SPI 2018

Scaling Solar Solutions in the C&I Thermal Space

Tuesday, September 25
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Industry Trends: Booth 189

Commercial and Industrial end users are increasingly looking for renewable options to meet their thermal energy demand. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for solar thermal to meet this demand, as well as a newly formed initiative—the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC)—comprised of companies and cities that are committed to scaling up renewable heating and cooling at their facilities. The panel will feature perspectives from RTC members along with senior representatives from leading solar thermal companies to discuss their experience and the potential for scaling up solar thermal solutions for C&I customers.

David Gardiner

David Gardiner and Associates

David Gardiner is president of his own environmental consulting firm, David Gardiner and Associates, which focuses on climate change and clean energy issues and advises non-profit and for-profit organizations. The firm coordinates the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, and the Renewable Thermal Collaborative and helps eliminate policy barriers that prevent corporate consumers from buying renewable and other forms of clean energy. Prior to founding his firm, he served in the Clinton Administration as Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force and as Assistant Administrator for Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining EPA, Mr. Gardiner was the Sierra Club’s Legislative Director in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard College.


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Michael Intrieri

Chief Executive Officer
SunDrum Solar

Michael G. Intrieri founded SunDrum® Solar in 2008. His passion for solar energy solutions began in the 70's working with his father to capture solar thermal energy. Mr. Intrieri has a range of experience with both thermal and electrical solar systems. Taking up the challenge to develop a solution to maximize total solar energy capture he developed the Intellectual Property for SunDrum® Solar's Hybrid technology which achievements include; current solar efficiency record holder at 86%, 2017 AEE International Innovation Award, and largest hybrid solar array in the US at 380kW. Mr. Intrieri obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Central Florida in 1982.


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Rob Threlkeld

Global Manager, Renewable Energy
General Motors

Rob Threlkeld is global manager of renewable energy for General Motors, leading the company’s commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Threlkeld manages GM’s growing renewable energy portfolio and develops future projects to support GM’s sustainability strategy. Threlkeld is responsible for negotiating long-term power purchase agreements for GM facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage, behind-the-meter applications and EV integration.

As part of GM’s sustainability team, Threlkeld shares best practices for renewable energy procurement with internal and external audiences, offering solutions for large and small businesses alike to benefit from the use of renewables.

Threlkeld is a board member of the American Wind Energy Association and involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association, two energy groups advancing the use of these renewable forms of energy. He also serves on the advisory board of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, and supports the World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute’s Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, organizations designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers meet rising demand. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Education Council.

Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Complex. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified Energy Manager and Business Energy Professional.


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Adam Chrisman


Adam Chrisman’s interests in energy efficiency and focus on Solar Thermal technologies have helped SunEarth maintain the US leading position in Glazed Flat Plate Solar manufacturing. Adam’s dedication to ensuring every solar thermal installation is a success is echoed by SunEarth’s contractor and distributor base. As energy efficiency standards and requirements throughout the United States, and the world, advance to make better utilization of the resources we all share. Adam believes that documented and verifiable benefits for solar thermal technology will pave the way for its ultimate acceptance and adoption as a preferred method of energy production and conservation.

Adam currently holds the following Solar Industry Positions.

IAPMO Uniform Solar energy & Hydronics Code, Technical Committee Member

SEIA Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance, Vice Chairman


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