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

First Solar CEO James Hughes to Speak at 9th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit 
PALM SPRINGS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 --  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
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 visit:  
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
Dilek Mir
Managing Director
IRTH Communications 
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