2016 Schedule

Solar Power Southeast 2016 featured two education tracks - customer-sited, and utility-scale solar. Click here to view the onsite guide.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time Event Location
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Workshop: Catalyzing Community Solar in the South - Learn more Maple Room
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Registration Open Walkway to North Tower
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm SEPA Reception (Open to all attendees) - This event required an RSVP and is now sold out. South Tower Atrium Terrace B

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open Walkway to North Tower
8:00 am – 9:15 am SEIA Southeast Committee Meeting (Invite Only) Redwood – North Tower Street Level
9:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks Grand Ballroom D
Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director, City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Scott Jenkins, General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

10:00 am – 11:00 am Market Outlook Roundtable – Business Opportunities in the Southeast Grand Ballroom D
What are the growth prospects for emerging solar energy markets in the Southeast? What are the current policy and market barriers for solar energy and what new drivers will help grow demand for solar energy across the region? Find out what all the recent buzz of activity in the Southeast means for your business. This session will look at how supportive solar policy can make or break solar markets, where existing solar policy is threatened, and opportunities to grow the solar industry across the region. Panelists will discuss current opportunities and challenges in the marketplace, developing and reaching customer segments, and how attendees can get involved in shaping solar policy in the Southeast.
MODERATOR: Nathan Serota, Senior Analyst, US Solar and Clean Energy Economics, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Ervan Hancock, Manager, Renewable Generation, Southern Company
James Marlow, CEO and Founder, Radiance Solar
Pete Marte, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hannah Solar
Joe Ritter, Vice President, Business Development, Seminole Financial Services, LLC

11:00 am – 11:30 am Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
11:30 am - 12:30 pm An Unavoidable Conversation – Solar Avoided Costs in the Southeast Grand Ballroom D
We cannot talk “value of solar” in the Southeast without first talking about avoided costs. This panel will provide an overview of avoided costs, including (a) how the federal PURPA law drives the avoided cost discussion in the Southeast (b) how states are charged with carrying out PURPA’s mandates; (c) how states have several options for carrying out the mandates (i.e. peaker method, proxy method, rfps, etc.); (d) and a description of which methods are being used by which states in the Southeast. This panel will also discuss what inputs for the calculation of avoided costs are being litigated in various southeastern jurisdictions with a focus on those inputs of particular relevance to solar.
MODERATOR: Michael Youth, Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Carolyn Elefant, Founder and Owner, Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant PLLC
Andrea Kells, Counsel, McGuireWoods
Charlotte Mitchell, Law Office of Charlotte Mitchell
Sam Watson, General Counsel, North Carolina Utilities Commission

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits, Sponsored by:   Unirac Logo Grand Ballroom E
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Going Solar in 7 Days! Grand Ballroom A
In September 2015, five teams accepted DOE’s challenge, to prove at scale, that going solar from permit to plug-in for small PV systems can be reduced from months to weeks. In this panel discussion, three of these teams – consisting of electric utilities, solar installers, software companies, and partner cities – will share their experience with obstacles and opportunities to make the going solar experience easy and friendly. Winning the SunShot Prize: Race to 7 Day Solar, a $4 million in grand prizes competition that ends in March 2017, has motivated these teams to compete. However, their biggest motivation is to be thought leaders in transforming the going solar experience to all consumers nationwide.

MODERATOR: Ammar Qusaibaty, Senior Renewable Energy Consultant, DOE

Amanda Aweh, Associate, Leadership Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Isabelle Hazlewood, Senior Associate, Connecticut Green Bank
Billy Hinners, Vice President, Technology, Sunrun, Inc.

  Utility-scale Track:  Clean Power Plan: How Will Solar Continue to Thrive in the Southeast After the Supreme Court’s Stay? Grand Ballroom D
Until stayed by the Supreme Court, EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) would have required states to submit initial plans for compliance by September of 2016. States that choose to join with other states for a regional compliance or cooperative effort to meet the mandates have additional time. States that fail to submit a plan would be subject to EPA’s default Federal Implementation Plan. How are southern states responding to the CPP, and to the stay? What market opportunities in the Southeast could the CPP drive for solar over the longer term, and how will planned and anticipated coal retirements drive solar growth in the near and medium term? In this session, you will hear how solar might thrive in the Southeast despite the Supreme Court stay.

