advancements on the horizon
Solar photovoltaics is not a new technology, yet after decades of slow growth the industry is poised for major changes. The pace of innovation continues to drive change; creating new applications, spurring adoption, and cutting costs. Improvements in the manufacturing process and the technology itself continue to lower the price of solar energy such that in many regions it is now at parity with or cheaper than conventional methods of generation. The viability of community and utility scale solar have led to exponential growth in capacity and continue to improve access to this clean energy source. How does cost competitiveness weigh against regulatory hurdles such as the recently passed solar import tariff and the inherent challenges of integrating an intermittent energy source? How is the solar industry changing to tackle this new stage of growth and opportunity? This panel will explore the transformation that is underway in this industry, the role of new technologies, business models, domestic regulations, and international accords in shaping the future Solar 2.0.
Paul Beaton (Moderator)
Senior Program Officer - National Academy of Sciences
A recognized leader on policies to support transformational technologies, Paul led the NAS Assessment of ARPA-E and other studies on catalyzing energy innovation. He also co-founded NC’s first biofuels producer and conducted atmospheric chemistry research at NIST. Paul earned a B.Sc. (chemistry) from UNCA and JD and MEM degrees from Yale.
Head of REnewables - Adani Group
Daniel is the Head of Renewables, North America at the Adani Group – the largest power producer, largest transmission company, largest ports / logistics company and largest solar company in India. The ~$20 billion Group developed, built and owns what was the largest solar project in the world as of 2016. During a decade in solar, Daniel has executed many first-of and largest-of solar projects / portfolios in North America, including utility, C&I and community solar assets in 17 states across the US. He was previously the CSO of Safari Energy, the #1 provider of solar to Real Estate Investment Trusts, and CFO/COO of Martifer Solar USA.
Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office - U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Charlie Gay is the Solar Energy Technologies Office Director for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this position he is leading the SunShot Initiative, a team that is dedicated to research, manufacturing and market solutions to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Charlie is an internationally recognized pioneer in photovoltaics.
Claire Broido Johnson
President - CBJ Energy
Claire is a senior operations executive with a proven track record in creating and managing successful businesses and products and driving operations in the clean energy space including founding SunEdison. She is currently the President of CBJ Energy, a financing, operations, and business development energy solutions firm headquartered in Baltimore.