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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Friday, April 13
 

8:00am

Clean Energy Coffee and Networking
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Start your day with some caffeine and conversation alongside energy innovators from across the Mid-Atlantic.

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


9:00am

The Future of Energy Storage
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In January of this year, two of the largest players in the renewables industry, Siemens and AES, launched Fluence, a new company dedicated to innovating modern electric infrastructure and overcoming renewable energy’s biggest hurdle: storage. Hear how CEO Stephen Coughlin envisions the new generation of energy choices.



Moderators
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Julian Spector

Staff Writer, Greentech Media
Julian is a San Francisco-based staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage, solar power, and the energy transition. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for... Read More →

Speakers
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Stephen Coughlin

CEO, Fluence
Stephen Coughlin leads the Fluence team and its efforts to accelerate energy storage adoption globally, to transform the way we power our world and ensure a more sustainable future.Before joining Fluence, Stephen led the AES Energy Storage business unit through a high-growth phase... Read More →

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


9:00am

What’s Next for Energy Policy in Virginia?
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A conversation about Virginia’s fast-changing regulatory landscape, recent legislation, and what the future holds for energy businesses and consumers.

Moderators
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Tyson Utt

Vice President of Development, East, Apex Clean Energy
Tyson leads Apex Clean Energy’s development team in the Eastern United States. He is responsible for the origination and development of wind and solar projects within PJM, NYISO, ISO-NE, and SERC markets.

Speakers
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Katharine Bond

Senior Director, Dominion Energy
Katharine Bond is Senior Policy Director at Dominion Energy and Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. She is the company’s public policy lead on renewable energy, serving as Senior Advisor for the Millennial Policy Initiative of the New Leaders Council... Read More →
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Hayes Framme

Government Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast, Orsted
Hayes Framme joined Orsted in November 2017 as Government Relations & Communications Manager for the Southeast. In this role, Hayes oversees state and local government outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increasing brand recognition to help power the Virginia economy entirely on... Read More →
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Angela Navarro

Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of Governor Northam
Angela Navarro currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Ralph Northam. In this role, she works on energy, housing, and economic development policies. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor... Read More →

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Generation 180

Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness through original, engaging content, digitally-enabled campaigns, and an empowered volunteer network.
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GreeneHurlocker

GreeneHurlocker, PLC, located in Richmond, Virginia, was founded in 2012 by Brian R. Greene and Eric W. Hurlocker, and currently provides a broad range of administrative law, business and corporate law, energy law, regulatory law and litigation legal services throughout the Mid-Atlantic... Read More →
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


10:30am

Clean Capital: Financing the Transition to Renewable Energy
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The transition to clean energy represents a $6 trillion market opportunity. Join the financial leaders at the forefront of a renewable energy investment movement that is leveraging billions to reinvent the way the world generates and uses power.

Moderators
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Yann Brandt

CEO, SolarWakeup
Yann is the Managing Editor of SolarWakeup, the most influential newsletter and podcast in the solar industry. 5 days a week, solar executives from around the world read Yann’s daily summaries that are his need to know topics. He hosts EnergyWakeup, an energy podcast and SolarWakeup... Read More →

Speakers
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Yuri Horwitz

CEO, Sol Systems
Yuri Horwitz, CEO, Sol Systems oversees strategic growth, performance, and investment strategy for the firm. His disciplined focus on developing intrinsic value within a portfolio of complementary business lines has led to steady strong growth for the company since its inception in... Read More →
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Greg Montgomery

Managing Director, CleanSource Capital
Greg is Managing Director of CleanSource Capital, which designs and administers financing programs for energy efficiency, distributed generation, alternative fuels and water conservation projects under its SAVES platform.

Sponsors
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Abundant Power

Abundant is a partner-oriented, dedicated group of people with expertise in building engineering, software development, IT, and data analytics . Our goal is to transform building performance by making analytics a long-term competitive advantage for the real estate market.Our mission... Read More →
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leap

LEAP is a non-profit that matches you with the best programs, contractors, and financing options available in your area. You get valuable home upgrades like energy efficiency and solar panels – customized to your needs and budget. We help you understand your options, and we’re... Read More →


10:30am

The Darkest Hour: Leading through Natural Disaster
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This year has seen some of the most devastating hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes in memory - possibly the first taste of a “new normal” in global climate weirding. What is the impact of these devastating events on cities? How can communities rebuild and confront this crisis?

Moderators
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David Murray

Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
David Murray serves as Executive Director of the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, the state trade association for over 120 local solar energy firms. As Executive Director, David designs and implements legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level... Read More →

Speakers
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Derrick Freeman

Mayor, City of Port Arthur
In 2016, Mayor Freeman made history, twice, in the City of Port Arthur. He was the first African American male to be elected. In addition, at the age of 40, he’s also the youngest person elected as mayor in the history of Port Arthur.
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Andrea Luecke

President and Executive Director, The Solar Foundation
As President and Executive Director, Andrea sets the tone, provides overall management and strategic direction, and works closely with the Board to develop and implement high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote greater solar uptake.  

