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Sustainability Series Presents - The Solar Panel. Presenting: Jeff Lyng – Colorado Governor’s Energy Office Neal Lurie – CoSEIA Joe Beach – Starfire Energy. Introduction.

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Sustainability series presents the solar panel

Sustainability Series Presents - The Solar Panel


Jeff Lyng – Colorado Governor’s Energy Office

Neal Lurie – CoSEIA

Joe Beach – Starfire Energy



To address the buzz around solar energy we have assembled a panel for a discussion with experts from three important areas of the solar industry, installation, policy, and advocacy.

  • Introduce each guestEach guest has pre-written a question to another member of the panel.After these three questions, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions.

Guests jeff lyng

GuestsJeff Lyng

  • consultant at Xcel Energy in the DSM and solar programs

  • Master’s degree in building systems engineering - University of Colorado

  • Project manager for the winning 2005 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team

  • oard member and chair-elect of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

Jeff Lyng serves as the Renewable Energy Policy Manger in the GEO where he is responsible for developing legislative and regulatory policies that lead to additional renewable energy capacity in Colorado. He served as the Ritter Administration’s policy lead in developing HB10-1001, Colorado’s 30% Renewable Energy Standard with a 3% distributed generation requirement.

Guests neal lurie

GuestsNeal Lurie

  • Neal is the executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA), a nonprofit trade association representing more than 200 solar businesses working together to expand solar markets and generate jobs. He leads efforts to advance solar policy, remove market barriers, highlight emerging trends and improve education. Prior to CoSEIA Neal served as the national marketing director for the American Solar Energy Society and was marketing communications manager at a Fortune 500 organization. He’s a veteran of seven political campaigns and led the successful effort to secure $10 million to build a new bikeway between Denver and Boulder.

Guests joe beach

GuestsJoe Beach

  • Co-owner of Starfire EnergyCo-founder of PrimeStar Solar Research Faculty at CSM Physics Dept.Experience in photovoltaic cell R&D, panel manufacturing start-up, system design & installation

QuestionJoe to Jeff Lyng: There are a variety of motivations for using solar energy (CO2 emissions reduction, local jobs, energy independence, and more). What is the GEO's primary motivation for promoting solar energy?

Question neal to jeff

QuestionNeal to Jeff

  • What will be the impact of HB10-1001 on new markets for Distributed Generation in Colorado over the next ten years?

Question jeff to neal

QuestionJeff to Neal

  • Colorado has seen tremendous growth in solar installations over the last 4 years. What are your members asking for in terms of education, policy and program design to ensure long terms industry sustainability?