagher
Benjamin Gallagher
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Ben is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research specializing in PV systems and balance of systems components. Before joining GTM Research, Ben worked in China and the U.S. in clean-tech manufacturing and for The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ben holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Skidmore College and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Adam Gerza
Adam Gerza
COO, Energy Toolbase

Adam Gerza is the Chief Operating Officer at Energy Toolbase, an industry leading software platform that specializes in modeling and proposing the economics of solar + storage projects. Adam has worked in the cleantech industry for 11 years, having spent much of his time studying the effect of utility rate designs and Net Metering frameworks on the economics of DER projects. Prior to solar, Adam traded energy commodities for a natural gas trading company and a hedge fund. He has a B.S. in finance from the University of Southern California.

Mark Goodreau
Mark Goodreau
Director of Sales, Yaskawa – Solectria Solar

Mark Goodreau is Director of Sales at Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. A 10-year veteran of the solar industry, Mark has held senior management positions with leading PV equipment manufacturers and PV syste integrators. He began his career in the semiconductor industry at Texas Instruments, and holds an MBA from Dartmouth College and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Terry Grant
Terry Grant
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

Terry Grant is Managing Partner and head of the solar market practice for Marathon Capital. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on the power, alternative energy and energy technology sectors.

Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Grant was a Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets focused on alternative energy and power portfolio restructurings in the Energy Group. Mr. Grant originally joined FBR in 1997 and founded the equity research practice in energy, covering the IPP and non-utility generation sub-sectors. From 2000-2005, Mr. Grant was involved in energy technology investment ventures both investing, and offering financial advisory services for energy technology and power asset companies. He founded and served as Portfolio Manager in a hedge fund focused on the energy sector.

Prior to FBR, Mr. Grant held a variety of positions at US Generating Company – a PG&E and Bechtel partnership in the energy sector. He was involved in project financings totaling over $2 billion, corporate M&A work, and was responsible for project development for the South Western Region of the United States.

Mr. Grant received his BA from Wake Forest University and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Grant holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.

Allan Gregg
Allan Gregg
Chief Technology Officer, Sungrow

Allan Gregg, Chief Technology Officer at Sungrow North America, is an industry veteran who joined Sungrow in 2015. With over 36 years of experience in the solar industry, he has held pivotal roles in the design and implementation of large-scale solar PV systems in over 18 countries. He previously served as Vice President of Applications Engineering at CEC GreatWall Renewable Energy and Sr. Director of Applications Engineering at Satcon. Allan holds a MSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jan Grimberg
Jan Grimberg
Global Business Director, Royal DSM B.V.

Jan Grimberg is currently Global Business Director at Royal DSM B.V. and is responsible for DSM’s activities in the Solar PV industry. He has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Processing.
Jan Grimberg joined DSM in 1988 and since then has held various technical, marketing and sales, and business positions in both Material Science and Life Science businesses of DSM. He has lived and worked in a number of different countries around the world.

Julia Hamm
Julia Hamm
President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Julia Hamm has more than 15 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs.  The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and solar energy.  Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,000 member companies.  She has expertise on the business models and programs of utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia.  Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Nathan Homan
Nathan Homan
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Wiser Capital

Nathan Homan has over two decades experience as an entrepreneur, more than half of which focused on the solar industry.  With a passion for strategic thinking and sea change technology, Nathan currently serves as the Managing Partner of Wiser Capital, a technology centric financial services firm. Wiser has developed a web based platform to facilitate project credit rating, investment and cost of capital competition in third-party owned unrated mid-scale commercial solar projects.  Mr. Homan has a proven track record in international business and project finance. Prior to joining Wiser, Nathan was the CEO of a polysilicon brokerage firm which he founded from the ground up.  Through that venture Mr. Homan obtained insights into the solar supply chain, inefficiencies in the solar landscape and bottlenecks to increased solar deployment - issues he aims to dissolve through Wiser Capital.

Cory Honeyman
Cory Honeyman
Business Development Manager - Channel Partner & Strategy, AES Distributed Energy

Cory Honeyman is a Business Development Manager - Chanel Partner & Strategy with AES Distributed Resources.

