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OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

AWEA’s just-completed Clean Energy Executive Summit is a one-stop shop to gather intel on the latest clean energy trends. At this year’s conference, attendees learned about current projections and industry forecasts, followed by a discussion of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of wind, solar and storage technologies. These leaders spanned the pan-renewable spectrum and came together to discuss what’s ahead and how they plan to evolve and grow in this ever-changing competitive landscape.

Renewable energy electricity generation costs continue to decline– especially utility-scale solar, wind and storage– to the point they are now the cheapest source of new electricity in many parts of the country. However, ongoing policy uncertainty means OEMs face immense pressure to continue lowering costs through technology advancements across the value chain. They also face the reality of finding new ways to remain competitive via expanded business models.

The OEM outlook panel, moderated by Laura Beane with Avangrid Renewables, included:

  • Paul Judge, General Manager, 2MW Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
  • Josh Irwin, Vice President, Sales, Vestas North America
  • Peter Gibson, VP, Energy Storage, LG Chem
  • Thomas Koerner, VP, Global Sales, Module & System Solutions Business, Canadian Solar
  • Mahesh Morjaria, VP, PV Systems Development, First Solar

With a focus on demand-driving policy and modernized market rules, the panelists showed great collaboration and vision on advancing clean energy growth. They stressed the importance of partnerships across the pan-renewable industry as the way to lead the world to a more sustainable energy future. This diverse group of leaders in utility-scale wind and solar displayed the dedication and reality of this vision. It was truly a glimpse into the future of clean energy.

In a world demanding more and more energy, the spread of renewable energy is key to triggering the most sustainable and inclusive development possible. To hear more from leaders across the pan-renewable spectrum, check out AWEA’s upcoming events, including CLEANPOWER, the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector.

If you missed the conference, session recordings are now available. You can also add next year’s event to your calendar, so you won’t miss out on hearing first hand from those at the forefront of a cleaner, more affordable energy economy in 2020. We will head to Scottsdale, AZ, December 1 – 3.

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Jen is AWEA's Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives. As a member of the MVE team, she helps develop marketing strategies for AWEA events, exhibitions, sponsorships, membership, and publications Prior to joining AWEA, she spent 11 years with the Personal Care Products Council where she oversaw marketing, conference planning, sponsorships, webinars, and an industry certification effort that facilitates international trade of cosmetics.

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