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George Ashton, Founder and CFO, Sol Systems
George Ashton, a co-founder of Sol Systems, has been a critical contributor to the vision and conceptual development of the SREC Services and Project Finance businesses. His strategic responsibilities include on-going ideation and process implementation with the goal of ensuring that Sol Systems is a transformative financial intermediary in the renewable energy finance space. His daily responsibilities include managing the SREC Portfolio team and leading the Investor Advisory Services group. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Ashton spent more than a decade in the capital markets sector working with investments, securitization, trading, and financial analysis. In the last year of his previous position at Fannie Mae, he managed more than $20 billion in asset purchases and cultivated and developed business relationships with some of largest banks and investment firms in the country. Mr. Ashton has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a dual BS from the College of William and Mary. He was recently appointed to the Maryland Clean Energy Center by Governor O’Malley, and won the 2013 CFO of the Year award from the Washington Business Journal. His charitable activities include supporting the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for promising disadvantaged male youths in Washington, DC, and the Community Ministries of Rockville.
Zach Axelrod, CEO, Skyline Innovations
Zach Axelrod started his career in the energy industry as a wholesale power market analyst at ICF International. He moved to Director of Market Solutions at GridPoint Inc., an Arlington, VA based smart grid company, where he structured smart grid transactions while building one of the industry’s first comprehensive financial models. Mr. Axelrod left GridPoint in August 2009 to start Skyline Innovations with the idea of helping mid-sized businesses implement clean energy solutions through an easy to understand shared savings model. Before GridPoint, he worked in power market analysis, including valuation of power generating assets and financial modeling for power market transactions at ICF International.
Ron Binz, Principal, Public Policy Consulting
Ron Binz is a principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy economics and policy. His recent clients have included Dow Solar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ceres, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Future of Privacy Forum and American Efficient, among others. On June 27, 2013 President Obama nominated Mr. Binz to become Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). His nomination was vigorously opposed by the coal industry and conservative political groups, who argued that he would be too friendly to low-carbon resources like renewable energy and energy efficiency. Following a confirmation hearing in a U.S. Senate committee, Mr. Binz asked the President to withdraw his name from further consideration on September 30. Until April 2011, Mr. Binz was the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, appointed in 2007 by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. As Chairman, Mr. Binz led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.” Mr. Binz was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy. He is a member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, and recently served on the Keystone Energy Board and the Advisory Council to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Binz has testified before Congressional committees sixteen times. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1971 and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1977. Mr. Binz also completed course work for a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.
Sam Brooks, Director of Energy & Sustainability, D.C. Department of General
Services Sam Brooks directs energy acquisition (~$100M/yr) for government facilities in DC, and his Division manages a range of sustainability programs — from energy efficiency (~25M in retrofits) to recycling to storm water. Accomplishments include: near completion of one of the largest government renewable energy deals ever, with low-cost, fixed-price, and off-site wind supply for ~50% of the government’s electricity load; award-winning energy efficiency program that leverages real-time electricity data to drive unprecedented energy savings for DC government facilities; innovative ‘smart roof’ program that comprehensively analyzed all available options for DGS’ 250 acres of roof space, including solar PV, green roofs, white roofs, daylighting, and solar thermal; anticipated Q1 2014 procurement for multi-site (>20) aggregated solar project that could double DC’s entire installed solar capacity. Prior to the DC government, Sam helped start and run a local energy efficiency contracting firm, and he’s still recovering from nearly a dozen years in political campaign management.
Bob Carey, President, Abraham & Roetzel
Bob Carey is President of Abraham & Roetzel since May 2012. He has more than 27 years of government, military, and private sector experience. Previously, Carey served as Director of the Dept. of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, which helps military and overseas voters exercise their right to vote, advocate at the federal, State and local level on their behalf, and provides election management assistance to States and local election officials. Under his leadership, military voter participation improved 21% and more than 27 States adopted online ballot delivery systems through a first-ever $25 million grant program. He served as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval War College, and served seven times as Commanding Officer of various U.S. Navy Reserve units. A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and the Naval War College, he also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Georgetown University, the Center for Financial Management Studies at the University of London, and the Keenan-Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina
Matt Carlson, CEO, Sunnovations
Matt Carlson is CEO of Sunnovations Inc., a cleantech startup based in McLean, VA that has brought to market revolutionary technology for residential solar water heating. He is also Vice Chairman of the US Solar Heating & Cooling Alliance, the industry trade organization. Mr. Carlson was founding CEO of Pangea, a telecommunications firm that built and operated a 7,000km fiber-optic network in northern Europe. Prior to Sunnovations, he led business development at a division of management consulting firm The Corporate Executive Board. Mr. Carlson received his BA from Duke University and his MBA from Georgetown University, and was a Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SW Connecticut/NY Hudson Valley Region) in 2001.