Previously, Cory was the Director of Solar Research at Wood Mackenzie (previously GTM Research) with a focus on downstream demand in the US. There he handled primary data collection and analysis for the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight reports and covers U.S. utility and commercial project development. His prior internship experiences include work in corporate sustainability and carbon markets. Cory has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and MS from Columbia University with a concentration in energy and sustainability.

Trevor Houser
Trevor Houser
Energy Policy Advisor, Hillary for America

Trevor Houser is a partner with the Rhodium Group (RHG) and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. His research focuses on both US and international energy market and policy trends. His publications include Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus, Fueling Up: The Economic and Environmental Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom, Leveling the Carbon Playing Field: International Competition and US Climate Policy Design and China Energy: A Guide for the Perplexed. In 2009, Trevor served as a Senior Advisor at the US State Department where he worked on international energy, natural resource and environmental policy issues.

Jade Jones
Jade Jones
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

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.

Shayle Kann
Shayle Kann
Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners
Susan Kennedy
Susan Kennedy
CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Susan served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003- 2006 on California's Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state's investor- owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies. Susan was at the center of many of California's groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State's emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.

Patrick King
Patrick King
Vice President, Channel Sales, Suniva

Patrick King brings over 25 years of business development, sales and channel management experience working in high-technology companies ranging in size and diversity from Apple, start-up enterprise software companies, to Earthlink and now Suniva.

Pat has been instrumental in building Suniva's worldwide distribution channels since 2011. Under Pat’s leadership, Suniva's has developed strategic relationships with the largest and most influential wholesale, residential, and electrical supply channels in North America.  He has also been responsible for several key distribution model innovations, previously underutilized within solar manufacturing – including developing a Vendor Managed Inventory program that set the standard now offered by other manufacturers’.

While at Apple, Pat managed over $600 million in revenue across business, enterprise, retail and indirect multi-tier distributors.  At EarthLink, Pat managed all new channel development running new indirect channels, subscriber acquisitions and small-medium business teams accounting for over 40% of new subscribers annually.

Pat holds degree a degree in Economics from Indiana University.  He has served on the board of prominent charities supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.   He is the father of three and resides in Roswell Georgia with his wife Tracy of thirty years.

Stefan Kratz
Stefan Kratz
Vice President, Energy Technology, Sungevity

As VP of Sales, System Enhancements and New Products at Sungevity, Stefan has been the architect of the company’s move into home energy intelligence, storage and management.  Prior to this role, Stefan was head of sales for Stem, where he led sales through the successful series B round of funding and the company’s first series of marquee deals with Extended Stay America, Adobe Systems, and Intercontinental Hotels Group.  From 2007-2012, Stefan worked for Q-Cells SE as Managing Director, China and VP of Corporate Development in North America. 

From 2000 to 2010, Stefan lived and worked in China and Tibet for a diverse number of organizations including Q-Cells SE, The Nature Conservancy, FairTrade International, Surmang Foundation, and China Exploration & Research Society.  Stefan holds degrees from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Freie Universität Berlin, and Duke University.

Tristan Kreager
Tristan Kreager
Director of Solar Energy, Fronius USA
Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Alexander Levran
Alexander Levran
Head of Group Industry Segment, Solar, ABB

Dr. Alexander Levran was appointed Head of ABB’s Group Industry Segment, Solar in January of 2015. Prior to his current position, he became Global Product Group Manager, Solar after ABB acquired the Renewable Energy Solutions business of Power-One Inc. in September of 2013. Prior to the ABB acquisition, Dr. Levran had been President of Renewable Energy Solutions SBU at Power-One Inc. since July 2010. He joined Power-One, Inc. in January, 2007 as Chief Technology Officer and served as its Senior Vice President of Research & Development. During that time, he oversaw the design and technology management functions of Power-One, Inc., including intellectual property, power conversion, and alternative energy.

