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.

Ani Backa
Ani Backa
Director, Regulatory Strategy & Utility Initiatives, Sonnen

Ani Backa is Director, Regulatory Strategy and Utility Initiatives at Sonnen, Inc., world’s premier leader in residential battery storage, Virtual Power Plants and EV charging software and hardware technologies.  Prior to joining Sonnen, Inc., Ani managed business and government affairs for Xcel Energy.  She was one of the founders of the Clean Energy Partnership, the first public-private partnership of its kind in the nation. A senior renewable energy attorney by vocation and a leader for one of US largest utilities, Ani’s experience combines in-depth understanding of micro and macro market and technology applications in the residential arena, as well as up-to-date information on breakthrough technologies and to-market successful platforms. By joining Sonnen, Inc., Ani has combined her extensive experience in energy with Sonnen’s outlier and well-established leadership in residential battery storage.  Ani serves as an energy expert to the advisory board of the Regional Council of Mayors in Minnesota, advising among others on areas of battery storage and EVs.

Laura Beane
Laura Beane
President & CEO , Avangrid Renewables

Laura Beane is the President and CEO of Avangrid Renewables, one of North America’s leading developers and marketers of renewable energy. Laura has spent more than 20 years with the company, including its original parent, holding a wide variety of roles and responsibilities across the business.  Her previous executive role as Vice President of Operations and Management Services followed her tenure as Director of Market Structure and Policy. In addition, she has led numerous special projects including the company’s innovative Self-Supply program, which involves Avangrid Renewables taking responsibility for the balancing obligation of its 1400 MWs of wind in the Pacific Northwest. Laura holds a Master of Global Energy Management with the University of Comillas in Spain and an MBA with the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Outside of the office, Laura serves as Chair of The Climate Trust, a national leader in carbon offset projects and innovative climate change solutions, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and teenage son.

Matthew Beltz
Matthew Beltz
Manager, Global Corporate Renewables, First Solar

Mr. Beltz is a manager in First Solar’s global corporate renewables business, providing large-scale, off-site solar power solutions to forward-thinking corporations and institutions. Mr. Beltz joined First Solar in 2016 from Calpine, where he worked on gas M&A and wind development projects across the United States.  Prior to Calpine, he traded agricultural options for a market making and derivatives trading firm.

Mr. Beltz holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Drexel University.

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.

Thomas Koch Blank
Thomas Koch Blank
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Thomas is an engineer by education, trained in operations and drilled in business acumen at McKinsey & Company. He built the very first ‘McKinsey Marginal Abatement Cost Curve’ in 2005 and spent following 8 years building what would become a full scale Practice (business area) around Sustainability and Resource Productivity. Thomas brings broad cross-sector insight in Energy and Climate related opportunities and extensive experience from on-site work with industrial facilities to improve productivity of energy, carbon and other resources, through 100+ site visits globally.

Carolyn Campbell
Carolyn Campbell
Manager, Energy & Climate Practice, 3Degrees

Carolyn is a manager in 3Degrees' Energy & Climate Practice. In this role, she is responsible for sourcing renewable energy and carbon mitigation solutions to help 3Degrees' clients meet their GHG reduction and climate change goals. While at 3Degrees she has supported clients in contracting 400 MW of wind and solar VPPAs, including an aggregated transaction for four buyers in the PJM. Prior to joining 3Degrees, Carolyn led utility-scale power marketing activities for Recurrent Energy’s CAISO solar PV pipeline including energy market diligence, counterparty outreach, competitive pricing analysis, and contract negotiation. She started her career as a Solar Analyst for GTM Research in Boston.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environment, Economics, & Politics from Claremont McKenna College.

Anthony Carroll
Anthony Carroll
Vice President, Schneider-Electric

Anthony Carroll is Vice President for the Solar Business of Schneider Electric. He manages Sales and Service for the Residential, Commercial and Utility Scale Solar divisions of the company, and also their Storage business unit. Anthony holds an eMBA from Juan Carlos I University in Madrid and has led other global solar and industrial corporations over the last decade with focus in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Colin Caufield
Colin Caufield
VP of Sales, North America, Soltec

Since joining Soltec in 2015, Colin has developed business and relationships with a rapidly expanding list of esteemed contacts and 255 MW of solar tracking projects underway. Colin is driven by his passion for renewable energy and people, and is finding success with the Soltec offer and the positive state of the utility-scale PV tracking market in USA with the ITC extension in place. Colin is a true believer, he drives an electric car! As a New Englander hailing from Collinsville, Connecticut, Colin graduated from the University of Vermont with a double major in Spanish and Political Science. His extra-curricular activity included solar installation vocational training, and his post-graduate opportunities led him to live abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Ecuador. Colin is professionally dedicated to Sales and Business Development, with previous success. growing an SF Bay Area company to premier status in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering of high-technology three-dimensional printing equipment and services.

