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Jennette Gayer coordinates policy development, research, and legislative advocacy for Environment Georgia. She is based in Atlanta and organizes around a number of issues to bring cleaner air, water and open spaces to Georgia.
She serves on the board of Citizens for Progressive Transit, a statewide group dedicated to increasing public transportation, and is a member of the Beltline Tax Advisory District Advisory Council.
Previously, she directed field campaigns to build a million solar roofs and cap global warming for Environment Georgia's sister organization, Environment California. She also worked as a Consumer Advocate with CALPIRG, where she sat on the state of California's Bureau of Automotive Repair and helped to found Angelenos for Equitable Access to Technology a media reform community group.
Ms. Gayer grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary.
Join TalkSolar host Beth Bond as she interviews Ralph Velasquez, NewWind out of Nashville, Tennessee about their new way to maximize solar on your roof.
Ralph has been involved in the roofing and building industry since 1978 and renewable technologies since 1999 .In his career, he has re-roofed millions of square feet in the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Governmental sectors all over North America. His passion for sustainability was formed from his early ideals of stewardship, minimalism and legacy, sharpened by five years in the late 80's and early 90's, working in sub-sahara Africa.
Ralph is one of the industry's early innovators in the green roof industry. He developed the GreenSave calculator, the green roof industry's first financial benefit calculator and was part of the ASTM sub-committee that wrote the first five national ASTM standards for green roofs. He completed the first ever green roof installation on a Presidential Library, with the completion of the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008 and an award winning design on the National Institutes of Health, in Bethsesda, MD Involved in distributed solar since 2008, Ralph developed over 3.5 mW of rooftop solar during the throngs of the great recession, from 2008-2010,
From 2010-2012, Ralph was the Executive Director for Sustainability for a global roofing manufacturer, responsible for all policy and strategic sustainability initiatives, world-wide. In late 2012, Ralph, along with his wife, formed Ark Investments to focus on micro investment opportunities in sustainability, in rural and local communities. To date investments have been made in sustainable animal husbandry, music and land development. Earlier this spring, Ralph joined NWES, as the Sr. Director of Business Development to again pursue the idea of rooftop solar, this time with a ROI financial focus.
Bobby Baker's practice focus is on providing strategic and regulatory advice to private companies and local governments, with an emphasis on energy, transportation and technology issues. In addition, Mr. Baker handles appellate and mediation matters.
Mr. Baker was first elected to the Public Service Commission in 1992 and was the first Republican to win a statewide election for a Georgia constitutional office since Reconstruction. As Commissioner, Mr. Baker worked aggressively to develop competitive markets for utility and technology services, and to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. He was elected to a third six-year term in November 2004, but did not seek re-election in 2010, deciding instead to return to private practice.
Mr. Baker grew up in DeKalb County and attended DeKalb County public schools. He graduated from Oglethorpe University with honors and received his law degree from the University of Georgia. After law school, Mr. Baker joined the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a regional conservative public interest law firm and then practiced with a private law firm in Gwinnett County. Mr. Baker has been recognized on numerous occasions by both Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city and state's most influential leaders. He has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) and as Vice-Chairman of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission (1990-1994). He also is the recipient of the Talmage Award from Oglethorpe University in honor of his distinguished professional career in public service.
Join us as we speak to Echogen Power Systems Phil Brennan.
Philip has 24 years of leadership in business development, marketing and sales management with Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. He has led and managed a variety of businesses, ranging from $220 million + portfolios to turnarounds, to emerging start-ups. Over his career Phil has conceived, developed, and launched over 100 new products in the plastics, nutraceuticals, food and packaged goods industries, and has raised over $50 million in equity and grant funding while preparing companies for the next stage of growth. He has held senior and executive management positions in operations, finance, manufacturing, sales and general management for Pfizer, Warner Lambert and Rubbermaid and was the youngest recipient of Georgetown University's Graduate Fellowship for the Masters in Business Administration.
Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst of the global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints began her solar market research career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she left Strategies Unlimited for Navigant where she continued her practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints provides classic solar market research products based on primary research and focused on the supply and demand sides of the solar industry and its technologies. Recently she has begun conducting end user research to discover what PV system residential buyer/lessee/PPA customers really think about the selling/installing process. She publishes often with Renewable Energy World and Renewable Energy Focus. Her chapter, Overview of Photovoltaic Production, Markets and Perspectives, was published in the Fraunhofer/Elsevier book Advances in Photovoltaics Volume 1, edited by Dr. Gerhard Willeke and Dr. Eicke Weber. Ms. Mints also speaks at several high profile conferences a year, including the IEEE PVSC, the EU PVSEC, Intersolar Europe and US as well as others. All of
Ms. Mints is on the Intersolar Europe and Intersolar US conference committees as well as the Renewable Energy World Conference committee and the SPI (Solar Power International) conference committees. She also serves on the expert committee of the EU PV Platform. She earned her MBA at San Jose State University in 1999.
Bill Radvak joined American Vanadium as President and CEO in January, 2010. He spearheaded the company’s transition from a mineral exploration company into a vertically integrated energy storage company with the execution of the Master Sales Agreement for North America with Gildemeister to market the world’s leading CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system.
Bill Radvak received an engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. Previously, he was a Founder and CEO of Response Biomedical, a publicly listed medical device company. Mr. Radvak led Response Biomedical from its evolution to a 90-employee, sales and manufacturing company.
Jeff Cantin with Solar Alternatives join us to discuss the lastest move by the Louisiana Public Service Commission in regards to commissioning a study on the the costs and benefits of solar energy net metering.
Solar Alternatives was founded in 2008 to provide affordable, productive, and durable clean energy solutions for the gulf south. We pride ourselves on responsible and customer-centered design, attention to detail in every installation, and excellent post-sales service. Our staff’s design and installation experience includes Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Photovoltaics, Glycol Closed-Loop Solar Thermal, Passive Batch Solar Thermal, Thermoplastic Solar Pool Systems, Commercial Scale Solar Process Heat and Auxiliary Residential Solar Equipment.
Jeff is also an active member of Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association (GSREIA) which represents Solar and Renewable Energy firms throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in matters of policy, regulation, and public relations.
We will be talking to Alicia Valdes, the CEO of Bright Solar Systems. brightsolarsystems.com She is the vibrant and inspired leader of this organization. Solar PV energy is her specialty and we will talk about how important and varied its applications. The second half of the program we will return to the writings of Ludwig von Mises. Taking our cue from quotes in Mark Thornton's book , 'The Quotable Mises'. Join in anytime. You are welcome.
Joel M. Lusk
Joel's path to remote system design can best be described as a continuum. After a successful career in the computer aided design and graphics industry Joel founded and managed his own construction firm designing and building his first solar system in 2000. Since then, his interest and excitement about solar power led him to design, manage and build hundreds of solar projects.
In addition to running his own company and co-founding Bright Harvest Solar, he has managed the installation divisions of both local and national solar integrators.
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is launching an aggressive national campaign to educate Americans regarding the truth about the solar industry, and the impact of government solar subsidies on taxpayers and consumers. In its recent report titled, A House of Cards: Solar Energy’s Subsidy-Based Business Model, TPA concludes that Big Solar’s heavy reliance on government handouts threatens taxpayers with another Solyndra. If you look past the media hype, what you see is an untested business model heavily dependent on government handouts and financing schemes of baffling complexity, which have, thus far, produced more red ink than reliable energy.
David Williams, TPA President: Big Solar cannot simply reoccupy Solyndra’s office space and declare victory without first making fundamental changes…The American people and their elected representatives should have no faith that other Solyndras are not also poised to collapse like a house of cards. Why should taxpayers have confidence in Big Solar when the same subsidy-based business model that created Solyndra continues to dominate an unprofitable industry?
Tags: Solar, green, EPA, environmentalist, Solyndra, taxpayer, David Williams, energy, Taxpayer Protectin Alliance, TPA, energy
Bob Stojanovic, Director of Solar Power for ABB North America, is responsible for driving the company’s North American solar market strategy and sales. In this role, Stojanovic works with various ABB divisions and business units, to help develop strategy as well as market and deliver solutions ranging from discrete components to complex turnkey systems. He has interaction with a diverse customer base composed of the following; distributors, contractors, OEM, developers, Independent Power Producers and Utilities. He has been with ABB since 1999 over the years he has served in various roles as district or regional manager for low voltage drives, low voltage products, and industrial power products and power systems. As the solar electric power market continues to grow, Bob and his team focus on bringing intelligent, efficient and bankable solutions to the North American Solar Power market. He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from The University of Western Ontario.
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