Sandra Kennedy
Sandra Kennedy
Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Sandra Kennedy was re-elected to the Corporation Commission in 2018 on a platform of restoring integrity to the Commission, lowering unjustified utility rate increases, and creating more solar and renewable energy in Arizona, especially roof top solar.

Sandra Kennedy was first elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform of promoting solar energy in Arizona, and as a fierce consumer advocate. She started her public service when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 1986, where she served for six years before successfully becoming a state senator in 1992. She served three terms as State Senator.

Sandra was also elected to serve on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board for a four year term in 1990, serving concurrently with her last term in the Arizona House and her first term in the State Senate.

Hayes Barnard
Hayes Barnard
Founder & CEO, Loanpal

Hayes Barnard is the founder and CEO of Loanpal, a world-positive lender that focuses on financing residential clean energy projects. Hayes is also the founder and president of GivePower, a nonprofit organization that builds and deploys clean energy-powered clean water and systems to communities around the world. He was the recipient of the 2010 and 2016 Global Impact Award, the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40, and a 2013 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Prior to founding Loanpal, Hayes led Paramount Solar, an early-stage residential
solar company that was the first company
to leverage centralized sales centers to offer
solar systems to homeowners. This new model enabled the company to quickly garner significant market share, as well as the attention of SolarCity, which acquired the company in 2013. After spending three years with SolarCity as its chief revenue officer and growing its business 400 percent, Hayes returned to his entrepreneurial roots and created Loanpal.

In 2014, Hayes founded the GivePower Foundation, a non-profit using its renewable energy expertise to provide clean water, food security and light to create healthier economic growth in impoverished communities around the world. GivePower has provided electricity access to more than 300,000 people in 17 countries, installed solar for light in over 2500 schools and ranger stations throughout Virunga National Park and Sarara, Kenya, protecting endangered wildlife. Most recently, GivePower constructed a solar-powered desalination system to deliver up to 70,000 liters of clean, healthy water to villagers in rural Kenya.

Hayes lives in Tiburon, California with his wife Jessica and their three children.

RJ Johnson
RJ Johnson
Vice President of Origination, NextEra Energy Resources

RJ Johnson is the Vice President of Origination for NextEra Energy Resources. RJ and his team are responsible for market development, customer engagement and contracting of wind, solar and storage facilities in North America. Previously, RJ was a founding member of the NextEra Energy Storage team, and was responsible for commercial development of wholesale and distributed energy storage systems.  RJ began his career at NextEra Energy as a wind developer leading cross-functional teams to develop facilities in California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and the Mid-West. Prior to joining NextEra Energy Resources, RJ served as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he had roles as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Adjutant and Assistant Operations Officer in the 4th Infantry Division. 

RJ holds a degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Shelee Kimura
Shelee Kimura
Senior Vice President Business Development & Strategy, Hawaiian Electric

Shelee is part of the senior executive team of Hawaiian Electric Company which serves 95% of Hawaii’s population and is pursuing the state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. She provides leadership for Hawaiian Electric’s Strategic Transformation Plan, its Transformation Program and several of its strategic initiatives to create more options for customers, integrate more renewables and create new markets. She oversees the areas of business development, corporate strategy, renewable purchased power, demand response and electrification of transportation.

Shelee joined the Hawaiian Electric team in May 2014 as vice president of corporate planning and business development. Prior to that, she served as manager of investor relations and strategic planning and director of corporate finance and investments at parent company HEI. She started her career with Arthur Andersen and was a consulting manager when she left in 2004 to join HEI.

Shelee graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a bachelor of business administration degree and was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship which is awarded to ten students across the University of Hawaii system. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, honored Shelee with the C3E award for leadership and achievement in Business. Shelee serves on the audit committee of Kamehameha Schools, the largest independent school system in the nation. She is also an Omidyar Fellow. Shelee and her husband of 20 years have three children.

