Solar 2021

Opening Keynote Session

Session Moderator: Paulette Middleton

Accelerating the necessary transformation to 100% renewable energy in all end-use sectors (electricity, transportation, heating and cooling) in all cities, regions and nations throughout the world, requires effective technologies, markets, policies, community actions, public support and commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) principles. This opening plenary explores progress and promise occurring globally, nationally and regionally on all of these fronts. In addition, presenters provide insights into challenges from perspectives of utilities, policy makers and technology experts.


Aug 04 2021


9:00 am - 10:30 am


Center Ballroom


  • Alice Jackson

    Alice Jackson is an experienced energy executive with a demonstrated history of working in the oil and gas as well as utilities industry. Skilled in Gas and Electric Regulation, Power Transmission, Power Plants, Economic Development, and Renewable Energy. Strong but continually learning professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Management Information Systems, General from Texas A&M University and is currently attending Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

  • Aradhna Tripati
    Associate Professor

    Aradhna Tripati is an American geoscientist, climate scientist, and advocate for diversity. She is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she is part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and the California Nanosystems Institute. She is also the director of the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science. Her research includes advancing new chemical tracers for the study of environmental processes and studying the history of climate change and Earth systems. She is recognized for her research on climate change and clumped isotope geochemistry. She studies the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the impacts on temperature, the water cycle, glaciers and ice sheets, and ocean acidity.

  • Bill Ritter
    Center for the New Energy Economy and Past Colorado Governor

    Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, four senior policy advisors and analysts, a research manager, a research associate, and a team of student researchers.

  • Dave Renné
    Dave Renné
    Immediate Past President of the International Solar Energy Society

    Dave has worked on renewable energy R&D programs for over 42 years. After graduating from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA) with a Masters in Atmospheric Sciences and a PhD in Earth Resources in 1975 he launched his career at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Washington USA) where he worked primarily on wind resource assessment programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 1991 he moved to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado USA) to manage NREL’s solar resource assessment activities and to work on a number of international renewable energy programs. He retired from NREL in 2012 but remains engaged in renewable energy programs through his consultancy, Dave Renné Renewables. He is currently a Senior Consultant to Clean Power Research, and has consulted with the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank, and several private-sector organizations. From 2010 – 2019 he served as President of the International Solar Energy Society and remains on their Executive Committee as Immediate Past President. He also served for over 15 years as an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the topical area of Solar Resource and Energy Meteorology.

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