First Solar CEO James Hughes to Speak at 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit

Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:45am EST

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  PALM SPRINGS, CA, Jan 31 (Marketwire) -- 
The 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit, presented by International
Business Forum and chaired by Technology Partners' Ira Ehrenpreis, on
February 6-7 in Palm Springs, California, announced today that James A.
Hughes, CEO of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), will deliver a speech at
this year's Clean-Tech Investor Summit titled, "Tomorrow's Utility: The
View from the Sun." He is part of the line up of the clean-tech and
energy industries' thought leaders, visionaries, and innovators who will
be speaking at and attending the 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit.

    Mr. Hughes joined First Solar in March 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer
and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining
First Solar, Mr. Hughes served, from October 2007 until April 2011, as
Chief Executive Officer and Director of AEI Services LLC, which owned and
operated power distribution, power generations (both thermal and
renewable), natural gas transportation and services, and natural gas
distribution businesses in emerging markets worldwide. From 2004 to 2007,
he engaged in principal investing with a privately held company based in
Houston, Texas that focused on microcap investments in North American
distressed manufacturing assets. Previously, he served, from 2002 until
March 2004, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Prisma Energy
International, which was formed out of former Enron interests in
international electric and natural gas utilities. Prior to that role, Mr.
Hughes spent almost a decade with Enron Corporation in positions that
included President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Global Assets,
President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Asia, Pacific Africa and
China and as Assistant General Counsel of Enron International. Mr. Hughes
is a Non-Executive Director of APR Energy plc, a London Stock
Exchange-listed energy company participating in the global market for gas
and diesel fired temporary power plants. Mr. Hughes holds a juris doctor
degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, a
Certificate of Completion in international business law from Queen Mary's
College, University of London, and bachelor's degree in business
administration from Southern Methodist University.

    Every year the Summit convenes the who's-who of the clean-tech sector
including thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and service
providers. It is one of the rare times when the sector's most influential
thought leaders gather to discuss the most critical issues facing the
clean-tech sector. In addition, the 9th Annual Clean-Tech Summit will
feature some of the most interesting, provocative, and compelling
speakers at what has clearly become one of the best clean-tech networking
events of the year. 

    To register for the clean-tech industry's top investment summit please

    This year's Sponsors for the Clean-Tech Investor Summit include Robert W.
Baird & Co., Orrick, Silicon Valley Bank, Mintz Levin, Wells Fargo,
Deloitte, PWC, Morrison & Foerster, Grant Thornton, DLA Piper, Ernst &
Young, J.P. Morgan, Canaccord Genuity, Goldman Sachs, IRTH
Communications, Hobbs & Towne, Morgan Stanley and Sherwood Partners.


Dilek Mir
Managing Director
IRTH Communications 

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