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Solar Manufacturing: What Tariffs and New Factories Mean

Wednesday, September 26
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 207CD

Between tariffs on imported solar cells, modules, aluminum, and steel, new announcements around domestic manufacturing facilities, and changes to China’s national solar policies that will impact the global PV market, the past several months have brought the spotlight to solar manufacturing. This session will cover manufacturing trends, including the prospect for new domestic facilities, and how these developments impact the industry downstream.

Justin Baca

Vice President, Markets and Research
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Justin Baca leads the development and implementation of SEIA's research agenda in coordination with the Government Affairs department, Communications department and oversees SEIA's Codes & Standards work. Since joining SEIA in July 2008, he has built SEIA's market research and policy analysis capabilities to support both the advocacy goals of SEIA and the business market data needs of the industry. He also works on improving quality and safety while reducing costs by engaging in the standard setting and codemaking that govern how solar is installed in the U.S.


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Nigel Cockroft

US General Manager
JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc.

Nigel Cockroft is the General Manager of San Francisco-based JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. and responsible for PV Module Sales and Operations in the US and Canada. He has been an integral contributor to the growth of JinkoSolar (US) from approximately 10th position to becoming a leading module supplier to the US Utility segment, delivering over 5 GW to the United States market since joining the company 5 years ago.

Dr. Cockroft’s background prior to joining JinkoSolar includes serving as Head of North America System Integration Sales at GCL Solar and as a Senior Director of Sales at Hanwha SolarOne. Before working in the solar industry Dr. Cockroft had served in Executive management roles in Development, Production and Sales/Marketing for Silicon-Valley based Fiber Optics company Gemfire Corporation, building upon a 7 year R&D Management role at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a PhD in Physics from the University of Canterbury in 1987.


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Archie Flores

General Manager, Americas
LONGi Solar


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Andy Klump

Chief Executive Officer
Clean Energy Associates

Andrew Paul Klump is a renewable energy executive with twenty years of solar energy, storage and technology experience with fifteen years operating in China. Mr. Klump is the Founder and CEO of Clean Energy Associates (CEA), a solar energy and storage engineering services firm established in 2008 which serves investors, EPC contractors, utilities and other downstream clients in the areas of supply chain management, quality assurance, independent engineering, and business intelligence. CEA’s team of 60+ professionals and 35+ engineers with a presence in 10 countries and 4 continents have worked with clients in over 40 countries and completed over 30GW of projects.

Prior to CEA, Mr. Klump served as the Vice President of Business Development for Trina Solar where he oversaw the company’s international expansion plans covering upstream polysilicon procurement, downstream project integration and development and together with the executive management team, he helped raise nearly $500M in capital during the company’s IPO and follow-on offerings on the New York Stock Exchange from 2006 to 2008. In addition to his duties with Trina Solar, Mr. Klump also served as a Board Member of the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Prior to 2006, Mr. Klump worked in sales, business development and strategic planning roles in China for large companies such as Dell and Intel as well as technology startups in the US. Mr. Klump holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He speaks Mandarin with business proficiency and resides in Shanghai, China with his wife and four daughters.


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Suzanne Leta

Global Market Strategy
SunPower Corporation

Suzanne Leta leads global market strategy for SunPower. Her role focuses on shifting global market and policy dynamics and its impact on SunPower manufacturing, product development and sales in all business segments - residential, commercial and utility-scale. Her responsibilities include directing new strategic business initiatives, guiding corporate multi-year planning, early stage business development, and new market entry.

Suzanne brings fifteen years of experience in clean energy to the SunPower team. She came to SunPower after leading the U.S. power and renewables business for Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultancy. Her experience also includes utility-scale project development at RES Americas. Prior to entering the for-profit sector, Suzanne directed clean energy, climate change and energy efficiency policy initiatives for non-profit advocacy organizations. She holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Costa Nicolaou

Chief Executive Officer
PanelClaw, Inc.

Costa has been with the company since its founding in 2007 and leads PanelClaw's sales and marketing and international business development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PanelClaw, Inc. Prior to joining PanelClaw, Costa held the position of Director of Research at Market Metrics®, a financial services consulting firm now owned by Strategic Insight. Costa serves on the Board of Directors of Sunwealth and as the Vice Chair of SEIA's Distributed Generation Committee. Costa holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.


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