Carmen Garralaga
Senior Application Engineer, SMA America

Carmen Garralaga is a Senior Applications Engineer for SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of solar inverter leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In her current role, Carmen represents the company’s utility business activities to support customers as a technical product specialist in the U.S., Mexico and Central America.

While Carmen’s focus is utility-scale products, she also has a thorough knowledge of SMA products in residential and commercial applications in regions worldwide. In addition to providing technical guidance, system analysis and design for customers, Carmen also supports the SMA sales team through developing materials and leading training events for team members as well as external stakeholders.

Carmen began her career with SMA Solar Technology in 2013 as an Applications Engineer and Sales Manager for SMA Solar UK Ltd., the U.K. subsidiary of SMA. Prior to her role there, she held various positions in information technology, telecommunications and renewable energy.

Carmen is fluent in Spanish and English. She has a European MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Unversidad de Zaragoza, located in Spain, and a European MSc in Renewable Energies, with a specialty in Photovoltaics, from Northumbria University, located in the U.K.

Pablo Otin
Vice President, Emerging Markets, 8minutenergy

Pablo Otin has developed over 2+ GW of renewable projects in EU, U.S., Latin America and Asia and pioneered development of solar PV projects in several of these markets. Pablo Otin has held senior roles in manufacturing companies (Gamesa), solar development firms (Gestamp Solar & BP Alternative Energy) and financial institutions (ALLCO, Foresight, LightBeam) before leading the international expansion of 8minutenergy. 8minutenergy is the largest independent solar PV developer in the I.S., with over 1.5 GW under contract, and operations in India, Bangladesh, Brazil and Mexico.

Dean Solon
Founder & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group

As the President and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners and in the year 2000, bought all their shares in the business and changed the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in it’s infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies. During that time, Bosch Automotive approached Dean with a request for him to start his own manufacturing business and become their sole vendor for automotive brush cards. This request was the catalyst for Dean to found Shoals Technologies Group and supply Bosch Mexico with product for many years. Dean attended college at Purdue University in 1988 and studied mechanical engineering.

Alfonso Tovar
Country Manager, Mexico/Latin America, OST Energy

Alfonso is based in Mexico City and he has a cumulative experience in the solar industry close to fifteen years. He has served several roles in his career, from designer to business development manager, and has contributed to over 5,000 MW of projects assisting lenders, developers and technology manufacturers. His technical experience ranges from technology assessment and project development to project execution and commissioning. Alfonso’s business development and leadership experience includes assignment as country manager for a leading thin film module manufacturer, and director of a consulting services firm based in Mexico City. He is currently appointed as the country manager for OST Energy.
His core-competencies include project management, strategic planning, business development, efficient coordination of interdisciplinary teams, supervision of project schedule and budget; staff supervision, planning and design of large-scale PV systems, solar construction management, performance analysis, economic analysis of PV projects, solar policy assessment and technical evaluation of solar technologies.

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Previous Years Speakers Include

Howard Wenger
President, Business Units, SunPower

Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business.  He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services.  Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group.  Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded.  Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally.  He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems.  Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently serves as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.

Marian Aguirre Nienau
Head of Power Projects, Bancomext

Marian Aguirre Nienau is an Economist and has a Masters Degree in Financing and Economics with the Universitat de Catalunya, currently she works as Head of Power Projects at the Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, S.N.C. (BANCOMEXT) which is a foreign trade development bank owned by the Mexican Government. A good deal of her past and current work is focused in the financing of power and sustainable projects. Marian’s work is based in the financing of projects throughout project finance, structured finance and guarantees, among other financial schemes. Some of her recent work in Bancomext includes the structuring of wind farm projects, hydropower plants, combined cycles, biogas and photovoltaic parks.

Edgar Arvizu
Vice President, Business Development, Sonnedix

Edgar has been investing in solar energy since 2009, leading the execution of over $1.5B in transactions with businesses, utilities, and governments.

At Sonnedix, he is responsible for business development, focused on acquiring and investing in solar assets in development, construction and in operation.

Sonnedix is a leading global solar independent power producer (IPP) backed by JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, focused on owning and operating assets long-term in attractive growth markets. Sonnedix owns interest in over 1GW of assets across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Prior to Sonnedix, Edgar was Head of Latin America at sPower, a leading U.S. solar IPP. Previous to that, he was Head of Power Markets & Strategy at Gestamp Solar, a multinational European solar energy company.

Mr. Arvizu has a background in technology start-ups, venture capital and biotechnology banking from Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar and a BS in Finance from SDSU.

José Zambrano
President & CEO, Galt Energy

José Zambrano is President and CEO at Galt Energy, Mexico's leading residential and small commercial solar developer. In the four years since its founding, José has led Galt Energy to more than 1,000 residential and small commercial systems amounting to more than 5 MW of installations, of which 30% have been financed through its own fund. José is board member of the Energy Cluster for the state of Nuevo León and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.

Carlos Isorna
Vice President, Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund (“MMIF”)

Carlos is primarily responsible for sourcing and managing assets in the energy generation and electricity transmission sectors. Carlos joined Macquarie in 2012, where he had several roles in the Investment Banking division (Macquarie Capital), and more recently in the Funds Group (MIRA). Carlos has developed his expertise in infrastructure across Latin America, participating mainly in Power, Telecom, and Social Infrastructure transactions across Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Peru. Previously, Carlos worked as a management consultant at Accenture, consolidating finance processes upon the completion of M&A transactions for Telecom and Transportation companies. Carlos has broad international experience working in markets across Europe, India, South Africa, and the US. Carlos holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from ULPGC University in Spain, and a MBA from Columbia University in New York.


Hector Olea
President & CEO, Gauss Energia

With more than twenty years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energies in the country. Since 2004, Hector has been President  and CEO of Gauss, a business development  firm specializing in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$500 million in greenfield projects. Since May 2014, he has been President of the Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex).  Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000,  Mr. Olea acted as Chairman  of the Mexican Energy Regulatory  Commission (CRE). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.


Ron Klein
Ron Klein
Vice President of Structured Finance & Strategy, SolarCity
Marco Garcia
Chief Commercial Officer, NEXTracker

Marco Garcia has over 25 years of sales management and international business development experience. He has developed and closed scores of landmark PV projects in the U.S. and Europe, including some of the world’s largest solar power plants. His tenure in the solar industry includes sales leadership positions at PowerLight, SunPower, Suntech, and Suniva. As Suniva CCO, he spearheaded the shift in their sales approach from high efficiency cells to Suniva-branded high efficiency modules. As Chief Commercial Officer at NEXTracker since 2014, Marco and his team are responsible for closing approximately 5GW in tracker sales worldwide. Marco Garcia holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Economics from Brown University.