Conference Summary

The Novogradac Financing Renewable Energy Conference brings together major players in the solar financial communities for a day and half of high-level discussion and debate about the latest, most innovative financing trends, and provides invaluable opportunities to make deals happen. Over 250 renewable energy finance professionals attended last year’s conference, and we’re anticipating an even greater turnout in 2013.

Novogradac & Company highly encourages anyone with a stake in renewable energy financing to join us on April 24-25 in San Francisco for this must-attend event. The conference agenda has been designed so that attendees can take away actionable knowledge and advice to move their projects forward, and receive the most up-to-date look at the industry landscape. Leading solar finance executives will dive deep into topics such as:

  • The latest developments in Washington
  • Renewable energy lending
  • Tax equity opportunities
  • Issues facing new investors
  • Update on the state of the industry
  • Investor GAAP earnings analysis
  • Transaction and financing trends
  • Trends in wind power

Keynote Speaker

Steve Westly
Partner
The Westly Group

Steve Westly is managing partner of The Westly Group. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s eighth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Mr. Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State’s budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.  In the 2008 election cycle Mr. Westly served as a California co-chair and a National Finance Committee member of the Obama for America campaign. He currently serves on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry. Before running for office, Mr. Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Mr. Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth. Mr. Westly began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Westly returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Mr. Westly holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Mr. Westly and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.


Conference Chair, Co-Hosts and Moderators

Stephen Tracy
Partner
Novogradac & Company LLP
Conference Chair

James Duffy
Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
Co-host/Moderator

Thomas Hoffman
Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
Sponsor/Moderator

Eli Katz
Partner
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Co-host/Panelist

John Marciano
Partner
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Co-host/Moderator

Keith Martin
Partner
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Co-host/Panelist

Forrest Milder
Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
Co-host/Moderator

Michael Novogradac
Managing Partner
Novogradac & Company LLP
Moderator

Don Weaver
Partner
Dentons
Co-host/Moderator

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