Tom Werner
Tom Werner
President & CEO, SunPower

Tom Werner serves as SunPower’s CEO and chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining SunPower, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.  Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Cris Eugster
Cris Eugster
Chief Operations Officer, CPS Energy

Cris Eugster has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. Cris currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 821,000 electric customers and 347,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2.5 billion and total assets of over $11 billion.

As Chief Operating Officer, Cris leads the Operations of CPS Energy and its approximately 2000 team members.  Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research & development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.

Cris sits on a number of Boards including Chairman of Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA), Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), Chair of the EPIcenter, Texas A&M Smart Grid Center Advisory Board (SGC), Trinity University Business Advisory Council, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.  Past Boards have included Build SA Green, Solar San Antonio, Mission Verde Alliance, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association (TREIA), DOE State Energy Advisory Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In February 2018, Cris was named
Co-Chair of the Transformation Advisory Council for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and in August 2018 he was named to the Southern States Energy Board Blue Ribbon Task Force where he will lend his expertise towards creating a sustainable and customer-centric grid.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston as part of Mayor Bill White’s team.  Prior to that Cris was Partner with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, serving Fortune 100 companies in the Technology, Energy, and Diversified Services markets.  He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Cris is married and has two sons.

Louis C. Ting
Louis C. Ting
Director of Power Planning Development & Engineering, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Louis Ting is the Director of Power Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is responsible for the overall Power System regulatory, resource, grid, and strategic planning. Since joined LADWP in 1992 after graduating from UCLA, he had the privilege of career diversifications and increasing responsibilities from Fleet Engineering designing utility-specific vehicles, Water System pipeline design and construction, including trunk line redevelopment projects. He then moved to the electric side of LADWP to manage major projects including renewables generation, hydroelectric, combined-cycle power plants, transmission line, and substation projects.

Alex McDonough
Alex McDonough
Vice President, Public Policy, Sunrun

Alex McDonough is a Vice President for Public Policy at Sunrun, the largest residential solar and batter storage installer in the United States. He leads Sunrun’s federal and state advocacy in the West and Southeast.

Alex formerly served as US Senate Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) top energy and environmental policy advisor. With 11 years of experience as an advisor to Reid, he counseled the Leader and a diverse group of high-profile government officials on energy and environmental policy matters nationally, internationally, and in Nevada.

Alex is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Mathew Sachs
Mathew Sachs
Vice President, Distributed Energy, National Grid Ventures

Mathew is driven by the opportunity to play a small part in the big changes undergoing how we use, generate and store energy. He leads National Grid Ventures efforts to originate, develop and advance opportunities that leverage the customer and grid benefits of distributed energy in the US.

Before joining National Grid Mathew led originations for KRoad DG, a PE platform focused on distributed generation. He was also a founding member of Yingli Green Energy’s American subsidiary, which grew to the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer during his tenure. Mathew also led teams within PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Transaction Services Strategy Group and worked at Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Praxair (NYSE:PX), and semiconductor equipment manufacturer Heller Industries, focusing on business development and product design.

He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Mathew lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters, who consistently remind him that anything is possible.

Troy Lauterbach
Troy Lauterbach
Senior Vice President EPC and Energy Services (O&M), First Solar

Troy Lauterbach has fourteen years of Energy Industry experience, with six years concentrating on Renewable Energy. He is currently the Senior Vice President of EPC and Energy Services at First Solar. 

Troy started his energy career with Calpine Corporation, where he served in various capacities within the Plant Optimization Group. In 2008 Troy joined the O&M team at SunPower as the Senior Commercial Manager. In 2010 Troy transitioned into a Business Development role which focused on developing the next round of solar opportunities with existing commercial customers

Troy has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Oklahoma Christian University an MBA from Colorado State University.

Hans Isern
Hans Isern
SVP of Origination, sPower

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

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

Chris Frantz
Chris Frantz
Vice President Asset Management, Cypress Creek Renewables

Chris runs the Independent Power Company at Cypress Creek, focusing on maximizing the value of Cypress’ operating assets as well as the Cash Flow Available for Distribution (CAFD). Prior to this role, Chris managed a development pipeline of over 240 MW of solar projects for Cypress across the U.S., including in Texas, New York, and Maryland.

