Monday, June 12, 2017

Time Event Location
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm SEIA PACE Workshop (Tickets Available) Creekside Room, 2nd 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.

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

The U.S. solar market in 2017 is in a state of rapid transition. Developers are aggressively replenishing project pipelines, the residential leasing model has been flipped on its head, and federal and state policy uncertainty looms large. Bloomberg New Energy Finance diagnoses the state of the industry and highlights key forces at play in the Texas market. Welcome remarks from Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Nathan Serota, Senior Analyst, Solar and Energy Economics, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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.
Colin Meehan, Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs, First Solar
Helen Brauner, Director of Origination Strategy, 7x Energy
Amanda Frazier, Vice President of Regulatory Policy, Vistra Energy
Jurgen Krehnke, Chief Executive Office, Americas, KACO
Dr. Joshua D. Rhodes, Postdoctoral Researcher, Webber Energy Group/Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break & Exhibits.
Presented by:     Mission-Solar
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.
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director, Texas Solar Power
Kevin Boudreaux, Vice President, Solar Operations, MP2 Energy
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.
Katherine Gensler, Director of Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Marc Burns, Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, Sunstreet Energy Group
Scott Hutchinson, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc.
Meghan Nutting, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Sunnova Energy Corporation
James Schichtl, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, El Paso Electric

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Capitol Ballroom
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Curated Lunch & Learn Conversations Capitol Ballroom

Don't Get Caught in the Regulation Web: Environmental Due Diligence for Investor Assurance
Erin Drake, Spirit Environmental
Mineral Issues’ Impact on Utility Scale Solar in Texas
Alan Cohen, Attorney, Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria, L.L.P.
Commercial Rooftop 'Behind-the-Meter PPAs in Texas -Is that a Thing Yet?
Tom Athan, President, Altus Power America, Inc.
Market-Driven Transition to Clean Energy in the Texas Electric Grid
Elizabeth Lippincott, Executive Director, Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Scott Nguyen, Ph.D., Founder & Executive Director, 1PlanetSol
Community-Scale Solar for Texas Coops and Muni’s
Daniel Seif, Managing Director, Grid Economics, LLC
The Solar Industry: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Casey Marshall, Director of Business Development, Clean Energy Associates
Balance of system products for Residential, Commercial and Utility scale projects
Ryan McClister, Soltection by Vynckier
Using meteocontrol's Monitoring Platform to Manage Large Scale Solar Portfolios
Craig Snee, Regional Sales Manager, meteocontrol North America, Inc.
Insights from 2016 Solar Deployment: C&I customers driving change
Brenda Chew, Research Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance

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.
Tom Kimbis, General Counsel and Vice President of Executive Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Amy Heart, Director of Public Policy, SunRun
Jarrod Loadholt, Counsel, Tesla

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break & Exhibits,
Presented by:     Mission-Solar
Capitol Ballroom
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Legislative Roundup Capitol View Terrace

Hear from local policy drivers on the impact of the recent Texas legislative session.

Michael Jewell, Attorney, Jewell & Associates, PLLC
John R. Pitts, Jr., Texas Star Alliance

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.
Alex Winn, Program Director, The Solar Foundation
Alan Cohen, Attorney, Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria, LLP
Tommy Deavenport, Chief Operational Officer, Petros PACE Finance
Charlene Heydinger, President, Texas PACE Authority

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits
Presented by: 
Capitol Ballroom
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Evening Reception at Stubbs Bar-B-Q (additional fee).
Presented by: All Logos
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. Learn more.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Capitol Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 12:30 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
Come and hear the U.S. solar industry update from SEIA's President & CEO, Abigail Hopper. You will learn about Rick Perry’s grid study to everything you need to know on the new U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to help you grow your business.
Abigail Ross-Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
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.
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Randy Boys, Strategy & Technology Manager, ONCOR
Hala Ballouz, President & Chief Executive Officer, Electric Power Engineers
Taco de Vries, Vice President for Global Sales, Integral Analytics
Kate Sherwood, Vice President, Business Development, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break & Exhibits.
Presented by:     Mission-Solar
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.
Justin Wilson, Director, Policy and New Markets, Clean Energy Collective
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.
Aaron Smallwood, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Blake Bell, Program Director, SolSmart Technical Assistance Provider, The Solar Foundation
Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association
12:30 pm Wrap-Up Capitol View Terrace