SPI 2018

The Rubin Group: Lessons from Virginia

Thursday, September 27
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Industry Trends: Booth 189

After the VA General Assembly declared 5.5GW of solar and win energy in the public interest, Virginia solidified its position as a rapidly evolving clean energy state. But how did this happen? This dialogue between the Executive Director of MDV-SEIA and Francis Hosdoll will focus on the outlook of solar in Virginia and lessons learned from the Rubin group, a consensus-building cohort consisting of representatives from energy companies, solar advocacy organizations, utility firms, energy education groups and others who helped shaped the emerging opportunity for solar in Virginia.

Francis Hodsoll, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Francis co-founded SolUnesco – a Virginia-based utility-scale solar developer – and serves as CEO. Francis is an expert on solar technology and policy, land options, leases, and acquisitions, land use, local, state and federal permitting, electricity interconnections, wholesale and retail energy markets, strategy, finance, policy and performance management involvement. Francis involvement in energy policy spans a variety of industry organizations and policy groups including an original member of the three-year energy policy working group comprised of Virginia's electric utilities, the solar industry, the manufacturers and other stakeholders; former board member of the MD-DC- VA Solar Energy Industry Association; chair of the Energy Workgroup for Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission; a Committee member of Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Committee; a Founder of the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association; coach of youth sports; and Vice President of a school PTO.

Francis also founded and serves as President of E&E Frontiers, an energy management consulting company with clients that include U.S Military, US AID, Nextera, Advanced Energy Economy, ICF, LMI, Sun Edison, Sol Systems and Standard Solar.

Francis received his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and BA in Economics from Colby College.


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David Murray

Executive Director

A native of District of Columbia, David Murray serves as Executive Director of the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). MDV-SEIA is an official state affiliate of SEIA, and has been providing policy and regulatory representation to the regional solar industry since 1984. As Executive Director, David implements legislative and regulatory campaigns, leads stakeholder engagement initiatives, and manages membership of the association. Previously, he worked for Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), performing policy research and advocacy on behalf of the clean energy industry. David has several years of experience on political campaigns and consulting in Virginia and North Carolina, and holds a Master’s in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and B.A. from the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified as a LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Entry Level Installer.


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