Samuel Adeyemo
Samuel Adeyemo
Chief Operating Officer, Aurora Solar

Samuel Adeyemo is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Aurora Solar, a solar sales and engineering design software platform. Immediately prior to Aurora, Samuel was with Vituo Technologies, a company that designed and installed small commercial PV systems in developing countries. Previously, Samuel was a Vice President in JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office, where he was responsible for investing the bank's assets in various public debt markets. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago where he was a Marshall Scholar, and holds an MBA and MSc from Stanford University.

Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
Managing Director, Development, Recurrent Energy

Michael Arndt is the Managing Director of Development for Recurrent Energy, overseeing the company’s renewable energy project development activities across the U.S.

Mike joined Recurrent Energy from NRG, where he served as the Vice President for West Region Business Development. Prior to NRG, he held various leadership roles at Element Power, from Senior Vice President of Development to Chief Operating Officer.

Mike has more than thirteen years of experience in the renewable energy industry, particularly in solar, wind and energy storage project development. Throughout his career, he has developed over 1,500 MW of energy projects that are either operating or under construction, with a total investment of over $3 billion. He has demonstrated success in M&A, power marketing, PPA negotiations and building, advancing and extracting value from development pipelines. He also has direct experience with the CAISO, WECC, MISO, PJM and SPP markets. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Berger
John Berger
Co-Founder & CEO, Sunnova

William J. (John) Berger has more than 20 years of experience in the power industry. He co-founded Sunnova Energy Corp. in 2012 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Sunnova, he co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of SunCap Financial, a leading residential solar power service company.

Before SunCap, Berger co-founded Standard Renewable Energy (SRE), a top-10 installer of renewable energy and energy-efficient products and services for residential, commercial and government customers. He also co-founded and served as Managing Partner for Contango Capital Partners, LP, a venture capital firm focused on renewable energy and energy technology companies. Berger began his career in 1996 as an analyst for Enron Corp. and completed his tenure there as director for Enron Energy Services.

Berger graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2003. He served as an advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during business school.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Co-Founder & CEO, Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.

Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.

Nigel Cockroft
Nigel Cockroft
General Manager, Jinko Solar U.S. Inc.

Nigel Cockroft is the General Manager of San Francisco-based JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. and responsible for PV Module Sales and Operations in the US and Canada. He has been an integral contributor to the growth of JinkoSolar (US) from approximately 10th position to becoming a top 3 PV panel supplier, delivering over 1.5 GW to the United States market since joining the company 3 years ago. Mr. Cockroft’s background prior to joining JinkoSolar includes serving as Head of North America System Integration Sales at GLC Solar and as a Senior Director of Sales at Hanwha SolarOne. Before working in the Solar industry Mr. Cockroft had served in Executive management roles in Development, Production and Sales/Marketing for Silicon-Valley based Fiber Optics company Gemfire Corporation, building upon a 7 year R&D Management role at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a PhD in Physics from the University of Canterbury in 1987.

Craig Cornelius
Craig Cornelius
Senior Vice President, Renewables, NRG

Craig is responsible for leading NRG’s renewables division, including origination, development, operations, and asset management across the Company’s businesses in utility wind and solar, commercial & industrial renewable energy, and community solar. In this capacity, he also serves as President of NRG Renewables LLC. Craig joined NRG in 2013, and until assuming his current role, led new business development for renewables, including the establishment of development platforms in new market segments, acquisition of projects, formation of strategic partnerships, and direction of business process improvement initiatives. Prior to joining NRG, he served as a Principal and then a Managing Director at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, leading investment activities in the firm’s solar investing practice, where the firm advanced investments in leading-edge supply chain platforms and built substantial development pipelines in Recurrent Energy and Element Power Solar prior to successful exits from those investments. Previously, he was the Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program, where he led the creation of the $1.5 Billion Solar America Initiative. He has also served terms at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand, and the U.S. National Academies of Science. Craig holds an A.B. from Princeton University in History of Science with a concentration in aerospace engineering, and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the George Washington University. He was a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar and received the DOE’s Special Service Award for his work in creating the Solar America Initiative.

Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Michelle Davis is a senior solar analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US distributed solar market. She tracks the competitive landscape of installers, financiers and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments. Prior to joining GTM Research, Michelle held various research positions focused on renewable energy, covering topics as varied as the energy water nexus to utility investments in electric vehicle charging stations. She has a BS in Biology from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Antioch University with a focus on sustainability.

