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Williams J. Agate, Jr., President and Founder, NetZeroMicrogridSolutions

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Will Agate founded NetZero Microgrid Solutions (”NetZero”) and currently serves as its President.  NetZero was founded in order to work with communities, planners, engineers, technology vendors and energy project developers to advance smart energy and smart city objectives, to deploy microgrid electric systems at the core of achieving transformative energy solutions.  NetZero is working with a diverse variety of clients that include PIDC, GE and AECOM, on projects ranging from development of small scale microgrids, to providing advisory services such as the City of Boston’s Smart Utility Vision, that will be completed late this Summer.

Immediately prior to forming NetZero, Will served just over six years as a Senior Vice President with PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, in charge of the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The Philadelphia Navy Yard is a dynamic and modern 1,200-acre urban business campus with over 150 businesses and 12,500 employees, where Will led the effort to interject a progress energy plan into the overall sustainability effort with creation of the Navy Yard Energy Master Plan.

Will has earned an international reputation as an avid proponent and focused leader for smart energy deployments and incorporating progressive sustainability practices as a core principle driving development. Will frequently speaks and is invited to provide public testimonies at various industry conferences and meetings about smart energy and climate adaptation strategies and the strong connections with robust economic and real estate development. These speaking engagements have recently included RealComm, National Town Meeting on Demand Response, various IEEE symposiums, is just returning from a talk in Berlin Germany at GE’s Minds + Machines European conference, and testimony before the PA House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Will has served on a number of civic boards in the Greater Philadelphia area including the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Morris Arboretum Board of Advisors, and is an elder with the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Will grew up in New England, but moved to the Philadelphia area more than 30 years ago after attending Gettysburg College. He lives with his wife and two sons in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

In summary, Will is a passionate advocate that society has reached an age wherein comprehensive energy planning, smart energy solutions, and smart city strategy have become the foundations to successful real estate and economic development.