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Wednesday, May 10

Time Event Location
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Community Solar Workshop - Tickets available! Dunwoody Room
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm SEIA Southeast Committee Meeting (SEIA committee members only) Ravinia Room
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 2018 Florida Strategy Meeting (by invitation only) Ravinia Room
This invitation only meeting will be a broader, facilitated meeting with SEIA advocates active in Florida, along with the Southeast committee members.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Reception at Fado Irish Pub - Tickets sold separate 2 blocks away. View Directions.

Thursday, May 11

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open Foyer
9:00 am - 10:15 am General Session & Market Outlook Salon CD
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) & Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) welcome attendees back to the region's premier solar event. Gain the inside track about the future of solar in the region, coming directly from leaders of the US solar industry.
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.
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Ervan Hancock, Renewable Implementation Manager, Georgia Power Company
Russ Laplante, Vice President of Business Development, Tradewind Energy, Inc.
George Mori, Executive Vice President, SolAmerica Energy
Jeff Pratt, President, Green Power EMC
10:15 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open Overlook Room
10:15 am - 11:15 am Speed Networking! Bring your business cards Salon EF

Engage in one-on-one business conversations during this fast-paced break!

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Grid Modernization (ENERGISE)
Salon C

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.

Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Mahesh Morjaria, Vice President, PV Systems (Ph.D), First Solar
Bob Reedy, Director, Solar System Research, Florida Solar Energy Center
David Smith, Senior Program Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

Policy Roundtable: What’s happening with Solar across Southeastern States? Salon D

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
Jason Rooks, Director of Government Affairs, GaSEIA

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch Terrace
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Honorable Kwanza Hall Lunch Keynote

kwanza-hall-headshotThe Honorable Kwanza Hall is in his third term on the Atlanta City Council. He represents District 2, the heart of Atlanta and the city’s most diverse council district. Its neighborhoods include Midtown, Downtown, Inman Park, Poncey Highland, Candler Park, and the Old Fourth Ward.

Hall has been recognized for his leadership in many arenas. In 2016, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. In 2014, Hall and his constituents in Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward were recognized for their “Pedestrian-Friendly Activism” by PEDs, Atlanta’s pedestrian advocacy organization. Also that year, HOPE Atlanta honored Hall for his advocacy of innovative approaches to support the homeless. In 2013, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized his “Year of Boulevard” initiative to improve public safety and expand opportunities for families along District 2’s Boulevard corridor, which contains the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States. In 2012, Georgia State University honored Hall with the Pioneer Award, its highest recognition for leadership promoting arts and culture in downtown Atlanta. In 2011, Atlanta’s Park Pride honored Hall for governmental leadership in parks and greenspace advocacy; he was voted by an independent media panel as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans; and Atlanta’s American Institute of Architects chapter created the Kwanza Hall Award for civic leadership in architectural design. In 2009, Creative Loafing named him Atlanta’s “Best Local Political Figure.” In 2008, he was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Career Fair Salon EF
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Alternative Financing Mechanisms
Salon C

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
Ben Taube, Regional Director, Georgia, Ygrene Energy Fund

Net Metering & Distributed Generation Salon D
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 Overlook Room
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Doing Business in Florida
Salon C

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, Southeast Director, Vote Solar
Ben Cowart, Manager, Alternative Energy, City of Tallahassee
Chris Delp, Associate, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Angela DeMonbreun, Program Director, FL SUN
Mike Garrett, Director of Sales & Marketing, Solar Impact

Electric Vehicles and Solar: Opportunities to Co-market Salon D

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., and give an overview of EV charging infrastructure equipment offerings and opportunities for managed charging by utilities. Panelists will also look at how solar companies can co-market and install EV charging infrastructure to their customers.

Tim Echols, Commissioner, Georgia Public Services Commission
Pete Marte, Chief Executive Officer, Hannah Solar
Lisa Poger, Project Manager, Advanced Energy
Nate Raith, Manager of Infrastructure Solutions, GreenLots
Mike Waters, Director, Utility Solutions - East, ChargePoint

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
What the Hill is Going On?! A Federal Update
Salon C

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)
Former Congressman Gresham Barrett, Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition
Gary Hecimovich, Partner, Washington National Tax Office, Deloitte Tax LLP

Opportunities and Challenges for Increasing Low-Income Solar Accessibility Salon D

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
Berneta Haynes, Director of Equity and Access, Georgia Watch
Michelle Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Beers with Peers Networking Reception Terrace
Enjoy the Atlanta city-scape and complimentary food & drink during the conference networking reception. The reception is included with registration to Solar Power Southeast.

Friday, May 12

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open Foyer
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast Ballroom EF
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open Overlook Room
9:00 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions:
Solar As A Service: Can Innovative Business Models Energize the Southeast?
Salon C

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
Stewart Bewley, Vice President of Capital Markets, Vivint Solar
Mark Cayce, General Manager, Ouachita Electric Cooperative
Mike Dudgeon, CTO, Hi-Rez Studios |Former State Representative, Georgia House
Justin Vandenbroeck, Senior Project Developer, ESA Renewables

From Main Street to Peach Street: Bringing Community Solar to the Southeast Salon D

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)
Matt Beasley, Chief Marketing Officer, Silicon Ranch Corporation
Byron Knibbs, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Orlando Utilities Commission
Bill Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Renewable Energy
Justin Wilson, Director, Policy and New Markets, Clean Energy Collective

10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break and Exhibits Overlook Room
10:30 am - 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions:
Meeting Corporate Demand for Solar Energy
Salon C

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
John Federovitch, Senior Director, Renewable Energy & Efficiency, Walmart
Colin Murchie, Senior Director, Customer Energy Services, Sol Systems
Pete Nettles, Renewable Energy Planning Manager, Georgia Power Company

Customer Acquisition: Understanding the Rules of the Game Salon D

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
Peter Marinello, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Taking a Pulse: Insights and Perspectives on North Carolina’s Solar Future
Salon C

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
Gary Freeman, General Manager, DER Compliance, Origination, & Operations, Duke Energy
Peter Ledford, Regulatory Counsel, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Brian O'Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy & Government Affairs, Strata Solar

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

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
Tim Haskew, Renewable Development, Georgia Power Company
Ben Lowe, Director, Policy and Market Development, Alevo
Joyce McLaren, Senior Research Analyst, NREL
Troy Miller, Director of Grid Solutions, S&C Electric