Frank Demaille
Frank Demaille
President & CEO, ENGIE North America

Frank Demaille is President and CEO of ENGIE North America Inc., which manages a range of energy businesses, including electricity generation, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, retail energy sales, and services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy use and expense.

Prior to this role, Frank served as Executive Vice President of ENGIE’s international division of the Energy Services Branch (BES), in charge of the BES business development and its activities in the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas.

He was previously the CEO of CPCU, the district heating system of Paris (4,200 MWth, 600 km of network), and worked in Dubai and Santiago, Chile, for ENGIE’s Energy International business.

Before joining the company in 2009, he held various positions in the French Ministry of Finance and as an advisor of the French Prime Minister.

Frank graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the “Corps des Mines” in France. He also holds a master’s degree in Finance.

Chris Doyle
Chris Doyle
Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Finance
Hongbin Fang, Ph.D.
Hongbin Fang, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Marketing, LONGi Solar

Hongbin Fang is Director of Technical Marketing at LONGi Solar, a leading dedicated monocrystalline solar cell and module manufacturer. Previously Hongbin Fang has been working in semiconductor and solar industry for more than 17 years. His past experience at Applied Materials and SunPower has been focusing on semiconductor equipment process development/integration and solar cell manufacturing process. More recently at SunEdison, he has led the effort on solar wafer, cell and module integration, new technology and new supplier introduction into HVM manufacturing. He has published 14 scientific papers, and holds 14 US patents. He earned his BS degree in Materials Science from University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University.

Benjamin Gallagher
Benjamin Gallagher
Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Ben is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research specializing in PV systems and balance of systems components. Before joining GTM Research, Ben worked in China and the U.S. in clean-tech manufacturing and for The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ben holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Skidmore College and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Prajit Ghosh
Prajit Ghosh
Head, Americas Power & Renewables Research, Wood Mackenzie

Prajit Ghosh currently leads a team responsible for developing Wood Mackenzie's views of the North American power and renewables markets. He provides consulting and analytical services pertaining to regional market assessments, fundamental energy market analyses, wholesale and retail price forecasting and asset valuations for renewables and fossil fuels using production cost modelling software applications.  Prajit joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006 where he has worked on North American and European gas, power & renewables markets. Before Woodmac, he worked at Constellation focused on US upstream and power markets and also worked with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce focusing on the Indian gas and power sector. He has worked across different aspects of industry fundamentals namely -- renewables technology, policy, and markets; transport and electric cars; load forecasting; supply; emissions’ markets, energy pricing, capacity markets, and asset valuation -- with a focus on linkages between these. He has also worked on various consulting and IRP projects. He has working experience with optimization models/languages like Aurora, GAMS, AIIMS, Python and statistical models like Stata and SPSS. Prajit holds a Masters degree in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis College, India and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, India. He is based in Wood Mackenzie's Houston office.

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

Paul Grana is the co-founder of Folsom Labs, where he leads sales and marketing, where he has helped to grow the company to thousands of installers in over 70 countries. He founded the Solar Software Summit in partnership with GTM Events. He previously worked at Abound Solar, and led product management and technical marketing with Tigo Energy.  Paul holds a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Levent Gun
Levent Gun
CEO, Ampt, LLC

Levent Gun has more than 25 years of technology experience having worked in technical and senior executive-level positions while establishing a track record of successful leadership at both start-ups and mature companies. Prior to joining Ampt as CEO, Levent was president and CEO of Kleer, a wireless audio semiconductor company that was acquired by SMSC. Levent joined Kleer in conjunction with the Company’s Series A funding led by US Venture Partners (USVP) while he was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) helping them identify and evaluate portfolio investments in the communications area. Prior to USVP, Levent was president and CEO of Iospan Wireless, a pioneer in MIMO technology, which was acquired by Intel Corporation. Previously, Levent co-founded and led US Robotics’ Cable Data Business and transformed this fledgling start-up into a $100 million business after 3COM’s acquisition of US Robotics.  Earlier in his career, Levent held various engineering management and leadership positions at Motorola and IBM, as well as research positions at several universities and labs.

Levent holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degrees in engineering and mathematics from Bogazici University in Turkey. He has published extensively in technical journals and holds 14 patents. An accomplished speaker, Levent is often invited to speak at industry events as well as present papers.

Derek Hasek
Derek Hasek
Vice President, New Markets & Policy, Greenskies Renewable Energy

Derek Hasek leads Greenskies' efforts to track commercial and industrial state policy changes, evaluate emerging market opportunities, and ultimately propose new growth strategies for the broader business development team to pursue.

