Solar 2021

Colorado Spotlight Session

Session Moderator: Janna West-Heiss

Join us for a session highlighting all of the wonderful actions people and organizations are taking around the state of Colorado to implement sustainable actions and renewable energy policy.


Aug 04 2021


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm


Center Ballroom


  • Adrienne Dorsey
    Adrienne Dorsey
    Executive Director at GRID Alternatives Colorado

    Adrienne is the Executive Director for GRID Alternatives Colorado, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. In this role, she sets the strategic vision for the office and guides the development of solar projects, workforce programming, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives Colorado, she worked in the governmental sector leading innovative programs and projects at both the state and local level. Her experience includes leading a statewide initiative designed to expand access to community solar for low-income households in Colorado and building the first Sustainability Office for Adams County, Colorado. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Neighborhoods Network and is a member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Climate Equity Framework Advisory Council. In 2019, the Denver Business Journal recognized her as one of the 40 Top Women in Energy.

  • Beth Osnes
    Beth Osnes
    Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies & Co-Founder of Inside the Greenhouse at CUBoulder

    Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado. She is passionate about using performance as a tool for women and youth to author a new story for an equitable, survivable, and thrive-able future for all life and the ecosystems upon which life depends. She is co-founder and co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative on the CU campus to inspire creative communication on climate ( She is co-founder of SPEAK.WORLD, an approach towards vocal empowerment for young women for increased self-advocacy and civic participation that is being researched in Guatemala, Tanzania, Egypt, and the USA. She recently toured her original new musical Shine to select cities that are a part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative to engage youth voices in resilience planning. Her most recent books include Performance for Resilience: Engaging Youth on Energy and Climate through Music, Movement, and Theatre (Palgrave), and Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development (Routledge). She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion ( She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Diego Lopez
    Diego Lopez
    Executive Director at Northern Colorado Clean Cities

    Diego Lopez joined Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC) in August 2018 and now serves as the executive director for NCCC. Available to assist coalition stakeholders with project development, technical advising, workshops, funding opportunities and proposals. With 7 years of experience in the energy and transportation industry with a demonstrated history of working with consumers, businesses, municipalities, utilities, and fleets.

  • Douglas Arent
    Douglas Arent
    Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

    As executive director, Doug Arent focuses on strategic public and private partnerships with NREL to transform energy economies at speed and scale across the globe.

    Arent has worked in research on energy and sustainability for more than 30 years, publishing extensively on topics within clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy.

    In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Arent is senior visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group and advisory boards for the Post Carbon Transition Program at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford University, U.K.; the Smart Electric Power Association; and the Energy Academy of Europe, Netherlands. He is also member of the Keystone Energy Board. Arent is the editor in chief for Renewable Energy Focus and is associate editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor’s of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

  • Suzanne Jones
    Suzanne Jones
    Past Mayor of Boulder | ECO-CYCLE Boulder
  • Theresa Barnes
    Theresa Barnes
    Group Research Manager III-Materials Science at NREL

    Teresa Barnes manages the Photovoltaic (PV) Reliability and System Performance Group at NREL. She is also the principal investigator and director of the DuraMAT Consortium for module materials research.

    Dr. Barnes has worked in PV at NREL for 14 years, including work on thin-film PV, flexible devices, and transparent contacts, before focusing on reliability research in 2016.

    The PV Reliability and System Performance Group focuses on PV module and system reliability, including accelerated test development, outdoor field testing, energy yield assessment, degradation rate analysis, and materials science. The group has worked with stakeholders throughout the PV value chain on the development of industry standards for reliability testing and energy yield. They conduct application-driven research on module adhesion, cell and module degradation, mechanical damage, material weathering, and other topics.

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