The Road to Solar Innovation

Thursday, September 27
9:15 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: 203AB

Charlie Gay

Solar Energy Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE),
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Dr. Charlie Gay is the Solar Energy Technologies Office Director for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this position he is leading the SunShot Initiative, a team that is dedicated to research, manufacturing and market solutions to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

Charlie is an internationally recognized pioneer in photovoltaics. After starting his career in 1975 designing solar power system components for communications satellites at Spectrolab, he later joined ARCO Solar, where he established the research and development program and led the commercialization of crystalline silicon and thin film technologies.

In 1990, he became president and chief operating officer of Siemens Solar Industries, and from 1994 to 1997, he served as director of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In 1997, he was named president and chief executive officer of ASE Americas, and from 2001 to 2005 served as founding chairman of the technical advisory board at SunPower Corporation. He joined Applied Materials in 2006 as corporate vice president and general manager of the Solar Business Group. He served as president of Applied Solar and chairman of the Applied Solar Council from 2009-2013. As president, Charlie was responsible for positioning Applied Materials and its solar efforts with important stakeholders in the energy industry, technical community and governments around the world.

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2013. He established the Greenstar Foundation in 1997 to demonstrate an economically sustainable model that delivers solar power and internet access for health, education and microenterprise projects to developing world villages.


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Stephen Kerlin

Senior Environmental Project Manager / National Account Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Mr. Kerlin is a graduate of Elon University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Natural Resource Legislation.

Mr. Kerlin is an Environmental Project Manager in Terracon’s Raleigh office with over 13 years of environmental consulting experience. He routinely manages and performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and Phase II Limited Site Investigations (LSIs). He also has experience performing soil and groundwater sampling, supervision of underground storage tank (UST) removals, and remediation projects.

Mr. Kerlin acts as a National Account Manager for several national solar development firms and has provided technical and regulatory services related to Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, wetland delineations and Preliminary Natural and Cultural Resource Constraints Analysis Screenings for new utility scale solar farm facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and in Indiana, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Texas and Montana. As part of the project management efforts, Mr. Kerlin manages the completion of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Preliminary Cultural and Natural Resource Constraints Analysis Screenings which have included SHPO and USFWS consultations, habitat assessments and endangered species consultations.


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Tim Zgonena

Principal Engineer

Timothy Zgonena - Principal Engineer for Distributed Energy Resources Equipment and Systems. Has worked for UL LLC since 1990. His responsibilities include the development, maintenance and application of UL's certification requirements and delivery of UL conformity assessment services for: Utility grid interconnection systems equipment, inverters and converters, PV BOS equipment, PV rapid shutdown, PV hazard control, engine generators, wind turbines and wind turbine system components. Tim serves on several Distributed Generation IEEE, IEC and AWEA Technical Committees and he is a member of NFPA 70, NEC Code Making Panel 4. 2012 IEC 1906 Award Recipient.


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Dustin Haddock

VP Research & Development, S‐5! Attachment Solutions, Metal Roof Innovations,
Chair of the SEIA Mounting System Manufacturers Committee.
Chairs the UL Non‐Combustible Roof Group of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) Insurance Committee
UL 2703 & UL 1703 STP Member
Metal Construction Association (MCA) Triumph Award Winner

Dustin has collaborated and led many efforts in standards and codes development with organizations such as the ICC, UL, and Intertek and universities and institutes such as the University of Adelaide and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the fields of metal roofing, roofing attachments and racking and mounting systems. In addition to chairing SEIA’s mounting systems manufacturers committee, Dustin also chairs the UL Non‐Combustible Roof Group of the MBMA Insurance Committee, serves on the UL 2703 and UL 1703 Standards Technical Panels and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Roofing Work Group. He has 5 issued patents and more than 10 patents on file or pending domestically and internationally. He has developed over 50 new and custom products for S-5! including: S-5-PV Kit / EdgeGrab, S-5-K series clamps, S-5-S clamps, S-5-N clamps, S-5-R 465 clamps, S-5-R 500 clamps, VB 47, TrapBracket, RibBracket, SolarFoot, and CorruBracket product lines.

Currently a member of: International Code Council (ICC), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Metal Building Manufacturers’ Association (MBMA), Metal Construction Association (MCA), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and American Society of Tests and Materials (ASTM)


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Tanuj Deora, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Tanuj Deora is the chief strategy officer of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (formerly known as the Solar Electric Power Association), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization focused on facilitating electricity utilities in the transition to a clean energy future through research, education, and stakeholder collaboration. There he leads the research, advisory, and communications teams, and oversees SEPA’s 51st State Initiative.

Mr. Deora’s decade of experience in the clean power industry includes includes wind power project development, policy advocacy, strategy consulting, market forecasting, and financial analysis. He served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as director of the Colorado Energy Office, and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. Mr. Deora is a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Analysis and Implementation Advisory Board, has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series, co-founded the Colorado Renewable Energy Conservation Collaborative, and served on the board of Renewable Energy New England. He started his career as an engineer in the chemical industry and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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Michael Maulick

Chief Executive Officer/President
SunLink Corporation

As President and CEO of SunLink Corporation, Michael is leveraging more than four decades of technology industry expertise to facilitate the convergence of the technology and energy sectors on an international scale.

SunLink has long-been a leader in the racking and mounting space, which is both the foundation of the solar industry and the technology driving solar into the future. Michael has extended the company’s leadership from engineering and R&D to geotechnical services, installation, O&M and business intelligence technologies that will both dramatically improve project performance and protect the cybersecurity of the energy grid.

His broad experience in the high-tech sector has included successful IPO and M&A exits, as well as in-house sales and engineering positions at some of the largest, multinational corporations. He brings this prior industry experience to bear at SunLink, leveraging lessons learned in technology and the start-up community, generally, to accelerate the development of the solar industry and the universal adoption of solar power.


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