NEW YORK — Danny Kennedy, managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund and co-founder of Sungevity, will explore the imminent explosive growth of solar when he headlines the April 6 “The California Renewables Rush” conference, hosted by Penton’s The Energy Times.

As an internationally recognized clean-technology entrepreneur and environmental activist, Kennedy will reflect on the journey to push our economy towards renewables and what it will mean for those involved in the transformation.

In his 2012 book, “Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Planet-From Dirty Energy,” Kennedy said: “I believe that everyone is going to go solar because it’s better—not just better for the pocketbook, not just better for the planet, not just better for jobs or the economy or security but because it’s the best idea ever—better than the wheel and the automobile and human flight and Google.”

“The idea is spreading that solar power is better than fire. It provides the services we get from fire without burning stuff first. This reality is catching on and will soon be ablaze. Indeed, I believe going solar is a shift in what it means to be human. It’s our next big step,” Kennedy argues.

This passion and deep industry experience will inspire conference attendees to move forward with a fresh outlook for the future of our economy.

Other industry thought leaders that will address “The California Renewables Rush” audience include:

John Kliem, deputy director, Department of the Navy’s Renewable Energy Office
Mark Toney, executive director, The Utility Reform Network
Mateo Jaramillo, VP of Products and Programs, Tesla Energy at Tesla Motors
Art Anderson, Grid Integration Lab Program manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Penton’s one-day conference will bring together utilities, policy makers, economists, business leaders, environmentalists and utility suppliers and manufacturers from across the nation to discuss the policy and technological challenges ahead and the economic impact on the state of California. “The California Renewables Rush” will take place on April 6 in San Francisco.

Conference sponsors include: PG&E, Edison International, SDG&E, SMUD, Burns & McDonnell, Capgemini, Oracle Utilities, Edison Electric Institute and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Media interested in obtaining media credentials to attend The California Renewables Rush, contact Ashley Lutz at [email protected].

To learn about The California Renewables Rush sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Hagen at [email protected].

The Energy Times provides online news and insight on the business and strategy of generation, delivering and using electric power to an audience of 65,000. Coverage includes the news, trends and solutions that impact both energy providers and energy customers in the new energy landscape. It organized the landmark “Empowering Customers & Cities” 2015 event about the new utility business model that will occur once again on November 1-2, 2016.

Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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