The Solar Powering Minnesota Conference program was packed with an energizing mix of large-group speakers, breakout sessions, and networking time.
See below for the full agenda and to download speaker presentations. Note: All presentations are for personal use only. They are copyright protected by their authors and should not be reproduced or used without the speaker’s consent.
Agenda & Presentations
8:00-9:00am – Registration, Breakfast & Sponsor Time
9:00-10:15am – Welcome & Plenary
Welcome: Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs
Kickoff: Commissioner Mike Rothman
Keynote: Minh Le, Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy Download presentation
10:30-11:45am – Morning Breakout Sessions
Minnesota Solar Legislation: Updates from 2013 Minnesota Policy and Programs Track
Moderator: Lissa Pawlisch, U of M Extension and Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Minh Le, Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. DOE
Minh Le is the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he helps to manage and balance a roughly $1B multi-year portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs to achieve the goals of the SunShot Initiative. Prior to his current role at the DOE, Minh spent his career in the semiconductor and solar industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Minh earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT, where he held fellowships with DOE, the Department of Defense, and the Bose Foundation.
Karl Rábago, Principal, Rábago Energy LLC
Karl R. Rábago has some 20 years experience in electricity policy and regulation, energy markets development, and energy technology development and currently operates an energy consulting practice called Rábago Energy LLC. Karl’s past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; Sustainability Leader with NatureWorks, LLC; and Managing Director & Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute.
Training opportunities were offered before and after the conference. See the options that were available below.