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Kirk Blankenship

Institute Development
Principal Solar Institute
Dallas TX
Timezone: America/Chicago

Kirk has over 25 years’ experience in planning, developing and leading a variety of company-wide initiatives to provide strategic and tactical direction for improved growth and profitability. He has consulted with small to multi-national Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Customer Experience, Marketing Planning and Performance, Market Research, Operations Analysis, and Operations Excellence.

Kirk spent more than 11 years at Synovate, Inc., as a vice-president in the Restaurant and Retail Practice where he guided large-scale ongoing customer experience programs.  Prior to that he designed, developed and managed a comprehensive Patient Satisfaction Measurement Program for the Kaiser Permanente Southwest Division. He also has over ten years of experience in various management areas of the airline industry, having worked for American Airlines in Network Planning, Marketing, and Operations Analysis. 

Kirk has an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Date & Time (EST) Title Role
Thursday, August 21, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am
As Coal Dims, Will Solar Shine? Perspective on a Changing Electricity Industry Viewed Archive
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Myths and Legends of Microinverters and Other DC Power Converters for Solar Energy Viewed Archive
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
2:00am – 3:00am
Leading Change in the Energy Industry Viewed Archive
Thursday, October 31, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
How Do Recent Changes At ERCOT Affect YOU? Registered
Thursday, September 26, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm
PACE Comes To Texas Viewed Archive
Thursday, June 6, 2013
2:00am – 2:50am
Gravity Power’s Design Change and Progress Update Viewed Archive
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
8:00am – 8:50am
Solar Above, Oil & Gas Below: Coexistence in Energy Project Development Registered
Thursday, March 14, 2013
2:00am – 2:50am
Could Texas Become The Largest Solar Opportunity in the World? An Update on the ERCOT Resource Adequacy Situation Viewed Archive
Thursday, January 17, 2013
11:00am – 12:00pm
Solar Project Finance: Turning Sunlight Into Green Viewed Archive
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
10:00am – 11:00am
You Be the Judge: A Ratings Tool for Selecting the Best Solar Module Viewed Archive
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Will the 2013 Texas Legislative Session Awaken a Sleeping Giant in the Solar Market? Viewed Archive
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
3:00am – 3:45am
Why Not? The Case for an American Feed-In Tariff Registered
Thursday, September 27, 2012
10:00am – 10:45am
BUILDING THE LARGEST SOLAR SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA: Behind the Scenes of a 2.2 MW Solar Power Plant Registered
Thursday, September 20, 2012
11:00am – 11:30am
Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage Viewed Archive
Thursday, July 19, 2012
11:00am – 11:45am
Solar Energy in the Military Viewed Archive
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
4:00am – 4:45am
PV SOLAR ROOF RACKING: Current Issues and State-of-the-Art Solutions Registered
Sunday, June 24, 2012
8:00am – 9:00am
International Fact Finding Mission to Germany Registered
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunny Central 1 – Overview Registered
Thursday, April 26, 2012
2:00pm – 3:00pm
CLEAN Programs: Helping Utilities Meet Renewable Energy Goals Registered
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Is Thin-Film PV Dead? Costs and Competitiveness in a Low-Cost Module Market Registered
Thursday, April 19, 2012
2:00pm – 3:00pm
How to make a smart choice: Decades-lasting communications technology for advanced smart grid applications Registered
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Introducing Solar 3.0: Reducing Soft Costs in Solar PV Registered
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:00am – 12:00pm
Utility Solar Conference Registered
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Reduce costs by outsourcing solar project management Viewed Archive
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
1:00pm – 2:30pm
SREC Markets: Status and Trends Viewed Archive
Thursday, December 15, 2011
1:00pm – 1:30pm
High Performance Power Electronics Systems for PV Solar Applications Viewed Archive
Title Role
Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage
Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage Registered
Solar Industry Goes Mainstream: Revolutionary PV Module Rating System Empowers Solar Professionals
Solar Industry Goes Mainstream: Revolutionary PV Module Rating System Empowers Solar Professionals Author
Technological Niches: Concentrated Solar Thermal vs. Photovoltaic Solar
