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Will Anderson is the CEO of Complete Solar, Inc. and has led his company’s spectacular growth from its inception. Will's vision was to build the first great solar company. To realize that vision, he architected HelioQuote™, the company's cornerstone technology that provides customers a truly custom, optimized system that maximizes their financial savings. He also developed additional technologies that enable the company to provide the fastest installations in the industry and the simplest process for homeowners to acquire their best possible solar solution.
Will intends to transform the solar industry making Complete Solar’s industry-leading sales platform and its rapid fulfillment engine available to third-party sales partners across the country. This will grant Complete Solar access to a larger and broader audience of solar customers and stimulate greater consumer choice and creativity that are not possible with the “one-size fits all” business models that currently dominate the industry.
Will has a decade of experience as a CEO in the Finance and Solar Industries. He holds a B.S. from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.
Edgar has been investing in solar energy since 2009, leading the execution of over $1.5B in transactions with businesses, utilities, and governments.
At Sonnedix, he is responsible for business development, focused on acquiring and investing in solar assets in development, construction and in operation.
Sonnedix is a leading global solar independent power producer (IPP) backed by JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund, focused on owning and operating assets long-term in attractive growth markets. Sonnedix owns interest in over 1GW of assets across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to Sonnedix, Edgar was Head of Latin America at sPower, a leading U.S. solar IPP. Previous to that, he was Head of Power Markets & Strategy at Gestamp Solar, a multinational European solar energy company.
Mr. Arvizu has a background in technology start-ups, venture capital and biotechnology banking from Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from Cornell University as a merit scholar and a BS in Finance from SDSU.
Vincent Battaglia, MBA, has dedicated his life to advancing sustainability in the built environment - one rooftop, parking field and ground mounted solar system at a time. Now a decade old, Renova Solar was honored as "America's First Professionally Accredited Solar Company" in 2012 by NABCEP and as SunPower Corporation's "Residential National Dealer of the Year" for 2014 as well as a top 50 Residential Installer by Solar Power World. The author of the book “Cut the Cord: How to Achieve Energy Independence by Joining the Solar-Powered Microgrid Revolution”, Vincent is committed to ensuring that Renova maintains the highest level of service and solar savings for its residential and business customers.
Luke Carlson is Director of Preconstruction at Mortenson Construction. In his role as director of preconstruction, Luke manages Mortenson’s estimating and engineering departments for the Solar and Emerging Renewables Group. Mortenson was recently ranked the #1 Top Solar Contractor for 2016 by Solar Power World magazine. He is a 9 year veteran of the solar industry and a 10 year veteran of Mortenson. He holds a BS in Physics from Bethel University and a certificate in Construction Management from the University of Minnesota.
Nick Chaset was named as President Picker’s Advisor on energy issues in February 2014, and named Chief of Staff thereafter. Previously he served as Governor Jerry Brown’s Special Advisor for Distributed Energy Resources, focusing on the development and implementation of Distributed Generation, Combined Heat and Power, and Energy Storage Policy. Before entering state service, Nick was the director of new market development and government affairs of Q-Cells NA, where he was responsible for leading its strategic marketing efforts and representation before local, state, and federal government agencies. He received his B.A. in international relations at Tufts University, and his MBA from Georgetown University.
A 10-year industry veteran, Mr. Coen provides a wealth of solar asset management knowledge and experience to the AlsoEnergy team. Formerly the Vice President of Asset Management for AES Distributed Energy, Lex was responsible for solar portfolio asset management, compliance, operations, maintenance, data intelligence, and stakeholder relations. Prior to his role with AES, he served as both VP of Development and VP of Asset Management at Main Street Power where he directed the company’s solar development efforts and consequently led the asset management group. Lex has worked diligently to optimize solar assets while maximizing performance and revenue across numerous funds and thousands of project sites. Lex brings a background of real estate, finance, sales, energy development, asset operations, and management experience to AlsoEnergy, the largest independent solar monitoring provider in North America.
Yoni Cohen, Director of Corporate Development, joined Sunlight Financial as its second employee in 2015. He develops and manages Sunlight partnerships with solar installers, equipment distributors, and sales organizations nationwide.
Before Sunlight, Yoni led business development for an energy storage startup.
While at Yale Law School, Yoni helped a residential solar finance provider win DOE SunShot grants for two online marketplaces, wrote about distributed energy for Greentech Media, and worked in venture capital investing, at both DBL Investors and Israel Cleantech Ventures.
Earlier in his career, Yoni reported about college basketball for Fox Sports and directed communications for political campaigns, helping to elect eight Members of Congress. In addition to a law degree from Yale, Yoni holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
Thomas Conroy is president of Array Technologies, Inc., and is responsible for optimizing the company’s business operations and managing global initiatives in new, rapidly growing solar markets. Before joining Array, Conroy consulted with solar and wind energy companies as president and CEO of Evolving Energy, LLC. Prior to that, Conroy was president and CEO of Wind Tower Systems, where he led commercialization activities for a new-technology utility-scale wind turbine tower product which was acquired by GE. Conroy holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Columbia University.
Unirac is one of the leading racking manufacturers in the industry with a comprehensive portfolio of products serving the residential and commercial market segments. December’s role at Unirac is the Director of Product Management and she is charged with the strategic direction of the product portfolio, steering the product development process, managing intellectual property, and directing marketing at Unirac. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering and Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Page is President & Co-Founder of Clarus Power – a San Francisco based solar company that created the industry’s first social marketing platform to bring the right home solar options to homeowners nationwide. Page leads the Company’s sales, marketing, field development and business development efforts. Prior to founding Clarus Power, Page served as Director of Retail Sales at Sunrun. Since her start at Sunrun in 2009, Page’s career has focused on making solar mainstream by increasing efficiency in customer acquisition. Her projects have included patent-pending work in lead generation, qualification and distribution platforms. She is active in leadership efforts with Women In Solar Energy (WISE).
