2013 Sponsors



SNR Denton

SNR Denton has the third largest energy law practice globally and "one of the strongest," as reviewed by the leading legal services publication Law 360. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of renewable energy policy and finance for more than a decade, playing key roles in the development of federal and state renewable energy rules in the US, as well as managing renewable energy finance transactions of all types domestically and crossborder. SNR Denton offers diversified experience representing lenders, equity investors, developers, sponsors and operators of wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, geothermal and conventional energy projects.
sma-logo SMA Solar Technology AG
SMA Solar Technology AG is a global leader in the development, production and sales of PV inverters and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. SMA is represented in all important photovoltaics markets in 19 countries on four continents. The company has a staff of over 5,500 and reached a sales volume of EUR 1.7 billion in 2011.




Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a recognized world leader in the development and financing of energy projects. Akin Gump's global project finance team is comprised of attorneys across the globe and is ideally suited to address all needs associated with a renewable energy project – from project development issues involving construction, environmental, regulatory and tax considerations to the most difficult financing issues. Our team has significant experience counseling clients in the development and finance of some of the world's largest and most complex projects involving traditional energy projects and renewable projects, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass and geothermal projects.
KBCM-logo KeyBanc Capital Markets
KeyBanc Capital Markets has a dedicated team of investment bankers focused on Utilities, Power and Renewable Energy.  Since 2003, KeyBanc Capital Markets has raised over $82 billion in debt and equity financing, while advising on M&A deals with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion in the energy sector.  Today, KeyBanc Capital Markets has over $4 billion committed to the sector, with over $1 billion of that dedicated to renewable energy projects across the country.  In recent years, KeyBanc Capital Markets has built a broad renewable energy platform, providing strategic advisory, capital raising, and project finance solutions to clients in the wind, solar, hydro-electric, and biomass spaces, with over 4,000 megawatts of projects financed since 2007.

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marathon-capital Marathon Capital, LLC
Marathon Capital is a leading investment banking firm providing financial advisory services to the global power generation, energy and infrastructure markets. As an independent firm, we maintain flexibility at all levels to suit even the most unique requirements, and thrive on our ability to provide the talent, expertise, personal attention and effort required to reach our clients' goals. Services are tailored to fit client needs, including mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, project financing, tax equity, restructuring and bankruptcy advisory. Marathon Capital is one of the most active investment banks in the North American power markets with deep expertise in the renewable energy segment.
Stoel Rives
Stoel Rives LLP is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. Rated one of the top 15 U.S. law firms for renewable energy in 2009-2011 by Chambers and Partners, Stoel Rives provides a broad array of legal services to developers, investors, utilities and project owners in the renewable energy sector.



 aee-2-color Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY (AEE) is a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It's all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.
HASI-2013 Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.
("Hannon Armstrong") is a specialty finance company that provides debt and equity financing for sustainable infrastructure projects that increase energy efficiency, provide cleaner energy sources, positively impact the environment or make more efficient use of natural resources. Formed more than 30 years ago, Hannon Armstrong has provided or arranged over $3.9 billion of financing in more than 450 sustainable infrastructure transactions since 2000. Hannon Armstrong is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HASI".
nephila--logo-145 Nephila
Nephila Capital Ltd was founded in 1998 and is one of the oldest and largest investment managers dedicated to the natural catastrophe and weather risk sectors. Nephila offers weather risk transfer coverage to businesses and municipalities in industries such as traditional and renewable energy, agriculture, retail, and entertainment. In the renewable space, Nephila offers weather-linked coverage for wind energy projects, solar parks and hydroelectric plants to help reduce cash flow volatility or hedge downside scenarios.
SunSpec-Alliance Vertical Orange SunSpec Alliance
The SunSpec Alliance is a federation of solar PV Industry participants, United to establish information standards for solar power plants. SunSpec standards address all of the major sub-systems and operational aspects of any residential, commercial, and utility – scale PV system, thus reducing cost and risk, promoting innovations, and accelerating the growth of the industry.  Over 60 organizations, including global leaders from Asia, Europe, and North America, are members of the SunSpec Alliance. Membership in the SunSpec Alliance is open to corporations, non profits, and individuals.  For more information about the SunSpec Alliance, or to download SunSpec Specifications at no charge, please visit