Prior to Cypress, Chris worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he led the development of air regulations on utility scale power plants. Prior to joining the EPA, Chris worked with California electric utilities such as Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Diego Gas and Electric on the development, implementation, and evaluation of demand response and demand side management programs.

Chris holds a B.A. in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Erin Talbot
Erin Talbot
General Manager - Solar, Mosaic

Erin Talbot is the General Manager for the residential solar lending vertical at Mosaic. In this role she is responsible for solar strategy, pricing, messaging, value proposition, customer focus, product development, marketing, sales, and partner integrations. Prior to joining Mosaic, Erin held roles as the Enterprise Chief Credit Officer for E*TRADE,  Head of Enterprise Data Management for E*TRADE, and SVP, Product Manager for LightStream at SunTrust.

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

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.

Kyle Goehring
Kyle Goehring
Executive Vice President Clean Energy Solutions, JLL

Kyle Goehring has led the JLL Clean Energy group since early 2016 and joined JLL in May 2014. The Clean Energy group serves corporate, investor and public-sector clients by advising owners on clean energy strategies and technology opportunities such as on-site solar PV installations, integrated energy solutions (aka microgrid), energy storage, demand side management technologies, offsite renewable energy, waste-to-energy (anaerobic digestion and gasification), environmental attribute trading and energy savings as a service.

Mr. Goehring supports clients in their review of sustainability objectives through an assessment of their portfolio for the site specific feasibility of clean energy technologies and installations; advises on third party and ownership deal structures; negotiates applicable agreements; and can recommend ongoing onsite support services from market-leading organizations.

A diversified representation of programs at JLL include a significant onsite carport solar PV programs for several health care organizations, procurement of off-site renewable energy for a global software client, integrated energy solutions for a retail client, rooftop solar leasing for the installation of solar PV and solar plus storage.

Tanguy Serra
Tanguy Serra
Chief Strategy Officer, Loanpal

As Chief Strategy Officer, Tanguay leads the Loanpal innovation group, identifying new business opportunities and market growth potential by leveraging new technology, and optimizing advancements in the consumer leading platform.

Prior to Loanpal, Tanguay served as President of Solar City – in the largest residential solar company in the world, overseeing 10,000 employees. At SolarCity, he led operations alongside Hayes Barnard and helped grow the business 5x to 40% of market share (10 times the size of the nearest competitor). Additionally, this growth was achieved with the best safety and quality track record, and lowest cost structure.

Additionally, Tanguy co-founded Vivint Solar, a residential solar provider that quickly became the 2nd largest in the market. Tanguy also spent 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, London, and also served 8 years as Vice President of the private equity group at TPG in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

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.

Sergio Prado
Sergio Prado
Sales Manager Mexico, Soltec

Sergio Prado graduated in Chemical Engineering from Mexico’s Ibero-American University and holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh. Since joining Soltec in 2017, Prado has worked closely with the most important players in the solar industry to build PV tracker plants that reduce LCOE.

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power

MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power's partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries.  MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous conferences, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He 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 also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.

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

Nicola Sicchieri is the VP Business Development Americas at DSM Advanced Solar, a division of Royal DSM (AMS: DSM), a multinational Dutch company active in Nutrition, Health and Materials. Nicola joined DSM in 2013 in the Netherlands Headquarter, focusing his effort on the European solar market. Three years ago, Nicola moved to San Francisco to further develop DSM’s solar business within North America and Latin America. Prior to that, he worked for several solar organizations in Europe gaining more than 14 years of experience in the field.

Terry Grant
Terry Grant
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

Terry Grant is Managing Partner 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.

