Forum: How the Convergence of Energy, Data Analytics, and IoT will Change the Solar Market

Forum: How the Convergence of Energy, Data Analytics, and IoT will Change the Solar Market

The convergence of sensors, data analytics, and communications is driving a wave of innovation and collaboration to develop common processes and platforms. Can the solar industry rally around a digital strategy that improves its own system cost and efficiency while simultaneously embedding itself into the fabric of the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure?


Eric Holton




Pradeep HaldarPradeep Haldar

Dr. Pradeep Haldar serves as Vice President of Entrepreneurship Innovation and Clean Energy Programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and as COO and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), in partnership with REMATCH. Dr. Haldar’s activities are centered around public-private partnerships, world-class technology development, R&D, entrepreneurship and commercialization of nanotech and clean energy ecosystems.

He has over 25 years of industrial and academic experience, with considerable expertise in building open innovation capabilities, strategic alliances, business and technology strategy, technology portfolio management, and incubation. Prior to joining CNSE, Dr. Haldar founded and served as General Manager and Director of Technology of rapidly growing SuperPower, a start-up and new spin-out subsidiary of Intermagnetics (sold to Philips for $1.3B). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and recipient of the President’s Excellence in Research award. He has his Ph.D. from Northeastern University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



Ammar Qusaibaty

Ammar supports the soft cost team and manages the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar, Catalyst Energy Prize, Orange Button Data, SUNRISE, and projects with NREL and LBNL. Prior to joining SunShot, he worked as an investment officer for a boutique $100 million venture capital investment firm and served on a number of boards for startups. Ammar co-established the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC focused on information and security, growing the staff from three people to 15, later serving as a board member between 2004 and 2009. Throughout his career, Ammar has been recognized for his work and dedication, including the EERE’s Energy Rock Star in 2015 for his work on the Catalyst Energy Prize. Ammar holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris I, an M.S. from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Georgetown University.


David Hague, Senior Director of Marketing & Technology Partnerships, Gehrlicher Solar


Tarun Kumar, Senior Manager & Global Research Leader, Analytics & Optimization – Energy & Utility, IBM


Praveen Subramani


hostetter.johnJohn Hostetter

John Hostetter has personally designed and overseen the engineering of thousands of solar systems since 2005. His background includes 15 years of project and system design and engineering for companies large and small, ranging from Boeing Satellite Systems to a local electrical construction design firm. John holds a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Formerly responsible for Engineering, Estimating, and Supply Chain, John now leads the development of new product offerings by working with partners, customers and all internal departments to create innovative energy solutions.