Mr. Ty Daul serves as the Senior Vice President, Americas Power Plant business for SunPower, where he has overall P&L responsibility for large scale ground mount solar projects throughout North and South America. Mr. Daul has been integrally involved in over 3 GW of operating renewable projects and 870 MW of operating gas-fired projects representing over $6 billion of total investment over the last 25 years in the power generation industry. His experience covers engineering, sales and marketing, product development, financial analysis, development and executive leadership. Prior to joining SunPower, Mr. Daul co-founded Element Power US, LLC in 2009 where he was on the company’s Board of Directors, had direct oversight of Element’s Americas wind and solar renewable energy businesses as well as investment oversight on activities in South America and Europe. Prior to founding Element Power, Mr. Daul was the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Iberdrola Renewables/PPM Energy, where he was responsible for all North American renewable energy business development activities. This included playing key roles in developing and growing the business, greenfield development, acquisitions and turbine supply of over 2.5 GW spinning wind projects. Prior to PPM Energy, Mr. Daul was leading gas-fired generation development throughout the U.S. with Entergy’s unregulated power generation business and Newport Generation. He started his career in engineering, marketing and business development roles with Westinghouse Electric’s global power generation group.
Raphael is responsible for building and implementing EDF RE’s portfolio strategy. He leads the coordinated effort that has allowed EDF Renewable Energy to sell close to 2 GW of net capacity since 2012 in North America, through more than 25 deals. Those asset sales have helped self-fund our development and fuel our future growth. In addition, Raphael manages corporate acquisitions (including OwnEnergy’s in 2015 and groSolar’s in 2016). Raphael also oversees the Distributed Energy Solutions team that offers storage and other innovative behind-the-meter products to large customers. Prior to transferring to the North American headquarters in 2011, Raphael worked for EDF Energies Nouvelles in Paris as Deputy Executive Advisor. There he helped craft the strategy of EDF Energies Nouvelles and took part in several acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Raphael was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company where he primarily focused on the energy and heavy industry sectors. Raphael holds Masters in Management from HEC Paris business school and CEMS (Community of European Management Schools).
For the past three years, Ms. Del Chiaro has served as the executive director of CALSEIA, building it into an effective advocacy and policy organization to serve the California solar industry. She came into the job with over a decade of policy advocacy and organizing experience on renewable energy issues in California. Prior to CALSEIA, Del Chiaro was the Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California where she was a leading voice on several major clean energy policy initiatives including the Million Solar Roofs Initiative (SB 1), the Solar Water Heating Initiative, and the renewable portfolio standards established at the state and local levels. She's authored several clean energy reports and has been quoted widely in the media including MSNBC, NPR, BBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and dozens of local and trade outlets. Del Chiaro, a California native, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. She lives in Sacramento with her husband and two young children, Oliver and Willa.
Chris Diaz is a principal with Seminole Financial Services, LLC (SFS) a full-service national investment management / financial services organization. Mr. Diaz is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and negotiation of renewable energy finance transactions focusing on solar and wind projects between $2 million and $40 million in need of construction / interim financing; permanent debt financing; and tax credit equity. To date SFS has closed over $780 million in Construction and Permanent Financing for Renewable Energy projects, totaling 320+ MW as well as $150 million in ITC tax credit equity. Seminole Financial Services (SFS) provides construction financing; permanent debt financing; and tax credit equity for Renewable Energy Transactions as well as investment management services to various real estate investment vehicles. Currently, SFS manages over $330 million in commercial real estate and renewable energy assets nationwide, for the benefit of various public employee pension and retirement plans. Chris is a frequent National Speaker at industry conferences regarding Renewable Energy Finance and Energy Credits. He has published multiple articles regarding Renewable Energy Finance. Chris is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and an elected Alternate to the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Mr. Diaz has been involved with tax credits and financial services for over fifteen years previously with Credit Suisse, MMA Financial, and the Midland Companies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with emphasis in urban and regional planning from Florida State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Lars Dorr, Director of Business Development, brings over a decade of experience in the renewable industry to Clēnera. As part of the Clēnera team, Lars leads solar project acquisitions as well as greenfield development. At Clēnera, he has managed the origination and evaluation of over 120 utility-scale solar projects and portfolio acquisition opportunities totaling 9,950 MWDC and has successfully closed on 10 of those projects totaling 545 MWDC. Lars started his career in energy as a nuclear engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He then moved on to renewable energy as an owner of the first commercial wind farm in Idaho. He has worked in project development and asset management with multiple global leaders in renewable energy prior to Clēnera, including Eurus Energy, Acciona Energy, and Pattern Energy. Over his career, he has contributed to the success of over 36 solar and wind projects across North America, totaling 1,830 MWAC, and representing total investments of approximately $4.1 billion. Lars holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University.
Julien Dumoulin-Smith, CFA, is Executive Director - Equity Research for the US Electric Utilities, Alt Energy, & IPPs Group, UBS Securities, LLC. Julien has followed a broad spectrum of the space, including both regulated and competitive utilities, ranking #2 among Utilities analysts in the Institutional Investor (II) magazine survey for 2014 and 2015 as well as #2 in the Alternative Energy category in his first appearance in this category in 2015. He was ranked a Rising Star in 2010-12 by the same publication, as well as #1 among Hedge Fund managers from 2012-15. He was placed on FT's StarMine rankings as both #1 Stock-Picker for IPPs in and #3 Stock-Picker for the entire Utility Sector in The Wall Street Journal's Best on the Street rankings for 2011, alongside numerous StarMine distinctions on earnings accuracy, including the multi-utility category in 2014.
