Schedule

This year's event features two tracks: Business, Technology, and Market Insights and Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration.

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Monday, February 13

Time Event
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session:  New York REV leader Richard Kauffman to receive the Solar Champion Award, and join the general session.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Expo Hall Open
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Community Solar: Success Post Installation
Community Solar programs and their subscribers have been key to unlocking this low-cost, renewable energy solution. We have learned a lot about the financial, political, and social considerations involved in developing these programs, but now what? With so many programs already available, how are subscribers reaping the benefits, what are the operational implications, and is this really a golden ticket for utilities?

MODERATOR:
Chris Barrett, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Project Economics

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: MA’s New Solar Incentive Program & What it Means for the Legislative Session
For years, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of solar – leaders in job creation, investment, innovation, and policy. In early 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ released a new proposal to support another 1600 MW of solar development in the Commonwealth. This panel will dive into key program design issues, discuss how the proposal can be improved, and debate over what the new framework means for the 2017 legislative session.

MODERATOR:
David Gahl, Director of State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA

SPEAKER:
John Murphy, Vice President, Corporate Development, Nexamp
Ian Springsteel, Director, Regulatory Policy, National Grid
Mark Sylvia, Managing Director, Blue Wave, LLC

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: New Opportunities for Solar in the Smart Grid
The past few years have seen a flurry of action to rethink, upgrade, and modernize our aging power grid into ‘smarter’ systems that increase security, efficiency, and reliability while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will explore emerging business opportunities for the solar industry to find additional value from projects. Locational value, advanced inverter functionality, resource aggregation, and wholesale markets hold new opportunities by taking a more active role on the grid.

MODERATOR:
Vazken Kassakhian, Research Analyst, SEPA

SPEAKER:
C. Scott Barrington, Sr. Project Manager, Trimark Associates, Inc.
Adje Mensa, CEO, A.F.Mensah

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Navigating Customer Acquisition to Success
As residential solar rapidly grows, customer acquisition has become competitive with companies using advertising, marketing calls, and third-party lead generators to reach consumers. Anyone in the space has to understand the rules of the game. Learn from our panel of 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.

MODERATOR:
Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, SEIA

SPEAKER:
Jarrod Loadholt, Consumer Compliance Counsel, SolarCity

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Making Solar + Storage Work for the Grid and the Customer
Energy storage is the buzzword in our industry and an ideal complement to solar power, but its usefulness for utilities, RTOs, and end users vary across applications. This session will provide key considerations for designing and deploying optimal battery systems that support any system need, whether managing demand charges, providing backup supply, or shifting solar energy to serve nighttime loads.

SPEAKERS:
David Hebert, Director, Utility Business Development, SunVerge

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Communicating for Success
Drive your business by effectively communicating the importance of solar with SEIA’s help! This session will demonstrate how effectively communicating the benefits of solar power lifted the NEM cap in Massachusetts, and defeated Amendment 1 in Florida. Learn how to translate these campaign lessons to everyday business.

SPEAKERS:
Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications, SEIA

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Operations and Maintenance Best Practices
This QuickTalk will feature a look at O&M in the Northeast and the best practices learned throughout the US to support minimizing costs and maximizing ROI for commercial and utility scale plants.

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Election report and the ITC
This QuickTalk will review President Trump’s transition and first weeks in office and investigate the implications for future solar policy including the ITC, energy in any federal infrastructure proposal, and the fate of the Clean Power Plan.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Mansour, Vice President, Federal Affairs, SEIA

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Group Happy Hour in Hotel Lobby
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Networking Reception at Harpoon Brewery

Tuesday, February 14

Time Event
8:00 am - 1:30 pm Registration Open
9:30 am - 10:30 am Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Expanding C&I Markets thru Financial Innovation
Despite the tax incentive roller-coaster, the C&I market in the Northeast continues to expand! Join our panel of solar finance experts as they discuss pricing & structures, PACE implications, and best practices for project development in the current policy environment.

MODERATOR:
Dana Allen Sands, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Partners
SPEAKERS:
Chris Diaz, Principal, Seminole Financial Services, LLC
Stanley Fishbein, Managing Partner, CleanView Capital

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track:NY REV: The Value of Distributed Energy Order
New York’s Public Service Commission recently released its highly-anticipated Order that outlines a new framework for compensating distributed solar customers. As a centerpiece of REV, this Order begins to implement New York’s vision for a DER centric future. Join experts as they unpack the Order and discuss its implications for New York and beyond.

MODERATOR:
Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel and Director of State Affairs, SEIA
SPEAKERS:
Ryan Katofsky, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Advanced Energy Economy
Katie Bolcar Rever, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, IGS Energy

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Expo Hall Open
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Utility Scale Solar in the Northeast
The economics of large large-scale solar power have never been better. All the while, policy developments are spurring new interest among utilities throughout the region. Learn from experts how the economics and policies are converging behind a robust large large-scale solar market in the Northeast.

MODERATOR:
Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Cypress Creek Renewables

SPEAKERS:
Houtan Moaveni, Policy Director, NYSERDA

  Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Partnering for Success
Utilities and sustainable energy organizations in the solar and storage industries are evolving their customer relationships with consumers from more of a passive service models to a multi-faceted, holistic value proposition. This session will focus on win-win-win scenarios that benefit the customers, the utilities and its industry partners, and move as we move toward a more sustainable electricity marketgrid.

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop: PV and the 2017 NEC
  Workshop: SEIA Safety and Ergonomics Awareness Training and Best Practices for Solar Power Generation Employees

 

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