The Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA) is a non-profit trade association representing local, national and international solar companies in the Arizona market. The group's focus is on education, professionalism and promotion of public policies that support deployment of solar technologies in Arizona.
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Meet Your 2016 AriSEIA Board Candidates
AriSEIA is pleased to present to you the bios for the four nominees for the three open seats on the AriSEIA Board of Directors. According to the bylaws, all of the candidates have been nominated by other members or themselves. If they were nominated by others, they have accepted their nomination and have submitted the nomination.
The candidates provided their bios and photos. We did not give them a word or subject limit. Their statements are printed here as submitted.
Candidates are listed here in alphabetical order. They are listed on the attached ballot in reverse order, side-by-side. Please note you may vote for not more than three candidates.
Returning Your Ballot - Due 5PM January 22, 2016
Ballots can be return by regular or electronic mail. The PDF ballot will only accept three votes. If you mail it in with more than three votes, the ballot will considered spoiled and the votes will not be counted, so be sure that you vote for only three candidates.
Ballots will not be counted until after 5PM on January 22, 2016.
Mail your ballot to:
Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association
2122 W. Lone Cactus Dr. Suite 2
Phoenix AZ 85027
After graduating from business school and deciding to start a second career in the solar industry, I completed Solar Energy International’s PV Design and Installation course in 2004, then moved to Arizona to sell residential and commercial PV systems.
In 2007 I started a company called SolEquity, and through hard work and luck I developed the first projects that were financed through a PPA/ Solar Services Agreement in the state (at ASU, in 2008/2009).
As a result of this experience, I joined AriSEIA and started the Commercial PV working group, then joined the Board. Since that time, I’ve worked for two major module manufacturers (Kyocera Solar, and now ReneSola), helping to implement their downstream strategy from manufacturing to project development.
Because I got my start here in Arizona, I am familiar with the industry’s evolution, since the time that there were fewer than 20MW (there are now over 1.5GW) installed in this state. In my current job, I am involved in projects across the U.S., including some of the most progressive markets like Massachusetts and Hawaii, and this allows me to observe what is happening across the U.S. and bring that perspective to AriSEIA when it comes to issues of legislation, regulations, finance and best practices in the various markets across the country.
If AriSEIA’s membership feels this is of value, I would be honored to continue to serve on the board.
I am seeking reelection to the AriSEIA board to continue to create policies and an environment favorable for distributed solar and related technologies. In 2016 all major investor owned utilities will be attempting to implement changes to Net Energy Metering rules and eliminate solar friendly tariffs.
With strong skills in rate design and analysis and new technology implementation I am the best candidate to lead AriSEIA in the fight to defend our industry.
As the owner of an Arizona residential and commercial solar development and consultancy, I work closely with many businesses like yours and understand the needs for a stable environment with policies favorable to additional solar development. To create this environment, it is critical to reach out to all stakeholders including the Corporation Commission and even the utilities. As an example, last year I played an instrumental role in the definition, planning and execution of the highly successful “Arizona at the Energy Crossroads” forum where I chaired the “Rate Design” and “Emerging Technologies” panels which included representatives from leading solar friendly policy organizations as well as APS and SRP.
These panels initiated a strong debate about critical rate design issues helping to educate both sides about the critical issues. This shows my interest and ability to work with all stakeholders to cooperatively develop effective solar friendly policies.
Going forward, the future CAN look bright. With the extension of the ITC our goal is to develop rate designs and other policies that enable significant deployment of solar and other emerging technologies such as battery storage and integrated demand control systems. These emerging technologies combined with solar will enable the industry to take distributed energy to the next level and will address many of the concerns expressed by utilities.
As a member of the Board I work hard to be a team player and develop census positions that represent the best interests of AriSEIA members. I attend and actively participate at virtually every meeting and take the initiative to drive critical issues such as rate design while respecting differing views of other Board members. I represent both residential and commercial interests.
As a career I have 5 years’ experience in the solar industry as principle of PV Advanced Concepts after 20 years in the semiconductor industry in strategic marketing. Academically, I have a B.S. In Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a MBA from ASU, and a Master in Finance from U of A.
A vote for me is a vote for developing solar and emerging technology friendly policies in Arizona by working cooperatively with all stakeholders.