Steven Chan
Steven Chan
CEO, Sungrow USA

Steven Chan is an established thought leader in the North American photovoltaic energy industry, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Sungrow North America where he oversees the expansion of the world’s largest pure-play inverter manufacturer in the US and Mexican commercial and utility market.  Prior to Sungrow ,Chan was VP at NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) from 2012 to 2013 serving as head of residential solar for its NRG Residential Solar Solutions business. Mr. Chan created the strategy and built a team and operation to enable NRG to become a leader in residential solar lease financing.

Mr. Chan was with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited as EVP, Strategy and System Sales where he helped to build out a system sales division for GCL in North America including establishing and serving as a board member at Sunora Energy Solutions, a joint venture with NRG Energy to focus on utility and commercial solar installations.

Prior to that he was with Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) for five years serving most recently as President of Suntech America and previously serving as Suntech’s President of Global Sales and Marketing, Chief Strategy Officer and VP Business Development. At Suntech, Mr. Chan was instrumental to building the US and European teams and sales channels that enabled Suntech to achieve #1 global market share including selling over 20+% of all modules sold in North America in 2011.

Mr. Chan earned an AB degree in political economy (high honors) from the University of California at Berkeley and received a JD law degree from the Boston College Law School.

David Chang
David Chang
Sr. Director, Head of Sales – Solar & Energy Storage, LG

David Chang is the Director of U.S. Sales for LG Electronics’ Solar Business. Since joining LG in 2011, he has been an integral part of LG Solar’s growth in the U.S.  A 10-year veteran of the solar industry, David has experience in crystalline silicon, thin film, and multi-junction cells used in CPV. Before solar, he held sales and business development roles in the telecom and semiconductor industry.  David holds a BS in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.

Andrew Christensen
Andrew Christensen
Director, Markets & Regulatory Affairs, Vivint Solar

Andrew Christensen is the Director of Markets & Regulatory Affairs at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar provider in the United States. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s market expansion strategy along with its involvement in regulatory proceedings across the nation. Andrew joined the company in 2014 as a member of the legal department, before transitioning to Markets and Policy in 2016. He has led the company’s efforts in expansion to 9 new states. Andrew received both his B.A. and J.D. from Brigham Young University.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Chairman, 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.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 8.0 GW for silicon wafers, 5.0 GW for solar cells, and 8.0 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2017

JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. works closely with top financial institutions and key stakeholders in the solar industry.  Publicly vetted by trusted industry third party laboratories, JinkoSolar is one of the fastest growing and most reliable PV suppliers in the United States and Canada. The North American headquarters is located in San Francisco with 5 regional sales offices.

Joel Cohn
Joel Cohn
Partner, CohnReznick

Joel Cohn, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Transaction Consulting Group.  Since 1995, he has provided transaction structuring advice and technical services to sponsors of various tax credit projects including, among others, renewable energy projects.  His broad experience in raising tax equity brings to bear solutions where business goals and tax rules would appear to conflict.  He believes the key is having an understanding of the goals of the various stakeholders, and the alternative ways those goals can be achieved.

His advice has included maximization of credits through re-categorization of costs, contract restructuring and tax planning, all while working within the framework of tax law; creation of transaction structures designed to satisfy the key agendas of various stakeholders; exit strategy development for investors/ developers, including the creation of various option strategies; development of strategies which maximize sponsor return on investment; and creation of transaction structures that permit economic participation by nonprofits.

Joel’s tax credit transaction experience includes several hundred projects throughout the country.  He has also contributed policy advice to working groups across the country, advising on both federal and state tax credit law, consequently generating substantial improvements to the programs and to the public’s understanding of the law.

Ron Corio
Ron Corio
Founder & CEO, Array Technologies

Ron Corio started Array Technologies in 1989. As CEO, Ron is central to product innovation and strategic company planning. After patenting the first solar tracking system in 1993, his groundbreaking inventions have helped pioneer the development of large-scale solar power plants. An entrepreneur with a wealth of experience, Ron works closely with Array’s team of engineers from conception to implementation, designing trackers that keep the company at the forefront of technological innovation. Through his efforts, Array has evolved from a small startup to the leading manufacturer of solar tracking systems globally.

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.

