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Wednesday, May 10

Time Event
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Community Solar Workshop
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm SEIA Southeast Committee Meeting (SEIA committee members only)
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 2018 Florida Strategy Meeting (by invitation only)
This invitation only meeting will be a broader, facilitated meeting with SEIA advocates active in Florida, along with the Southeast committee members.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Opening Reception, Fado Irish Pub - limited tickets available
Join local installers, conference participants, and Southeast advocates to kick off the conference.

Thursday, May 11

Time Event
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 10:15 am Opening General Session & Market Outlook
Solar power generation is rapidly expanding across the United States in response to an increase in demand for clean, reliable power. In the Southeast, market and regulatory pressures have created an incubator for solar expansion. Join solar professionals from the region for a look at the business opportunities throughout the region, examination of market trends, and a discussion on the future of the solar market in the Southeast.
Paul Bachmuth, Vice President, Business Development, Tradewind Energy, Inc.
George Mori, Executive Vice President, SolAmerica Energy
10:15 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking! Bring your business cards
Engage in one-on-one business conversations during this fast-paced break!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Grid Modernization (ENERGISE)
Join representatives from across the southeast as they share their experiences with active grid modernization initiatives. Topics will include: lessons learned, trends in utility grid modernization strategies and how policy impacts planning in this area. The discussion will include the Department of Energy's Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Initiative.

Mahesh Morjaria, Vice President, PV Systems (Ph.D), First Solar
Bob Reedy, Director, Solar System Research, Florida Solar Energy Center

  State Policy Update
From net-metering to interconnection, utility business models, RPS, and more, policies effecting solar vary state-to-state across the Southeast. What are the live issues in these state solar policies? How do these translate to market opportunities and risks? And what are the opportunities for policy engagement by the solar industry? Come join in a discussion with a panel of experts.

Maggie Clark, State Affairs Manager, Southeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Tom Carlson, Manager, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, EDF Renewables
Mark Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer, Conservatives for Clean Energy
Francis Hodsoll, Chief Executive Officer, SolUnesco

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Curated lunch and learn presentations
Plan to join us for these intimate presentations and discussions focused on emerging technologies, critical state issues, and other topics to be announced.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Alternative Financing Mechanisms
The future of financial support for solar development is uncertain. Without deep pockets or investor financing, the industry must be creative in assembling their financing packages. This session will examine innovative ways to finance solar, ranging from unique utility-scale project financing, property-assessed clean energy programs, community-based bulk-purchasing programs like Solarize Georgia and Solarize South Carolina, and innovative approaches to community solar financing that take consumer credit scores off the table. Panelists will identify and discuss various funding sources that may not be on your radar, while looking at innovative solutions being executed in the Southeast.
Don Moreland, Founder, Solar Crowdsource
Trenton Allen, Managing Director & CEO, Sustainable Capital Advisors
Jordan Blanchard, General Manager - Renewable Energy Lending, Live Oak Bank
Mandi Chancellor, Director of Business Development, Rockwood Management

  Net Metering & Distributed Generation
As solar and other distributed energy options continue to become more accessible and affordable for consumers, states are wrestling with how to structure electric rates in a way that serves the interests of solar consumers, non-solar consumers and utilities alike. As a result, rate design and net metering has become the battleground for the future of how solar power is generated, owned and valued in our changing electricity market. This session will help attendees understand what lessons the Southeast can learn from other regions and examine current distributed generation solar policies in the region.
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager, Georgia Public Service Commission
Elizabeth Ingram, Manager, Regulatory Research, Entergy Corporation
Autumn Proudlove, Senior Policy Analyst, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Bret Sowers, Vice President, Development and Strategy, Southern Current
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break and Exhibits
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Doing Business in Florida
Florida has drawn national attention for its solar market potential and for high-profile political campaigns over policy barriers to new growth. We will talk about efforts this year to implement Amendment 4's constitutional language to allow property tax relief for solar, as well as updates on other legislative issues such as consumer protection and third-party ownership. We will also highlight projects under development for investor-owned and municipal utilities in Florida, and recent proceedings before the Florida Public Service Commission.
Scott Thomasson, Program Director – New Markets, Vote Solar
Chris Delp, Associate, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Angela DeMonbreun, Program Director, FL SUN

  Electric Vehicles and Solar: Opportunities to Co-market
Trends across the U.S. show that solar customers are typically also electric vehicle (EV) customers. This panel of experts will discuss current and forecasted penetration levels of EVs in the Southeastern U.S., an overview of EV charging infrastructure equipment offerings and opportunities for managed charging by utilities, and how solar companies can co-market and install EV charging infrastructure to their customers.