Will Mitchell
Will Mitchell
Director, Origination - West Region, Strata Solar

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Dings
Ryan Dings
Chief Operating Officer, Sunwealth

A 2018 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, Ryan Dings is an experienced clean technology executive with a deep commitment to impact investment.  As Chief Operating Officer of Sunwealth, an impact investment firm focused on the commercial solar market, Ryan leads the development of Sunwealth’s community of clean energy investors.  In addition to his role at Sunwealth, Ryan serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Social Innovation Forum, Boston's leading community for social impact engagement and connection. 

Prior to joining Sunwealth, Ryan served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Blu Homes, Inc., a leading, sustainably-focused prefab home builder.  Ryan started his career practicing commercial real estate and construction law at a boutique firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan holds graduate degrees in law from Wake Forest University School of Law and in design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor of arts from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Teresa Barnes, Ph.D.
Teresa Barnes, Ph.D.
Group Manager, PV Reliability and Systems Engineering, NREL

Teresa Barnes manages the Photovoltaic (PV) Reliability and System Performance Group at NREL. She is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the DuraMAT Consortium for module materials research. Dr. Barnes’ group focuses on PV module and system reliability, including accelerated test development, outdoor field testing, energy yield assessment, degradation rate analysis, and materials science. Our group has worked with stakeholders throughout the PV value chain on the development of industry standards for reliability testing and energy yield.  We conduct application driven research on adhesion, cell and module degradation, mechanical damage, material weathering, and other topics.

Teresa has worked in PV at NREL for 14 years on thin-film PV, flexible devices, and transparent contacts before focusing on reliability in 2016. She is a Chemical Engineer with a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines and a BS from the University of Maryland.

Kenneth Labeja
Kenneth Labeja
Director, Business Development, Avangrid

Kenneth leads solar business development for Avangrid Renewables. In this role he identifies and executes on potential co-development solar opportunities for our business. In addition he supports our solar PPA origination. Prior to Avangrid, he was at NRG Solar where he had a leadership role on a team that developed, financed and acquired approximately ~$3BN of large scale solar projects. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse in investment banking covering the energy sector and his experience included executing on a $2.4BN utility acquisition, a $700MM project financing and asset sales. Labeja is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and accounting from the National University of Lesotho. On the weekends, Labeja can be found hiking with his wife, 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son.

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.

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

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

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.

Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson
Director of Engineering, Swinerton

Erik has a broad background in the management, planning and design of public and private infrastructure improvements to support commercial, industrial and residential developments throughout Northern and Southern California. His responsibilities have included backbone infrastructure planning and design, roadway widening and new roadway design; preparation of grading and improvement plans; design of storm drainage, sanitary sewer and water systems; and the coordination of project approvals with local agencies. He also has ongoing experience in the design of alternative and conventional energy projects. Erik has been responsible for civil engineering to develop photovoltaic sites, solar thermal plants, and gas-fired power plants, including support for California Energy Commission permitting and environmental studies.

Scott Moskowitz
Scott Moskowitz
Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwha Q CELLS America

Scott Moskowitz is the Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence at Hanwha Q CELLS America Inc., where he heads market research and leads communication and policy initiatives. Prior to Q CELLS, Scott was a Research Manager at GTM Research and head of the Renewable Technologies Group, leading a team of analysts covering technology trends in the solar, storage, and wind energy markets. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis.

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.

Leila Madrone
Leila Madrone
CTO and Founder, Sunfolding

Leila Madrone is the chief technology officer and co-founder at Sunfolding, a producer of smart solar trackers. Madrone builds breakthrough energy technologies using her extensive engineering prowess at the intersection of mechanics, electronics, and software. She has spent the past 12 years developing new energy solutions for grid applications, and, since founding Sunfolding in 2012, has focused on building machines to make solar an unstoppable force in the clean energy transition. An MIT-trained roboticist -- she received both her bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a focus on robotics and mechatronics -- she has a talent for bringing innovative technology from concept to market in high-tech industries. Her early career included automation for the genomics industry and the commercialization of NASA robotics hardware. She served as Sunfolding’s CEO until August 2017, and now, as CTO, she drives overall company technical excellence and develops impactful solutions for the future grid.

