Conference Speakers

Lachlan Bateman
Clean Technology Partners

Lachlan Bateman has been working in solar energy since graduating in 2003. He started his career developing a number of innovative and award winning renewable energy projects in Australia, then moved to Europe to work for 5 years, fostering his passion for product and project development in the field of Building Integrated and Mounted Photovoltaics and Off-Grid Energy Systems. Since returning to Australia at the end of 2010, Lachlan established Clean Technology Partnersnto offer professional engineering services to the Australian Solar Industry. Since inception of the company, CTP has provided engineering services for a number of larger scale projects including a 2MWp CPV project in Mildura, the ACT Solar Auction and a 265kWp roof mounted PV project in Hervey Bay along with numerous mid-scale commercial PV installations and feasibility studies.


Kobad Bhavnagri
Lead Clean Energy Analyst, Australia; Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Kobad Bhavnagri leads Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s clean energy analysis in Australia and developed the company’s economic modelling expertise in solar PV and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target. Kobad has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst. He has an academic background in engineering and environmental studies and specialises in energy economics, markets and policy.



Prof Andrew Blakers
Australian National University

Professor Andrew Blakers is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. He was a Humboldt Fellow and has held Australian Research Council QEII and Senior Research Fellowships. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, the Institute of Energy and the Institute of Physics. He has published approximately 200 papers and patents. His research interests are in the areas of photovoltaic and solar energy systems; particularly advanced thin film silicon solar cell technology and solar concentrator solar cells, components and systems. He also has interest in sustainable energy policy. 


Dr Mark Bonnar
Investment Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners

Dr Mark Bonnar is the Investment Director at Southern Cross Venture Partners responsible for the Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund, a $200M investment fund established between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Softbank China Venture Capital. Prior to joining Southern Cross Mark was Investment Director with Cleantech Ventures and Commercialisation Manager for CSIRO’s corporate transactions team. He has considered hundreds of investments in the clean energy and clean technology arena, guiding several companies through commercialization to successful exits for shareholders and management. Mark holds a BSc in applied physics and a PhD in materials science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Centre for Energy Technologies at the University of Adelaide.


Geoff Bragg
NSW Chair, Solar Energy Industry Association

Geoff Bragg has lived Off-Grid with solar PV for over 20 years and has been involved in the PV industry since 2001. He has been the NSW Chair of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) since Feb 2011 and was instrumental in the successful 2011 campaign to overturn the NSW O’Farrell government decision to retrospectively cut FiT payments. Geoff also acts as consultant designer/ installations supervisor for a solar retailer in the Northern Tablelands NSW. 


Ric Brazzale
Managing Director, Green Energy Trading

Ric Brazzale is the Managing Director of Green Energy Trading and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.  Prior to establishing Green Energy Trading, Ric was the Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council. In this role Ric was a leading advocate for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in Australia and was actively involved in the development and implementation of a broad range of solar energy and energy efficiency policies and programs, including participation in the government’s initial REC Advisory Committee.  Prior to joining the BCSE Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with large publicly listed companies, including Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.


Dan Cass
Dan Cass and Company

Dan is a political and PR consultant, with 20 years experience in the environment movement. He formed Dan Cass & Co in 2010 to specialise in mobilising community support for solar and other renewables industries. Dan has advised Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne, the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute and the Australian PV Association. He was communications manager at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Dan is a Director of Hepburn Wind. He blogs as Consultant Dan [] and Tweets as @DanJCass


Olivia Coldrey
Investment Director, Australian Solar Institute

Olivia leads ASI’s R&D investment program and its international engagement strategy. Olivia has over 15 years’ experience in cross-border finance transactions and funding the development of renewable energy technologies through the innovation cycle. Previously she was a member of the management team at Australia’s export credit agency, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, where she worked on structured trade, project finance and political risk insurance transactions in developed and emerging markets and led the clean energy finance strategy. In legal practice Olivia has worked with Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and Latham & Watkins LLP in New York.  In 2005-2006 she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar and Global Emile Noel Fellow from Government at New York University School of Law and was a 2011 US Department of State Climate Change Professional Fellow.  


