The 2016 inaugural Solar Business Festival in Austin, Texas on December 2nd, 2016, was a success. The event convened over 300 participants and we are happy to provide you this important memory of the event:

The Solar Business Festival 2016 Post Show Report will be available early 2017. Plans for SBF 2017 will begin early 2017 as well, so whether you're interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor for SBF 2017, you can send us an email at to reserve your spot. 

Solar Business Festival 2017 
November 27-28, 2017 | Austin, Texas

New To 2017 (Co-located Events) Hosted as part of the SBF 2017

November 27, 2017
Commercial Buildings Energy Forum 
Smart Homes Forum 
Sustainable Agriculture Forum 

November 28, 2017
Energy Storage Forum 
Smart Grid Technology Forum
Texas International Solar Forum 
Woman in Solar Forum 

Special Event (November 28, 2017)
Texas Solar Pioneers Awards: Ceremony

Early Bird Registration:

See you in 2017!

Solar Business Festival #SBFAustin17         Texas Solar Business Week #TxSolarBizWeek 


Solar Business Festival

Connecting the Texas Solar Industry

Solar Business Festival is a highly interactive conference and exhibition dedicated to creating a significant solar business platform in Texas, for knowledge sharing and connectivity.

The event is focused on Texas and brings together solar companies, solar energy executives, policy makers, private equity investors, investment bankers, clean tech entrepreneurs, large residential and commercial building owners, corporate facility managers, and major players in the solar industry.

SBF 2016 will include a strategic & technical industry panel discussions providing latest trends in the solar industry, risk and finance regulation, finding deals in today’s market, initiatives, community solar, policies, solar innovations, market growth opportunities, innovative business models, regulatory framework, international solar opportunities, energy issues and more.

The event will host over 30 high-level speakers, quality exhibitors, and over 350 high-profile attendees all of which have vested interests in actively growing the solar market in Texas, including government officials from a selected number of foreign countries with interests in US solar market. 

The Solar Business Festival 2016 will be held in Austin,Texas on December 2nd, 2016 at Hilton Austin Hotel. SBF 2016 is designed to fosters the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and expertise for furthering the solar energy industry and speeding the transition toward a sustainable energy economy in Texas, held under the official endorsement of United Nations Global Compact.

Solar Business Festival 2016

Dec 2, 2016 

7:45am - 6:30pm

Hilton Austin Downtown 

500 East 4th Street 

Austin, TX , 78701 

United States (map)

SBF 2016 Confirmed Speakers 

Will Wynn, Advisor/Former Mayor of Austin, Texas 

Lenae Shirley, Senior Director, Technology Innovation/Market Adoption, EDF 

Dan McIlroy, VP of Business Development, Clean Energy Collective

Jeff Wolfe, Principal, Jeff Wolfe Consulting 

Gene Preston, CEO, Transmission Adequacy Consulting 

Andres Carvallo, CEO & Founder, CMG Consulting LLC 

Josh Smykal, Solar Business Development, Modernize 

Elise Sharum, Project Developer, One80 Solar 

Danielle Caltabiano, Global Energy Team Leader , U.S. Commercial Service 

Matthew Austin, Solar Industry Consultant /Home Performance Consultant, Treehouse 

Robert Watson III, CEO, Solar Electric Texas

Jonathon Blackburn, Managing Director, Texas Pace Authority 

Frank Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Austin Mayor's Office

Nikolai Druzhinin, Commercial Development Associate, Freedom Solar  

Art Crowell, Co Founder, A Work of Art Solar Development 

John Cooper, President, Prsenl

Lloyd Lee, CEO, NATiVE

Camron Barati, Analyst, North America Solar, IHS Markit

Darrell Thornley, Director of Power, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I)

Casey Marshall, Director of Business Development, Clean Energy Associates 

Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc 

Nancy Edwards, Principal, Clean Power Marketing Group

Billy L. Curb, Texas Renewable Energy Coordinator, USDA Rural Development

Dr. Anna Selvan John, Founder & President, NanoPV Solar USA

Rick Luna, Senior Manager of Energy Management, CPS Energy

Jeffrey Mcelroy, Business Development Leader, GE Grid Solutions

Joshua M. Graham, Executive Director, TexNext, Inc

Dr. Michael E. Webber, Deputy Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin

David E Scally Jr | Project Manager, Freedom Solar, LLC

Joshua Barnett, Co-Founder and President, Drone Dispatch

Danielle Murray, Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy

Thomas Tynes, Deputy Director, Policy & Electricity Markets - Regulatory Counsel, SolarCity

