May 16: S3 Solar Software Summit

Join GTM and Folsom Labs for the second year of the industry’s first dedicated event covering the growing solar software ecosystem.


May 17-18: Solar Summit

Solar Summit 2017 is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Join us for two full days of packed networking opportunities and a unique mix of market intelligence with engaging panel sessions among industry leaders.


The 10th Annual Solar Summit & 2nd Annual S3 Solar Software Summit will present deep dives by top industry executives and thought leaders that will help attendees navigate the complex challenges in the market. Don't miss this opportunity to network with the key decision makers and advance your strategic business plan for exponential growth.


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.

Lynn Jurich
CEO, Sunrun

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.

Richard M. Swanson
Founder, SunPower Corporation

Richard Swanson received his BSEE and MSEE from Ohio State University in 1969 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1974. After completing his PhD, he joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Stanford. His research investigated the semiconductor properties of silicon relevant for better understanding the operation of silicon solar cells. These studies have helped pave the way for steady improvement in silicon solar cell performance.

In 1991 Dr. Swanson resigned from his faculty position to devote full time to SunPower Corporation, a company he founded. Today, SunPower produces the highest performance photovoltaic panels available, and has become the world’s third largest by market capitalization manufacturer and installer of photovoltaic systems.

Dr. Swanson has received widespread recognition for his work. In 2002, he was awarded the William R. Cherry award by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic field, and in 2006 the Becquerel Prize in Photovoltaics from the European Communities. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2008 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. He received the 2009 Economist Magazine Energy Innovator Award. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Jin-ichi Nishizawa Medal for the conception and commercialization of high-efficiency point-contact solar cell technology, and in 2011 the Karl Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award.

Dr. Swanson is currently retired from SunPower. He serves on the board of the Worldwatch Institute, as well several advisory boards, and is Chairman of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium Executive Board.

Neha Palmer
Head of Energy Strategy, Global Infrastructure, Google Inc.

Ms. Palmer currently leads the team that procures energy and electric infrastructure for Google Inc. Key efforts of her team include managing the company's energy portfolio, and sourcing as much renewable energy as possible to power Google's operations. As a result of these initiatives, Google has announced over 2.6 GW of renewable energy purchases around the globe, and is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

Prior to joining Google, Ms. Palmer held several positions at PG&E, where she quickly rose to become the Director of Corporate Development.  She has also worked for Goldman Sachs, serving clients in the electricity sector.
Ms. Palmer holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Mark Widmar
CEO, First Solar, Inc.

Mark Widmar became Chief Executive Officer of First Solar, Inc. in July, 2016. He joined First Solar in April 2011 as Chief Financial Officer, and oversaw all financial operations, including financial planning and analysis, treasury, internal audit, investor relations, accounting and tax. While in that role, he also served as CFO and as a director on the board of directors of 8point3 Energy Partners, the joint yieldco formed by First Solar and SunPower to own and operate a portfolio of selected solar generation assets. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Widmar was the CFO for Graftech International, and was also President of Graftech's engineering solutions business. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Widmar served as Corporate Controller for NCR Inc. Prior to his appointment to Controller, he was a business unit CFO for NCR, with responsibility for setting the financial vision and strategy for a $2 billion global enterprise. In this position Mr. Widmar was instrumental in the establishment of strategic plans, annual operating plans and pricing strategy. Mr. Widmar has also held various financial and managerial positions with Dell, Lucent Technologies, AlliedSignal and Bristol Myers/Squibb. He began his career in 1987 as an accountant with Ernst & Young.

Abigail Hopper
Abigail Hopper
President & CEO, SEIA
Chris Buddin
Global Head of Clean Technology & Renewables Group, Goldman Sachs

Chris is global head of the Clean Technology and Renewables (CTR) Group. He also leads the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group's focus on the Internet of Things sector. Chris joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked at Credit Suisse in the Technology Group from 2000 to 2011. While at Credit Suisse, he was one of the founding members of the global alternative energy group and was head of the Clean Technology practice. Chris earned an AB in Economics from Stanford University.

Vishal Shah
Vishal Shah
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

S3 Solar Software Speakers

Deep Chakraborty
CEO, ENACT Systems, Inc.

Deep is an entrepreneurial business leader, currently leading ENACT SYSTEMS an award-winning cloud platform for the distributed energy industry, that he co-founded in 2013. Prior to ENACT, Deep was CEO of Centrosolar’s North American photovoltaic systems business that he co-founded in 2009, where he pioneered a unique business model for sales, financing and distribution of complete, packaged PV-systems configured on a unique software platform and serviced by a dealer network in 20 states.

Deep has a decade-long experience leading strategy and operations, spanning global leadership roles in US and Europe. Prior to Centrosolar, Deep led Project Management for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants at their headquarters in Munich, Germany, focusing on growth strategy, due diligence and financial re-structuring for large automotive clients. Deep’s team supported the turn-around strategies for one of the largest global automotive OEMs, as well as the re-organization of a top French global automotive supplier. Deep led the firm’s strategy on powertrain electrification where he engaged with German OEMs and utilities on electric vehicle deployment.
Deep started his career in the automotive industry at DaimlerChrysler, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Product Engineering, Program Management and Product Strategy for the Chrysler Group headquarters in Michigan. Deep won the prestigious Lynn Tilly Award for Corporate Quality in 2005, and his earlier work on design for high-volume manufacturing of engines was awarded ‘Technology of the Year’ by Industry Week in 2001.

Deep has a Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur, India, Master’s degree in Engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Paul Grana
Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing, Folsom Labs

Paul Grana is responsible for Sales and Marketing at Folsom Labs. His passion for data analysis began at an early age. At 13 he cracked his first code, figuring out the cheat codes for Madden ’94 (hint: they used a base-3 number system). Paul then began his career in management consulting, where he became an expert in market demand based on discrete choice analysis.

Paul later joined the solar industry, where he ran product management for Tigo Energy, the module-level electronics manufacturer. He has also authored a number of articles and white papers on system design and performance.

Paul holds an SB in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an unofficial member of the quantified life movement, maintaining years of records of his sleep patterns, workouts, email inbox, and even alcoholic consumption.

Conlan O’Leary
CEO & Co-Founder, Sighten

Conlan O'Leary is CEO and Co-Founder of Sighten, the first comprehensive software platform built specifically for the solar industry.  The Sighten platform spans the entire solar lifecycle from tools that streamline origination, system design, and sales/operations to features that automate ongoing asset management and reporting.  Prior to Sighten, Conlan helped manage the financing product and pricing desk at Clean Power Finance, a leading residential solar financing platform.  Conlan has prior experience in technology and cleantech investment banking as well as environmental commodities trading.  He has also helped manage a salmon cannery in Alaska and lived in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

agenda 2017 Conference Themes
  • May 16: S3 Solar Software Summit - Building the Platform of the Solar Future, Project Finance, Creating an Ecosystem, Streamlining Sales & Customer Engagement, The Solar Engineer's Toolkit
  • May 17: Solar Summit Day 1 - Power Electronics & Solar + Storage, Solar Finance, Mexico, PV Modules & Balance of Systems
  • May 18: Solar Summit Day 2 - Community Solar, Corporate Procurement, California DG Solar, Northeast Markets, Utility PV
  • And much, much more!
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highlights from last year

  • 660 Attendees
  • 12+ Dedicated Networking Hours
  • 30 Hours of Educational Sessions


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