Prior to joining Greenskies in 2015, Derek spent five years as the Program Manager of Target Corporation’s industry leading renewable energy program, during which, he successfully developed over 150MW’s of rooftop solar across the country, as well as fuel cell, storage, energy efficiency, and offsite wind procurement projects.

Derek is a MN licensed attorney who holds a joint JD and Masters of Environmental Law and Public Policy degree from Vermont Law School, and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Hamline University.

Cory Honeyman
Cory Honeyman
Associate Director, U.S. Solar, GTM Research

Cory Honeyman is the Associate Director of U.S. Solar at 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.

Anne Hoskins
Anne Hoskins
Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Anne Hoskins serves as Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States. She leads Sunrun's policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and deploy local solar energy that modernizes the grid and benefits all grid users.  Anne previously served on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she adjudicated merger and rate cases and proceedings related to service quality, consumer protection, community solar, grid reliability and competitive retail supply. She was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI).  Anne also led federal and state advocacy for an electric and gas utility,  and served as a Visiting Research Scholar  and Instructor at Princeton University, a telecommunications attorney and as a Governor’s policy advisor. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Cornell University.

Alice K. Jackson
Alice K. Jackson
Vice President, Strategic Revenue Initiatives, Xcel Energy

Alice Jackson is the Vice President, Strategic Revenue Initiatives for Xcel Energy.  In this role she’s responsible for identifying and pursuing strategic corporate initiatives that would generate new revenues or reduce existing costs by exploring and integrating new technologies, activities, and economic development initiatives.  Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held the lead regulatory position with Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) in Texas and then with Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo).  Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Alice spent almost a decade with Occidental Petroleum Corporation managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Throughout her career, Alice has been deeply involved in the federal and state electric markets from utility rate cases to broader market design.

Jade Jones
Jade Jones
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Jade Jones is a Solar Analyst with GTM Research covering the global solar supply market. Jade aggregates and analyzes technology and pricing data within the solar manufacturing sector which informs both research and consulting. Prior to GTM, she has held several positions providing insight into the key relationships, business models and technology trends that are shaping the cleantech sector. Jade has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lynn Jurich
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.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Suzanne Leta
Suzanne Leta
Global Market Strategy, SunPower

Suzanne Leta leads global market strategy for SunPower. Her role focuses on shifting global market and policy dynamics and its impact on SunPower manufacturing, product development and sales in all business segments - residential, commercial and utility-scale.  Her responsibilities include directing new strategic business initiatives, guiding corporate multi-year planning, early stage business development, and new market entry.

Suzanne brings fifteen years of experience in clean energy to the SunPower team. She came to SunPower after leading the U.S. power and renewables business for Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultancy.  Her experience also includes utility-scale project development at RES Americas. Prior to entering the for-profit sector, Suzanne directed clean energy, climate change and energy efficiency policy initiatives for non-profit advocacy organizations. She holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Lombardo
Nicole Lombardo
Project Sunroof Lead, Google

Nicole Lombardo has over a decade of experience in renewable energy and software technologies, spanning consumer and B2B marketing, business strategy and development, product management, and sales.

Today, Nicole leads Google’s Project Sunroof Business Development team and works to identify and develop new applications of Google’s technologies for the solar industry.

Nicole was previously at Intel and SolarCity, where she led consumer marketing focused on customer acquisition strategies and programs. During her work in solar, she pioneered grassroots community-based programs, led successful lead generation campaigns, and large scale public/ private partnerships with schools, homebuilders, and Fortune 500 companies to bring on thousands of new solar installations nationwide.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Communication and Design from the University of California at Davis.

Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage, GTM Research

Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy 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, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.

Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage 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.

Matthew McGovern
Matthew McGovern
Co-Founder & CEO, Cypress Creek Renewables
Allison Mond
Allison Mond
Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Allison is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research, focusing on the competitive landscape of the U.S. downstream solar market.  Prior to joining GTM, Allison was a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, where she did research and data analysis for litigation and regulatory cases in the electricity and natural gas industries.  Allison holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby College.

Mahesh Morjaria
Mahesh Morjaria
Vice President, PV Systems Development, First Solar

Dr. Mahesh Morjaria has been with First Solar over four years during which he has had several leadership positions. He led the development of PV plant level control system that has now been successfully deployed at a number of large utility-scale PV plants. Currently, he leads a team at First Solar that is responsible for new products and grid integration capability for utility-scale PV plants.

