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As senior vice president of power supply, Avery oversees the company’s generation, system planning, project development and electric procurement business unit operations. Avery also is responsible for the company’s smart grid policies and initiatives.
Prior to joining SDG&E, Avery was a consultant with R.J. Rudden Associates, one of the nation’s leading management and economic consulting firms specializing in energy and utility matters. Avery has extensive experience in utility operations and management. He was the chief executive officer of the electric and gas operations at Citizens Utilities Company, a multi-service organization that provided electric, gas, telecom, water and wastewater services in 21 states across the nation. He also held various positions at American Electric Power.
Avery is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Mensa. He has previously served on the board of directors of the California Power Exchange, Vermont Electric Power Company and R.J. Rudden Associates.
Avery is a graduate of the executive management program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College, N.Y. He is an expert in energy markets, electric production, transmission and distribution operations.
George Ashton, Chief Financial Officer, oversees the financial analysis and strategy. Additionally, he manages the SREC Portfolio team, a renewable energy commodities investment and trading desk, and the Project Finance group which originates and reviews solar project opportunities for investment.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Ashton worked in the capital markets for more than 10 years. At Fannie Mae, he managed more than $20 billion in asset purchases and cultivated and developed business relationships with some of largest banks and investment firms in the country. In 2012, Mr. Ashton was appointed Treasurer of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) by Governor O’Malley, and in 2014, he was named chair of the MCEC committee charged with studying the feasibility of a Green Bank in Maryland. In 2013, Mr. Ashton was named CFO of the Year by Washington Business Journal.
Edgar has been investing in solar energy since 2009, leading the execution of over $1.5B in transactions with businesses, utilities, and governments.
At Sonnedix, he is responsible for business development, focused on acquiring and investing in solar assets in development, construction and in operation.
Sonnedix is a leading global solar independent power producer (IPP) backed by JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, focused on owning and operating assets long-term in attractive growth markets. Sonnedix owns interest in over 1GW of assets across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to Sonnedix, Edgar was Head of Latin America at sPower, a leading U.S. solar IPP. Previous to that, he was Head of Power Markets & Strategy at Gestamp Solar, a multinational European solar energy company.
Mr. Arvizu has a background in technology start-ups, venture capital and biotechnology banking from Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar and a BS in Finance from SDSU.
Justin Baca assists in the development and implementation of SEIA's research agenda in coordination with the Government Affairs department, Communications department and Market Research Committee. Since joining SEIA in July 2008, he has lead the production of SEIA's annual report on the state of the solar industry, the U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, managed several major policy analysis projects.
Justin holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.
Josh serves as a Senior Analyst in Equity Research at Canaccord Genuity, a global middle market investment bank, specializing in the Sustainability and Technology sectors. Josh joined Canaccord Genuity in 2006 and has covered a broad array of companies and publishes/presents market forecasts in the lighting, solar and semiconductor capital equipment markets around the world. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity, Josh worked for First Southwest Company as an analyst in the municipal bond group and for Investors Bank & Trust. Josh graduated from Boston University cum laude with degrees in Economics and Physics and is a CFA charterholder.
Shane Bediz leads Business Development for Bosch Group, based in Germany and Palo Alto, where storage R&D has been performed for 4 years. Shane manages the North American sales efforts, offering project simulation and system integration to strategic partners and integrators. Storage simulations use predictive algorithms and detailed calculations of various system configurations with solar, wind and grid projects. Prior to Bosch Global, Shane worked for top solar PV companies and has experience with multiple aspects of utility, commercial, and residential markets. He is specialized in project financing to bring hundreds of installations to market, and has trained sales teams nationally.
John is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova Energy Corporation, the leading privately-held U.S. residential solar and storage service provider whose technology-enabled service platform is centered on providing a better service at a better price through its unique 25-year service commitment with every homeowner’s customized solar or solar + storage system. With more than two decades of experience across various sectors of the energy industry, John is an energy entrepreneur who has always supported free market competition, consumer choice and the advancement of energy technology to power energy independence. Before Sunnova, John served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer at SunCap Financial, a residential solar system lease provider. He also founded Standard Renewable Energy (SRE), a top-10 provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient products and services. John received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
John Berdner is the director of global regulatory compliance for Enphase Energy, and he represents the company on numerous standards bodies globally. John joined Enphase from SolarEdge, where he directed North American operations. Prior to Solar Edge, John served as vice president of technology at GroSolar and as the founder and president of SMA America, Inc.