Anthony Coles

Anthony was appointed CEO in April 2012 of listed renewable power and water company Solco Ltd (ASX:SOO).  He is re-establishing Solco’s leadership position in the industry, and reshaping the market in a post-rebate solar energy world.  Anthony brings a dynamic entrepreneurial energy to Solco drawing on his experience bringing new products & services to market since the mid-90’s.  Prior to joining Solco, he worked with national installer Solar Shop Australia, took to market Australia’s 1st dedicated solar finance product, SunWorks, and was involved in the internal “Solar Academy” training program.  Earlier, as a digital media pioneer Anthony led the development of education programs for the broader business & marketing communities with national Industry Associations and Tertiary institutions, being President of the Australian Marketing Institute in SA in 2001.


Dean Condon
Ergon Energy

Dean is a Technology Innovation Engineer at Ergon Energy.  Dean has been working within the Electricity Industry for 20 years, beginning as an apprentice electrician and worked in various roles including substation design, project management and power system management. In 2007 Dean joined the Townsville Solar City project as the Installation Manager and successfully managed the design and installation of 1500 smart meters and 1MW of grid connected Solar PV systems, – including the 100kW Solar Skate Park and 345kW RSL stadium systems. Dean graduated from James Cook University in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering with honours and has CEC design and installation accreditation for grid connected PV systems.


Simon Corbell
ACT Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development

Simon Corbell MLA is the ACT Attorney General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Mr Corbell has a vision is to make Canberra Australia’s solar capital and has succeeded in promoting the benefits of renewable energy in the community through a nation leading feed-in tariff and securing significant industry interest in the roll-out of a large scale solar facility that could power more than 10,000 Canberra homes.


Tristan Edis
Climate Spectator

Tristan Edis is the editor of Climate Spectator, a website dedicated to providing news and commentary on clean energy and climate change issues. Prior to this he was a Research Fellow within the Energy Program at the Grattan Institute.  Tristan’s experience also includes: Associate Director with Ernst and Young’s Project Finance Advisory Group; Manager Policy and Research at the Clean Energy Council and its predecessor the Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Senior Policy Analyst at the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Office; and a business consultant with Ferrier Hodgson Turnaround Management, and Andersen Business Consulting.


Dr Renate Egan
Suntech R&D Australia

Dr Renate Egan is Managing Director for Suntech R&D Australia Pty Ltd, where she leads a team of 20 engineers in research, project development and customer support in advanced photovoltaics for Suntech Power Holdings. With more than 15 years in the solar industry she has experience in all aspects of the solar value chain, in thin-film and wafer-based cell and module manufacture, product development, project bids and customer support.


Dr Peng Fang
Chief Executive Officer, JA Solar
Dr Peng Fang was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2010. Dr. Fang joins JA Solar with more than 20 years of executive management experience with leading global technology companies in the solar and semiconductor industries in both the U.S. and China. Dr. Fang was president of Best Solar Co., Ltd., where he turned a start-up company into an internationally known solar module company in just 18 months. Dr. Fang was formerly president of Huahong NEC, one of the largest semiconductor foundries in China. Dr. Fang has also held various technology and management positions at Applied Materials and AMD in the U.S. Dr. Fang received his Ph.D and MSEE degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the EECS Department of UC Berkeley. Dr. Fang was chairman of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.


