Alex Anich is the Manager of Renewable Market Intelligence for NRG, Energy Inc., where he oversees the company’s Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) portfolio. Alex leads NRG’s exploration of the application of blockchain technology to the REC and environmental attribute markets. Prior to joining NRG, Alex headed up the Research & Advisory service of Karbone, an NYC based brokerage, project finance and research firm focused on environmental markets. Alex leverages his experience working in the early days of Shell’s renewable energy business to provide a unique perspective on the evolution of energy markets around the world.
Bryan Birsic, Cofounder and CEO of Wunder Capital brings extensive finance and capital raising expertise to Wunder, from private equity investing at Bain & Company to financing online commercial lending companies at Village Ventures. Notably, Bryan’s firm led early investments into commercial lending market leader OnDeck Capital. Along with his finance background, Bryan has built and led several companies that bring software approaches to new markets, most notably and recently SimpleReach, where Bryan was President and which has raised more than $15mm. Bryan attended Williams College, and moved with his family to Boulder from New York City several years ago.
Cedric Brehaut is an independent business consultant in solar photovoltaic (PV) operations and maintenance (O&M), performance monitoring and analytics, and asset management, and the author of the industry’s most comprehensive market reports on these domains.
Since he founded SOLICHAMBA in 2011, Brehaut has been providing strategic consulting services to solar industry leaders and served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator grant applications.
A recognized domain expert, Brehaut is commonly quoted in renewable energy media around the world, such as Greentech Media (U.S.), PV Magazine (Germany and U.S.), Photovoltaik (Germany), PV Insider and PV Tech (U.K.), and QualEnergia (Italy). Brehaut also frequently speaks at industry conferences such as Solar Asset Management (Europe and North America), GTM Solar Summit, Intersolar North America, PV O&M USA, and Solar Power Asset Management and Performance.
Cedric practices martial arts and spent one year traveling in Latin America. Born in France and now living in San Francisco with his wife and two young children, he speaks English, French and Spanish.
Seth Dunn is Director of Industry Development, Power & Utilities with ServiceMax from GE Digital, an industry leading Field Service Software solution. He joined ServiceMax after 12 years with GE Renewable Energy in a range of commercial, policy, marketing, and product roles across onshore wind, offshore wind, and solar. Prior to GE he was a Senior Fellow for energy and climate policy with the Worldwatch Institute. He holds BA, MEM, and MBA degrees from Yale University.
Nicole Lombardo has over a decade of experience in renewable energy and software technologies, spanning consumer and B2B marketing, business strategy and development, product management, and sales.
Today, Nicole leads Google’s Project Sunroof Business Development team and works to identify and develop new applications of Google’s technologies for the solar industry.
Nicole was previously at Intel and SolarCity, where she led consumer marketing focused on customer acquisition strategies and programs. During her work in solar, she pioneered grassroots community-based programs, led successful lead generation campaigns, and large scale public/ private partnerships with schools, homebuilders, and Fortune 500 companies to bring on thousands of new solar installations nationwide.
Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Communication and Design from the University of California at Davis.
Paul Gibbs had the idea for building HelioScope while working in distributed electronics for PV arrays. Witnessing the painful process it takes to design, develop and finance a new solar project was eye-opening, and he saw the need for a better system. New and emergent technologies only appeared to confound these problems.
His unique background spanning physics, optimization and energy has enabled him to begin building the technology platform behind HelioScope. Paul received an MBA from Harvard Business School and has degrees in Physics and Economics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to attending business school he was a founder at Nodal Exchange, where he led new product development and designed a market allowing utilities to hedge electricity transmission costs in a structure that parallels the actual physical power flows.
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.
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.
Andrew Morse is the Director of Software at FTC Solar. He leads the teams responsible for the development of SunDAT (PV design software), and Atlas (a solar portfolio/project management platform). Andrew has over 10 years of experience leading engineering teams in the design of commercial and utility-scale PV systems, and building software tools that improve solar design productivity. Andrew holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Sandhya is a co-founder of Solstice, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to clean energy to all Americans, where she manages business and product development. Prior to joining Solstice, she worked at Barclays’ investment banking division in New York and London, advising and executing public equity transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. She was also deeply involved in Barclays’ philanthropy work with Endeavor, Women’s World Banking, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Fund. Sandhya holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she received the Sustainability Certificate.
Daniel Murray is the Chief Technology Officer at CleanChoice Energy. Daniel leads a team of analysts, data scientists, and software developers who build and maintain the tools used for operations and CleanChoice's customer acquisition efforts. Daniel also runs the CleanChoice Energy Labs based in New York City. Previously, Daniel was involved in the world of politics, working on and consulting for dozens of campaigns across the United States. Daniel holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee.
Mark Perutz is a Partner at DBL Partners. Previously he was an investment professional at JPMorgan helping to manage the Bay Area Equity Fund from 2003 through the spin-out of the Bay Area Equity Fund from JPMorgan and the founding of DBL Partners in January 2008. He is currently on the board of RallyPoint and a stealth company, was formerly on the Board of Revolution Foods, and has worked with the following DBL portfolio companies: Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, Farmer’s Business Network, NEXTracker, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Solaria, Ogin, PowerLight, eMeter, Siva, Labcyte, CareDx, Bentek, ReShape and Wholeshare.
Previously, Mark was an equity research analyst at Robertson Stephens. At Robertson, Mark’s coverage focused on the areas of enterprise software and web infrastructure. Mark has also worked in business development at Interwoven, a web content management company; performed technology and market research at the Tower Group; and built computer systems as a systems integration consultant for Accenture.
Mark received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and received a MBA from the Sloan School of Business at MIT.
Mike Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of Sense, a startup creating technology that helps homeowners better understand their energy use. A pioneer in the field of machine learning, Mike began his career in speech recognition. He worked as a researcher at MIT before co-founding two speech recognition companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) which brought groundbreaking speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that powered virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones. Mike’s passion for machine learning led him to found Sense in 2013, bringing the power of machine learning into the home.
Nicholas Pilkington is the co-founder and CTO of DroneDeploy, where he runs the computer vision teams and is responsible for the company’s technical strategy. Originally from South Africa, he completed degrees in Computer Science, Maths and Information Systems at Rhodes University. After graduating, he received an M.Phil and Ph.D. in machine learning from the University of Cambridge as a Nelson Mandela Rhodes Scholar.
Tim Rochman is the Director of the Energy Markets at EagleView. His leadership in the energy market includes data solutions derived from aerial imagery in the Solar, Electric Utility, and Oil & Gas Pipeline industries. For Solar, Rochman is responsible for addressing and engaging the needs of PV Solar manufacturers and installers. Under his guidance, EagleView creates and delivers property centric data empowering stakeholders with remote site knowledge to facilitate proposal, design, survey and operations activities.
MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ 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 researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.
Mark Trout is the chief technology and information officer for Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar provider. Mark serves as a member of the executive leadership team and is responsible for overall systems development, implementation, and information technology operations. He has spent more than 20 years in Silicon Valley, including roles serving as chief transformation officer at eBay Enterprise and managing partner at the international consultancy firm Accenture.
Nikhil Vadhavkar is the co-founder and CEO of Raptor Maps, an artificial intelligence company specializing in drone data analytics. He is responsible for supporting customers using drones to improve the efficiency of PV operations and maintenance, asset management, and EPC. Nikhil has previously developed thermal control systems for advanced spacesuits at MIT, and led a Gates Foundation grant for deploying drones to deliver medical supplies in developing nations.
With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology.
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