Andrew brings to Obvious Ventures a lifelong passion for building companies around sustainable systems and people power.
For over a decade, Andrew has focused on clean technology and clean energy solutions. He started down the clean tech path with Energy Innovations in 2003, which he grew from a business plan to a major solar developer serving customers like Google, Disney, Sony Pictures, and British Telecom.
After selling the company to Suntech in 2008, Andrew served as Chief Commercial Officer at Suntech as well as Vice President of Global Product Strategy. During his tenure, Suntech became the largest solar company in the world.
After leaving Suntech, Andrew spent two years as Vice President of Distributed Generation for Nextera Energy, the largest clean energy developer in the US.
Before his clean tech career, Andrew spent a decade building companies in the early days of “Web 1.0.” In 1998 Andrew co-founded Bigstep.com, an e-commerce platform designed to serve the needs of small businesses entering the Internet age. He has been supporting the enterprising ideas of people power ever since.
Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board for GE’s distributed generation business, Current by GE. He is also a member of the NREL Investor Advisory Board.
A graduate from Dartmouth College, Andrew lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife and three children. When he's not helping to build early stage companies, Andrew builds wooden boats and furniture.
Andrew was born in New York City and spent his formative years on an avocado ranch in Ojai, California.
Bob Bellemare is responsible for leading Array’s strategic growth and the company’s business operations. For the past 20 years Bob has held C-level positions in electric utility and renewable energy related businesses. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer (PE), certified valuation analyst (CVA), and certified business appraiser (CBA).
Global Portfolio and Markets Manager,
SMA America, LLC
Frank Berring is the global portfolio and markets manager for SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of solar inverter leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he ensures an optimum match between SMA’s product portfolio and the needs of the solar industry by understanding the evolution of the PV market and synthesizing market intelligence into the company’s long-term portfolio roadmap. He also manages the product lifecycle of SMA’s utility product portfolio, executes product launches and supports marketing programs.
Berring—who has 20 years of engineering, program management and business expansion experience—joined SMA as a project manager in 2010, in which he was responsible for establishing medium-voltage products for the North American market. Before that, he was the senior business development manager for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that position, he led the business development and program management activities for custom-engineered power distribution products. He also led the internationalization of Rockwell’s configure-to-order business strategy in support of the semiconductor vertical market.
Berring earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville.
Chief Financial Analyst, ERCOT Market Analyst,
The Butler Firm
Chad serves as the chief financial analyst and ERCOT market analyst for the Butler Firm, where he provides regulatory support to many of the world's most successful solar development companies. Chad has experience building financial models for more than a billion dollars worth of PV projects, is an Air Force trained GIS specialist, is Co-Founder and CFO of Smart Power Maps (a geospatial cash flow modeling software as a service company), and he is Chairman of the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group, where he has authored several ERCOT Nodal Protocol Revision Requests, each of which he has marshalled through to passage by the ERCOT Board of Directors. He has worked at a 35,000 acre coal mine, the Energy Resources Division of the General Land Office, a vertically-integrated grid-scale battery storage company, and at the Austin Technology Incubator. Mr. Blevins served as the President of the Energy Resources Group at the University of Texas while he was a graduate student in the Energy & Earth Resources masters program. Chad is an Air Force Honors Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, and is a Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University. He has Chaired the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group since 2013.
Board Member, CalCEF Ventures & Former Chief Strategy Officer,
Chief Commercial Officer & EVP of Sales,
Enbala Power Networks
Trent Bowers is Enbala’s Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, responsible for leading the company’s sales, marketing and partner relations initiatives globally. With 23 years of experience, Bowers came to Enbala from Toshiba/Landis+Gyr, where he was Vice President of the Industry Solutions Group. He also led the Global Alliances & Solutions organization for Landis+Gyr for five years. Bowers’ entire career has been focused on technology, communications and services, with the last 10 years concentrated on delivering integrated software solutions to further advance grid modernization initiatives in the energy and utility industry. His knowledge and experience span the full utility value chain, from generation to the customer experience and including advanced grid analytics, demand response, distributed energy resource (DER) management, operational data management and dynamic voltage management. Previously, Bowers was Vice President of Global Strategic Sales for Trilliant, a business executive in IBM’s Intelligent Utility Network business unit and Energy and Utility Sales Director for Alcatel-Lucent.
Yann is the President of North America at Conergy, one of the largest downstream solar companies in the world. In this role, Yann manages a team of 45 to develop, finance and manage assets throughout the Country. With locations in Miami, New York and San Francisco, Conergy has deployed over $250million and added 100MW to its balance sheet in the past year within the region.
Yann is a known solar expert, who founded and runs SolarWakeup, a daily newsletter that thousands of solar industry professionals have read every day since 2012. Yann has been cited for his perspectives on the solar industry in numerous publications, including Greentech Media, PV Magazine, PV Tech and the local business journals.
Previous to Conergy, he co-founded several solar companies within the EPC and finance segments. He is deploy involved in solar public policy and works with national trade groups to advance solar policy across the Country. Yann has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two children.
Adam is the co-founder and Executive Director of Vote Solar, a non-profit advocacy organization with the mission of bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Vote Solar got its start with a successful ballot initiative for a $100 million solar revenue bond in San Francisco in 2001, and since then has been working with state and municipal governments on pro-solar policies, with the goal of jumpstarting the national transition to renewable energy. Vote Solar has 13 advocates spread across the country, working full-time to advance solar markets.
Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s San Francisco office, where he won the Agency’s top pollution prevention award for developing a program that reduced air emissions of mercury. Adam received a BA with Distinction from Swarthmore College in 1992, and served with the Peace Corps in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.
Vice President & General Manager,
Direct Energy Services
Cory Byzewski, who currently leads Direct Energy Solar, has been with Direct Energy for more than nine years. While in Direct Energy’s services business, he has had the opportunity to lead its retail HVAC, electrical and plumbing businesses. Further, he has led its home warranty business, protection plan business, leasing business and U.S. water heater rental business as well as its Marketing function. Prior to working in services, he led the residential energy division of Direct Energy in the northern United States.
Anthony Carroll is Vice President for the Solar Business of Schneider Electric. He manages Sales and Service for the Residential, Commercial and Utility Scale Solar divisions of the company, and also their Storage business unit. Anthony holds an eMBA from Juan Carlos I University in Madrid and has led other global solar and industrial corporations over the last decade with focus in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
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.
Mr. Colavito brings eight years of solar industry experience to his role as the Director of Engineering at Standard Solar, Inc., where he is responsible for oversight and management of all engineering and technical aspects of the business. Mr. Colavito and his engineering team have produced more than 60 MW of PV system designs dispersed over more than 150 sites in 12 states, ranging from 5 kW to 5 MW. Mr. Colavito established SSI’s commercial engineering department in 2009, where has developed and trained more than a dozen engineers in the design of solar PV systems. Before coming to SSI he served as a volunteer in Nicaragua where he worked to usefully apply solar technologies in rural areas. Mr. Colavito regularly presents at industry conferences and lectures at local universities. At Renewable Energy World North America his submission was awarded the 2014 Paper of the Year. Mr. Colavito co-authored the feature article for the July 2015 SolarPro Magazine on deploying solar+storage microgrids. Mr. Colavito has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installation Professional, NABCEP Certified Solar PV Technical Sales Professional and a Certified Renewable Energy Professional.
Eric Danziger COO and Co-founder, Genability Eric oversees the Company's commercial aspects with an emphasis on strategy, business development and finance. Eric also manages Genability’s partner relationships, fundraising efforts, corporate development and SunShot project. Prior to joining Genability, Eric was an investment banker with GulfStar Group, a middle market sell-side M&A firm, and JPMorgan Chase. Eric received his BBA in Finance and MBA from the University of Texas.
PJ Deschenes is a Partner in the New York office of GCA. He has over 11 years of experience advising companies and investors in a variety of Sustainable Infrastructure sectors. PJ focuses on cleaner conventional energy and environmental services and offers expertise in M&A, project finance, and financial structuring. PJ joined GCA from GE Energy Financial Services where he worked on equity investments in wind, biomass, and solar energy projects and companies, including nearly 900 MW of wind energy assets. Previously, he was a founding member and Partner of BlueWave Strategies, a cleantech-focused consulting firm. PJ holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Mathematics. PJ is a CFA Charterholder and a LEED Accredited Professional, as well as a three-time USAT All-American triathlete.
Jeff Dorety is President; Americas for Trina Solar responsible for all phases of sales, operations, financial and back-office support for North, Central and South American markets. Jeff has worked in Solar PV for eight years including national and global roles with two other manufacturers plus director of sales for commercial projects with an EPC/developer. Previous to entering the PV business Jeff held a number of senior leadership positions in the telecom & datacom equipment and mobile wireless industries with companies such as Lucent Technologies and T-Mobile and AT&T. Jeff has over 25 years’ experience in both small and large tech companies managing and leading various sales channels, building high performing teams and running various operational functions.
Thomas is a passionate leader in the Solar Energy industry, and prides himself on building lasting teams and facilitating alignment and cohesion of business models across diverse projects and programs. He balances the business capability roadmap with energy sustainability and renewable technology solutions, quality, service, and process simplification to achieve a positive return on assets.
Thomas currently serves as President for Soligent Distribution and is responsible for the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the company. Prior to joining Soligent, Thomas served as a member of the Management Board and ran the Solar Energy Division at Fronius USA for over five years. Before his time spent at Fronius USA, Thomas co-founded and managed joint ventures and conducted multiple successful mergers and acquisitions.
Erik Fogelberg is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Storage Solutions at SolarCity. Erik’s team is responsible for both PV and Storage Solutions for Commercial and Industrial, Small and Medium Business and Utility market sectors. He joined SolarCity in 2010 and since then has managed the growth of his team to become the leading commercial solar power provider in the United States. He team has sold and installed more than 2,000 projects for utility scale, public sector, Fortune 1000 customers. Erik has more than 25 years of business development, sales and management experience and has been in the renewable energy space since 2007, working for both MMA Renewable Ventures and SunPower prior to his role at SolarCity.
Erik holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California Los Angeles in International Economics and Spanish.
Senior Director, Customer Strategy and Solutions,
In his current role, Lee is responsible for the development and implementation of customer strategies that deliver an optimal customer experience and customer choice. In addition, his team is responsible for the administration of renewable product offerings for Xcel Energy customers which includes both rooftop DG and Community Solar Gardens. During his 17 year tenure with the company, Lee has held leadership positions in Energy Efficiency/Demand Side Management and Customer Care.
Chief of Staff to the CEO,
SunShare Community Solar
Karen joined SunShare in 2012, and now serves as Chief of Staff. She leads mission-critical projects across the company, including refinement of business planning processes, creation and development of new departments including executive-level recruiting, serving as a key spokesperson for the company, and aiding the CEO as a strategic adviser. Karen is also influential in the regulatory space, working with utilities and non-profit partners to influence community solar legislation in both Colorado and Minnesota.