Troutman Sanders
Troutman Sanders' Renewable Energy Practice is one of the nation's leading practices in the renewable energy industry, with a particular focus on solar energy. We represent lenders, tax equity investors, borrowers and lessees in various solar and other renewable energy project loan and lease financings as well as in the development, acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects in the U.S. and abroad.  Having served as counsel on over 300 utility-scale and distributed solar generation transactions and numerous wind, biomass, geothermal and other projects, our team understands the unique issues associated with renewable energy development and finance.
 trusolar-logo truSolar
The truSolar™ Working Group is a consortium of leading solar market participants which exists to establish uniform credit screening standards for commercial and industrial PV projects and, in turn, enhance availability of lower cost capital to drive our industry forward. The truSolar™ credit screen will provide a comprehensive assessment of risks – including project, system, construction, performance and financing – from development to long-term operation and will be offered as an accessible and industry-established standard for adoption by industry stakeholders at all stages of the project life cycle and value chain.



weber-shandwick-logo Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries around the world. The firm has won numerous awards for innovative approaches and creative campaigns, and it has deep expertise in social media and digital marketing. Major practice areas include consumer marketing, healthcare, energy, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit



SterlingPlanet Sterling Planet
Winner of the 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Supplier of the Year Award, Sterling Planet is a sustainability pioneer and innovative supplier of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-carbon solutions.

Sterling Planet offers comprehensive carbon neutral solutions for businesses, universities and organizations of all types, bringing together supply and demand side solutions in a rapidly emerging environmental market. The company currently is developing next-generation solar and bioenergy projects to produce 'green power' and verified carbon offsets and is committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its business operations.

Sterling Planet partners with clients to shrink their carbon footprints. Businesses of all sizes, colleges and universities, government agencies, utilities and individual consumers turn to Sterling Planet for innovative solutions that make sense in terms of economics, the environment and society in general.

Since 2001, sales of renewable energy to 2,314 business clients, 76 colleges and universities, 343 government agencies, 152 utilities and thousands of residential customers have avoided approximately 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which compares to taking 6.5 million cars off the road for a year.



 cei-logo-250 CEI
CEI established in 1997, licenses a suite of standardized, mature and highly automated Excel-based software tools for the analysis of project investments in renewable energy. We license these models and provide consulting services related to project development, project finance, tax benefit monetization and transaction structuring. Our world class EconExpert® modeling suite includes Financial Proformas, Limited Partnership and Leasing Models, and the EconExpert Maestro tool for automated Scenario, Portfolio, Case Comparison and Sensitivity Analysis. Our tools are unparalleled in the industry and have been applied to many billions of Dollars of energy project investments.
pvelLogo PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)
For companies developing photovoltaic products and projects, PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) provides secure, expert testing and performance validation services so you can be confident that you're making intelligent decisions based on the most reliable data.

The PVEL team possesses unparalleled expertise in test and measurement techniques for semiconductor devices and photovoltaic modules. Our highly qualified technical staff is dedicated to serving the needs of the solar industry with a commitment to excellence in test quality and customer service. PVEL aims to collaborate with our clients throughout the development cycle. By working closely with you from start to finish, we ensure the highest quality product with a faster time to market.

Our mission at PV Evolution Labs is to facilitate the dramatic growth of the North American solar industry.
radian-gen Radian Generation
Radian Generation LLC is a renewable energy asset manager that acquires, owns and operates solar energy assets to deliver stable, cash yielding returns for our investors.
Reznick CMS Reznick Capital Markets Securities
Reznick Capital Markets Securities has extensive experience in financing renewable energy transactions, whether they are in the wind, solar or biomass sectors. Working alongside Reznick Group and Reznick Think Energy, Reznick Capital Markets Securities offers one of the most comprehensive financial advisory platforms in the industry. We not only provide financial advisory services, we also offer technical, 1603 Grant/ITC, tax, structuring and accounting support in our engagements. Accordingly, we work to offer developers and investors the best possible solutions for tax equity, equity, debt, asset sales or purchases (either directly or through sale-leasebacks). We represent financial institutions, infrastructure funds, strategic participants (IPPs and utilities) and more than 75 wind and solar developers nationwide.



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