40 Solar & Storage Executives Recognized at 40th Anniversary Celebration

Berkeley, CA - On Friday, October 6, 2017, CALSEIA gave a special “40 @ 40” recognition to forty top-level executives attending the organization’s Annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration. Executives were asked to stand as a slide show played acknowledging each person before a crowd of nearly 200 industry professionals and supporters.  The event keynote was delivered by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the 40th Anniversary Toast was delivered by industry veteran Mike Emrich of Solarponics.

“While there are thousands of men and women who make up California’s solar and storage industry, this impressive group of leaders are not only running successful companies but understand the importance of coming together as an industry and supporting public policy endeavors,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA. “Companies big and small, the well-established and start-ups are being recognized by CALSEIA. We thank you for the work you do everyday building our clean energy future.”

The Annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration was held at the historical, Berkeley City Club and included a cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner and an auction. The dinner, which takes place the evening of CALSEIA’s Annual Planning meeting, has been an annual event since 2014.

Acknowledging CALSEIA’s four decades of work to promote solar energy in California, Assemblymember Phil Ting gave the keynote address highlighting the importance of public policy and staying active and engaged in the state legislature.

“Assemblymember Phil Ting is a real champion who works hard to create a world powered by clean, renewable energy,” said Del Chiaro. “We applaud his leadership and thank him for joining us to celebrate the solar industry.”

The 40th Anniversary toast was delivered by Mike Emrich who founded Solarponics in Atascadero in 1975 and has been a leader in his community and a supporter of CALSEIA for decades.  

Photos from the event can be viewed here and the 40 @ 40 slideshow can be viewed here.