I have served two terms on the Board to date and am passionate about the Arizona solar industry. I believe I bring a unique perspective to the Board and can provide input that is helpful in AriSEIA’s pursuit of positive policy outcomes. I have represented solar companies big and small in Arizona and nationally and believe I can continue to put that experience to work for the betterment of AriSEIA and its members. I am hopeful that members will re-elect me to the Board and appreciate your vote.
Court S. Rich is Senior Partner at Rose Law Group. He has spent the last decade at RLG helping his clients add value to their business endeavors, get projects approved, and issues quickly resolved. Court practices in the areas of, municipal law, land use and zoning, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and the State Liquor Board as well as lobbying at the State Legislature.
Court also serves as the Director of Rose Law Group’s Renewable Energy Department and represents many of the largest solar companies in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility sittings, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed. On the regulatory front, Court has worked on numerous groundbreaking matters in Arizona including acting as lead counsel before the Arizona Corporation Commission for the largest solar energy industry groups in the country. Court has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and turnkey agreements for utility scale solar generation facilities with utilities including among others Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, Court has drafted and negotiated solar service agreements, solar lease agreements, and solar purchase agreements for numerous distributed scale solar projects with a variety of off-takers.
Court’s work demands that he have close relationships with elected officials and state, municipal, and county staff members throughout Arizona. As a result Court is often involved in election campaigns in support of local and state candidates and stays involved in the communities in which he works. Court is always ready to assist clients in working with municipal, county, or state officials in an effort to build better communities and solve local and regional issues.
Court is a regular speaker and panelist on all things related to renewable energy. Court also has served as pro bono counsel for the Institute for Justice (representing a Winchell’s Donut shop against first amendment abuse) and has been an associate scholar at the Goldwater Institute which published his policy brief, “Protecting Private Property Rights: The Case for Vested Property Rights.”
He is involved in charities supporting Children’s Hospital, is a past chairman of Miracle Makers, and serves on committees for various Valley philanthropic organizations including Teen Lifeline, which is one of his favorites. Former Governor Jan Brewer appointed Court to sit on her Solar Energy Advisory Task Force.
Court is Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, and the Phoenix Green Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Court also sits on the City of Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Gen Equity Political Action Committee, and is currently serving on the executive board of the Economic Development Group of Eloy (EDGE). Court is a proud graduate of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 23 and a member of Gen Next and Pinal Partnership.
Mr. Rich received his B.A. in philosophy from University of Arizona in 1998 and his J.D. from Arizona State University in 2001 where he was a Pedrick Scholar. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Association.
On the lighter side, Rich was named “Best Name for a Lawyer” in the Phoenix New Times’ Best of Phoenix Issue, 2001.
I am running to serve on the AriSEIA Board because I’d like to help contribute to our policy successes and help educate the public with our side of the story. My current position is with SolarCity in Tucson. An Arizona native, I’ve been politically involved as long as I can remember and even ran for office a couple of times. I was one of the first people to join AriSEIA’s new Solar Energy Coalition (ASEC) – before I worked at SolarCity and before I was even a solar customer myself.
By way of background, my wife, Melanie, and I have a 3-year old son, Alex, and 1-yr old daughter, Amina. Twenty years ago, I earned an MBA at Thunderbird, in Glendale, and, for the past eight years, have served as a principal negotiator and VP of Sales at a Cambridge-based consulting firm, the SAB Negotiation Group.
Far from being an expert, I hope to contribute to AriSEIA’s negotiations whenever appropriate.
I was fortunate to serve as Student Body President at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where I took a couple of classes from current Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. In fact, Ash Carter endorsed my 2004 campaign for Congress. I also successfully negotiated with Larry Summers, Harvard University President at the time, to restore a multi-million dollar student loan repayment program. LRAP, as it is called, is still thriving at Harvard today, enabling several thousand low-income students to attend Harvard at no charge.
Arizona Energy Conference Speaker Presentations
9:45 - 10:45 Electricity Supply In Arizona: Today & Tomorrow
10:50 – 11:35 Impact of Customer Generated Energy
- CR Herro, VP, Environmental Affairs, Meritage Homes
- Dr. Paul Tighe, Superintendent, Mingus Union High School District
- Ken Hicks, CFO, Peoria Unified School District/ASBO
1:20 – 2:15 Rate Design Trends
2:20 – 3:10 Solar Energy: Free Market Choice or Bad For Other Ratepayers?
3:15 – 4:00 Emerging Technology Response Self-Use vs. Net Metering (Battery Storage)
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