Technological Niches: Concentrated Solar Thermal vs. Photovoltaic Solar Registered
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Webinar Slides: PACE Comes To Texas Registered
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Turning Green into Greener Registered
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Principal Solar Institute Resource Guide Rate Card Registered
Company History Registered
Why Hard Assets Still Matter Registered
PV Racking Criteria for Effective Rooftop Solar Integration Registered
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Mineral Issues’ Impact on Solar Energy Development in Texas and Other States Registered
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Feed-In Tariffs: The Proven Road Not Taken… Why Not? Registered
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Energy Efficiency & Sustainability in Organic Food Supply Registered
Eco-65 Product Guide Registered
EcoFasten Solar Bracket Guide Registered
EcoFasten Product & Application Guide Registered
GreenFasten™ GF1 Product Guide Registered
SOLON Vega Web-Bsed Control System for Solar Power Plants Brochure Registered
SOLON Andromeda Solar Power Plant Brochure Registered
SOLON SOLQuick Photovoltaic System for Flat Rooftops Datasheet Registered
Trinamount Presentation Registered
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Vendor Signup Form Registered
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Webinar Proposal Form Registered
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Interfacing with the Electrical Grid Registered
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Shining Light on Renewable Energy in Developing Countries Registered
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Vendors – Why Join the Principal Solar Institute? Registered
Heating Up: The Impact of Third-Party Business Models on the U.S. Market for Solar Water and Space Heating – January 2012 Registered
Name Role
Principal Solar Institute
Principal Solar Institute Administrator
The Job Search Solution Administrator
Resource Guide 
Name Role
1SolTech Owner
3TIER Owner
ACA Solar Administrator
ACORE American Council on Renewable Energy Owner
Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) Owner
AE Solar Energy Owner
aleo solar Owner
AlsoEnergy Owner
altenergymag.com Administrator
Ambassador Energy Owner
American Precision Solar Owner
American Prefabricated Structures, Inc. Owner
American Solar Energy Society Administrator
Amonix Owner
Aon plc Owner
Apex Solar, Inc. Owner
Applied Energy Technologies (AET) Owner
Applied Power Technologies Owner
Around Town Electric Owner
Array Technologies Owner
Astronergy Owner
AU Optronics Owner
Auxin Solar Owner
B-Line Owner
Baja Construction Inc. Owner
BenQ Solar Owner
Black and Veatch Owner
Bloo Solar Owner
Bloomberg New Energy Finance Owner
Bosch Solar Energy Owner
Braya Solar Group Administrator
California Power Save Owner
California Solar Energy Industries Association Administrator
Canadian Solar, Inc. Owner
Captive Fuel Owner
Carina Technology Owner
Cbeyond Solar Inc. Owner
Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing Administrator
Centrosolar America Owner
Chevron Energy Solutions Owner
China Sunergy Owner
Chint Solar (Astroenergy) Owner
Cirasys Owner
CitiGreen, Inc. Owner
Clean Edge Administrator
CNPV Solar Power Owner
Cobra Monitoring Owner
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association Owner
Colored Solar Owner
Conergy Owner
Constant Solar Power Corporation Owner
Craft Insurance Owner
CSG PVTech Owner
CSS-Technologies Owner
DEB Solar Owner
Deck Monitoring, LLC Owner
DelSolar Owner
Demeter Power Group Owner
Don Pickett & Associates, Inc. Owner
Dorado Construction Inc. Solar Owner
DPW Solar Owner
Draker Laboratories, Inc Owner
DS Energy Solutions Owner
DynoRaxx Owner
E-Village Solar Owner
Earth Wind & Solar, Inc. Owner
EcoFasten Solar Owner
Ecolibrium Solar Owner
ecoSolargy Owner
Ejot Owner
Emcore Owner
Enecsys Ltd Owner
enerG Magazine Administrator
Energi Owner
Energy Inc. Owner
Energy Self-Reliant States Administrator
Enerlon Owner
Enphase Energy, Inc Owner
Environmental Defense Fund Owner
eSolar Owner
ET Solar Owner
Evergreen Solar Administrator
Exeltech Administrator
First Solar, Inc. Owner
Flash Technology, A Division of SPX Owner
Fraunhofer USA Administrator
Freedom in Community Restorative Ministry Owner
GCL-Poly Energy Owner
General Specialties Owner
Geostellar Administrator
Gloria Solar Owner
GMI Solar Owner
Grape Solar Owner
Green Mountain Energy Administrator
Green Mountain Power Owner
Green Power Conferences Administrator
Green Volt Energy Owner
GreenBrilliance Owner
GreenPowerMonitor Owner
Greentech Media Administrator
GridNavigator Owner
Hanwha SolarOne Owner
HelioPower Owner
Helios Solar Works Owner
Hollaender Solar Mounting Systems Owner
Home Energy Magazine Administrator
Hybridyne Power Electronics, Inc. Administrator
infiniRel Corporation Owner
Infocast Administrator
Institut fur Solarenergieforschung GmbH Administrator
Institut fur Solartechnik SPF (Solar Energy Lab) Administrator