Thomas is a passionate leader in the Solar Energy industry, and prides himself on building lasting teams and facilitating alignment and cohesion of business models across diverse projects and programs. He balances the business capability roadmap with energy sustainability and renewable technology solutions, quality, service, and process simplification to achieve a positive return on assets.
Thomas currently serves as President for Soligent Distribution and is responsible for the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the company. Prior to joining Soligent, Thomas served as a member of the Management Board and ran the Solar Energy Division at Fronius USA for over five years. Before his time spent at Fronius USA, Thomas co-founded and managed joint ventures and conducted multiple successful mergers and acquisitions.
Luna leads Spruce’s Finance Product team. In this role, she develops and brings to market a full suite of consumer finance options for residential solar and efficient home improvements. Luna’s role at Spruce builds on her prior consumer finance and environmental expertise: Luna was previously vice president of corporate development at Kilowatt Financial, a solar and energy efficiency consumer finance company; a mortgage bond trader at Glenview Capital, a $10B hedge fund; and a management consultant at Lake Partners with a primary focus on mortgage analytics and specialty finance. Luna's environmental experience comes from her time as a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand, where she conducted climate change research and spent time on an ice-breaker in Antarctica evaluating the impact of elevated atmospheric carbon from fossil fuels. Luna has a BS in earth systems, oceanography from Stanford University and an MS in applied mathematics from the University of Washington.
Marco Garcia has over 25 years of sales management and international business development experience. He has developed and closed scores of landmark PV projects in the U.S. and Europe, including some of the world’s largest solar power plants. His tenure in the solar industry includes sales leadership positions at PowerLight, SunPower, Suntech, and Suniva. As Suniva CCO, he spearheaded the shift in their sales approach from high efficiency cells to Suniva-branded high efficiency modules. As Chief Commercial Officer at NEXTracker since 2014, Marco and his team are responsible for closing approximately 5GW in tracker sales worldwide. Marco Garcia holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Economics from Brown University.
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.
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.
Patrick Gleason is the Director of Business Development at Direct Energy Solar where he is responsible for developing financing products, managing key vendor relationships, and developing strategic initiatives to improve sales and operations. Patrick has experience in not only solar, but also the utility and wind energy sides of the industry. Prior to joining Direct Energy Solar, he worked at Pacific Gas & Electric, with a focus on Finance, Operations, and Strategy. Before that he spent time at EDP Renewables where he focused on wind energy, and Academy Solar where he worked on financial modeling. Before transitioning to the energy space, Patrick spent more than 7 years working in risk and operations consulting for a global consulting firm, Protiviti. Patrick earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, with a focus on Energy and Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Mark Goodreau is Director of Sales at Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. A 10-year veteran of the solar industry, Mark has held senior management positions with leading PV equipment manufacturers and PV syste integrators. He began his career in the semiconductor industry at Texas Instruments, and holds an MBA from Dartmouth College and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
John Grossarth is Director of Commodities at Citigroup, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He has been involved in the commodities markets for over 20 years, and his clients include developers, financial sponsors, utilities, and corporates pursuing renewable energy opportunities.
John spends a tremendous amount of time helping corporates achieve their sustainability goals with renewable energy structures that minimize price, credit, and other material risks typically associated with long-dated renewable energy transactions.
John was also the recipient of the Corporate Citizenship Award from US House of Representative Frank Pallone for his initiatives over many years to enhance and strengthen corporate relationships with non-profits focused on the environment.
Aaron Halimi joined Gardner Capital in October of 2015 as senior vice president of solar development where he oversees the company’s solar development activities, project acquisitions, and joint development agreements. Since Joining Gardner Capital, Halimi has successfully originated and secured over 200 MWs of utility solar projects that are currently in various stages of development, construction, or operation. With nearly 10 years of institutional real estate and solar project development experience, Halimi has evaluated the feasibility of investing in more than $4 billion dollars of real estate and solar across multiple transactions. Prior to joining Gardner Capital, Halimi worked at Borrego Solar where he led the origination and development efforts of 43 MWs of solar, across nine separate transactions, representing $100M of solar project finance. In 2014, Borrego Solar recognized him with the Project Developer of the Year and Project of the Year awards for developing the largest project in the company’s history at that time. Prior to his time in the solar industry, Halimi worked in the institutional real estate investment arena and also developed utility scale solar projects on an entrepreneurial basis. His prior experience includes positions with Trammell Crow Company, Pacific Property Company, and retailers. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He holds a CA Real Estate Brokers License, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and has been published in “The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success, Vol. I-III” (Prager Press, 2011).
Kendall Helm is a PhD economist and has been with the Sempra Energy companies since 2012. Kendall joined Sempra as Manager of Corporate Economics, where she provided research on the company’s valuation, capital structure, and corporate strategy. In 2014, she became Sempra’s Director of Investor Relations. She joined SDG&E in 2016 as Director of Origination and Portfolio Design. In this role, Kendall oversees the procurement of all long-term energy resources. Prior to joining Sempra, Kendall was Senior Economist for International Affairs and Trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she reported to Congress on topics relating to climate change, energy export promotion, and international competitiveness. Previously, she has consulted for clients including the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Georgetown University, and the World Bank. Kendall received a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from the University of Denver and earned a doctorate degree in economics from American University.
Nate Higgs is one of the foremost experts in residential solar sales and financing. Mr. Higgs co-founded Evelar Solar in 2013 and sold one of the first unsecured residential solar loans in the Utah market. He has helped pioneer software based proposal tools which were previously unavailable in the solar industry. Mr. Higgs’ involvement with Evelar has led to personal accolades, including being recognized in the Utah Student 25 in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Top Entrepreneurship Student for 2012 through the Department of Business Management at the University of Utah. Most recently, Evelar Solar was recognized by the Mountain West Capital Network as one of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Utah.
