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Insight @ Intersolar North America 2020

Developed and moderated by pv magazine, the panel sessions address a hot topic within the industry, from multiple angles. This shorter event format gathers experts from the industry, who will all bring some new insights to the conversation.


Leveling UP solar PV: Becoming a more responsible environmental citizen


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You can’t claim to be a sustainable provider of clean power with wasteful business/manufacturing processes and a lacking product lifecycle program.

While the PV and energy storage industry has always been a leader in the world of clean power, it hasn’t always been a leader in managing the environmental and social impact of its installations. As the global solar and storage market continues to grow, so does the need to confront the environmental consequences of our products and business practices.

This timely panel session, moderated by Eric Wesoff, the head of the U.S. editorial team at pv magazine, will help you and your company understand some of the lifecycle impacts of solar, batteries and electronics and let you assess your environmental standing while providing resources and metrics in order to do a better job. Part of pv magazine’s UP initiative to lessen the solar+storage industry’s ecological footprint, this session will provide expertise and insights that can support the marketplace in leveling up sustainability.

Discussion Content:

  • What portion of a solar module, inverter, battery or racking is potentially recyclable?
  • What infrastructure is in place to recycle renewable energy products?
  • How do you determine the energy payback time and impact of your manufacturing and products?
  • Case studies of sustainability and recycling programs of manufacturing leaders
  • Resources, metrics, and processes for improving your solar company’s clean tech credentials

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Yves Figuerola, VP of Global Sourcing & Supply Chain, NEXTracker

For over ten years, Yves Figuerola has led supply chain and procurement at various global solar companies. Serving as VP of Global Sourcing & Supply Chain at NEXTracker, Yves leads a world-class team of procurement, logistics, sourcing and supply chain professionals. Over the past three years, Yves has helped source and deliver market-leading solar tracking product technologies around the world, increasing capacity from 100 MWs to 500 MWs per week with a contracted and installed base of 30 gigawatts of award-winning solar trackers to project sites worldwide.

Kristina Whitney, CFO, Recycle PV Solar

Kristina is one of the founders of Recycle PV Solar, a USA company located in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The company, Recycle PV Solar is focused on recycling, reuse and repurposing of solar PV panels throughout the USA. Kristina works with Operation and Maintenance companies, insurance companies, solar installers, solar PV manufactures and homeowners with the main goal of keeping solar PV systems out of the landfill and to reuse any components by putting them back into service or recycling and reclaiming the materials at the end of their useful life.

Alex Zhu, VP of Energy Storage, GCL System Integration

Alex Zhu has more than 10 years’ experience in renewable energy industry. Alex Zhu is VP of Energy Storage and President of America Region of GCL System Integration. Prior to GCL, Alex was President of SFCE America. Prior to SFCE, Alex was Global Head of Product for Suntech Power, and responsible for all Suntech Product Lifecycle Management (including product roadmap, product portfolio management, product development, certification, new product introduction and technical sales support). Alex got his B.Sc from Fudan University in Shanghai, M.Sc from National University of Singapore and MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dwight Clark, Chief Compliance Officer and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, We Recycle Solar

Dwight Clark is Director of Compliance and Recycling Technology for We Recycle Solar, Inc. We Recycle Solar is the dedicated, single-source disposal provider for excess, recalled, and end-of-life solar products. Dwight oversees processing, and compliance for 2 primary plants, and the research and development center.


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