Before joining SunShare, Karen served in the US Peace Corps, and worked for the City of Colorado Springs where she initiated four youth health programs and directed a satellite community center.
Karen graduated cum laude from Grinnell College with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She serves on the executive board for the Colorado Solar Industries Association, and is active in several other community and industry organizations.
DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoromaterials
William Gambogi is a Research Fellow with DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoromaterials. His work focuses on photovoltaic (solar) materials and their impact on solar panel performance and durability. He has worked at DuPont for more than 25 years and has been involved in several new product developments within the DuPont Electronics and Communications businesses. He has contributed to over 30 patents and more than 20 technical publications, and regularly delivers technical presentations at international industry events.
Mr. Gambogi earned Bachelors of Science in Physics from Villanova University and Master of Science in Physics from the University of Delaware. He is based at the DuPont R&D Center in Wilmington, Delaware.
Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks in the energy sector in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar, wind, fuel cells/energy storage, biomass, hydroelectric, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction).
In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, and advises energy technology companies on a variety of commercial matters, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and venture and other equity and debt financings. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Grana is the co-founder of Folsom Labs, where he leads sales and marketing, where he has helped to grow the company to thousands of installers in over 70 countries. He founded the Solar Software Summit in partnership with GTM Events. He previously worked at Abound Solar, and led product management and technical marketing with Tigo Energy. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael Grasso is Chief Marketing Officer of Sunnova. He has more than two decades scaling companies into market leaders in the energy, TV/Internet, financial services and telecom industries. He has served as the chief marketing officer of both Sunrun and TXU Energy. Previously he was senior vice president of brand management with USAA and prior to that, held multiple leadership and executive positions at AT&T. Michael earned his Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Applied Statistics from St. Mary’s University.
Brian has over 15 years of experience in the areas of engineering, operations, and supply chain management, mostly focused on advancements within the solar industry. Brian served as Quality Manager for the pioneering PV module manufacturer AstroPower, prior to its acquisition by GE in 2004. Before joining Yingli in 2009 to launch its San Francisco office, Brian was Supplier Quality Leader for GE Energy’s Solar Technologies division. Brian most recently served as Vice President of Technology for Yingli Green Energy Americas, where he managed a team of engineers providing customer service while supporting PV module/system characterization, research, and development efforts at Yingli's PV Testing Laboratory. Brian is a certified Lean Sigma Blackbelt and holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
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.
Director, Distributed Generation,
Pacific Gas & Electric
Dan is Director of Distributed Generation at Pacific Gas & Electric where he is responsible for DG incentive program, customer experience initiatives and policy objectives for customers interested in adopting solar and other renewable technologies. Prior to joining PG&E, Dan spent six years in the solar industry with leadership roles in project development and finance at HelioPower, Solyndra and MMA/Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. Dan began his energy career at Entergy in corporate development and later worked at PG&E in regulatory and finance. He has an MBA from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Western Australia.
Yuri Horwitz is the Chief Executive Officer at Sol Systems, a preeminent solar development and asset management firm. He has led the company since its inception in 2008, focusing on its strategic development and managing the firm’s relationships with institutional clients. Mr. Horwitz has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields for the last decade and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar finance and development. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has financed over 650 MW of solar assets throughout the United States. He serves on the Board the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Mr. Horwitz has presented at dozens of renewable energy finance conferences, and has guest lectured at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Yale. He has been recognized as a E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, was recognized by Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and was a recipient of Fast Company’s “Faces of Founders” Award. Sol Systems has been celebrated by Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies repeatedly. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary. He is a committed environmentalist.
Hans Isern leads early stage development, origination and power marketing efforts for sPower. For over a decade he has led teams in diverse roles including utility engineering, power trading, regulatory affairs, and generation development and finance. This broad knowledge base allows him to create innovative strategies to optimize sPower’s development operations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Isern has directly shaped the renewable industry by affecting renewable policy at the CPUC, negotiating and closing over 600 MW of renewable PPAs, obtaining 2 GW of capacity on the power grid, and leading permitting efforts for over 15,000 acres. Mr. Isern has led development teams on over 30 utility-scale projects that are now online and operating. Prior to his current role, Mr. Isern was the Chief Operating Officer at Silverado Power, where he negotiated and executed over $1 B of power purchase and sale agreements with utilities and municipalities. Prior to this, Hans ran Recurrent Energy’s IOU development efforts in California, where he led over 30 interconnection processes and closed three of Recurrent’s first four utility-scale PPAs. Before his role at Recurrent, Mr. Isern ran sales and trading for 3 Phases Renewables, an Energy Service Provider that provides retail power under California’s Direct Access laws. Mr. Isern began his career as a utility engineer in PacifiCorp’s Asset Management group, where he led several multi-million dollar investments to improve the power grids in Utah and Oregon. Mr. Isern holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Aaron James is the VP of Network Partnerships at EnergySage, an online marketplace for solar energy, where he manages the company’s national installer network and marketplace customer service. With the support of two SunShot awards from the US Department of Energy, EnergySage has built the industry’s first comparison shopping platform for solar shoppers. By enabling apples-to-apples comparisons across equipment, financing, and installation, EnergySage expedites the shopping process for both buyers and sellers of solar PV systems.
Aaron’s background prior to EnergySage includes project finance for clean energy investments and program design for distributed energy investment platforms. He’s passionate about opportunities to mainstream renewable energy, and serves as a mentor for the Cleantech Open. Aaron completed his MBA and MS in Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan.