Tony Clifford, CEO, Standard Solar
Since 2007, Tony Clifford has led Standard Solar’s rapid growth into a nationally known PV developer/ EPC. Mr. Clifford began his career at Solarex Corporation, which became BP Solar after being acquired by British Petroleum. Throughout his career, Mr. Clifford has served as chief executive officer or chief financial officer of three high growth technology companies that were acquired by major corporations. He is an elected board member of SEIA, serves on SEIA’s Executive Committee and also served as the president of the regional chapter of SEIA, MDV-SEIA from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Clifford is the author of a DOE report entitled Tax-Advantaged Investments in Renewable Energy Projects; and received a “Special Achievement Award for Technology Demonstration” from the U. S. Secretary of Energy. He was awarded the 2011 Industry Leader Award by the Maryland Clean Energy Center, for his contributions to the advancement of solar and other clean energy resources in the state. Mr. Clifford earned his MBA at University of Virginia’s Darden School and his undergraduate degree at Penn State.
CJ Colavito, Director of Engineering, Standard Solar
As the Director of Engineering, Mr. Colavito serves as Standard Solar’s primary technical expert responsible for technical communication with customers and suppliers, review of system design, oversight of the engineering process, and assurance of compliance with all applicable building and electrical codes. Mr. Colavito and his engineering team produced more than 15 MW of PV system designs dispersed over more than 40 sites in the past two years. Mr. Colavito was responsible for establishing Standard Solar’s commercial engineering and design department along with a comprehensive library of PV system analysis and calculation resources. Mr. Colavito has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has been a Registered NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer since 2009 and is also a Certified Renewable Energy Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers and a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Technical Sales Professional.
Dianne O. Corsello, Manager, Customer Solutions Renewable Energy and New Technology, Dominion Virginia Power
Dianne O. Corsello is manager of Customer Solutions for Renewable Energy and New Technology at Dominion Virginia Power. Mrs. Corsello joined Dominion in 1981 in the northern Virginia, Springfield office, and moved in 1985 to the company’s headquarters located in Richmond. She has more than 30 years of experience in the transmission and distribution business. Mrs. Corsello has held numerous management positions in Design, Construction and Customer Service. She assumed her current position in October 2010. Mrs. Corsello is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s renewable energy and new technology programs. These programs include solar arrays, battery storage, LED Lighting, electric vehicles and other future equipment end-use customers may adopt for their homes or businesses. Mrs. Corsello is a graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in business. She is a member of the North Carolina GreenPower Board of Directors, a past board member of the Math and Science Innovation Center, a member of the Solar Electric Power Association and a member of the EEI Electrification Task Force. Mrs. Corsello has previously provided testimony before the State Corporation Commission of Virginia.
Nicholas Culver, Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nicholas Culver is an Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he publishes REC price forecasts, supply and demand analyses, and market commentary for clients of the US REC Market service. His previous experience includes solar PV asset management for Distributed Sun and regulatory analysis for the New York Power Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from Connecticut College and a Masters in Energy Policy and Finance from Columbia University.
Kerinia Cusick, Managing Director, SunEdison
With a background in energy policy and renewable energy financial analysis, Kerinia Cusick is responsible for managing SunEdison’s North America policy team and guiding the regulatory and legislative strategy in the US. In this role, Ms. Cusick works with legislators, regulators, and energy offices to create solar friendly policies. Ms. Cusick joined SunEdison in 2009 from a renewable energy consulting firm. She started her career in aerospace, became interested in solar power and chose to study energy policy while working on her Master’s. Ms. Cusick holds an MS in Systems Management from USC, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.
Seamus Cussen, Vice President, Kingspan Solar North America
Seamus Cussen is the Vice President of Kingspan Solar’s North American operation. Kingspan Solar is part of the Kingspan Group PLC which is a $3 billion multinational manufacturer of sustainable construction products. Following Kingspan’s expansion to the US, over four years ago, Mr. Cussen has played an integral role in developing the company’s strategy and development within North America. He has worked for Kingspan for 8 years since joining the company’s first-ever graduate recruitment program. Prior to joining the Kingspan Group, Mr. Cussen obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters in Management at the Smurfit Business School in Dublin, Ireland. He has been heavily involved in the solar industry in US over the past four years and has played an integral part in driving awareness and new legislation in various states across US through his work various agencies and associations.
Frank DePew, Principal & CEO, Urban Grid Holdings, LLC
Frank DePew serves as CEO and President of Urban Grid Holdings, LLC. He brings valuable experience to the Urban Grid team in terms of fund management, investment planning, project financing and contract negotiation. He was formerly a pension advisor at the Life of Virginia prior to founding the Mid-Atlantic Pension Group (MAPG) in 1991. In August 1998 MAPG along with 8 other pension firms was acquired by ABR Information Systems and Frank served as President of the combined company, ABR Retirement Plan Services, Inc. He concurrently served as CEO of ABR Investment Advisors, Inc. Following an acquisition of ABR by Ceridian Corporation in 1999, Frank served as President of Ceridian Retirement Plan Services, Inc. He retired from Ceridian in late 2000 to become an independent investor involved in various market and entrepreneurial transactions. In 2003, he founded Chesapeake Smart Homes, a high-end theatre and home automation company. In 2010, Frank became involved in the solar development business, starting Urban Grid Solar of Maryland, and during 2011 founding Urban Grid Holdings, LLC. Frank is a graduate of the University of Richmond and further studied toward a PhD at SUNY Stony Brook.