He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Magnetek, Inc. from July, 1993 to December, 2006. Prior to joining Magnetek Inc., Dr. Levran served as Vice President of Engineering and Technology at EPE Technologies, Inc., from 1991 to June 1993. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Levran served various engineering management positions with Teledyne Inet, a subsidiary of Teledyne, Inc., including as Vice President of Engineering.
Additionally, he is a Director of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association, and is active in other industry associations and standards bodies.

Dr. Levran holds a number of U.S. and foreign patents in the field of power conversion and electronics. He received his B.S.E.E in 1973 and M.S.E.E. in 1979 from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Furthermore, Dr. Levran received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1982 from Polytechnic Institute of NY.

Nicole Litvak
Nicole Litvak
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

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.

Erica Mackie
Erica Mackie
Co-Founder & CEO, GRID Alternatives

Erica Mackie is the CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest nonprofit solar installer. She started the organization with co-founder Tim Sears in 2001 while working as a professional engineer implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. Their vision was to make the benefits of clean energy available to low-income communities that need the savings and jobs the most, but have the least access. GRID Alternatives trains and leads teams of job trainees and other community volunteers to install solar electric systems exclusively for low-income families and communities. Every project generates “triple bottom line” results: financial benefits for low-income families struggling to keep up with monthly expenses; real-world, hands-on solar workforce training for local workers; and reduced greenhouse gas emissions along with more support for solar power as a solution for all our communities. Ms. Mackie has received numerous awards for her leadership including the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2008, the New Leaders Council Energy Leadership Award in 2009, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2010, the US Green Building Council’s Green Building Super Hero Award in 2010 and the 2013 Clean Energy and Empowerment Award from C3E.

Bill Magness
Bill Magness
CEO, ERCOT

Bill Magness became ERCOT's president and chief executive officer in January 2016 after more than five years as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Prior to joining ERCOT, Mr. Magness was a partner in the law firm of Casey, Gentz & Magness, where he represented ERCOT in numerous cases before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), and was lead counsel in utility commission proceedings in 16 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has worked on utility issues for more than 20 years, held executive management positions at the Texas PUC and at a start-up telecommunications company, and served as a federal prosecutor early in his career.

Mr. Magness grew up in Orange, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is the father of two daughters.

Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - formerly GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy 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, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.

Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage 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.

Peter Mathews
Peter Mathews
General Manager, North America, SolarEdge

Peter Mathews leads the North America team as General Manager for SolarEdge in the Americas and is responsible for all business activities. He is a veteran of more than 25 years in the global semiconductor and solar industries in senior sales, marketing and business development roles.  He has led various companies through the start-up, IPO and growth phases including Enecsys, Solyndra and FormFactor.

David Mead
David Mead
Director of Operations, Array Technologies

David Mead is director of operations for Array Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for overseeing operations including logistics, project management, supply chain, and service. Dave has years of experience in managing manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Array, he was the manufacturing manager for a high-tech prototype and production operation for GE Fanuc which he helped move from having no quality assurance certification to achieving AS9100. Before working for GE, he was general manager of an optical disk drive company and president of a contract manufacturer that specialized in electromechanical assemblies. Dave received his degree in business with a concentration in finance from Oregon State University.

John Megna
John Megna
Director, Business Development, SMA America

John Megna is the director of business development for SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of solar inverter leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he helps developers, banks, utilities, and engineering due-diligence firms assess the impact of product performance and reliability on the revenue and profitability of solar plants.

As a senior sales manager, Megna was instrumental in supporting developers and EPCs with the installation of utility-scale solar power plants in the U.S. and around the globe. His work has included many notable projects such as the 80-megawatt Sarnia project in Ontario, Canada, which was the world’s largest solar plant when commissioned in 2010, and the 310-megawatt Agua Caliente project, located in Dateland, Arizona, which was the world’s largest solar plant when commissioned in 2013.

Before joining SMA America in 2008, Megna spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry with a focus on fiber optic transmission equipment for the telephone, cable television, and military markets. In this capacity, he worked in a variety of roles including engineering, product management, sales, and business development and was awarded four patents for fiber optic transmission equipment.