David Faux
Business Development Manager – Renewable Energy, DKSH Australia

David Faux has over 20 years experience within the electronics and solar industries. The Solar industry has seen some significant changes in the last year, from new standards to volatile market fluctuations driven by changes in government support initiatives. Since the 1990s DKSH has been leading the way with Solar products, starting with Multi-Contact’s MC3 connectors, now MC4. Remember, if its not Multi-Contact, it’s not MC4. David’s role has required significant input into regulatory changes with a key focus on product development and sourcing to ensure DKSH offer compliant and safe product solutions to the industry such as: TWIN SDI Cable, DC Isolators, Earthing Solutions and Non-Polarised 1000V DC MCBs. Compliance leadership is a key task of David’s that is especially important in an industry that is constantly evolving its standards. Whilst there is much speculation around the impact the Carbon Tax will have on renewable energy, such as Solar, this also forms part of David’s role. Keeping on top of developments and trends so that DKSH leads the way with compliant, quality product


Adrian Ferraretto

Adrian started the Solar Shop and grew it to 200 people – Australia’s largest solar retail franchise.  It was Adrian’s vision that made rooftop solar PV simple and more affordable for Australians through great design, PV technology, software development, sales processes and customer service.  He left in 2010 to start Tindo, which aims to manufacture AC Solar panels, each containing its own, built-in inverter. Tindo is focused on the Australian domestic market and is using advanced equipment to build competitively priced product, with a small, highly-skilled labour force.


Simon Franklin
Project Manager, IT Power

Simon Franklin is a Project Manager with IT Power (Australia). He has over 5 years experience in the Australian energy section, working on large and commercial scale grid-connected PV systems, hybrid off-grid power stations, financial modelling, PV market analysis and PV system performance modelling. Prior to joining IT Power he was an Electrical Engineer with Connell Wagner during which time he undertook project management, electrical design and risk management work on a number of rail infrastructure and defence projects. Mr Franklin has also worked with the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, investigating the feasibility of carbon capture and storage technologies.


Lydon Frearson

Building on his extensive experience in heavy industry and the the automotive industry, Lyndon has, over the last 8 years developed an impressive reputation for implementing medium to large scale infrastructure projects including three of the largest solar power plants in Australia while also managing the of the $40M Alice Solar City program and development of the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre. Lyndon was also the Project Director for the Bushlight India program, recipient of the Sir William Hudson Award in 2011, the most prestigious engineering award in Australia.


John Grimes
Chief Executive, Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES)

John Grimes is Australian Solar Energy Society’s Chief Executive Officer.  He has a background in the commercialisation of renewable energy with a specific focus on solar energy since 2008.  He was founder and manager of grey water purification company Perpetual Water after being co-founder of another technology company that was successfully listed on the Australia Stock Exchange.  He is currently working for AuSES, a non-profit organisation whose members include solar companies, research and development organisations, community groups and individuals.


Matthew Haddad
Technical Director, Clean Technology Partners
Matthew Haddad is Technical Director at Clean Technology Partners, and has significant experience working in the renewable energy built environment and construction industries. He has worked as an electrical engineer and registered building practitioner for a number of Australian engineering consultancies and has worked on some iconic Melbourne projects. During his time in Europe, Mr Haddad was Lead Project Engineer on a number of significant solar PV project in the 1MWp-5MWp range. He also brings with him a wealth of knowledge in power distribution, electrical substations, high and low voltage electrical systems, communication and computer systems.


Oliver Hartley
Q-Cells Australia
Oliver Hartley is the Managing Director of Q-Cells Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Q-Cells SE, Germany. Oliver set up Q-Cells in Australia in 2010 to provide solar modules and engineering solutions Australia-wide. He has more than 15 years experience within the photovoltaics industry in a wide scope of managerial responsibilities ranging from research to operations to M&A and marketing.  Formerly, Oliver was responsible for BP Solar’s high-efficiency solar cell program based in London, and has held a number of board positions in solar firms.


Stefan Jarnasan
Suntech Power Australia

As the Technical Director for Suntech Power Australia, Stefan Jarnason leads Suntech Australia’s team of engineers in providing technical customer support and training. This includes management of utility and large scale commercial solar plants opportunities, system design, energy simulation, and product development. Stefan has 15 years of experience in photovoltaic research, durability testing, manufacturing, product development and commercialisation in Germany and Australia. Stefan’s work has included the world’s first modular PV system – Plug&Power, designing and commissioning the complete semi-automated module assembly manufacturing operations for CSG Solar’s German manufacturing facility, and developing the Combined Cycle extended durability test program, which is now being used by photovoltaic organisations around the world.


