Now in its 12th year, Solar Summit remains the premier conference for defining the latest industry needs from the experts. With hundreds of high-caliber attendees, we will cover the latest developments in module technology, how the ITC stepdown will impact project finance, emerging markets for distributed solar and much more.

THE PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR DEFINING FURTHER SOLAR INTEGRATION, EVALUATING SOLAR MARKET, TECH AND POLICY TRENDS

Speakers

Initial speakers are being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Our 2019 Advisory Board Includes

Caroline Choi
Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Brooke Starr Haman
Brooke Starr Haman
Principal - Renewable Energy, Georgia Power

Brooke manages strategy, design and implementation of renewable energy procurement and self-build programs for Georgia Power, collaborating with Southern Company system teams to investigate and include emerging technologies as part of Georgia Power's generation fleet and/or customer offerings.

Dr. Charlie Gay
Dr. Charlie Gay
Solar Energy Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Charlie Gay is the Solar Energy Technologies Office Director for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this position he is leading the SunShot Initiative, a team that is dedicated to research, manufacturing and market solutions to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

Dr. Gay is an internationally recognized pioneer in photovoltaics. After starting his career in 1975 designing solar power system components for communications satellites at Spectrolab, he later joined ARCO Solar, where he established the research and development program and led the commercialization of crystalline silicon and thin film technologies.

In 1990, he became president and chief operating officer of Siemens Solar Industries, and from 1994 to 1997, he served as director of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In 1997, he was named president and chief executive officer of ASE Americas, and from 2001 to 2005 served as founding chairman of the technical advisory board at SunPower Corporation.  He joined Applied Materials in 2006 as corporate vice president and general manager of the Solar Business Group. He served as president of Applied Solar and chairman of the Applied Solar Council from 2009-2013. As president, Dr. Gay was responsible for positioning Applied Materials and its solar efforts with important stakeholders in the energy industry, technical community and governments around the world.

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2013. He established the Greenstar Foundation in 1997 to demonstrate an economically sustainable model that delivers solar power and internet access for health, education and microenterprise projects to developing world villages.

Hilary Pearson
Hilary Pearson
Key Manager Energy & Environmental Policy - Utility of the Future, ComEd
Ted Michaels
Ted Michaels
Managing Director, Power & Renewables Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power

MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power's partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries.  MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous conferences, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.

Kenneth Labeja
Kenneth Labeja
Director, Business Development, Avangrid

Kenneth leads solar business development for Avangrid Renewables. In this role he identifies and executes on potential co-development solar opportunities for our business. In addition he supports our solar PPA origination. Prior to Avangrid, he was at NRG Solar where he had a leadership role on a team that developed, financed and acquired approximately ~$3BN of large scale solar projects. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse in investment banking covering the energy sector and his experience included executing on a $2.4BN utility acquisition, a $700MM project financing and asset sales. Labeja is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and accounting from the National University of Lesotho. On the weekends, Labeja can be found hiking with his wife, 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son.

Cory Honeyman
Cory Honeyman
Director, Solar Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

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

agenda 2019 Conference Themes
  • The Role of Solar in the Energy Transition
  • Facing the ITC Stepdown
  • Storage as the Core Strategy for Solar Integration
  • What to Expect for Solar Module Tech Innovation in 2019?
  • Emerging Distributed Generation Markets
  • Who Are the Biggest Policy Winners and Losers in 2019?
view full agenda

highlights from last year

  • "High level intellectual content. Unlike other conferences in the industry, GTM brings data, insight and fresh ideas"
  • "The quality of presentations and attendees is always fantastic"
  • "One of the best professional conferences I have attended"

Venue

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
RESERVATIONS (480) 627-3200

conference partners