Eric Blank is a lawyer and economist who has worked on electric utility and clean energy issues for more than thirty years, ultimately developing and bringing online over 1,200 MW ($2 Billion) of wind and solar energy projects. Eric spent ten years during the 1990s running the energy work for Western Resource Advocates (WRA), a Colorado-based non-profit group that established regulatory and other policies to make it economically feasible for electric utilities in the inter-mountain west to promote clean energy technologies. In 1999, Eric left WRA to co-found Community Energy, a renewable energy marketing and development company, helping to grow it into a profitable 40-person business that was successfully sold in 2006 to Iberdrola Renewables, the largest owner and operator of wind energy facilities in the world. While at Iberdrola, Eric served as an executive vice president leading US wind development, placing over 700 MW of new wind facilities into commercial operation over a three-year period. In 2009, Eric and his business partner re-purchased Community Energy and are now focusing on both utility-scale and community solar development. Since 2009, Community Energy has developed and built almost 600 MW of solar PV, and has a significant pipeline for further additional construction. Eric holds a Master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
David Brochu is the Chief Operating Officer of Recurrent Energy, leading all project development, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and origination activities. Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in June 2014, he served as Recurrent Energy’s Senior Vice President of Development for four years, where he oversaw all development activities. Prior to Recurrent Energy, David was President and CEO of UPC Solar, a Chicago-based solar PV developer with a pipeline of projects in Ontario, Canada and the United States.
His past experience includes Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SmartSignal Corporation (now a GE Company), where he negotiated turbine and power plant monitoring agreements with major US utilities; Executive Vice President at Acumence, a business intelligence software company; and Director of Sales at Wonderware Corporation, a leader in industrial automation software.
David sits on the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Board of Directors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985, and earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986.
John Bryan has more than 20 years of energy, utility, technology and automotive experience. He is currently the Vice-President of Product & Marketing at CODA Energy, a manufacturer and distributor of scalable battery energy storage systems headquartered in Monrovia, CA.
Prior to CODA, John was the CTO for Fleet Energy Company, a spinoff of the $2.1B Burt Fleet Services (BFS). John also worked at Xcel Energy in its Utility Innovations program, where he was responsible for overseeing vehicle-to-grid plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (V2G PHEV) projects, and served as program manager for the $100M SmartGridCity program and 1 MW/7.2 MWh wind integrated battery energy storage project. Earlier in his career, John spent several years in the automotive industry as a manufacturing quality engineer working for a major Tier 1 supplier to Ford, GM and Toyota, and managed telecommunications fiber backbone deployment programs for Qwest Communications, now known as CenturyLink.
He earned a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Missouri and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Burke is global marketing director of DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, one of the leading materials providers to the solar energy industry. Mr. Burke founded Innovalight in 2005 and served as the president and CEO until August 2011, when DuPont acquired the company. His career has spanned research and development, product management, marketing, sales, general management and operations in major global organizations such as NEC, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems, and abroad in Germany, U.K., and Japan. Before founding Innovalight, Mr. Burke was the Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Oclaro and was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. He has received the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech innovations from the World Economic Forum, and in 2010 the President of Ireland presented him with The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Burke attended The London Business School and received his B.S. in physics from University College Dublin and his M.S. in physics from Trinity College Dublin.
Katie Bush serves as the Director of Project Acquisitions and Finance for Bright Plain Renewable Energy. She joined Bright Plain Renewable Energy in early 2013 and has since transacted on a large portfolio of distributed and utility scale solar projects all across the U.S. Bright Plain, in partnership with a leading global investment firm, invests in, builds, owns and operates solar projects in North America. Bright Plain’s current portfolio includes contracted solar projects in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Rhode Island.
Prior to transitioning to the acquisition side, Katie worked as a developer, project manager, and financial transaction manager at Boulder-based Main Street Power Company, and later in project finance at Tioga Energy.
Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Finance from Columbia University.
As Chief Commercial Officer, Karen is responsible for building and leading Stem’s commercial enterprise, including: strategy, policy, sales, marketing and product management. Her team at Stem has successfully deployed a large fleet of customer-sited storage with software and analytics that serve both commercial customers at the site and electric utilities and wholesale markets. Prior to joining Stem, she was a Managing Director in the commercial systems group at SunPower. Her teams successfully deployed large PV systems on DOD, DOE and VA facilities throughout the United States. Additionally, Karen led the key account efforts at SunPower with responsibility for Apple, Verizon, Macy’s and other Fortune 500 customers. Karen has consulted in utility-scale energy programs and spent 10 years at Honeywell Grid Solutions designing and delivering energy efficiency, demand response and smart metering programs. She currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association ESA and holds a board seat on the SmartElectric Power Alliance (SEPA). Karen graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics.
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.
Ms. Frances Cleveland is President of Xanthus Consulting International, consulting on Smart Grid projects. Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information interoperability standards, cyber security issues, and integration of systems, including distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, distribution automation, SCADA systems, and energy market operations. In California, she leads the Smart Inverter Working Group (SIWG), developing recommendations for DER smart inverter functions to update the CPUC’s Rule 21, including the communications requirements. In the IEC, she is convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards and is editor for WG17 of IEC 61850-7-420 information standards for DER.