Institute of Energy Conversion Administrator
InterSolar Administrator
IronRidge Owner
Itek Energy Owner
JA Solar Owner
Jinko Solar Owner
JK Solar Owner
JT Solar Inc. Owner
Kachan & Co. Administrator
Keeping PACE in Texas Owner
Kenmec Owner
Lauritzen Inc Owner
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Administrator
LDK Solar Owner
LG Electronics Owner
Lightway Solar Owner
LimeAmps Owner
Locus Energy Owner
Lumos Owner
MAGE Solar Owner
Marex Spectron Owner
McKinstry Essention, Inc Owner
MEMC Owner
Meteocontrol GmbH Owner
Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association Owner
MItsubishi Electric Owner
Mitsubishi Electric Solar Administrator
Motech Americas Owner
Mounting Systems, Inc. Owner
MX Solar Owner
My Solar Stats Owner
N2 Electric, Inc. Owner
NABCEP Administrator
Nanosolar Administrator
Natcon7 Owner
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Administrator
nbsolar (Sun Earth Solar Power) Owner
NEDO Administrator
NergyOS Owner
Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) Administrator
New York Solar Energy Industries Association Administrator
NextEra Energy Owner
Ningbo Ulica Solar Science & Technology Owner
North American Clean Energy Administrator
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Administrator
Northern California Solar Energy Association Administrator
Nova West Solar Owner
Noveda Technologies Owner
Novogradac & Company Administrator
Ohmic Electric Owner
One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) Owner
Ontility Administrator
Oregon Department of Energy Administrator
PACENow Owner
Pacific Power Renewables Owner
Panasonic USA Owner
PanelClaw Owner
Pasan Measurement Systems Owner
Pazz Group Owner
Peak Demand Automation Owner
Pepper Hamilton LLP Administrator
Perlight Solar Owner
Pew Clean Energy Business Network Owner
Phono Solar Owner
Pioneer Electric Owner
Polar Racking Owner
Polycab Owner
Power-One Renewable Energy Solutions Owner
Power-One Vision Systems Owner
PowerDash Owner
Powernet Global Services, Inc. Owner
PowerParasol by Strategic Solar Energy, LLC Owner
Powerway Owner
Principal Solar, Inc.
Principal Solar, Inc. Administrator
Professional Solar Products Owner
Pulse Energy Owner
PV Racking Owner
Pyramid Solar Energy Owner
Quick Mount PV Owner
Radback Energy Services Owner
RBI Solar Owner
RBS Energy Consulting Owner
REC Group Owner
REC Solar, Inc. Owner
Recurrent Energy Owner
ReneSola Owner
Renewable Energy World Administrator
Renewable Integrator Owner
Renogy Owner
RGS Energy Owner
Rich Hessler Owner
RITEK Solar Owner
Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Owner
RR Electric Heating & Air Conditioning Owner
Rushton Atlantic, LLC Administrator
S-5! Owner
Samsung Owner
Sandia National Laboratories Photovoltaic Program Administrator
Sanyo Electric Administrator
Satec Owner
Schatz Energy Research Center Administrator
Schletter Inc. Owner
Schneider Electric Owner
Schüco USA Owner
ServoTech Owner
Sharp Owner
Silevo Owner
Silicon Energy Owner
Siliken Owner
Silverback Solar Owner
Skyline Solar Owner
SMA Solar Technology Administrator
SnapNrack PV Mounting Systems Owner
So-Cal Solar Owner
Socal Solar Energy, Inc Owner
Soitec Owner
SolaDeck Owner
Solar 3.0 Owner
Solar Austin Owner
Solar City Owner
Solar Design Associates Owner
Solar Electric Power Association Administrator
Solar Energy Industries Association Administrator
Solar FlexRack Owner
Solar Integrated Technologies Owner
Solar Power Engineer Corporation Owner
Solar Power, Inc. Owner
Solar Racks Owner
Solar-Log Owner
SolarBridge Technologies Owner
SolarDock Owner
SolarEdge Technologies Owner
Solaria Owner
SolarTech Administrator
SolarWakeup Owner
SolarWorld USA Owner
Solectria Renewables Owner
Solectria Renewables, LLC Owner
SolFocus Owner
Sollega Owner
SolPowerPeople Owner
sonnen_systems Owner
Sonoma Solar Owner
Southern California Telephone & Energy Owner
SREC Trade Administrator
SST Solar USA Owner
Stahl, Bernal & Davies Owner
Sun Earth Solar Power (nbsolar) Owner
SunEdison Owner
Suniva Owner
SunLink Corporation Owner
SunPerfect Solar Owner
SunPods Administrator
SunPower Owner
Sunpreme Owner
SunReports, Inc. Owner
SunRun, Inc Owner
SunShot Initiative Owner
Suntech Owner
Tainergy Tech Owner
Talesun Solar Owner
Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc. Owner
Telvent USA Corp. Owner
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Administrator
The Crest Company, Inc Owner
The Mapdwell Project Owner
ThePowerStore.com Administrator
Thompson Technology Industries (TTi) Owner
Thompson Technology Industries, Inc Owner
Tigo Energy Owner
Trimark Associates Owner
Trina Solar Owner
TUV Rheinland Owner
U.S. Department of Energy Administrator
Unirac Owner
Upsolar Owner
Vermont SPEED Owner
Viasyn, Inc. Owner
WattMetrics Owner
Westinghouse Solar Owner
Xslent Energy Technologies Owner
YES Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc. Owner
Yingli Solar Owner
ZEP Solar Owner
Zomeworks Owner


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