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Mar 4 - Jessie Denver and Doug Payne

Jessie Denver
Jessie Denver has been employed as the City of San Jose´s Energy Officer and Community
Solar Program Coordinator for the last four years. During this time she has worked to develop
projects and program that enable renewable energy generation in the City´s municipal operations
and private sector.  Jessie is also part-time faculty in the Environmental Studies Department at
San Jose State University and a lecturer at UC Berkley Extension, teaching courses on
sustainable energy and green building.

Doug Payne

Doug is co-founder and Executive Director of SolarTech, established in 2006 as the leading
statewide organization in the largest solar market in the United States, California. SolarTech
leverages its six core initiatives across 120 member companies, national and global firms, in
close partnership with many regional, state, and federal industry organizations.

Prior to being appointed as SolarTech’s first Executive Director, Doug lead the Commercial

Business Development Division of Real Goods Solar, serving Northern and Central California,
culminating Jan 2009 in a 3.65MW / $32M school district project, believed to be the single
largest direct purchase of carport solar PV in California.

His professional background consists of leadership tenures in Manufacturing, Process

Engineering, Program Management, and Product Commercialization Methodologies for some
of the world’s largest semi-conductor equipment manufacturing companies.

Doug Payne has nearly 20 years of Engineering, Program, and Business Management

Experience. Mr. Payne’s solar inspiration came 20 years ago as a member of Canada’s
inaugural entry in the 1990 World Solar Challenge, a solar car race across Australia.

He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Ontario.