2018 Solar Power Texas Co-Chairs

Debbie Kimberly

Austin Energy Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions  

Read MoreDebbie Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions. Her organization is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, solar program, green building and advanced transportation, market analytics and the key accounts function. Debbie has worked in the utility industry for over 34 years, and spent more than 22 years at Salt River Project. She was SRP’s Director of Customer Programs and Marketing, where she had responsibility for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of utility products, price plans and services; measurement & evaluation and market research. Previous positions included managing SRP’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives. She earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from Stanford University and her Master's in International Management from Thunderbird. Kimberly serves on the EPRI Power Delivery Unit Sector Council, SPEER’s (South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource) Board of Directors (Vice Chair), the Board of Pecan Street Research and the Board of the Association of Women in Energy.

Walker Wright

ENGIE Storage VP of Policy & ENGIE NA Strategy Group Director  

Read MoreWalker Wright is a Director in ENGIE North America’s Strategy & Policy Group and Vice President of Public Policy to ENGIE Storage (formerly Green Charge Networks) where he is shaping the storage leader’s national regulatory strategy. ENGIE is the world’s largest Independent Power Producer currently executing a shift from traditional generation to renewables. Previous to ENGIE, Walker served as Senior Director of Public Policy for Sunrun, America’s largest dedicated home solar company where he served on the company’s policy team to help Western state markets attain long-term rooftop solar growth via legislative, regulatory and public opinion outcomes while also serving as public spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice. Over the years Walker has testified in numerous regulatory and legislative hearings and he currently holds leadership and board positions within industry trade associations and non-profits. Before working on Western state policy Walker focused on policy and business development for Petra Systems, the New Jersey based utility and smart grid solutions provider. Walker holds a AB from Princeton University and an Msc from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Welcome Message from the Conference Co-Chairs:

On behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Smart Electric Power Alliance, we are honored and delighted to invite you to attend the third annual Solar Power Texas, June 5-6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Last year, Solar Power Texas provided our industry the opportunity to gain exclusive updates from local policy drivers and learn from regional and national thought leaders. With over 400 attendees, a sold-out exhibit hall, and a networking reception that brought over 200 installers, contractors, manufacturers and other industry professionals together, the event proved to be the premier location to connect with other professionals looking to tap into this growing market. This year, take a mini retreat with us to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa for an even bigger and better event.

Our program is rich and varied and will provide an in-depth review of business related issues to help grow the Texas solar and renewable energy market. Sessions will investigate topics that range from an examination of the state of the Solar industry post Tax and Trade to an in-depth review of market trends and business opportunities, to best practices in resilience, and the development of battery energy storage systems in the state.

This year’s event will continue true to form for any Solar Power Event, convening key business leaders and leveraging the combined expertise of SEIA and SEPA to deliver focused, relevant content that is late-breaking, specific, interactive and valuable to business professionals in the industry.