2014 Go SOLAR Renewable Energy Fest Invited Speakers
|Topic: Effective Policy Mechanisms for PV Deployment|
Angelina M. Galiteva,
Founder and Board President
Renewables 100 Policy Institute
Ms. Galiteva is the Founder and Board President of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, a non- profit dedicated to advancing Renewable Energy Solutions for the energy and transportation sectors. She is also Chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy and a Principal of New Energy Options, Inc. Ms. Galiteva specializes in formalizing strategic direction for renewable energy, new technology development and overall sustainable policy programs for public and private entities. She was appointed to the Board of the California Independent System Operator and previously served as the Executive Director-Strategic Planning, for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She is an attorney with a JD and Masters’ of Law Degrees in International, Environmental and Energy Law.
Topic: PV Innovation Landscape: A Global and Local Perspective
Fatima Toor, Ph.D.
Research Analyst, Solar Intelligence Team
Dr. Fatima Toor is an Analyst at Lux Research on the Solar Intelligence team. She helps clients – Innovation 1000 corporations, leading institutional investors, utilities, and public policy makers – make better strategic decisions and monitor the ever changing global solar market. She is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited globally in various publications on solar innovation and market trends. Dr. Toor obtained a doctorate and Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University where she developed cutting edge III-V-based quantum cascade lasers for environmental and medical sensing. Dr. Toor has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented at various scientific conferences and received several awards for academic excellence.
Topic: Insurance and your solar exposures
Lorin Schiff Montgomery, CPCU
Corporate Insurance Advisors, LLC
Lorin Schiff Montgomery is the Vice President of Corporate Insurance Advisors, a commercial insurance agency located in Ft. Lauderdale. She has worked with business owners for more than 29 years to protect their assets and income by assisting them in cost effectively managing their risk through different insurance vehicles. Ms. Montgomery has managed the insurance programs for many large South Florida businesses including: Eldorado Furniture, Farmer and Irwin Corporation, and US Foundry. Having the ability to ensure that specialized and general businesses in the US or overseas get exactly the coverage they need, at a fair market price, is the hallmark of her practice. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of NAWIC Chapter 78 and The Construction Underground.
Topic: Off grid PV systems for rural electrification, back up power, outdoor and recreational activities
COO & Marketing Director
Yake Solar Power Corp.
Mr. Castano is an Electrical Engineer graduate from Florida International University specialized in Control Systems. During his senior design he worked on a project called "The Smart Green Factory", a smart automated system using renewable energy that allowed factory personnel to manipulate all loads independently and also the energy source based on grid peak hours. His experience contributed in the development of Yake Solar’s innovative line of products. His passion for the solar world started long before joining Yake Solar, he had a passion for helping the world improve its energy use through innovation and renewable resources. He has been a guest speaker at various solar energy conventions.
Topic: 3 times the power in 30% less space: Distributed Concentrated Solar
Vice President, Business Development
Sunergy World, Inc.
Robert Mellifont is Vice President, Business Development at Sunergy World, a wholesaler of Solar Panels and other Solar driven systems. Mr. Mellifont has been actively involved in designing and selling solar energy systems for the past 6 years. His motto is “Find a Better Way”. He has spent the last 45 years in Sales, Sales Management and Entrepreneurship. He has designed and sold residential, commercial and mobile solar energy systems. Mr. Mellifont has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from St. John’s University in New York City. He moved to Broward County in the Sunshine State in May 2013.
Topic: FIU Solar House’s Potential Performance: A Study of Natural Ventilation Strategies
Long Phan, Ph.D.
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Florida International University
Long Phan is currently a Ph.D. student working in Professor Cheng-Xian Lin’s Sustainable Energy and Thermal Transport Systems Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Florida International University. In 2003, he and several FIU students provided technical support for the Solar Decathlon China. Mr. Long completed his Bachelor of Science degree at FIU in 2013. With a steady momentum, he decided to pursue his Ph.D at FIU to further extend his research interests. His major research areas are renewable energy applications, computational fluid dynamics, building energy simulation, and sustainable design of modern green buildings.
Topic: Accessing Affordable Solar Financing Through PACE
Stacey Lawson, CEO
As CEO of Ygrene, Stacey Lawson brings 20 years of experience as a business executive in the areas of manufacturing, technology and clean energy. She co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Engineering. Ms. Lawson previously held positions as Division General Manager for Siebel Systems, Senior Vice President for Parametric Technology Corporation and co-founder of InPart Design. She was also recently a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district. Ms. Lawson holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Second Annual Go SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest
The Second Annual Go SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest will be held on June 6 & 7, 2014 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. This is the premier event in South Florida to promote and expand rooftop solar in Florida. The Go SOLAR program is growing! For our second Fest, in addition to photovoltaics, we added topics such as thermal, biomass, energy efficiency, wind energy and job creation to our agenda.
Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2014
Final Presentation Deadline: May 16, 2014
Abstract Submittal Form (PDF)
The first Go SOLAR Fest proved to be a shining success as more than 1,220 attendees, 54 exhibitors and 37 speakers showed up to the Broward County Convention Center on January 25-26, 2013 for the inaugural event. The exciting event offered solar and electrical contractors, installers and residents interested in bringing more solar energy to South Florida a unique opportunity to hear from the experts about recent advances in permitting, financing, solar rights, zoning, net metering and interconnection.
Prospective authors for the second Fest are requested to submit an abstract of 200-500 words and one 100 word biography by April 15, 2014. The abstract must clearly describe the nature, scope, content, organization, key points and significance of the proposed paper by completing the application package.
Presentations are to be original, non-commercial in that they focus on the technical business merits of a design, a method, a structure, an integration scheme, a material or a process rather than on the individual company’s product benefits. All abstracts will be reviewed and selected speakers will be notified no later than May 4, 2014.
Final Presentations can be submitted electronically via Email by May 16, 2014.
We invite you to share your expertise by submitting a proposal to present at the conference. We encourage presentations and panel discussion on the following topics:
Finance and Policy
- I can get my permit in minutes…how do I pay for my solar system?
- Increasing the Use of Renewable Energy in Florida
- Federal, state and local policies that affect solar and other renewable energy
- Production Tax Credits
- Building Community Solar Programs
- Financing commercial and municipal solar projects
- Solar Economics 101
- Available Financing Options for Residents
International Renewable Energy Developments
- Renewable Energy Projects Across the World
- The role of renewable energy in developing and developed countries
- Energy and economic growth in emerging economies
- Public-private ventures for energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability
Renewable Technologies and Market Trends
- Technologies beyond PV and CSP, such as micro-inverters, central inverters and power optimizers
- Pros and Cons of Battery-Based Solar Systems, Design and Maintenance
- Preserving historic properties while embracing renewable technologies
- Solar Thermal in the Sunshine State
- Sustainable Transportation
- The latest PV research
- Energy Efficiency
I am ready to Go SOLAR!
- I am interested in solar, what do I need to do first?
- Simple ways to save energy and money (programmable thermostats, weatherizing, energy efficient windows, and more)
- How many panels can I put on my roof to have a zero electric bill?
- How does the FPL rebate work, what tax incentives are available?
Training Workshops: (Learning Units Preferred)
- Code Compliance and Inspection of PV Systems
- Fire Fighter Safety and Solar PV Systems
- Sustainable Design (LEED)
- Consumer Level ABCs of Solar
Jobs in Renewable Energy
- What jobs are available?
- What special training will I need?
- What do they pay?
- Is this a growth field?