MODERATOR: Rod Kuckro, Reporter, E&E’s EnergyWire


Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
Francis Hodsoll, President, SolUnesco
Nachy Kanfer, Deputy Director, Central Region, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Customer-sited Track:  Interconnecting Solar in the Southeast: Best Practices from the Southeast and Across the U.S. Grand Ballroom A
Join us to learn about interconnection experiences in the Southeast and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improvement to interconnection as it relates to behind-the-meter projects. Representatives from utilities and PV developers will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and innovations related to improving the distributed PV interconnection process. Attendees will hear experts from both sides of the meter discuss what is needed to respond to explosive customer demand for onsite solar!
MODERATOR: Sky Stanfield, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

Inia Burginger, APR, Manager, Demand-Side Management, Pepco Holdings
C.J. Colavito, Director of Engineering, Standard Solar
Chris French, Senior Account Executive, Utilities, Clean Power Research
Al Iaconangelo, Deployment Manager, ConnectDER

  Utility-scale Track: IRP Planning and Utility-scale Solar Grand Ballroom D
Utility-scale solar is approaching escape velocity in the south, largely driven by compelling economics, “one-off” procurement plans, and the increasing demand by large corporate customers to address their internal sustainability plans. As state and utilities across the region look to the future, integrated resource plans can become a key driver for the next round of solar build-out. How can solar developers and advocates ensure a place at the table for utility-scale solar in IRPs?  Learn what is happening right now!

MODERATOR: Scott Thomasson, Director, New Markets, Vote Solar

Kurt Castleberry, Director, Resource Planning, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. (EAI)
Kurt Ebersbach, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
Sam Watson, General Counsel, North Carolina Utilities Commission

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Customer-sited Track: Community Solar in the Southeast Grand Ballroom A
“Community” and “shared” solar models are proliferating across the country, and many utilities in the SE are exploring the business model. Attendees will learn about the key considerations for implementing community solar and hear of the experiences of local utilities’ programs. The presentations will be followed by a discussion of the hot button issues, such as customer marketing and billing integration.
MODERATOR:  Dan Chwastyk, Utility Strategy Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Tom Cooper, Director, Client Solutions, Pacific Consulting Group
Joseph Goodman, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
Hannah Masterjohn, Director, Policy & New Markets, Clean Energy Collective

  Utility-scale Track: Renewable and Reliable – Introducing Utility-Scale Solar in the Southeast Grand Ballroom D
As the price of solar power has become competitive with fossil fuels across the Southeast, the potential for solar as a viable mainstream option is brighter than ever before. This panel/presentation explores the contribution that solar can make to serving peak loads, how it can solve issues of reliability related to line losses and generation resources spread across large territories. It will also dive into how advanced inverters can enhance grid function. Finally, attendees will receive an update on policy changes needed to realize these benefits.
MODERATOR: Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Pete Candelaria, Chief Technology Officer, Silicon Ranch Corporation
Steve Noe, Program Manager, Distributed Solar Solutions, Tennessee Valley Authority
Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Networking Reception South Tower Atrium Terrace
 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event After-Party hosted and produced by Hannah Solar Hannah Solar Logo Hannah Solar Office
Hannah Solar, LLC is hosting a post-event party at their headquarters. The cost is $25, all profits going to Georgia SEIA. Uber is provided to and from Solar Power Southeast. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Time Event Location
7:00 am - 11:00 am Registration Open Walkway to North Tower
8:00 am – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
9:00 am - 9:30 am SEIA Policy Update Grand Ballroom A
SPEAKER: Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State of Affairs,Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
9:00 am - 9:30 am SEPA Update Grand Ballroom D
SPEAKER: Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
9:30 am - 10:30 am Customer-sited Track: Incorporating Distributed Energy Resources into the Southern States’ Utility Landscape Grand Ballroom A
In 2015, South Carolina and Mississippi joined the ranks of states offering net energy metering. As the rooftop solar revolution gains speed, other forms of distributed energy resources – notably battery storage, but including advanced inverters that can provide frequency control, voltage support, and other grid services – are starting to emerge on the scene. Are southern states and utilities prepared to take advantage of these new technologies? How will solar and other distributed energy resources find a place in the land of vertically integrated utilities? Attendees will learn how states, companies, and utilities are addressing these issues in real time, what works, and what doesn’t work.