Prior to his involvement with Evelar Solar, Mr. Higgs co-founded RFM Solutions, an internet marketing company focused on residential solar lead generation. Mr. Higgs holds a BS in Entrepreneurship, a minor in Jazz Piano, and was a Presidential Scholar at the University of Utah. He enjoys traveling, boating, and is an avid sports fan.
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.
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.
Dan is the co-founder of 3Degrees, a long-time renewable energy provider. Through its offerings, 3Degrees accelerates the world's transition to a renewable energy economy. Dan is currently the Executive Chairman of the 3Degrees Board of Directors and focuses on 3Degrees' long-term corporate strategy. He served as CEO from the company's founding until January 2015. Under Dan's leadership as CEO, 3Degrees successfully entered the utility green pricing, REC, carbon, and more recently, community solar and direct renewable power purchase markets.
In 2007, Dan co-led the formation of 3Degrees, a spin-off of the 3 Phases Energy Services' division he co-founded and ran from 2002 through 2007. Dan’s professional experience also includes work as a management consultant at Carlisle, Fagan, Gaskins & Wise (CFGW) and at Carlisle & Company from 1996 to 2000, where he served clients in regulated industries. Prior to this, he worked in corporate finance at JP Morgan.
A founding staff member of the company, TJ has been with Inovateus Solar since 2007. Driven by the Inovateus pledge to “Build A Brilliant Tomorrow,” he has been instrumental in developing a world-class solar team that has successfully deployed solar energy projects and products internationally. Under his leadership, Inovateus has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and 2016. TJ was recently invited to the White House to participate in a special briefing on clean energy and also received the 2016 “Outstanding Young Business Leader” award by the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Among his business and community awards, TJ was honored as a 2013 “Forty Under 40” recipient for northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. He is also a board member of the Fernwood Botanical Garden. Before starting his career at Inovateus, TJ worked for General Growth Properties in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College (Chicago) in 2004 with a BA in business management.
Travis Kavulla is a Montana public service commissioner first elected to office in 2010. In addition to his work on the Montana commission, he is involved in Western regional activities to promote efficient markets, the reliability of the grid, and a commonsense response to the EPA’s proposed 111(d) regulations. He is also the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and serves on the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market Transitional Committee. Prior to his election to the PSC, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist, serving as associate editor for National Review and contributing to many other publications. Mr. Kavulla earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard, and was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, England, where he obtained his Master’s. He is a fourth-generation Montanan.
Edmée Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners with managing their solar portfolio risks and asset managers with reducing their asset management costs. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. As a former VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors. Her background as a founder and CEO of a venture-backed telecom service provider brings utility billing, asset tracking and O&M service ticketing experience.
Shawn Kerrigan, Ph.D., has led technology and new product development for Locus Energy since 2010. Kerrigan’s prior experience includes four years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. focusing on the energy industry, where he worked on growth and operations strategies for utilities, solar companies, and other energy companies. He also spent two years as a Senior Investment Associate with Bridgewater Associates, a leading global macro quantitative hedge fund. He earned a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University, where he conducted interdisciplinary research across engineering, computer science and law.
Briana specializes in utility regulation, ratemaking, and policy development. She has been in the energy industry since 2007, spending eight years in energy consulting at MRW & Associates prior to joining Vote Solar. Briana focuses her work on distributed generation rate design, diving deep into utility rate cases to ensure that customers are treated fairly and appropriate policy mechanisms are put in place to support increasing levels of distributed energy resources that benefit customers and the planet.
Lee is director of new ventures for PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC, evangelizing PXiSE Advanced Controller Technology (“ACT”), a patented, high-speed advanced grid control technology developed to meet the evolving needs of the modern energy ecosystem. PXiSE ACT software enables the energy industry to extract greater value from energy storage and increase the amount of renewables on the grid with its unique functionality, enabling zero spinning inertia and reserve, cost-optimized island energy production, blinkless carbon-free microgrids, and fast SCADA for utility-scale renewable energy.
Previously, Lee was director of new ventures for Sempra Renewables, a leading developer of clean energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S. The company jointly owns and operates nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar generating capacity, including two of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S., and an energy storage facility that provides ramping capability to a wind farm in Maui. He was responsible for leading the development of distributed energy solutions including solar, load optimization, bio-methane, electric vehicle charging, energy Blockchain, and microgrids.
Lee has over three decades of experience in the energy and technology industries While working at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, he founded and served as director of smart grid and led SDG&E’s smart grid and electric vehicle initiatives. Lee was twice named one of the top 100 movers and shakers influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and twice recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
Lee is a champion for sustainability on a national level. He serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, where he led the development of the GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI has been used since 2013 to evaluate the status of electric grid modernization in the United States, to identify and promote best practices, and to provide insights to state policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders regarding the progress of their grid modernization.
Lee currently serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry’s first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine, as a business advisor to PI Energy, a startup commercializing nano-photonic materials, and as an advisory member on the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center's Leadership Council.
Prior to joining the Sempra Energy family of companies, Lee led several software development teams at Tandem Computers, and was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Most weekends he performs in improv and musical improv comedy shows.
Andrew Krulewitz leads marketing and corporate strategy at Geli, a provider of end-to-end design and automation software solutions for the energy storage industry. Prior to his time at Geli, Andrew worked as a consultant with Ford's electric vehicle division and as a market research analyst at GTM Research, a subsidiary of Greentech Media. He earned is BA from Colgate University and MBA from the University of Michigan.