Megna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Dirk Michels
Dirk Michels
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Dirk Michels, a partner in Ballard Spahr's Energy and Project Finance Group, is one of the leading energy technology and renewable energy attorneys in California. He represents energy technology and renewable energy companies, as well as investors, developers, lenders, and equipment vendors, in developing and financing solar, biomass, wind, thermal, transmission, storage, smart grid, and other energy projects in corporate, M&A, energy project development and financing, debt and equity financings, tax equity financings, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances within the United States and abroad.

During a 20-year career practicing law in California and Germany, he has advised publicly traded and privately held clients in venture funding, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and project financing transactions worth billions of dollars. A recognized leader in the domestic distributed solar energy industry, Mr. Michels has been at the forefront of representing solar, wind, and energy storage projects involving collaboration between U.S., German, and Canadian companies.

Bryan Miller
Bryan Miller
Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Sunrun

As Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Power Markets, Bryan Miller oversees all public policy development, legislative and regulatory affairs, and political activities for Sunrun.  Bryan also serves as President of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), which leads the advocacy for the rooftop solar industry.  His work has been reported about extensively in dozens of national, state, and local media outlets including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, MSNBC, CNBC, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times.

Bryan previously served as Vice President of Energy Policy for Sustainable Energy at Constellation, which merged with Exelon in 2012 to become the nation’s largest utility. Bryan managed Exelon’s public policy work on renewable energy issues nationwide.  Prior to joining Exelon, he served as Senior Counsel in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy where he managed legislative and regulatory affairs.  Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, he practiced regulatory and energy law for ten years at a large, full service law firm.  He holds a B.A. and J.D. from George Washington University.

Eddy Moore
Eddy Moore
Administrative Law Judge, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Eddy Moore is an Administrative Law Judge at the Arkansas Public Service Commission.   As an attorney advisor to the Commission since May, 2010, he has helped develop and implement policies to expand utility-funded energy efficiency programs and meter aggregation for net metering, and has participated in the resolution of many other dockets, from rate cases and power plant environmental retrofit proceedings to rulemakings.  Eddy previously represented Audubon Arkansas in proceedings before the Commission and helped develop the Arkansas Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy.  Eddy also previously worked for five years at the Planning and Conservation League, a non-profit group in Sacramento, California, where he specialized in transportation, water, and energy policy.  From 1989 through 1998, Eddy worked for U. S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings as an education, health and transportation policy analyst.  Eddy earned a B. A. from Yale University in 1988, an M.A. in US History from American University in 1999, and a J. D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 2008.

Mahesh Morjaria
Mahesh Morjaria
Vice President, PV Systems Development, First Solar

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.

Scott Moskowitz
Scott Moskowitz
Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwha Q CELLS America

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.

Colin Murchie
Colin Murchie
Senior Director, Project Finance, Sol Systems

Colin Murchie leads Sol Systems’ project origination efforts, serving as the bridge between the company’s investment teams and developers seeking capital. Mr. Murchie's team regularly reviews distributed generation (DG) and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance. Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002. 

As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress in developing new solar markets. In addition, he served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating business models for greater integration into the retail electricity markets. At SolarCity, he also originated and managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than $20 million.

Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, he led pioneering work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30%. Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations, most notably more than 6 years of service on the Board of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). 

Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland

- See more at: http://www.solsystems.com/our-company/our-team/staff#sthash.q4PGtuEw.dpuf

Clara Nagy
Clara Nagy
Vice President of Sales, SunLink Corporation

Clara Nagy, PE, leads SunLink's Sales team, driving sales and account strategy across the company and focusing on customer adoption of the most compelling solar energy solutions in today’s commercial and utility PV market. Clara earned her master’s degree in structural engineering and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer in California.

