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RaptorCon '24

Sustaining Solar's Dominance
in the Energy Transition

February 7 - 8th
Houston, TX - Magnolia Hotel

Knowledge sharing for a stronger solar future

We are excited to return to Texas for the 2nd edition of our solar executive conference taking place on February 7 - 8, 2024 in Houston, and we'd love to see you there.

Solar has emerged as the dominant renewable resource enabling the energy transition, with 413GW of new solar capacity projected to be added by the end of 2023.

However, the tailwinds in the industry are being met with some intense headwinds, be it underperformance, tight margins, labor constraints, and more. The critical question becomes: how do we ensure a resilient future for the solar industry?

RaptorCon brings together solar energy leaders to network and share knowledge on Sustaining Solar's Dominance in the Energy Transition.

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See who's on the roster to speak!



Check out the current agenda, more to come!



Hear from last year's attendees about their experience!

Speakers & Panelists

Stay tuned for our finalized list of RaptorCon 2024 speakers and panelists!

Blake Strucke

Blake Strucke

Encore Renewable Energy

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Steve Greenley

Senior Vice President - Utility Operations Support
CenterPoint Energy

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Dylan Sontag

VP Asset Operations and Performance Engineering
Silicon Ranch

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Will Creel

Co-Founder / Director of Business Development
OnePlanet Solar Recycling


Marquis Matthews

VP of Operations
Energy Support Services

Mike Loeser

Mike Loeser

President - Solar Services
Clean Energy Services


Jimena Martinez

Solar Operations Engineer
Lightsource bp

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Nick Pegnato

Manager, Performance Engineer
BayWa r.e.

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Rob Schapiro

Senior Director of Partner Strategy
Microsoft Energy & Resources

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Mike McArthur

Field Services Manager
First Solar

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Yogin Kothari

Senior Vice President
Boundary Stone Partners

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Laura Kraus Lovenshimer

Principal Consultant
Shining Rock Analytics


Location: Magnolia Hotel Houston

Date & Time: Feb. 7th-8th: Starts at 12PM on the 7th & Ends at 12PM on the 8th


Day 1 - February 7th

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Welcome Lunch + Registration
  • 12:00 - 12:15 PM: Opening Remarks from Raptor Maps CEO, Nikhil Vadhavkar
  • 12:15 - 12:45 PM: Utilities in the Energy Transition: How CenterPoint is Navigating the Transition to Renewables and Net Zero (Steve Greenley, CenterPoint Energy)
  • 12:45 - 1:15 PM: Fireside Chat with Blake Sturcke: The Customer-Centric Evolution of Encore's Business Model (Blake Sturcke, Encore Renewable Energy)
  • 1:15 - 1:45 PM: Election year: IRA Implementation and 2024 Election Risk (Yogin Kothari, Boundary Stone Partners)
  • 1:45 - 2:30 PM: Demystifying Robotics and AI in the Solar Revolution (Eddie Obropta, Raptor Maps)
  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM: Break
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Solar Operations Innovators Panel (Marquis Matthews, Energy Support Services; Jimena Martinez, Lightsource bp; Mike Loeser, CES; Nick Pegnato, BayWa r.e.)
  • 4:00 - 4:30 PM: Enabling Proactive Ownership: The Transformation of Silicon Ranch's Asset Operations & Management Teams (Dylan Sontag, Silicon Ranch)
  • 4:30 - 4:50 PM: Closing Remarks (Nikhil Vadhavkar, Raptor Maps)
  • 6:30 - 9:00 PM: Happy Hour

Day 2 - February 8th

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM: 2023 Global Solar Performance Review (Rachel Segall, Raptor Maps)
  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM: Field Findings: Thin-Film Modules and Drone Imagery (Mike McArthur, First Solar)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM: Benefits of Partnering with Big Tech: Innovation, Scale, & Culture for the Energy Transition (Rob Schapiro, Microsoft Energy & Resources)
  • 10:30 - 10:45 AM: Break
  • 10:45 - 11:15 AM: A Circular Solar Economy for a Sustainable Solar Future (Will Creel, OnePlanet Solar Recycling)
  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM: Designing and Operating for Performance Resilience (Laura Kraus Lovenshimer, Shining Rock Analytics)
  • 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Closing Remarks (Nikhil Vadhavkar, Raptor Maps)


What Attendees Had to Say About RaptorCon 2023

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"I really enjoyed RaptorCon, it was so informative, I got to meet a lot of old colleagues, friends, it was very intimate. It was really nice to meet people who are going through a lot of the struggles we're going through."

Chioma Enechukwu, Madison Energy Investments

“One of the opportunities that I had here was that I got to learn quite a lot about what other people are doing with the Raptor Maps data, and learn from them and get some insights.”

Fernando Rodriguez, Greenbacker Capital

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See you next year!