Walter Cuculic
Walter Cuculic
Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy , AVANA Capital

Walter Cuculic has been working in the renewable energy, energy storage and green building industries for almost 20 years. Currently, Walter is the Senior Vice President for Renewable Energy at AVANA Capital.
AVANA Capital is a private commercial lender focused on financing utility, commercial, industrial, municipal and community solar projects.  AVANA also can finance energy efficiency, energy storage and non-solar clean energy projects. AVANA Capital was established 13 years ago and has funded over $1B in loans across a variety of different channels. 
Prior to joining AVANA Capital, Walter worked in Business Development for both SunPower and SolarCity developing financial products with developers, tax equity partners and end users. He also co-authored a $7M Department of Energy grant focused on solar and energy storage. Walter served on the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for 5 years (2009-2013) representing the renewable energy and residential industry.
Walter has a MBA from UCLA with a focus on strategy and finance and dual Bachelors’ degrees from Northern Arizona University in Environmental Engineering and Spanish.

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.

Richard DiMatteo
Richard DiMatteo
Principal, Blue Mountain Power, LLC

Rich is Principal of Blue Mountain Power, LLC an energy consulting firm focused on various products and platforms within Distributed Generation (DG) Solar. As a consultant to Edison Energy, Rich leverages new and existing partnerships to build and deploy product offerings in the shared renewables space. Focused primarily on Community Shared Solar (CSS), Rich works in concert with the Edison Energy policy and Business Development teams to bring new CSS participation opportunities to Fortune 1000 companies.

Prior to Blue Mountain Power, Rich financed an actively managed $120MM DG solar fund for Citi, Barclays, and Terraform Power as a key member of the SunEdison Project Finance team. He also structured, led and closed financing for a variety of Solar projects and marketed the sale of 85 MW of individual DG Solar assets to PE backed development firms.

Rich spent the first few years of his career in several key finance roles at GE. As a graduate of the Financial Management Program with Business Honors, he held diverse roles at different GE businesses in the areas of financial planning, supply chain finance, commercial finance, and corporate risk management.

Rich graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Jonathan Doochin
Jonathan Doochin
CEO, Soligent

Jonathan Doochin is the CEO of Soligent Holdings Inc., including Soligent, the largest U.S. pure play solar distributor, financier, training and technology platform touching over 5,000 installers.  Doochin has successfully led the rollup, investment in, and growth of nearly a dozen solar companies.  Doochin and his partners actively invest funds and human capital know-how into uniquely positioned businesses across the energy sector.

Prior to Soligent Holdings, Doochin co-founded and led companies in software, automotive, finance, and construction.  Doochin co-founded Clark Energy Group, a national ESCO awarded $5B IDIQ contract for renewable energy development projects with the US government. Doochin has also served in the public sector as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy helping deploy $13B in energy funds. Doochin attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School where he followed his passion in education and co-founded two different well known leadership institutes to further leadership development and education.  Doochin spends his spare time hiking, running, traveling, and mentoring.

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.

Ted Fawcett
Ted Fawcett
Vice President, Sales, Mosaic
Wes Fuller
Wes Fuller
Director of Sales Solar Business, Schneider Electric
Benjamin Gallagher
Benjamin Gallagher
Senior Analyst, 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.

Dr. Charlie Gay
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.

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.

Caroline Golin
Caroline Golin
Regulatory Director, Vote Solar

Caroline Golin is the Regulatory Director for Vote Solar focused in the Southeast region. Caroline specializes in system planning, electric utility regulation, ratemaking, solar finance, and renewable energy policy development.

Before joining Vote Solar she was finishing her PhD and co-founding the company The Greenlink Group. Caroline’s workout Vote Solar focuses on grid modernization and distributed energy resource integration as well as distributed generation rate design in vertically integrated utilities. She has developed award-winning models to evaluate and forecast the impacts of shifts in energy production and use, from utility dispatch to customer demand. She has authored over fifty publications related to distributed generated, resource planning, electric utility rate design, and renewable energy resources.

Caroline holds a Masters of Environmental Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also a wife and mother to three boys, the oldest of which is dedicated to designing solar cars.

Michael Grasso
Michael Grasso
Chief Marketing Officer, Sunnova Energy Corp.
Michael Grasso is Chief Marketing Officer of Sunnova. He has more than two decades scaling companies into market leaders in the energy, TV/Internet, financial services and telecom industries. He has served as the chief marketing officer of both Sunrun and TXU Energy. Previously he was senior vice president of brand management with USAA and prior to that, held multiple leadership and executive positions at AT&T. Michael earned his Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Applied Statistics from St. Mary’s University.
Levent Gun
Levent Gun
CEO, Ampt, LLC

Mr. Levent Gun has over 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. Levent joined Ampt as its first CEO shortly after its Series A funding and lead all aspects of Ampt’s product and go to market strategies as well as built the team and Ampt’s customer driven culture. Under Levent’s leadership Ampt has created a new category of optimizers for the utility segment of the Solar PV market and became the #1 optimizer company worldwide for this largest segment.

