Mark Widmar
Mark Widmar
Chief Executive Officer, First Solar

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.
Mr. Widmar holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and is a certified public accountant.

Stacey Kusters
Stacey Kusters
President, Solar, BHE Renewables

Stacey Kusters has worked in the energy field for over 20 years. She began her career at British Columbia Hydro’s Power Smart division, and transferred to Powerex, the marketing arm of BC Hydro in 1986. At Powerex, she was charged with new strategic market development and executing wholesale structured transactions to further optimize the natural resources for customers in British Columbia. In 2001, she joined PacifiCorp in Portland. From 2001 to 2014, she worked in various strategic and operational roles, eventually promoted to manage all of integrated resource planning for six states, market fundamentals, market contracts, structuring, pricing and modeling, as well as origination. She pioneered contracting for utility-scale renewable resources, managed major asset requests for proposals, analyzed integration of renewable resources, and managed renewable compliance and tracking requirements for Renewable Portfolio Standards and environmental policy in states with highly diverse energy policies. She regularly testified before state utility regulators in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and Wyoming on subjects related to resource planning, renewable energy, and policies and strategies to meet regulatory requirements. In 2014, she was recruited to sister company NV Energy, newly acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, as the Vice President of Renewable Energy and Origination, to lead a crash acquisition of all generation resources, the design and implementation of renewable requests for proposals, renewable compliance, renewable customer requests, renewable legislation and strategic policy to meet overall renewable objectives. Recently, she was recruited to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Renewables as the Vice President of Business and Development. She is now responsible for the development, acquisition and financing of renewable generation, distributed generation, and battery technology for this merchant generation business.

David Schatz
David Schatz
Director, Utility of the Future, PEPCO Holdings
Ray Henger
Ray Henger
Chief Development Officer, sPower

Ray has spent his entire career in the energy industry. As the Chief Development Officer he oversees a number of teams including solar development, wind development, permitting, land, origination and long term strategy. sPower’s development pipeline is in excess of 10 gigawatts of wind and solar generation opportunities. Ray joined sPower from wind developer OwnEnergy, where he spent six years as the CFO during a time of rapid growth culminating in the sale of OwnEnergy to EDF in 2015. Prior to OwnEnergy, Ray was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in investment banking with clients in the IPP, utility and renewable generation sectors. Ray’s 14-year banking career included positions with Wasserstein Perella, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse.

Ray holds a BA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.

Christopher Hansen
Christopher Hansen
Director, Origination & Renewables, Tennessee Valley Authority
Mike Hall
Mike Hall
CEO, Borrego Solar

Mike Hall currently serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and board member for Borrego Solar. Mike was one of the original co-founders of the business, joining his brother Aaron at Borrego Solar in 2002. In 2009 he transitioned into the role of CEO, after leading the company’s sales and marketing organization for 7 years. Today Mike focuses on continuing to develop the high performing and engaging culture that has allowed Borrego to be successful over the last two decades. He is passionate about building high performing teams, leadership development, and all things related to renewable energy. Prior to joining Borrego Solar, Mike worked as a Process Engineer for Applied Materials in Santa Clara. Mike holds a MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University California Santa Barbara.

Eric Blank
Eric Blank
Co-Founder, Community Energy

Eric Blank is a lawyer and economist who has worked on electric utility and clean energy issues for more than thirty years, ultimately developing and bringing online over 1,200 MW ($2 Billion) of wind and solar energy projects. Eric spent ten years during the 1990s running the energy work for Western Resource Advocates (WRA), a Colorado-based non-profit group that established regulatory and other policies to make it economically feasible for electric utilities in the inter-mountain west to promote clean energy technologies. In 1999, Eric left WRA to co-found Community Energy, a renewable energy marketing and development company, helping to grow it into a profitable 40-person business that was successfully sold in 2006 to Iberdrola Renewables, the largest owner and operator of wind energy facilities in the world.  While at Iberdrola, Eric served as an executive vice president leading US wind development, placing over 700 MW of new wind facilities into commercial operation over a three-year period. In 2009, Eric and his business partner re-purchased Community Energy and are now focusing on both utility-scale and community solar development. Since 2009, Community Energy has developed and built almost 600 MW of solar PV, and has a significant pipeline for further additional construction. Eric holds a Master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Beth Galante
Beth Galante
Senior Vice President of Business Development, PosiGen

Beth practiced energy and environmental law in Louisiana for 15 years, including work with the Tulane Law Clinic when it received the National Law Journal's Runner Up Lawyer of the Year and Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. After Hurricane Katrina, Beth directed Global Green New Orleans, a nonprofit focused on the sustainable rebuilding of the city to build LEED Platinum homes in the Lower 9th Ward. She was named a Champion of Change by the White House for creating New Orleans energy efficiency program, and is an Aspen Institute Fellow in its flagship Henry Crown program.

