Chase Weir

Chase Weir
Co-Founder & CEO
Distributed Sun

Chase Weir is co-founder, co-chairman and CEO of Distributed Sun (D-SUN) – a commercial solar developer, platform services provider and Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC) manager. Mr. Weir leads capital formation, strategic partnerships, and the design of the company’s business, policy and finance intelligence tools and filings with the USPTO. Under his leadership, D-SUN has secured eight closings of operating and project portfolio company finance. His Washington, DC-based firm owns and operates profitable SEICs, sunONE through sunFOUR, with performing solar assets in 6 states, serving power to Hilton, Sheraton, and US Foods properties, and commercial and school sites nationwide.

In 2012, Mr. Weir’s firm launched the Distributed Solar Network™ – a development and finance platform with over $1B of finance capacity that screened more US commercial dealflow in 2012 than the entire segment installed. During the first year of operations through Q2 of 2013, the network team sourced nearly 1.8 GW of commercial pipeline from more than 400 individual projects, evaluating almost $5B of solar capacity from 126 network members in 29 policy jurisdictions.

Together with DuPont, Mr. Weir and D-SUN co-founded the truSolar® initiative in 2013 that includes ABB, ABM, Assurant, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mosaic, SMA, PanelClaw, Underwriters Laboratories and others as founding working group members, with support from the US national laboratories NREL and Sandia, and the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s. truSolar® provides the industry a uniform and reliable approach to credit evaluation and pricing risk for commercial project screening, scoring and selection.

A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Weir has led multiple equity, debt, and M&A financings in Principal, CEO and Chairman roles, and launched market-leading products and services across industries. He has been a retained advisor to Fortune 50 companies and presidential campaigns. He chairs the EarthShot Foundation, and previously served as an executive-in-residence to a global alternative energy portfolio in Dubai, UAE. Mr. Weir launched Terranaut Almanacs in 2010. To date, the series has filmed interviews and audience discussions with more than 50 of America’s foremost clean energy and economy leaders.

Mr. Weir earned a BS magna cum laude in Management from UNC. He is a multiple-time grant and scholarship recipient, patents holder, and serial adventurer. He is an active alumnus of Mindshare and Aspen Institute, member of ACORE’s Leadership Council, and serves on a number of clean energy working groups and councils, including the White House Clean Energy Roundtable.

2013 Speakers Include

Dan Adler Dan Adler
angel-ricardo0 Ricardo Angel
Managing Director,
GE Ventures

Doug Arent
Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

baker-kyle0 Kyle Jones Baker
Greentech Capital Advisors
black-neil0 Neil Black
California BioEnergy
bohn-john0 John A. Bohn
Renewable Energy Trust
Dan Adler Michael Butler
Cascadia Capital
brower-michae0l Michael Brower
Interim President & CEO,
steve cornel0i

Steve Corneli
Senior Vice President,
Policy & Strategy,
NRG Energy, Inc.

davidson-peter0 Peter Davidson
Executive Director
U.S. Department of Energy: Loan Programs Office's (LPO)
deleon-kevin0 Senator Kevin de Leόn
Representing District 22,
California State Senate
desmond-joseph0 Joseph Desmond
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Government Affairs,
BrightSource Energy Inc.
detering-paul0 Paul Detering
Tioga Energy
diaz-chris0 Chris Diaz
Seminole Financial Services
eckel-jeff0 Jeff Eckel
President and CEO,
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure
eggert-anthony0 Anthony Eggert
Executive Director,
U.C. Davis Policy  Institute
Dan Adler Ira Ehrenpreis
General Partner,
Technology Partners
eisenberger-nick0 Nicholas Moore Eisenberger
Managing Partner,
Pure Energy Partners
feo-ed0 Ed Feo
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director,
Coronal Management LLC
field-david0 David Field
CEO & Co-founder,
OneRoof Energy

Jonathan Foster


Michel Gelobter
Founder & Chairman,

grant-terry2-0 Terry Grant
Managing Director,
Marathon Capital
grow-skip0 Schuyler "Skip" Grow
Managing Director, Clean Technology Group,
Morgan Stanley

Henry Hely Hutchinson
Managing Director,
Euromoney Energy Events

kreamer-nat0 Nat Kreamer
Clean Power Finance

Tracey A. LeBeau
Acting Manager, Transmission Infrastructure Program,   
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

macwilliams-john0 John MacWilliams
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy,
U.S. Department of Energy
mashall-bates0 Bates Marshall
Vice President,
Medium Power Solutions,
SMA America, LLC
mark-juancarlo0 Joncarlo Mark
Upwelling Capital Group

Richard Matsui
kWh Analytics


Stephen Munro
US Policy Analyst and Editor,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

orourke-stephen0 Stephen O'Rourke
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainable Officer,

Lynn Orr
Keleen & Carlton Beal Professor; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment,
Stanford University

oros-dan0 Dan Oros
Kleiner Perkins
Paul Owen Paul Owen
Account Manager,
Caterpillar Financial
Jeetu Balchandani Kyung-Ah Park
Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets Group,
Goldman Sachs

Haresh Patel
CEO and  Co-founder,
Mercatus Inc.

peevey-michael0 Michael R. Peevey
California Public Utilities Commission
peterman-carla0 Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission

Mark T. Peters
Deputy Laboratory Director,
Argonne National Laboratory

pettit-julia0 Julia R. Pettit
Of Counsel,
Stoel Rives LLP
pfund-nancy0 Nancy Pfund
Managing Partner,
DBL Investors

Michael Picker
Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities,
California Governor's Office

pimentel-john0 John Pimentel
Foundation Wind Power
radtke-chris0 Christopher Radtke
Credit Suisse

Dick Rai
PNC Energy Capital

redinger-andrew0 Andrew Redinger
Managing Director and Group Head,
Keybanc Capital Markets
Dan Reicher

Dan Reicher
Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance,
Stanford University

rive lyndon0 Lyndon Rive

Gregory Rosen
Chief Investment Officer,

schauble-barney0 Barney Schauble
Managing Principal,
Nephila Advisors
sharp-phil0 Phil Sharp
Resources for the Future (RFF)

J. Radford Small
Managing Director,
Goldman Sachs

sternthal-rob0 Rob Sternthal
Reznick Capital Markets Securities, LLC
setyer-tom0 Tom Steyer
Founder & Board Chair,
Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Business Leader & Investor
swiller-ari0 Ari Swiller
Renewable Resources Group

Timothy Vail
CEO & Founder,
G2X Energy

Vant-Hof-Darren0 Darren Van't Hof
Director of Renewable Energy Investment,
US Bank
waever-don0 Don Weaver

Chase Weir
Co-Founder & CEO,
Distributed Sun

yuzon-damon0 Damon Yuzon
CFA, Principal,
Wastewater Capital Management (WCM)
zalke-ed0 Edward W. Zaelke
Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP


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