Prior to joining Ampt as CEO, Levent was president and CEO of Kleer, a wireless audio semiconductor company that was acquired by SMSC. Prior to Kleer, 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 and numerous awards for his pioneering work in high speed data communications and broadband access. 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.

Abigail Ross Hopper
Abigail Ross Hopper
President & CEO, SEIA

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.

Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM's second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.

She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.

Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.

Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.

Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

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.

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.

Brandon Hurlbut
Brandon Hurlbut
Co-Founder & Partner, Boundary Stone​ ​Partners

Brandon Hurlbut is a co-founder and partner of Boundary Stone​ ​Partners, a clean energy advisory firm. He previously served as​ ​Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Steven Chu at​ ​the U.S. DOE, where he managed the Department's principal​ ​initiatives and oversaw day-to-day operations of a federal agency​ ​with a $29 billion budget and a 115,000 person workforce. Brandon​ ​provided leadership and counsel to the White House and Cabinet​ ​Secretaries during high profile challenges including the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, the​ ​Gulf oil spill, and Hurricane Sandy. He served on the board of directors for DOE's $38 billion​ ​investment fund in clean energy, which is the largest of its kind in the world.​ ​

Brandon began working in the Obama Administration by serving in the White House as the Deputy​ ​Director of Cabinet Affairs, serving as the President's liaison to the Departments of Agriculture,​ ​Transportation, Interior, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. He previously served in​ ​senior positions on Barack Obama's first presidential campaign and practiced law at Baker &​ ​Daniels.

Brandon currently serves as a member of the board of directors to Sparkfund and The Solutions​ ​Project. He is a member of the Sierra Club Clean Tech Council and serves as an advisor to​ ​Powerhouse. Previously, he served on the advisory board of GE Current and as a senior fellow at​ ​Center for American Progress.

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.

Ben Kass
Ben Kass
Attorney, Husch Blackwell

Ben Kass is an attorney with the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP, with over 30 dedicated renewable energy attorneys in offices across the U.S. Ben has worked on the development, construction, financing, operation, acquisition and sale of more than 3,000 MW of solar, wind, and battery storage projects in 24 U.S. States, Guam, Canada and Mexico. His clients include project developers, BOP/EPC providers, independent power producers, yieldcos and other project owners, as well as end users and corporate off-takers. Ben previously served as in-house counsel for a large international renewable energy development and construction company where, among other duties, he assisted in developing several utility-scale solar and battery storage projects, and helped launch the company’s distributed solar group, catering to utilities, municipal and regional cooperatives and corporate clients.

Melissa Kemp
Melissa Kemp
Director of Policy, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

Melissa is the Director of Policy, Northeast for Cypress Creek Renewables - one of the largest solar developers in the US and a long-term owner and operator of utility and community-scale solar projects with an operating portfolio of over 1,000 MW to date. She has over a decade of experience in the solar market in the Northeast, including extensive government policy experience coupled with significant development and technical expertise. She has experience advocating for and developing solutions on many key topics including value of DER tariffs, ISO wholesale market structures, interconnection processes and standards, RPS structures, RPS procurements, REC systems, and carbon cap and trade markets, as well as experience with siting and property tax issues. She holds a BS from Princeton University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaakemp/

Craig Konz
Craig Konz
Cleantech Client Manager, Schneider Electric

Craig Konz is a client manager with Schneider Electric’s Cleantech team. Specializing in onsite and offsite PPAs, he takes a strategic portfolio approach in finding solutions for corporate clients’ energy procurement. Previously, Craig developed policy for Xcel Energy and performed financial analysis at the National Renewable Energy Lab. Craig has NABCEP certifications in solar design and technical sales, as well as the SunPower Advanced Solar Design certification.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Montana State University, an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado with a specialization in finance, and a graduate certificate from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute.  Craig serves on the grant review committee for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade as well as the board of directors at nonprofit Re:Vision.

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.

Olaf Lohr
Olaf Lohr
Director of Business Development, sonnen

Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Director of Business Development for sonnen, Inc. (http://www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential and commercial energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Los Angeles, CA.

As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion into the United States. He is primarily focused on developing new energy storage markets for the commercial, utility, and financing sectors through the implementation of pilot projects and key partnerships across the country. Olaf’s expertise in customer adoption and retention of new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy.

Prior to sonnen, Olaf managed sales and marketing and project development for a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As an independent business consultant, he provided market research, business and product development, and sales and marketing services to several start-up companies. He served as the Director of Membership for the Surfrider Foundation for five years after moving to California in 2002. Olaf graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management, holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and currently lives in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Darin Lowder
Darin Lowder
Partner, Ballard Spahr

Darin Lowder focuses on energy, project finance, project development, and related tax and public financing tools. Darin has worked with lenders, utilities, energy project developers, tax equity investors, private equity providers, engineering and construction firms, municipal and quasi-governmental project sponsors and developers, project site owners, and power purchasers on a variety of renewable-energy and fossil-fuel power projects.