Vincent Duane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, PJM
Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Duane was vice president and general counsel for the North American and Caribbean businesses at Mirant Corp. He previously served as vice president, secretary and general counsel at Southern Company Energy Marketing. Mr. Duane began his career in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he represented public power and industrial consumer interests. Mr. Duane is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Energy Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. Mr. Duane earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University, a Juris Doctor with honors from University of Maryland School of Law and a master of science with honors from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
Andrew East, CFO & Executive Vice President, Alternate Energy Technologies
Andrew East is the CFO and Executive Vice-President for Alternate Energy Technologies, the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar thermal energy systems. He’s responsible for developing and implementing successful sales and marketing strategies for a variety of companies which led to contracts and partnerships with: NASCAR, NBA, MLB, NHL, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Workscape, Microsoft, Mellon Financial, and American Club Systems (ACS). In addition, he has been implementing strategic planning, business development, structuring alternative financing instruments, and the management of investor relationships. Previously, East has helped several start-up phase companies secure financing, develop business and marketing plans and launch their initial product offering into the market. East is a graduate of Duke University and earned a B N Duke Scholarship where he majored in Chemistry and Economics, before pursuing a Masters in Chemistry from NC A&T University. He was also accepted into the MD/PhD program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jeffrey W. Eckel, President and CEO, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure
Mr. Eckel is President and CEO of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (NYSE:HASI). Structured as a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital is a specialty finance company that provides debt and equity financing for sustainable infrastructure projects. Mr. Eckel’s experience spans 30 years and includes the creation and management of energy service companies, as well as project and corporate finance functions. He has held senior executive positions as CEO of EnergyWorks (Bechtel’s early foray into renewable energy), as CEO of Wärtsilä Power Development (a leading international IPP developer for much of the 90’s), and with Booz Allen in its energy practice. Mr. Eckel received a B.A. from Miami University and an M.P.A. from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and currently studies at St. Johns College. Mr. Eckel has served on the Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland, since its inception in 2008 and is the current Chair. Additionally, Mr. Eckel is a member of the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s advisory council.
Piper Foster, Vice President, Amatis
Piper Foster is the VP of Amatis Controls in Aspen. The firm manufactures electronics to power The Internet of Things. The focus is on metering and control technologies for distributed energy generation, lighting, and mechanical systems. She is president of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association Board, and an active participant in the ASTM Working Group on a National Heat Meter Standard. Foster is a German Chancellor Fellow, through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She spent eighteen months in Berlin ending in 2011. There, she worked for Ecologic Institute, an environmental and policy research consultancy. Her research in Europe focused on renewable energy finance through the feed in tariff, and comparative EU spatial planning policy for distributed generation. She worked previously as the Campaign Strategist at Energy Smart, charged with implementing a Department of Energy grant for residential and commercial energy efficiency. She is the former executive director of the Aspen-based Sopris Foundation.
Whitman Fulton, CEO, Infinite Invention
Whitman Fulton is a cleantech entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in renewable market forecasting and analysis, business model development for distributed generation, and programmatic deployment of energy efficiency and renewables. He focuses on developing and applying emergent technology in order to unlock transformative business models. Mr. Fulton is currently CEO of Infinite Invention, a two-time award recipient of the DOE’s Sunshot program, and developer of the Solar Socket, a technology for plug-and-play interconnection of residential PV to the grid.
Gary S. Guzy, Deputy Director & General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Gary S. Guzy currently serves as the Deputy Director and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Guzy brings 25 years of environmental leadership experience in business, government, and academia to the job. Prior to his appointment, he served as VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of APX, Inc., the leading infrastructure provider for environmental and energy markets. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Guzy also served as the Global Practice Leader for Climate Risk and Sustainability at Marsh, Inc., and was their chief strategist and spokesperson on climate and sustainability issues. He was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1998 to 2001. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Katherine Hamilton, Co-founder, 38 North Solutions
Katherine Hamilton is a co-founder of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm specializing in clean energy and innovation. As a Director at QGA Public Affairs, Ms. Hamilton introduced energy efficiency, smart grid, and trade association clients into the portfolio of the firm’s clean energy team. She served as President of the GridWise Alliance for over two years, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Ms. Hamilton was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a current portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She was previously Co-Director of the American Bioenergy Association and ran her own company, The Hamilton Group which lobbied Congress and statehouses on various clean energy policies and funding. Ms. Hamilton worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) first in the research area, then as Manager of Government Relations in Washington, DC. She worked for nearly a decade for Virginia Power (now Dominion Energy), designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments and later as senior analyst in commercial energy efficiency. She currently serves as an expert on smart grid for Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency (www.institutebe.com) and is on the Executive Counsel for the Johnson Controls and USEA Energy Efficiency Forum. Ms. Hamilton studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne.
Robert Harris, Vice President of Engineering, PowerSecure International
Robert Harris is the lead engineer for PowerSecure designing power distribution and automation systems from low voltage 120/208VAC systems to medium voltage 69kV systems. Before joining PowerSecure, he served in Applications Engineering for Eaton Electrical and served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Operator. He is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power System Relay Committee, where he is a contributing member of many Working Groups.
