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2.26.14 – Solar O&M: An Exploding Arena for Solar Reliability

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Residential and commercial solar has exploded in America and so has the need for operations and maintenance to ensure solar delivers on its promises to owners and investors. This exploding area in the solar industry is undergoing study and transformation with practices from the more mature European market now coming to American shores.

Get the latest updates on solar O&M in America from industry experts.

(Photo caption: The second largest solar installation in the state of Georgia is being dedicated the week of February 10, 2014. Solar operations and management is being provided by Alectris USA.)


Panelists

GTM Research and Greentech Media Team Member, @GTMResearch, @greentechmedia

Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst, GTM Research, @nicolelitvak
Nicole Litvak is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US solar market. In addition to tracking the competitive landscape of installers, financiers, and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments, Nicole serves as editor of PVNews, the solar industry’s longest running market research periodical. Nicole has prior internship experience in corporate sustainability, solar water heating, and business development. She graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with majors in Economics and Psychology.

MJ Shiao, Director of Solar Research, GTM Research, @solarmj
MJ Shiao is the Director of Solar Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.

Stefano Cruccu, Project & Sales Manager, Solarplaza, Organizers of Solar O&M North America, @solarplaza
Solarplaza International BV is an independent international platform for knowledge and events on Solar PV market strategy & business development. The company was founded in 2004 and – in its first decade – has organized over 50 conferences and trade missions in more than 20 countries on 5 continents. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed a more project focused role and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Technical University of Delft and has a Masters degree in Industrial Design (Strategic Product Design).

Greg Sellers, Vice President, Field Operations, Clean Power Finance, @CleanPwrFinance
Greg Sellers is a solar energy executive who has led industry efforts to increase quality and expedite the development of residential solar installations. Greg pioneered the development of residential solar inspections, founding and leading Burnham Energy, a company that inspected more than 2,500 systems in 31 states. He has spoken at major solar conferences, and is a founding member of SolarTech, an industry consortium seeking to resolve barriers to the adoption of solar energy. Prior to his work in the solar industry, Greg served as a public policy consultant for a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has a graduate degree in public policy from California State University Monterey Bay and the Panetta Institute, where he was named Panetta Institute fellow to the Academy of Achievement. Greg was elected and served three terms as City Councilmember in the Silicon Valley community of Morgan Hill, California.

Joe Brotherton, President, MaxGen Energy Services, @MaxGenServices
Joe brings years of experience from the solar PV O&M field and experience in execution of over 1GW of solar O&M contracts to his role as president  of MaxGen, an independent solar O&M service provider with 300 MW’s under contract.  In 2009, Joe was the Commercial Operations Manager at Advanced Energy Inc., managing their O&M sales and contract negotiations. In 2011, Joe led Swinerton Renewable Energy’s technical services team where he managed both the field operations team and the in-house SCADA team after their development of the utility-scale monitoring program, SOLV. Joe has been a speaker at numerous industry events, most recently at Solar Power Generation USA.

Dru Sutton, Technical Marketing Manager, SolarEdge, @SolarEdgePV
Dru Sutton leads the Technical Marketing group for SolarEdge in North America, focusing on highlighting the benefits of distributed solar power harvesting.  Since joining the solar industry in 2005, Mr. Sutton has worked in Applications, Sales, and Marketing at several international companies including REC Solar and Q-Cells.  He installed a grid-tied solar electric system on his home in 1998 and has a BS in Engineering from UC Davis.

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