EVENT

Solar & Energy Storage Summit 2025

23-24 April 2025

08:00 - 17:00 MT

Omni Interlocken Hotel, Denver, CO

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Registration for the 18th annual Solar & Energy Storage Summit is opening soon.

2024 sponsors included

 

You are invited to join us from 23-24 April 2025 in Denver

2025 promises to be an eventful year for the US solar and storage sectors. The 2024 presidential election could lead to policy changes and adjustments to the IRA which have the potential to impact the growth of renewables in the US. Guidance on the IRA tax credit rules is expected to lead to increased investment in the sector, as capacity announcements begin to come to fruition and new projects go ahead.

Wood Mackenzie’s 18th annual Solar & Energy Storage Summit will bring together 400+ senior leaders from US solar and storage developers, utilities, IPPs, offtakers, RTOs/ISOs, and state and federal government. Develop relationships with decision makers in technology, finance, operations, development, engineering, origination, and procurement.

 

Attending organizations in 2024 included:

 

ABB Gotion Peregrine Energy Solutions
Acadia Infrastructure Capital GP100 Energy Advisors Permitting Council
Advantage Capital Greenskies Clean Focus Photon Vault
AESC, Inc. GridStor Pine Gate Renewables
Ageto Energy GridVest Partners Pivot Energy
Algonquin Power Heliene Inc. Point72
Alternus Energy Hexagon Energy Portland General Electric
Amalgamated Bank Illinois Power Agency Primergy Solar
Amber Kinetics Incubator PureSky Energy
Ameresco Intelligent Renewables  QCells USA Corp
American Clean Power Association Invinity QE Solar 
American Securities JinkoSolar RealX Ventures
Amperon Juba Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) REV Renewables
Apex Clean Energy Jupiter Power RMI
Atheva Key Capture Energy RotorVault, Inc.
Ava Community Energy Kimley-Horn Rushton Atlantic, LLC
Avantus Krannich Solar USA West RWE Clean Energy
Bachmann Electronic  Kruger Inc Saber Power Services
BayWa r.e. Langan Engineering Sandia National Laboratories
Bellus Ventures Latitude Media San Jose Clean Energy
Black & Veatch Let's Share the Sun SB Energy
Blattner Company Leeward Renewable Energy Segue Sustainable Infrastructure
Bloomberg (News) LG & E Sempra Infrastructure
Blue Ridge Power LGCY Power Shepherd Solar LLC
California Energy Commission Lightsource BP Shell
California Public Utilities Commission Lime Rock New Energy Sinotec Solar 
Canadian Solar Inc Linea Energy Silicon Ranch
Cargill-Power Systems Local Initiatives Support Corporation Solar Proponent LLC
Clark Public Utilities Long Duration Energy Storage Council Solaris Energy
CleanCapital Longroad Energy Solectria
Clearway Energy Group Lower Colorado River Authority Soltec 
Coast Energy Marathon Capital SOLV Energy
Congruent Ventures Marmon Utility Spearmint Energy
Continuum Renewables Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources SRP
Convergent Energy and Power Microsoft Stem Inc
Cosmos energies MN8 Energy Stodzy Internet Marketing
Crowe LLP MOL(Americas)Holdings,Inc. Stonebridge Securities
Crux Mosaic Strategic Management Group
Cypress Creek Renewables National Cooperative Bank TD Cowen
Dartboard Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Tennessee Valley Authority
DNB Bank ASA Nevados Terra-Gen
DSD Renewables North American Electric Reliability Corporation Tesla
Eco-Energy New Energy Equity Tipmont REMC
e-STORAGE New Leaf Energy Inc Transatlantic Power Holdings 
Edison International New Sun Road Trina Solar US
EDP Renewables North America Nexamp U.S. Bank
Elecnor Hawkeye NextEra Energy Resources UL Solutions
ENGIE North America Nextracker US Department of Agriculture
ENGIE Renewables North America Noon Energy US Department of Energy
EnTech Solutions (Div. of Faith Technologies Inc.) Novis Renewables LLC US Light Energy
Evergrow Nissan North America Vesper Energy
Estuary Power NJR Clean Energy Ventures Vivint
ExxonMobil Nucor Waaree Solar Americas 
Farallon Capital Management NY Green Bank Wartsila
Firstlight NYSERDA Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
FlexGen OMCO Solar Wireless Policy Group LLC
FranklinWh Omnes Capital Wood Mackenzie
Foothill Ventures OnePlanet Solar Recycling World Kinect Corporation
GameChange Solar Ojjo, Inc WTW
GCube Insurance Services OWC (ABL Group) Yaskawa Solectria Solar
GE Vernova Origami Solar zipdragon ventures  
GemdaleUSA Ormat Technologies, Inc. Zitara Technologies Inc
Generac Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  
GenPro Energy Solutions Peak Power Inc.  

 

Join us in Denver, CO to gain crucial insights for the success of your projects, with agenda topics including:

  • How will the 2024 US election change the policy landscape for solar and storage
  • The impact of new policies and potential adjustments to the IRA
  • Capacity increases and project announcements resulting from further clarity on IRA tax credits
  • Supply-chain developments: from global geopolitics to domestic production
  • The latest trends in solar and storage development at utility, C&I, community, and distributed scales
  • Technologies and innovations for getting the most out of solar and storage assets
  • 300+

    Attendees

  • 12+

    Hours of Content

  • 50+

    Industry Speakers

  • 8+

    Hours of Networking

Would your organization like to sponsor the Solar & Energy Storage Summit?

Commercial partnership opportunities include; Thought Leadership, Brand Awareness, Exhibiting, and Hospitality. To discuss further, please contact Kathy Arnold in the sponsorship team on sponsorship@woodmac.com

 

 

Registration is opening soon.

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one organization are also available.

Contact Anna Conklin, Customer Manager on events@woodmac.com for more details

A ticket to attend includes:

  • Exclusive and inspiring insights from the Wood Mackenzie team of subject matter experts and industry leaders
  • Peer to peer connectivity that includes speed networking to match project buyers with sellers and solution providers with potential customers.
  • Access to the event app: Find out who you will meet and Manage your time to gain the most from the agenda over the two days
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Re-cap on the essential information with speaker presentation downloads (where permission has been given) post-summit

 

 

 

2024 speakers included:

This summit not only provides an unrivalled platform to network and do business, but also leverages Wood Mackenzie’s expertise, thought leadership and contacts at the world’s leading solar and energy storage organizations to provide a forum where the industry can assess the needs of the markets and evolve business models for the ever-changing energy landscape.

 

 

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Registration is opening soon.

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one organization are also available. For more information, contact Anna Conklin, Customer Manager at events@woodmac.com

Sponsors

Would your organization like to sponsor the Solar & Energy Storage Summit?

As a commercial partner, your organization will be mixing with the industry decision-makers and influencers, seeking investment, partnerships, and the latest business enhancing-technologies.

  • Demonstrate thought leadership

The Solar & Energy Storage Summit 2024 is a key channel for high-profit business transactions. Position your brand in front of international delegates and explore new business opportunities.

  • Launch your products & showcase innovation 

The summit will be a great opportunity to connect with the entire value chain while gaining exclusive insights from our team of subject matter experts and leaders in the industry.

  • Host one of our networking functions

Connect your company with the industry's most important stakeholders, enabling you to forge new partnerships and demonstrate your business strength, innovation, and expertise.

  • Online presence

Wood Mackenzie event sponsorships provide a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to reach a wider audience beyond the physical event. Your company will receive dedicated exposure on our event website, social media platforms, email marketing campaigns, ensuring maximum visibility and engagement among our online community.