Mike Healy, Director of Market Development, Skyline Innovations
Mike Healy is the Director of Market Development and Government Affairs at Skyline Innovations, a solar thermal finance and development company, leading the company’s market development efforts, including new business development, strategic partnership development, and government affairs. Mr. Healy also consults with the Solar Energy Industries Association on Solar Heating and Cooling policy issues and has been the chief architect and issue campaign manager for numerous solar policies across various state, including Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Prior to Skyline Innovations, Mr. Healy led the photovoltaic division of smart grid company, GridPoint, where he focused primarily on utilizing solar PV as a distributed peaking power resource and established a national network of solar PV installers. He currently serves as vice president on the board of the Maryland – DC – Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, and serves on the board of the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).
Tom Hecht, VP, Sales and Marketing, tenKsolar
Tom Hecht brings 20 years of commercial experience in highly competitive and dynamic industries to tenKsolar. Immediately before tenKsolar, Mr. Hecht was President of SCHOTT Solar PV, where he led all sales, marketing, business development and product management in North America. Before that, Mr. Hecht led global business development activity for MiaSolé, a venture backed CIGS thin film PV manufacturer. At MiaSolé, he led the enterprise from market requirements and initial product definition through to first commercial orders. In addition, Mr. Hecht brings 15 years of experience in product management and business development from the telecom industry, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Development for Riverstone Networks, a manufacturer of carrier grade Ethernet routers. While there, he was responsible for executing the sale of the company to Alcatel – Lucent. Mr. Hecht holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Doug Hinrichs, Clean Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration
Doug Hinrichs manages the Solar, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Gam
e Changers, and Clean Energy Grant Program for MEA, and advises Smart Energy Communities on their renewable energy goals, policies and strategies. Mr. Hinrichs studied Biology as a Pre-Med in undergrad at the University of Illinois, and Alternative Energy in graduate school at the same institution. Prior to serving MEA in the public sector, Mr. Hinrichs provided technical support to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense as a consultant in the private sector. He gets immense grief for working in Hawaii in support of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, where he helped that state set aggressive renewable energy goals and become the first to adopt Feed-in Tariffs to meet those goals. For Maryland, Mr. Hinrichs works with the solar industry to accelerate the market adoption of solar technologies through strategic market support,policy and regulatory analysis, outreach and education,and innovation.
Francis Hodsoll, Founder & President, E&E Frontiers
Francis Hodsoll is a highly networked executive who combines business development and general management expertise with strong strategy, finance, policy and performance management capabilities. His expertise is in international power plant development, finance, green energy, sustainability, energy efficiency, hydro, solar, wind, biomass, and natural gas. Mr. Hodsoll has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors including CFO for a power plant owner and operator; Deputy Director of the Federal regulator for offshore energy; and VP in charge of a distributed energy project development group.
Brent Hollenbeck, CEO TimberRock Energy Solutions, Inc.
Brent Hollenbeck has 20 years of combined executive leadership in the military and private sector. While in the Marine Corps, Hollenbeck had a wide array of assignments culminating in a tour of duty at Camp David where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Hollenbeck earned his MBA from Mt. St. Mary’s College upon leaving the Corps and has held senior roles in sales, marketing, business development and general management within Philips N.A., Airpax Corporation, Sensata Technologies, Potomac Energy Fund & TimberRock Energy Solutions.
Hollenbeck’s experience has been heavily focused on energy-related M&A activity and business development for $150M+ energy management product lines. He has had full P&L responsibility for operating divisions with domestic and international operations and enjoys strong professional and customer relationships throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has lead the identification, acquisition and integration of both technology start-ups and mature businesses. As an executive of Maryland-based Airpax Corporation, Hollenbeck worked with other executive management and investors to increase EBITDA and achieve target investor returns.
Yuri Horwitz, Founder and CEO, Sol Systems
Yuri Horwitz is the Chief Executive Officer at Sol Systems. He has lead the company since its inception in 2008, and focuses on the strategic development and growth of the business as a renewable energy investment bank for institutional and private capital clients. Mr. Horwitz has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields for the last decade and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar finance and SRECs. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. He has also provided pro-bono assistance to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Surfrider Foundation. He serves on the Board of the regional SEIA chapter, and has presented at dozens of solar finance conferences and guest lectured at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. He regularly consults with states and Public Utility Commissions on solar markets and has helped a number of states and regional transmission organizations to implement their solar renewable portfolio standards. Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary.
Michael Judge, Associate RPS Program Manager, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Michael Judge is the Associate Manager of the Massachusetts RPS Programs and has managed the state’s RPS Solar Carve-Out Program since it was launched in January 2010. In this role, Mr. Judge carries out most of the day-to-day administrative duties related to the RPS programs, fields questions related to the programs, provides market participants with up to date information, and assists in the drafting of program regulations, guidelines, reports, and other related studies. Prior to his time at DOER, he worked at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on the implementation and administration of their solar rebate programs. Mr. Judge is a graduate of UMass Amherst.
