2014 Saturday Keynote – Alec Guettel

Time: 12:15 PM at the Main Stage

SolarFest Keynote - Alec Guettel

Alec Guettel is the co-founder of Sungevity, Inc. and sits on the company’s board of directors. Sungevity is one of the world’s leading residential solar companies, making it easier for homeowners to power their lives with sunshine across 10 US states, Australia and the Netherlands.

Alec is a longtime environmentalist and successful social entrepreneur with a track record of building mission-driven businesses in a variety of industries. Prior to Sungevity, Guettel co-founded Axiom Law, a company that revolutionized the legal industry by slashing high overhead costs and liberating frustrated lawyers from the inefficiency of the traditional law firm model. Since starting Axiom in 2000, Guettel helped grow the firm to over 1,000 legal professionals providing legal services to half the world’s F100 companies. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, he served the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to former EPA chief, Carol Browner. As a youth activist, Guettel co-founded the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and helped develop it into the largest non-profit student organization in the country during his tenure.

Guettel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

2014 Sunday Keynote – Sandor Ellix Katz

Time: 12:00 PM at the Main Stage

Sandor Katz SolarFest 2014 Keynote


Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods—which Newsweek called “the fermenting bible”—in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation.

Sandor has inspired countless thousands to rediscover the ancient art of fermentation.  The author of three books, he is a self-described “fermentation fetishist”, a lifelong activist and food lover.  Since 2003 when his book Wild Fermentation was published, he has taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens. The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved shows how people can take responsibility for their own health reclaiming the food they eat   His latest book, The Art of Fermentation, has won numerous awards as well as being on the N.Y.Times bestseller list.  Sandor has presented workshops in more than half of the states of the U.S., as well many countries throughout the world.  We are honored to now add SolarFest to this impressive list.

Sandor is a native of New York City, a graduate of Brown University, and a retired policy worker. In 1993, he moved from New York City to Cannon County, Tennessee, where he is part of a vibrant extended community of queer folks (and many other friends and allies).

Read more about Sandor on his website.

Listen to NPR’s Terry Gross’ interview with Sandor titled Fermentation: When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good