Stacey Kusters has worked in the energy field for over 20 years. She began her career at British Columbia Hydro’s Power Smart division, and transferred to Powerex, the marketing arm of BC Hydro in 1986. At Powerex, she was charged with new strategic market development and executing wholesale structured transactions to further optimize the natural resources for customers in British Columbia. In 2001, she joined PacifiCorp in Portland. From 2001 to 2014, she worked in various strategic and operational roles, eventually promoted to manage all of integrated resource planning for six states, market fundamentals, market contracts, structuring, pricing and modeling, as well as origination. She pioneered contracting for utility-scale renewable resources, managed major asset requests for proposals, analyzed integration of renewable resources, and managed renewable compliance and tracking requirements for Renewable Portfolio Standards and environmental policy in states with highly diverse energy policies. She regularly testified before state utility regulators in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and Wyoming on subjects related to resource planning, renewable energy, and policies and strategies to meet regulatory requirements. In 2014, she was recruited to sister company NV Energy, newly acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, as the Vice President of Renewable Energy and Origination, to lead a crash acquisition of all generation resources, the design and implementation of renewable requests for proposals, renewable compliance, renewable customer requests, renewable legislation and strategic policy to meet overall renewable objectives. Recently, she was recruited to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Renewables as the Vice President of Business and Development. She is now responsible for the development, acquisition and financing of renewable generation, distributed generation, and battery technology for this merchant generation business.
Adrian Kwong is the Director of US Distribution & Channel Sales at JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. She is responsible for developing and growing the residential, distribution and distributed generation sales channel. She has been a key contributor to the growth of JinkoSolar’s position in the US residential market. Adrian is a PV industry veteran with 11 years of industry experience, 9 of which have been focused in module manufacturing. Adrian holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Jay Levin, VP of Development, manages acquisitions of utility-scale solar projects for PSEG Solar Source’s growing PV asset portfolio, which currently stands at 315 MW, spread over 17 projects in 12 different states. Mr. Levin is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ with a background in engineering, project finance, supply chain management, and project management. His 9+ years in the solar industry include roles as Director of Business Development at international solar advisory firm Clean Energy Associates (CEA), Director of Operations at Tecta Solar, and Senior Project Manager at Conergy. Prior to joining the solar industry, Mr. Levin spent 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he managed EPC projects for major pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, Merck, and Wyeth. Jay holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA from Temple University.
Nicole Litvak is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US solar market. In addition to tracking the competitive landscape of installers, financiers, and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments, Nicole serves as editor of PVNews, the solar industry's longest running market research periodical. Nicole has prior internship experience in corporate sustainability, solar water heating, and business development. She graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with majors in Economics and Psychology.
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.
Morten Lund is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Development group, and serves as Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative. His experience includes development and financing of a broad variety of energy and infrastructure projects. Morten’s project experience background covers the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from early-stage development through construction, financing, and acquisition/divestiture. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, including hydro-electric facilities, chemical facilities, wind and solar energy projects, forestry/paper facilities, combustion generator projects, large aircraft, cogeneration facilities, shipping fleets, and nuclear energy facilities. Morten also represents companies developing infrastructure technology, including water treatment technology, solar energy technology, and wind energy technology.
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.
Justin Marron is a Managing Partner and Head of Origination for Altus Power America, Inc. Before joining Altus, Mr. Marron served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Conti Solar, a leading global EPC Corporation. Prior to Conti, Mr. Marron co-founded Wind Farm Capital, which was acquired by American Wind Capital/Barclays where he served as the Vice President of Acquisitions. Before Wind Farm Capital Mr. Marron founded Level Communications, a wireless infrastructure firm, which was acquired by Wireless Capital Partners, where he served as Senior Vice President. Mr. Marron began his career when he co-founded Fidelity Communications, a cell tower development company where he served as the Director of Business Development until it was acquired by a publicly traded REIT. Mr. Marron brings over 17 years of business development, finance, renewables, infrastructure, executive leadership and entrepreneurial experience to Altus Power. Mr. Marron holds a BA from Rollins College in Florida.
Peter Mathews leads the North America team as General Manager for SolarEdge in the Americas and is responsible for all business activities. He is a veteran of more than 25 years in the global semiconductor and solar industries in senior sales, marketing and business development roles. He has led various companies through the start-up, IPO and growth phases including Enecsys, Solyndra and FormFactor.
Renewable Energy Strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations. Vanessa Miler-Fels works on renewable energy procurement, investment and strategy. 9-year experience in unlocking capital to develop, at scale, renewable energy and environment projects in both developed and emerging markets, in both the public (former senior adviser on climate finance at the French Ministry of Environment and at the French Ministry of Energy) and private sector (Director Sustainable development at Centuria Capital, a $10+ billion London-based investment fund). French and Indian national, graduated in France from Sciences-Po Paris, ESCP (MBA) and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.
Mike has a track record for building great companies, motivated teams, and successful, ground-breaking solutions to environmental challenges. Joining Zep Solar as CEO in 2010, Mike grew that company from zero revenue to one of the most dominant and lucrative technology platforms in the solar industry. In less than 3 years, the company attained ~50% share for U.S. residential mounting hardware, reached profitability, and was acquired by installation giant SolarCity. He has also served as U.S. President of top tier panel maker Canadian Solar, and CEO of solar pioneers CleanSource Power and QBotix. In his pre-solar chapters, Mike served on the executive staffs of Lipstream Networks (early VOIP market leader), Avaki (cloud-based data services) and Reva (RFID routers), and captained technology spin-off groups at Autodesk and Sports Illustrated. Mike graduated cum laude from Princeton, where he place-kicked for the varsity football team. He received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School. Mike grew up outside of Saint Louis, MO, and remains a devoted Cardinals fan.
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.
As Director Strategic Sourcing at Sunrun Mr. Morbitzer is responsible for the vendor selection, contract negotiations and quality management at Sunrun. He constantly evaluates new technologies on their impact on cost, reliability and usability.