Tim leads the Advanced Solutions team at SunEdison where he leads the deployment of energy storage solutions and technologies complementary to solar and wind. Tim joined SunEdison in 2011 following the acquisition of his company Axio Power, where he was CEO and co-founder, a utility-scale project development company which delivered over 150 MW of solar PV projects in the US and Canada. Prior to leading Energy Storage at Advanced Solutions, Tim served as General Manager of SunEdison’s North American solar business and as Vice President of Global Services. Tim has 14 years of experience in wind and solar, serving in project development roles at Enron Wind, General Electric, and 3 Phases Energy. Tim holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and lives in Marin County, California.
Nick is the Vice President of Plant Operations and Engineering for Phoenix Solar US and is responsible for the design and performance of utility and commercial scale PV projects across the US. He comes to Phoenix Solar from Applied Materials, where he was a Director of Field Operations in the Solar Business Group. At Applied, Nick developed, sold and ramped the company’s first thin-film solar factories. He also serves as an industry mentor to collegiate teams competing in the MIT Clean Energy Prize.
Prior to Applied Materials Nick was an Infantry Captain in the United States Army and served on active duty in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Nick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a holds a patent related to photovoltaic manufacturing technology.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nick enjoys bicycling and camping with his wife and two young children.
Chris Diaz is a principal with Seminole Financial Services, LLC (SFS) a full-service national investment management / financial services organization. Mr. Diaz is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and negotiation of renewable energy finance transactions focusing on solar and wind projects between $2 million and $40 million in need of construction / interim financing; permanent debt financing; and tax credit equity. To date SFS has closed over $780 million in Construction and Permanent Financing for Renewable Energy projects, totaling 320+ MW as well as $150 million in ITC tax credit equity. Seminole Financial Services (SFS) provides construction financing; permanent debt financing; and tax credit equity for Renewable Energy Transactions as well as investment management services to various real estate investment vehicles. Currently, SFS manages over $330 million in commercial real estate and renewable energy assets nationwide, for the benefit of various public employee pension and retirement plans. Chris is a frequent National Speaker at industry conferences regarding Renewable Energy Finance and Energy Credits. He has published multiple articles regarding Renewable Energy Finance. Chris is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and an elected Alternate to the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Mr. Diaz has been involved with tax credits and financial services for over fifteen years previously with Credit Suisse, MMA Financial, and the Midland Companies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with emphasis in urban and regional planning from Florida State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Zeina has fourteen years of renewable energy experience in development, origination and acquisitions. Currently, she is responsible for SunEdison’s North American business development team, leading acquisitions and joint venture agreements. Previously, she led an initiative establishing wind energy business development in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Mexico. Zeina graduated with honors from UT Austin with an MA in Energy and Mineral Resources and a BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. She speaks English, French and Arabic fluently.
Mr. Everest was recently promoted from CFO to President to spearhead a number of development objectives domestically and abroad. Mr. Everest co-founded EnergySolutions, Inc. in 2005. After retiring from EnergySolutions as Vice Chairman early in 2009 (previously as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer), Mr. Everest remains a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Everest earlier served on EnergySolutions’ Audit and Nominating Committees; he presently serves on its Corporate Responsibilities Committee.
In 1997, Mr. Everest co-founded ISG Resources with private equity and served as its Chief Financial Officer until 2002, when the company was sold to Headwaters, Inc. For a year after the acquisition, Mr. Everest served as the Treasurer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Headwaters, Inc. Mr. Everest has held other senior financial management positions with various energy and environmental firms since 1989. Mr. Everest holds a B.B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. Mr. Everest serves on several non-profit boards including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Road Home (Utah's largest homeless shelter).
Christian Fong is the CFO and co-founder of RET where he leads the finance and accounting groups. Prior to RET, Mr. Fong was a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Capital Markets at AEGON / Transamerica, where he led an acquisition team in a multi-billion dollar private equity platform and managed the private mortgage trading desk. He was responsible for both credit and structured finance innovations, working with Wall Street counterparties in bringing alternative real asset classes into mainstream finance solutions in order to lower the cost of capital. Mr. Fong has previously been CEO of Corridor Recovery, and a consultant to real asset finance and financial services firms through both his own consultancy and McKinsey & Co. He received an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, with High Distinction, and a B.S. in Statistics (Summa Cum Laude) from Creighton University.
David is an Associate Principal in McKinsey’s San Francisco office. He serves utilities, industrial players, and investors on topics of strategy, project and corporate finance, new business building, and product commercialization. He is a core member of the Firm’s Clean Tech and Electric Power practices, and has deep expertise in solar energy, residential and commercial energy efficiency, deregulated power, and power market dynamics. He has led several of McKinsey’s knowledge development efforts in clean technologies, including a recent refresh of McKinsey’s market perspectives on solar power. Before McKinsey, David worked in investment management as an Equity Analyst covering energy and health care companies.
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 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.