MODERATOR: Steve Kalland, Executive Director, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
Commissioner Brandon Presley, Northern District Commissioner, Mississippi Public Service Commission
Emily Felt, DER Strategy and Policy Director, Duke Energy
Tyson Grinstead, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Sunrun
Kenneth Sercy, Utility Regulation Specialist, Coastal Conservation League

  Utility-scale Track:  Interconnection for Utility-scale Solar in the Southeast – Minding the Pleas and Queues Grand Ballroom D
Across the Southeast, interconnection customers (QFs and self-generators) are pleading for clear interconnection guidelines/standards and efficient administration of the interconnection process. At the same time, utilities are striving to provide clarity and keep their queues from clogging without jeopardizing reliability or safety. Attendees will receive an update on the state of guidelines in the Southeast. The update will be followed by a discussion of emerging interconnection issues. Attendees will leave with ideas and knowledge that will enable them to better mind the interconnection pleas and queues in their home jurisdictions.

MODERATOR: Michael Youth, Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Gary Freeman, Director, Renewable Generation Compliance and Origination, Duke Energy
Brian O’Hara, SVP Strategy and Government Affairs, Strata Solar
Sky Stanfield, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
Jason Williams, Interconnection Group, Southern Company Transmission

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Customer-sited Track: How to do Business in Georgia - The Right Way Grand Ballroom A
Consumer protection is a top priority for the solar industry. SEIA has taken strong action this year with the creation of a Consumer Protection Committee that has developed tools and self-regulation concerning advertising, marketing & consumer interactions, and contracts. Attendees will hear from our panel of industry and government experts about the SEIA Solar Business Code along with government consumer protection laws, and will better understand the importance of consumer protection within the solar markets. This panel is vital for all solar companies working within or financing the solar residential and small commercial sectors.

MODERATOR: Tom Kimbis, General Counsel and Vice President of Executive Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager at Georgia Public Service Commission
Lee J. Peterson, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy, CohnReznick

  Utility-scale Track:  How Utilities Are Evolving to Become More Responsive to a Changing Energy Landscape Grand Ballroom D
Utilities in the southeast are challenged with becoming more nimble and responsive to customers that are growing ever more sophisticated in their level of interaction with the grid. This interactive panel will first, present case studies that illustrate how utilities in the region are adapting their business models to become more responsive to the needs of their customers. The session will then focus more broadly on how utilities are altering their business approach to stay ahead of the curve.

MODERATOR: Jennifer Szaro, Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Rita Breen, Renewable Energy Planning Manager, Georgia Power
Joe Hoagland, Ph.D., VP Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Buck Martinez, Senior Director of Clean Energy, Florida Power and Light

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Customer-sited Track: Wrap up & Lessons Learned Grand Ballroom A
  Utility-scale Track: Wrap up & Lessons Learned Grand Ballroom D
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Fronius Lunch & Learn: SnapINverter Product Training

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Grand Ballroom A
Join Fronius for this two hour training and lunch, covering the residential SnapINverters and Fronius’s commercial solution, the Fronius Symo. This informative course will offer two NABCEP CECs for those who attend. Learn about the ease of install afforded by the Fronius SpanINverter line, technology highlights, applications, and best practices. The training is open to all registered attendees and exhibitors at no additional cost, but is limited to 50 participants. Please RSVP below if you plan to attend.
NABCEP CE Hours: 2

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