SPI 2018

Solar + Storage Corporate Procurement - Navigating Overseas Markets

Wednesday, September 26
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Industry Trends: Booth 189

Corporate procurement of solar energy is experiencing rapid growth for both distributed generation and utility-scale PV around the world. The leading corporate adopters are large multinational companies with facilities in several countries. Leading industry representatives and corporate executives will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities businesses face in procuring solar energy and storage in multiple markets. This event is designed to leverage the insight of leaders across the solar industry and the business community to discuss critical trends, challenges and solutions relating to expanding C&I Solar.

John Smirnow

Smirnow Law


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Miranda Ballentine

Chief Executive Officer
Constant Power

Miranda Ballentine is the CEO of Constant Power, inc., a Toronto-based developer, integrator, and operator of distributed energy resources through its Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) solution (advanced battery storage with AI-enabled energy management). Constant Power is built on experience and a strong network that enhances its reach and value proposition. Previously, Miranda was Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, driving innovation to improve national security, drive economic gains, and solve climate challenges. BRC serves over 200 members, who have completed 8,000+ renewable deals. Miranda formerly served President Obama as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, & Energy), where she was responsible for a $9 billion annual energy budget and environmental programs for 9 million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.” She provided war-fighting Commanders with visibility to strategic risk-to-mission from kinetic and cyber-attacks to energy systems. Previously, Miranda was Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy at Walmart Stores, Inc, where she led a team in fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified $1+ billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric tons of avoided GHG potential. In 2013, she was selected to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Washington University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter.


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Bruce Douglas

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
SolarPower Europe

Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for 20 years. He is currently the Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, a member-led association based in Brussels representing over 200 organisations active along the whole solar value chain.

He is also the coordinator of the RE-Source Platform – the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy – and the Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), the representative body for the entire global solar PV sector at an international level, representing over 2000 solar companies around the world.

Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope for 10 years, founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company.

He has a Master degree in renewable energy systems technology and is fluent in English and French.


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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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Mack Wyckoff

Vice President of Procurement
Black Bear Energy


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