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  • Solar Energy Industries Association sponsoring conference.
  • More than 400 will be in attendance.
  • Broomfield conference is drawing local and national panel members.

SolarMore than 400 people are expected to attend the Solar Power Colorado Conference that is continuing today and Wednesday in Broomfield.

The nonprofit and Denver-based Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association is sponsoring the conference that is billed as the largest business-to-business solar conference and expo in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region.

It is being held at the Omni Hotel and Conference Center in Broomfield at 500 Interlocken Boulevard.

Ron Binz, who was the chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 2007 t0 2011, will today will moderate a panel of leading players in the solar industry including Blake Jones, co-founder of Denver-based Namasté Solar.Binz is now principal at Public Policy Consulting. His clients include Dow Solar, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund and others.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to give the opening keynote speech today.

This afternoon, K.K. DuVivier, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will moderate panel discussion titled: Solar for All: Community Solar and Shared Rooftops.

Panel members will include:

  • Kelly Crandall, the City of Boulder’s energy sustainability specialist;
  • Chris Jedd, portfolio manger for the Denver Housing Authority;
  • Shirley Moore, program manager of Grid Alternatives, which is bringing solar power to low-income families in Colorado;
  • JW Postal, a senior vice president at SunShare;
  • And Tim Rehder, senior environmental scientist in Region 8 for the EPA, which includes Colorado.

Topics addressed on panels on Wednesday will include:

  • Climate Policy and Solar as a Solution;
  • The Future of Utility-Scale Sola;
  • Climate Policy and Solar as a Solution;
  • Net Metering Challenges;
  • Financing Solar: New Products and Trends.;
  • and New Solar Thermal Technologies.

From 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Rebecca Cantwell, a senior program director at COSEIA, will moderate a panel on Solar Friendly Communities: Reducing Soft Costs of Solar Projects.

Panel members will include:

  • Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and founder of Energy Sage;
  • Koen Calhoun, a research associate the Rocky Mountain Institute;
  • Whitney Painter, co-owner of Budget Solar Electric Installation;
  • Dru Sutton, technical marketing manager at SolarEdge;
  • And Theresa Worsham, sustainability manager for the City of Golden.

Another afternoon session on Wednesday is titled: Selling Solar in New Communities: Homebuilders and Solar Panels.

It will be moderate by John Bringenberg, a solar developer for Oak Leaf Partners.

Panel members will include:

  • Bill Rectanus, vice president of operations and technology at Denver-based New Town Builders;
  • Matt Brost, national sales director for Sun Power’s new homes division;
  • Dennis Helblig, regional manager for new builder markets for Solar City;
  • And Taylor Henderson, a North America commercial executive for Dow Solar.

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