Ron Kamen, President of the New York Solar Industries Association (NYSEIA,

will discuss the state of New York’s solar energy industry and green economy.

Mr. Ron Kamen is also Senior VP of Earthkind Solar (, the leading

solar thermal energy company in New York. Ron began his career as an energy policy expert in

the 1980s when he worked to create Demand Side Management programs that gave the utility

industry a financial incentive to invest in energy efficiency, spurring New York’s current multi-

billion dollar efficiency programs. In the 1990s, Ron developed energy efficiency projects with

Fortune 1000 companies and government entities, and from 2000-2006, he played a key role in

creating New York’s wind power market, helping propel growth from 50 MWs to over 1,000

MWs of wind energy today.

Mr. Kamen will speak on the NYS Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS), and the statewide

campaign to accelerate solar energy development by securing a NYS commitment to install 5000

megawatts of solar electric and 2000 megawatts of solar thermal in the near term.  His talk will

explain these policy initiatives, compare the Feed-in Tariff approach, and suggest some possible

directions for Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s energy and green jobs policies.

After his remarks there will be ample time for discussion.


December 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Cornell ILR (237 Main Street 12th Floor, Buffalo New York)

11:30 to 12:00    Registration and Lunch

12:00 t0 12:15    Welcome and Introduction

12:15 to 1:30      Presentation and Questions


Presented By:

-The Knoer Group, PLLC


-Apollo Alliance

-WNY Sustainable Energy Association


-Cornell University

-Erie County Environmental Education Institute

-Wind Action Group


-WNY Energy $mart Communities

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