Jesse Grossman is an established leader in the solar industry and has over 15 years of experience in project finance, emerging markets and renewable energy. In 2005, driven to transform the US energy economy through the rapid deployment of renewable assets, Jesse co-founded Soltage, an independent renewable power producer that develops, finances and operates distributed utility solar and solar-plus-storage project portfolios across the U.S. Jesse has served as Soltage’s Chairman and CEO since its founding, and has directed over $600M into solar asset investment through Soltage, which currently owns and manages a solar portfolio of over 300 MWs across 14 states.
Katherine is a Partner and Co-Founder at 38 North Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that provides a suite of business strategy, public policy and communications services to innovative businesses and organizations. Katherine is currently President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.
Before going to work for CPS Energy, Tracy Idell Hamilton spent almost 15 years as a newspaper reporter, covering energy for the last three years of her career. CPS Energy hired her away to launch a blog that would allow the utility to tell its own story, including its New Energy Economy initiative, which has brought solar panel and component manufacturing to San Antonio, along with hundreds of jobs from other clean energy companies that have relocated there; its robust utility scale and rooftop solar programs, which have made it a leader in Texas and 6th in the nation for installed solar, and its success reducing the carbon intensity of its fleet, even as it adds generation. Her job has evolved to include assisting the executive team on communication strategies, especially surrounding their efforts to create a sustainable solar DG program that has the support of the local solar community.
Prior to joining CPS Energy, Hamilton spent nine years as a senior reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, covering energy, City Hall and politics. She earned her MS at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from Mills College.
Kristian Hanelt is SVP of Renewable Capital Markets at Clean Power Finance where he has led efforts to help traditional power companies invest in residential solar. He has spent his career financing energy projects across a variety of energy sectors. Before joining CPF, Kristian was the Vice President of Project Finance and member of the founding team at Tioga Energy. Previously, Kristian worked as an Associate at ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy infrastructure-focused private equity investor. Prior to ArcLight, he was the Financial Manager for Gunnison Energy Corporation, where he controlled all finance-related activities for the startup natural gas producer. Kristian has also worked for Goldman Sachs in its Industrial and Natural Resources group, and for PA Consulting’s Wholesale Energy Markets practice. Kristian is a sought-after speaker at major solar and finance industry events. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and an MBA from Stanford University.
The Connecticut Green Bank (“CTGB” and formerly The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority or “CEFIA”) is recognized as the first full-scale state-level “Green Bank” in the nation. As Chief Investment Officer, Bert Hunter leads the development of new and innovative financing programs.
Before joining CEFIA, Bert was VP Finance and CFO of Spectrum Capital, Ltd, an investment bank focused on global commercial aircraft finance and investment in US electric power generation. Prior to Spectrum, Bert was VP and treasurer of the international leasing company of what was then Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) where he managed the funding for a billion-dollar portfolio of aircraft and equipment loans outside the USA.
Bert has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Wake Forest University.
Martin is a serial entrepreneur with 24 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $2.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 2,000MWs and a track record of 1,000MWs in executed PPAs.
Martin also developed a 100MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served in the executive management team with Intel's wireless business group.
Since it’s founding in 2011, Stephen has been President of Amicus Solar Cooperative, the first purchasing cooperative in the U.S. solar industry. Amicus is jointly owned and democratically managed by its membership of solar development, EPC, integration, and installation companies. Amicus currently supports over 30 member companies across 23 states, which employ over 1,300 solar professionals. Stephen led the creation of Amicus while serving as CFO for Namasté Solar, a Colorado-based integrator, who specializes in the design, construction, and long-term monitoring and maintenance of solar PV systems. Stephen was one of the original employee-owners of Namasté Solar, and treasured playing a small part in the evolution of its unique business model for 7 years. Before Namasté Solar, Stephen worked in academia on the non-market valuation of public goods, and renewable energy incentive programs in developing countries, such as Nepal. Stephen’s publications can be found in the text “Economic Valuation of River Systems” and various working papers supported by the National Science Foundation. His early career included four years at Chase Manhattan Bank and The Provident Bank. Stephen has a B.S. in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from The Ohio State University, and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mateo Jaramillo is the Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla’s stationary energy storage program. He conceived of and started the effort in 2009, securing initial funding and leading all aspects of business and engineering development along with product deployment. He is currently responsible for Tesla Energy's product line and business model definition, and as well global policy and business development. Mateo joined Tesla in 2009 as the Director of Powertrain Business Development, serving as commercial lead and primary negotiator on over $100M in new development and $500M in production contracts signed for electric powertrain sales. Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, an early distributed energy storage firm. There he pioneered residential and commercial markets for first turn-key energy storage systems and led three generations of product development that grew company sales by 400%. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a Product Manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. Mateo earned his A.B. in Economics from Harvard in 1999 and a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School in 2004 where he won the Tew prize for outstanding coursework in Ethics, Philosophy, and History. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
A founding staff member of the company, TJ has been with Inovateus Solar since 2007. Driven by the Inovateus pledge to “Build A Brilliant Tomorrow,” he has been instrumental in developing a world-class solar team that has successfully deployed solar energy projects and products internationally. Under his leadership, Inovateus has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and 2016. TJ was recently invited to the White House to participate in a special briefing on clean energy and also received the 2016 “Outstanding Young Business Leader” award by the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Among his business and community awards, TJ was honored as a 2013 “Forty Under 40” recipient for northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. He is also a board member of the Fernwood Botanical Garden. Before starting his career at Inovateus, TJ worked for General Growth Properties in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College (Chicago) in 2004 with a BA in business management.