Sponsors
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


2:00pm

Life After Coal
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Across Appalachia, communities affected by coal’s decline are building a brighter future by diversifying local economies. Recognizing the economic development potential of clean power, social entrepreneurs are working to build wealth and prosperity by training workers for jobs in renewables. Hear from local innovators and workforce development experts—and the opportunities and challenges they face—as they help communities chart a path to resilience and bring clean energy to coal country.


Moderators
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Heidi Binko

Executive Director, www.justtransitionfund.org
Heidi is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, which she created with her partner in April 2015. As a hybrid philanthropic entity, the Just Transition Fund provides direct investments, technical assistance, and data-driven analysis to help frontline coal... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Conant

Founder, Solar Holler
Dan Conant is a clean energy entrepreneur who is building a 21st Century energy industry in his native West Virginia. The company he founded, Solar Holler, is focused on bringing solar within reach of those who need it most, while simultaneously training the first generation of solar... Read More →
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Brandon Dennison

CEO, Coalfield Development
Brandon Dennison, born and raised in West Virginia, is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the Coalfield Development Corporation. Coalfield Development has incubated five social enterprises and professionally trained over 300 unemployed people, many of them laid-off... Read More →
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Adam Hastings

Dean, Business, Mathematics, and Technologies, PVCC
Dr. Adam Hastings currently serves as the Dean of Business, Mathematics, and Technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). A doctoral graduate from UVA’s Curry School of Education, Adam has spent the last fourteen years living and working in greater Charlottesville... Read More →
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Nicole Steele

Executive Director, GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic
Nicole has led GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic to install over 150 single-family rooftop solar systems, reach over 300 multifamily tenants with solar benefits, and launch the Solarworks DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. Prior... Read More →

Sponsors
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


3:00pm

Corporate Demand: Changing the Energy Equation
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Over 60% of Fortune 100 companies have set clean energy targets with many committing to 100% renewable energy. These commitments are driving the solar and wind markets forward and forcing open utility business models. What is the role of corporate demand in defining the future of energy?

Moderators
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JR Tolbert

Vice President, State Legislative Policy, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
J.R. Tolbert is Vice-President, State Policy for Advanced Energy Economy. In this role, J.R. oversees AEE’s policy development and campaigns at the state-level and coordinates policy with 14 of AEE’s state partner groups.

Speakers
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George Ashton

President, Sol Systems
George Ashton oversees corporate strategy, financial management, and client success for Sol Systems’ Development Business. To date, the firm has delivered 650MW of solar projects across 13 states, now manages over $650 million in solar energy assets, and was listed among Inc. 5000’s... Read More →
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Roger Ballentine

President, Green Strategies, Inc
Roger Ballentine provides management consulting services to corporate and financial sector clients on sustainability strategy and the integration of energy and environmental policy considerations into business strategy. Previously, he served President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


3:00pm

Making Energy Efficiency Sexy
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The cheapest, cleanest way to reduce carbon is to just use less of it. But what makes energy efficiency a habit and priority for consumers? Learn about strategies that entrepreneurs and business leaders can employ to market the value of energy efficiency to potential customers.

Moderators
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Lesley Fore

Executive Director, Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
A nonprofit management professional, Lesley has become well versed in building science; energy efficiency and renewable energy; and the contractors who implement these technologies. She is deeply passionate about the relationship between energy efficiency and affordable housing... Read More →

Speakers
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Abby Johnson

President, Abacus Property Solutions
Abby has specialized in bringing PACE financing to markets across the country for the past five years, and is a key player in developing PACE in the MidAtlantic region through Atlantic PACE, LLC. Abby has authored numerous articles on PACE, energy efficiency, smart metering and green... Read More →
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Cliff Majersik

Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation
Cliff Majersik is the executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a national nonprofit organization that is laser-focused on increasing energy efficiency in buildings to save money, drive economic growth, reduce harmful pollution, and tackle climate chang... Read More →

Sponsors
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leap

LEAP is a non-profit that matches you with the best programs, contractors, and financing options available in your area. You get valuable home upgrades like energy efficiency and solar panels – customized to your needs and budget. We help you understand your options, and we’re... Read More →
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


4:00pm

Master Class: Can Business Save the Planet?
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Increasingly, business leaders are tasked with developing new products, services, and business models that minimize environmental impact while driving economic growth. It's a tall order—and a call that is only getting louder.
Many believe that markets will inevitably demand sustainable practices and force them to emerge. But a bright green future is only possible with dramatic innovation across multiple sectors at the same time.
To achieve this, a broader ecosystem of players—including inventors, executives, customers, investors, activists, and governments—all must play a role. Learn how and the extent to which each group can serve as a driver of green growth; where economic incentives currently exist, or could exist with institutional change; and how far well-coordinated efforts can take us in addressing the current environmental crisis.

Speakers
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Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Professor Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he teaches business strategy. Professor Lenox serves as the school’s Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Office, and has served as a tenured professor... Read More →

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


5:00pm

Data and Energy Networking Happy Hour
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Grab a drink and swap business cards with other energy industry professionals before heading on to Tom Tom’s Friday Night Block Party.

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


 


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