Jordan Newman
Jordan Newman
Director, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance, Wells Fargo

Jordan Newman has over a decade of experience financing renewable energy.  He is a Director in the Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance group at Wells Fargo where he is responsible for originating, structuring, and closing tax equity investments for Solar and Wind transactions.  Since 2007, Wells Fargo has invested over $4 billion in tax equity in these areas.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jordan served on the project finance teams at Tioga Energy, Energy Finance Company, and Pacific Power Renewables, where he was responsible for raising project finance capital including construction debt, term debt, tax equity, and sponsor equity.  Jordan first worked in renewables at Sharp Solar in 2004, where he developed financial products to support channel sales at the then #1 manufacturer worldwide.  Jordan began his career as a financial analyst at Ernst & Young.  He received an MBA with honors from USC Marshall School of Business and did his undergraduate work at Tufts University.

Andrew Nichols
Andrew Nichols
Senior Vice President, Sales, USA, APsystems

Andrew Nichols is Senior Vice President of Sales, USA, at APsystems. With over 30 years in high technology and alternative energy sales, he most recently served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales for SolarBridge Technologies through its successful acquisition by SunPower Corporation. Prior to this he served as Vice President of Sales and Customer Support for Enphase Energy, as it went from zero revenue to over $200 million in annual sales and an eventual IPO. He also ran North American Renewable Energy Sales for Xantrex Technology (acquired by Schneider Electric).He began his career at IBM/ROLM and then Apple, before committing the last 11-plus years to the renewable energy industry. He holds a BA in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Conlan O’Leary
Conlan O’Leary
Co-Founder & CEO, Sighten

Conlan O'Leary is Co-Founder and CEO of Sighten. Prior to Sighten, Conlan helped manage the structuring and pricing desk at Clean Power Finance, a leading residential solar financing platform. Conlan has a deep knowledge of the US solar marketplace with 6+ years working exclusively in residential solar financing and quoting software. Conlan has prior experience in technology and cleantech investment banking as well as environmental commodities trading. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and holds degrees in economics and philosophy.

Todd Owen
Todd Owen
Director & General Manager, OMCO Solar
Austin Perea
Austin Perea
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Austin is an analyst for GTM Research covering downstream demand for the U.S. solar market. Prior to joining GTM Research, Austin worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he supported the energy practice as a research associate. During his undergraduate tenure at the University of New Hampshire, he spent time in Egypt and Jordan researching the potential for Islamic microfinance in poverty alleviation and established the first sustainable investment sector in the University's student-run investment group. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies

Thomas Plagemann
Thomas Plagemann
Chief Commercial Officer, Vivint Solar

Thomas Plagemann is the Chief Commercial Officer at Vivint Solar. In this position, he is responsible for developing Vivint Solar’s tax equity, capital markets, market expansion, and fundraising efforts and leading the financing strategy beyond its existing third party financing structures. Thomas is based in New York City and has more than 20 years of experience originating and executing financings and investments in energy and infrastructure assets.

During his career, Thomas has been involved with projects valued in excess of $29 billion and has completed transactions across the balance sheet from debt to equity. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Thomas was Head of Energy, U.S. Corporate & Investment Banking for Santander Global Banking & Markets. While there he was responsible for all the bank’s activities with North American Energy clients across the energy sector, including Oil & Gas, Utilities, and Independent Power Producers.

Prior to joining Santander, Thomas was at First Solar as the Global Head of Project Finance and Transaction Execution. There he ran the sales processes for all of First Solar’s utility scale solar projects globally. He and his team financed and closed the sale of projects totaling over 1.6GW-AC of capacity with a total value in excess of $8 billion across 6 transactions.

Prior to First Solar, Thomas was responsible for AIG FP’s principal investment strategy in the renewable energy sector. His responsibilities included covering the renewable and conventional power industry and general infrastructure and also leading the team that closed tax equity investments in wind and geothermal projects totaling over $1 billion.

Before joining AIG, Thomas was a Managing Director with GE Capital’s energy investment business. There he was responsible for originating specialized equity, debt, and structured transactions for the financing of power plant construction and acquisitions. Thomas started his career as a banker in Deutsche Bank’s project finance group where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, and syndicating non-recourse energy financing.