Darin is experienced with project technologies including commercial, utility-scale, and residential-scale solar photovoltaic systems; onshore and offshore wind development; biomass and biofuel projects; and other energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies. He advises clients on tax and regulatory issues affecting the energy industry and emerging financing issues related to renewable energy projects, including community solar projects, and unique tax and financing structures.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Darin worked in the real estate, financial services, and nonprofit sectors, working for publicly owned corporations, small startup companies, and nonprofit organizations. He served as an economist for a consulting firm, a strategic marketing director for a publicly owned home builder, a business strategist for a publicly held technology company, and an executive at a nonprofit educational organization.

Eric Luesebrink
Eric Luesebrink
Senior Vice President of Development, SoCore Energy

As Senior Vice President of Development, Eric is responsible for overseeing the origination, development and acquisition of solar projects.

Eric brings over twenty years of experience in the renewables and infrastructure industries. Prior to joining SoCore, Eric was responsible for origination of distributed solar opportunities within Edison International’s subsidiary, Edison Energy, as well as day-to-day coordination with the SoCore and Edison teams.

Eric was a Director and later a Managing Director at Edison Mission Energy (EME), a competitive power generation business of Edison International. Eric was responsible for project origination and development primarily focused on the wind generation market. Responsibilities included originating, structuring, and closing new wind energy investments as well as managing all phases of development of a portfolio of Edison wind projects. During that period, EME acquired, developed and constructed nearly 1,800 MW of wind projects located throughout the US.

Eric joined the Edison companies (Edison Capital) in 2000 as a Senior Associate focused on structuring and pricing infrastructure and mezzanine investments. Prior to joining Edison, Eric worked in the project finance group at the Fluor Corporation where he evaluated major infrastructure project investments.

Eric received a Bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

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.

Chadwick Manning
Chadwick Manning
Co-Founder & CEO, ElectrIQ Power

ElectrIQ Power is a leading energy storage and management company that is developing hardware and software technologies for homes and small businesses, as well as energy services for solar installers and utilities. The company’s flagship product, the IQ System, is a fully-integrated energy storage, management and monitoring system that includes, at its base level, a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery and an 8 kW hybrid inverter controlled by a proprietary energy management software that maximizes the value of renewables, batteries and connected appliances using machine learning and controls. Founded in 2014 and based in Palo Alto, California, ElectrIQ Power is on a mission to innovate our way to a smarter, cleaner and more efficient world.

Bates Marshall
Bates Marshall
Vice President, General Manager, North America Smart PV Plant Solutions, Huawei

Bates Marshall is Vice President and General Manager for Huawei North America Smart PV Plant Solution.  Before being named to his role at Huawei, he was Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for Advanced Energy Industries.  Prior to his work at Advanced Energy, Marshall served as Vice President Medium Power Solutions at SMA America LLC, the North American subsidiary of German-based inverter supplier SMA Solar Technology AG.  Marshall serves on the Board of Directors of the Sunspec Alliance, and has also advised rule-making bodies in key solar states including the California Public Utilities Commission and the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

Matthew McGovern
Matthew McGovern
Co-Founder & CEO, Cypress Creek Renewables
Allison Mond
Allison Mond
Senior Analyst, 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 seven years during which he has had several leadership positions. He led the development of grid-friendly PV plant capability 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 grid integration and systems 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.

Costa Nicolaou
Costa Nicolaou
CEO, PanelClaw, Inc.

Costa started with PanelClaw when the company was founded in 2007 as it’s first employee. Over the last 10 years, he has focused his efforts leading PanelClaw's sales and marketing and international business development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PanelClaw, Inc. and SunWealth Management. PanelClaw’s structures have been utilized in on over 1 gigawatt of PV flat roof installations around the world, making the company one of the most experienced flat roof PV structures providers in the world. Costa is passionate about unlocking the true potential of PV flat roof applications worldwide.

Meghan Nutting
Meghan Nutting
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Sunnova

Meghan Nutting works closely with industry leaders, state and federal policymakers, and regulators to craft and implement policies that provide a more stable, sustainable business environment on behalf of Sunnova. Previously, she served as the Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity for nearly five years. Before that, Nutting worked as a legislative director for a State Assembly member, and as a press secretary for former U.S. Senator. She has also held policy positions at the World Bank; the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; as well several environmental organizations. Nutting received a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University. She has been named one of the #Solar100 thought leaders in the U.S. and one of the Denver Business Journal’s top women in energy for 2018.