Warwick Johnston
Sunwiz Consulting

Warwick Johnston is the manager of SunWiz, a specialised business-to-business solar consultancy that advises solar companies big and small, that together represent over one-third of the Solar Power industry. He holds a Masters in Renewable Energy and has designed three major award-winning BIPV projects including Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Warwick’s supports the PV industry through his involvement in AuSES, SEIA, the APVA, and the PV Directorate of the CEC.


Danin Kahn
Todae Solar

Danin Kahn, the managing director of Todae, a company that provides sustainability products and services to consumers and businesses. Todae Solar is the Solar Division of Todae Enironmental Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest retailer of Eco Friendly and Sustainability products.


Eric Khera
Chief Operating Officer, Solar 360

Eric’s foundation’s as a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Melbourne University have been put to good use with roles in London, investment banking and in New York as the CFO of a multinational media company. Eric has a well-rounded global experience and leads with an eye for detail, process and systems. He has a fundamental belief that life’s results are an outcome of hard work and thorough planning. Over the years the experience gained in growing, exiting and restructuring multinational organisation’s holds him in good stead for the challenge of building an example organisation in the delivery of the Solar360 business model.


Dr Extra Li
Chief Technology Officer, HEDA Solar Technology

Dr Extra Li is CTO of HEDA Solar Technology Ltd.  He graduated from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2002, with a PhD  in the energy development and conservation.  He has more than 10 years experience in R&D of solar energy application technology.  With his in-depth research in ceramic material combined with photovoltaic technology, Dr Li and his team invented a range of PV tile products in 2010, and created more than 30 Chinese and international patents.  Heda Solar PV tiles are extremely well-suited to BIPV applications. 


Keith Lovegrove
Head – Solar Thermal, ITPower

Dr Keith Lovegrove is the Head – Solar Thermal for the renewable energy consulting company ITPower.  He has well over 20 years experience in leading solar thermal research, including 15 years teaching at all levels in the ANU, as leader of the Solar Thermal Group.  He has won a number of prestigious awards, was a Member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and advised the Australian Office of Chief Scientist on a Solar Thermal Power.  One of Keith’s major achievements has been research and building the largest concentrating solar dishes in the world (500m2) , and he has spoken extensively around the world on this and related topics.  Keith has held many positions in AuSES and the ANZSES, and been a key contributor to the IEA Solar PACES group. At IT Power, Keith has recently completed detailed investigation of the potential for CSP in India, and in Australia on behalf of the Australian Solar Institute, as well as editing a book on CSP technology  by Woodhead Publishing UK.


Dr Andreas Luzzi
Laros Technologies

Dr Andreas Luzzi provides specialist consulting on building energy efficiency and integrated energy generation and management for Laros Technologies of Canberra.  He was previously with Dyesol, after it acquired the Swiss company, Greatcell Solar SA, where he was President. He completed his original doctorate at the Australian National University in Canberra, and brings extensive European experience, scientific expertise and hands-on European market intelligence to his clients.


John Macdonald
DesignInc Melbourne

John Macdonald is a Director of DesignInc Melbourne, with thirty five years experience in a wide range of award winning architectural projects including research facilities, residential and commercial projects. He has particular skills in the application of ecologically sustainable design and has delivered several conference papers and has published many articles on energy efficient building design. In 2004 he was a finalist in the Prime Minister’s ‘Environmentalist of the Year’ and the 2006 World Environmental Day Individual Award. John has acted as the ESD director on a number of recent projects which showcase innovative ESD principles including the award winning K2 Apartments, CH2 Melbourne City Council offices, Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre, Zero3 Sustainable Living Community and Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp. 