To discuss all opportunities in more detail, please contact Kathy Arnold in the sponsorship team on sponsorship@woodmac.com

 

2024 Platinum Sponsor

OnePlanet Solar Recycling

Founded by veterans of the metals manufacturing, recycling, and solar energy industries, OnePlanet Solar Recycling is uniquely suited to provide truly scalable and sustainable recycling solutions for asset owners, installers and developers in the solar industry.

2024 Gold Sponsors

Heliene

Heliene is one of North America's fastest-growing domestic module manufacturers serving the utility-scale, C&I, and residential markets. With an in-house logistics team and remarkably responsive support staff, Heliene delivers competitively priced, high performance solar modules precisely when and where customers need them to accelerate North America's clean energy transition. Founded in 2010, Heliene is recognized as a highly bankable module manufacturer and has production facilities located in Ontario and Minnesota.

Origami Solar

Origami Solar is the developer of a patented steel solar panel frame that will transform the solar industry through high-speed domestic production, dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions and superior strength and durability versus aluminum. By sourcing steel from an established industry ecosystem, solar module manufacturers can eliminate supply chain constraints, accelerate the transition to carbon-free energy, and level the global playing field for module production. Origami Solar was awarded the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize competition in 2022 and PV Magazine’s Manufacturing Innovation of the Year in 2023, recognizing the disruptive value and market potential of a high-performance steel module frame.

Trina Solar

Founded in 1997, Trina Solar has led the PV industry in technological innovation and manufacturing excellence for over 25 years. With more than 170GW of cumulative global shipments, including more than 90GW of 210mm modules, Trina’s PV modules and suite of smart solar solutions deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy to homes, businesses, and power plants. With a history of innovation and bankability, the company engages in a wide range of PV activities, including R&D, manufacturing, sales, project development, and energy cloud-platform operation. From its North American headquarters in Fremont, California, the company employs a diverse, nationwide team of experts in engineering, technology, sales, finance, marketing, operations, and more, to help US solar developers and EPCs deliver project success. The company is currently developing a 5GW manufacturing base in Wilmer, Texas.

2024 Silver Sponsors

Canadian Solar

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is a global energy provider with successful business subsidiaries in 20 countries. Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar PV modules, a provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and a developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects. Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ (CSIQ) since 2006. The company is one of the world’s largest solar module suppliers and has more than 13,000 employees globally. 

Nextracker

Nextracker is a leading provider of intelligent, integrated solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and distributed generation solar projects around the world. Its products enable solar panels to follow the sun’s movement across the sky and optimize plant performance. With plants operating in more than thirty countries worldwide, Nextracker offers solar tracker technologies that increase energy production while reducing costs for significant plant ROI. For more information, visit Nextracker.

Zitara Technologies Inc

Batteries have a big role to play in tackling the climate crisis, and it’s essential to make sure that they’re safe and reliable to operate. At Zitara, we build cutting-edge software solutions that empower companies to deeply understand their batteries, both in design and deployment. It’s all part of our work to enable a renewable energy revolution, powered by safer batteries, at a lower cost, with less waste.

2024 The Interchange Podcast Exclusive Sponsor

Convergent Energy and Power

Convergent Energy and Power (Convergent) is a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America. Convergent has over a decade of experience financing and managing all aspects of the energy storage development cycle to help customers reduce electricity costs and increase reliability. The company’s commercial, industrial, and utility-scale assets can yield seven-figure savings while advancing the clean energy transition. Convergent’s proprietary asset management platform, PEAK IQ® leverages machine learning and deep market knowledge to optimize asset performance and maximize value. Convergent has over $1bn invested in or committed to assets in operation or under development across North America. For more information, visit convergentep.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

2024 Associate Sponsors

Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems

Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems, a leader in the electrical utility industry, brings decades of expertise to the renewable energy market. Hendrix spacer cable offers a cost-effective alternative for medium-voltage collector circuits in utility-scale solar and wind applications. By placing multiple circuits on a single pole, you can greatly reduce the right-of-way requirements and eliminate the heat entrapment and de-rating suffered by UG cable. With robust, weather-resistant cables, Hendrix ensures maximum durability and minimal maintenance, making our systems ideal for remote and harsh locations.

Solar4America

Solar4America is the third-largest American solar module manufacturer. We build reliable, latest-technology products for residential, commercial, and utility projects at our Sacramento factory located on the former McClellan Air Force Base. We will take a major step toward reshoring the supply chain next year as we begin high-efficiency n-type cell manufacturing in Sumter, SC.

Yaskawa Solectria Solar

Yaskawa Solectria Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yaskawa America, Inc. and the largest inverter manufacturer based in the USA, with headquarters in Lawrence, MA, and world-class production facilities in Buffalo Grove, IL and Oak Creek, WI. The Yaskawa Solectria Solar product family features the American-made SOLECTRIA® XGI inverters for 1500V utility-scale systems, a full lineup of string combiners designed for the XGI inverters, 1-2MW factory-integrated Power Racks, and DC-coupled and AC-coupled storage solutions.   All of Solectria’s three-phase utility inverters are made in the USA with global components. Meeting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) definitions of a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) item, this also qualifies our inverters as domestic end products, compliant with the Buy American Act (BAA) and enables our customers to qualify for the 10% Domestic Content Bonus Credit under the new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provisions. Leveraging the strengths and resources of Yaskawa America, Inc., Solectria’s experienced engineering and product development team has created the highest quality solar inverter product line that is unmatched in the PV industry. Solectria is backed by Yaskawa, with over 100 years of power electronics and inverter experience and continues to provide new innovations in the marketplace.  To learn more please visit www.solectria.com.

Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

With the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, Omni Interlocken Hotel is the perfect choice for a Colorado getaway. Within easy reach of Denver, Boulder and Estes Park, it’s a place for relaxation or exploring the great outdoors. Rooms overlook the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and lush vistas, where glowing sunsets color the valley. One of the most popular hotels in Broomfield, CO, Omni Interlocken Hotel welcomes guests with five bars, cafes and restaurants.

 

 

Discounted rates for accomodation are available.

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Why attend the Solar & Energy Storage Summit 2025?

Networking opportunities: Bringing renewable projects to completion requires the collaboration of many partners and stakeholders. The speed networking session at this year’s Solar & Energy Storage Summit which will match project buyers with sellers and solution providers with potential customers. Maximize your networking time and fast track your projects by conducting short, targeted meetings with your prospective clients and partners. This fast paced format will allow you to connect with other attendees.

 

Solar & Energy Storage Summit Attendees by segment

 

Insight into project developments: Gain valuable insights into the latest solar and storage project developments including updates on ongoing initiatives, and breakthrough technologies, for a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape and potential future opportunities. 

 

Solar & Energy Storage Summit Attendees by seniority


Partnership opportunities: The summit provides a platform to forge new partnerships within the North American solar and storage industry. By interacting with industry leaders, you can identify potential collaboration opportunities and form strategic alliances. 

 

Solar & Energy Storage Summit Attendees by Job Function

 

Candid conversations: Engage in candid conversations with our thought leaders on research that has not yet been reported. By participating in panel discussions and interactive sessions, you can gain insights into the challenges, opportunities, and real-world experiences of industry experts, enabling you to broaden your knowledge and perspective. 

 

Stay updated on critical trends and technologies: The North American solar and storage industry is constantly evolving, with new trends, technologies, and challenges emerging regularly. Stay up to date with the latest developments in solar and storage. You can learn about cutting-edge technologies, innovative strategies, and regulatory updates, enabling you to make informed decisions and stay ahead of the curve. 

