Leading the Renewable Energy Revolution
at Tom Tom Founders Festival this April


Friday, April 13, 2018 

The Violet Crown, Charlottesville VA

Join a who’s who of renewable energy investors, executives, and policymakers for an incredible day of industry talks and networking at the 7th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival.


Energy at Tom Tom is part of the Festival’s conference programming. To attend, you will need a Founders Summit Badge. This Badge includes all of the energy programming listed above PLUS all keynotes and tons of additional Founders Summit programming on topics ranging from biotech to machine learning.




Thursday, April 12, 2018 

The Violet Crown, Charlottesville VA

Innovations in renewable production, storage, design, and data analytics are revolutionizing all facets of energy consumption, and empowering change at the consumer level. How is the accessibility of renewable energy revolutionizing our infrastructure and our economy?


2018 Energy Keynotes


Jigar Shah

Founder of SunEdison, and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, Member of the Energy Gang Podcast

Jigar Shah is the Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company that builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources: energy, water, agriculture and basic materials. Every week you can catch him on Greentech Media’s “Energy Gang” podcast. Jigar Shah is best known as the Founder of SunEdison, where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide.


Roger Ballentine

President, Green Strategies, Inc

Roger Ballentine is the President of Green Strategies Inc., where he provides management consulting services to corporate and financial sector clients on sustainability strategy; investment and transaction evaluation and project development execution in the in the clean energy sector; and the integration of energy and environmental policy considerations into business strategy. Previously, Roger was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives.



Roger Ballentine, President, Green Strategies, Inc.
Bryan Birsic, CEO, Wunder Capital
Katharine Bond, Executive Director, Dominion Foundation
Yann Brandt, Managing Editor,
Stephen Coughlin, CEO, Fluence, a Siemens and AES Company
Lesley Crowther Fore, Executive Director, LEAP
Derrick Freeman, Mayor, City of Port Arthur
Yuri Horowitz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sol Systems
Andrea Luecke, Executive Director, Solar Foundation
Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute of Market Transformation
Grey McLean, , Executive Director, Charlottesville Climate Collaborative (C3)
David Murray, Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
Julian Spector, Staff Writer, GreenTech Media
Tyson Utt, Vice President of Development East, Apex Clean Energy
Jigar Shah, Co-Founder and Founder,Generate Capital and SunEdison
J.R. Tolbert, Vice President, State Policy at Advanced Energy Economy
Devin Welch, Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, SunTribe Solar

2018 Energy Topics


What’s Next for Energy Policy in Virginia?

The Future of Storage

Clean Capital: Financing the Transition to Renewable Energy

The Darkest Hour: Leading through Natural Disaster

UVA Solar Car Unveiling

The Next 25 Years: What Is the Energy End Game? hosted by CvilleREA

From Success to Scale, with Jigar Shah

Corporate Demand – Changing the Energy Equation

Charlottesville’s Path to Carbon Neutrality


Making Energy Efficiency Sexy, hosted by LEAP

Data and Energy Networking Happy Hour

Energy Program Itinerary

8:00 am – Coffee & Networking

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Panels, Master Classes & Keynotes

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Keynote Luncheon

2:00pm – Keynote with Jigar Shaw

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Panels, Master Classes

5:00 pm – Networking & Happy Hour

6:00 pm – Block Party at Emancipation Park

1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. That is a reason to turn advocacy into action.


– 2017 Keynote – Jerome Ringo, Founder of Zoetic Global and international advocate for clean energy 




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