Jeff Lee is the Director of Sales and Business Development at ReneSola America based in San Francisco, a leading brand and technology provider of green energy products, where he is leading strategic growth and sales initiatives. Mr. Lee brings fifteen years of wide-ranging experience in high tech solar and semiconductor industries across R&D, program management, product marketing, business development, sales, operations, and financing. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Lee held the position of Strategic Accounts Manager at Hanwha SolarOne where he launched direct sales and channel partnerships in new North America market segments. Prior to Hanwha, Mr. Lee held the position of Sales Manager among others at Solyndra where he launched strategic corporate initiatives and generated substantial sales and pipeline in the US and Asia Pacific. Prior to Solyndra, Mr. Lee held the position of Project Manager among others at Novellus Systems, a leader in front-end semiconductor capital equipment where he led the development and commercialization of a flagship product in record time. Mr. Lee received his B.S. in Mechnical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and his MBA and M.S. in Engineering with systems focus from San Jose State University.
Leesa has over 20 years of experience in product management and marketing at high-growth technology and cleantech companies. Most recently, Leesa was Senior Director of Marketing at Stem, a behind-the-meter energy storage startup. Prior to Stem, Leesa was Senior Director of Product Management at Enphase, a solar microinverter company, where she was instrumental in seeing the company from stealth mode through 30% market share and an IPO within four years. Prior to Enphase, Leesa led product management and marketing at various startups and public companies. Leesa has a degree in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University and an MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison in January 2015 where he became VP of Energy Storage Deployment.
Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and Mid‐Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton
James Loewen oversees the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which supports customer-sited renewable generation and energy storage. He also leads the CPUC’s effort to publish high quality data on rooftop solar installations in California. Previously, James led the CPUC’s policy on risk mitigation from natural gas procurement, negotiated transmission rates and power supply contracts at the FERC, and conducted comparative analysis on California’s electric rates. He has degrees in physics, mechanical engineering, and public policy.
Matthew Maroon joined Aquion Energy as the Senior Director of Product Management bringing with him 10+ years experience scaling new battery electrochemistries from laboratory into products. Matt has a broad technical background in a variety of chemistries including: advanced lead acid, lithium ion, ultracapacitors, sodium nickel chloride, and aqueous hybrid ion. Matt’s professional background ranges from directing research and development teams to international business development and sales with an emphasis on product management. Prior to joining Aquion Energy, Matt was the Director of Product Management for GE’s Durathon product line. Before GE, Matt worked at two start-ups: EnerG2, an advanced materials company; and Firefly Energy where he was one of the original inventors of the advanced carbon foam lead acid battery. Matt holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.
Mr. Masinter is responsible for the Company’s business development, project management, operations and administrative functions. Most recently, he led product management, marketing and field applications engineering for Advanced Energy’s Solar business unit. Prior to AE, Mr. Masinter co-founded an energy services company, raised private equity capital, and grew the firm to national scale through multiple acquisitions. He has extensive experience in market and channel development, general management, finance, and M&A in the energy and technology industries. Mr. Masinter has a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College, a Master in Science in earth science from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Middlebury College.
Mr. McCullough leads utility project development for Hanwha Q CELLS in North America and was the founder of Hanwha SolarEnergy America (Solar Monkey), which Hanwha acquired. Mr. McCullough has over 25 years of experience in business development and project management. Prior to starting his own business, Mr. McCullough was Vice President of southern California for Harding Lawson Associates (Formerly NASDAQ: HRDG [since acquired]), a major environmental engineering and construction company with over $130 million annual revenues, and was a Principal Engineer at McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering.
Mr. McCullough has participated in numerous solar industry expert panels and has authored thirty publications on environmental issues. He is a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association, California Solar Industries Energy Association, American Wind Energy Association, United States Green Building Council, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. Mr. McCullough has an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University, B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego, and is an alumni of Harvard Business School.
Mike has a track record for building great companies, motivated teams, and successful, ground-breaking solutions to environmental challenges. Joining Zep Solar as CEO in 2010, Mike grew that company from zero revenue to one of the most dominant and lucrative technology platforms in the solar industry. In less than 3 years, the company attained ~50% share for U.S. residential mounting hardware, reached profitability, and was acquired by installation giant SolarCity. He has also served as U.S. President of top tier panel maker Canadian Solar, and CEO of solar pioneers CleanSource Power and QBotix. In his pre-solar chapters, Mike served on the executive staffs of Lipstream Networks (early VOIP market leader), Avaki (cloud-based data services) and Reva (RFID routers), and captained technology spin-off groups at Autodesk and Sports Illustrated. Mike graduated cum laude from Princeton, where he place-kicked for the varsity football team. He received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School. Mike grew up outside of Saint Louis, MO, and remains a devoted Cardinals fan.