Lynn is Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, and the creator of the solar-as-a-service model for the residential market. Lynn co-founded Sunrun in 2007 with a passion for creating simple solutions to difficult problems. From a young age she was a competitive athlete who was also drawn to innovation, infrastructure and the environment, all of which prepared her for her current role. Lynn began her career as one of the only female venture capitalists at Summit Partners, a leading growth equity investor. While at Summit she evaluated myriad business models and financing structures and completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. But it was during a summer internship in China while attending business school at Stanford University that she witnessed firsthand the magnitude of the impact that the rapid consumption of natural resources was having on the environment. She knew then there had to be a better way. While back at school Lynn and classmate/ co-founder Edward Fenster recognized the solution to this complex environmental issue could be in simply offering consumers a better choice. By enabling homeowners to purchase clean power in a simple, affordable and more efficient way, Sunrun could pave the way for a cleaner more innovative future – and disrupt the massive and archaic residential energy industry in the process. From the beginning, Lynn helped shape Sunrun’s vision and served the Company in many roles from personally selling Sunrun’s first customers to leading the Company’s growing sales and marketing operations. She subsequently became President and co-CEO and eventually was named Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. She believes in empowering individuals to reach their full potential, a theme prevalent in Sunrun’s vision to create a planet run by the sun.
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.
Managing Director, Energy Storage Solutions,
As Managing Director of Energy Storage Solutions, Madeleine is responsible for overseeing the origination, development, and execution of energy storage projects. Prior to joining Edison Energy, Madeleine served as both Senior Vice President of Advanced Energy Solutions and Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy for SoCore Energy, an Edison Energy affiliate specializing in solar energy. In both of these roles, Madeleine specialized in translating market trends into strategic and transformative opportunities for SoCore and its clients.
Madeleine has more than 15 years of experience the clean energy field. Prior to joining SoCore, she was a Senior Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, where she was involved in renewable energy policy development and regulatory proceedings across the Midwest. Madeleine previously served as Deputy Director of Policy & Communications for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she led downtown redevelopment activities and launched the City’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative. Early in Madeleine’s career, she worked as a Policy Analyst for Environment Northeast and as Coordinator of the Community Clean Air Initiative for the City of New Haven, Connecticut.
Madeleine holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA from Carleton College.
Lee’s professional history spans 40 years in the energy industry dating back to the earliest days of PURPA projects in California. Most recently, as Sales Manager for Saft Energy Storage Systems, he was responsible for the sales, installation and commissioning of over 20 grid connected Li-ion battery energy storage systems on the West Coast, Canada and Hawaii. The energy storage systems, which ranged in size from 35kW up to 6MW, are installed at a variety of sites, including substations, demand side applications or co-located at solar and wind facilities. Prior to energy storage sales, Lee co-founded Pearl Street Liquidity Advisors (PSLA) which assisted high technology start-ups in clarifying their business model and securing financing. PSLA’s portfolio of clients was comprised mostly of early stage renewable energy companies. Earlier in his career he was a founding member and Vice President of International Power Technology (IPT) which patented the proprietary Cheng Cycle gas turbine. With Lee’s leadership, IPT developed the first non-recourse project financed, gas turbine, co-generation project in California. Subsequently he negotiated PPA’s and developed co-generation projects, ranging in size from 6-12 MW, with the major California Utilities.
A native of Hamburg, Germany, Jurgen Krehnke has had a distinguished career with a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the PV Solar industry. He joined KACO new energy in February of 2014 as CEO for the Americas and accomplished a turn around of the 10-year old North American subsidiary, expanded state-side manufacturing and supply chains, brought back manufacturing jobs that had gone to Asia and led the company towards sustainable profitability. He had a key role in the introduction of several innovative, award-winning products and was instrumental in the company’s recent entry into the energy storage business.
Previously, Krehnke was President & General Manager of SMA America, LLC, an inverter company that he successfully managed between 2008 and 2013 and turned into the well-recognized industry leader. Under his leadership the company grew more than 15-fold and established US and Canada based manufacturing as well as a nationwide service network. Several hundred sustainable and direct “green collar jobs” were created in the process. Before joining SMA, Krehnke was an Executive in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley, most notably with top 10 players Philips Electronics and NXP Semiconductors where he headed several business units.
Mr. Krehnke holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Germany’s Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig and completed Executive Education Programs at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
A pioneer in clean energy finance, Stacey Lawson has been instrumental in the design and adoption of the PACE model in the U.S. Prior to joining Ygrene as CEO in 2012, Lawson ran for Congress in California, advocating for PACE as a leading environmental policy initiative. Lawson co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) at the UC Berkeley, school of engineering and she has held executive positions as Division GM for Siebel Systems, SVP for Parametric Technology Corporation and co-founder of InPart Design. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from Harvard.
She is the author of "Making More in America: How Restoring America's Manufacturing Strength Can Help Rebuild America's Middle Class".
Evelyn is Managing Director at TerraForm focused on third party mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining TerraForm, Evelyn was a partner in Chadbourne and Parke’s Project Finance Group based in LA where she was responsible for re-building the firm’s Project Finance practice on the west coast and led several large renewable energy transactions consisting of project acquisitions and related acquisition financings; construction and backlevered debt financings, holdco and mezzanine debt transactions, tax equity financings and energy hedge transactions. Prior to Chadbourne, Evelyn was General Counsel of Element Power, a global renewable energy company, and prior to Element Power, Evelyn was General Counsel of First Wind.
