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Nextility Joined MDV-SEIA as a Gold Sponsor for Solar Focus 2014


Nov 14



Nextility joined MDV-SEIA as a Gold Sponsor for the 8th annual Solar Focus Conference. Zach Axelrod and Mike Healy, CEO and Director of Market Development at Nextility, respectively; also joined as speakers for the event. Mike Healy also serves as a MDV-SEIA Board Member. MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with Nextility, a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active solar stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic.

Nextility, formerly known as Skyline Innovations, guarantees customers’ savings by providing a fixed discount to their utility rates for water heating. This complete customer solution finances, installs, monitors and maintains clean, reliable commercial-scale solar water heating systems at no upfront cost to customers. Found in 2009, the company is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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About Zach Axelrod

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 (now known as Nextility) 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.

About Mike Healy

Mike Healy serves as Vice President of MDV-SEIA. He is a partner and Director of Market Development for Nextility (previously known as Skyline Innovations) in Washington, DC, a solar thermal finance and development company. He leads the company’s market development efforts, including new business development, strategic partnership development, and government affairs. Prior to Nextility, Mike 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. Mr. Healy spent a several years on Capitol Hill as an energy policy specialist, and has been actively engaged with policy makers at the state and federal levels, most recently focusing on solar thermal policy initiatives.



Founded in 1984, MDV-SEIA represents the interests of photovoltaic and solar thermal developers, financiers, equipment manufacturers, installers, distributors and component suppliers serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Our members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial and institutional customers throughout the region.

MDV-SEIA delivers on policy formation and advocacy, market representation, networking, education, and additional benefits to our 100+ members representing more than 2,000 direct jobs in our region. In the last few years, MDV-SEIA’s leadership has resulted in increased state requirements as well as increased penalties for non-compliance, creation of a solar thermal market, improvements to net metering, and game changing gains in the deployment of solar.

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