2020 Speakers

Keynotes

David Hochschild, Chair of the California Energy Commission

David Hochschild was appointed chair of the California Energy Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2019. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members are required by law to have professional training in specific areas – engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Chair Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy, and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a special assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where Chair Hochschild launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He also cofounded the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state, and federal levels. He was executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Chair Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Chair Hochschild holds a bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and a master of public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy, CEO of New Energy Nexus

Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India with partnerships in Australia and Cambodia. He is Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. He is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society.  Kennedy also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.

Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, a smart energy incubator and accelerator in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $1B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya and Sunergise, a solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLab Australia. He is also a Director of the organizations VoteSolar, Power for All and Confluence Philanthropy and adviser to SolarPhilippines. Kennedy authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012.  Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate and energy issues for 20+ years.

Intersolar North America 2020 Speakers

Joseph X. Adiletta

24M Technologies

Fabio Albano

NantEnergy

Maggie Alexander

Apparent Inc.

Ram Ambatipudi

EV Connect

Omeed Badkoobeh

Yotta Energy

Cesar Barbosa

Verdant Energy Electric

Neal Bartek

Microgrids for ENGIE Services U.S

Chris Bartle

Ciel & Terre USA, Inc.

Peter Beadle

Recycle PV Solar

Chris Beitel

Renewable Energy Test Center

Jacqueline Berg

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program

Eric Blank

Community Energy, Inc.

Adam Boucher

naak inc.

Vaughan Boultwood

Solahart Industries Pty Ltd

Steve Campbell

Grid Alternative

Chris Case

Oxford PV

Wendell Cathcart

Energy Web Foundation

Colin Caufield

Soltec America LLC

Sam Choi

Orlando Utilities Commission

Andrew Christian

Nikola Corporation

Leroy Coffman

Solar Data Pros, Inc.

Carla Coghen

Rated Power

Bertrand Colin

Ciel & Terre

Brenden Corder

Seminole Financial Services

Alex Eller

Navigant Research

Tiffany Elliot

Clean Capital Partners

Susan Fernandez

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

Hanan Fishman

Alencon Systems LLC

Wesley Fuller

Sunfolding

Vamsi Gaddam

ATUM Solar Roof- Visaka Industries

Paula Garcia

The Union of Concerned Scientists

Adam Gerza

Energy Toolbase

Mike Grunow

Energy Storage at Arevon DC - By Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund

Jon Haeme

IronRidge

Canute Haroldson

Folsom Labs

Frank Haugwitz

Solar Promotion International GmbH

Garvin Heath

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Steve Higgins

Rolls Battery Engineering

David Hochschild

California Energy Commission

Peter Hsiung

Chint Power Systems America Company

Tom Hunt

Pivot Energy

Steve Kelley

ENGIE Storage

Danny Kennedy

New Energy Nexus

Dr. Daniel Kroupa

BlueDot Photonics Inc.

Andy Kruse

Underwriters Laboratories

Enrico Ladendorf

Pason Power

Daniel Larkin

Encor Solar / SOLO

Shaun Laughlin

Standard Solar

Selene Lawrence

Sullivan Solar Power

Patrick Lee

PXiSE Energy Solutions

Dr. Nathan Lee

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Stephen Lemrond

Unirac, Inc.

John Manalis

TROES Corp

Ravi Manghani

Wood Mackenzie

Carl Mansfield

NantEnergy

Jacob Marshall

Power Electronics

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales, Ph.D.

Southern California-Research Initiative for Solar Energy University of California

Ryan Mayfield

Mayfield Renewables

Brian Mehalic

Solar Energy International

Hans Eric Melin

Circular Energy Storage Research and Consulting

Salvatore Minopoli

Highview Power

Paula Mints

Solar PV Market Research

Charlene Moran

GetTheReferral

Diane Moss

California Hydrogen Business Council

Jeff Myles

Surrette Battery Company Limited

AJ Perkins

DR Microgrid

Sandi Potter

Town of Windsor

John Powers

Extensible Energy

Tomasz Poznar

A123 Systems

Raj Prabhu

Mercom Capital Group

Wendy Prabhu

Mercom Capital Group

Justin Raade

Highview Power

Dr. Jeff Reed

Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage, UC Irvine

Jan Rippingale

Blue Banyon Solutions

Alan Santos-Buch

Victron Energy

Babak Sardary

Scoop Solar

Dr. Ronald Sastrawan

Munich Re - Hong Kong Branch

Joe Schwartz

Blue Planet Energy

Antoine Scoliege

Ciel & Terre

Greg Sellers

Stable Solar, Inc.

Suvi Sharma

Solaria Corporation

Patrick Shoop

Customized Energy Solutions

Dr. Andrew Skumanich

SolarVision Co.

Dean Solon

Shoals Technologies Group

James Spano

RadiantREIT

Dirk Spiers

Spiers New Technologies.

Ryan Stankevitz

Midnite Solar

Stephen Szymanski

Nel Hydrogen

Andrew Tanner

Yotta Energy

Nikhil Vadhavkar

Raptor Maps

Emanuel Wagner

California Hydrogen Business Council

Eicke Weber

Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS)

Joshua Weiner

SepiSolar

Martin Weiss

NH Research

Paul Wiener

GaN Systems

Roger Williams

Solar Energy International

Chris Wright

Clean Energy Associates

Alex Yu

Lionano
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