Evelyn is a graduate of Cornell University and Fordham University School of Law.
Elena is co-founder and CEO of UtilityAPI, a company that automates the process of collecting electricity data for solar, energy storage, and energy management companies. Elena began her career at PG&E, where she worked on low income energy efficiency programs and distributed generation. Forbes named her 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability and co-chair of the finance committee. She holds a Master’s of International Economics with a focus on econometrics and energy policy from UC San Diego.
Morten Lund is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Development group, and serves as Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative. His experience includes development and financing of a broad variety of energy and infrastructure projects. Morten’s project experience background covers the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from early-stage development through construction, financing, and acquisition/divestiture. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, including hydro-electric facilities, chemical facilities, wind and solar energy projects, forestry/paper facilities, combustion generator projects, large aircraft, cogeneration facilities, shipping fleets, and nuclear energy facilities. Morten also represents companies developing infrastructure technology, including water treatment technology, solar energy technology, and wind energy technology.
Joseph Matamoros, principal for Utility Services at Enphase, is focused on delivering distributed energy resource integration solutions for utility customers. He previously served in a variety of functions for ABB, Cooper Power Systems and Stem, a distributed energy storage company. Joe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance and Chemical Engineering. Joe also received a MS in Electrical Power Engineering from the Arizona State University.
Richard Matsui is the CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics. kWh Analytics is the market leader in solar risk management. By leveraging the most comprehensive performance database of solar assets in the United States (20% of the U.S. asset class) and the strength of the global insurance markets, kWh Analytics’ customers are able to minimize risk and increase equity returns of their solar portfolios. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy. Prior to kWh Analytics, Richard was a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. There, he established himself as a leading global expert on the solar industry by accumulating more industry experience than any other consultant (9,000 globally). He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He is proud to have been born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a Forbes "30 Under 30" award recipient for Energy.
Director of Business Development, Energy Alternatives,
As the director of business development for Cupertino Electric’s Energy Alternatives Division, Mick McDaniel develops relationships and strategy for new and existing markets, including utility, commercial and industrial. Throughout his career, Mick has created, built and renewed several sales organizations through policy development, infrastructure recommendations and leadership initiatives. His deep manufacturing and capital equipment knowledge, coupled with seasoned negotiation skills, have enabled him to serve in managing director and supervisory roles at successful renewable energy, power electronics and critical back-up power organizations.
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.
As Director Strategic Sourcing at Sunrun Mr. Morbitzer is responsible for the vendor selection, contract negotiations and quality management at Sunrun. He constantly evaluates new technologies on their impact on cost, reliability and usability.
During his more than 12 years in the solar industry Mr. Morbitzer was Managing Director at Renewable Analytics where he advised financial investors on renewable technologies, Director Global Procurement at Trina Solar and Head of Procurement at Germany based S.A.G. Solarstrom. Prior to his career in solar, Mr. Morbitzer worked for more than 6 years at international consulting company Accenture.
VP & General Manager of Solar & Emerging Renewables Operating Group,
Trent is the Vice President and General Manager of Mortenson Solar and Emerging Renewables Operating Group. Trent has helped grow Mortenson into the largest full service, EPC provider in the nation. He is responsible for overall strategy development and direction of all facets of the group, including market selection, business development, design, engineering, procurement, construction and O&M activities. He is driven by a desire to continuously eliminate waste from processes and develop innovative ways to consistently deliver far superior results to customers.
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development,
Jenya Meydbray is the VP of Strategy & Business Development at DNV GL and the founder and former CEO of PV Evolution Labs. An advisor to leading solar companies, Jenya has worked on developing methods of evaluating long-term solar panel performance for product development and bankability. Prior to founding PVEL, Jenya was the Senior Quality and Reliability Engineer at SunPower Corporation where he developed accelerated test methods for high efficiency solar cells and modules. Jenya began his career at NASA Ames Research Center's hyper-gravity facilities. Jenya has studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, and holds two photovoltaic-related patents. Jenya received a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Cruz, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. Jenya is an Advisory Board Member to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's International PV Module Quality Assurance Forum.
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs,
Meghan Nutting works closely with industry leaders, state and federal policymakers, and regulators to craft and implement policies that provide a more stable, sustainable business environment on behalf of Sunnova. Previously, she served as the Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity for nearly five years. Before that, Nutting worked as a legislative director for a State Assembly member, and as a press secretary for former U.S. Senator. She has also held policy positions at the World Bank; the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; as well several environmental organizations. Nutting received a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University. She has been named one of the #Solar100 thought leaders in the U.S. and one of the Denver Business Journal’s top women in energy for 2018.
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.
Frank Palladino is a Vice President in CohnReznick Cap Markets’ San Francisco office. He has more than 10 years of experience serving clients in the renewable energy, oil & gas, and technology industries.
Frank primarily focuses on transaction management and advisory in the renewable energy sector including asset sales, debt raises and raising, and negotiating and structuring tax equity investments. He has been involved in numerous renewable energy transactions including utility scale wind as well as utility scale and residential solar projects. He has advised both solar panel and solar cell manufacturing facilities.
Before joining CohnReznick Cap Markets, Frank was a Director in KPMG’s Transactions and Restructuring practice in New York and San Francisco. He provided buy-side and sell-side commercial and operational due diligence services on over 60 M&A transactions in the renewable energy, oil & gas, and technology sectors. In addition to M&A due diligence services, Frank assisted clients with transaction accounting and financial modeling.