Steve O’Rourke
Steve O’Rourke
Managing Partner, Capitas Energy

Steve O’Rourke joined SunEdison in October 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and was most recently appointed Chief of Staff. Prior to joining SunEdison, Steve served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was responsible for the company’s clean energy and semiconductor capital-equipment equity research practice. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he held management and leadership positions with Piper Jaffray, Robertson Stephens, Everdream Corporation, and Applied Materials, Inc.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, and did graduate work in Nuclear Engineering with the US Navy.

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.

Eva Pauly-Bowles
Eva Pauly-Bowles
Representative Director, Ciel et Terre USA, Inc.

Eva Pauly-Bowles, born in Poitiers France, graduated in 2010 with a double MBA, MSc in Business management from the Bordeaux (KEDGE) Business School in France and the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, UK.
She initially worked for a French gas and energy company, Europlasma developing new biogas renewables known as CHO Power. In June 2010, she Joined Ciel et Terre group developing floating PV projects in over 10 countries including the largest worldwide floating PV power plant grid connected in Japan. 
She started the Japanese subsidiary, Ciel et Terre Japan in Tokyo, and was their Representative Director from June 2013 to December 2014 developing an autonomous Japanese team. Thereafter she accompanied the UK subsidiary in developing Floating Solar UK ltd, which developed 11 MWp of floating PV projects within a year.
Since February 2016, she has been managing the new US subsidiary group, Ciel et Terre USA Inc, which is fully dedicated to the US market. With more than 7 years of experience in the specialized field of floating solar, she has provided technical and financial expertise to the achievements of more than 85 MWp of grid connected floating PV plants worldwide, and more than 200 MWp worldwide of floating PV projects under development.

Austin Perea
Austin Perea
Senior Analyst, 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, Solar Operations, Terraform Power / Brookfield Renewable Partners

Ms. Peterson is Senior Vice President, Solar Operations at Terraform Power.  At Terraform, she manages 515 operating solar assets (~1.1GW) in the U.S., Canada, UK and Chile.  Prior to joining Terraform, she led Brookfield Renewable Partner’s solar M&A and development efforts globally and led the solar due diligence efforts to acquire 51% of Terraform Power and act as its Sponsor, and acquire 100% of Terraform Global with a total portfolio of ~1.4GW solar operating assets (~$3bln total enterprise value).

Ms. Peterson is a senior energy and infrastructure executive with over 20 years of experience in the conventional and solar power generation industry as an investor, banker and director.  Ms. Peterson has served as CFO and CEO of both privately held and public companies across the clean technology sector and as an investment banker at Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank internationally.  She has been in the solar industry since 2007, having held executive management and finance positions with solar investment and manufacturing companies – Brookfield Renewable Partners, EDF Renewable Energy and Suntech.  Ms. Peterson also served as CEO of utility-scale solar construction company, Greenwood Biosar, and various other project development companies.  Prior to her involvement in the solar industry, she was Vice President of Structured Finance at several divisions of ABN AMRO Bank in the U.S. and Middle East, and at Citicorp/Citibank in the Financial Institutions Group.  In her banking career, she financed over $5bln worth of structured finance deals in power generation, telecom and equipment sales transactions around the world.  A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago and also holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration from Boston University.  She also completed graduate coursework at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Matt Potere
Matt Potere
CEO, Sunlight Financial

Matt serves as Sunlight’s CEO and is a member of the Board of Directors.  Matt joined Sunlight from Bank of America where he was a Senior Vice President responsible for the Bank’s $90 billion home equity portfolio.

Prior to Bank of America, Matt served as the Chief Operating Officer of Swift Financial, a small business lender. Before Swift, Matt held senior credit, marketing and operations roles at MBNA America and assisted in the launch of MBNA’s Canadian operations.

Matt has a B.A. from the University of Delaware.

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.

Yury Reznikov
Yury Reznikov
Consultant & Advisor, Renewable Energy, Axsus

Yury Reznikov is a consultant and adviser in the renewable energy space working with various companies on bringing new products to market. Previously, Yury was on the executive teams of both NEXTracker and SunLink as VP of Product and EVP of Product and Corporate Development, respectively. He also worked in the investment banking industry with Bear Sterns and MCF helping technology and renewable energy companies with M&A and capital raises.

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.

Robert Rogan
Robert Rogan
Head of Strategy and Business Development, Sunpower

Robert Rogan leads SunPower’s Strategy and Business Development Team for the Commercial Business Unit. In his role, Rogan identifies new market geographies, customers segments, partnerships, and product offerings to grow SunPower’s business, and drives strategies from concept to execution.  Previously at SunPower, he led Commercial and Residential Energy Storage efforts, creating the platform offering and growing the business from inception to a core commercial product offering.  Prior to joining SunPower, Rogan was Senior Vice President at eSolar, where he oversaw commercial activities in the Americas, as well as global strategic partnerships, corporate communications, and marketing.  Rogan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science and the award of Scholar of the College from Boston College.

