Schedule

The schedule is being updated regularly with new speakers and additional event information. Check back often to find out the latest for Solar Power Midwest. Interested in participating in the program as a speaker? Complete the speaker interest form

Wednesday, October 18

Time Location Event
8:00 am
12:00 pm
Missouri Workshop - 2017 NEC Changes for PV Systems More Info

This class covers changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) as they pertain to Photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course provides a brief overview of new NEC Article 691: Large-Scale PV Electric Supply Stations, and consequent reorganization of Article 690. Significant changes to Article 690 and Article 705 will be discussed, including a discussion of functional grounding in PV circuits and associated requirements for overcurrent and disconnects, new options for calculating PV circuit current and voltage in large PV arrays, and revised requirements for Rapid Shutdown compliance. This training is recognized for 4 NABCEP Continuing Education Credits (Code).

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8:00 am
4:30 pm
Arkansas Workshop - Structural Considerations for Solar Installations More Info

This 8-hour course teaches the structural considerations involved in solar electric and solar thermal systems for installers, designers, and code officials. Topics will include general permitting processes and building codes, installation strategies, and techniques for determining loads on and strengths of structures. The class focuses on residential-scale wood structures with pitched roofs, but some fundamental principles may be useful in other applications.
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1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Missouri Workshop - Midwest Community Solar Workshop More Info

Community solar has become a critical tool for bridging the gap between those who can and can’t access local, affordable, clean energy. Because community solar enables multiple customers to participate in a single solar project located in their community, and receive credits on their utility bill for their portion of the power produced, going solar becomes a possibility for those who may be otherwise constrained by the physical attributes of their home or business, like roof space, shading, or whether or not they own the property. This workshop will discuss challenges and opportunities in community solar in the Midwest, share model program designs and decision tools that will make it easier for communities to reap the benefits of solar, highlight successful case studies, and ultimately shed light on why the shared renewables model can provide American homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation and play a critical role in expanding access to solar energy to low-income households.

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4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Sheraton Promenade East Registration Open
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
TBD Welcome Reception Details coming soon

Thursday, October 19

Time Location Event
8:00 am
5:30 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Registration Open
8:30 am
10:00 am
Sheraton Ballroom Opening General Session: Market Roundtable - What's Happening with Solar
Moderator:
Brad Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Speakers:
Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Telecommunications, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
Robert Scheuermann, President, SoCore Energy
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Solar power generation is rapidly expanding across the United States in response to an increase in demand for clean, reliable power. Over the next few years, the Midwest has the potential to become a hotbed of solar growth, which will result in a host of economic and environmental benefits for local communities. With both emerging opportunities and lingering problems, this market roundtable will take a look at how a new solar market is forming in the Midwest.
10:00 am
5:30 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 am
11:30 am
Sheraton Ballroom Trends and Perspectives on Community Solar in the Midwest
Moderator:
Marta Tomic, Program Director, Community Solar, Vote Solar
Speakers:
Dan Chwastyk, Utility Strategy Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Lisa Richardson, Communications Manager, Wabash Valley Power
Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cook County
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Community solar has become a critical tool for bridging the gap between those who can and can’t access local, affordable, clean energy. This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities in community solar in the Midwest, providing insight into how the shared renewables model is providing American homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation and why it can play a critical role in expanding access to solar energy to low-income households.
11:45 am
12:15 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Quick Talk: Co-Ops Details coming soon
12:15 pm
1:30 pm
Riverwalk B Networking Lunch
1:30 pm
2:30 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Opportunities and Challenges in the Midwest Residential Solar Market
Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Mark Maassel, President, Indiana Energy Association
Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun Inc.
Barry Shear, President, Eagle Point Solar
Zach Wyatt-Gomez, Executive Director, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association
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Though solar penetration remains relatively low across the Midwest, states like Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin are examining how to structure electric rates that are fair to solar customers, non-solar adopters, and utilities alike . As a result, rate design components such as net metering, time-of-use schedules and demand charges have become key factors in how distributed solar power is compensated. This session will help attendees understand opportunities and challenges in the Midwest residential solar market, with a particular focus on how different utilities and states are approaching rate design, compensation and adoption rates for distributed solar generation.
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Networking Break & Exhibits
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Capitalizing on the Solar + Storage Revolution
Moderator:
Erika Myers, Director, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Speakers:
Richard Benedict, Director, Project Development, Indianapolis Power & Light
Troy Miller, Director, Grid Solutions at S&C Electric Company
Adam Gerza, COO & VP Business Development, Energy Toolbase
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From peaking capacity and fast-acting regulation services, to bulk energy storage and reserves, grid operators see diverse opportunities for energy storage technologies. Customers find value in onsite backup power supply and demand charge savings that pay back over time. Join this panel of experts for an exciting discussion of the business opportunities for energy storage to reduce investments in utility infrastructure while integrating renewable energy and increasing grid reliability.
4:15 pm
5:15 pm
Sheraton Ballroom A Midwest Perspective: The Grid of the Future
Moderator:
Jen Szaro, Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Speakers:
Andrew Barbeau, President, The Accelerate Group
Madeleine Klein, Managing Director, Policy & Market Strategy, SoCore Energy
Hilary Pearson, Energy & Environmental Policy, Utility of the Future, ComEd
Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel & Director, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
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As Americans get more of their energy from distributed renewable resources, such as solar, many states are realizing that their electric grids need to be modernized to keep up with the pace of change. While New York, California, and Hawaii have begun “utility of the future” experiments, three Midwest states—Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota—are in various stages of building frameworks to help utilities establish reliable, resilient, affordable and clean grid systems for the 21st century. This session will assess how grid modernization efforts are creating new opportunities for solar power in the Midwest, with a particular focus on:
• Updating utility system planning
• Updating tariffs/compensation framework
• Identifying alternatives to traditional utility investments
• Updating the functionality of the grid itself
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
TBD Networking Reception (Tickets sold separately - not included with registration) Details coming soon

