WEBINAR: Analyzing the Risks and Rewards of Solar

Thanks for your interest in our webinar with IKEA and Chainstore Age on"Analyzing the Risks and Rewards of Solar.". Here's a look at the presenters:

Ben Collinwood, Director of National Accounts, REC Solar

Benjamin S. Collinwood is Director of National Accounts for REC Solar. Benjamin has worked in the solar industry since year 2003, including positions in new business development, government affairs, and global supply chain management. Benjamin has been involved in the sale and purchase of over 175MW of solar products and systems totaling $500 million.

Benjamin oversees sales to national accounts such as Costco, IKEA, and other Fortune 500 clients. His experience in both sales and operations give him in-depth knowledge of a variety of solar topics, from solar panel manufacturing and market channels, to pricing and incentive programs across the nation, and overall market dynamics of the solar industry. Benjamin has spoken at many events and was a founder of several key solar industry and lobbying associations. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, with further education from the University of California San Diego in Real Estate and Law.

Mark Gasper, U.S. Energy Manager, IKEA

Mark Gasper leads the energy conservation, generation and management effort supporting the IKEA presence in North America. He is primarily focused on increasing the Swedish retailer’s share of renewable energy, reducing the amount of energy consumed by building operations and strategic energy purchasing. His responsibility includes directing the company’s aggressive, and widely recognized US solar expansion. To date, the company has installed solar photovoltaic systems atop 17 locations, with twenty more planned for completion in 2012. The coverage plans so far approach nearly 85% of IKEA locations in the U.S. which total more than 38MW, and others still are being evaluated.

Mark was also instrumental in helping launch the geothermal iniative in the U.S., with last year’s opening of a Denver-area store in Centennial, CO. This project was the first IKEA store in the U.S. to employ a geothermal heating and cooling system, and was the largest of its kind in the state. Prior to assuming his current role in 2007, he held the title of Construction Project Manager for IKEA, directly managing construction of several stores and distribution centers across the US.


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