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.
Sean M. Moran is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Los Angeles office, where he specializes in renewable energy, project finance, and infrastructure assets. Instrumental in creating the structure that has become the standard for renewable energy deals in the United States, Sean has handled many of the country's largest and most complex renewable energy financing transactions, including numerous first-of-its-kind deals.In the course of his practice, Sean represents Fortune 50 companies, investors, utilities, sponsors, and developers. His clients include some of the largest investors in the renewable energy market, collectively investing more than $15 billion in renewable energy generation. His projects include solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuel, wind energy, and waste-to-energy facilities that generate more than 20,000 megawatts per year in 44 states.
Sean also represents clients in fossil fuel energy generation facilities, including those utilizing natural gas, coal, and oil and gas. In addition, he represents clients in a wide variety of other infrastructure projects, such as transmission systems, toll roads, transportation systems, and water and waste treatment facilities. His broad expertise includes tax issues related to capital markets transactions and derivative products, M&A and private equity, reorganizations and bankruptcy, structured finance, and affordable housing. Prior to joining the firm, Sean was a partner in Sidley Austin's Los Angeles office. Early in his career, he clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Sean is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and his articles have appeared in a variety of publications.
Dr. Ali Nourai joined DNV GL Energy (formerly KEMA) as an Executive Consultant in 2010 after a 30-year utility career with American Electric Power (AEP) where he launched AEP’s successful sodium sulfur (NaS) battery program and introduced the concept of the Community Energy Storage (CES). As the Storage Segment Director, Dr. Nourai is responsible for supporting thought leadership, road mapping and outlining the company’s strategic options in energy storage. Dr. Nourai is an IEEE Fellow, a board member and former chairman of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). He holds six US patents for his innovative ideas to improve operation and performance of electric grids.
Jamie Ormond is the lead analyst on the Electric Tariff Rule 21 interconnection proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Ms. Ormond earned her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she participated in the national environmental law moot court competition at Pace Law School and where she initiated the first annual environmental law symposium.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ormond lived in Los Angeles and travelled around Southeast Asia, where she learned about renewable energy businesses. A native of Detroit, Ms. Ormond graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in international political economy. Ms. Ormond enjoys the outdoors, and her love of hiking and camping has made her keen about ensuring that there is clean air and wilderness for future generations of Californians.
Haresh provides vision and leadership for Mercatus, Inc. Since co-founding the company in 2009 as an energy finance and services organization, he has led the evolution of the business strategy, service offerings, and the Mercatus Origination and Syndication platform. To date, these solutions have empowered over 22 Gigawatts of solar projects for appraisal and screening.
Haresh has more than twenty years of senior management experience driving high revenue growth through sales for electronics technology companies, including Agilent Technology, PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments. He served as Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at WJ Communications, Inc., Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Agilent`s $2B Semiconductor Products Group, and Vice President Sales at PMC Sierra Inc. Haresh has completed Senior Management programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Business School and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Kelcy Pegler Jr. is the President of NRG Home Solar and leads the growing team at one of the country’s leading solar companies specializing in the installation of residential solar PV. NRG Home Solar designs, installs and maintains solar systems that help smart homeowners bring their homes into the future with cleaner, cheaper energy.
Michael Picker is President at the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Picker was a Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor starting in 2009 and a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors since 2012. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009 and a consultant at Kaufman Campaign Consultants from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Picker was deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999 and chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999. He was deputy assistant for toxic substances control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982 and an organizer at the Campaign for Economic Democracy from 1978 to 1982.
Bill Poulin possesses more than 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and has a proven track record in driving large, global projects into the solar energy arena. Prior to joining Lend Lease, Bill served as the Director of Commercial EPC for BP Solar, where he was responsible for a 100 MW+ project pipeline. He formalized BP Solar EPC capability into a cohesive team focused on providing the most cost effective, reliable and safe installations in the United States. Additionally, he helped orchestrate commercial-scale projects with Wal-Mart and FedEx, and even more impressive, utility-scale projects such as the 37 MW Long Island Power Authority system. At Lend Lease, Bill is leveraging extensive resources, company experience and ‘Lean Thinking’ to create stability and opportunity within our solar and energy partnerships.
Richard Rambaldo is responsible for helping grow Sempra’s Renewable Energy business through deal origination, diligence, structuring and execution.
Richard has been an Energy Technology investment professional for over 10 years. Before joining Sempra, Richard was an Equity Research Analyst at Citigroup covering Alternative Energy. Prior to that, he was at Stark Investments, a $14 billion hedge fund, where he focused on public and private transactions in the Technology and Energy Technology sectors. Richard began his investment career at Pacific Growth Equities where he co-founded the Firm’s Alternative Energy practice.