 

 

 

 

2024 Attendees Included:

ABB, Ageto Energy, OnePlanet Solar Recycling, Algonquin Power, Broad Reach Power, Clearway Energy Group, Cosmos Energy, Heliene, Canadian Solar, California Public Utilities Commission, NYSERDA, Nissan North America, Rocky Mountain Institute, American Clean Power Association, RWE Clean Energy, Silicon Ranch, US Department of Energy, Soltage, New York Independent System Operator, US Light Energy, Vivint, Origami Solar, SB Energy, Leeward Renewable Energy, NY Green Bank, Spearmint Energy, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and more...

 

Highlights from Solar & Energy Storage Summit 2023

Registration is opening soon.

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one organization are also available. For more information, contact Anna Conklin, Customer Manager at events@woodmac.com

Rob Martorano

Chief Investment Officer

Greenskies Clean Focus

Rob Martorano drives fundraising. He brings more than 30 years of executive experience in investment banking, accounting, and renewable-energy financing and leasing. Prior to joining Greenskies and Clean Focus, Rob was Executive Vice President for OneRoof Energy a residential solar platform. Rob was Director Asset Finance for Citibank with a focus on solar and wind tax equity transactions that utilized power hedges. As President of Meridian Asset Finance, which arranges and advises on tax equity for alternative energy, Rob represented companies such as Google, Northland Power, Aegon, and Fuel Cell Energy along with many other investors and developers in the space. Rob was with Deutsche Bank Securities for 15 years, where he was the Americas Head of the Asset Finance and Leasing group, based in New York. The group covered conventional and renewable power, tax monetization, project finance, and equity investing. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Rob worked on several IPOs and led the refinancing of the companies’ assets to provide reduced cost and additional liquidity. Previously, Rob was a Vice President of Finance and Administration at Computer Leasing and a manager at Ernst & Young. Mr. Martorano is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive,) and he earned his BSA in Accounting from Villanova University.

Sam Mangrum

EVP Project Execution

Leeward Renewable Energy

Sam Mangrum, Executive Vice President of Project Execution at Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE), is a seasoned leader with a rich background in the construction industry. With over 27 years of experience, he has demonstrated expertise in International Project Management, Negotiation, Procurement, Budgeting, Value Engineering, and Operations Management. Sam's extensive leadership spans diverse construction projects, including commercial, heavy civil, environmental remediation. wind, solar, and battery storage. His role at LRE involves overseeing development engineering, procurement and all aspects of active construction projects; ensuring the successful transition of projects to asset management and providing support to various departments within LRE to foster the growth of the development pipeline. Prior to joining LRE, Sam held various positions, progressing from project field roles to the Director of Operations for multiple construction firms specializing in Renewable Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects with a focus on self-perform services. His direct management encompassed around 4.5 GW of wind EPC construction and 2.4 GW of solar EPC construction across 36 countries. Additionally, he managed approximately $750 billion in environmental remediation projects in the U.S., Caribbean, and South Africa. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University.

Bernie Jordan

Executive Director

Let's Share the Sun

Bernadette is a Project Manager for Jordan Energy. She has three years of experience as Executive Director of Let’s Share the Sun Foundation. She received her Master’s in Social Innovation at the University of San Diego in 2018. She has five years of experience in managing teams and executing federal grants.

Alkesh Shah

Senior Director, Development Engineering

Leeward Renewable Energy

Alkesh has more than 25 years of engineering experience in power generation including 14 years in renewable energy. As the Senior Director of Development Engineering, Alkesh leads Leeward’s multi-discipline subject matter expert engineering team supporting solar, storage and wind development and construction portfolio. At Leeward, Alkesh has led engineering for 1.3GWh of battery storage and 1GW of solar construction projects and supports 20GW portfolio of solar, and battery storage projects under development. Prior to Leeward, Alkesh led EPC engineering team at First Solar supporting over 6GW of utility scale solar and storage development and construction projects. Alkesh is a member of NFPA and IEEE Power Engineering society. He is also a participant in NFPA 855 Task Groups and IEEE Solar and Wind Collection Design Working Group. Alkesh holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona.

Ian Black

VP of Development

ENGIE North America

Ian has over 15 years experience in utility-scale renewables. Prior to leading development for ENGIE North America, Ian was a leader in renewable energy procurement and innovation at Amazon Web Services, and prior to that in wind, solar and energy storage development at EDFR. In his career, Ian has permitted, contracted and built over 6GW of utility-scale projects, including 1.5GW of long-duration BESS. Ian is from Colorado, is an avid snowboarder, surfer and a part-time triathlete. Ian has a wife and three wonderful kids who keep him humble and remind him every day why his work is relevant. Ian holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, and an MBA and MSc from the University of Michigan.

Jason Burwen

Vice President, Policy and Strategy

Gridstor

Jason was previously Vice President of Energy Storage at the American Clean Power Association (ACP), as well as interim CEO and Vice President of Policy at the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), where he built and directed the energy storage industry’s comprehensive federal, state, and regional market policy advocacy strategy from 2015 to 2023. His advocacy directly shaped the energy storage federal investment tax credit in the Inflation Reduction Act; the directives of FERC Order 841; several state deployment targets; capacity accreditation reforms in PJM; and other laws and regulations pertaining to energy storage. He has been cited as an expert on energy storage technology, policy, and markets in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, NPR, the New Yorker, and numerous trade publications. Earlier in his career Jason directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy innovation and tax policy as the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center; consulted to utilities on demand response program design at FSC Group/Nexant; and reviewed utility renewable energy contracting processes for the California Public Utilities Commission. Jason holds MA’s from the University of California – Berkeley’s Energy and Resource Group and Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as a BA from Columbia University.

Patrick Shoop

Senior Manager, Advanced Energy Solutions

Ameresco

Patrick oversees the development of large-scale energy storage and related clean energy resources for Ameresco’s Federal & Utility Solutions team. He also manages interfaces between Ameresco’s storage subject matter experts and external parties such as battery suppliers, consultants, and strategic partners. Patrick brings over a decade of experience spanning emerging energy technologies, electricity markets, policy, and project development. Previously, at Recurrent Energy, he managed energy storage development, origination, vendor management, and market operations with an emphasis on large-scale projects. Prior to Recurrent, he provided market intelligence and technical consulting on energy storage and advanced grid resources at Customized Energy Solutions. His earlier experience included emerging technology strategy consulting with a consultancy spinout of the SRI International research institute, as well as building efficiency work with Johnson Controls. Patrick holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford University.

Eric Beightel

Executive Director

Permitting Council

Biden-Harris Administration Presidential appointee Eric Beightel serves as the Executive Director of the Permitting Council. As Executive Director, Beightel assists Permitting Council member agencies in managing a portfolio of nearly $100 billion in large-scale infrastructure projects— including those in the renewable energy, coastal restoration, broadband, and electricity transmission sectors. Executive Director Beightel assists federal agencies in developing and implementing comprehensive, project-specific timetables for all required infrastructure permitting reviews and authorizations for FAST-41 covered projects, advancing the administration's goal to build innovative and transformative once-in-a-generation infrastructure. A nationally recognized expert in the environmental and infrastructure fields, Beightel brings more than 20 years of experience to the Permitting Council, including significant time spent in federal service. Beightel’s extensive public and private sector experience honed his command of the National Environmental Policy Act and his capacity for solving complex environmental permitting problems on the local, state and national level. His experience includes serving as a senior environmental policy advisor at the Department of Transportation, developing and implementing strategies to reduce permitting and review timelines while delivering better outcomes for communities and the environment. He also worked as a policy advisor at the Office of Management and Budget, serving as a subject matter expert on the federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects. In the private sector Beightel worked for WSP, USA as a senior director and vice president, working with clients to develop innovative strategies to navigate the federal environmental regulatory framework efficiently. Most recently he served as an associate vice president and national lead for infrastructure policy and environmental strategy at HDR, Inc., a global engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm.