Gerry DaRosa
Gerry DaRosa
Director of Energy Innovations, Arizona State University

Gerry DaRosa serves as the Director of Energy Innovations for ASU.  In this role, he champions ASU’s efforts in (1) acquiring renewable energy for the university’s campuses and (2) maximizing campus energy efficiency, to reach ASU’s climate neutrality goal.  In addition, his Energy Innovations department assists ASU’s operations by identifying innovative solutions to more effectively and reliably manage ASU’s energy use.

Gerry’s experience includes public policy, business, technical and legal work.  After graduating from ASU with a chemical engineering degree, Gerry worked as a Process Research Engineer for the Dow Chemical Company.  He later returned to ASU, earned his law degree, and worked for 16 years in the legal/policy arena in both private practice and the public sector.  His experience includes serving as the Environmental Policy Advisor for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and later joining the international law firm, Bryan Cave, where he became a partner in the firm’s Environmental Section.

In 2010, Gerry returned to ASU to join its legal team where he focused on a variety of transactional, regulatory, and energy matters.  However, his passion for sustainability led him to take a newly created business role, which evolved into his current position, allowing him to focus on sustainable energy-related solutions.

Katherine Breaks
Katherine Breaks
Tax Managing Director, KPMG

Katherine is a tax managing director in KPMG’s Tax Credit and Energy Advisory Services  practice where she advises companies on federal tax incentives. She also advises companies on the impact of federal tax legislation and associated guidance. Katherine joined KPMG in 1998. Katherine completed her BA from Yale University and did her JD from New York University School of Law.

Katherine's recent projects have included:

- Evaluating whether a particular building or business is located in a qualifying census tract for purposes of the Qualified Opportunity Zone program.
- Providing advice on the requirement that a qualified opportunity fund must purchase qualified property from an unrelated person after 2017.
- Providing advice on what gains are eligible for deferral under the Qualified Opportunity Zone program.
- Providing advice on the “testing period” for purposes of determining whether at least 90% of the assets of a qualified opportunity fund are invested in a qualifying zone business.
- Providing advice on the threshold of investment needed to constitute a “substantial renovation” under the Qualified Opportunity Zone program.

 

Laura Stern
Laura Stern
President, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC

Laura E. Stern is the President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, which she cofounded in 2006. Under her leadership, the company has grown to become one
of the leading solar developers and third-party asset managers in the US. With over twenty years of finance and power industry experience, Ms. Stern has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. During her banking career, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings in the wind, hydro and biomass sectors. Ms. Stern has also sourced and executed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets.

Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She holds an AB
with honors from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board of Directors since 2014, currently serving as Treasurer.

Travis Rose
Travis Rose
VP of Sales, Array Technologies

Travis Rose is responsible for leading, organizing, and directing the North American sales team at Array Technologies while driving the continued success of Array’s best-in-class solar tracker products. Travis brings over a decade of solar industry experience to Array, drawing upon his years of experience in previous roles at SMA America and Advanced Energy, he is committed to the relentless advancement of solar. Travis has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Texas and an MBA from Colorado State University.

Jesse Grossman
Jesse Grossman
CEO & Co-Founder, Soltage

Jesse Grossman is an established leader in the solar industry and has over 15 years of experience in project finance, emerging markets and renewable energy. In 2005, driven to transform the US energy economy through the rapid deployment of renewable assets, Jesse co-founded Soltage, an independent renewable power producer that develops, finances and operates distributed utility solar and solar-plus-storage project portfolios across the U.S. Jesse has served as Soltage’s Chairman and CEO since its founding, and has directed over $600M into solar asset investment through Soltage, which currently owns and manages a solar portfolio of over 300 MWs across 14 states.