Senator Christine Milne
Leader Australian Greens

Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader and spokesperson on climate change, was elected to represent Tasmania in the federal parliament at the 2004 election after a distinguished career in the Tasmanian state parliament where she served as Leader of the Tasmanian Greens from 1993-98. Her achievements in that capacity include wilderness protection, gay law reform, and a parliamentary apology to the Stolen Generation, some ten years before the same occurred nationally. As a leader in the environment movement in Australia and overseas, she was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990. She is a regular attendee at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As a Co-Deputy Chair of the Multi Party Climate Change Committee, Christine was a key architect of the Carbon Price legislation that began on July 1 2012.


Glen Morris
Solaris / Solarquip

Glen established Solarquip in 2003, and has conducted extensive renewable energy training, installations and consulting, as well as teaching at Victorian universities and TAFEs, and for the Clean Energy Council.  He is currently a Vice President of the Australian Solar Energy Society and has been a committee member of the Australian Standards EL-042 group and the CEC Standards, Training and Accreditation Committee.  He additionally owns and operates a web hosting, design and network administration provider, and has consulted on the design and implementation of the AuSES Solar Best Practice programme.


Nigel Morris
Director, SolarBusinessServices

Nigel Morris has been involved in the PV industry for almost 20 years and is the founder of SolarBusinessServices, one of Australia’s leading PV consultancies. He began his PV career as the manufacturing manager with one of Australia’s pioneers in renewable energy and during his 5 years there, was a system designer, manufacturer, installer, salesman and company director. In 1997 he moved to BP Solar who were at that time, the world’s largest solar company. Over 12 years, Nigel worked in a variety of sales, marketing and management positions including roles as the National Sales Manager and Business Development Manager. In 2009, Nigel founded SolarBusinessServices with the aim of helping solar businesses navigate and prosper in the Australian PV market. The company works for some of the world’s leading PV brands and is a key advisor to several major investment firms. SolarBusinessServices advises installers, retailers wholesalers, industry associations and PV manufacturers specializing in forecasting, business strategy, training and marketing. In 2011, the company received the “Advocacy and Industry Leadership Award” from the Australian Solar Energy Society.


Hilary Pearson
Policy Analyst, Sungevity

Hilary Pearson covers government relations at Sungevity, a leading California-based, online residential solar company.  She monitors and provides advice on legislative and regulatory activities at state and federal levels, across Sungevity’s nine State operations.  She was formerly with the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, where she developed and managed a federal grants program for California; and also covered foreign affairs, science, defense, veterans, and homeland security issues.  She holds a Political Science degree from California Polytechnic State University and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Extension Professional Program in Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting.


Blair Pester
Winaico Australia Pty Ltd
Blair is the founder of WINAICO Australia Pty Ltd, a high quality PV manufacturer distributing directly within Australia, and a subsidiary of WIN WIN Precision Technology in Taiwan. His previous work in electronics engineering has seen him work on efficiency and accuracy in state of the art electronic devices.  His experience in the semiconductor field led him to the Solar PV industry where his technical background means that he chooses to work only with the highest quality products. Blair’s passion for quality and building meaningful partnerships is one he shares with WINAICO.  He believes in making a difference in the world and has embraced the opportunity to bring WINAICO to Australia. 


Graeme Pollock
Manager, Renewable Energy, SMEC Australia
With over 25 years in the electricity, energy efficiency and renewables industries in Australia, the Pacific and India, Graeme has significant experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of power infrastructure, diesel and renewable power supplies. As SMEC’s National Renewable Energy Manager based in Townsville, Graeme has unique insight into the hybridisation of multiple fuel sources to supply large scale remote and regional energy needs.