During his more than 12 years in the solar industry Mr. Morbitzer was Managing Director at Renewable Analytics where he advised financial investors on renewable technologies, Director Global Procurement at Trina Solar and Head of Procurement at Germany based S.A.G. Solarstrom. Prior to his career in solar, Mr. Morbitzer worked for more than 6 years at international consulting company Accenture.
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.
Tom is a 17-year energy industry veteran and has been a member of Schneider Electric’s energy management and procurement services consultancy for over 13 years. In his current role he leads the teams responsible for delivering consulting services related to renewable energy procurement strategy, implementation, and ongoing management in the North America and Asia Pacific regions. Schneider’s Sustainability practice offers a full suite of Cleantech and Smartgrid services including renewable and efficient DG sourcing, synthetic and physically delivered off-site PPA sourcing, environmental attribute registration and forward management, customized market intelligence services, and GHG emission reduction strategy and tactical implementation. Tom and his Smartgrid services team provide consulting and sourcing services for the ISO-administered Demand Response markets as well as various transactive energy opportunities in the U.S. and Canada. Schneider’s client portfolio for this service suite includes numerous Fortune 100 companies. Tom earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville.
Andrew is a senior grid analyst at GTM Research, where he has authored research on venture investment, grid modernization, demand-side management and unregulated utility service offerings. His coverage spans across a variety of technologies and services that enable end users to manage energy consumption and costs, with a particular focus on the non-residential market. Prior to joining the analyst team, Andrew worked on digital marketing for Greentech Media's online team. Andrew formerly worked for Climate Corps, a corporate energy efficiency program within the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Green Project at NDN, a think tank and advocacy organization. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.
Mr. Patel has been leading E3’s work on the East Coast with recent engagements involving net energy metering, distributed energy resource adoption, and New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding. At E3 Mr. Patel has also worked with technology companies, project developers, utilities, and other entities on a variety of strategic and financial issues including the future of the utility business model. Before joining E3, Mr. Patel was the Director of Corporate Development and Project Finance at Standard Solar, Inc. a Maryland based solar and energy efficiency engineering, procurement, and construction company. At Standard Solar, Inc. Mr. Patel developed a deep understanding of company operations, corporate development, and the financing of distributed energy resources including various types of energy efficiency measures. Prior to this position Mr. Patel worked in the Energy Practice at NERA Economic Consulting as part of the Oliver Wyman Group in New York City and Washington DC. At NERA Economic Consulting Mr. Patel gained extensive experience with energy markets, energy modeling, and regulatory economics. Mr. Patel earned a Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) degree from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) along with an M.A. in Accountancy from the George Washington University (Washington DC) in addition to a B.E. in Materials Science and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Manan Parikh is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering global downstream markets. Prior to GTM, his work has been extensively research based, centering upon alternative fuels infrastructure development and Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) policy models for the Schatz Energy Research Center and UC Berkeley in Northern California. In California, he was also an ambassador to start-up teams within the Clean Tech Open accelerator as well as a consultant to DOE SunShot Catalyst Award winner, PVComplete. In Washington, DC he worked on biomass policy at the American Council On Renewable Energy. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as the DC-based Clean Energy Leadership Institute in its inaugural class.
Billy Parish is Founder & CEO, of Mosaic, the largest lender for home solar in the U.S., named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company for the past two years. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 340,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and was used to expand Americorps with a new “Clean Energy Service Corps”. He was #22 on Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”, honored as a Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller.
Austin 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
James (Yuyu) Qiao serves as Huawei Smart PV Solution North America’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he held multiple executive positions in Huawei, including the Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Huawei Telecom Energy (2 years), the head of USA Tier 1 Key Account Marketing (6 years), and the Director in Huawei Corporate Strategy & Planning (2 years). Prior to joining Huawei, James held the position of telecom application BU Director of Alcatel-Lucent in China, and he spent 10 years working across multiple telecom network business areas in Alcatel-Lucent. His expertise was across strategy, product solution, and sales & marketing in the areas of energy infrastructure, telecom network, application services, and O&M. James holds a bachelor’s degree in computer communication from Xidian University in China.
Richard Rambaldo is responsible for helping grow Sempra’s Renewable Energy business through deal origination, diligence, structuring and execution.
Richard has been an Energy Technology investment professional for over 10 years. Before joining Sempra, Richard was an Equity Research Analyst at Citigroup covering Alternative Energy. Prior to that, he was at Stark Investments, a $14 billion hedge fund, where he focused on public and private transactions in the Technology and Energy Technology sectors. Richard began his investment career at Pacific Growth Equities where he co-founded the Firm’s Alternative Energy practice.
Richard graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Simon School, University of Rochester.
Phil leads the dedicated Project Structuring team that provides transaction pricing, financial and commercial structuring, and asset portfolio management services to Constellation’s Distributed Energy business line. Since joining the group in 2010, Phil has worked closely with Sales and Engineering & Construction to extend Constellation’s Commercial & Industrial and Public Sector product offerings beyond Solar and Energy Efficiency to also include stand-alone and integrated solutions involving Battery Storage, Emergency Generation, Fuel Cells, and Combined Heat & Power/ Co-Generation plants.
Prior to joining the Distributed Energy sales team, Phil worked for 10 years in the Credit Risk Management Group within Constellation’s marketing and trading organization, where he led credit structuring for large wholesale and retail energy transactions. Phil has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from McDaniel College.
Alan Russo joined REC Solar in October of 2015 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing bringing 10+ years of enterprise and business leadership experience in the power and energy industries.
Prior to joining REC, Alan was Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Bloom Energy leading Executive level engagements within the Fortune 500. During that time, he helped Bloom move from the “imagine a box” concept to successfully deploying and powering critical facilities with hundreds of Bloom systems across the country.