Tom Heggarty
Tom Heggarty
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Tom Heggarty is a Senior Analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power and Reneawbles where he leads the global solar PV markets team. He has worked for Wood Mackenzie since 2011, initially as a research analyst producing research on the evolution of electricity markets in Europe, and as a Research Manager for Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Markets research product. In 2011, Tom graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s degree in mathematics; he also spent a year studying at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis
Senior Analyst, Solar, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Michelle Davis is a senior solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research) with a focus on the downstream U.S. distributed solar market. She tracks the competitive landscape of installers, financiers and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie P&R, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Arizona State University and an MBA from Antioch University with a focus on sustainability.

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.

Greg Beardsworth
Greg Beardsworth
Sr. Director of Product Management, NEXTracker

As Sr. Director of Product Management, Greg Beardsworth brings over a decade of utility-scale solar product management and engineering experience to NEXTracker. Mr. Beardsworth focuses his time leading NEXTracker’s product management team and driving the continued success of NEXTracker’s industry leading solar tracker products. He is also responsible for NEXTracker’s bifacial research and testing programs. Drawing upon over 17GW of experience with NEXTracker and previous product roles at SunPower and Westinghouse Electric, Mr. Beardsworth is committed to the relentless advancement of solar energy performance, availability and installation simplicity. Mr. Beardsworth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Chris Prescott
Chris Prescott
Director of Renewable Operations, Southern Company
Stephen Tracy
Stephen Tracy
Partner, Novogradac

Stephen Tracy is a partner in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP. He serves clients extensively in the renewable energy and real estate industries where he specializes in providing transaction advisory, project finance, consulting, tax and accounting services in connection with projects that qualify for federal energy investment tax credits (ITC), production tax credits (PTC), historic rehabilitation tax credits (HTC), the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and the Opportunity Zones tax incentive. Mr. Tracy has extensive experience assisting clients with structuring complex financing arrangements in connection with real estate and renewable energy transactions. The Novogradac project finance, tax and audit teams serve a wide array of clients including developers, project sponsors, institutional and non-institutional tax equity investors in addition to private equity and family office cash equity investors.

Transaction advisory services include developing an appropriate tax equity financing structure for a project (e.g. partnership flips, lease pass-throughs and sale leasebacks etc.), preparation of
tax equity financial projections, M&A due diligence and GAAP/HLBV advisory. Prior to joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Tracy worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in San Francisco serving clients in the real estate, investment banking and equipment leasing industries.

Benjamin Gallagher
Benjamin Gallagher
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously 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.

Austin Perea
Austin Perea
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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

Colin Smith
Colin Smith
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Colin Smith is a Solar Analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly 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.

Karl-Erik Stromsta
Karl-Erik Stromsta
Managing Editor, Greentech Media

Karl-Erik is the managing editor of Greentech Media’s newsroom, based in New York. Before joining GTM in spring 2019, Karl-Erik spent 10 years covering the global renewable energy market at Recharge, first as a London-based Europe correspondent and then as managing editor for North America. Karl-Erik has reported from more than 20 countries as a business journalist. He holds a BA in Human Biology from Michigan State University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

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.

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Emma Foehringer Merchant
Writer, Greentech Media

Emma is a staff writer at Greentech Media. She previously covered environmental policy, politics, and climate change at Grist and the New Republic. Emma studied Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Contributing 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.

Allison Mond
Allison Mond
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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.

Ken Berlin
Ken Berlin
Executive Director, The Climate Reality Project

Ken Berlin is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Ken has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Ken chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network.

In 2012, Ken served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team. Ken has served on the boards of several organizations including the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the American Bird Conservancy, the Alliance for Zero Extinction, the Rare Center for Tropical Conservation, the Earth Day Network, and Defenders of Wildlife.

