As the CEO and Founder of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners, and in the year 2000 bought all their shares in the business, changing the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in its infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies.
Kaushik Roy Choudhury, PhD, Principal Investigator, DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials
Kaushik Roy Choudhury is a Senior Scientist and a Project Leader at DuPont. He has a PhD in materials physics and over 15 years of experience in photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials. He currently leads DuPont’s global PV field reliability program working on reliability and durability of PV packaging materials, degradation of polymeric materials in field-deployed PV modules, and PV system economics. At DuPont he has previously led programs on metallization pastes for silicon photovoltaics, novel inorganic and hybrid thin-film solar absorbers, and light emitting and plasmonic nanomaterials.
Kent Whitfield, VP for Quality, NEXTracker
Kent Whitfield has been involved in a range of PV activities from testing, analysis and certification through product manufacturing, system design and deployment for the past 29 years. As VP for Quality at NEXTracker, he oversees global quality and durability. His previous roles include: R&D manager and principal engineer and for renewable energy technologies at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and several senior director roles in Engineering, Reliability, and Quality for Beamreach, SunEdison, Solaria and MiaSole. He has created two ISO/IEC accredited testing and certification laboratories and represents the USA for IEC standard development for PV products.
Jan Mastny, Head of Global Sales, Solar & Wind, LEONI
Jan Mastny heads the global sales assist in solar and wind for Leoni Studer. Jan has been active in the PV industry since 2005, and has worked with leading PV component manufacturers – previously with Onamba Japan and since 2015 with Leoni. He is currently responsible for global sales and market development, and has worked on a range of new projects, in R&D and product management. Jan is involved with a. number of international working groups and task forces. He is a passionate advocate for renewable energy and believes that clean energy is the key to keeping the earth beautiful for future generations.
Tara Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, PVEL
Tara Doyle is Chief Commercial Officer of PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent lab for downstream solar project developers and financial institutions. She has over 15 years of solar industry experience and built the foundation of PVEL’s commercial operations as one of its longest-standing employees. Tara currently leads PVEL’s business development, project management and marketing teams. She began her career at SunPower where she managed corporate operations and client engagement programs.
Hongbin Fang, Director of Product and Technology, LONGi Solar
Hongbin Fang is Director of Product and Technology at LONGi Solar, a leading dedicated monocrystalline solar cell and module manufacturer. At LONGi Solar, his team is in charge of product marketing and technical support for North America and LATAM. Before joining LONGi in 2016, Hongbin was working at SunEdison for 5 years, where he has led the effort on solar wafer, cell and module integration, new technology and new supplier introduction into HVM manufacturing.
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