Station One – EV Tractor Charging w/MCE & Solectrac: Chris Kubik, Senior Business Development Manager at MCE, will share what it takes to install EV chargers and available rebates and incentives. Can these rebates be used for fleet chargers? Yes, they can. Steve Heckeroth, Chief Innovation Officer and Chairman of the Board at Solectrac, will share their EV tractor, talk about how they are charged, and how this ties into rebates and incentives.
Station Two – Carbon Capture w/Earthly Labs: Curious about carbon capture off of fermentation tanks, and market resale? Join Amy George, President at Earthly Labs, as she shares the how and why of carbon capture, and pilots with Trefethen Family Vineyards and Opus One Winery.
Chris works directly with MCE’s service area key commercial customers and business partners. Chris helps energy customers evaluate and adopt the MCE commercial programs and services that will help them ensure that they achieve their energy, financial, and sustainability objectives for their organizations and stakeholders.
Chris brings 15 years of customer engagement experience in demand side clean energy technologies and services to MCE. Prior to joining the Public Affairs team at MCE in May 2015, Chris worked in the renewable energy programs group at Constellation Energy and was an early member of the California team at EnerNOC (acquired by Enel) starting in 2007. At these companies, she helped some of California’s largest energy customers make decisions about demand response, energy efficiency, energy storage, and other demand side services. Prior to that, Chris worked in the technology industry in strategic alliances and international business development in both California and in Europe.
Chris earned her M.I.A in International Banking and Finance at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her B.A. in Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A resident of Marin County and a Deep Green customer herself, Chris loves to spend free time enjoying activities with her family and friends as well as on the hiking trails and biking routes around Mount Tam, and travelling.
MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in California since 2010. MCE offers 60-100% renewable power at stable rates, significantly reducing greenhouse emissions and reinvesting millions in local programs. MCE provides electricity service and innovative programs to more than 580,000 customer accounts and 1.5 million residents and businesses in 37 communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano.
Steve is an expert in designing, fabricating and building electric tractors and vehicles. His experience spans over 40 years in the renewable energy industry. He worked as the Director of Building Integrated Photovoltaics for the largest thin-film solar manufacturer in the world, designing PV roofing products from ’99 – ‘08. He contributed to several patents in the PV space. Steve founded MendoMotive and Electrac in 1993 to develop and build EVs and electric tractors. He founded Solectrac LLC in 2012 to take electric tractors into commercial production. He was the Principal Investigator in two grants completed in 2016 that moved the electric tractor closer to a commercially viable product. Steve converted the LLC to a California Benefit Corporation and Certified B-Corp in 2019. In 2021 Solectrac Inc. was acquired by Ideanomics to fund the rapid commercialization of electric tractors. Heckeroth holds several patents on electric tractor innovations and was the designer of the award winning e70N (narrow) electric vineyard tractor.
Solectrac is the first American company to commercialize electric tractors through direct sales and its growing dealer network. Solectrac climate smart electric tractors are zero-emission, quiet and powerful and benefit not only the environment but also the health of the agricultural work force by eliminating exposure to exhaust and reducing noise. Solectrac tractors can be charged from the grid or renewable energy sources, need less maintenance, and provide high torque at low speeds.
As a Certified B Corp since 2019 Solectrac continues to maintain the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Since becoming a subsidiary of Ideanomics in 2021, Solectrac has been growing fast and adding new dealerships to its expanding network to provide sales and service to customers. In 2022, the company opened a new 36,000 square foot production facility in Windsor, California and soon added a second assembly center in North Carolina to serve east coast customers.
Solectrac is part of Ideanomics, (Nasdaq: IDEX), which is a global business headquartered in New York that is accelerating the commercial adoption of electric vehicles. Solectrac received the Solar Impulse Foundation Efficient Solution label in 2020, was the recipient of the WINovation award in 2021 and the World Ag Expo Top-10 New Product Winner in 2022. For more information, please visit www.solectrac.com.
Amy George is founder and President of Earthly Labs, the leading provider of carbon capture technology solutions for small scale sources. Earthly Labs is a division of Chart Industries (NYSE: GTLS), a 150 year-old leader in highly engineered industrial equipment with a mission to power the “nexus of clean” – clean water, clean air, clean energy, clean food and beverage. Earthly Labs ® provides CiCi ®carbon capture hardware, software and services to capture and monitor CO2 from small scale emissions sources with more small installations than anyone in the world. For the past 20 years, George has delivered environmental impact through her entrepreneurial leadership at diverse ventures – from artificial intelligence software that reduced industrial emissions to local farmers markets to reusable food storage that reduced waste in landfills. Featured in Forbes, CNN and Wine Spectator, her products have been awarded “Top 100 Green Products for the World.” George holds two patents with 17 pending. She has an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship and environmental management from The University of Texas at Austin and is a mom of two boys, who are her inspiration.
Earthly Labs, A Chart Industries Company, is the leader in small scale carbon capture technology helping leaders capture, purify, recycle, reuse and convert CO2 to avoid emissions, reduce costs, add value and drive innovation. Earthly Labs’ solution includes CiCi® CO2 capture hardware solutions, cloud-based CO2 capture monitoring software, and engineering and maintenance services. The new CO2 exchange program allows companies to capture, use, convert, and sell CO2 to create value for industries like wineries and distilleries. Earthly Labs is a division of Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE: GTLS) is a leading independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used by leaders in food and beverage, renewable energy, and space markets. Powering the Nexus of Clean™, Chart is committed to solutions that advance clean air, clean water, clean energy, and clean food and beverage. With over 25 global manufacturing locations from the United States to China, Australia, India, Europe and South America, Chart maintains a commitment its customers and the environment. To learn more, visit www.Chartindustries.com