Samantha Meserve

Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Samantha Meserve is the Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. She first began her career at the Department administering the Solar Carve-Out II portion of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard before transitioning to managing the development and implementation of renewable thermal technologies in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. She has since broadened her experience to include a variety of policy development initiatives for renewable energy and building decarbonization. She began her career at the Department after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has also earned her master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Sagar Chopra

Senior Research Analyst, Solar

Wood Mackenzie

Sagar is a senior research analyst on our Power & Renewables team, focused on PV system pricing for US and LATAM regions. He also supports research on global system pricing, and covers floating solar market research. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie in 2021, Sagar worked as an electrical engineer, designing and commissioning utility-scale PV projects in the New England and New York region.

Mark Lauby

SVP and Chief Engineer

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Mark G. Lauby is the senior vice president and chief engineer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Mr. Lauby joined NERC in January 2007 and has held several positions. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Lauby worked for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for 20 years. Mr. Lauby began his electric industry career in 1979 at the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His responsibilities included transmission planning, power system reliability assessment and probabilistic evaluation. In 2012, Mr. Lauby was elected to the North American Energy Standards Board and was appointed to the Department of Energy’s Electric Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Energy in 2014. He has been recognized for his technical achievements including the 1992 IEEE Walter Fee Young Engineer of the Year Award. He was named a Fellow by IEEE in November 2011, and in 2014, Mr. Lauby was awarded the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award. In 2020, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Mr. Lauby as a member, citing his development and application of techniques for electric grid reliability analysis. Mr. Lauby is the author of more than 150 technical papers about power system reliability, expert systems, transmission system planning, and power system numerical analysis techniques. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. In addition, Mr. Lauby attended the London Business School Accelerated Development Program as well as the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Audrey Lee

Senior Director, Energy Strategy, Datacenter Energy

Microsoft

Dr. Audrey Lee is Senior Director of Energy Strategy at Microsoft. She leads global regulatory policy, technology, resilience, infrastructure, and commercial strategy on the Microsoft datacenter energy team to enable a resilient and sustainable cloud. She serves on the board of Redaptive Inc., deploying energy-as-a-service across commercial and industrial real estate portfolios. She also serves as a board member of Gridworks, Linux Foundation Energy, and Clean Energy for America Education Fund. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton Univ and a B.S. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Oscar Araujo

General Manager North America, MSS Business Unit

Canadian Solar

Oscar is the General Manager at North America Canadian Solar. He is responsible for the module and system components business in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, overseeing the utility-scale, C&I, and residential market segments, including the EP Cube residential energy storage product line. Under Oscar’s leadership, Canadian Solar has successfully positioned itself as one of the leading module OEMs in the US market. Oscar has more than 16+ years of experience in the solar energy, energy storage, EV charging infrastructure, and electrical manufacturing industries. Before Canadian Solar, Oscar worked for industry leaders, including Shell-Greenlots, Convergent Energy and Power, and Schneider Electric. He has extensive knowledge of the US, Canadian, and Latin American markets, where he has led large deployments of hundreds of DC fast EV charging stations, award-winning utility-scale energy storage systems, and solar projects accounting for more than 9 GWs. Oscar is an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Global Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Oscar is passionate about accelerating the adoption of electric transportation, integrating energy storage and renewable energy with the grid, and addressing the impact of the green economy on living standards in developed and emerging economies. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences, tradeshows, and other international industry events.

Shyam Mehta

Assistant Director DER/Energy Storage

NYSERDA

Shyam Mehta is an Assistant Director at NYSERDA and is part of NYSERDA's Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Storage teams, where his portfolio focuses on policy design and implementation, market monitoring, and stakeholder engagement related to distributed solar and energy storage. Prior to NYSERDA, he served as Executive Director at New York Solar Energy Industries Association, a 190-member trade association representing New York's distributed solar and storage industries. While at NYSEIA, he formulated and advocated for the advancement of legislative, regulatory and programmatic policy changes to advance New York's distributed solar sector, including successful initiatives related to interconnection cost-sharing and timelines, property tax standardization, and residential and community solar compensation structures. While at NYSEIA, he also served on the New York Climate Action Council Power Generation Advisory Panel as a subject matter expert representing the distributed energy resources (DER) sector. Prior to NYSEIA, Shyam was Lead Solar Analyst at GTM Research, the market research arm of Greentech Media, where he was a founding member of GTM's solar market advisory division. While at GTM, he was the lead author of over 40 reports on global and U.S. renewable energy policy, global PV supply chain trends, and U.S. solar market dynamics. His analysis and research has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Kirstin Alberi

Materials Science Center Director

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Alberi received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, where she studied the optical and electronic properties of highly mismatched semiconductor alloys. She was initially hired by NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in the Silicon Materials and Devices group to investigate the design and performance of thin crystalline Si solar cells fabricated on inexpensive substrates. In 2010, she joined the Materials Physics group to conduct basic research on the growth and characterization of electronic materials, including phosphide-based light-emitting diodes and novel materials for photovoltaics. In addition to her role as Director of NREL’s Materials Science Center, she currently leads a research program on the epitaxy and investigation of 3D topological semimetal thin films and is a contributor to the tandems photovoltaic research program.

Vanessa Witte

Senior Research Analyst, Energy Storage

Wood Mackenzie

Vanessa is a senior analyst with our Energy Transition Practice, covering the US energy storage market with a particular focus on front-of-the-meter battery storage. Before joining Wood Mackenzie in 2021, Vanessa was a battery storage analyst specialising in downstream revenue analytics and long-term price forecasting. Earlier in her career she was an analyst in North American natural gas infrastructure and power markets at Genscape, now a Wood Mackenzie company. Vanessa is a committee member and mentor with She’s in Power; a Colorado C3E programme designed to grow and inspire women to be clean energy leaders.

JP Ross

Vice President Local Development, Electrification and Innovation

Ava Community Energy

JP leads Ava's local development and innovation programs, to deliver benefits to residents and businesses in Alameda County. He has been actively engaged with solar market development and commercialization since 1999. After completing a Masters Degree from the University of California at Berkeley from the Energy and Resources Group, JP joined Greenpeace, to advocate for wind and solar instead of 50GW of gas plants in response to the California Energy crisis. JP then moved to Vote Solar, and successfully campaigned for California’s Million Solar Roofs initiative that commercialized the California markets. JP lead Vote Solar’s activities in pro-solar rate design regulatory proceedings across the US. In 2007, JP moved to Sungevity, and helped grow the business from 4 to 750 employees as the third largest residential solar installer in the US. JP’s responsibilities included developing Sungevity’s procurement and installation capabilities, market expansion, strategy and channel development. JP then joined Origin Energy, Australia’s largest energy utility, where he lead the development of Origin’s Business Solar PPA, IT Program and Channel Strategy. In his spare time JP rides bikes, brews beer and makes wood fired pizza with his wife Monique and two children, Hazel and Keenan.

Caitlin Connelly

Research Analyst, Distributed Solar

Wood Mackenzie

Caitlin Connelly is a research associate at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables. She focuses on distributed solar and supports research and data collection for the US Distributed Solar and Grid Edge practices. Earlier in her career at Wood Mackenzie, Caitlin researched mini-grids in emerging markets, commercial and industrial (C&I) solar in Africa and the Middle East and the financial performance of publicly-traded wind development companies.

Nick De Vries

Chief Technology Officer

Silicon Ranch

A veteran of both the US Army and the renewable energy sector with nearly a quarter of a century of experience bringing the solar industry to scale, and making PV plants more capable. As CTO, Nick is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operating assets, as well as the technological and ecological vison of the company. Silicon Ranch owns--and Nick now operates--projects that he himself designed over a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast. In that same vein, Nick leads a team responsible for reimagining the relationship between agriculture and energy land use. Regenerative Energy® co-locates nature-based land management solutions and solar power plants. Nick holds 3 patents in both PV module manufacturing and design, and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He serves as an industry advisor, and reviewer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s DuraMAT consortium. As well as the Primary Investigator for a Department of Energy funded program exploring the appropriate co-location of solar projects with regenerative cattle ranching.

