Schedule

The schedule is being updated regularly with new speakers and additional event information. Check back often to find out the latest for Solar Power Texas.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Time Event Location
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm SEIA PACE Workshop (Tickets Available) Barton Room, 4th Floor
Learn about Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and why it is an innovative tool to open up the potential of commercial & Industrial solar markets in Texas.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open Capitol Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open Capitol Ballroom
8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks Capitol View Terrace
SPEAKER:
Nathan Serota, Senior Analyst, Solar and Energy Economics, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
ABOUT NATHAN SEROTA:
Nathan Serota, is a Senior Analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. His responsibilities include covering, interpreting and forecasting developments in US photovoltaic markets, with a focus on the 'downstream' elements of solar (deployment) and where investment risks and opportunities lie. He has presented at industry conferences across North America, spoken at universities and been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Politico, Scientific American and Bloomberg Businessweek.
9:00 am - 10:00 am Exploring the Economic Impact of Utility-Scale Solar in Texas Capitol View Terrace
2016 was an impressive year for the solar industry. Prices dropped to all-time lows, installations expanded in states across the country, and job numbers soared. This session will look at how the economics of utility-scale solar can drive generation capacity development in Texas, solar employment trends, solar capacity and deployment projections, and the critical regulatory and policy conversations driving the solar industry’s growth.
MODERATOR:
Katherine Gensler, Director of Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKER:
Helen Brauner, Director of Origination Strategy, 7x Energy
Jurgen Krehnke, Chief Executive Office, Americas, KACO
10:00 am - 10:30 am Speed Networking Break & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
10:30 am - 11:30 am Innovation in the Competitive Retail Market Capitol View Terrace
In lieu of statewide net metering, Retail Electric Providers in ERCOT's customer choice areas (e.g. Houston, Dallas) are free to offer options of their own design for the buyback of customer excess solar generation - and they are beginning to do that purely for market-based reasons. Come hear the latest from leading Retail Electric Providers in Texas talk about their offerings and why they are being proactive in delivering solar-friendly rates and other programs.
MODERATOR:
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director, Texas Solar Power
SPEAKER:
Jason Sears, Senior Lead, Solar Strategy and Development, Green Mountain Energy
Sam Sen, Vice President, TXU Energy
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Designing Rates in the Lone Star State Capitol View Terrace

As solar and other distributed energy options continue to become more accessible and affordable for consumers, stakeholders 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 components such as net metering, time-of-use schedules and demand charges have become key factors in how solar power is generated, owned and valued in our changing electricity market. This session will help attendees understand recent proposals by El Paso Electric and Oncor, how other utilities are addressing these issues, and the implications of those requests on businesses and consumers with a vested interest in increased solar adoption.
SPEAKER:
Meghan Nutting, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Sunnova Energy Corporation

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Training Session: The New Rules of Residential Solar Capitol View Terrace

Residential solar is booming and a fantastic segment to grow your business. At the same time, 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. Industry experts will share their insights on customer acquisition issues and rules and answer your questions to help you better market solar to consumers. This panel is vital for all solar companies working with residential consumers.
MODERATOR:
Tom Kimbis, General Counsel an Vice President of Executive Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKER:
Marc Burns, Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, SunStreet Energy Group
Amy Heart, Director of Public Policy, SunRun
Jarrod Loadholt, General Counsel, Tesla

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Legislative Roundup Capitol View Terrace

Debrief of the legislative session that just ended and how solar will be impacted.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm How to Take Advantage of Commercial PACE in Texas? Capitol View Terrace

Despite enormous market opportunity, strong interest in corporate responsibility, and improving economics, solar deployment in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector has largely remained an area of unfilled solar potential. However, increasingly a range of financing innovations, like property-assessed clean energy (PACE), have evolved across the nation to open untapped solar sectors. Attendees will learn why PACE is becoming more important for commercial PV across the nation and how nonprofits and small and medium-sized for-profit businesses can take advantage of commercial PACE program in Texas in particular.
MODERATOR:
Alex Winn, Program Director, The Solar Foundation
SPEAKER:
Charlene Heydinger, President, Texas PACE Authority

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Reception & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Evening Reception at Stubbs Bar-B-Q (additional fee) Stubbs Bar-B-Q
801 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701
Enjoy authentic Texas bar-b-q and wash it down with beers and margaritas, all while networking with your peers! This off-site event requires pre-registration and costs $75 USD.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time Event Location
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Registration Capitol Ballroom Foyer
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Exhibits Open Capitol Ballroom
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
8:30 am - 9:00 am Keynote Address Capitol View Terrace
9:00 am - 10:00 am Go Big or Go Home: The Texas Grid Modernization Experience Capitol View Terrace
Join representatives from the varied aspects of the Texas power system as they share their experiences to date with grid modernization initiatives. Topics will include: the common elements of grid modernization, lessons learned from action in other states, local priorities in utility grid modernization, and how policy impacts planning in this area. The discussion will include the Department of Energy's Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration for Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Initiative.
MODERATOR:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
SPEAKERS:
Randy Boys, Strategy & Technology Manager, ONCOR
Hala Ballouz, President & Chief Executive Officer, Electric Power Engineers
Peter Muhoro, Chief Strategy Officer, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Taco de Vries, Vice President for Global Sales, Integral Analytics
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
10:30 am - 11:30 am On the Cusp of Mainstream: Trends and Market Drivers for Community Solar in Texas Capitol View Terrace
Community solar is on the cusp of becoming a mainstream driver of U.S. solar market growth. In 2017, the U.S. community solar market will surpass 400 MW and analysts predict that by 2019, there will likely be 500 megawatts of community solar projects installed each year in states across the country. This panel will explore the latest trends and market drivers behind the growing opportunities in third-party-led and utility-led community solar across the nation and what this means for the potential of community solar in Texas.
SPEAKERS:
Kevin Brehm, Co-Op and Muni Lead - Shine Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute
Danielle Murray, Manager, Solar Energy Services Austin Energy
Nate Owen, Chief Executive Officer, Ampion Energy
Scott Williams, Manager, New Market Development, Cypress Creek Renewables
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Reducing Soft Costs: The Key to Achieving Cheaper Solar Energy Capitol View Terrace
Soft costs are the non-hardware costs associated with going solar. These costs include permitting, financing, and installing solar, as well as the expenses solar companies incur to acquire new customers, pay suppliers, and cover their bottom line. Reducing soft costs is the key to achieving cheaper solar energy. This session will split two 25-minute sessions, providing an introduction to the DOE-funded SolSmart program and Orange Button initiative, two separate initiatives aimed at reducing soft costs and making it easier and cheaper for businesses and residents to invest in solar energy.
MODERATOR:
Aaron Smallwood, Smart Electric Power Alliance
SPEAKER:
Blake Bell, Program Director, SolSmart Technical Assistance Provider, The Solar Foundation
12:30 pm Wrap-Up Capitol View Terrace