Now in its 12th year, Solar Summit remains the premier conference for defining the latest industry needs for installers, developers, system manufacturers, financiers and regulators. With hundreds of high-caliber attendees, we will cover the latest developments in global solar markets, module technology, how the ITC stepdown will impact project finance, distributed solar emerging markets and much more.

THE PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR DEFINING FURTHER SOLAR INTEGRATION, EVALUATING SOLAR MARKET, TECH AND POLICY TRENDS

As the solar industry gets ready for a decreasing ITC World, developers and asset owners are looking to optimize their pipeline, and it is now crucial to understand how to make the best procurement decisions and strategize when projects will be coming online. Combining our Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables' internal research expertise with the views of U.S. and international solar leader, including top developers, installers, utilities, regulators and financiers, the Solar Summit 2019 discussions will break down how solar system performance, innovative finance mechanisms and development can offset the impact of the ITC stepdown on project margins.

Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Director, Solar Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Cory Honeyman is the Director of Solar Research at Wood Mackenzie (previously 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.

agenda 2019 Conference Themes
  • The Role of Solar in the Energy Transition
  • Facing the ITC Stepdown
  • Storage as the Core Strategy for Solar Integration
  • What to Expect for Solar Module Tech Innovation in 2019?
  • Emerging Distributed Generation Markets
  • Who Are the Biggest Policy Winners and Losers in 2019?
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