Lorena Torres

Director, Enterprise Risk & Insurance

Clearway Energy Group

Allison Weis

Global Head of Storage

Wood Mackenzie

Allison leads our global research into energy storage. She joined Wood Mackenzie in 2023 from Ascend Analytics, where she was VP of Battery Solutions. In that role she built out a storage valuation product and consulting practice as well as operational platform optimising storage, hybrid and renewable bids into day-ahead and real-time power markets. Earlier in her career, Allison was an engineer at Tesla, focused on modelling stationary energy storage for large-scale renewables integration and analysis of revenue and battery degradation in different wholesale power markets.

Daniel Boff

Economist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dan Boff is an economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory whose work focuses on the economics of energy storage and renewable energy. Dan has written and presented on a wide variety of topics related to renewable energy policies, including value-based tariffs for distributed generation, renewable energy goals and standards, and innovative financing for clean energy. Prior to joining PNNL, Dan worked as energy market analyst, advising clients in industry and government on the energy transition. Dan received his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University, and a master's degree from the London School of Economics.

Chris Seiple

Vice Chairman, Energy Transition and Power & Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

Chris is the Vice Chairman of Wood Mackenzie’s Power & Renewables group. He is responsible for ensuring thought leadership, advising on the strategic direction of the business, and senior stakeholder engagement and relationship management. Chris brings 30 years of global power industry experience to this role. His career has spanned strategy consulting work for power companies and banks at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (now part of IHS/S&P), debt and equity financing of power-related investments at GE Energy Financial Service and managing a portfolio of power plants owned by EFS. He also led the power organisation at Genscape, where he expanded its real-time power markets monitoring business into analytics and software service businesses through both organic growth and acquisitions. Chris came to Wood Mackenzie through its acquisition of Genscape and now works with our 250 researchers across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Education Chris is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Muhlenberg College, with degrees in Russian Studies and Political Science. He also has a MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP).

Erik Molinaro

Senior Vice President, Customer Experience & Operations

Nexamp

Erik oversees Nexamp’s customer experience teams, along with our Revenue and Billing operations groups. In this role, he leads the team responsible for all incoming contacts from commercial and residential customers across the entirety of Nexamp’s rapidly growing community solar portfolio. In addition, the group is responsible for Nexamp’s end-to-end billing operations, and working with our utility partners to ensure we’re delivering an industry-leading customer experience. Prior to joining Nexamp, Erik spent two decades at Liberty Mutual Insurance, holding various positions in customer experience strategy, product development, process improvement and operations. Most recently he was Senior Executive Manager of U.S. Sales Support & Offshore Vendor Quality. Erik holds both an MBA and M.S. in management information systems from Boston University and a B.A. in political science along with a B.A. in environmental science from Marist College. He also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for a local non-profit that provides access to after school care for young children.

Mike Gravely

Senior Electrical Engineer and Energy Storage Team Lead

California Energy Commission

Mike Gravely is the Team Lead and Senior Electrical Engineer for the Energy Systems Research Office at the California Energy Commission. His team is managing over $200 million in microgrid, energy storage and related energy research and demonstration projects. In this role, he oversees the full spectrum of research activities to improve the California Electric Grid including assessing future energy storage needs for California and addressing the grid related issues associated with integrating higher concentrations of renewables. In 2020, the Energy Commission awarded over $100 million in state funds and vendor cost-share investments to over 25 new grants to complete research and demonstration projects with new and emerging energy storage technologies. One key area of this research is focused on understanding the capability and value of long duration energy storage solutions (from 10 hours to 100+ hours) to assist California in transitioning to the goal of 100 percent zero-carbon resources by December 31, 2045. Mike Gravely has a BSEE from the Virginia Military Institute and an MSEE from California State University at Sacramento. Prior to the Energy Commission, Mike served in executive positions in the Federal Government and private industry including addressing the business challenges of a startup energy storage company. Mike also serves as the Military Advisor to the Chair of the California Energy Commission. As Military Advisor he leverages his over 22 years of military service to coordinate Energy Commission activities with the Department of Defense bases in California.

Martin Pochtaruk

President

Heliene

Martin Pochtaruk has 35 years of experience managing manufacturing and innovation businesses across Europe and the Americas. He founded Heliene, a technology leading high quality solar PV manufacturer in 2010, the company is challenging the solar industry status quo by putting customers first. It’s doing so as well by manufacturing high quality, competitively priced solar PV modules made to order in North America. By supporting customers with its in-house logistics team and just in time supply chain solutions. And by being remarkably responsive. Prior to founding Heliene in February 2010, he was the VP of Business development at Algoma Steel Inc., a Canadian Public Company, where he was responsible for driving the company’s value-chain integration strategy, creating and increasing value to shareholders (Dec 2004 to June 2009). Before Algoma Steel, Pochtaruk spent over fifteen years at Tenaris (NYSE: TS) in Argentina, Italy, the USA and Canada, on positions ranging from applied research (1990), product development for stringent applications (1991-1994), marketing (1995-1996), M&A (1997-1999) and supply chain management (2000 to November 2004). Relevant experience to project execution: • 1996 to 1998 – Take over and turn around of Dalmine, Italy (Tenaris) • 2000 – start up of the idled Sault Ste Marie pipe factory for Tenaris, • 2010 – start up of Heliene in Sault Ste Marie, • 2018 – replacement of the Mountain Iron, Minnesota manufacturing facility for Heliene. • 2022 – investment and start up of Mountain Iron line 2 for Heliene, • 2023 – raised USD$ 170 million to accelerate the growth of Heliene. In 1989 Martin graduated in Physics from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Martin is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and English.

Andrew Berke

Administrator, Rural Utilities Service

US Department of Agriculture

Andrew joins USDA RD with nearly three decades of experience as a political leader and elected official. He was the Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee from 2013 to 2021 where he served more than 180,000 residents and improved the efficiency and day-to-day operations of local government. Under Andrew’s leadership, Chattanooga operated its own wastewater system and received national recognition for improving access to high-speed internet for underserved communities. Andrew was also a member of the Tennessee State Senate from 2007 to 2012. In that role, he worked with electric cooperatives and was a member of the Transportation and Education Senate Committees. Before joining RD, Andrew was a Special Representative for Broadband at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University. Andrew was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine in 2015 and City Executive of the Year by State Scoop in 2020. He was also named Digital Inclusion Trailblazer by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance in 2020.

Shaun Laughlin

Vice President Strategic Partnerships

Solaris Energy

Mr. Laughlin is an experienced strategic development executive and leader in the renewables industry and associated technologies, as well as general business. His career includes nearly 20 years in the renewable energy sector primarily in solar project development with SunEdison, solar module manufacturing and deployment with Suniva, and for the last 10 years, solar project acquisition and finance with Standard Solar and Solaris Energy. He is deeply familiar with all aspects of the solar project life cycle and has been instrumental in hundreds of MWs of solar deployment. He is a truly passionate advocate of work in the distributed generation field and initiatives that bring clean energy to the world and that support education and opportunity in the renewable energy sector.

Ravi Bantu

Vice President, Grid Integration & Transmission Analytics

SB Energy

Ravi Bantu is currently Vice President, Grid Integration and Transmission Analytics at SB Energy. Ravi was Director of Transmission, Americas at RES, and Power Systems Engineer at Black & Veatch. Ravi Bantu joined IHC - International Holding Company in 2020. Ravi Bantu has a Master of Science in Power Systems from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2001 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Colorado at Denver in 2012.