Richard graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Simon School, University of Rochester.
Sanjay Ranchod is Senior Director of Policy & Electricity Markets, and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy services that provides homeowners, business and government organizations cleaner, more affordable alternatives to their utility bills. Ranchod leads SolarCity’s legislative, regulatory, and advocacy interests in California and other western states. He also provides legal advice and analysis to company business units. Prior to joining SolarCity, Ranchod represented renewable energy companies and other businesses on regulatory matters as an attorney at the Paul Hastings law firm. He serves on the board of directors of the California Solar Energy Industries Association and The Sierra Club Foundation. He received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 14 years of experience in energy policy, communications and association management, with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed generation, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, he oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Matt started his career as a House staffer and speech writer, and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations focused on solar, wind and geothermal energy policy and deployment. He has testified as an expert witness for the U.S. Congress and has spoken at conferences around the globe on energy policy and sustainability.
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.
Sandy Roskes joined Astrum Solar in 2009. As Chief Sales Officer he has played a central role in bringing Astrum to #2 on Inc.500’s list of fastest growing companies, with over 23,000% growth over 3 years. Prior to Astrum Solar, Sandy was Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at FiberZone Networks. He was previously General Manager of U.S. Investments for Portview Communication Partners, an international venture capital firm. Sandy earned a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and received a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He is also a NABCEP-Certified PV Installer™.
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.
Ken Schwarz, is the Chief Financial Officer of Sungevity, a leading provider of residential solar in the United States, and in Europe and Australia. Sungevity’s online IQuote process and the solar lease program make it easy to use and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Sungevity is Lowe’s (NYSE LOW) exclusive US partner in residential solar and was recently recognized by B Corp as one of the “Best of the World” companies for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Hugh Scott is COO and SVP of NRG Home Solar, one of the fastest growing residential solar companies in the country. Previously Hugh served as Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and Technology for NRG’s retail brands including Reliant Energy, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus, with over 3 million customers nationally. Hugh has been in the retail energy sector for over 10 years, and has previously held leadership positions in both the telecommunications and banking industry. Hugh has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Physics and a PhD in Computer Science. Hugh has received a number of industry awards; most recently being recognized by Computerworld as a Premier 100 leader and an Innovation Award from Forbes magazine. A native of Scotland he lives in Houston with his wife and two children.
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE, TERP), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models. Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.
Robert Sherick is a Manager in SCE’s Advanced Technology group. Robert manages a group of engineers working on renewable integration analysis, real-time digital simulations of the power system, and situational awareness. His prior experience includes working as the Director of Power Supply for Pasadena Water and Power, Product Manager for Sungard Energy Systems, a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, and various engineering and operational roles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Robert has a Masters in Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate School and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
As Founder & CEO, Dan Shugar helped build NEXTracker into one of the fastest growing cleantech companies in the U.S. Before he started NEXTracker, he served as CEO for the innovative cell manufacturer Solaria Corp. Decades ago, Shugar played a leading role in commercializing the first utility-scale solar trackers while working at APS & NWP Corp. He later served as president of PowerLight Corp., which was acquired by SunPower in 2006. Shugar oversaw revenue growth at PowerLight and SunPower from less than $1 million to more than $830 million and was responsible for the completion of more than 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. He has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and ha
For over 30 years, Dan Shugar has helped advance renewable energy and climate technology solutions in the U.S. and around the globe. As Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, Dan brings together solar expertise and technology innovation in a way few technology leaders can.
In six short years, he created a solar start-up in the Balance of Systems (BOS) manufacturing segment and drove a successful acquisition with investment grade component manufacturer, Flex. Since founding NEXTracker, the Company has held global market share leadership for four consecutive years and has delivered close to 30 gigawatts of smart solar trackers on five continents. The company has now expanded its portfolio to include yield and performance software, global services and storage. Prior to NEXTracker, he grew Solaria Corporation’s annual revenue five times over a three-year period. Well-known for his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of Powerlight, he surrounds himself with passionate, tech-savvy, clean energy-driven executive teams who share his mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. From Central California to the Atacama Desert of Chile, there isn’t a solar power plant Dan doesn’t know about or has worked to develop. He holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers.
Dan Shugar has delighted and inspired audiences at over 100s of events, keynotes and technical panels. Some notable venues include: Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s “Future of Energy” Summit, FORTUNE Brainstorm E, the MIT Energy Conference, Solar Power International, Intersolar, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) Solar Week Conference, Greentech Media Solar Market Insight, Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, Photovoltaics Summit, PV USA, Cleantech Open West, and Commonwealth Club’s Climate One, among numerous other notable events and conferences.
Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. If asked of his most coveted achievement, he would most likely mention the six years he served as a Board Member of the Sierra Club where we worked on the Beyond Coal Campaign. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and The Solar Foundation (TSF).s published more than 50 technical papers. Shugar earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Owen Smith is a principal with RMI’s electricity practice, focusing on utility business models and pricing structures and the integration of distributed energy resources. Owen joined RMI in 2013.