Thomas received a BA from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialization in finance from Columbia University.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Contributing Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

James (Yuyu) Qiao
James (Yuyu) Qiao
Chief Operating Officer, Huawei Smart PV Solution North America

James (Yuyu) Qiao serves as Huawei Smart PV Solution North America’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he held multiple executive positions in Huawei, including the Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Huawei Telecom Energy (2 years), the head of USA Tier 1 Key Account Marketing (6 years), and the Director in Huawei Corporate Strategy & Planning (2 years). Prior to joining Huawei, James held the position of telecom application BU Director of Alcatel-Lucent in China, and he spent 10 years working across multiple telecom network business areas in Alcatel-Lucent. His expertise was across strategy, product solution, and sales & marketing in the areas of energy infrastructure, telecom network, application services, and O&M. James holds a bachelor’s degree in computer communication from Xidian University in China.

Rick Robertson
Rick Robertson
Senior Director, GE Ventures

Rick originates and manages investments for the Energy vertical in the Power & Water and Energy Management space. Distributed energy resources including generation, storage, load management and supply management are specific areas of focus.

Since joining the GE Venture’s team in 2013, he has been involved in GE Venture’s investments in Sungevity, Stem and kWantera. He also manages GE’s investments in Trilliant, Tendril and Ioxus. Rick has been with GE for ten years, first from 1999-2003 in GE’s distributed generation business and most recently since 2007 with GE’s Renewable business where he held various roles in strategy, marketing and product management. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in upstate NY with his wife and 4 children and is co-located with GE’s Power & Water business in Schenectady, NY.

Sara Ross
Sara Ross
Co-Founder & CEO, Sungage Financial

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.

Doug Rose
Doug Rose
Vice President, Technology Strategy, SunPower Corp.

Doug Rose joined SunPower Corporation in 2002 and currently holds the position of vice president, technology strategy.  Previous roles at SunPower include cell product engineering manager, director of module R&D, and technology development director.  Prior to joining SunPower, he held positions in technology assessment and manufacturing technology development at GTE, PV research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and thin-film PV research and management at First Solar.  Dr. Rose has degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State and Stanford University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He is author or co-author of more than 60 publications and 12 US patents in the field of solar energy.

Woody Rubin
Woody Rubin
President, Distributed Energy Solutions, AES

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.

Mathew Sachs
Mathew Sachs
Vice President, Distributed Energy, National Grid Ventures

Mathew is driven by the opportunity to play a small part in the big changes undergoing how we use, generate and store energy. He leads National Grid Ventures efforts to originate, develop and advance opportunities that leverage the customer and grid benefits of distributed energy in the US.

Before joining National Grid Mathew led originations for KRoad DG, a PE platform focused on distributed generation. He was also a founding member of Yingli Green Energy’s American subsidiary, which grew to the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer during his tenure. Mathew also led teams within PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Transaction Services Strategy Group and worked at Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Praxair (NYSE:PX), and semiconductor equipment manufacturer Heller Industries, focusing on business development and product design.

He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Mathew lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters, who consistently remind him that anything is possible.

Lidija Sekaric
Lidija Sekaric
SunShot Director, U.S. Department of Energy

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.

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power

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.

Ryan Simpson
Ryan Simpson
Head of Business Development, Ginlong / Solis Inverters

Ryan Simpson currently serves as Head of Business Development - Residential for Ginlong / Solis inverters.  He is a business development and marketing veteran in PV industry with close to a decade of experience opening new channels, distribution and markets for top global PV inverter companies. In his previous role at Power-One / ABB, he was responsible in analyzing, opening and developing the North American Market, with a focus in distribution and residential development.

Varun Sivaram
Varun Sivaram
Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Varun Sivaram is the Douglas Dillon fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a strategic advisor to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).  He is a member of the advisory boards for both the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

Before joining the Council, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he counseled Fortune 500 companies on adapting to the modern competitive landscape in energy. Prior to this role, he served as senior advisor for energy and water policy to the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and oversaw the city’s Department of Water and Power.