Judy M. McElroy, CEO, Principal Consultant, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants


Key Advisory Board Members

David Inbar, Founder and CEO, Dejalytics, Inc 

Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist & Founder, Pearson Strategy Group 

David C Jedynak, Chief Technology Officer, Curtiss-Wright Corporation 

Tasha A McCarter, PE, Manager Distributed Generation Interconnection, SunPower Corporation 

Jim Kimo Storke, Managing Partner, KAS Consulting 

Mark Feasel, VP Utility Segment and Smart Grid, Schneider Electric

SBF 2016 Sponsors, Partners & Supporting Organizations:
Just Energy Group                      
Austin Technology Council  
Labacorp Group                         
 United Nations Global Compact   
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance 
Texas PACE Authority                 
ATI Clean Energy Incubator    
ENF Solar                                   
Greentech Media
Concurrent Design Inc                
Cleantech Open  
Alternative Energy Africa            
Central Austin Makerspace  
Sun Radio                                   
Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)  
Texas PACE Authority                 
Visual Business Media
Power and Energy Entrepreneurs Group  

Exhibiting Opportunities
The cost for exhibiting includes an exhibition booth, three (3) complimentary conference tickets, company branding in the on-site booklet and access to closing reception. The exhibition will occupy 6,019 square ft. in the Governor's Ballroom on the fourth floor at Hilton Austin Hotel - Downtown. Each exhibiting company will have space for a large banner behind the table, two pull up banners beside the table, two chairs (more available if needed), and enough space around the table to display other small materials.  
To register to exhibit, please visit  to complete your registration.  
Click Tickets and Select (Exhibition Booth - Early Bird). The last day to sign up to exhibit is November 30 at 5:00 PM CST.  For any question about exhibiting, please sent an email to; 

Key Steering Committee

Lewis Bichkoff, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Richard Huckle, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Charles Barnett, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Mike Senia, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business 

Charlie Cox, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business 

SBF 2016 Planning Committee

Justin Boger, Founder of Central Austin Makerspace (SBF Chair)

Kathryn E Burns, SBF StraMarketing Cordinator

Sade Ayodele, SBF Marketing Coordinator

Elizabeth McNally, SBF Research Coordinator

Daniel Dorksen, Marketing Manager, Global Attain Advancement

Germain Issian, Events Coordinator, Global Attain Advancement

Melissa Brown, Public Relations, Global Attain Advancement

Brenda Hannah, Graphic Designer, Global Attain Advancement

Suzanne Decca, Director of Research Global Team, Global Attain Advancement 

SBF 2016 Key Facts 
One Full Day Event:
A Premier Large Scale Solar Focused Event to be held in Austin

350+ High-Profile Attendees 
32 High-Level Speakers 
22 Sponsors & Partners  
At Newly Renovated Downtown Hilton Hotel
Occupying 10,390 Square Ft of Meeting Space on the Fourth Floor at the Hilton
12 Planning Committee Members (Expert Event Producers) 
8 Advisory Board Members (CEO's Consulting Firms & Industry Experts)
7 Steering Committee Members  
6,019 Square Ft of Dedicated Exhibition Space 
Innovation Showcase (Presented by Austin Technology Incubator, CleanTx, and Cleantech Open)
Speakers/VIP Lounge 
12 Sessions (Technical Discussions)
4 Hours Networking 
5 On-Site Media Outlets 


Global Attain Advancement (GAA) is happy to assist with questions regarding the Solar Business Festival Austin 2016. Please use the info's below to get in contact with GAA.

General Inquiries

For general information about Solar Business Festival, please sent an email to;

Mailing Address

Global Attain Advancement, LLC 

PO Box 18087

Austin, Texas, 78760 

View SBF Future Events

Organized by Global Attain Advancement (GAA), an events, publishing, and trade missions company. GAA is a participant company of United Nations Global Compact, and a Member of (Property Assessed Clean Energy) PACENation. SBF 2016 is Held Under the Endorsement of the United Nations Global Compact 


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Documents Attached to SBF 2017: CONFERENCE + TRADE SHOW:
2016 SBF Program
2016 SBF Speakers Biographies
About Event - One Pager
Innovation Showcase - One Pager
Renewable Energy Resources
SBF 2016 Attendee List
SBF 2016 Program Oveview
SBF Advertisement - One Pager
SBF Future Events
SBF Sponsorship Brochure