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The Future of Clean Energy in Silicon Valley

Net Impact Silicon Valley Professional and Santa Clara University MBAs

Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

The Future of Clean Energy in Silicon Valley

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Net Impact Silicon Valley and Santa Clara University MBAs present:
The Future of Clean Energy in Silicon Valley,

April 19, 2013, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


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Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Santa Clara University
Price: $10 for Net Impact Members, $15 for Non-Members

At this event, you will:

  • Network with other Net Impact Members
  • Learn about current and future trends in clean energy and disruptive innovations
  • Understand more about economic and political pressures on the industry
  • Listen to panelists discuss their challenges, successes and how they got involved
  • Leave the event with new inspiration and an informed view about next generation solar, wind and clean energy technology in Silicon Valley.


Dr. Charlie Gay, President, Applied Solar
Dr. Gay joined Applied in 2006, and currently is president of Applied Solar and chairman of the Applied Solar Council at Applied Materials, Inc. He has more than 35 years of experience in the solar industry, and in 2013 was nominated to the National Council of Engineering for his contributions to the global solar PV industry. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Riverside.

Anu Natarajan, Vice-Mayor of Fremont
Under Anu’s leadership, the city of Fremont has campaigned as a hub for green technology, and a place for businesses to develop resources and recruit talent. Anu has extensive experience as a city planner, and has been instrumental in recruiting companies such as Tesla to the city. Anu holds a Masters in Urban Design and Planning.

Craig Leidholm, VP Engineering, Solexant
Founded in 2006, Solexant manufactures printable, flexible solar PV using nano-materials to manufacture PV units that generate competitive rates without government subsidies. Craig has 18 years of experience in PV, including 11 years spent developing nano-particle based solar cells. He has a Masters in Material Science from USC.

Dr. Ryan Wartena, CEO, Geli
Founded in 2010, Geli develops operating software to govern power transfer from energy generation to battery storage systems. Dr Wartena earned a PhD in 2001 in Chemical Engineering, and worked at the naval research lab in Washington DC testing micro-battery technologies.

Alden Woodrow, VP Business Development, Makani Power
Founded in 2006, Makani Power has been funded in part by Google Ventures and a grant from ARPA-E, to develop rigid, high-performance kites with onboard energy generation capacities. They currently have several active prototypes. Alden received an MBA from Berkeley in 2012, and previously served as an environmental consultant and developed financing for utility-scale wind farms.


Moderator: Alex Luce, PhD Student in Photovoltaic Applications, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley
Alex is a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Solar Energy Materials Group. He also recently finished a book chapter on “Clean Tech Capital in California” in a book Low-Carbon Business Transformation, focused on capital efficient start-ups. During this time, Alex was involved with 25 interviews with investment professionals, VC companies, and C-level executives at clean tech companies.

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When & Where

Santa Clara University, Lucas Hall, Room 126. (Forbes Conference Room)
Alameda & Franklin Street
Santa Clara, CA

Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Net Impact Silicon Valley Professional and Santa Clara University MBAs

About Net Impact
Net Impact is the leading nonprofit that inspires a new generation to use their careers to drive innovation and help solve the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. We empower student and professional leaders to act locally through our vibrant chapter network and connect globally online and through our flagship conference. By 2020, we will mobilize a million new leaders to drive positive change in the workplace and the world.

Silicon Valley Professionals Chapter

We bring together changemakers working to confront the world’s toughest problems. We’re passionate about business, sustainability, social impact, and building community throughout the Bay Area. Join us to expand your knowledge, put skills into action, and deepen your connections within our membership of 1,200+ local leaders.

Santa Clara University MBAs Chapter

SCU Net Impact provides a platform and resources for people who are interested in CSR, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability in order to make positive changes in our curriculum and our community.


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