Tim Echols, Commissioner, Georgia Public Services Commission

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Federal Policy Update
The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more electric generating capacity than any other source of energy for the first time ever. Over the next five years, the cumulative U.S. solar market is expected to nearly triple in size—yet questions remain on how President Trump’s administration will impact solar policy and solar growth. This session will help attendees understand the state of federal energy policy, tax reform discussions, and what the solar industry is doing to protect your business Washington DC.
Tyson Grinstead, Public Policy, Sunrun
Brandon Audap, Director of Federal Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

  Low-Income Solar
Declining solar costs and fast industry growth are creating opportunities to open up solar access for low-income households across the Southeast. Effectively serving this large market requires skills, policies, and programs tailored to the unique barriers faced by these communities. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges for low-income solar access, as well as examine policy solutions critical to our industry’s long-term success.
Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Low-Income Solar Access, Vote Solar

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Reception

Friday, May 12

Time Event
8:30 am - 2:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions:
Solar As A Service: Can Innovative Business Models Energize the Southeast?

At the residential level, solar rooftop leases have played a big role in market growth nationally. Georgia was the first state in the Southeast and the 25th in the nation to approve of third-party ownership of solar, while North Carolina and Florida do not allow it. Other states in the region fall somewhere in between. For large buyers, power purchase agreements and sleeve contracts can provide the benefits of solar also without the upfront expense to the end user. This session will explore pros and cons of different innovative industry business models that can offer solar as a contracted service to a variety of customers, and the policymakers’ role in facilitating or inhibiting business innovation.
Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Justin Vandenbroeck, Senior Project Developer, ESA Renewables

Community Solar

Community solar is an emerging solution, with the potential to expand solar access to the 50% of Americans without solar-ready roofs. Join us for a discussion around community solar, including the benefits and challenges facing the market today. This session will discuss what stakeholders from developers to utilities need to know to advance community solar in the Southeast. Several community solar business models will be represented and explored.

Jen Szaro, Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Jeff Hudson, Vice President, Business Operations, Clean Energy Collective
Bill Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Renewable Energy

10:00 am - 10:15 am Networking Break and Exhibits
10:15 am - 11:15 am Concurrent Sessions:
Meeting Corporate Demand for Solar Energy

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 requires a host of unique challenges. This panel discusses the host of challenges in satisfying demand in this sector and presents potential pathways for addressing the unique needs of this sector.

Ryan Hodum, Vice President, David Gardiner & Associates

Customer Acquisition

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, including community solar.

Tom Kimbis, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Jarrod Loadholt, Consumer Compliance Counsel, SolarCity

11:15 am - 11:30 am Networking Break and Exhibits
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
North Carolina Session

North Carolina has risen to the #2 state for installed solar in the US, but the market is at a crossroads. Panelists will discuss how developers want to sustain the rapid growth of utility scale solar along with new opportunities for customer owned generation. With competing proposals in play at the legislature and the regulatory arena, this panel will examine the myriad of potential changes that will have an impact on the future of solar development in the Tar Heel state.
Zoë Gamble Hanes, Chief Executive Officer, Pine Gate Renewables
Peter Ledford, Regulatory Counsel, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Brian O'Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy & Government Affairs, Strata Solar
Mark Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer, Conservatives for Clean Energy

Solar + Storage – An Analysis of the Current State of Energy Storage and its Potential in the Southeast

The future for energy storage is expected to mirror what has happened the past five to ten years in solar energy. Likewise, North Carolina ranks second in the nation for solar capacity and is looking at how to solve the integration of energy storage into its vertically-integrated electricity market. Can the Southeast unlock how to pair the two technologies in tandem? This session will look at the integration of solar and energy storage in the Southeast, discuss the current state of energy storage technologies, how to utilize these technologies to support grid reliability, and how energy storage should be valued within a regulatory framework.
Diane Cherry, Strategic Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Joyce McLaren, Senior Research Analyst, NREL
Troy Miller, Director of Grid Solutions, S&C Electric

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Career Fair

About Solar Power Southeast

Solar Power Southeast has proven to be the premier solar event in the region. In 2015 there were over 200 companies in attendance, and over 300 companies attended the 2016 event. The growth is in part due to the exponential solar growth that’s happening in the southeastern United States, as well as the passion the of the region.

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