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Solar Austin – Female Leaders In Distributed Generation + Solar Storage

October 26, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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October 26, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Solar Austin
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Solar Austin is a nonprofit working to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy in Central Texas and expand access to the benefits of solar to everyone to build a healthy community and strong local economy.

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Register to join Solar Austin for our monthly happy hour on October 26 as we get the latest on energy storage from the industry’s female leaders.

In September and October, Solar Austin’s Happy Hour spotlight has been shining on Female Leaders in Energy Storage. A few years ago storage was regarded as a luxurious add-on to a residential or commercial solar system. Now, due to a decrease in cost, increase in technology offerings, and an ever-present risk of losing power, storage has become almost essential to many new solar installations.

Today, Austin is lucky to claim the talents of three female experts in this space, and it’s time we tap into their knowledge.

Solar continues its rapid growth as an instrument of cost savings and resiliency across the “Distributed Generation” (DG) landscape through onsite generation of energy in homes and buildings. Yet, when the grid is down, or the sun isn’t shining, it is storage that keeps the solar energy flowing. Moreover, when the utility has high rates of electricity during peak rates or needs more power, storage can be a key component to tap into for cost savings. This recent momentum of DG storage application continues to prepare us for a world of intelligent energy management and even energy sharing.

Join us on October 26th, for our last virtual happy hour of 2021, to learn and understand the basics and nuances of distributed generation storage. Madeline Acri of Soligent will speak on behalf of the residential energy storage perspective, while Jenniffer Gallegos of Yotta unpacks commercial storage. All will be tied together by Judy McElroy of Fractal Energy Consultants who boasts decades of experience in the technical and financial aspects of storage. Together we will chart the path of where this exciting subsegment of the industry is presently and where it will be in the future.

So grab a drink and be prepared to satisfy all your storage curiosities with us! We look forward to seeing you virtually at this event, and we hope you’ll stay tuned for even more updates on exciting end-of-year programs and events that Solar Austin has in store!


About our speakers:

Judy McElroy is the Chief Executive Officer of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants (Fractal), a leading international energy storage consultant firm, providing technical design and financial analysis and owner’s engineering of energy storage projects. McElroy is a chemist by trade with energy consultation services spanning over 6 Gigawatt of energy storage and hybrid generation projects. McElroy has expanded Fractal’s reach into regulated, deregulated, and emerging markets around the world supporting electric utilities and major developers transition into energy storage. McElroy has devoted major efforts towards creating utility education, awareness, and policy support to enable energy storage technology planning and procurement. Prior to Fractal, McElroy was the Chief Marketing Officer for two energy storage companies and worked for 10 years as a chemist. McElroy is also a Founder of Fractal EMS, a leading storage controls company, and serves on the Board of Community Energy.

Jennifer G. Gallegos is a Stanford-trained engineer and a strategic marketing leader in the clean tech industry. She currently serves as the Director of Programs & Communications at Yotta Energy, a startup based in Austin, Texas, that’s reimagining the way the world stores and uses solar energy. Gallegos is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. She has also written about a variety of topics including emerging technologies, eLearning, and design. Prior to joining Yotta Energy, she held roles in project management, building design, sales, and marketing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.