His work has appeared in the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Climate Change, Scientific American, and the World Economic Forum. A Truman and a Rhodes scholar, Dr. Sivaram holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations, with honors in international security. He holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he developed third-generation solar photovoltaic coatings for building-integrated applications. He lives in Washington, DC.

Radford Small
Radford Small
Executive Vice President, Global Capital Markets, SolarCity

J. Radford Small is Executive Vice President, Global Capital Markets at SolarCity and is responsible for securing diversified sources of capital in the banking and institutional markets for SolarCity’s high quality solar assets. In addition to leading the company’s initial public offering and Goldman Sachs’ Tax Equity investment, Radford has managed multiple capital markets transactions and spearheaded several industry firsts – including the recent $160 million term facility with BofA Merrill Lynch, Key Bank and Silicon Valley Bank.

Radford joined SolarCity from Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Clean Technology and Renewables group. Over his 17 year career in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, Radford served clients across multiple areas of the energy sector including regulated utilities, independent power producers and clean technology companies. He raised over $20 billion in financing and worked on over $25 billion of mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Radford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from University of California at Berkeley, a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and Master of Laws (LLM) degree from New York University School of Law.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Colin Smith is a Solar Analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research) leading the U.S Utility PV Market Tracker where his research focuses on the developer landscape, economic and political market drivers, U.S. market trends, and utility solar forecasts. Prior to joining GTM, Colin worked with several companies in the PV sector specializing in sales, online marketing, and operations of small companies. He holds a B.Sc with Honours in Environmental Biology and Sustainability from Queen's University, ON.

Dean Solon
Dean Solon
Founder & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group

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.

Robert T. Wanless
Robert T. Wanless
Vice President, National Accounts, M+W Energy - An M+W Group Company

Robert began his career in the energy industry in the year 2000. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recruited Robert out of grad school into a management rotation program in their Commercial Operations Department. There he spent 6-month terms on each of the real-time, day-ahead and term-trading desks and in the Commercial & Industrial Sales Division. PG&E's National Energy Group, based out of Bestheda, MD, brought Robert to the U.S. in 2002 where he traded term energy contracts in the Ontario IMO, NYISO, and MISO power markets. In 2004, Arizona Public Service (APS) brought Rob to Phoenix where he worked extensively on the development of renewable wholesale generation and large distributed energy projects. Leaving the utility space in 2008, Robert joined SOLON Corporation and was responsible for the development of both distributed and utility scale solar PV power plants. In 2012, Robert was recruited by M+W Group to develop the EPC power plant business unit. Today Robert holds the position as Vice President, National Accounts and works with select key clients such as BHE, Duke Energy, EDF-RE, E.On C&R, First Solar, MN Power and Xcel Energy on EPC power plant solutions.

Dirk Weiss
Dirk Weiss
Head of Technology Assessment, First Solar

Dr. Dirk Weiss heads Technology Assessment in First Solar’s CTO office, where he investigates new technologies, both within and beyond the thin-film module space. He holds undergraduate and master’s level degrees in Physics from Freie Universität Berlin, a doctorate in Materials Science from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work experience spans both academia and industry—ranging from a startup to a conglomerate (United Technologies Corp.). His technical expertise includes renewable energy systems, nanotechnology, and material characterization.

Claudia Wentworth
Claudia Wentworth
Co-Founder & CEO, Quick Mount PV

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
Tom Werner
President & CEO, SunPower

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.

Jack West
Jack West
Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Zep Solar

Jack West is president and CTO of Zep Solar, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting and grounding equipment based in San Rafael, California. West is also an inventor, entrepreneur and musician. He is most known for inventing rail-free mounting technology and leading Zep Solar’s commercialization of that technology. Zep Solar was acquired by SolarCity in 2013. West founded Zep Solar in 2009 along with Christina Manansala and Daniel Flanigan and helped to grow the company into the market leader in residential solar mounting equipment. In 2014, one in three residential solar systems installed in the United States contained Zep Solar technology.

