“Grid-parity” is a term that is being used more and more frequently in connection with technologies including solar, micro-wind, energy storage, and fuel cells. Companies are increasingly targeting distributed generation and supporting technology towards this market in an effort to take advantage of higher retail energy rates. But the integration of these new technologies into the existing electricity grid is not without its challenges. This panel will explore industry trends related to the competition utilities are seeing from distributed generation, discuss panelists’ outlook on how distributed generation will change the shape of the grid, and debate the technical challenges associated with grid-integration.
General Manager, Distributed Generation
Mr. Toth, a long-standing member of SunEdison’s leadership team, oversees all aspects of SunEdison’s operations in distributed generation. His responsibilities include sales, finance, procurement, construction management and operations. The distributed generation business within SunEdison partners with commercial (e.g., Kohls, Staples etc.), industrial (P&G, Anheuser Bush etc.) and public (e.g, US Air Force, State of California etc.) entities to develop, build, finance and operate diverse portfolios of solar energy generation assets.
Prior to joining SunEdison, Mr. Toth was a senior strategy advisor at McKinsey & Co., a leading management consultancy. He advised Fortune 500 companies on sales and marketing in the energy and technology sectors. Mr. Toth brings a strong conventional energy perspective to SunEdison, resulting from his experience in the electric utility and oil and gas sectors.
In addition to work experience in North and South America, Mr. Toth has lived and worked in multiple European countries. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Senior Project Development Manager
Stephen (Steve) Scott serves as a senior project development manager for SunPower Corp., Systems, where he is responsible for developing industry leading solar PV project solutions for the company’s F500 clients. Prior to joining SunPower, he held positions in the solar development space including Sales Director, Northeast for Phoenix Solar, Inc. and Director of Business Development for MMA Renewable Ventures. He transitioned to solar PV business and project development after 17 years in the conventional power generation industry. Prior positions include domestic subsidiary and foreign joint venture general management roles at The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) where he was responsible for business units in the thermal power and air pollution control sectors. While at B&W, Mr. Scott also served as a board director for a wholly foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) in China after playing a role in the acquisition of the Chinese government’s 50 percent ownership stake. Earlier in his career, he performed engineering functions related to thermal power plant commissioning and Clean Air Act compliance projects. Mr. Scott holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Senior Director Marketing and Customer Experience
Asim has worked extensively in the areas of market and business development, marketing, sales enablement, and product management in early stage, high growth clean technology companies. He is the Senior Director of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim’s responsibilities at Bloom Energy include new market development, sales enablement, customer engagement and experience, product and corporate marketing, and new solutions development.
Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. At CURRENT Group, Asim developed an industry leading value model to quantify the monetary benefits of various Smart Grid applications. He previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.
Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (Section G!).
Dean Frankel is a Research Associate for Lux Research’s Grid Storage intelligence service. He covers technological and market developments in batteries, flywheels, fuel cells, super/ultracapacitors, and other related energy storage technologies. He has done extensive analysis exploring microgrid development models.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Dean worked in Product Management at EnerNOC. Dean holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy & Environmental Systems from the University of Pennsylvania with minors in Math and Physics.
Program Manager, On-site Green Energy
Alan Scott leads energy efficiency, renewable energy and supply chain projects for Verizon’s Corporate Sustainability Group. From idea to project implementation, Alan has led Verizon’s $100 million investment in on-site green energy, which brings solar power and fuel cells to 17 major Verizon facilities across six states. Alan’s leadership role includes the business case development, vendor selection and negotiations, site selection, design and construction, and overall program management of Verizon’s on-site green energy project.
In addition to energy responsibilities, Alan has managed Verizon’s $40 billion supply chain to embed more sustainable practices across Verizon’s matrix business.
Prior to joining Verizon, Alan served as sustainability strategy consultant at Esty Environmental Partners (now PWC). Alan’s expertise has helped Fortune 500 firms including Boeing, Alcoa, and Caesars Entertainment distinguish themselves through the development of environmental sustainability programs that align with core business strategies. While at Esty, Alan worked with the Sustainability Innovators Working Group, which is comprised of industry leading chief sustainability officers and global thought leaders to develop programs that enable innovation and build remarkable brands.
Alan holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. with a focus in Entrepreneurial Finance and Strategic Cost Management from Babson College, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.