Shyam Srinivasan

CEO

Zitara Technologies Inc.

Shyam Srinivasan is the CEO and Co-founder of Zitara Technologies. He has over a decade of experience as a hardware engineer designing battery and power electronics systems for companies like Apple and Nest. His experience working with battery suppliers shed light on questionable battery production standards as the demand for batteries grew over the last 8 years. He started Zitara to ensure that batteries are operated efficiently, safely, and reliably as the push for decarbonization through electrification accelerates - Zitara’s embedded onboard algorithms are now deployed on over 400MWh of assets. Shyam holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech.

Kendra Williamson

Vice President, Market Operations

Key Capture Energy

Kendra Williamson is the Vice President of Market Operations at Key Capture Energy. In this role, she is responsible for KCE’s daily project participation in wholesale power markets as well as nodal and transmission analytics that inform siting and prospecting. She leads development of KCE’s autonomous energy storage bidding and reporting platform, MarketCapture. Kendra and the Market Operations team work with the development, construction, operations, and regulatory teams to ensure projects in early phases are sited appropriately and those in later phases enter and participate in the power markets effectively. Prior to joining KCE, Kendra led the Performance Analysis team at EDP Renewables, where she and her team developed KPIs, built automated monitoring systems, and performed ad hoc data analyses to support improved performance of a 14 GW operational wind and solar power plant fleet. During her career in clean energy, she has been heavily involved in the Houston chapter of Women of Renewable Energies and Sustainable Energies (WRISE), serving various roles in the organization between 2017 and 2020 and co-leading the chapter from 2020 to 2023. Kendra is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Economics and Engineering Science and holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Economics from Texas A&M University. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and cat and enjoys nature and the outdoors.

Robert Gibbons

Strategic Development Manager

Trina Solar

Robert Gibbons is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance, and management. During this time, he’s worked in principal investments, acquisitions/joint ventures/divestitures, project finance, merchant banking, and project management. Robert has held senior positions within private equity and investment banking at Fortress Investment Group and DNB Markets. Previously, Robert led a team involved with the development, execution, and financing of small- and large-scale energy infrastructure projects.

Michelle Davis

Head of Global Solar

Wood Mackenzie

Michelle is the head of Global Solar at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. She leads our solar research practice, setting the research agenda, identifying emerging industry themes and cultivating a team of solar thought leaders. She is also the lead author of the quarterly publication of the US Solar Market Insight report, produced in collaboration with SEIA (the Solar Energy Industries Association). Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Michelle held various research positions focused on renewable energy, covering topics ranging from the energy-water nexus to utility investments in electric vehicle charging stations. She is a prominent thought leader in the solar industry and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, NPR and Forbes, among others. Michelle is the co-chapter leader for WRISE Arizona, a networking organisation dedicated to empowering women in renewable energy.

Kevin Jacobs

Senior Director, Supply Chain Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Sylvia Leyva-Martinez

Principal Analyst, North America Utility-Scale Solar

Wood Mackenzie

As a principal analyst on our Power and Renewables team, Sylvia researches market dynamics, business models, market developments and financial strategies of utility-scale solar PV projects in the US and Canada. Previously a senior consultant for the Power and Renewables team, she brings six years of experience in power markets, the energy transition, renewables and ESG. Before Wood Mackenzie, Sylvia worked for Accenture Strategy Energy, where she supported cost and portfolio optimisation and talent management for NOCs in Latin America. She also worked in solar project development for SPIE Sud-Est in France.

Kelsey Clair

Director

NY Green Bank

Kelsey Clair is a Director and Lead Transactor on NY Green Bank’s Investment and Portfolio Management team, where she sources, structures, and executes on clean energy investments across New York State. Ms. Clair is focused on bridging the financing gap for projects that will decarbonize our economy, namely in energy storage, clean transportation, and building efficiency. Prior to joining NY Green Bank, Ms. Clair worked as a Lead Transactor and Portfolio Manager at MUFG Bank, where she managed a billion-dollar portfolio of investments in commodity trading platforms and midstream energy companies. Her career has been focused on providing financing solutions to corporates and projects within the energy sector. Prior to MUFG, Ms. Clair worked for JPMorgan Chase investing in middle market companies across all industries. Ms. Clair received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Fordham University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. She is also an Executive Committee Member for CAIA NY where she leads educational programs in alternative investments.

Kasim Khan

Senior Research Analyst, Storage

Wood Mackenzie

Kasim is a Senior Energy Storage Analyst at Wood Mackenzie, focusing on US storage pricing, operations, and global storage valuations. Before joining the research team in 2024, Kasim worked for 3 years as a consultant with utilities across North America to optimize their supply chain operations and power purchase agreement terms. Before Wood Mackenzie, he conducted research on lithium metal battery electrolytes and became a published author in multiple journals. Kasim holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

Cassidy DeLine

Chief Executive Officer

Linea Energy

Cassidy oversees the seasoned leaders across our development, procurement, financing and power market teams. With nearly 15 years of experience working in renewable energy, Cassidy’s teams have commercialized over 9 GW of solar across, including multiple industry-setting financing and offtake structures. Prior to Linea Energy, Cassidy was Chief Commercial Officer at Cypress Creek where she led project finance, late stage project development and strategic initiatives. At Recurrent Energy, she led the M&A team and contributed to key project financings. She also worked as a research associate in the energy space at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (now owned by S&P). She has led or significantly contributed to several marquee deals in the renewable space including the first non-recourse financing of a project with a non-rated CCA offtake, the first bond financing of solar in Canada, the first tax equity investments of several major corporate investors, including Walmart, and others. Cassidy holds a B.S. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Kelly Sarber

CEO

Strategic Management Group

Kelly Sarber is CEO/President of Strategic Management Group. Clients include: 174 Power Global, Southern California Edison, Sempra/SDG&E and Lotus Infrastructure. Recently re-elected as Vice Chair for NY-BEST Board, an energy storage trade group in NY. Projects developed by Sarber today total over $6 Billion in asset value. She is an expert in developing utility scale, renewable energy, energy storage and complicated environmental projects through the value chain - from sourcing greenfield sites to permitting, financing and operations. Sarber has signed exclusive agreements with two of the nation's largest waste companies to develop renewable energy at opportunistic sites. She developed the nations' largest solar project at 3.2GW with 1.8GW of energy storage, tying into Lotus's new 500kv transmission line, The Ten West Link. Sarber spearheaded development in the NYC market with 174 PG, resulting in what today is considered the largest energy storage system soon start construction in New York City. Sarber specialized career has created an unparalleled network of private companies and public agencies that value her innovative public private approaches which compliments private companies and governmental entity's long-term, sustainability goals.

Leuwam Tesfai

Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy

California Public Utilities Commission

Leuwam Tesfai was named the CPUC’s Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy, effective July 1, 2022. She previously served as Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma’s Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor, a position she held since 2019 when appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. She has worked at the CPUC since 2011 in several roles including as an Advisor to former Commissioner Liane M. Randolph and in the CPUC’s Legal, Energy and Administrative Law Judge Divisions. Leuwam’s private sector experience includes renewable energy markets, siting and permitting generation facilities, and commercialization of clean energy technologies. She is a graduate of Emory University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. The Energy Division provides technical support to the Commissioners and their offices, and the Administrative Law Judges. The Energy Division drafts resolutions for formal consideration by the Commission. Resolutions generally result from informal utility requests called Advice Letters, which are submitted by utilities to request rate and tariff adjustments. The Energy Division through its Federal Policy and Ratemaking Section represents the Commission in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and court proceedings. The Energy Division assists the Commission in its regulation of four types of Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs): Electric, Natural Gas, Steam and Petroleum Pipeline Companies. Commission-approved tariffs (official rates and terms of service) for these four types of IOUs are maintained by the Energy Division.

