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Breakout Session: Business Innovation in Solar: Thriving Beyond Incentives

May 21, 2014 5:15PM to 6:15PM PDT

Avila A & B

The solar energy industry has been one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. over the last five years. In 2013, a solar project was installed every four minutes in America. This unprecedented deployment growth has been driven, in part, by incentive-based financial innovation; namely, third-party power purchase agreements. But are such creative business models adaptable enough to overcome challenges the industry faces after federal and state solar incentives expire?  Join us to discuss SunShot’s 2020 goals, and how collaboration with the solar industry on business innovation could help deliver incentive-free, cost-competitive, sustainable solar power generation before the end of the decade. 

Moderator:

Mr. Shayle Kann
Senior Vice President, GTM Research

Panelists:

Mr. Francisco DeVries
President and CEO, Renewable Funding LLC

Ms. Sarah Ham
Associate, DBL Investors

Mr. Bert Hunter
Chief Investment Officer, Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

Mr. Tim Newell
Vice President of Financial Products, Solar City

Mr. Jeff Weiss
Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Distributed Sun