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Solar Oregon Annual Meeting

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Oregon’s solar advocates for Solar Oregon’s 2017 annual meeting as we discuss community energy preparedness and what is next for solar in Oregon. Agenda below.

Lunch tickets are available for purchase, it will include a hot lunch and a beverage!

Please consider an end of year donation to Solar Oregon or becoming our newest member! Annual Individual and Family as well as Lifetime memberships are available.

A special thank you to our event host Global Homestead Community Garage, they are providing their space for this fun event!

Solar Oregon Annual Meeting Agenda
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Community Energy Preparedness and What’s Next for Solar in Oregon

Global Homestead Community Garage, 416 SE Oak Street, Portland OR

RSVP at http://bit.ly/2hrvD8s

10:00a – Introductions and welcome

10:30a – Keynote: Representative Karin Power

11:00a – Panel discussion: Community Resiliency and Clean Technologies
Moderator: Claire Carlson, Lockheed Martin

  • Panelists:

    Tanya Barham, PECI

    Adam Schultz, Oregon Department of Energy

    Joseph Wheatley, Tesla

    Olaf Lohr, Sonnen Batterie

12:00p – Lunch & Member Voting

1:00p – Oregon Solar Policy Update: Jon Miller, OSEIA

1:30p – Solar and Green Real Estate: Ron “Mac” McDowell, Coldwell Banker

2:00p – Conclusion


Speaker Bios:

Representative Karin Power

Representative Karin Power was elected to office in November 2016. Prior to her election, she served as a Milwaukie City Councilor and chair of her neighborhood association. As a Lewis and Clark alumna with a background in environmental law, Rep. Power serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environment, and as a member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee of Ways and Means and the House Judiciary Committee. In her other job, Rep. Power is Associate General Counsel for The Freshwater Trust. Rep. Power is committed to progress for our environment, for stronger communities and better schools, and for equity and equality. She understands how important it is to make our government more accessible, and champions equitable policies both for the Oregon we are today and for the generations yet to come. In addition to her work in the Oregon Legislature and at The Freshwater Trust, Rep. Power is a board member of the Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Rep. Power and her wife live in Milwaukie with their baby, four chickens, and two rescue dogs.

Adam Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy

Adam’s work portfolio focuses on grid integration and resiliency. In particular, his portfolio includes representing the Department on issues related to energy storage, demand response, time variant pricing, and smart grid. He also represents the Department in PGE’s Integrated Resource Planning proceeding, is a member of the Renewable Energy Advisory Council at the Energy Trust of Oregon, and is a member of both the Demand Response and Resource Adequacy Advisory Committees of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Energy, Adam managed the UC Davis Energy Institute, an academic research institute focused on renewable energy resources, where he led the initiative to create a new interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. program in energy studies. He also has experience as a senior analyst on the RPS team at the California Public Utilities Commission, as the Wayne Morse Legal Fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, and as the Director of Environmental Policy for an energy economics consulting firm. Adam has a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Tanya Barham, Director of Operations, PECI

Tanya’s management experience spans a wide variety of innovative and traditional energy applications including; coal and gas fired power plant operations, planning, maintenance, and uptime management for clients such as Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and Colorado Springs Utilities. She worked on geospatial management of ISO 140001 for Shell Petroleum Distribution in Iceland.

Tanya also has helped develop energy efficiency and renewable energy startups including: scaling a nascent AirCarePlus HVAC tune-up technology and savings aggregation program that has delivered 350 trillion BTU savings to small to medium commercial buildings on behalf of investor owned utilities; and building the Solar 4R Schools renewable energy education startup that now serves over 200 schools nationwide and delivers over 1 MW of solar energy.  Tanya is a member of the GridWise® Architecture Council.

PECI helps communities thrive in the new energy economy.  PECI believes that current changes in the economy, energy markets and technology are creating the means and the opportunity to turn what is currently waste from the energy system into opportunity for communities.  We believe that communities are best poised to aggregate, oversee and benefit from innovations in energy production, consumption and storage at the distribution grid level and that they will incubate the solutions to our nation’s energy security and future.  

Olaf Lohr Sr. Manager for Utility Relations

Born in Chemnitz, Germany, Olaf has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Sr. Manager for Utility Relations for sonnen, Inc. (www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Atlanta, GA.

As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion in specific US markets. He is primarily focused on developing new business models for the energy storage markets where end customers and utilities will benefit from sonnen’s disruptive technology. Olaf’s expertise in new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy.

#sonnen is restoring power and hope in Puerto Rico: While the island is still mostly without power, both for residential buildings and infrastructure, our team has been working tirelessly to provide islands of power and clean water to the residents, called “Energy Oasis”. The first one already installed is in Loiza, where residents washed clothes in a river polluted with the deadly Leptospirosis bacteria. A similar installation is to be commissioned in La Perla, where Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee shot the music video for the summer hit song “Despacito,” overlooking San Juan’s rocky coastline. Many more will follow with 8 total under construction.
Sonnen believes in a larger mission: beyond the short term disaster recovery efforts, renewable nano grids will continue to provide clean, resilient and affordable energy to the island, and help stabilize the grid, and therefore make a significant contribution to rebuilding the grid in a more efficient and sustainable way. www.sonnen-batterie.com

Joe Wheatley Regional Manager Tesla Energy

Joe has been in the solar industry for 2.5 years. He started in the Los Angeles CA area in 2015, but moved back to his home town of Portland OR in 2016 where he then took over as Regional Manager of Sales in the Oregon market for SolarCity. Prior to getting into the solar industry, Joe spent 8 years in the US Army as a Combat Engineer and completed a tour in Iraq in 2008. It was there that his passion for helping people grew, and he was able to see firsthand the importance of energy independence and the importance of moving our reliance of energy to renewable sources.

Tesla is focused on helping homeowners achieve energy independence. With solar and storage, our customers are able to still have power if/when something should happen to the grid system.

Jon Miller, Executive Director, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association

Jon Miller started his solar career in 2002 serving as OSEIA’s Executive Director until 2008. Jon was successful at developing OSEIA into the organization it is today. Programs that Jon developed that still exist today include the NW Solar Expo which has developed into the Oregon Solar Energy Conference and the Solar Technical Statewide Training Program. In addition, Jon was successful in OSEIA’s policy and regulatory mission’s during that time.

Since his departure from OSEIA in 2007, Jon went on to develop utility scale PV projects around the US for enXco and REC Solar. Jon recently served on the board of directors for OSEIA before accepting the position as Executive Director for OSEIA.

Ron “Mac” McDowell, Broker, Caldwell Banker Bain

Mac is a residential real estate broker who has taken a special interest in living green and is always seeking ways to lessen his own environmental footprint, as well as help neighbors and the community to do the same. I’m a certified Earth Advantage Broker who sits on the EA Broker Advisory Group, a NAR GREEN designee, and a real estate trade ally of the Energy Trust of Oregon.   Mac is also a lifetime Solar Oregon member.

So whether you want to buy or sell, I will assist you with an earth-friendly approach and be your resource in transacting high-performance homes (nee resource-efficient homes), solar homes and smart homes. Contact me today for an introductory no-obligation interview to discuss your requirements and expectations.


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