Tom Kimbis, Vice President for Executive Affairs, and General Counsel, SEIA
Tom Kimbis leads the development of strategy to promote solar energy across the U.S. As Vice President of Strategy & External Affairs, he oversees the departments of Communications, External Affairs, Membership, and Research. He also provides legal services to SEIA as General Counsel. Mr. Kimbis has been working in renewable energy since 2000, when he began supporting research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 2005, he created the Market Transformation effort within the Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) at DOE to help technologies cross the chasm from R&D to commercialization. He served as Director of Market Transformation through 2009, when he began service as Acting Program Manager, managing the entire $170 million solar energy program of the United States. While at DOE, Mr. Kimbis was a founder of the Solar America Initiative, a billion-dollar effort to accelerate solar commercialization. He led the creation of the Solar America Cities program, a DOE partnership with U.S. cities to develop innovative methods for the adoption of solar energy technologies. Prior to his work in solar, Mr. Kimbis headed a DOE legislative team, founded a real estate investment firm, and practiced litigation for a multinational law firm. He currently serves as Chairman of The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit promoting the increased use of solar energy through education and research.
Laura Bruce Klein, Managing Director for Distributed Generation Project Finance, SunEdison
Laura Bruce Klein is Managing Director for Distributed Generation Project Finance at SunEdison where her team is responsible for financing the company’s pipeline of commercial-scale solar projects in the U.S. She has been a part of the project finance group since May 2010 originating, structuring, negotiating and closing tax equity and debt transactions for a range of solar projects. Prior to SunEdison, Ms. Klein worked at the World Bank’s carbon credit funds developing climate-friendly infrastructure projects across the globe. She has also held short-term consulting engagements with Duke Energy, PG&E, and Good Energies, and served in policy development roles at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pew Environment Group. Ms. Klein received a MBA and MS in environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a BA. from Columbia University.
Thomas Koerner, General Manager, Canadian Solar
Thomas Koerner has joined Canadian Solar in December 2012 as the General Manager for its US operation (Canadian Solar (USA) Inc.). Having an extensive technical and business background and experience in the semiconductor and electronics area, Mr. Koerner has been working the past 11 years in various leading management & board positions in the solar industry. Prior to joining Canadian Solar, Mr. Koerner was the General Manager North America for Astronergy Solar (the solar division of the Chint Group) being responsible for all business related activities including sales, marketing and market strategy and introduced Chint Solar / Astronergy to the North American Market. Mr. Koerner also supported Astronergy in its worldwide product strategy and product marketing activities as the Head of Global Product Management / Marketing. Prior to this, Mr. Koerner worked for Schuco Solar in Germany as their Division Manager PV and authorized signatory (Prokurist) of Schuco. As member of the management team solar and the management team of Schuco he was overseeing all global engineering, product management, product marketing, service, purchasing and go-to-market activities. Mr. Koerner also supported the build-up and growth of the solar activities in the US for Schuco Solar. He completed his studies as an engineer in Semiconductor and Microsystems Technologies with a Master in Electrical Engineering (MEE) from the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany and a Master of Business and Engineering (MBE) degree from the Steinbeis University Berlin in cooperation with the Kelly Business School in Indiana, USA and the University of Kitakyushu, Japan.
Nat Kreamer, President and CEO, Clean Power Finance
Nat Kreamer is the President, CEO and member of the board of directors of Clean Power Finance. He is also the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Mr. Kreamer’s original idea to finance solar for consumers led him to co-found SunRun, which he led as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kreamer was the President and member of the Board of Directors of Acro Energy Technologies, a residential and commercial solar integration company. He created the Chicago Climate Exchange market-making business for Pioneer Futures and worked in power industry financial consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. An officer in the US Navy (Reserves), Mr. Kreamer is an Afghanistan war veteran, where he served in the Special Forces and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He has a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from Rice University.
Stephen Lacey, Senior Editor, Greentech Media
Stephen Lacey is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media, where he writes about the the business and politics of cleantech. He is also host of the Energy Gang Podcast, a weekly conversational digest of energy news. He was formerly Deputy Editor of Climate Progress, a climate and energy blog based at the Center for American Progress, and an editor/producer with Renewable Energy World. He received his B.A. in journalism from Franklin Pierce University.
Minh Le, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE
Minh Le is the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the at the US Department of Energy where he helps manage and balance the $1B multi-year portfolio of Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment programs to achieve the goals of the SunShot Initiative. The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with other forms of energy by reducing the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% before 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Prior to his current role at the DOE, Mr. Le spent his career in the semiconductor and solar industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Mr. Le earned his SB and SM degrees from MIT where he held fellowships by the DoD, DoE, and the Bose Foundation.
Tom Leyden, CEO, Solar Grid Storage LLC
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980, when he launched a solar‐thermal sales and integration company in Maryland and Virginia. Since then he has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water‐pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he was Managing Director of SunPower’s most productive US commercial systems operation. Prior to Solar Grid Storage he was VP of the commercial division of SolarCity. Mr. Leyden has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and MSEIA, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Mr. Leyden holds a BA from Princeton University.