Prior to joining Bloom Energy, Alan worked thirteen years for American Power Conversion (APC) in a variety of technical and front-line management positions, primarily in Europe and Asia. While at APC, Alan spent five years as Country General Manager for Japan based in Tokyo, and one year based in Shanghai, China as General Manager for Greater China and North Asia.
Alan has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
Greg Sellers is Vice President of Residential Services for SunSystem Technology, a leading solar EPC, O&M and Asset Management company. Prior to joining SST, Greg spent three years as VP of Field Operations for Clean Power Finance (now Spruce Finance), overseeing a portfolio that grew tenfold during his tenure. Prior to CPF, Greg founded and led Burnham Energy, the solar industry’s leading residential inspection and permitting company. Greg’s career has focused on improving public and private sector collaboration and growth. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, and has a graduate degree in Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. He spent 12 years as a City Councilmember in Morgan Hill, California, where he lives with his wife and four children.
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 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.
Jaspreet Singh is Sr. Product Manager at Enphase Energy. He is responsible for defining Enphase’s next Generation Microinverters as well as managing the AC Module integration.
Previously, Jaspreet managed utility-scale product portfolio at ABB Solar for US market. Jaspreet has extensive design experience in designing electrical distribution networks in India. Jaspreet has done extensive research on PV power plants and has authored multiple IEEE conference papers and webinar presentations. He is an active participant in interconnection/safety standard development committees, industry working groups on SMART inverters and grid integration of renewable energy.
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.
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.
Sam Sours joined Community Energy, Inc. in the summer of 2010 and brings his multi-faceted skill-set of over 25 years of experience in development, real estate, entitlement, governmental process and engineering to the team. As Regional Development Director, Sam guides strategic and business development through a collaborative approach of off-take opportunity, real estate procurement, corporate partnering, utility and community coordination and project entitlement management in the mid-west and west. Sam also manages project construction efforts for Community Energy’s held assets. Sam developed the 156MW Comanche Solar project along with multiple other solar projects in the Mid-West and West. The financial closing of these projects represents nearly $250M in investments. In addition to the above Sam is managing a pipeline of over 500MW of projects in the Mid-West and West regions. Sam draws from his experience in the development and construction of over $500 Million of commercial assets and public and private infrastructure improvements, to establish and build long term relationships with corporate, institutional and private parties. Prior to Community Energy, Sam was a Development Manager for Panattoni Development Company, an international leader in commercial real estate; and the Rocky Mountain Division Manager for an ENR Top 50 Civil Engineering Firm where he managed a staff of more than 40 engineers and technical staff and established the firm as one of the top development consulting firms in Colorado . Sam holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from the Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (other licenses previously held have since been retired). Sam is the President of a Water and Sanitation District in Colorado.
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.
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.
Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.
Todd Stark is the Vice President of Global Procurement and Supply Chain Operations for Sungevity, a technology-driven solutions provider for residential and commercial solar energy customers in the U.S. and Europe. Sungevity’s asset-light business model focuses on value-added in-house services for software platform development, project management and customer experience. This focus is enabled by a strong, scalable network of third-party providers for asset-intensive and/or lower margin provision of hardware, installation services and financing. Prior to joining Sungevity, Todd held leadership positions at Procter & Gamble and Chiquita, principally in supply chain and other operations capacities. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fair Trade USA, bridging the gap between global coffee and other consumer package goods products and the farmers in 70 countries worldwide that produce them. Todd is the Board Chair of Good World Solutions, a technology based social impact solution for electronics and apparel manufacturers in 16 developing world countries.
Scott Stephens, a Director of Technology Development, is leading NRG Renewables’ solar technology adoption efforts based on comprehensive engagement with upstream technology development and manufacturing firms. Key focus areas include emerging technology diligence, quality assurance process development, market analysis, and technical engagement with tax equity investors. These efforts increasingly include the integration of storage and controls into advanced photovoltaic (PV) systems. Prior to NRG, Stephens served as a portfolio manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Program. In this role, Stephens lead technical management of solar manufacturing projects including due diligence review of over 40 companies as well as technical oversight of construction and operations for ten ground-mount solar projects totaling over 2.5GW and $8.7 billion in debt financing. Prior to the DOE Loan Program, Stephens served as a PV technology manager for the DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. In this role, Stephens managed over $100 million of annual grant funding across universities, national labs, and start-up photovoltaic manufacturers. More generally, this time at the DOE offered Stephens a unique vantage point on an industry undergoing tremendous change. Stephens started his career at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining applications pertaining to optical systems. He earned a M.S. in Physics researching thin film PV at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in MN.
Rebecca Sternberg leads SolarCity’s commercial private sector project development team. Her team serves Fortune 1000 and large private commercial customers in their journey towards solar energy and storage. Prior to joining SolarCity, Rebecca founded and led sustainability consulting and software practices at firms including Accenture and Ernst & Young. In that role, she helped global corporations develop and execute on their sustainability and renewable energy goals. She spent the first decade of her career improving customer and care experiences for healthcare patients. Rebecca has an MBA in Sustainability from Presidio School of Management, a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of York (England) and a BA cum laude from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three children, ages 4,4 and 5, and her dog Raleigh, who provides emotional and comedic support to the family.
James Tong is the CEO of Advanced Grid Consulting, which advises technology and energy providers transforming the electric grid. He is a recognized expert on market structures and strategies for distributed energy resources. His numerous thought pieces on the electric power industry have been widely cited by policymakers, businesses, and researchers. James also served as a principal on a $2.3M research led by NREL analyzing the drivers and barriers of consumer adoption of solar. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a finalist for the Platts Global Energy Awards Rising Star.
