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Trends in Regional Solar Markets

Tuesday, September 25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 207CD

Join SEIA’s State Affairs team and solar market leaders for a discussion about state and regional trends facing the solar industry. Learn how state regulatory and legislative activities and actions are effecting distributed and utility-scale solar markets, and forecast the greatest opportunities and barriers the industry will address in the coming years.

Sean Gallagher

Vice President, State Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Sean Gallagher is SEIA’s Vice President of State Affairs where he oversees SEIA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy development work in states nationwide. Previously he served as an executive for firms developing utility scale solar power projects, including supporting the first utility scale solar plant developed on an Indian reservation in the U.S.

Sean was the director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division for nearly four years, including the period during which the California Solar Initiative was developed. He has a wide range of expertise in the solar industry and government sector, having worked with legislatures and agencies in California, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as with the Congress and various federal agencies. In those roles he has supported the development of specific utility-scale solar development projects and worked on development and implementation of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, state RPSs, state tax incentive and rebate programs in California and Nevada, energy storage policy and rate design.


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Madeleine Klein, MEM

Managing Director, Policy and Market Strategy
Engie North America

As Managing Director of Policy & Market Strategy for Engie North America's Solar Business Development Organization, Madeleine is responsible for helping Engie gain a strategic advantage by catalyzing new business opportunities through the application of policy and market intelligence.

Previously, Madeleine was with SoCore Energy (acquired by Engie in April 2018) and sister company Edison Energy, where she led the Advanced Energy Solutions team and was responsible for developing the company's energy storage offering.

Madeleine has more than 15 years of experience in energy policy and market analysis. Prior to joining SoCore, she was a Senior Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, where she was involved in renewable energy policy development and regulatory proceedings across the Midwest. Madeleine previously served as Deputy Director of Policy & Communications for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she led downtown redevelopment activities and launched the City’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative. She also worked as a Policy Analyst for the Acadia Center and Project Coordinator for the City of New Haven, Connecticut.

Madeleine holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA from Carleton College.


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Gary Liardon

President, Consumer Division

Gary Liardon joined the PetersenDean team in 2014 after 25 years of experience in residential and commercial sales and construction management spanning all of the major markets in Texas.

Having built and led teams for some of the nation’s most successful home building organizations, Gary understands the importance of leadership and accountability at all levels within any successful organization. Singular focus born of collaborative drive is a keystone of his management style. Awarded Bachelor’s Degrees in both English and History from Tarleton State University, Gary went on to pursue graduate studies in both Law and Philosophy at the University of Houston. This multi-discipline approach coupled with years of practical field experience has been at the apex of successful team development throughout his career.

When not engaged in or supporting a variety of endurance oriented family sports, his involvement with philanthropic groups like the Wounded Hero Program and the American Cancer Society has provided him the opportunity to work alongside State and National leaders on a myriad of challenges.


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Bret J. Sowers

Vice President, Development and Strategy
Southern Current

Bret is a Principal of Southern Current and serves as their Vice President of Development and Strategy where he positions the company in new and emerging markets through utility relationships, policy, and regulation.

Prior to joining Southern Current, Bret served multiple construction and development related roles with southeast regional developer, NARENCO. Over his 8 years of experience in the commercial and utility-scale solar market, he has been responsible for over 1 GW of early, mid and late-stage developments of utility-scale projects in the South Eastern United States.

Bret currently serves as the Chairman for the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance. Representing the nearly 60 member companies, this alliance has been responsible for key policy and regulatory accomplishments that provide for a stronger solar market in South Carolina.

Bret earned his BA in Building Sciences from Appalachian State University where he found his passion for renewables as he competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.


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Kent Walter

Manager, Customer Technology
Arizona Public Service


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