John Lushetsky, Executive Director, U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force
In 2011, John Lushetsky was selected as the Executive Director of the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) which was chartered by the Secretary of the Army to lead the execution of the Army’s large scale renewable energy goals. In this position, he has responsibility for all Task Force activities to develop 1 gigawatt of large-scale, renewable energy projects. This includes screening and development of candidate projects and preparation of competitive procurement and other actions to leverage up to $7 billion in private financing. He was previously the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Program, where he had responsibility for DOE’s program to develop and commercialize advanced solar technologies including activities to address large-scale project grid integration, regulation, financing and other market barriers. Lushetsky holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and an M.S. and B.S. with High Honors in Engineering Science from the University of Florida.
Sanjiv Mahan, Vice President of Business Development, Washington Gas Energy Systems
Mr. Mahan is Vice President of Business Development in Washington Gas Energy Systems. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization to offer custom clean energy solutions to both Federal and Commercial Clients in the US. Mr. Mahan is also responsible for building a portfolio of energy assets for clients that are owned and operated by WGES, for which the client benefits from clean energy solutions that deliver savings in their overall energy costs. WGES currently owns and operates solar energy assets in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and New Mexico for various clients. Prior to his current role in WGES, Mr. Mahan was Division Head of Business Services within the BPO Business Unit in Washington Gas. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Mr. Mahan was a Director of IT Operations with Nextel Communications. He was part of the team responsible for merging Nextel and Sprint from a technology perspective, and recommending rationalization of vendors and services as part of the merger. Mr. Mahan holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary, in Virginia and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science, from Howard University, in Washington DC.
John Marciano, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
John Marciano is a transactional lawyer who focuses on providing tax, legal and commercial advice to a broad range of clients in the energy and financial sectors. Mr. Marciano regularly advises clients on energy tax credits, government incentive programs, project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and deployment strategies. Most recently, he has advised clients on numerous multi-billion dollar renewable energy transactions. His client representations range from startups and governmental entities to Fortune 500 companies. He is the editor of a comprehensive resource on grants from the United States Treasury Department, the author of numerous articles relating to project development and financing strategies and a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics related to the energy industry.
Peter Matthews, General Manager, SolarEdge
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.
Geoff Mirkin,Vice President, Solar Energy World
Geoff Mirkin has spent the majority of his career with Homefix Corporation, focusing on market expansion. In 2000, Mirkin purchased one of Homefix Corporation branches and grew sales by more than $4 million per year until 2008, when he sold his interest in Homefix. In 2009, Mr. Mirkin and his partners launched Solar Energy World which is a self performing residential and commercial solar integrator. Mr. Mirkin’s leadership roles include sales, marketing, training, operations and customer relations. Mr. Mirkin now sits on both the board of directors and the policy committee of Maryland/DC Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). He brings a track record of building successful organizations, combined with a passion for renewable energy. Mr. Mirkin was born and raised in Montgomery County Md. He currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife Franki of 18 years and his daughter Paige 15 and son Max 12.
Colin Murchie, Director of Public Policy and Electricity Markets, SolarCity
Colin Murchie is a Director of Public Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity, the nation’s largest residential solar installer. Previously, Mr. Murchie worked with SunEdison, the nation’s largest provider of solar energy services, and at the Solar Energy Industries Association working on issues as diverse as state electricity market regulation and deregulation, second-generation feed-in tariff design, technical standards for interconnection of distributed energy sources, and new business models for utility adoption of solar energy. He worked extensively on the initial passage of the Maryland solar RPS and is himself a Maryland resident.
Matt Orlins, Senior Legislative Counsel on Transportation and the Environment, D.C. Council
Mr. Orlins is Senior Legislative Counsel on the Committee on Transportation and the Environment at the Council of the District of Columbia, chaired by Councilmember Mary Cheh. In his time at the Council, Mr. Orlins has worked on several major pieces of legislation relating to solar energy, including the Distributed Generation Amendment Act of 2011, the Energy Innovation and Savings Amendment Act of 2012, and the Community Renewable Energy Act of 2013. Mr. Orlins also follows utilities, parks and recreation, education, and business issues at the Council. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and Denison University.
Rick Peters, CEO, Solar Energy Services
Rick Peters is the president of Solar Energy Services, the regional leader in the design-build of commercial scale solar water heating systems. In addition to leading SES in this solar contracting niche, Mr. Peters and his team manage a robust solar PV and solar water heating installation business for residential and small commercial customers. Since entering the solar industry in 2008, Mr. Peters has been involved in regional solar policy initiatives at the state and local level, serving on the board of directors of the regional solar trade association since 2010, and as president of MDV-SEIA since 2012. Prior to entering the solar industry, Mr. Peters was a partner and vice president at Dataprise, a regional information technology services company. His earlier professional experiences include work as
an engineering project manager for the US Navy as well as various manufacturing management positions for a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Peters holds a mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.
