Kathryn Arbeit is a Regional Director of Project Development at First Solar currently leading development activities in the Southwest, including the 179 MW Playa Solar Project in Nevada.  Kathryn has eighteen years of experience working with electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada and fifteen years of experience focused on large-scale renewable energy project development.  She previously led First Solar’s project development activities in the Eastern US and Texas.  She also led development of the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County that is owned by Mid-American and currently under construction.  Prior to joining First Solar, Kathryn was a Director of Business Development at OptiSolar Inc, initiating the development of Topaz and building a strategic solar project portfolio in the Western US.  Before that, she led the development of 682 MW of wind energy projects currently operating in Oregon and Texas at Orion Energy LLC (now BP Alternative Energy).  Prior to Orion, Kathryn worked in energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting.  Kathryn received a BS degree in Earth Systems Science with honors and a focus in Energy Science and Technology from Stanford University.