New York Solar Energy Society Conference: Energy Efficiency & Renewables: NY State Summit

Friday, November 30, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend
New York Solar Energy Society’s
“Energy Efficiency & Renewables:
NY State Summit”

Friday, November 30, 2018
7:45 am to 6:00 pm

Osborn Amphitheater
Hilton Garden Inn Troy
Hoosick Street, Troy, New York

Register Here!


7:15 am
Exhibitor Set-up
Dr. Jian Sun , “Off Shore Wind”

Dr. Jian Sun, RPI

Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, and Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems. His research interests are in the general area of power electronics and energy conversion, with a focus on modeling and control of renewable energy and high-voltage dc (HVDC) transmission systems, including large-scale onshore and offshore wind power plants with ac or dc transmission. His current research sponsors include German TSO TenneT, China State Grid, NSF, and DOE. He has also consulted to a number of manufacturers and TSOs internationally on issues related to control of wind turbines and HVDC converters, as well as resonance and stability problems in large wind power plants and HVDC systems. He can be reached by email at, or by phone at (518) 276-8297.

Rick Lewandowski , "Research Trends in Clean Energy Technology: Bicoastal Solar Research Consortium"

Rick Lewandowski

Rick Lewandowski works as a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Entrepreneur in Residence (NEIR) and has over 25 years of business experience providing market and product development, program management and consulting services to manufacturers and organizations around the world who are involved in distributed generation, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Previously Mr. Lewandowski was the Executive Director of the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) an Intertek subsidiary. Previously, the Managing Partner at Direct Gain Consulting, LLC, a NY renewable energy consulting firm and serves on the New York Solar Energy Society (NSES) Board of Directors. He serves on the Board as a Director at Direct Global Power, Inc., a PV technology commercialization firm in Schenectady NY. Founder and former CEO of Prism Solar Technologies, Inc., a PV manufacturer. Founder and former CEO of SunWize Technologies, Inc., one of the largest PV distributors in North America. Mr. Lewandowski is the former Corporate Vice President of Technology at Besicorp Group, Inc., a New York Independent Power Producer. Founder and past President of the New York Solar Energy Industry Association. He is also the Founder and past President of the Illinois Solar Energy Industry Association and former President of the ASES Chapter - Illinois Solar Energy Association. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES).

David P. Bruns , "How We Cracked the Code on NetZero Mulitfamily"

David P. Bruns

General Manager/Owner, Bruns Realty Group, LLC

David P. Bruns is General Manager and owner of Bruns Realty Group, LLC. Mr. Bruns is a seasoned real estate investor who has been actively managing residential apartments for over 25 years. Bruns Realty Group presently owns and manages over 300 residential rental units in the Capital District area. In 2014, Bruns Realty Group began development of net zero multifamily projects with the construction of the 156 unit netZero Village, the largest market-rate net zero development in the country. Bruns Realty is presently working on a 248 unit high-end net zero development called Solara.

Mr. Bruns graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, magna cum laude, with a B.S. and M. Eng. in electrical engineering. He worked as a senior engineer with General Electric Company for 13 years and as an independent consulting engineer for many years after that. He left General Electric to pursue his love of real estate and apartment management.

Mr. Bruns resides in Troy, NY with his wife, Sandra.

Lee Evans , “The Value of Zero Energy”

Lee Evans, ReWire Group, LLC

Lee is currently head of Business Development at ReWire Group (DBA ReWire Energy). He has been a proven sales leader throughout his over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing. He excelled at one of the world’s largest Pharma Companies in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility including senior sales leadership positions, and key marketing and training assignments. He immediately carved out a reputation for being an innovative thinker delivering creative solutions. After leaving Pharma, Lee transferred his vast accumulated knowledge, experience and creativity to help start and fund an entrepreneurial renewable energy company, ReWire Energy. At ReWire Lee is in charge of customer acquisition strategies and developing strategic business opportunities. He also supports the ReWire business model through matching the business strategy with appropriate vendor partner selection and management.

Dr. Richard Perez , PhD, SUNY, "120% SOLAR NOW"

Dr. Richard Perez

Richard Perez is a Research Professor at the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, where he directs applied research in the fields of solar radiation, and solar energy applications, and daylighting. He holds a Master and a Doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences (University of Paris and SUNY-Albany) and an Undergraduate Degree in Electrotechnics (University of Nice, France). His noted contributions to the field of solar energy are:

Identifying the high value potential of photovoltaic power generation to meet the electrical power demand of large cities in non traditional solar regions such as the northeastern United States.
The development of solar radiation models which have been incorporated in standard solar energy and daylighting calculation practice around the world.

Perez sits on the Advisory Board of the GW Solar Institute at GW University in Washington, DC. He has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

He has produced over 250 book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and technical reports and holds two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. He has directed research projects and contracts amounting to $6 million, and has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE; ASES’ highest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award; and the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark.

LUNCHEON, Roebling Library
Yuri Kalina , Blockchains: Applications in RE Generation”

Yuri Kalina

Yuri Kalina has extensive experience in public finance, project finance - including renewable energy, resource recovery, public utilities, and transportation, asset securitization and derivative product development and implementation. He has specialized in structuring complex and intricate financings, financing strategy formulation and process management.

He worked on multiple resource recovery and solar energy projects. These included, a resource recovery facility in Ohio, a bio-diesel project in the District of Columbia, electric vehicle/solar charging stations in Florida and a solar power plant in Indiana.

For the past year and a half he has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Solar Energy Society. On behalf of the NYSES, he publishes Monthly Digest of solar and other renewable energy and environmental news.

Mr. Kalina holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering (Urban Systems) from Brown University and a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.-

Henry Vandermark , “Controlling and Managing Solar Thermal Systems in the Northeast”

Henry K. Vandermark, President Solar Wave Energy Inc.

Henry founded Solar Wave Energy in 1978 where he has been involved in design, installation and service of solar thermal systems including site-built and factory-built collectors. He spent 30 years servicing many types of solar hot water systems used in the Northeast and brings detailed analysis and that hands-on experience to solar monitoring. He currently oversees the team that has built and operates, a web-based solar thermal monitoring platform designed to help installers optimize performance of their solar thermal systems and report production for performance based incentives and thermal power purchase agreements. He has taught conference workshops, trade school classes, and programs for teachers. He continues to consult on solar thermal designs for building applications and portfolio management using the Lifetime Commissioning platform.

David Borton, “100% Solar Powered Transportation”
John Parker, “Article 78’s Time for Community Response Endangered”
“NYS Municipalities and Solar Farms”
Reception sponsored by Renewables UnWind

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For Registration and Exhibitor Information please contact: 917 974 4606

Become a sponsor: Sponsor & Exhibitor Info
Exhibitor Set Up: Friday at 7:15 am. Breakdown: 4:30 pm

Special thanks to our Sponsors

And Renewables UnWind