He brings more than 30 years of advanced technology, engineering and product development expertise in energy and other fields. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions. In his previous role at GE Energy, Dr Morjaria was the engineering leader for wind turbine and wind plant controls.  Under his leadership GE successfully commercialized advanced control and SCADA features for the GE wind business.

He is an author of numerous papers and patents in the area of renewable grid integration, PV and wind plants, wind turbine controls, monitoring, diagnostics and services technologies. Dr. Morjaria’s academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University in the U.S.

Andrew Morse
Andrew Morse
Director of Software, FTC Solar

Andrew Morse is the Director of Software at FTC Solar.  He leads the teams responsible for the development of SunDAT (PV design software), and Atlas (a solar portfolio/project management platform).  Andrew has over 10 years of experience leading engineering teams in the design of commercial and utility-scale PV systems, and building software tools that improve solar design productivity.  Andrew holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Scott Moskowitz
Scott Moskowitz
Senior Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Scott is a Senior Analyst at GTM Research covering global demand and balance of systems components. Before joining GTM Research, Scott was active with Engineers Without Borders where he was co-lead on water and sanitation implementation trip to the Peruvian Amazon. Scott has a B.E. in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, where his work focused on Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Analysis, and Environmental Law.

Billy Parish
Billy Parish
Founder & CEO, Mosaic

Billy Parish is Founder & CEO, of Mosaic, the largest lender for home solar in the U.S., named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company for the past two years. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 340,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and was used to expand Americorps with a new “Clean Energy Service Corps”. He was #22 on Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”, honored as a Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller.

Austin Perea
Austin Perea
Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Austin is an analyst for GTM Research covering downstream demand for the U.S. solar market. Prior to joining GTM Research, Austin worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he supported the energy practice as a research associate. During his undergraduate tenure at the University of New Hampshire, he spent time in Egypt and Jordan researching the potential for Islamic microfinance in poverty alleviation and established the first sustainable investment sector in the University's student-run investment group. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies

Kristina Peterson
Kristina Peterson
Senior Vice President, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Ms. Peterson is Senior Vice President at Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally, and part of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM), a global alternative asset manager with over $200 billion in assets under management.  BREG’s portfolio consists of over 7.3GW of hydro and wind assets in North America, Latin America and Europe.  Ms. Peterson is developing Brookfield’s solar strategy and leading BREG’s entrance as developer and investor in the sector globally. As a senior energy and finance executive, Ms. Peterson has held CEO and CFO positions with solar investment, development, construction and manufacturing companies - EDF Renewable Energy, Suntech and Greenwood Biosar - where she was responsible for development of over 420MW of solar projects and P&L responsibility for $1.1bln worth of projects and assets.  While Vice President, Structured Finance at Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank, she financed over $5bln worth of structured and project finance deals in power generation, telecom and equipment sales transactions around the world.  She is a frequent speaker at business conferences and her work has been featured by Bloomberg, Clinton Global Initiative, Greentech Media, The Climate Group, Photon Consulting, and Solar Power International.  A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she graduated with an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and received a B.S. Business Administration from Boston University.  She also completed graduate coursework at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

Tim Rochman
Tim Rochman
Director of Solar Commercial Vertical, EagleView Technologies

Tim Rochman has been serving the property data market for over eight years.  As Director of the Solar Market vertical, Rochman is responsible for addressing and engaging the needs of PV Solar manufacturers, installers and financers.   

Under his guidance, EagleView creates and delivers property centric data empowering stakeholders with remote site knowledge to facilitate proposal, design, survey and operations activities. 

Prior to his current role, he managed a client portfolio of property insurance carriers at EagleView helping to pioneer remote Property Risk Visualization.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute and certificates in international marketing.

Katherine Ryzhaya
Katherine Ryzhaya
Chief Commercial Officer, Lightsource Renewable Energy

Katherine Ryzhaya serves as Chief Commercial Officer of Lightsource BP, a global solar and storage IPP with 2 GW of operating assets. As head of business growth and revenue for North America, Katherine oversees strategy development, origination, contracting and partnerships for large-scale renewable infrastructure across the US.