Chris Quatermann, Director of Strategic Planning, HelioSage Energy
Chris Quarterman is responsible for establishing the company’s national project development strategy. Managing a research team focused on an in-depth analysis of the various regulatory, financial, and technical factors that create a viable solar market or solar project, Mr. Quarterman provides guidance and strategic direction regarding the deployment of HelioSage personnel across specific states, programs, service territories, and calendar intervals. He is also responsible for leading the firm’s direct development activity with utility off-takers. To date, these collective efforts have resulted in over 150 megawatts of solar Power Purchase Agreements executed with various utilities nationwide. Prior to joining HelioSage, Mr. Quarterman worked in research and content management for SNL Financial’s Energy Group, with a focus on natural gas and LNG assets, and prior to that as a Financial Analyst for Gallatin & Company in New York. Chris holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Jason Rooks, President, Clean Energy Strategies, LLC
Jason Rooks is a Georgia native with more than a decade of experience lobbying the Georgia General Assembly and consulting on political campaigns in Georgia. He is currently serving as Director of Government Affairs for GaSEIA. Mr. Rooks also directed Taxpayers for Energy Efficiency, a successful statewide ballot initiative campaign in 2010. As a well-respected voice on renewable energy and energy efficiency, he has helped create numerous clean energy incentives through legislation and regulatory actions at the Georgia PSC. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of Georgia Conservation Voters. Prior to that, founded a start-up company in the Silicon Valley, and he started his professional career as a practicing attorney Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Rooks received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Rooks and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in an Earthcraft house with a 4 kW solar system on the roof.
Anya Schoolman, Executive Director, DC SUN
Anya Schoolman has been working on environment and sustainable development for more than 25 years. She spent nearly 10 years in the Federal Government at the US EPA and the Department of the Interior and the following 10 years working as a strategic advisor for NGOs and Foundations on strategy, grant-making, campaign design, base-broadening, energy policy, voter engagement and program development and design. She founded the Mt. Pleasant Solar Coop five years ago with her son Walter. As President of the Mt Pleasant Solar Coop, she has led a city-wide effort in Washington, DC to make solar accessible and affordable to anyone who wants it. She has assisted more than 70 homeowners in Washington DC to go solar and has helped foster the creation of 11 sister coops that joined together to form a city wide organization called DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN). She is the founder of the Community Power Network.
Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting & Founder of SunEdison
Jigar Shah grew up Sterling, Illinois, a rural town of about 15,000 due west of Chicago. From that unassuming beginning, Mr. Shah became the person who unlocked a multi-billion dollar worldwide solar industry with a business model innovation, not a new technology. This model created SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide. Through SunEdison, Mr. Shah discovered he could make positive change through business and financial model innovation in many industries. Today, as CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, he works with global companies in a multitude of industries to deploy existing clean energy solutions fueled by new business models. After SunEdison was sold in 2009, Mr. Shah was appointed the first CEO of the Carbon War Room. He sits on the boards of the Carbon War Room, SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, and Empower Energies. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Mr. Shah is proud to be an Eagle Scout.
Jonathan Silver, Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow, Third Way
Jonathan Silver’s work focuses on energy policy and energy finance. He is also a Senior Advisor on Energy Investments to The Riverside Company, a multi-billion dollar investment firm, a member of the board of the energy efficiency company, EEmax, a leading player in the tankless water heating industry, and on the Advisory Board of Sol Systems. Prior to joining Third Way, Silver held a senior Presidential appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led the largest single-purpose investment fund in the world, the federal government’s $50 billion dollar program in alternative energy. Under his leadership, the program grew to become the largest project finance effort in the U.S. During his tenure, the agency committed over $40 billion to 42 clean energy projects with total project costs of over $63 billion. The program’s 23 generation projects will produce over 32 million megawatt hours, enough to power nearly 3 million homes. Cumulatively, the portfolio avoids over 38 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking 4.5 million vehicles off the road.
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group
Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, which he founded which he came on full time to lead in 2000. The firm facilitates clean distributed energy. Previously, Mr. Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of SEIA the National BioEnergy Industries Association. He also cofounded and ran for three years the US export consortium of all the renewable energy trade associations, the US Export Council for Renewable Energy. Prior, Mr. Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby, and for three years, he served as Washington Director for two years and Acting RD&D Director for one year of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Mr. Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s. He serves on the Boards of Directors of two national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change) and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. Mr. Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol” and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy.” On November 4, 2010 Secretary Locke approved Mr. Sklar’s appointment to the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC), and in 2013 was re-appointed as its Vice Chairman through June 2014. Mr. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University and also is an Affiliate Professor at CATIE, a United Nations-founded sustainable development university based in Costa Rica.
Dana Sleeper, Associate Director, MDV-SEIA
A native of Maine and a GWU graduate, Dana Sleeper’s most recent roles include Senior Associate at Hanover Research and Executive Director at the Binaytara Foundation. Ms. Sleeper is fluent in Japanese and spent over a year teaching English in Japan. She also serves as Committee Sponsorship Chair for the Ralph Verde Foundation, a non-profit that provides need-based scholarships to high school students. In her free time, Ms. Sleeper visits parks in the DMV area with her French Bulldog, jogs the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and plays Settlers of Catan with her friends.