Frank earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Loyola University Maryland in 2005 and is a CFA charterholder since 2012.
Billy Parish is Founder & CEO, of Mosaic, the largest lender for home solar in the U.S., named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company for the past two years. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 340,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and was used to expand Americorps with a new “Clean Energy Service Corps”. He was #22 on Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”, honored as a Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller.
Chip Palombini currently leads the Energy Solutions Group (ESG) at Dynapower Company of South Burlington, Vermont. Dynapower is the world’s leading independent manufacturer of power conversion systems for energy storage applications. Prior to leading of ESG, Chip was a research and development engineer and project manager responsible for the development of the first commercially available multi-port solar and storage inverter system. During his work as a development engineer Chip was responsible for power conversion systems for battery energy storage applications, primarily for the integration of large scale distributed renewable generation. These developments have been integral to Dynapower capturing >50% of the domestic energy storage market.
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.
Co-Founder & Vice President, Strategy,
Blue Raven Solar
Tyson Peschke is a co-founder of Blue Raven Solar and currently serves as its President. Blue Raven Solar specializes in residential customer acquisition and has operations in 11 states supporting over 350 sales professionals. Mr. Peschke began his career in renewable energy in 2009 when he successfully helped nationwide home automation giant Vivint launch a renewables arm called Vivint Solar. As the first employee at Vivint Solar, he helped the company grow from an idea to a market leader. While at Vivint Solar, Mr. Peschke held the title of Vice President of Customer Experience and was responsible for any part of the business that interacted with the customer. Mr. Peschke then co-founded Terawatt, Inc (currently doing business as Level Solar and spinoff Suncrest Solar) with an investment from Sorenson Capital Partners, a Utah based PE firm. Mr. Peschke served as Chief Operating Officer and helped grow the business to over 50 employees in offices in California, Utah, and New York. Mr. Peschke holds a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Senior Vice President, Solar Operations,
Terraform Power / Brookfield Renewable Partners
Ms. Peterson is Senior Vice President, Solar Operations at Terraform Power. At Terraform, she manages 515 operating solar assets (~1.1GW) in the U.S., Canada, UK and Chile. Prior to joining Terraform, she led Brookfield Renewable Partner’s solar M&A and development efforts globally and led the solar due diligence efforts to acquire 51% of Terraform Power and act as its Sponsor, and acquire 100% of Terraform Global with a total portfolio of ~1.4GW solar operating assets (~$3bln total enterprise value).
Ms. Peterson is a senior energy and infrastructure executive with over 20 years of experience in the conventional and solar power generation industry as an investor, banker and director. Ms. Peterson has served as CFO and CEO of both privately held and public companies across the clean technology sector and as an investment banker at Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank internationally. She has been in the solar industry since 2007, having held executive management and finance positions with solar investment and manufacturing companies – Brookfield Renewable Partners, EDF Renewable Energy and Suntech. Ms. Peterson also served as CEO of utility-scale solar construction company, Greenwood Biosar, and various other project development companies. Prior to her involvement in the solar industry, she was Vice President of Structured Finance at several divisions of ABN AMRO Bank in the U.S. and Middle East, and at Citicorp/Citibank in the Financial Institutions Group. In her banking career, she financed over $5bln worth of structured finance deals in power generation, telecom and equipment sales transactions around the world. A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago and also holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration from Boston University. She also completed graduate coursework at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Origination / Mergers & Acquisitions,
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
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.
President & CEO,
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Rhone Resch is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industry. During his 10-year tenure at SEIA, solar has experienced record-breaking growth, becoming one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States with more than 8,000 companies and more than 174,000 employees. Often referred to as the “voice of solar energy in America,” Rhone is the architect of SEIA’s strategic priorities designed to achieve a 10 GW annual market in the U.S. by 2015. Today, clean, affordable solar energy is generating enough electricity to power more than 4.6 million homes – including the White House – and its popularity is continuing to grow, with 9 out of 10 Americans supporting an expanded use of solar nationwide. Rhone holds an M.P.A. in management from Syracuse University's Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Lisa and two children in a solar-powered house that provides 93 percent of their electricity.
Peter Rive is SolarCity's co-founder and CTO, overseeing the company's technology development. Peter has helped grow SolarCity into the largest full-service solar provider in the nation— the company is currently providing one in every three new residential solar systems in the U.S. In his role as chief technology officer, Peter oversees the development of SolarCity's next-generation software and hardware technologies, including battery systems and solar mounting hardware. Peter’s passion for solar is centered around a concern for climate change and the belief that solar represents the most practical path to sustainable energy production. He continues to push the boundaries of solar operations and technology with the goal of achieving breakthroughs in cost reductions and 24-hour energy delivery.
Peter has held several senior technology positions throughout his career focused on streamlining operational activities through the use of advanced software. Before he co-founded SolarCity, Peter held the position of chief technology officer at Everdream, where he designed a software platform to centralize computer management. Everdream was acquired by Dell in 2007.
Bart Rupert is responsible for growing CEC’s community solar portfolio through strategic partnerships, business development initiatives, and alliances with utility companies. He also oversees the execution and delivery of these projects at the executive level. Bart has a solid track record of creating growth and success. He previously served as the COO of Plexis Healthcare Systems where the company grew through strategic alliances with large companies such as Accenture, CSC, Cognizant, Noridian, WNS, etc. and became one of Microsoft’s HHS Strategic Alliance partners. Prior to Plexis, he served as the COO of Crib Notes Software, a niche EMR company, cultivating the organization into an internationally-recognized market leader. Bart also worked with large industry players including HBOC, McKesson, and FCG in various leadership roles.
