The Renewable Revolution Panel Lead by Jacob Susman, Rhys Marsh, Yuri Horwitz, Keddy Chandran, and Neil Watlington
Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that $7.8 trillion will be invested globally in renewables between 2016 and 2040. With a mix of improving economics, technology and public support, deployment of renewable power is increasing dramatically in the US and worldwide, both at the utility scale and through distributed energy resources. What forces are driving the adoption of renewables and shaping the new energy environment? What opportunities exist in this evolving marketplace, and what forms will investment in this market take? Please join our panel of experienced energy professionals for a discussion on when, where and how the Renewable Revolution will occur.
Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing, and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale in August of 2015 to EDF Renewable Energy, including recruiting and managing its industry-leading team, raising capital, establishing a nationwide brand, sourcing new business, developing projects, building customer relationships and generating revenue. Today, he serves as VP, Head of Origination where he leads EDF RE’s relationships with both utility and corporate customers around the US for the Company’s wind and solar portfolio.
Jacob served for five years on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association, where he was its Treasurer and later its Secretary. Jacob also serves on the Advisory Board of the Business Renewables Center.
Rhys Marsh is Director, CIT Energy Finance and founder of the firm’s solar & distributed generation senior secured lending platform. Rhys has committed over $1 billion of CIT capital to project finance transactions since joining in 2010, and is a leader in financing residential and C&I solar, battery storage, small utility-scale solar and PACE. Previously, Rhys was a Senior Research Analyst and Trader at LibertyView Capital Management, a $2.5 billion Lehman Brothers hedge fund platform. At LibertyView, Rhys managed capital structure arbitrage opportunities, structured products, and fundamental value in high-yield, distressed and workout opportunities. Prior to LibertyView, Rhys was on the technology, media and telecom team for Citigroup Global Banking. Rhys earned a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and holds Series 7, 66, 79 and 99 certifications through the CIT broker-dealer affiliate.
Yuri Horwitz is the CEO of Sol Systems. Yuri Horwitz has led the company since its inception in 2008. Mr. Horwitz oversees strategic development and managing the firm’s relationships with institutional and private capital clients. He has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields over a decade, and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar energy investment and finance, as well as SRECs. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has facilitated financing for over 493MW of solar assets and growing.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. He has also provided pro-bono assistance to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Surfrider Foundation.
Mr. Horwitz regularly consults with states and Public Utility Commissions on solar markets and has helped a number of states and regional transmission organizations implement their renewable portfolio standards. He was elected to the Board of the Solar Energy Industries Association for a term running from January 2016 through December 2017.
Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary.
Keddy Chandran, Director, Project and Business Development. Keddy Chandran manages the development and financing of Onyx’s military base distributed generation portfolio, integrating EPC operations, legal, and tax equity finance. During the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Energy (United States Department of Energy), Keddy advised the Under Secretary on Loan Guarantee applications for advanced manufacturing facilities, utility scale power generation and transmission projects.
As a Tech-to-Market Advisor for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), he oversaw the building cooling technology program’s commercialization process and secured the first R&D partnership between ARPA-E and the U.S. Navy for developing and deploying advanced cooling technologies at forward operating bases. He also served as Co-Chair of the ARPA-E Innovation Summit in both 2011 and 2012. Keddy subsequently worked as an Associate at 4Front Capital Partners in Toronto, Canada, where he was the subject matter expert for clean technology investment opportunities. Keddy spent the summer of 2014 in Ford Motor Company’s Marketing Leadership Rotational Program.
Keddy graduated from Duke University with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management. He received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Finance & Operations.
Neil Watlington – Armstrong is an Executive Director of Nextera Energy Resources. He is currently leading solar and energy storage project development efforts in Canada and the Caribbean. Previously, Mr. Watlington was a Vice President for Business Development for AES Puerto Rico, where he led the local development of the first private coal and solar energy facilities, representing over $1 Billion in non-recourse project financing. He also participated in the development of the AES Corporation’s business interests in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, and Texas. He has ample experience in the development, financing, construction, and development of energy projects, and served as Director of New Business Development for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company out of New York, promoting global industrial investment on the island. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Penn State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. He is a Fellow of the MIT Entrepreneurship Program.