Prior to joining Lightsource, Katherine was co-founder and CCO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a market leader in energy storage and data analytics. During her tenure, AMS grew to 50 employees and secured 145 MW in contracts and $225MM in financing. Earlier in her career, Katherine held the roles of Vice President and Director at Evolution Markets, Principal of Energy Procurement at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and various finance functions at RBC Capital Markets and UBS Warburg. She has 13 years of experience in structuring energy and capacity transactions in wholesale markets and has, to date, negotiated and executed nearly $3B in power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Katherine earned a BS in Finance from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from Duke. A Ukrainian refugee to the United States, Katherine is a mother to two young boys, a mentor and advisor to younger women navigating careers in energy and entrepreneurship and an active participant in Youth Business USA’s “Sky Is The Limit” initiative.

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Global Lead, Renewables & Emerging Tech, GTM Research

MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ 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 researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith
Analyst, Solar, GTM Research

Colin Smith is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research leading the U.S Utility PV Market Tracker where his research focuses on the developer landscape, economic and political market drivers, U.S. market trends, and utility solar forecasts. Prior to joining GTM, Colin worked with several companies in the PV sector specializing in sales, online marketing, and operations of small companies. He holds a B.Sc with Honours in Environmental Biology and Sustainability from Queen's University, ON.

Dean Solon
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.

Bret Sowers
Bret Sowers
President of Development & Strategy, Southern Current

Bret is a Principal of Southern Current and serves as their Vice President of Development and Strategy where he positions the company in new and emerging markets through policy development, regulation, and utility relationships.
Over his 8 years of experience in the commercial and utility-scale solar market, he has served in various capacities related to construction, development, and government relations.
Bret serves on the board of various solar industry and business organizations where he advocates for policy and regulatory reforms in the Southeast.

Julian Spector
Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.

Julia Zuckerman
Julia Zuckerman
Manager, Policy & Market Strategy, NRG

Julia leads engagement on policy and regulatory issues related to NRG's renewable energy development, including distributed solar, community solar, and utility-scale wind and solar. She currently serves on the boards of the Coalition for Community Solar Access and the Large-Scale Solar Association.  Prior to joining NRG in 2015, Julia was a Principal in Energy Finance at Climate Policy Initiative, where she co-authored numerous reports on clean energy finance and policy. Her previous work experience includes positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York City Office of Management and Budget.  Julia holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a BA from Brown University.

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Advisory Board

Andrew Beebe
Andrew Beebe
Managing Director, Obvious Ventures

Andrew brings to Obvious Ventures a lifelong passion for building companies around sustainable systems and people power.

For over a decade, Andrew has focused on clean technology and clean energy solutions. He started down the clean tech path with Energy Innovations in 2003, which he grew from a business plan to a major solar developer serving customers like Google, Disney, Sony Pictures, and British Telecom.

After selling the company to Suntech in 2008, Andrew served as Chief Commercial Officer at Suntech as well as Vice President of Global Product Strategy. During his tenure, Suntech became the largest solar company in the world.

After leaving Suntech, Andrew spent two years as Vice President of Distributed Generation for Nextera Energy, the largest clean energy developer in the US.

Before his clean tech career, Andrew spent a decade building companies in the early days of “Web 1.0.” In 1998 Andrew co-founded Bigstep.com, an e-commerce platform designed to serve the needs of small businesses entering the Internet age. He has been supporting the enterprising ideas of people power ever since.

Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board for GE’s distributed generation business, Current by GE. He is also a member of the NREL Investor Advisory Board.

A graduate from Dartmouth College, Andrew lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife and three children. When he's not helping to build early stage companies, Andrew builds wooden boats and furniture.

Andrew was born in New York City and spent his formative years on an avocado ranch in Ojai, California.

Adam Browning
Adam Browning
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Vote Solar

Adam is the co-founder and Executive Director of Vote Solar, a non-profit advocacy organization with the mission of bringing solar energy into the mainstream.  Vote Solar got its start with a successful ballot initiative for a $100 million solar revenue bond in San Francisco in 2001, and since then has been working with state and municipal governments on pro-solar policies, with the goal of jumpstarting the national transition to renewable energy.  Vote Solar has 13 advocates spread across the country, working full-time to advance solar markets.

Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s San Francisco office, where he won the Agency’s top pollution prevention award for developing a program that reduced air emissions of mercury. Adam received a BA with Distinction from Swarthmore College in 1992, and served with the Peace Corps in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

Raffi Garabedian
Raffi Garabedian
Chief Technology Officer, First Solar

Raffi Garabedian joined First Solar in May 2008 as Director of Disruptive Technologies and was promoted to his current role in 2012. Prior to First solar, he spent over 15 years in the micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) industry, developing new products ranging from automotive engine control sensors to fiber-optic telecommunications switching systems. He was the founding CEO of Touchdown Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Verigy, as well as Micromachines Inc., which was acquired by Kavlico. Mr. Garabedian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering with a focus on semiconductor and microsystems technology from the University of California-Davis. He is named on approximately 28 issued U.S. patents.