Anthony Smith, President and Chief Executive Office, Secure Futures
Anthony Smith serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Secure Futures, a Staunton, VA based solar development company. He brings over 30 years experience in energy efficiency, solar energy, and community economic development. He served as founding first chairman of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association; founding Executive Director of the Community Energy Development Corporation in Philadelphia; business consultant in creating the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (which later formed the first energy efficiency utility in the country); Commodity Trading Advisor in energy futures; National Program Leader for USDA in Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development; and founding Executive Director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc. As Associate Professor he teaches marketing, innovation and social entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and MBA levels at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. He serves as a board member of the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA), and serves as the Chairman for the Virginia Committee of the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). He earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania.
Ken Stadlin, President, Kenergy Solar
Ken Stadlin founded Kenergy Solar and is responsible for Kenergy’s day-to-day operations, as well as the company’s internal and external development. Nearly every decision he makes, from ‘on-shore’ sourcing of products to raising funds for underserved community projects, is driven by his deep commitment to socially proactive business practices and to building a sustainable solar industry. In addition to his responsibilities at Kenergy, Mr. Stadlin was elected board member of the MD, DC, VA Solar Energy Industries Association in 2010 for his industry development work. Among his many accomplishments was the preservation of net metering in Maryland, the very premise that allows integrated energy solutions. sustainable solar policies. Ken received his MBA from University of Maryland and BS from
University of Virginia.
Mary Elizabeth Tighe, Senior Technical and Policy Advisor, FERC
Mary Elizabeth Tighe is the Senior Technical and Policy Advisor to Chairman Jon Wellinghoff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She advises the Chairman in his consideration of policy matters, and in particular regarding his high priority for designing wholesale markets that integrate demand resources, renewables and other emerging technologies. Ms. Tighe has over thirty years of energy industry experience, with expertise in the economic analysis of developing markets. Previously at FERC, she managed the Market-Based Rates program and the production of the Office of Market Oversight and Investigation’s first State of the Markets Report. From 1997-2002, Ms. Tighe was the Vice President/Director of Regulatory Affairs for Statoil Energy/Amerada Hess Corporation. Prior to that, Ms. Tighe was the Director of the Integrated Resource Planning Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission. She began her career in an independent public utility consulting firm, performing analyses and presenting testimony in utility rate proceedings. Ms. Tighe received her B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and also did her graduate work in economics at Georgetown.
Richard Weihe, Managing Director, Karbone
Rich Weihe has over nineteen years experience in the energy and environmental sectors in a variety of roles including investment management, environmental credit trading, and engineering consulting project management. At Karbone, he spearheads business development activities and oversees the firm’s practices in renewable energy brokerage and market research. Prior to Karbone, he was a senior investment analyst with RNK Capital where he originated and directed investment analysis on a variety of private equity and project-related renewable energy and environmental credit transactions associated with the solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and biofuels sectors. Prior to RNK Capital, Mr. Weihe held a variety of commercial and management positions in the energy and environmental risk management sectors. Mr. Weihe began his career at AECOM, where he managed environmental investigations in the energy and waste management sectors.
Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman, FERC
Jon Wellinghoff was named Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by President Barack Obama on March 19, 2009. First appointed as a Commissioner to FERC in 2006, Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law attorney with 37 years experience in regulatory, consumer and commercial law. Prior to joining FERC, he was in private practice focusing exclusively on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation. He served two terms as the State of Nevada’s first Consumer Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities and authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. He also was the primary author of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Act. Chairman Wellinghoff’s priorities at FERC include opening wholesale electric markets to renewable resources and providing a platform for participation of demand response and other distributed resources in wholesale electric markets, including energy efficiency and local storage systems such as those in plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles (PHEVs and EVs). In addition, he is focused on promoting greater efficiency in our nation’s energy infrastructure through the institution of advanced technologies and system integration. As Chairman, he created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI), which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC’s jurisdiction. Designated by the Obama Administration to be a Principal in the Joint U.S./China Strategic and Economic Dialog in 2010, Chairman Wellinghoff participated in diplomatic discussions with China’s energy leaders. In 2011, he successfully negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FERC and China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). He is co-chair of the Smart Response Collaborative launched jointly by FERC and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is a member of NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. The Chairman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Electric Efficiency and served as an advisor to the Defense Science Board’s Energy Policy Task Force. He is the Co-Chair of the Executive Leadership Team of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Green Transmission Efficiency Initiative. Chairman Wellinghoff also advises the Energy Foundation and the NRDC on U.S.-China energy policy matters. He has been a guest lecturer at universities around the U.S. that include, the Vermont Law School; the University of California, Berkeley; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Princeton University; George Washington University; the University of San Diego and the University of Oregon.
Jing Yu, Vice President, WINAICO USA
Jing Yu is the Vice President of WINAICO USA, a leading Taiwanese based manufacturer of high performing solar modules and storage systems. WINAICO has established salesand marketing offices in many counties. She established WINAICO’s U.S. operation in 2012 and created a dealer network of licensed installers. Ms. Yu is responsible for coordinating all marketing/sales efforts as well as the managing administration and accounting functions. Previously, she was based in Germany and served as Key Account Manager for WINAICO’s German entity. She earned her industry knowledge after 5 years in the German solar market. Ms. Yu has an Electrical Engineering degree from University of Hannover and an MBA from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. She is fluent in three languages, Chinese, German and English.