Andre Pujadas

CEO

OnePlanet Solar Recycling

As a senior executive and engineer by training, Andre maintains a strong record of delivering results of consequence to the P&L of the largest metals manufacturers in the world such as Nucor, Severstal and PSC Metals, among others. Andre has globally led plant startup, operations, and management for major industrial production facilities ranging from direct reduced iron, hot briquetted iron, and iron carbide, to ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal shredders and advanced recovery plants. Andre possesses world-class leadership and management acumen from his 30+ years of experience in the primary and secondary metals markets and holds a MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.

Charlie McClelland

Director, Development and Transmission

Longroad Energy

Will Jolley

Vice President, Analytics

Gridstor

Will Jolley is Vice President of Market Analytics at GridStor. He leads revenue modeling for both short- and long-term merchant energy storage systems, as well as assists in the trading, operations, and risk management functions of the organization. He works cross-functionally with the Development and Transmission teams to deliver analytical solutions for siting in greenfield projects, M&A, and strategic decision-making in GridStor’s key markets. Before GridStor, Will worked at LevelTen Energy, where he focused on structuring, valuation, and risk measurement for corporate Virtual Power Purchase Agreements.

Mahdi Motalleb

Director, Energy Storage and Electrical Engineering

SB Energy

Ray Byrne

Manager, Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department

Sandia National Laboratories

Ray Byrne is manager of the Energy Storage Technology & Systems department at Sandia National Laboratories where he has been employed since 1989. Prior serving as manager, he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. He completed a B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Virginia, an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of New Mexico. He also completed an M.S. in financial mathematics (financial engineering) at the University of Chicago. Awards include the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Time Magazine invention of the year in robotics in 2001, as well as the Prize paper award at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting for a paper on maximizing revenue from energy storage in grid applications. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2017 for contributions to miniature robotics and grid integration of energy storage. He serves as an ABET program evaluator for IEEE and is a member of the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA). He is a board member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society.

Lindsey Guinther

Director, Environmental Affairs

Lightsource bp

Lindsey is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Lightsource bp, a global market leader in the development, financing, construction, and management of large-scale solar projects. With more than 15 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, her expert knowledge of project siting, spatial modeling, and climate and disaster resilience and have helped advance gigawatts of executed projects. In her role as Director of Environmental Affairs, Lindsey leads Lightsource bp’s global climate and disaster resiliency initiative and works to integrate mitigation strategies for serve weather events into all aspects of project development, construction, and operations. Rooted with initial work focused in U.S. markets, Lindsey has built a leading, global climate and disaster resiliency program at Lightsource bp. This program is essential to building a resilient portfolio that supports the company’s global objectives of installing 25 GW of operating projects by 2025. Lindsey additionally has subject matter expertise in the areas of Equator Principals, ESG reporting, climate change modeling, agrivoltaics and IRA Energy Communities.

Aaron Ratner

Executive Director

Alternus Energy

Aaron is an Executive Director with Alternus Clean Energy (Nasdaq: ALCE), a transatlantic clean energy independent power producer (IPP). Previously he was the CEO of Clean Earth Acquisitions Corp., a renewable energy-focused acquisition company that merged with Alternus. He is a Co-Founder and the Chairman of CC Insurance Solutions, a climate insurance intermediary platform focused on the energy transition. Aaron is also a Co-Founder and of Vectr Carbon Partners, an early-stage global ClimateTech venture capital fund based in Hong Kong. Aaron has over 20 years of domestic and international investment and advisory experience, including 8 years in Asia, focusing on venture capital, climate technology, infrastructure investing, energy, and agriculture.

Kelsey Coffman

VP Supply Chain Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Erin Sweet

Senior Director, Energy Storage Development

Clearway Energy Group

Erin has more than 10 years of experience navigating renewable energy policies and technology to bring its benefits to customers, landowners, and utilities. As the Senior Director of Energy Storage Development, Erin is responsible for growing Clearway’s storage capabilities and project pipeline across the country. Prior to joining Clearway, Erin built a consulting practice to help cities and towns deploy distributed solar projects on municipal land. Erin holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of Florida and a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Kelly Snyder

Senior Director Origination

EDP Renewables North America

At EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), Kelly leads the Origination team. She has more than 17 years of experience in the renewable industry and is responsible for leading the Origination team that develops and maintains key relationships with utilities and offtake partners, including commercial and industrial clients. The Origination team oversees PPA negotiations, develops pricing strategies for renewable projects under development, and analyzes the impact of current and potential renewable market rules. Kelly’s team also examines market trends and identifies new customers within the renewable industry. Her depth of market knowledge spans into the U.S. markets and Canada, and under her leadership, her team has executed over 8 GW of PPAs at EDPR North America. Kelly is the Co-Founder of the Women IN Energy Conference, which hosted the first annual event in 2017, bringing more than 250 women in energy together for an impact session of . In addition, Kelly is on the Board of Directors for the Clean Energy Buyers Alliance (CEBA) and the Tucson Museum of Art. In 2019, the Women in Renewable Energy awarded Kelly with the Wind Power Woman of Distinction for her leadership in the industry. Kelly was also named one of the 10 Most Admired Women Leaders of 2021 by Women Industry Era Leaders. Before joining EPDR NA, Kelly held numerous energy trading roles specializing in renewables and origination at ACES, Great River Energy, and Split Rock Energy.

Max Issokson

Research Analyst, US Distributed Solar

Wood Mackenzie

Max Issokson is a research analyst on our Power and Renewables team. He supports research and data collection for the US Distributed Solar practice. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie in October 2022, Max worked at National Grid where he held positions in distributed generation and pricing and regulatory.

Eric Hafter

Founder

Origami Solar

Eric is a solar industry pioneer and leader focused on creative solutions, driving excellence and innovation. Eric has held leadership positions in solar energy for over three decades in manufacturing, project development, and EPC. He founded Enable Energy (now BayWa r.e. Power Solutions), ran Sharp Solar for the Americas, developed the first large project in Jordan, and was board member and senior executive at PowerLight (now SunPower). Eric has been very active in product and solar mounting solutions, developing rail-free residential racking systems and flat roof mounts, which are sold internationally. Eric developed the concept for a roll-formed steel module frame solution in 2019, formed Origami Solar in 2020 and built a world-class team of solar, technology and IP executives to advance design, engineering, testing and commercialization of a breakthrough solution that will deliver significant cost savings, substantial greenhouse gas avoidance, and installation and O+M benefits.

David Sandbank

Vice President Distributed Energy Resources & Transportation

NYSERDA

David Sandbank is NYSERDA’s Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources, overseeing NY-Sun, Energy Storage and Clean Transportation. David, a former solar developer, joined NYSERDA in late 2014 as the director of NY-Sun bringing private market experience and incorporating results driven, public private partnership culture. New York has become a shining beacon on the national distributed solar stage with an increase of 3,400 MW deployed under David’s leadership and now ranks number one in the nation in community solar deployment and second in the nation for distributed solar deployment. In 2019 David was promoted to Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources at NYSERDA and now also oversees the energy storage and clean transportation programs. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Sandbank worked as a solar developer, helping a start-up grow to more than one hundred employees and oversaw company operations, marketing, engineering, and installation teams. In November 2013, Sandbank was elected vice-president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association to actively work with government agencies, policy makers and utility companies to help advance the solar industry in New York.