Lynn Jurich
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.

Terry Grant
Terry Grant
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

Terry Grant is Managing Director and head of the solar market practice for Marathon Capital. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on the power, alternative energy and energy technology sectors. Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Grant was a Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets focused on alternative energy and power portfolio restructurings in the Energy Group. Mr. Grant originally joined FBR in 1997 and founded the equity research practice in energy, covering the IPP and non-utility generation sub-sectors. From 2000-2005, Mr. Grant was involved in energy technology investment ventures both investing, and offering financial advisory services for energy technology and power asset companies. He founded and served as Portfolio Manager in a hedge fund focused on the energy sector. Prior to FBR, Mr. Grant held a variety of positions at US Generating Company – a PG&E and Bechtel partnership in the energy sector. He was involved in project financings totaling over $2 billion, corporate M&A work, and was responsible for project development for the South Western Region of the United States. Mr. Grant received his BA from Wake Forest University and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Grant holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.

Katherine Hamilton
Katherine Hamilton
Partner & Co-Founder, 38 North Solutions

Katherine is a Partner and Co-Founder at 38 North Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that provides a suite of business strategy, public policy and communications services to innovative businesses and organizations. Katherine is currently President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.

Yuri Horwitz
Yuri Horwitz
CEO, Sol Systems, LLC

Yuri Horwitz is the Chief Executive Officer at Sol Systems, a preeminent solar development and asset management firm. He has led the company since its inception in 2008, focusing on its strategic development and managing the firm’s relationships with institutional clients. Mr. Horwitz has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields for the last decade and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar finance and development. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has financed over 650 MW of solar assets throughout the United States. He serves on the Board the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Mr. Horwitz has presented at dozens of renewable energy finance conferences, and has guest lectured at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Yale. He has been recognized as a E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, was recognized by Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and was a recipient of Fast Company’s “Faces of Founders” Award. Sol Systems has been celebrated by Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies repeatedly. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary. He is a committed environmentalist.

Elizabeth Kaiga
Elizabeth Kaiga
Director of Renewable Energy, CohnReznick
Shayle Kann
Shayle Kann
Senior Advisor, Wood Mackenzie & GTM Research

Shayle Kann is Senior Advisor at GTM Research, now Wood Mackenzie. For the past 8.5 years he led GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Emily Kirsch
Emily Kirsch
Co-Founder & CEO, Powerhouse

Emily Kirsch is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse, an Oakland based co-working space and seed fund that houses and invests in intelligent energy entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Powerhouse, Emily worked with Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama turned CNN political commentator, to launch the Green Jobs Corps; Oakland's first renewables focused job training program.Emily is the founding convener of the the Oakland Climate Action Coalition which drafted and secured passage of what was the most ambitious Energy and Climate Action Plan of any city in the country. In addition, Emily worked with the solar company Mosaic to secure their first customers and launch their pilot platform. Emily is a 2012 New Leaders Council Alumni, was featured in the '15 for 2015 Women Leaders in Cleantech', was a 2015 winner of the 'East Bay Innovation Award for Cleantech', and was a 'Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016.' Emily serves on the Board of PV Complete and is on the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco’s Masters of Science in Energy Systems Management. Emily has guest lectured at UC Berkeley and Stanford.

Brian J. Nese
Brian J. Nese
Partner, Stoel Rives
Sara Ross
Sara Ross
Co-Founder & CEO, Sungage Financial

Sara founded Sungage Financial following her own struggle to finance solar panels during a deep energy retrofit of her home. She realized firsthand that solar contractors need simple financing that works at the kitchen table, consumers want financing that helps them capture as much savings as possible, and banks need a partner with a deep understanding of residential solar.  Sungage Financial was started to meet those needs. Sara is a frequent speaker and panelist at solar energy conferences and is a member of the New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Solar Connecticut. Prior to Sungage, Sara was a policy and economic analyst for the City of New York, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates. She holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah
President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE, TERP), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models. Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.

Tom Starrs
Tom Starrs
Vice President, Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower Corp.

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives.  He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy.  He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Solar Electric Power Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association.  Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.