Mike Rogerson
Mike Rogerson
Marketing Director, North America, SolarEdge

Mike has over 16 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar industries. His background includes over 10 years at Applied Materials working in the Semiconductor and Solar divisions and over 3 years working on leading CIGS technologies to commercialize products at MiaSole and NanoSolar. Currently, Mike serves as the Marketing Director for SolarEdge North America.

Colin Schofield
Colin Schofield
Associate, Edison Energy

Colin works on the Commercial team at Edison Energy, an expert advisor to commercial and industrial energy users that delivers comprehensive, data-driven, and integrated energy solutions. Within Renewables Advisory, Colin is responsible for supporting the structuring, review, and negotiation of renewable energy contracts on behalf of Edison’s Clients. These structures can range from Utility Scale offsite PPAs, Community Shared Solar, to onsite PPAs and leases, depending on the criteria and strategy of each Buyer. Colin also works on the analysis and due diligence of renewable energy projects to understand the project development process and support selection of the most competitive offers. Prior to joining Edison Energy, Colin worked on the PPA Origination team at EDP Renewables, focused on Northeast and Midwest US wholesale markets. There he gained exposure to development and financial modeling of utility scale renewable energy projects, and assisted in the successful negotiation of over 450MW of renewable energy PPAs with Utilities, Cooperatives, and Corporate and University Buyers. Colin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Brown University.

Polly Shaw
Polly Shaw
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Communications, Stem

As VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Polly is responsible for expanding and leading Stem’s regulatory affairs and communications efforts. She has 24 years of clean, efficient energy policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other policies.  Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Incentive program. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She is on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and California Energy Storage Alliance, and has served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Large-scale Solar Association. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese and basic Spanish.

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.

Nicola Sicchieri
Nicola Sicchieri
VP Business Development Americas, Royal DSM B.V.

Nicola Sicchieri is currently VP Business Development Americas at DSM Advanced Solar, a division of Royal DSM, a multinational Dutch company active in Nutrition, Health and Materials. Nicola joined DSM in 2013, prior to that, he worked for several solar organizations including Conergy, Pairan and Ecoware gaining more than 12 years of solar experience in different countries. Nicola is located in San Francisco and responsible for the DSM’s solar business within North America and Latin America.

Shane Skelton
Shane Skelton
Partner, S2C Pacific

Shane Skelton is a partner at S2C Pacific, an energy, environment, and infrastructure consultancy he co-founded in 2016. He also serves as Managing Director for Energy with Veda Partners, an investment advisory firm, through a joint venture agreement with S2C Pacific. He has extensive experience drafting laws and regulations and analyzing their economic and other industry-specific impacts in both the public and private sector.

Previously, Shane worked for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as a Counsel and Policy Advisor on the House Budget Committee developing and managing all energy, natural resource, and regulatory policy. Shane has also held a number of other public policy oriented positions, including serving as Executive Director of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, a Washington DC-based non-partisan and non-profit think tank, working as a Policy Advisor to the American Petroleum Institute, and as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH). Shane is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Nick Smallwood
Nick Smallwood
Senior Director, Business Development, Sunrun

Nick Smallwood is a Senior Director of Business Development at Sunrun, focusing on strategic partnerships, new channel and market initiatives, and corporate development.  Prior to this, Nick was Assistant General Counsel at Sunrun, serving as lead counsel for Sunrun's project finance transactions, overseeing over $2 billion raised through 21 financing transactions.  Previously, Nick was an associate in the Global Project Finance group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York.  Nick was raised in Mexico City and is a native Spanish and English speaker.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith
Senior Analyst, 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.

Paul Spencer
Paul Spencer
Founder & CEO, Clean Energy Collective

Paul Spencer leads the vision and strategic direction for Clean Energy Collective, the nation’s leading community solar developer and solutions provider. Mr. Spencer has an extensive background in green development, energy, and creating successful organizations. He has built 10 companies in the last 22 years within various industries including energy, software, systems engineering, medical, brokerage and real estate development. His formal education is an electrical engineering degree from Colorado State University.

Mr. Spencer’s vision and leadership driving new innovation in clean energy resources has spawned an entirely new market and is directly influencing the shift toward clean energy. He is a respected expert on current and emerging developments in distributed energy generation and its role in broader energy markets with respect to financial structures, utility assimilation, IT systems, and long-term asset and customer management.

