Abbas Akhil, Principal of Renewable Energy Ventures LLC, has over 25 years experience in the renewable energy industry. Previously, Akhil was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at the Sandia National Laboratories. He worked with US Department of Energy to develop Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative. Prior to that, he co-authored the CERTS Microgrid Concept paper describing how microgrids work and the hurdles associated with them. Akhil has background in battery energy storage and implemented some of his systems through Oglethorpe Electric Cooperative and Chugach Electric Association in Fairbanks and Metlakatla, AK.