Join GTM & Folsom Labs for the fifth year of the industry’s first dedicated event focusing on solar operations and sales digitalization. We'll cover topics including machine learning and AI for large-scale O&M, restrategizing solar business around digital tools, drones, better storage integration (and modeling) through data analytics and storage management software, and much more.

THE ONLY EVENT FOCUSING ON SOLAR DIGITALIZATION

Speakers

Malini Balakrishnan
Malini Balakrishnan
Chief Information Officer, Borrego Solar

Ms. Malini Balakrishnan is Borrego’s Chief Information Officer and head of our Continuous Improvement department. She oversees the development and deployment of new enterprise software technologies and business processes that drive efficiency, cross-departmental information sharing, project management tools, and value improvements that ultimately drive stronger business relationships with our customers and partners. Her background includes over 20 years in IT leadership and change management at companies that were at critical inflection points in their growth and needed technology to inform, enable and accelerate their business transformations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Chris Holcomb
Chris Holcomb
Vice President of Technology, 7X Energy

Chris applies data analysis, financial modeling, and software design experience towards innovation in the utility-scale solar industry. He empowers developers, financiers, and engineers to find the perfect location for projects using Smart Power Maps, 7X's solar development software suite. While leading software design, he also supports production modeling, interconnection review, and the identification of cutting-edge products.

Prior to joining 7X, Chris co-founded the DOE SunShot Award-winning company that conceived Smart Power Maps. Previously, Chris led data analysis for the world's most granular solar energy and EV charging data-set. He also developed tools for tracking environmental enforcement actions, cleantech patents, and energy efficiency rebates. Chris earned a Dual Masters in Energy and Earth Resources and Public Policy at the University of Texas while acting as Publicity Directory for Engineers Without Borders. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M.

When not developing tools to build upon solar's success, you may find Chris swimming in Barton Springs or swing dancing, but likely not at the same time.

Jake Wachman
Jake Wachman
Vice President, Digital, SunPower Corporation
Paul Grana
Paul Grana
Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing, Folsom Labs

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.

Samuel Adeyemo
Samuel Adeyemo
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer , Aurora Solar

Samuel Adeyemo is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Aurora Solar, a software platform for simple, yet sophisticated solar sales and design. Aurora is used to design over 100,000 solar projects per month, and counts as its clients thousands of solar professionals globally, including several of the industry’s largest firms.

Edgar Lim
Edgar Lim
Vice President of Technology & Procurement, EnterSolar

Edgar Lim is the Vice President of Technology & Procurement at EnterSolar and manages all procurement efforts for the organization and nurtures key vendor partnerships. After spending nearly a decade working in the industry, Edgar specializes in solar design optimization, best practices, energy simulation, safety programs, procurement strategies and technology evaluation.

Edgar started in the industry by working with a startup residential solar company in Los Angeles where he learned the art of solar design and engineering. He eventually went on to lead their Engineering Department and played a role in quadrupling their installs per month within a year. Edgar then went on to be part of a large-scale solar development firm based in New Jersey where he worked on multi-megawatt solar projects and gained tremendous experience in all aspects of solar design and engineering. While there, he worked on engineering ground-mounted, roof-mounted and parking lot canopy systems. He proceeded to lead the firm’s Operations and Maintenance team to ensure proper preventative maintenance and maximum uptime of their solar portfolio.

Edgar is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Installation Professional and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology George W. Woodruff School, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Zachary Bloom
Zachary Bloom
Director, Software Engineering, Freedom Forever
Venkata Abbaraju
Venkata Abbaraju
Senior Director of Product Development, NEXTracker

Venkata Abbaraju is the Director of Product Development at NEXTracker. Venkata leads NEXTracker’s Tracker Control Systems and Software program, such as TrueCapture™ smart control system and NX Navigator™. Mr. Abbaraju’s career has focused on accelerating the development and supporting the adoption of solar energy. His first few years in the global solar industry were spent testing solar equipment at the PV testing lab in Arizona State University (ASU) followed by his tenure at world-renowned independent engineering firm, TUV Rheinland PTL. After TUV Rheinland, Mr Abbaragu served as Product Development Engineer with PrimeStar Solar, a CdTe PV panel manufacturer which was later acquired by GE Energy. While at GE Energy, Venkata was responsible for developing innovative and differentiated products, and establishing manufacturing processes. Subsequently, Venkata worked at Yingli as Director of Engineering support in the Americas region, focusing on pre-sales, product management, and after-sale support. Venkata holds a Masters of Engineering in Industrial Quality and Reliability from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Agenda Themes
  • The State of Solar Digitalization
  • Restructuring a Solar Business Around Digital Tools
  • The Next Frontier of Solar O&M: Machine Learning & AI Become the Norm
  • What Can Solar O&M and Surveying Players Learn from the Wind Operations Drone Revolution?
  • The Role of Digital Tools in Developing Solar Insurance and Creative Financial Products
  • What the Future Holds for Solar Customer and Sales Management and Design Simulation Software
  • Software as the Connective Tissue for Storage Integration and Modeling
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Venue

The Wigwam Resort
The Wigwam Resort
300 East Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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