Friday Plenary: Growing the Solar Industry: Challenges, Opportunities, & the View from Germany!

Welcome & Introductions: Susan Greene, President of ASES

Theme: Growing the Solar Industry: Challenges, Opportunities, & the View from Germany

Day and Time: Friday, April 19th: 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Come Join us for Friday’s plenary session at SOLAR2013 and have the honor of listening to distinguished speakers Eric Wesoff, David Wedepohl, Rhone Resch, and Tony Clifford!

Eric Wesoff: Editor in Chief of Green Tech Media

Eric will be moderating this plenary session.



Solar Industry: The View from Germany
David Wedepohl: Head of Markets & Communications, German Solar Industry Association

David will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Wedepohl holds a masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience includes working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a press officer.

Solar Industry: The View from America
Rhone Resch: President & CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association

Rhone will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.  Representing an industry of over 5,000 companies and 100,000 employees, Rhone is the architect of the association’s strategic priorities. He previously served as the Vice President for the Natural Gas Supply Association and as a Program Manager at the EPA’s Climate Protection Division.

The Industry Perspective
Tony Clifford: CEO of Standard Solar

Tony will be speaking from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Since 2007 Mr. Clifford has led Standard Solar’s rapid growth into a nationally known PV developer/ EPC. Throughout his career, Mr. Clifford has served as Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer of three high growth technology companies that were acquired by major corporations.

Elaine Ulrich, Solar Energy Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Elaine will be speaking from 10:30-12:00 PM. A former AAAS fellow, Elaine has spent the past few years working on renewable energy in the office of former senator Ken Salazar, the Science & Technology committee in the US house of Representatives, DOE’s office of Strategic Planning and Analysis in EERE, and she recently served as the Sr. Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, where she built a comprehensive solar energy portfolio.

Mike Healy, Market Development, Skyline Innovations

Mike will be speaking from 10:30-12:00 PM.  Mike Healy helped start Skyline Innovations, a finance and development company focused on solar water heating systems.  Mike leads the companies market development efforts, including new business development and government affairs. Mike also Chairs the Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Associations (SEIA).

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