Prior to joining RMI, Owen was with Duke Energy for 11 years where he developed a broad base of experiences in the electric utility industry through a number of distinct leadership roles across the company. A significant portion of his time at Duke Energy was focused on addressing needs and opportunities pertaining to renewable energy within the company’s multi-state regulated utility business. Key initiatives included development of new rate structures and programs to provide customers with greater access to renewable resources and to better reflect the costs and benefits of these resources, and to deploy utility-owned distributed scale and utility scale renewable assets.
Stephen Smith is a 15 year veteran of the solar industry. He founded Solvida Energy Group in January 2009 to answer a growing need in the dynamic solar market- efficient and predictable project execution. Solvida is a professional services firm providing value to all phases of project execution: entitlement, financial modeling, planning, deployment and sustained operation. In early 2014, Solvida Design+ Engineering Inc. was spun out of Solvida Energy Group. SD+E’s veteran engineering team offers turnkey design services for domestic and international solar energy and energy storage projects. SD+E is currently engineering utility scale projects in multiple US states including Georgia, New Mexico, Tennessee, California and Massachusetts. Total design portfolio for SD+E engineers exceeds 100MW.
Stephen has personally participated in the development of more than 100 solar projects for a broad range of clients - from Fortune 500 companies to state and federal agencies; universities to utilities. Early in his career, Stephen's relationships with specialty contractors provided him with a unique ‘bottoms up’ training and hands on installation experience. He later developed core technical project skills as a Project Manager with PowerLight/SunPower - the largest US commercial solar systems integrator. During his six years with Powerlight he amassed a diverse project portfolio: parking, ground and roof mounts, tracking and fixed arrays; project department revenues grew 400%, and the company’s average project size increased exponentially.
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.
Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Solar Electric Power Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.
Ivo Steklac serves as SunPower vice president and general manager R & C energy solutions, which encompasses PV solutions and energy services for these markets. He has more than 25 years of energy and utility experience, having held various leadership positions in research and development, marketing and general management. Most recently Steklac served as COO and chief strategy officer for Tendril, a software company dedicated to transforming the relationship between everyday people and energy. Prior to that, he was CEO of Greenbox Technology, a provider of interactive energy management for the smart home, which was acquired by Silver Spring Networks in late 2009. At Schlumberger, Steklac held the position of vice president of marketing for energy and utilities, where he led the groundbreaking development of one of the earliest examples of consumer empowerment and energy management: Puget Sound Energy's Personal Energy Management program. Steklac co-founded Enspiria Solutions, Inc. a consultancy and systems integrator with a strong focus in energy management and operational efficiency within advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, and smart grid. Steklac holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Queen's University at Kingston Ontario, Canada.
Rex Stepp has worked for APS since 2007 and currently leads the team responsible for supporting strategy, compliance and reporting for the APS Renewable Energy Program. Rex has worked with customers, developers, installers and finance companies as they navigate through the many issues associated with installing renewable energy systems.
Rex is also part of the adjunct faculty at Scottsdale Community College and has served on the board of the AZ Solar Center, a non-profit educational organization building awareness of renewable energy in Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Biola University and his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and his wife have lived in Phoenix for 20 years and have 3 sons.
Laura E. Stern is the President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, which she cofounded in 2006. Under her leadership, the company has grown to become one
of the leading solar developers and third-party asset managers in the US. With over twenty years of finance and power industry experience, Ms. Stern has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. During her banking career, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings in the wind, hydro and biomass sectors. Ms. Stern has also sourced and executed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets.
Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She holds an AB
with honors from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board of Directors since 2014, currently serving as Treasurer.
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.
A professional engineer with over a decade of experience in developing and deploying clean technologies, Andrew's previous roles have included the deployment of over 20MW of utility scale CSP technology at Ausra and design of CPV and high temperature solar collectors at Chromasun. One of the solar projects he developed while at ThinkNRG also holds the record for the lowest priced PPA in the US. He actively mentors cleantech startups through programs such as Caltech’s FLoW and the Australian Technology Park’s Ignition Labs. In 2014, Andrew was awarded the Advance Global Australian of the Year in Clean Technology and is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney.
At Geli he is working with solar developers to analyze, design, deploy and operate energy storage systems using the Geli EOS software platform.
Bill Walton is a 2-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA All Star, and NBA Hall of Fame inductee. He has been named as one of the 50 Greatest NBA players of all time. More recently, Walton has worked as a successful NBA commentator for ABC, NBC and ESPN. He has been named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association. Today, Walton is also the voice for NRG Home Solar, one of the country’s leading residential solar providers. Walton currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his wife Lori. @NRGHomeSolar [url=http://www.nrghomesolar.com]http://www.nrghomesolar.com[/url].
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.
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.
Eric Wesoff is Editor-at-Large at Greentech Media. Prior to joining GTM, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields.
His expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.
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.
Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.
He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
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.