Also Energy CEO Robert Schaefer co-founded the company with CTO Holden Caine in 2007. Robert draws upon 25 years of experience in the computer industry. He applies this experience to continuously improve quality, cost, and performance at Also Energy. As a result, Also Energy has shown robust growth every year. The company now monitors over 3.5 GW at more than 11,000 sites in 39 countries around the globe. Robert received an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT and a graduate degree in Control Systems at the University of Colorado. As a P.E. Robert worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, then co-founded a robotics company.
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.
Director, Customer Solutions Distributed Energy Resources,
Kaiulani (“Lani”) Shinsato is the Director of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Programs at Hawaiian Electric. She oversees the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, which has been widely successful in customer adoption and in contributing towards Hawai‘i’s 100% renewable goals. Lani also leads key company initiatives and change efforts supporting the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ near and long term strategic plans for DER. In this role, Lani leads a cross-functional team that is dedicated to developing technical and programmatic solutions for DER that support planned growth of DER in a way that is equitable, sustainable, and provides benefits to the electric grids. Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric, Lani served as Commission Counsel at the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, where she acted as lead attorney on several ground-breaking renewable energy dockets for the State, including Feed-In Tariffs, Reliability Standards Working Group, Decoupling, Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and NEM. When not working on DER, Lani enjoys trail running, skiing, and spending time with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
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.
Vice President & General Manager R&C Energy Solutions,
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.
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.
Director, Renewable Technology Development,
NRG Energy, Inc.
Scott Stephens, a Director of Technology Development, is leading NRG Renewables’ solar technology adoption efforts based on comprehensive engagement with upstream technology development and manufacturing firms. Key focus areas include emerging technology diligence, quality assurance process development, market analysis, and technical engagement with tax equity investors. These efforts increasingly include the integration of storage and controls into advanced photovoltaic (PV) systems. Prior to NRG, Stephens served as a portfolio manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Program. In this role, Stephens lead technical management of solar manufacturing projects including due diligence review of over 40 companies as well as technical oversight of construction and operations for ten ground-mount solar projects totaling over 2.5GW and $8.7 billion in debt financing. Prior to the DOE Loan Program, Stephens served as a PV technology manager for the DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. In this role, Stephens managed over $100 million of annual grant funding across universities, national labs, and start-up photovoltaic manufacturers. More generally, this time at the DOE offered Stephens a unique vantage point on an industry undergoing tremendous change. Stephens started his career at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining applications pertaining to optical systems. He earned a M.S. in Physics researching thin film PV at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in MN.
Peter Tawczynski leads Nexamp’s project finance team and is responsible for structured equity transactions, including tax equity, debt financing and portfolio acquisitions. Nexamp is the largest commercial solar project developer in the Northeast, with comprehensive capabilities that span the entire solar project lifecycle – from project development, design and construction to financing and operations and maintenance. Over the last two years, Nexamp has increased its portfolio of owned and operated solar assets by 10x.
Prior to joining Nexamp, Peter was an Experienced Manager with Grant Thornton, LLP where he was responsible for managing engagement teams in providing external audit services, under SEC reporting requirements, to NASDAQ- and NYSE-listed companies with both domestic and international operations. He also performed a secondment in Australia, where he provided external audit services under IFRS.
Peter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
With more than 15 years in corporate leadership positions, Mike Teresso brings a wealth of experience in growing dynamic businesses – combining exceptional customer support, leading edge product and service offerings and driving impressive profitability. Leveraging his wealth of business and management experience, Teresso has made Baker Electric Solar one of the top 10 fastest growing privately-held companies in San Diego. As president, Teresso is responsible for strategic and operational planning. His hands-on leadership, knowledge of sales, marketing, forecasting, budgeting and cost control helps ensure the Baker’s solid financial foundation and exponential growth. Teresso’s passion for renewable energy has positioned him as a respected thought-leader, active in solar energy policy and driving the future of the industry. Previously Teresso served as president of a bathware manufacturer, St. Thomas Creations, Div. of Villeroy & Boch, where he led the company in a turnaround effort – achieving record profitability. Most recently Teresso was director at LAUFEN North America, Bathroom Culture Since 1892. Teresso received his M.B.A. from Texas Christian University, M.J. Neeley School of Business. He resides in San Diego.
Bill joined First Solar in 2014 and serves as the Director of Global Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Origination. In this role, he leads First Solar’s efforts in originating, negotiating, and managing global C&I accounts with a focus on those large multinational corporate customers seeking utility-scale solutions. Previously, Bill led C&I Origination that focused primarily on cultivating new offtake opportunities for First Solar’s development assets in the United States and Mexico. Prior to joining First Solar Bill was the Vice President of Development & Energy Marketing at E.ON Climate & Renewables leading E.ON’s utility-scale solar development efforts in North America. Before entering the renewables markets Bill worked for 10 years as Senior Energy Trader for Xcel Energy in Denver. He started his career at AIG where he was a foreign currency and interest rate derivatives trader. Bill has an MS in Hydrogeology from Dartmouth College and a BS in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Hervé is CEO of the Energy Web Foundation. He is an energy industry veteran with more than two decades of executive-level experience across renewable energy, distributed energy resources, commodity trading, blockchain, and strategy.
