Finance Track: Clean Energy Financing


Dara Bortman


This session will dive into a variety of economic and financial aspects of “the new energy economy”, enabling the movement to a 100% renewable future. We will hear about various energy storage concepts from Hydrogen, electric vehicles, and grid scale options. We will also learn about the federal programs that can support renewable energy development and energy efficiency programs. Also presented will be several economic and technical feasibility ideas, and market trends for solar in the building sector.


Jun 24 2020


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm




  • Bill Hagy
    Bill Hagy
    Bill Hagy Consulting

    Since retiring after 37 years of service in the Department of Agriculture (my last several years there as Special Assistant to the Secretary for Renewable Energy Policy) at the end of 2011, I work with clients to provide advice, identify financial resources, and outline the application process to access federal, state and local resources/programs for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement projects. In addition, I provide shepherding services to clients including oversight and supervision of federally funded program applications and liaison with funding agencies.

    Presentation Title: Federal Financial Assitance Supporting Renewable Energy Development

    Description: The availability of Federal Financial Programs to support renewable energy development and energy efficiency improvements is not widely known by the general public. This presentation will outline the indivdual programs, the specific purposes of each program; and eligibile recipients.

  • Blake Jones
    Blake Jones
    Co-Founder of Namasté Solar, Clean Energy Credit Union, Amicus Solar Cooperative, and Kachuwa Impact Fund

    Blake Jones is a cooperative entrepreneur with two decades of experience in the renewable energy industry. He is a co-founder of four cooperatives: (1) Namasté Solar, an employee-owned cooperative and certified B-Corp that has installed 8,000+ solar electric systems totaling over 100 MW of generating capacity; (2) Clean Energy Credit Union, a federally chartered and online-only credit union that provides loans solely to help consumers throughout the USA afford to purchase clean energy (and energy saving) products and services; (3) Amicus Solar Cooperative, a purchasing cooperative and certified B-Corp that is democratically owned by 55+ solar installation companies throughout North America; and (4) Kachuwa Impact Fund, an investment cooperative and impact investing fund. Blake is a 2010 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award recipient and has a BE in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

  • Lori Bird
    Lori Bird
    World Resources Institute

    Lori Bird is Director of WRI’s U.S. Energy Program and the Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy. In this role, she focuses on decarbonization by the utility sector and large buyers, increasing grid flexibility through market design, and transportation electrification.

    Prior to joining WRI, she served as a principal analyst in the Markets and Policy Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she specialized in renewable energy policy, solar and wind energy markets, and integrating variable generation into electric grids.

    Presentation Title: Pairing Electric Vehicles with Renewables for a Greener Grid

    Description: Emerging transportation electrification provides an opportunity to expand the use of renewables and to help integrate renewables on the grid. If customers are given options and incentives, EV charging has the potential to help use renewables when they are available and reduce curtailment.

  • Marc Perez
    Marc Perez
    Clean Power Research

    Dr. Perez is a Senior Research Scientist at Clean Power Research in California with 15 years of experience in the solar PV sector across multiple roles. Marc holds his PhD, M.S. and M.Phil in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Egleston Doctoral Scholar and was awarded the Star fellowship from the EPA. At Clean Power Research, he manages R&D activities in the areas of high penetration solar and solar potential assessment using remote sensing data.

    Presentation Title: Renewable futures across the MISO region: Pathways to 100% across the middle third of the US

    Description: This contribution is compelling because solar and wind power in concert have the potential to transform our world for the better. Herein, we identify a series of complementary strategies to achieve directly that: a rational and economic transition to high penetration renewables. This is viewed through the lens of the MISO region which wheels power to 50 million people across our country.

  • Michael Stavy
    Michael Stavy
    Senior (31 yrs) Financial Analyst of Renewable Energy Projects (Solar, Wind, Energy Storage, Hydrogen and Carbon Taxes and Credits)

    Michael STAVY is an advisor (31 yrs) on solar energy project finance. He has a U of IL-Chicago (UIC) BA (‘67); Northwestern MBA (‘69) and CPA (‘79-inactive). At UIC, he took math through diff Q plus college chemistry and physics. His 37 papers include “Computing the Cost (¢/kWh) of Electricity Generated at a PV Plant (LCOE)”, JSEE, August, 2002, Vol 124, Page 319. He was quoted on grid reliability in the 04/04/13 NYT. He taught at Grenoble-II (‘02), at UIC (‘97-‘98) and at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (Professor-‘70-‘99). He served in the USAR 308th Civil Affairs Grp (‘68-‘74).

    Presentation Title: Is Hydrogen Energy Storage Ready for Prime Time on the North American Grid. A Guide for Bankers and Investors?

    Description: Because grid scale solar electricity is generated on an intermittent basis, commercially viable bulk energy storage is required. The presentation has a HSP schematic, a LCOS financial algorithm and a glossary. The major feature is that the LCOS financial algorithm is put in an Excel Workbook that attendees can download (FREE). During the presentation, Mr. Stavy will have the Workbook projected onto the screen. He will change the HSP specs to demonstrate how these changes change the algorithm’s computed LCOS. He will discuss how he complied the HSP specs and what the HSP specs have to be for commercial operation.

  • Sara Gutterman
    Sara Gutterman
    Green Builder Media

    Sara is the Co-Founder and CEO of Green Builder® Media, the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living. With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training, and live events, and market intelligence services, Green Builder Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the evolving green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably.

    As CEO of Green Builder Media, Sara has established a reputation for herself as a visionary thought leader and passionate advocate for sustainability. She works closely with Green Builder Media’s advertisers, including major corporations such as Ingersoll Rand, DuPont, Panasonic, Whirlpool, Kohler, and others, to develop long-term green strategies that make a profound impact on the market and are simultaneously sustainable and profitable.

    Since its inception, Green Builder Media has received a multitude of editorial and design awards from leading publishing industry groups. Green Builder magazine has won Best Trade Publication for six years in a row from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Sara has also received accolades for her work, including the Folio 40, which is a prestigious publishing industry award that is bestowed on ‘C-Level Visionaries’.

    Prior to founding Green Builder Media, Sara was a venture capitalist with Boulder Ventures, a national venture capital firm that manages $350 million, where she evaluated and structured technology infrastructure, organic foods, and natural products deals; assisted portfolio companies in their growth process; managed relationships with co-investors and Limited Partners; and participated in fund-raising. Sara has been involved in the life cycle (from funding to exit) of over 20 companies.

    Sara is a County Commissioner in Hinsdale County, CO. She graduated from Dartmouth College. She holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and finance from the University of Colorado. She has also studied at Oxford University in England and the University of St. Petersburg in Russia.

    Presentation Title: Essential Market Trends To Grow your Business!

    Description: This session will educate solar/building professionals about important market trends and innovations that will help them stay ahead of the curve.

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