Sandeep Arora

Senior Vice President, SVP, Head of Transmission & Markets

REV Renewables

Sandeep Arora serves as Senior Vice President & Head of Transmission & Markets. Prior to joining REV Renewables, Mr. Arora spent over 11 years at LS Power, REV’s parent company, leading the Interconnection, Market and Regulatory activities for company’s Renewables, Storage & Transmission development business in the Western U.S. This led to the successful development of several large-scale solar, battery storage and transmission projects that are currently in operation. Previously, Mr. Arora worked for over 8 years at California ISO (CAISO) in Transmission Planning, Operations Engineering and Market Development areas. Prior to joining CAISO, Mr. Arora served in engineering roles at General Electric and Reliance Industries. Mr. Arora holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Engineering & Technology and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from Arizona State University.

Julia Souder

CEO

Long Duration Energy Storage Council

Julia has over 22 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. She has been a longtime advocate of clean energy technology, working extensively to support environmentally friendly technologies and equitable policies. Previously she held senior positions at the LDES Association of California, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Clean Line Energy Partners, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and as an entrepreneur at JAS Energies LLC.

Jennifer Schmidt

Senior Program Manager

Illinois Power Agency

Jennifer Schmidt is the Illinois Solar for All Senior Program Manager at the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), an independent state agency tasked with developing procurement plans and conducting energy, capacity, and renewables procurement events and administering the state’s solar energy incentive programs. Jennifer joined the IPA in 2018. In this role, she leads implementation of the Illinois Solar for All Program (ILSFA) within the IPA. In addition, she is the liaison between the IPA and the ILSFA Program Administrator and serves as a subject matter expert on program guidelines and requirements. Prior to joining the IPA, Jennifer spent thirteen years working for the community action agency that serves Chicago and suburban Cook County, focusing on income-eligible energy assistance. In her various roles, she assisted in the state-level planning and supervised local implementation of the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) benefit option of LIHEAP in Illinois, as well as several utility-funded programs that helped households in Chicago and Cook County with their electric and gas bills. Jennifer has brought her passion for reducing energy burdens of income-eligible households into the efforts to ensure the benefits of Illinois’ growing solar market are reaching all its residents.

Elissa Pierce

Research Associate, Solar Module Technology and Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Elissa is a research associate in Wood Mackenzie’s Power & Renewables practice. Her research coverage includes solar module markets, technologies and supply chains across the globe. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Elissa was a solar design engineer and worked on rooftop and ground-mount residential solar PV and battery storage projects.

Aaroh Kharaya

Director, Energy Storage Engineering

Primergy Solar

Aaroh Kharaya leads energy storage engineering and technology at Primergy Solar. He has more than a decade of technical and commercial experience in the energy storage, solar, and construction sectors. Prior to Primergy, Aaroh introduced and developed technical advisory services and served as the subject matter expert for energy storage at Clean Energy Associates, while supporting projects totalling more than 1.5 GWh.

Hanna Nuttall

U.S. Distributed Storage Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Paul Curran

Chief Development Officer

CleanCapital

Paul Curran is the Chief Development Officer at CleanCapital, a diversified clean energy company, and was previously the CEO and founder of BQ Energy (BQE), which was acquired by CleanCapital in 2022. Curran founded BQE 20 years ago, where he became the first fulltime developer of renewable energy projects on landfill and brownfield. He is passionate about working with lower and middle-income communities (LMI) to develop renewable energy projects on polluted sites. Prior to founding BQE, Paul worked for a large oil company, where he was given an opportunity to build a wind farm within the oil refinery. The wind farm is still operating today, providing a clean electricity source to the oil plant. Curran took his experience and began looking for brownfields, polluted sites, old oil refineries, and other places with an environmental footprint and history. He is devoted to his company’s mission: creating positive outcomes from polluted entities by taking sites that have no value to a community and transforming them into clean energy projects. His team focuses on structuring the sites opportunistically to attract stakeholders and communities. Paul is a graduate of Columbia Engineering and holds an MBA from Marist College.

Janhavi Kulkarni

Senior Director, PV Systems Optimization

RWE Clean Energy

Janhavi Kulkarni is the Senior Director of PV Optimization at RWE Clean Energy. Over the last 12 years in the clean energy industry, she has worked on various utility scale solar and storage projects. During her 4 years at RWE, she has built and led teams to execute projects and drive growth for the company.

MJ Shiao

VP, Supply Chain and Manufacturing

American Clean Power Association

MJ is the Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing for the American Clean Power Association (ACP). He leads initiatives that enable resilient supply chains and domestic manufacturing to support the sustained growth of the U.S. clean energy industry. Prior to ACP, MJ led North America business development and market strategy for a leading global solar supplier, helping the company set up U.S. solar manufacturing and a diversified and sustainable supply chain. MJ has worked in the clean energy sector for over 15 years with experience, including designing solar and storage systems, leading global market research teams and connecting consumers with clean energy through community solar. He was formerly Head of Content and Commercialization at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, directing a global team of market analysts covering solar, wind, energy storage, and grid edge technologies. MJ started his career in clean energy as an electrical engineer at Solar Design Associates, where he designed solar projects ranging from 5 kW building-integrated photovoltaic systems to multi-megawatt utility solar farms. MJ has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, where he was selected as a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the transformative power of clean energy, MJ has researched, developed and maintained off-grid solar projects in rural Thailand and India. He currently lives in rural Virginia and is an avid cyclist and Cleveland sports fan.

Molly Brown

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy

GenPro Energy Solutions

Molly Brown is the EVP of Corporate Strategy for GenPro Energy Solutions based out of Piedmont, SD where she helps steer the company’s overall vision and strategy while overseeing distributed generation project development. Her background in quantitative economics has allowed her to see and create market opportunities in underdeveloped regions. After being promoted to VP of Energy Production in the Fall of 2016, GenPro has shot up Solar Power World’s Top Solar Contractors list and has a sterling reputation for best-in-class installations. In Nebraska and South Dakota, Molly has been involved in many firsts. She developed and project managed the first municipal utility solar farm for the City of Lexington which was at the time the largest system (AC) in the State of Nebraska. She also oversaw the construction of the two pilot projects for Nebraska Public Power District’s SunWise Community Solar Program, a program which has since expanded and includes the 4.6MW AC system in Scottsbluff, NE that was placed online in 2020 and the first solar + storage project in Norfolk, NE that was energized in August of 2022. In South Dakota, she developed a 1090kW roof-top portfolio with Black Hills State University which with the combination of hydroelectric power from WAPA has allowed them meet their goal to be powered by 100% renewable energy. Molly’s team works actively with end-users to provide custom behind-the-meter solar + storage solutions for Municipal & C&I customers ranging from manufacturing facilities to community solar gardens and utility-scale projects.

Becca Jones-Albertus

Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

US Department of Energy

Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. SETO has an annual budget of over $300 million to advance solar technology and support an equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system. This includes innovative research on photovoltaic and concentrating solar-thermal power technologies, grid integration, and analysis and technical assistance to reduce soft costs and increase access to affordable solar energy. Dr. Jones-Albertus also works with DOE leadership and interagency partners on key issues such as supply chains, grid modernization, and workforce training. Dr. Jones-Albertus has spent her career advancing solar technology and working to reduce regulatory barriers to solar deployment. Prior to joining the Energy Department, Dr. Jones-Albertus worked in the private sector, where she led efforts to develop solar cells that twice achieved world-record efficiencies. Dr. Jones-Albertus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She has more than 10 patents and 40 technical publications.

Alex Roedel

VP of Design and Engineering

Nextracker

Alex Roedel is the VP of Design and Engineering at Nextracker. With over 16 years in the solar industry and leading design and engineering for Fortune 1000 companies such as SunPower and SPG Solar, Alex is responsible for the design and engineering of over 90 GWs of installed solar projects. He leads a global team of engineers and is the company’s customer-facing technical lead with developers and EPCs worldwide. He has also written multiple publications, spoken at major conferences, and is a well-known industry expert. Alex earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.