Creating Resilient Island Energy Systems

This panel brings together stakeholders from Hawaii and Puerto Rico to discuss efforts to create a cleaner and more resilient energy system. Both regions face considerable threats from natural hazards, with Puerto Rico still recovering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. The discussion will bring together stakeholders to share how both islands are preparing their electricity systems for the future.

Speakers

Christopher Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Blue Planet Energy

Christopher Johnson leads Blue Planet Energy as the Chief Operating Officer. He keeps the company on track to accomplish its mission to end the use of carbon-based fuels by making energy awareness delightful and clean energy accessible. He brings a deep background in science, hands on experience in renewable energy, and extensive leadership in executive roles of startups. Johnson has led software teams, created open source platforms, spoken at dozens of conferences and led social impact businesses. He has lived on 5 continents, speaks Spanish, and currently lives in San Francisco with his family. In his spare time, he likes to build LED projects and is passionate about soccer, cycling, and building community and healthy soil.
Christopher Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Blue Planet Energy

Gregg Murphy

Vice President of Business Development, Blue Planet Energy

Gregg Murphy first found his passion for renewable energy in 1994 when he built an off-grid solar powered home. Gregg's home was featured in The Solar Home Tour. From that point he founded Solar Northwest, where he taught college extension courses on renewable energy and helped many people cut the cord to carbon-based fuel utility power.

Murphy most recently was the Director of Sales and a Partner at Revolusun in Honolulu. He developed the RevoluSun Way selling process and authored the Solar Masters training course. Under Murphy's leadership Revolusun won numerous awards, locally and nationally. He was pivotal in growing Revolusun as a market leader, as well as developing and managing franchisee’s whom purchased a RevoluSun Franchise.

Gregg Murphy

Vice President of Business Development, Blue Planet Energy

Gabriel Perez

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Sales Manager Blue Planet Energy

A life-long resident of Puerto Rico, Gabriel Perez manages sales for Blue Planet Energy in the Latin American and Caribbean markets. Perez has worked professionally in the solar and storage industries for more than a decade. He was a member of the team that built Puerto Rico’s first 20 MW solar-plus-storage power plant. Perez has closed more than US$ 30M in solar power purchase agreement contracts. In his former sales position with Unirac, he drove a 40% increase in sales revenue within the territories he managed.
Gabriel Perez

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Sales Manager, Blue Planet Energy

Justin Locke

Senior Director, Islands Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute

Justin Locke is responsible for strategic oversight and leadership for Carbon War Room's Islands Energy Program, which guides island governments and utilities to define and achieve their energy visions. The program aims to accelerate the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse platform of renewables and energy efficiency while establishing a blueprint for other isolated economies. Justin previously held the position of disaster risk management specialist at the World Bank, where he was instrumental in accessing climate financing for Eastern Caribbean countries where he led national planning processes designed to develop and deploy tailored, broad-based national adaptation and mitigation strategies for achieving cross-sectoral climate resilience.
Justin Locke

Senior Director, Islands Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute

Sandra Kwak

CEO, Founder – 10Power

Executive strategist and systems thinker, Sandra is applying disruptive innovation to create a regenerative future. Before launching 10Power, she scaled AutoGrid from prototype to a global brand, creating automated intelligence out of big data from the smart grid. Prior, as Co-Founder / President / COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa, she brought building management hardware and software tools to market. Sandra has also served as CEO of a software company producing the world’s first mathematically lossless video codec. She worked at Pacific Gas & Electric implementing the ClimateSmart program and has consulted with clients including Mitsubishi, the Transamerica Holding Company, and The San Francisco Foundation. Sandra has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from Emory University.
Sandra Kwak

CEO, Founder – 10Power

Partner

Blue Planet Energy

Blue Planet Energy's mission is to eliminate the use of carbon-based fuels and power the world with clean, reliable, affordable energy. The company is changing the way we power the world through super-high performance energy storage systems that make energy awareness delightful. Through years of research and testing at our advanced energy research lab on the Big Island of Hawaii, Blue Planet Energy created the safest, most powerful energy storage product that also provides the lowest lifetime cost of ownership. The company manufactures the Blue Ion battery systems - designed to be the fastest, most efficient installation - and makes them available through our certified dealer network.