James was previously VP of strategy at Clean Power Finance, where he designed and led three projects that were awarded a total of $4.5 million from the Department of Energy. He had also served in various management positions at GE, where he completed its elite commercial leadership program. James earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Hervé Touati is Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He leads RMI electricity practice initiatives in disruptive distributed energy solutions and mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by large corporations, such as the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Sunshine for Mines initiatives. Hervé is also Chairman of Black Bear Energy (BBE), a for-profit spin-off of RMI acting as an owner's representative for Real Estate Investment Trusts in distributed energy. Prior to RMI Hervé held several senior positions at E.ON, Germany's leading utility. He was global MD of the solar and biomass businesses at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He also founded and was the first CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, E.ON's distributed energy business. Earlier, Hervé served as a leading expert for the energy sector with McKinsey & Co.
Robert began his career in the energy industry in the year 2000. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recruited Robert out of grad school into a management rotation program in their Commercial Operations Department. There he spent 6-month terms on each of the real-time, day-ahead and term-trading desks and in the Commercial & Industrial Sales Division. PG&E's National Energy Group, based out of Bestheda, MD, brought Robert to the U.S. in 2002 where he traded term energy contracts in the Ontario IMO, NYISO, and MISO power markets. In 2004, Arizona Public Service (APS) brought Rob to Phoenix where he worked extensively on the development of renewable wholesale generation and large distributed energy projects. Leaving the utility space in 2008, Robert joined SOLON Corporation and was responsible for the development of both distributed and utility scale solar PV power plants. In 2012, Robert was recruited by M+W Group to develop the EPC power plant business unit. Today Robert holds the position as Vice President, National Accounts and works with select key clients such as BHE, Duke Energy, EDF-RE, E.On C&R, First Solar, MN Power and Xcel Energy on EPC power plant solutions.
Claudia Wentworth is co-founder and CEO of Quick Mount PV, a solar roof mount manufacturer based in California. As CEO, Claudia leads the effort to create the guiding vision and strategic direction for the company. Claudia serves on numerous industry association boards and is a passionate advocate of consumer and professional education in the solar industry. She also serves as the company's lead ambassador to the solar industry and was recently named as of the “Top 10 Women in Solar Energy” by theenergycollective.com. Claudia has been active in the solar industry since 2000 and in the green building and construction industries for more than 20 years. Claudia co-founded Quick Mount PV in 2006, and is co-inventor on multiple utility patents on mounting technologies.
Michael Wheeler is the Vice President of Policy Initiatives at Recurrent Energy, a leading utility-scale solar project developer. Michael leads a team that oversees the company’s domestic legislative and regulatory affairs agenda at the state and federal level. He is the Board President of the Large-scale Solar Association. Michael has been intimately involved with supply side policy development in California including the SB 43 Green Tariff Shared Renewables program, as well as demand side program development including Energy Upgrade California. Prior to joining Recurrent Energy in 2011, Michael worked for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) leading Residential Energy Efficiency in the Energy Division as well as being the Transmission Advisor to former Commissioner Grueneich. Michael has also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Michael received his Masters Degree in Energy Policy from the University of Delaware.
Chris leads Spruce’s marketing and customer training programs. He has spent more than 20 years creating value for businesses and consumers at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in the energy, technology, defense, and construction industries. Chris has spent the last six years in residential and commercial solar finance, as well as solar manufacturing technology. Previously, Chris managed international channels for a US subsidiary of defense giant BAE Systems PLC, and led channel marketing for Interline Brands, a national distributor of building supplies. Chris also spent time in client services for VML, a global digital marketing agency, serving clients ranging from Bayer to Intuit TurboTax. Prior to that, he led business development for a manufacturer in the semiconductor and defense industry. Chris has a BS in Marketing from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of North Florida.
Mack Wyckoff has over 20 years in the energy and building controls industries. He is currently the Sr. Mgr. of Renewable Energy, responsible for project origination of onsite and offsite wind and solar, fuel cells, waste to energy, electric vehicle charging and energy storage.
Previous to his current position, Mack served as Sr. Mgr., Energy Systems and Technology Development with responsibilities for research, development and demonstration of energy and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. As Director of Building Controls, Mack was responsible for remote access, control and operation of all electrical and mechanical loads managed through Energy Management Systems and corporate power restoration program for more than 4000 domestic and international Walmart sites.
Abe Yokell is Managing Partner and co-founder of Congruent Ventures, an early stage venture firm that backs companies in the sustainable technology ecosystem.
Prior to co-founding Congruent Ventures, Abe spent 13 years at RockPort Capital, helping the RockPort team build nearly half of its portfolio, with a primary focus on business models and software solutions that address climate change challenges. While at RockPort, he was responsible for opening the West Coast office in 2007, where he helped lead investments in energy fintech, residential solar, companies focused on blending software and hardware, data analytics platforms, urban transportation solutions, and energy storage companies.
His RockPort board seats included Renovate America, RePower, Qnovo, Flywheel, and EcoFactor, and he was previously involved with Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), Streetline Networks (acquired by Kapsch), Recurve (acquired by Tendril), and Eka Systems (acquired by Cooper Power), among others.
Alex Zhu is President of SFCE America, responsible for all project development, product sales, M&A and investment in the North America region for Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE), the leading global clean energy solutions provider. SFCE products and services include Suntech and Suniva solar modules, Powin energy storage systems, Lattice LED lighting products and Meteo Control monitoring systems. SFCE also markets a unique Energy Cost Saving Agreement (ECSA) that enables commercial & industry building owners to reduce their energy costs for free and just share the savings. Prior to SFCE, Alex was Managing Director of Suntech America and global head of Product Management and Development (PDM) for Suntech Power. Alex joined Suntech in 2008 from the semiconductor industry where he held various management positions in engineering, operations and marketing. Alex earned his BS from Fudan University in Shanghai, MS from National University of Singapore and MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.