Center for Sustainable Energy

CEFAC events are designed for representatives of financial institutions; contractors working on residential, multifamily and commercial energy projects of all sizes; academics; and local government staff who have an interest in advancing the clean energy marketplace and are looking at financing as a solution to barriers impeding energy project participation.

This CEFAC event will present a panel of experts exploring the financing market for energy storage projects moderated by a representative of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Each speaker will give a 10-minute insight into their market niche and then take audience questions during a discussion period covering:

  • The current state and direction of the energy storage market
  • The business case for distributed energy storage, including resilient power
  • How energy storage projects are financed, and the growing role for debt financing

Speakers currently on the panel include:

  • Mark Perutz, Partner, DBL Partners -  Mark will present a big picture overview of the energy storage market. He will describe the state of the energy storage market, components of the energy storage value chain (battery, balance of system, control software, project developers, financing providers, etc.), key players in this sector and the direction of the market. DBL Partners makes venture capital investments in clean tech, sustainable products and services, web/IT and health care sectors.

  • Amanda Li, Associate, Generate Capital - Amanda will discuss project financing for energy storage projects including a perspective on economics and structuring, risks and risk mitigation and opportunities for scale and maturity in the market. Generate Capital is a specialty finance company that builds, owns and operates infrastructure assets, including behind-the-meter commercial and industrial projects, solar + storage and utility-scale energy storage.

  • Katherine Ryzhaya, Chief Commercial Officer, Advanced Microgrid Solutions - Katherine will state the business case for dual-use, behind-the-meter storage projects and describe the processes and ownership models employed by AMS to finance utility-scale aggregated installations. AMS deploys large networks of battery systems in targeted buildings where electric utilities need grid support.

  • Robert Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group - Rob will provide an end-user perspective on clean energy storage. He will explain the concept of resilient power, describe the economic case for solar + storage, report on the profiles of early adopters and comment about the role of regulatory rules, programs and tax incentives for successful technology adoption. The Clean Energy Group is a national nonprofit that works to accelerate market development of clean energy and resilient power technologies, especially in connection with low-income and vulnerable populations.


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Complimentary hot breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m.
If you are unable to attend the event in person it will also be available online.

For more information contact Ryan Carney, or call (858) 429-5136.

April 12, 2016 10:00 AM  through  12:00 PM
100 Larkin St
San Francisco Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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