Past Schedule

The 2017 Solar Power New York schedule is below.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open Grand Ballroom E
9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome & Opening Address Grand Ballroom F-I
Hear from experts on the market outlook for the solar energy industry and discuss innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy.
SPEAKERS:
Jill Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority
Alicia Barton, President & Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
10:00 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Break Grand Ballroom D
11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Evolution of Rate Design: Understanding What “VDER” Means for Your Business Grand Ballroom F-I
New York State's Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) Commission proceeding seeks to revamp how distributed energy resources are compensated by bringing time, location and grid needs into the calculation. This session will assess what the VDER tariff will look like, whether this model can be replicated elsewhere, and what moving beyond net metering means for solar businesses in New York.
MODERATOR:
Kevin Lucas, Director of Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Sean Garren, Northeast Director, Vote Solar
Hannah Masterjohn, ‎Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy Collective
Steve Wemple, General Manager, Utility of the Future, Consolidated Edison
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Case Study: The NYC Roadmap to Resilience Grand Ballroom F-I
Solar, paired with technologies such as batteries and distributed energy management systems can provide more flexible energy on a localized level to meet critical power needs during natural disasters and similar emergencies that can have long term impacts on the electric grid. These systems can also provide ongoing benefits such as utility bill savings and grid support services. As viewed through the NYC Resilient Solar case study, this session will investigate the application of solar, storage and microgrid deployments as a strategy to enhance preparedness of residents and businesses to future extreme weather and climate variability.
MODERATOR:
Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
SPEAKERS:
Scott Kessler, Director, Business Development, LO3 Energy
Laurie Reilly, Communications Director, Sustainability, City University of New York
Martha Symko-Davies, Laboratory Program Manager, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ke Wei, Assistant Director for Infrastructure in the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm The Solar Industry’s Role in Transforming New York's Clean Energy Standard into Reality Grand Ballroom F-I
New York's Ambitious Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of New York's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030. This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges the solar industry will face in making this ambitious goal a reality.
MODERATOR:
Dave Gahl, Director of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Evan Kolkos, Manager, Customer Business Development, New York Power Authority
Houtan Moaveni, Deputy Director, NY-Sun/ New York State DG Interconnection Ombudsman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm What DPS’s New DER Oversight Means for Your Solar Business Grand Ballroom F-I
As New York REV tackles rate design, market structures, and other key issues, one overlooked component of REV’s docket is consumer protection. A DPS Staff White Paper proposed new rules on company registration, contract terms, marketing, and commission oversight over solar companies. This session will highlight the policy issues driving REV’s consumer protection component, what’s in the Staff proposal and how it will affect your company, industry efforts on consumer protection, and how New York and industry can work together to address consumer protection concerns. This panel is vital for all solar companies working with residential consumers.
MODERATOR:
Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Ted Kelly, New York Department of Public Services
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Accelerating Interconnection & Slashing Soft Costs Grand Ballroom F-I
The ongoing struggle to reduce unnecessary (and costly) red tape and arbitrary barriers to interconnection has made remarkable progress in New York. This session will offer a deep dive into the Public Service Commission’s work to improve interconnection processes and reduce soft costs to enable more efficient and profitable solar development in New York.
MODERATOR:
Ryan Edge, Manager of Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance
SPEAKERS:
Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables
Houtan Moaveni, Assistant Director of NY-Sun, New York State DG Interconnection Ombudsman, NYSERDA
Dennis Phayre, Business Development Director, Entersolar
Andre Wellington, Manager, Distributed Generation, Consolidated Edison
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits presented by energeiaworks-logo Grand Ballroom E

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Exhibit Opens Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
8:30 am - 9:00 am Keynote: An Update from SEIA’s CEO Grand Ballroom F-I
Get an update on national and local trends for the solar industry from SEIA's President & CEO, Abigail Hopper. You will hear the latest updates on tax reform in Congress, what you need to know about the U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to help you grow your business
SPEAKER:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association
9:00 am - 10:00 am The Emerging Energy Storage Opportunity Grand Ballroom F-I
Although New York has been a leader in solar deployment and utility business model reform, its energy storage market has barely left the ground. This session will discuss the business opportunities and challenges for energy storage in New York, and the emerging role that storage can play in reducing investments in utility infrastructure while integrating renewable energy and increasing grid reliability.
MODERATOR:
Nick Esch, Senior Associate of Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance
SPEAKERS:
William Acker, Executive Director, New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology
Jason Doling, Program Manager, Energy Storage, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Darin Lowder, Partner, Ballard Spahr
Jason Small, Program Developer, Non-Wires Alternatives, National Grid
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Breaks & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
10:30 am - 11:30 am Best Practices for Developing and Financing Solar Projects Grand Ballroom F-I
This session will provide an overview of development and finance best practices for originating solar projects given the unique challenges of the New York market.
MODERATOR:
Mike Mendelsohn, Senior Director of Project Finance and Capital Markets, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Chris Diaz, Principal/Executive Vice President-Business Development, Seminole Financial
Scott Kerner, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Green Street Solar Power
Jocelyn Lavallo, Foley & Lardner LLP
Jeff Lord, Senior VP of Project Development, Clean Energy Collective
Jessica Robbins, Director, Structured Finance, SolSystems
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Unlocking The Commercial & Industrial Solar Market in New York Grand Ballroom F-I
The commercial and industrial (C&I) sector represents an extraordinary opportunity to deploy solar energy, but has experienced relatively slow growth due to a wide range of complexities in ownership structure, creditworthiness of the end-consumer, and other issues. What structural changes can jump start these markets? What procurement mechanisms are needed to better engage commercial & industrial customers? What changes may be needed to Clean Energy Standard, VDER, or other policies to improve the value prop for these customers?
MODERATOR:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Thomas Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, CleanCapital
Buck Fletcher, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Onyx Renewables
Yaniv Kalish, Chief Executive Officer, SolarKal
12:30 pm Conference Concludes Brooklyn Bridge Marriott