Sandy Pulsford
Sustainable Energy Consulting / Clean Energy Council

After establishing Natural Technology Systems in 1980, Sandy focused on designing and installing solar and wind power systems and other environmental technologies, before selling to the current owner in 1986. Sandy then worked with solar power systems in a number of roles, and established Solaris Technology in 1995. There he installed the first grid PV systems in SA, in 1997, hundreds of PV and wind systems, and a 114kW system on the Adelaide Airport in 2008. Sandy is currently an independent consultant, working as a PV system designer and inspector and conducting training courses for installers. He is contracted to the Clean Energy Council as a Technical Assessor working on Australian PV module approval guidelines development and application processing.


Amarot Rathore
General Manager, Renewable Energy Target Market Operations Branch, Clean Energy Regulator

Amarjot Rathore is currently the General Manager of Renewable Energy Target (RET) Market Operations Branch at the Clean Energy Regulator. Amarjot’s responsibilities include managing:

  • accreditation of renewable energy power stations,
  • assessment of certificate liability under RET,
  • issuing of partial exemption certificates under RET to emission intensive trade exposed activities,
  • running of the internet based REC Registry system, and
  • assessment of applications under Jobs and Competitiveness Program under Carbon pricing mechanism.

Prior to this, Amarjot was responsible for RET Market Operations at the former Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER). Amarjot’s experience at ORER included implementing changes to the RET, for split of the scheme into the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. He also acted in the statutory position of Renewable Energy Regulator beginning 1 July 2008 to 30 May 2009. Amarjot has over sixteen years experience in the Australian Public Service, and 8 years experience working on electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects in India. Amarjot has a Master’s degree in Engineering (Electrical Power Systems) from Punjab University (India) and a post graduate diploma in Information Technology from University of New South Wales. Amarjot is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.


Jeremy Rich
Energy Matters

Energy Matters was established in 2005, by four friends working in solar energy,  Sustainability Victoria,  IT/ecommerce, and  Jeremy Rich, in finance. Jeremy’s innovative marketing strategy was to make Energy Matters an educational resource and ecommerce platform dedicated to solar. The company educates the market and steers people to its website. Energy Matters has grown to an award-winning, national operation, with a $33 million turnover.


Mike Russell
PV Consultant, Chromagen, TDG; Author in Solar Best Practice Program, AUSES

Mike is a consultant specialising in renewables, and PV in particular ,with Chromagen and TDG, and withAuSES, as an author in the Solar Best Practice Program.  He is qualified to design complex PV systems, and was previously with the BCSE, now the Clean Energy Council (CEC).  Mike was – and remains, representing AuSES – a contributing member to the EL-042 Standards sub-committee, which edits the Australian Standards AS/NZ5033, AS4059, etc..  Formerly, Mike had a long career in secondary and TAFE training, and wrote five text books.  Whilst at BCSE, he held a number of positions, including Manager, Training and Accreditation, when the accreditees’ numbers swelled from 230 to 2300 to cope with the enormous PV installation demands of the period 2005 – 2009, under the PVRP rebate scheme. 


Rod Scott

Founded in 1964 by the Scott family, Selectronic Australia quickly established itself as a major manufacturer of custom made transformers and inductors for the local electronics industry. Driven by demand from the Solar industry and a passion for green energy, Selectronic Australia expanded its product offering to include models with higher power ratings. Selectronic Australia has grown through a philosophy of providing products and solutions that focus on the customer needs and today this second generation family company is one of the largest Off Grid inverter manufacturers in the world. Using innovative technologies, Selectronic Australia’s power conversion products provide a cutting-edge basis for efficient, cost effective and green renewable energy systems.


Douglas Smith
Sales Manager, Trina Solar

Douglas Smith was previously with BP Solar as Sales and Marketing Manager for Australia. Originally from Scotland, Douglas has 20 years’ global sales, marketing and senior management experience originally in the automotive industry and more recently in renewables. He is currently steering the local arm of Trina Solar to a position of market eminence in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.


