Now in its ninth year, Solar Summit is GTM’s flagship annual solar conference that attracts leaders from across the solar value chain. Join us in Arizona May 11-12 for two full days of unrivaled networking opportunities and innovative, engaging panel sessions that will provide a unique mix of market intelligence and coordination among industry players.

Make sure to check out S3: Solar Software Summit, taking place right before Solar Summit.


The premier conference for defining industry needs and creating new business opportunities

This conference will present deep dives by top industry executives and thought leaders that will help attendees navigate the challenges in the market, as well as offer high level networking opportunities that enable you to advance corporate business strategies


Ken Zagzebski
President, AES U.S.

Mr. Zagzebski serves as President of AES United States, one of six strategic business units of AES.  As President, Ken leads 10 businesses across the U.S. with more than 12 GWs of electric generation.  The businesses include two utilities, Dayton Power and Light Company and Indianapolis Power & Light Company, delivering energy to one million customers in the Midwest.   The company also has nearly 4GW of natural gas generation in Southern California as well as coal based generation in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Maryland.  The portfolio also includes over 700 MW of wind.  He has responsibility for leading AES’ growth efforts in an evolving U.S. energy market, including deployment of distributed energy solutions and grid scale  battery storage.

Zagzebski is an experienced utility executive with operational and financial leadership experience, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining AES in 2007 he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Field Operations at Xcel Energy where he held a number of other leadership positions including the Executive Director of the company’s Asia-Pacific region with responsibility for the company’s regional investments primarily located in Australia.

Zagzebski has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  Zagzebski currently serves as Chair, Board of Visitors, at the Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

Bill Magness

Bill Magness became ERCOT's president and chief executive officer in January 2016 after more than five years as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Prior to joining ERCOT, Mr. Magness was a partner in the law firm of Casey, Gentz & Magness, where he represented ERCOT in numerous cases before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), and was lead counsel in utility commission proceedings in 16 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has worked on utility issues for more than 20 years, held executive management positions at the Texas PUC and at a start-up telecommunications company, and served as a federal prosecutor early in his career.

Mr. Magness grew up in Orange, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is the father of two daughters.

Tom Werner
President & CEO, SunPower

Tom Werner serves as SunPower president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors.  Prior to joining the company, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.  Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co.  He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silver Spring Networks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees.  Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Trevor Houser
Energy Policy Advisor, Hillary for America

Trevor Houser is a partner with the Rhodium Group (RHG) and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. His research focuses on both US and international energy market and policy trends. His publications include Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus, Fueling Up: The Economic and Environmental Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom, Leveling the Carbon Playing Field: International Competition and US Climate Policy Design and China Energy: A Guide for the Perplexed. In 2009, Trevor served as a Senior Advisor at the US State Department where he worked on international energy, natural resource and environmental policy issues.

Alta Yen
Managing Director, Investment Strategy, GE Energy Financial Services

Alta Yen leads the Investment Strategy group at GE Energy Financial Services, where she is responsible for developing a long-term strategy for the business that holds approximately $16 billion in energy assets.  GE Energy Financial Services’ experts invest globally across the energy spectrum in essential, long-lived and capital intensive energy assets that meet the world’s energy needs.       

Alta joined GE Structured Finance Group, the predecessor business to GE Energy Financial Services, in 1999.  In 2001, she was promoted to Vice President in the global energy portfolio group where she managed a $1.4 billion portfolio consisting primarily of distressed assets related to Enron, PG&E and Mirant.  In 2004, Alta accepted a project manager role, where she helped to establish the newly formed GE Energy Financial Services and in 2005 returned to the Risk function in debt underwriting.  In 2007, she was promoted to Managing Director and served as the chief risk manager for the $4 billion energy lending business.  Alta has been the Managing Director of Investment Strategy since 2013.

Prior to GE, Alta worked at an American law firm with roles in New York and Hong Kong before joining a Taipei-based freight forwarding company in business development. 

Born in York, Pennsylvania, Alta earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University, a certificate in advanced Mandarin from the Inter-University Program (“The Stanford Center”) and holds a Masters of Business Administration, concentrated in finance, from the University of Michigan.

Radford Small
Executive Vice President, Global Capital Markets, SolarCity

J. Radford Small is Executive Vice President, Global Capital Markets at SolarCity and is responsible for securing diversified sources of capital in the banking and institutional markets for SolarCity’s high quality solar assets. In addition to leading the company’s initial public offering and Goldman Sachs’ Tax Equity investment, Radford has managed multiple capital markets transactions and spearheaded several industry firsts – including the recent $160 million term facility with BofA Merrill Lynch, Key Bank and Silicon Valley Bank.

Radford joined SolarCity from Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Clean Technology and Renewables group. Over his 17 year career in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, Radford served clients across multiple areas of the energy sector including regulated utilities, independent power producers and clean technology companies. He raised over $20 billion in financing and worked on over $25 billion of mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Radford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from University of California at Berkeley, a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and Master of Laws (LLM) degree from New York University School of Law.

Lidija Sekaric
SunShot Director, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Lidija Sekaric is the Director of Solar Energy Technologies Office and its SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy. In that role, she manages and balances a portfolio of nearly $1B in projects, and sets the near and long-term goals for the programs. Prior to joining SunShot, she served as a senior advisor in the office of the Under Secretary of Energy and as a technical and market advisor on some of the world’s largest distributed solar generation projects. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Sekaric was on research staff at IBM T.J. Watson laboratory where she conducted record-setting research in nanoscale science and engineering. She holds 30 U.S. patents and has over 40 scientific publications. Dr. Sekaric received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.

Mathew Sachs
Vice President, Distributed Energy Development, National Grid

Mathew Sachs is the Vice President, Distributed Energy Development at National Grid, where he is responsible for developing and evaluating opportunities to further the deployment of distributed energy assets in the US. Previously Mathew led originations for KRoad DG, a PE platform focused on distributed generation and was a founding member of Yingli Green Energy’s American subsidiary, which grew to be the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer during his tenure. Prior to that, he led teams within PricewaterhouseCooper's Strategy Group in the formulation of growth strategy, facilitation of new market entry and evaluation of strategic acquisitions for leading private equity firms and several Fortune 500 clients. Mathew also worked at Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Praxair (NYSE:PX), and semiconductor equipment manufacturer Heller Industries, focusing on business development and product design. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.

agenda 2016 Conference Themes
  • Dynamics in the Global Solar Market
  • PV Inverter and BOS Advancement
  • Getting Solar Deals Done
  • The Evolution of the PV Module
  • The Mexico and Central America Solar Future
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highlights from last year

  • 575 Attendees
  • 500+ Hashtag mentions
  • 2,600 Live stream viewers


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