Benny Ethridge
Benny Ethridge
Senior Vice President, Power Generation, CPS Energy

Benjamin Ethridge is responsible for the safe, environmentally responsible operation of CPS Energy’s fleet of fossil-fueled power plants which includes 22 generators with combined generating capacity of more than 4,600 megawatts. Ethridge joined CPS Energy in 2015. He has over 30 years of diverse, energy industry experience in the Western, Southeast/Southwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. He has served in various technical and leadership roles at NRG Energy, Topaz Power Management, Reliant Energy/RRI Energy, and Houston Lighting & Power. Ethridge holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering form Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Melanie Santiago-Mosier
Melanie Santiago-Mosier
Senior Director for Access & Equity, Vote Solar

Melanie Santiago-Mosier is the Senior Director for Access & Equity for Vote Solar, the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to repowering the U.S. with clean energy by making solar power more accessible and affordable through effective policy advocacy.  Since 2016, her role at Vote Solar has focused on building partnerships with community leaders and advocating for comprehensive solar programs that open up solar opportunity – and its benefits – for the tens of millions of underserved households in the US. Melanie’s work for Vote Solar focuses on four objectives: policy analysis and research, thought leadership, partnerships, and advancing statewide policy campaigns to increase access and equity. This policy work is also centered in Vote Solar’s broader vision for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), which Melanie has helped to lead.  This work includes commitments to programs, partnerships and internal practices that help advance a more just energy system.  Melanie has worked to advance clean energy policy for a decade.  Prior to joining Vote Solar, she led the government affairs efforts for organizations such as the Maryland Public Service Commission and Washington Gas Energy Services, after serving as counsel and policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. Most recently, she served as a regional policy director for SunEdison.  Melanie is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland.  She holds her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her BA from St. John’s College. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business and legal news publication.  In 2018, she won the prestigious C3E award for clean energy advocacy.

Matt Brost
Matt Brost
Senior Director of Sales, Americas, SunPower

Mr. Brost is Sr. Director of Sales for SunPower’s New Homes division. Mr. Brost has 25 years of experience in the energy sector working with large public and private clients. He currently leads SunPower’s sales channel focused on Top US Homebuilders, a business segment SunPower launched in 2005. Mr. Brost has been with SunPower’s New Homes division since 2006 and has developed partnerships with 18 of the top 20 US Builders and delivered more than 50,000 new homes built with solar included. Mr. Brost has been deeply engaged in CA policy relating to the solar mandate, including codes and standards, since 2006. Prior to joining SunPower Mr. Brost was Vice President of RLW Analytics, a nationwide energy consulting firm focused on energy policy, demand-side management, load forecasting and measurement and verification for gas and electric utilities throughout the US. Mr. Brost holds an Environmental Studies degree in Energy Management and Design.

Dan Swayze
Dan Swayze
Chief Operating Officer, Onyx Renewables

Dan has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the past 1.5 years managing the engineering, procurement, construction and asset management divisions of the Company. Prior to this, Dan was responsible for managing the engineering design of all projects. He has over 26 years of engineering experience representing private developers, public agencies and contractors. Since 2009, Dan has been involved in the development, design and construction administration of numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. As a Professional Engineer, Dan has over 22 years of consulting and engineering experience in the planning, design, construction and project management of a wide variety of capital improvement and infrastructure projects. Dan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers.

Brian Janous
Brian Janous
General Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft

Brian is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for Microsoft’s online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include oversight of all energy supply agreements, renewable energy purchasing, distributed generation, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As General Manager of the Energy Strategy and Research team, he creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of Microsoft data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation.

Ross Heiman
Ross Heiman
Senior Director, Engineering, Clearway Energy
Swami Venkataraman, CFA
Swami Venkataraman, CFA
Senior Vice President, ESG Analytics and Integration, Moody's Investors Service

Swami Venkataraman manages the development of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analytic tools, assessments and the integration of ESG considerations into Moody’s credit ratings and research. As senior vice president-manager in Moody’s ESG group, he also leads Moody’s global renewable energy task force, is a member of the Infrastructure Finance Franchise Committee, and a ratings chair for the North American utilities and infrastructure ratings team.

Before moving to the ESG team, Venkataraman was a lead analyst in the North American utilities and infrastructure team since 2014. Prior to joining Moody’s, Swami was a director of project & export finance at Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai, India, responsible for business development and execution of project and export credit financings in Asia covering power, renewable energy, and other infrastructure sectors. One of his solar PV projects won the “PFI Asia-Pacific Renewables deal of the year” award in 2013.

Venkataraman has broad expertise in energy and infrastructure, especially clean energy, across geographies over the past 20 years. He is a CFA charterholder, with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an M.B.A. in finance and information systems from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.

Andrew Grin
Andrew Grin
Director, Investments, Sol Systems

Andrew Grin leads Sol's Investments team, coordinating investment decisions, due diligence, negotiation, and financing of Sol developed distributed generation projects. Mr. Grin has supported the development, acquisition, and financing of solar projects since joining Sol Systems in 2016 and is a critical member of the team that built Sol's development business.