Friday, October 20

Time Location Event
8:00 am
11:30 am
Sheraton Promenade East Registration Open
8:00 am
9:00 am
Riverwalk B Breakfast & Keynote Details coming soon
9:00 am
12:00 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am
10:00 am
Sheraton Ballroom Meeting Corporate Demand for Solar Energy in the Midwest
Moderator:
Adam Capage, Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs, 3Degrees
Speakers:
T.J. Kanczuzewski, President, Inovateus Solar
Ted Romaine, Director, Origination, Invenergy
Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager – Renewable Energy, General Motors
More Info
The Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector represents an extraordinary opportunity to deploy solar energy and increasingly many businesses are choosing to invest in solar. This demand is driven by many objectives: reducing costs, meeting sustainability goals and environmental objectives, and increased resiliency and reliability. However, meeting this demand includes a host of unique challenges. This panel presents potential pathways for addressing the unique needs of this sector.
10:00 am
10:15 am
Sheraton Ballroom Networking Break & Exhibits
10:15 am
11:15 am
Sheraton Ballroom Navigating Customer Acquisition to Success
Speakers:
Brian Granahan, Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois Power Agency
Janine Migden-Ostrander, Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project
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With the passage of last year’s Illinois RPS bill, rooftop and community solar are poised to grow rapidly in the Midwest. At the same time, customer acquisition will become more competitive with companies using advertising, marketing calls, and third-party lead generators to reach consumers. And the Illinois Power Agency is considering consumer protection measures for both rooftop solar and community solar companies. Anyone in the space has to understand the rules of the game. Learn from industry experts about customer acquisition issues, laws, and rules to ensure your success. This panel is vital for all solar companies working with residential consumers.
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Sheraton Ballroom Beyond Paris: Utility Scale Solar and the Move Toward a Clean Energy Economy
Moderator:
Colin Meehan, Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs, First Solar
Speakers:
David Harwood, ‎Director - Renewable Energy, DTE Energy
Douglas Jester, Principal, 5 Lakes Energy
Erin Stojan Ruccolo, Advisor, Policy and Strategic Issues Management, MISO
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Although President Trump is pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accords, electric utility executives have discovered that deep decarbonization represents the growth path for the electric utility industry. With significant reforms to Illinois’ existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Minnesota’s proposed 50% RPS by 2030, and increased commitments by Utilities to invest in renewables and decarbonize their portfolios, learn about the optimism, opportunities and challenges in the utility-scale solar marketplace.
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Arkansas Workshop Details coming soon
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Missouri Utility Roundtable Details coming soon