 

Jon Bonanno
Jon Bonanno
CXO, California Clean Energy Fund

Jon Bonanno serves as the CXO of the New Energy Nexus (Nexus) and California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). His responsibilities are in capacity expansion and financial innovation to support diverse entrepreneurs solving the Climate Crisis.  At Nexus/CalCEF, Jon is focusing on educating and enabling clean energy entrepreneurs to use and benefit from Opportunity Zone finance. Prior to Nexus/CalCEF, Bonanno co-founded and served as the CCO of Empower, a power electronics design firm focused on solar, energy storage and EV applications, which was sold in 2018 to SunGrow. His professional career includes twenty five years of entrepreneurial experience with Interbill (internet billing), Global Internet Billing (internet billing), SolidStreaming (mobile video streaming), Cool Earth Solar (concentrated solar power systems), HelioPower (solar utility), Earth Class Mail (SaaS for the postal industry), Azure Power (India solar utility, NYSE listed), Heartland Resources (soy-based adhesive for UF replacement), Principle Power (floating offshore wind foundations) and Array Power (module level power electronics).

Robert Spencer
Robert Spencer
Data Scientist & Software Developer, NREL

Rob is a data scientist & software developer within NREL's Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis directorate. His work focuses on scientific data-driven applications that enable decision makers in understanding clean energy transition scenarios through cost-effective modeling tools, collaborative and exploratory data analytics, and interactive visualizations of large high-dimensional datasets. His team has been involved with identifying low-impact solar development opportunities, including the assessment of floating PV installations in a recent publication: “Floating Photovoltaic Systems: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental United States”. Robert holds a master's degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering.

Andie Wyatt
Andie Wyatt
Policy & Regulatory Manager, GRID Alternatives

As Policy and Regulatory Manager, Andie Wyatt assists GRID's advocacy and regulatory efforts to assure equitable expansion of the clean energy economy, with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic states. Andie holds a master's degree in environmental science and policy and a law degree, both from Duke University, and a bachelor's degree in environmental biology from DePauw University where she researched swallowtail butterfly ecology. Prior to GRID, Andie advised Congress members and staff on climate, energy, and environmental law at the Congressional Research Service, and worked in the private sector at an environmental, energy, and land use focused law firm.

Lindsay Cherry
Lindsay Cherry
Analyst, Solar, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Lindsay is an Analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Lindsay worked on New York State and City energy policy. Previously, she worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in the Oceans and Climate and Health Programs. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University where she studied energy and environmental policy.

Molly Cox
Molly Cox
Research Associate, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Molly is a Research Associate at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Molly was an account manager at CivicSolar, helping solar PV installers design their systems and selling them equipment. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Colby College, with a concentration in environmental studies.

Our 2019 Advisory Board Includes

Caroline Choi
Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Brooke Starr Haman
Brooke Starr Haman
Principal - Renewable Energy, Georgia Power

Brooke manages strategy, design and implementation of renewable energy procurement and self-build programs for Georgia Power, collaborating with Southern Company system teams to investigate and include emerging technologies as part of Georgia Power's generation fleet and/or customer offerings.

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.

Hilary Pearson
Hilary Pearson
Key Manager Energy & Environmental Policy - Utility of the Future, ComEd
Ted Michaels
Ted Michaels
Managing Director, Power & Renewables Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power

MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power's partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries.  MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous conferences, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He 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 also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.

Kenneth Labeja
Kenneth Labeja
Director, Business Development, Avangrid

Kenneth leads solar business development for Avangrid Renewables. In this role he identifies and executes on potential co-development solar opportunities for our business. In addition he supports our solar PPA origination. Prior to Avangrid, he was at NRG Solar where he had a leadership role on a team that developed, financed and acquired approximately ~$3BN of large scale solar projects. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse in investment banking covering the energy sector and his experience included executing on a $2.4BN utility acquisition, a $700MM project financing and asset sales. Labeja is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and accounting from the National University of Lesotho. On the weekends, Labeja can be found hiking with his wife, 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son.

Cory Honeyman
Cory Honeyman
Business Development Manager - Channel Partner & Strategy, AES Distributed Energy

Cory Honeyman is a Business Development Manager - Chanel Partner & Strategy with AES Distributed Resources.

Previously, Cory was the Director of Solar Research at Wood Mackenzie (previously GTM Research) with a focus on downstream demand in the US. There he handled 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.

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.