Previously, Mr. Grin worked within SunEdison’s Financial Leadership Development Program, where he led project initiatives for the Corporate Treasury group and supported renewable energy project due diligence and investment decisions for the senior executive team. Mr. Grin began his renewable energy career at Brightergy Solar, where he supported the sales and business development departments, and TradeWind Energy, where he evaluated the financial viability of potential new ventures.

Mr. Grin holds his B.S.M in Finance with a Specialization in Energy from Tulane University, where he graduated magna cum laude. During his tenure at Tulane, Mr. Grin spent two years leading a social entrepreneurship incubator for Tulane's Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, as part of a student work fellowship. Mr. Grin is also a Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) fellow and an active member of the CELI alumni community.

Jeremy Susac
Jeremy Susac
Vice President of Government Affairs, SunStreet
Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Head of Solar, Wood Mackenzie

Ravi is the head of solar research at Wood Mackenzie, where he focuses on solar-plus-storage, solar integration on the grid and related power markets issues. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Wood Mackenzie’s energy storage research practice and covered global storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge. Ravi has over 10 years of experience in renewables as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.

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Beth Galante
Beth Galante
Senior Vice President of Business Development, PosiGen

Beth practiced energy and environmental law in Louisiana for 15 years, including work with the Tulane Law Clinic when it received the National Law Journal's Runner Up Lawyer of the Year and Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. After Hurricane Katrina, Beth directed Global Green New Orleans, a nonprofit focused on the sustainable rebuilding of the city to build LEED Platinum homes in the Lower 9th Ward. She was named a Champion of Change by the White House for creating New Orleans energy efficiency program, and is an Aspen Institute Fellow in its flagship Henry Crown program.

Phil Robinson
Phil Robinson
Director of Project Finance, Constellation Energy

Phil leads the dedicated Project Structuring team that provides transaction pricing, financial and commercial structuring, and asset portfolio management services to Constellation’s Distributed Energy business line.  Since joining the group in 2010, Phil has worked closely with Sales and Engineering & Construction to extend Constellation’s Commercial & Industrial and Public Sector product offerings beyond Solar and Energy Efficiency to also include stand-alone and integrated solutions involving Battery Storage, Emergency Generation, Fuel Cells, and Combined Heat & Power/ Co-Generation plants. 

Prior to joining the Distributed Energy sales team, Phil worked for 10 years in the Credit Risk Management Group within Constellation’s marketing and trading organization, where he led credit structuring for large wholesale and retail energy transactions.  Phil has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from McDaniel College.

Hans Isern
Hans Isern
Senior Vice President of Origination, sPower

Hans Isern leads early stage development, origination and power marketing efforts for sPower. For over a decade he has led teams in diverse roles including utility engineering, power trading, regulatory affairs, and generation development and finance. This broad knowledge base allows him to create innovative strategies to optimize sPower’s development operations.

Throughout his career, Mr. Isern has directly shaped the renewable industry by affecting renewable policy at the CPUC, negotiating and closing over 600 MW of renewable PPAs, obtaining 2 GW of capacity on the power grid, and leading permitting efforts for over 15,000 acres. Mr. Isern has led development teams on over 30 utility-scale projects that are now online and operating. Prior to his current role, Mr. Isern was the Chief Operating Officer at Silverado Power, where he negotiated and executed over $1 B of power purchase and sale agreements with utilities and municipalities. Prior to this, Hans ran Recurrent Energy’s IOU development efforts in California, where he led over 30 interconnection processes and closed three of Recurrent’s first four utility-scale PPAs. Before his role at Recurrent, Mr. Isern ran sales and trading for 3 Phases Renewables, an Energy Service Provider that provides retail power under California’s Direct Access laws. Mr. Isern began his career as a utility engineer in PacifiCorp’s Asset Management group, where he led several multi-million dollar investments to improve the power grids in Utah and Oregon. Mr. Isern holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Will Mitchell
Will Mitchell
Director, Solar & Storage Origination, Strata Solar

Will leads Origination of solar & storage for Strata Solar. In this capacity, Will is building on Strata’s success as a solar and storage solution provider. Serving all customer classes, Strata combines extensive EPC experience with industry-leading development practices to offer highly competitive and compelling utility-scale solar and battery storage solutions.

Prior to Strata, Will spent four years at Recurrent Energy where he served on the leadership team and led the government affairs group. Prior to leading the team, he managed policy initiatives in a variety of regions and co-led the company's market entry into the mountain west. 

With over a decade in the independent power development space, Will has worked on projects throughout the North American market. He has presented at numerous industry events and serves on the governing body nominating committee of the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market.

Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Will spent six years with Competitive Power Ventures, a leading North American independent power producer, where he supported external affairs and business development activities across a multi-state portfolio of combined and simple-cycle natural gas, wind and solar energy facilities.

Will is active in his local community where he is an elected Fire District Commissioner and serves as a volunteer firefighter. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.