Austin October 2018 Luncheon

"State of the Solar Market in ERCOT and Beyond" - Speaker: Clay Butler, CEO, 7X Energy, Inc.

October 16, 2018:  Due to weather related issues the location for this month's luncheon has been changed to the Texas RE Facility.

7X Energy, a Texas based solar developer, has over 300 MW of solar under construction in ERCOT and an additional 800 MW set to commence construction in the next twelve months. Hear from Clay Butler, the CEO of 7X Energy, on his views of the current state of the solar market in ERCOT and his outlook of the market going forward. 

As CEO, Clay oversees business development, operations, and investor relations for 7X Energy, where he continuously pushes 7X to be an innovation leader in the energy industry. For almost a decade before co-founding 7X in early 2016, Clay served as a managing partner of a leading law firm for renewable energy companies. There, he provided development support and legal services for over 5,000 MW of solar projects and 3,500 MW of wind projects around the world. During this time, Clay founded a company to build a software solutions platform to utilize Big Data analytics to streamline and accelerate the utility-scale solar development process; that software functionality continues to expand and is now exclusively licensed by 7X. In addition to Clay’s executive roles, he served for two years as an electric utility commissioner for the City of Austin, overseeing the city’s electric utility, Austin Energy. Clay holds a JD from St. Mary's University School of Law and a BA from Texas State University. He also spent four years in the Marine Corps prior to college as an infantryman--Semper Fi.

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Thursday, October 18th. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis – see below policy for information. Please email Cathy Fry at if you have any questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at

POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.

Members & State Govt. Employees - $10
Non-Members - $20


Registration Options

Online registration is now closed. On-site will be available at the event at on-site registration prices.

When and Where

Friday October 19, 2018
11:45 AM

Texas RE
Suite 200
805 Las Cimas Parkway

Austin, TX 78746