Top Innovators in User Friendly Clean Energy
Henry Ford added a conveyor belt system to his assembly line and revolutionized automobiles, manufacturing and American life. The creation of the microprocessor in the early 1970s made low-cost personal computers a reality. When innovators focus on turning interesting inventions into accessible, affordable, user-friendly products, they pave the way for transformative change in the adaption of technology.
National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 offers a chance to hear from the entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the relationship between consumers and clean energy. Moderated by Clean Energy Project's Chairwoman, Rose McKinney-James, the User-Friendly Clean Energy Panel brings together top executives from four companies whose products and services are fueling the growth of clean energy.
Whether it's redesigning the thermostat, communicating energy-usage in an engaging and interactive fashion, or making solar power more affordable, Nest Labs, Mosiac, Opower and SolarCity are giving consumers more choices, better information, and more direct involvement in our own energy use.
The heart of SolarCity’s innovation is its business model, which allows homeowners to install solar panels without prohibitive up-front costs. Mosaic arranges financing for solar development projects through a crowd-funding model that allows individuals to invest in clean energy for as little as $25.
Nest has revolutionized the thermostat, introducing a product that can be programmed from an app, learns your patterns as you adjust it in the first few weeks, knows when you are home and adjusts the temperature accordingly. Opower combines the precision and power of big data with cutting edge models of customer engagement to create a service that engages consumers in understanding and controlling their energy use.
The User Friendly panelists are some of the most recognized and influential entrepreneurs working in clean energy today. Lyndon Rive, the co-founder and CEO of SolarCity, was instrumental in growing his company from two to more than 6,000 employees, and helped it become one of clean energy's most recognizable brands. Billy Parrish, the co-founder and President of Mosaic, also developed the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Ben Bixby is not only the General Manager of Energy Services for Nest Labs, but also the co-founder and CEO of MyEnergy, an online service that allows consumers and utilities to track and compare energy use. MyEnergy was acquired by Nest Labs in 2013. Under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Daniel Yates, Opower has grown from a small start-up to a successful international business, partnering with 93 utility partners and reaching over 32 million households and businesses across eight countries.
Nest, SolarCity, and Opower were second, third and seventh respectively on Fortune’s inaugural listing of the World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators, as well as winning multiple other awards. Mosaic has been named the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Company of the Year, and honored for two consecutive years as a top ten most innovative company in energy by Fast Company.
To register for NCES 7.0 or to find more information about our speakers and panels, visit www.cleanenergysummit.org.