Doug Staker
Doug Staker
Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X/ EnerNOC

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 28 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage.  He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enel X/ Enernoc, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market.
Enel X partners with utilities and enterprises to reduce costs, manage risks, increase sustainability, and maximize the value of the most promising energy technologies such as demand response, electric vehicles, and distributed energy resources, through customized energy management strategies.  A new global business line within the Enel Group, Enel X includes the recently acquired technology and services from global leaders like EnerNOC, Demand Energy, and eMotorWerks.

Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen
CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership bringing together subnational governments, businesses, financial markets, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing. In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO. An accomplished author, Terry's books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Mike Toomey
Mike Toomey
Director, Development, Recurrent Energy

Mike Toomey is a Director of Development with Recurrent Energy, a leading solar project developer, where he oversees the company’s project development efforts in the western region of the U.S.

Mike joined Recurrent Energy in 2017 from NextEra Energy, where he served as Project Director of Business Development in the Energy Storage practice group. In this role, he was responsible for contract negotiations, vendor identification, site design and development, permitting, and origination, and executed one of the largest energy storage procurements in the U.S. at the time, a 30 MW energy storage facility with Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Mike has been a member of the California Energy Storage Association (CESA) board since 2015, helping to shape policy for energy storage development in California. At the national level, he has served an advisor and industry expert to the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee on the implementation of energy storage across U.S. markets.

Mike holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, and he is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of California Berkeley.

Geoffrey S. Underwood
Geoffrey S. Underwood
Director, Eastern U.S. Markets, 174 Power Global

Geoffrey S. Underwood develops utility-scale solar projects for 174 Power Global (a member of the $100b Hanwha Group of vertically-integrated companies, including Hanwha Q CELLS). Entering the solar industry in 2008, Mr. Underwood has since contracted more than 500MW of projects in 15+ states, and developed a recognized specialization in brownfield project development. Beginning in 2012, Mr. Underwood led the acquisition, development, project management and closing of the first utility scale solar project constructed on an active Superfund/CERCLA site. The 10.86MW Maywood Solar facility was constructed on the remediated Reilly Tar & Chemical contamination site in Indianapolis, IN, and became operational in early 2014 – resulting in receipt of the first-ever EPA RENEW Award in 2015.

Prior to 174 Power Global / Hanwha Q CELLS, Mr. Underwood managed solar asset acquisitions for Constellation Energy (now Exelon NYSE: EXC) in support of its national solar asset portfolio. Prior to Constellation, Geoff relocated from Virginia to lead business development for a regional solar development and construction firm, leading growth to more than $50MM annual revenues in its fourth year of operations. Entering the renewables sector post-eMBA, Mr. Underwood launched renewable energy equities coverage as a senior associate at Virginia-based, FBR Capital Markets in 2007.

Before entering the solar industry in 2007/8, Geoff completed an eighteen year career in Washington, DC with significant work in energy policy and economics, business and venture development, and with federal agencies, Congress and the White House. Mr. Underwood received his BA from the University of Florida and his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Ruben Ugarte
Ruben Ugarte
Director of Business Development, Horizon Solar Power

As head of Business Development for Horizon Solar Power, Ruben is credited for building and driving substantial growth across multiple lead generation and marketing channels. His focus on 3rd party paid leads and development of channel partnership relationships has helped Horizon become one of the largest rooftop installers in CA with over 7500 residential installations. 
Ruben has 10+ years of construction industry experience, beginning with the management of his family’s residential and commercial roofing business in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Horizon, Ruben served as a senior energy consultant for RGS Energy selling both residential and commercial PV systems.
Ruben serves as a member on CALSEIA’s consumer protection committee and GRID Alternatives Los Angeles Workforce Development Committee.

Pierre-Pascal Urbon
Pierre-Pascal Urbon
CEO, SMA

Pierre-Pascal Urbon studied business administration and was active in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) consulting until 2005—when he joined SMA. In 2006, he was appointed to the Managing Board and in 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. Urbon planned SMA’s initial public offering and partnership with Danfoss A/S. He has also decisively advanced the Group’s internationalization and the Company’s transformation in 2015. As Chief Executive Officer, he has been responsible for Strategy, Sales and Service since January 2017. Pierre-Pascal Urbon is a member of the Board of Directors of Tigo Energy, Los Gatos, USA.

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

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 Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners
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.

Thomas Koch Blank
Thomas Koch Blank
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Thomas is an engineer by education, trained in operations and drilled in business acumen at McKinsey & Company. He built the very first ‘McKinsey Marginal Abatement Cost Curve’ in 2005 and spent following 8 years building what would become a full scale Practice (business area) around Sustainability and Resource Productivity. Thomas brings broad cross-sector insight in Energy and Climate related opportunities and extensive experience from on-site work with industrial facilities to improve productivity of energy, carbon and other resources, through 100+ site visits globally.

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.