Prior to EWF, Hervé led Shell New Energies’ global Connected Energy business, focused on distributed energy resources. He has also held senior roles at cleantech think tank Rocky Mountain Institute, E.ON Connected Energies and E.ON Climate & Renewables, and McKinsey & Co.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kate Trono leads SunLink's Product Management group, directing the company’s strategy and execution related to its entire portfolio of roof mount, fixed tilt ground mount, and tracker products, as well as the PowerCare service initiative. Working closely with the engineering, sales, supply chain, project management, and marketing teams and SunLink’s customer partners, her goal is to deliver the most compelling solar energy solutions in today’s commercial and utility PV market. Kate earned her master’s degree in structural engineering and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Julie Ungerleider, senior vice president of engineering for Coronal Group, is responsible for directing project engineering, development and construction. Ms. Ungerleider brings over 20 years of experience as an engineering, development and construction management executive. She has a comprehensive background in commercial and industrial development and renewable energy power plants, and has successfully managed over 100 MW of solar projects. Ms. Ungerleider has developed methodologies for efficient due diligence and development processes that streamline transactions, resulting in substantial savings on transaction costs. Ms. Ungerleider most recently was vice president of systems and engineering for SolarWorld Americas’ systems and engineering division. She directed the design and development of multiple commercial and utility scale projects, including Highlander I and II totaling 26 MW. She was responsible for introducing next-generation mounting solutions for utility-scale power plants and rooftops through the management of a team of over 20 research and development mechanical engineers, design engineers and project managers. Prior to joining SolarWorld, Ms. Ungerleider was a senior project manager at SunPower Corporation where she managed the development and installation of over 60 MW of both commercial and utility-scale solar facilities. Before entering the solar industry, Ms. Ungerleider worked for multiple Fortune 500 retail companies, managing the development of new store expansion programs, and for two large retail and commercial developers in Southern California on the development of large mixed-use retail and entertainment centers. Ms. Ungerleider holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in civil engineering.
Boris von Bormann is CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, responsible for the development and sale of energy storage systems for residential and utility applications, and other energy services to help facilitate the transition to e-mobility. Prior, he was CEO for the U.S. headquarters of Sonnen, a German-based manufacturer of energy storage solutions. Boris von Bormann has been in the international trade industry for over 18 years and in the solar industry for over 9 years.
Director of Sales North America, Smart PV Plant Solutions,
As the North American Director of Sales for Huawei Smart PV Plant Solutions, Brian leverages his 10 year industry experience dating back to 2005. Huawei is the world’s leading ICT company with 2015 estimated revenue exceeding $65 Billion with products and services touching 1/3 of the world’s population daily in over 170 countries. At Huawei Brian is responsible for leading and directing Huawei’s sales and business expansion into the North American PV marketplace. Prior to Huawei, Brian was the National Sales Manager for GCI Solar where he managed and directed the sales efforts for over 100 solar account executives. Brian’s rich experience in the PV industry stems from prior roles at SPG Solar, Akeena Solar, and Real Goods, serving the residential, commercial, and utility scale markets in the United States. Brian holds a BA in Entrepreneurial Management from California State University, Chico.
Robert Vinje Global VP of EPC SunPower Corp. Rob Vinje serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president of engineering, procurement and construction, where he is responsible for the company’s solar power plants and distributed generation solar installs. He has been at SunPower since 2006 overseeing the expansion of SunPower’s first factory and Managing Director responsible for the design, construction and operation of SunPower’s second manufacturing facility in the Philippines and, more recently, SunPower PV manufacturing facility in Melaka, Malaysia. He served on the boards of AUO SunPower, Trustees of Investor’s for First Philippines Industrial Park, First Philippines Solar Corporation, Future PV magazine, and chaired the Malaysian Alternative and Renewable Industry committee in Malaysia. Prior to joining SunPower, Vinje served as fab operations director at Cypress Semiconductor. Rob has an electronics degree, electrical engineering degree, and masters in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Ryan Wiser is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ryan leads and conducts research on the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy policies; on the costs, benefits, and market potential of renewable electricity sources; on electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts; and on public acceptance and deployment barriers. Ryan has published over 350 journal articles, research reports, book chapters, and conference papers. His work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and numerous other publications, and he has offered invited testimony to the U.S. Senate. Ryan regularly advises state and federal agencies on issues related to renewable energy; is an adviser to the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program; is on the Corporate Advisory Board of Mineral Acquisition Partners; and has been a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Ryan holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Product Management, Power Conversion, North America,
Chavonne is responsible for the product portfolio development and business line profitability for ABB Solar’s PV market in the Americas. A twenty year veteran in the power conversion industry, Chavonne has held various leadership roles in product management and business development. Chavonne holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley, respectively and an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University.
Alex Zhu is President of SFCE America, responsible for all project development, product sales, M&A and investment in the North America region for Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE), the leading global clean energy solutions provider. SFCE products and services include Suntech and Suniva solar modules, Powin energy storage systems, Lattice LED lighting products and Meteo Control monitoring systems. SFCE also markets a unique Energy Cost Saving Agreement (ECSA) that enables commercial & industry building owners to reduce their energy costs for free and just share the savings. Prior to SFCE, Alex was Managing Director of Suntech America and global head of Product Management and Development (PDM) for Suntech Power. Alex joined Suntech in 2008 from the semiconductor industry where he held various management positions in engineering, operations and marketing. Alex earned his BS from Fudan University in Shanghai, MS from National University of Singapore and MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy,
Energy Impact Partners
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.
Director of Business Development & Strategy,
AES Distributed Energy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.