Dr Ted Spooner

Ted Spooner is a senior visiting fellow at The University of New South Wales in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.  He has been involved in renewable energy applications, power systems and power electronics since 1975.  He was project leader for Australia’s renewable energy systems testing laboratory RESLab.  He is currently a chair of Australian Standards Committee responsible for renewable energy systems. He is also the Australian representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) technical committee TC82 for Photovoltaics and co-convener of the TC82 systems working group developing international standards for photovoltaics.


Geoff Stapleton

Geoff Stapleton specialised in solar (PV) energy in the final year of his electrical engineering degree in 1981. Since then he has worked as engineer with BP solar, operated a solar company designing, installing and maintaining systems acted as a full time consultant to integral energy and now is managing director of GSES a training and consultancy company which has undertaken projects in Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia and Africa.


Simon Troman
Managing Director, IT Power Australia

Simon Troman is the Managing Director of IT Power Australia. Prior to joining IT Power he was Assistant Director in the Renewable Energy Branch of the Australian Greenhouse Office, managing the Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme. Simon has comprehensive experience in the renewable energy field, covering hands on construction, development and research work through to government programmes and aid projects. Simon’s career in renewable energy started in Tasmania in the eighties, and has taken him to Africa, India, Japan and throughout Australia and the region. As well as his role with IT Power Simon is also the Chair of the Ocean Energy Industry Association, and an ex board member of AuSES and Frontier Solar. Simon has a keen interest in corporate governance and is a board member in both commercial and not-for-profit entities outside the renewable energy sector.


Collin Wang
Jinko Solar

Collin has held multiple management roles in a span of 20 years from leading sales and marketing teams, supply chain management, up to general management of a manufacture and distribution business employing 800 people. With his versatile background and working experiences in Australia, Germany and China, and passionate about renewable energy, Collin is dedicated to make a difference in PV industry by offering first class quality and service of JINKO SOLAR modules in Australasia market through a strong Australian team.  JINKO SOLAR Australia Holdings is the Australian arm of NYSE-listed PV manufacturers that has 1.2 GW capacities in 2011 with a complete vertically integrated manufacture system from crystalline ingots down to mono- and multi- crystalline PV panels.


Dr Muriel Watt
Chair, Australian Photovoltaic Association
Dr Muriel Watt is an internationally regarded expert in solar and energy policy. She is a consultant for IT Power and part-time Senior Lecturer, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW. Muriel is Chair of the Australian PV Association (APVA) and representative on the Executive Committee of the IEA Photovoltaics Power Systems Programme (PVPS).


Matthew Wright
Beyond Zero Emissions

Matthew Wright is the founder of Beyond Zero Emissions, a not for profit research organization devoted to climate change solutions. He is the lead author of The Zero Carbon Australia Plan which was published in 2010 in collaboration with the Melbourne University Energy Research Institute. For his tireless efforts to shift the debate on climate solutions in Australia he was made the Environment Minister’s “Young Environmentalist of the Year”2010/11. Beyond Zero Emissions received the Mercedes Benz Banksia Award for Environmental research in 2010.


Tom Zhao
BYD Solar

The GM of BYD Solar Division, responsible for the renewable energy market development globally. Before joint BYD in 2008, Tom was the head of sourcing organization for Motorola China for more than 17 years. He established the business unit after joint BYD and brought BYD into Apple’s supplier base from 2008, grew BYD as the primer supplier for Apple enclosure products. Tom was assigned the Chairman of BYD as the General Manager of BYD Solar Division since 2010 and heads the global sales organization for BYD renewable energy products, covering solar panel, Inverter, Energy Storage Solution and LED lighting. He possessed rich experience in solar power generation products and system, successfully introduced and promoted BYD’s long life time rechargeable battery power storage solution into various applications, from utility scale of solar farm and ESS (Energy Storage Station) to the Home Energy System, significantly differentiated BYD from a supplier of single solar PV into a total solution provider of green energy technologies. 


More information on the speaker programme can be found on the East Solar Expo and Conference Program.