Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Media Use Only
April 22, 2008
Contact: Margaret Justus, (713) 236-0306

Senator Ellis' Government Organization Committee to Hear Testimony from Top Solar Power Executives
Committee Hearing will Precede Texas Solar Forum

(Austin, TX) Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, has invited a group of executives from some of the nation's largest solar power companies to offer insight into this increasingly more affordable energy source during a Senate committee hearing next week.

The solar power CEOs and other executives, who will be in Austin attending the Texas Solar Forum, will testify regarding a charge given by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on how high performance buildings could lower utility costs and make more efficient use of natural resources.

The committee hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 9am in the Betty King Committee Room (2E.20) at the Texas Capitol.

The following is a list of some of the executives that are expected to speak at the hearing:

Dr. Charlie Gay, VP for Solar Business at Applied Materials
Dr. B.J. Stanbery, CEO, HelioVolt
Clark Wilson, CEO and President, Greenbuilders, Inc.
John Berger, CEO, Standard Renewable Energy
Elmar Niewerth, CEO, ThinkSolar
Steve Wiese, CEO, Clean Energy Associates
Kari Smith, Director of Public Affairs, SunPower