5:30 - 6:30 pm: Networking & Refreshments
How to Choose From all the Choices
Everyone seems to agree that more financial options for solar is a good thing, but it does increase the complexity of choosing the right one? Our next speaker series focuses on new financial models and how customers can sort through the options to find the best fit.
Eric Larson Vice President, NorCal Solar Board of Directors
Eric joined the board of NorCal solar to get involved in making a positive change in our environment and community. Advocating alternative energy is a way to leave the world in better condition than he found it. He has taken solar energy classes through PG&E, and has done a solar roof install with GRID Alternatives. Eric and his family decided this was the year to invest in rooftop solar to power his house and an electric car. He will describe a homeowner’s perspective on the odyssey this turned out to be!
John Powers CEO, Extensible Energy
An energy economist with more than 30 years of experience in consulting and technology development for the electric utility industry, John has worked in energy efficiency, demand response, and renewables since the Reagan administration. John currently serves as Project Officer for the Community Solar Value Project, a DOE SunShot project helping utilities to develop better Community Solar programs. That project includes developing a framework for analyzing financing, siting, storage options, demand-response options, and other program design decisions. John will discuss community solar.
Andreas Karelas Executive Director, Re-Volv
Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Prior to founding RE-volv in 2011, Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. Andreas will talk about his company’s innovative solar financing for nonprofits.
Rosana Francescato Communications Director, Domino
Rosana is the Communications Director for Domino, a concierge service that helps consumers save energy and money. She writes about the solar industry for PV Solar Report, Mosaic, and other publications, and she serves on the boards of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and Everybody Solar. Rosana will talk about her methods of analyzing a customer’s needs and proposing the right system and financial package.