Chung-Han Wu Ph.D.
Chung-Han Wu Ph.D.
R&D Director, Boviet Solar USA

Dr. Chung-Han Wu joined Boviet Solar in 2015 as the Director of R&D with an extensive background in product development and process engineering of photovoltaics.  Before joining Boviet Solar, Dr. Chung-Han Wu was the R&D Manager at Gintech Energy Corporation and the Senior Principle Engineer at Motech Industries, Inc.  Dr. Chung-Han Wu holds a Ph. D of Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

Alta Yen
Alta Yen
Managing Director, Strategic Planning, GE

Alta Yen is the Managing Director of Strategic Planning for General Electric Company as of February 2018.  In this role, she is responsible for managing long-term strategic planning across GE.  As a 20-year veteran in the energy industry, Alta is a consummate analyst who seeks to maximize value and drive outcomes using data, numbers and good judgment.  Her experience spans several business cycles, multiple large-scale energy crises and the massive disruption currently undertaking the energy industry.

In 1999, Alta joined GE Structured Finance Group as a portfolio manager where she ultimately managed and worked-out a $1.4 billion portfolio consisting primarily of distressed assets related to Enron, PG&E and Mirant.  In 2004, she helped launch GE Energy Financial Services, a debt and equity investor specializing in the energy sector through an operational role and in 2005, she returned to the investing side.  In 2007, Alta was promoted to Managing Director and served as the Chief Risk Manager for the $4 billion energy lending business. There she led or played a critical role in numerous transactions, most notably the ~$1 billion project finance loan acquisition from the Bank of Ireland.  In 2013, Alta became head of the Investment Strategy team responsible for developing long-term investing strategies based upon energy fundamentals and leading the unit’s new business development activities, notably in the commercial & industrial solar and storage sectors.

Prior to joining GE, Alta worked in New York City and Hong Kong before joining a Taipei-based freight forwarding company in business development. 

Alta earned a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, a certificate in advanced Mandarin from the Inter-University Program (“The Stanford Center”) and received a M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from The University of Michigan.  In 2016, she co-founded the Greater New York City Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network where she remains a board member today.

Ken Zagzebski
Ken Zagzebski
President, AES U.S.

Mr. Zagzebski serves as President of AES United States, one of six strategic business units of AES.  As President, Ken leads 10 businesses across the U.S. with more than 12 GWs of electric generation.  The businesses include two utilities, Dayton Power and Light Company and Indianapolis Power & Light Company, delivering energy to one million customers in the Midwest.   The company also has nearly 4GW of natural gas generation in Southern California as well as coal based generation in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Maryland.  The portfolio also includes over 700 MW of wind.  He has responsibility for leading AES’ growth efforts in an evolving U.S. energy market, including deployment of distributed energy solutions and grid scale  battery storage.

Zagzebski is an experienced utility executive with operational and financial leadership experience, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining AES in 2007 he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Field Operations at Xcel Energy where he held a number of other leadership positions including the Executive Director of the company’s Asia-Pacific region with responsibility for the company’s regional investments primarily located in Australia.

Zagzebski has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  Zagzebski currently serves as Chair, Board of Visitors, at the Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

Mizhi Zhang
Mizhi Zhang
CEO, Sungrow North America

Mizhi Zhang, CEO of Sungrow North America, joined Sungrow in 2012 with a background in leadership in areas including R&D, product development, and project management. Before joining Sungrow, Mizhi was the engineering manager at Satcon Technologies Corporation where he successfully helped to launch PowerGate and Equinox series products that once had the largest market share in the utility market in the US. Mizhi is a Professional Engineer and holds a M.A.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

Paul Zummo
Paul Zummo
Manager, Policy Research & Analysis, Regulatory Affairs, American Public Power Association

Paul joined the American Public Power Association (APPA) in 2005 and is the Manager of Policy Research and Analysis for the Regulatory Affairs Department. He is responsible for research on issues such as demand response, time-of-use rates, smart grid data privacy and distributed generation. He has written white papers on current policy developments affecting the electric utility business as whole and how they impact public power utilities specifically. He is also responsible for producing annual statistical publications and analyzing industry trends and statistics. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Emory University and a Ph. D in Politics from the Catholic University of America.

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