Clean Power Finance® experts are sought-after speakers and sources for media. This page includes our top subject matter experts; their areas of expertise, bios, speaking experience and links to articles featuring their commentary.
Nat Kreamer, CEO
Nat sold the first residential solar power purchase agreement (PPA) in the U.S. in 2007 and helped create what is today a multi-billion dollar market. His areas of expertise include: residential solar; residential solar finance structures and policy; solar and utilities; solar for investors; power markets; the U.S. solar landscape. Nat has spoken about the professionalization of the solar industry as solar finance becomes a mainstream consumer product, how to sell the right solar finance product (PPA, lease, debt product, loan or cash purchase) to the right consumer, and how new investors, such as utilities, can take advantage of the burgeoning distributed solar market.
Nat is the President, CEO and member of the board of directors of Clean Power Finance. He is also the Chairman of the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Nat’s original idea to finance solar for consumers led him to co-found SunRun, which he led as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Nat was the President and member of the Board of Directors of Acro Energy Technologies, a residential and commercial solar integration company. He created the Chicago Climate Exchange market-making business for Pioneer Futures. Nat has also worked in power industry financial consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. An officer in the US Navy (Reserves), Nat is an Afghanistan war veteran, where he served in the Special Forces and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He received a “Champion of Change” award from the White House and a “Most Admired CEO” award from the San Francisco Business Times. Nat has a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from Rice University.
Nat has spoken at numerous solar and finance industry events, including: Fortune Brainstorm GREEN; Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit; Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics; Department of Energy SunShot Technology Summit; White House Datapalooza; Bank of America Power & Gas Leaders Summit; Greentech Media Solar Summit; Intersolar North America; Renewable Energy Finance Forum – West; Solar Power International; Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Company Conference; Goldman Sachs Cleantech Conference; Deutsche Bank Clean Tech, Utilities & Power Conference; Macquarie Utilities, Power & Energy Infrastructure Dialogue; and the Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit. To view Nat’s upcoming speaking engagements, please visit our Events page.
James Tong, VP, Strategy and Government Affairs
James’ areas of expertise include: solar “soft costs” (permitting, financing, BoS, customer acquisition); solar marketing; consumer adoption of solar; public policies for residential solar; and general solar industry economics and trends. James has worked closely with the Department of Energy on numerous solar projects, including the National Solar Permitting Database (a free, open-source database of solar permitting requirements in jurisdictions around the U.S.) and serves as an independent merit reviewer of SunShot Initiative proposals.
James Tong is Vice President of strategy and government affairs at Clean Power Finance, where he leads collaborative efforts with solar businesses, utilities, government agencies, and academic researchers to accelerate solar deployment and reduce the barriers to adoption. In 2011 and 2012, James researched and designed three projects to address the soft costs of solar and was awarded a total of $4.5MM from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. He is currently working with NREL as a principal investigator on a $2.3MM research project to understand the drivers of consumer adoption of solar. James previously served as VP of marketing at Acro Energy (acquired by IES Renewable Energy) and consulted for multiple companies and organizations promoting the adoption of solar. He brings expert knowledge of the key cost drivers for solar installation and public policies influencing solar grid integration. James has spoken at various conferences, including Solar Power International and the White House Solar Summit, and was named a finalist for the 2013 Platts Global Energy Awards Rising Star as well as a member of World-Generation’s Class of 2014 consisting of distinguished leaders in the energy industry. Prior to entering the solar industry, he served in various management positions at GE, where he completed its elite commercial leadership program. He also had worked for the Urban Institute, a renowned public policy think tank, and served in the Peace Corps. James earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
James has spoken at a variety of solar industry events, including: the White House Solar Summit; DNV GL’s Utility of the Future Leadership Summit; Solar Power International; Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize – Race to the Rooftops; PV America East; Greentech Media’s Solar Market Insight Conference; Distributed Solar Summit East; American Solar Energy Society’s Solar 2013; the National Renewable Energy Laboratories’ Solar Market Insights Meeting; the Austin Electricity Conference; Rockefeller Brothers Fund events; NARUC’s Winter Meeting; EUCI’s Utility Solar Developments Conference; and Deloitte’s Alternative Energy Seminar. James has also participated in more general innovation summits, including the Clinton Global Initiative, and served as an independent merit reviewer for the DOE’s SunShot Initiative program. To view James’ upcoming speaking engagements, please visit our Events page.
Micah Myers, SVP, Business Development
Micah’s areas of expertise include: residential solar origination models; DG solar and retail electric markets; DG solar and utilities. Micah is a member of the board of directors at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), is deeply involved in CPF’s work with traditional power companies, and leads Clean Power Finance’s interactions with retail energy providers.