SBF 2016 - Austin Texas


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. It is a fantastic event which provides an excellent industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, and partners in the Texas solar industry. 

The event is focused on Texas and it brings together solar companies  to connect directly with attendees who are eager to explore solar solutions for sustainable living, as well as to interact, connect and forge partnerships in the renewable energy industry. The event showcases cutting-edge technologies and provides an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to see, hear and experience the next wave of solar innovations.

The Solar Business Festival 2016 will be held in Austin,Texas on December 2nd, 2016 at Hilton Austin Hotel. SBF Austin 2016 is designed to promote and advance the renewable energy industry in Texas focusing on all areas of the solar industry. It will include a strategic & technical industry panel discussions providing latest trends in the solar industry, risk and finance regulation, initiatives, community solar, policies, regulatory framework, and more.

It is anticipated that Solar Business Festival 2016, will be a significant networking platform, involving high-quality exhibitors, high-profile visitors, engaging panel sessions, over 25 high-level speakers from private and public sector, and featuring a great local band to celebrate solar innovations. 

Solar Business Festival 2016

Dec 2, 2016 

7:45am - 6:30pm

Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street 

Austin, TX , 78701 

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SBF Austin 2016 Confirmed Speakers 

Will Wynn |  Advisor/Former Mayor of Austin, Texas Profile

Lenae Shirley | Technology Innovation and Market Adoption, Environmental Defense Fund's | Profile

Dan McIlroy | VP of Business Development, Clean Energy Collective | Profile 

Jeff Wolfe Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, Just Energy Group, Inc | Profile 

Gene Preston | CEO at Transmission Adequacy Consulting | Profile

Andres Carvallo | CEO & Founder, CMG Consulting LLC | Profile

Josh Smykal | Solar Business Development, Modernize  | Profile

Elise Sharum | Project Developer, One80 Solar | Profile

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

Matthew Austin Solar Industry Consultant Profile

Nikolai Druzhinin Commercial Development Associate, Freedom Solar Profile 

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

John Cooper Business Development, Business Transformation Services, Siemens US Profile

Camron Barati | Analyst, North America Solar | Profile

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

Casey Marshall, Director of Business Development, Clean Energy Associates | Profile

Bert Haskell | Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc | Profile

Courtney Seel | Senior Business Development Manager, WTWH Media | Profile 

Nancy Edwards | Principal, Clean Power Marketing Group Profile

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

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


Key Steering Committee

Lewis Bichkoff, MBA Candidate, UT McCombs School of Business. 

Former Renewable Energy Procurement Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission | Profile

Richard Huckle, MBA Candidate, UTMcCombs School of Business. 

Former Executive Officer, Fastcent | Profile

Charles Barnett, MBA Candidate, UT McCombs School of Business. 

Former Business Implementation Senior Analyst, Accenture | Profile

Mike Senia, MBA Candidate, UT McCombs School of Business.  

Senior Associate, Deloitte | Profile

Charlie Cox, MBA Candidate, UT McCombs School of Business. 

Former Regional Managing Director, Nollen Group | Profile 

Key SBF Austin 2016 Advisory Board Members

David Inbar | Founder and CEO, Dejalytics, Inc | Profile

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

Chair of Solar Business Festival 

Justin Boger, Founder of Central Austin Makerspace | Profile

Event Community Website 
We've launched the event community website! All information regarding the event schedule, speakers profiles, discussions, session options, and conference announcements, and much more can be found on the website. Get started here...​


Download the Event Brochure Here

Download the Sponsorship Brochure Here

Download the Advertisement OnePager  Here

Download the Exhibition Brochure  Here

Download the Partnership OnePager Here

Download the Agenda at Glance Here

Download the Event OnePager Here

Download the Concept Note Here

Download the Speakers Profiles Here

Download the Event Fact Sheet Here

Download SBF FAQ Here

Download Facts on the Texas Solar Industry Here

Download SBF In The Media Here

Download Your Personal Invitation Here

Download SBF Presentation Deck Here

Supporters and Sponsors 
Featured sponsors and supporters include: Just Energy Group, Austin Technology Council, United Nations Global Compact, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance, Labacorp Group, ENF Solar, Central Austin Makerspace, Power and Energy Entrepreneurs Group and more. 


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

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

For questions and more information about sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, please contact: 

Daniel Dorksen, Marketing Manager -

Partnership Opportunities  

To inquire about partnership collaborations, please contact: 

Germain Issian, Event Coordinator -

Speaking Opportunities

If you are interested in speaking, please contact: 

Melissa Brown, Public Relations  - 

Exhibiting Opportunities

If you are interested in exhibiting, please sent an email to; 


Qualified journalists and bloggers are invited to register for SBF Media Credentials. All requests for press and/or blogger credentials are subject to review and approval. For more information on Press and Media services at the event, please sent an email to; 

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 

Organized by Global Attain Advancement LLC, a participating company of United Nations Global Compact, and a Member of (Property Assessed Clean Energy) PACENation. SBF 2016 is Held Under the Endorsement of United Nations Global Compact 


Renewable Energy Resources

The Global Solar Council

The REN21 Renewables

The Clean Energy Ministerial

International Renewable Energy Agency

World Solar Industry Unites for Climate Change

Global PV Technology & Industry Report

Solar Industry Remains Largest Renewables Employer

The SunShot Initiative's - Goal 2020

President’s Climate Action Plan

The SunShot Initiative’s Solar Energy Resource Center 

Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy

Sunshot Solar Projects Map 

Free Texas Renewable Energy Information

National Renewable Energy Laboratories

The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)

Austin’s First Community Solar Project

Renewable Energy REPS

Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment

International Renewable Energy Publications

Renewable Energy Ready Home Solar Photovoltaic Checklist

2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook -  Bloomberg New Energy Finance 

Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative

Solar News – The latest updates in the solarpower industry

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Documents Attached to SBF 2016:
2016 Participating Organizations
About Event - OnePager
Exhibition Information
Facts on the Texas Solar Industry
SBF 2016 Concept Note
SBF 2016 Presentation Deck
SBF Advertisement - OnePager
SBF Agenda at Glance
SBF Austin 2016 In The Media
SBF Event Brochure
SBF Partnership - OnePager
SBF Sponsorship Brochure
Speakers Profiles
Your Personal Invitation - SBF 2016