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2017 Speaker Series
"The PV Industry Matures:  What About Maintenance and Recycling?"
When: March 21, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Energy Foundation, 301 Battery Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


The PV industry is no longer new or “alternative,” but is established and growing rapidly.  So now it’s time to focus on the issues of a mature industry, including maintenance and recycling (end of product life).  What do you do when your modules or inverters fail? Can you find products that match your older technology?  What happens when the millions of modules being installed reach their end of life?  What about toxic metals in manufacturing?  Come hear expert speakers and be part of the dialog on these and other important issues. Food and drinks (including beer) will be provided.



Dustin Mulvaney

Dustin Mulvaney is a Visiting Scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West during his sabbatical from San Jose State University (SJSU). His research studies include work on environmental justice, solar energy commodity chains, and public lands and energy development in the American West. His forthcoming book Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice will be published by the University California Press in 2017. Dustin is a founder and principal of EcoShift, a climate, energy, and sustainability-consulting firm, where he leads projects on electricity utility rate design and impacts on greenhouse gases, net metering policy and impacts on solar adoption, and life cycle assessments of climate and water impacts of energy resources and technologies. Dustin’s work on photovoltaic recycling includes participation in the development of the e-stewards standard for photovoltaics with the Basel Action Network and as a member of the Joint Committee for a sustainability leadership standard for photovoltaics at the National Standards Foundation International. 

Marissa A. Yao

Marissa joined SunPower in 2012 and as Director of Sustainability, is responsible for environmental sustainability programs throughout the corporation including all manufacturing sites, product lines and supply chain. During her time at SunPower, SunPower has received the solar industry’s first Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification and Landfill-Free verifications for its assembly sites. Marissa also chairs the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and led the effort to develop the solar industry’s national PV recycling network. Through this work, SunPower has been recognized with the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Award, #1 ranking on SVTC’s Solar Scorecard for sustainability and Environmental Leader’s Product of the Year Award. 

Prior to joining SunPower, Marissa spent 9 years at Intel Corporation. Marissa holds a BA in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, an MPH in Epidemiology and MEM in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University. 

Sam Vanderhoof and Kristina Whitney

Sam Vanderhoof founded Solar CowboyZ, a consulting firm offering photovoltaic (PV) and renewable energy consulting services for commercial and residential projects in domestic and international solar markets. Kristina Whitney is the COO of Solar CowboyZ and teaches college level classes on renewables and offgrid living. 



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