Schedule

Below is the previous 2019 schedule for the Community Solar Power Summit! Check back soon for the 2020 schedule.

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Thursday, July 18

TimeSession Information 
7:30 am - 5:00 pmRegistration Open 
8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome Remarks from SEIA, SEPA, and CCSA | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Speakers:


Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)


Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Jen Szaro, Vice President, Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

 
8:35 am - 9:00 am

Fireside Chat with Pennsylvania Legislator Community Solar Champions | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)


Speakers:


State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Pa.)

State Rep. David Millard (R-Pa.)


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 Pennsylvania is primed to become one of the next exciting markets for community solar. Hear from Pennsylvania legislators from the Senate and House leading efforts to enable community solar for the state.
9:05 am - 10:00 amExecutive Perspectives on the State of Community Solar in 2019 | Society Hill Ballroom C-E


Moderator:

Keith Martin, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP


Speaker:

Zaid Ashai, CEO, Nexamp

Laura Pagliarulo, Senior Vice President Community Solar, CleanChoice Energy
Tom Sweeney, President, Renewable Assets, Clean Energy Collective
Drew Warshaw, Vice President, Community Solar, Clearway

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 From finance, to project development and dynamics, policy and market development, and everything in between, Keith Martin takes us on a tour of the state of the community solar through the eyes of leading industry executives.
10:00 am - 10:30 amNetworking Break | Society Hill Ballroom Foyer 
10:00 am - 5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open 
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Variations on Community Solar Program Design | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Dave Gahl, Senior Director of State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA



Speaker:


Ariane Benrey, Program Administrator, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities


Hayley Book, Executive Policy Manager, Office of Commissioner Place, PA PUC


Sameer Doshi, Deputy Legal Counsel, Illinois Power Agency


Jamie Van Nostrand, Of Counsel, Keyes and Fox LLP


David Sandbank, Director Distributed Energy Resources, NYSERDA



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 Community solar can achieve myriad policy goals with the optimal mix of program design elements. Hear from leading policymakers and market experts on various program design elements being employed to sustainably scale community solar programs in key markets from across the country.
11:15 am - 12:00 pm

What are the Main Drivers of Consumer Adoption for Community Solar? | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Jen Szaro, Vice President, Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)



Speakers:


David Amster-Olszewski, CEO and Founder SunShare


Bradley Clark, Senior Director, Community Solar Customer Enrollment, BlueWave Solar


Brit Gibson, Director, SunCentral Services, Pivot Energy


MJ Shiao, Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power

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 The community solar value proposition to customers has evolved since it's advent over a decade ago. Hear from a panel of community solar developers, markets, and aggregators on latest key market trends and innovations in consumer adoption, retention, and management.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmNetworking Lunch | Hamilton Room Sponsored by:
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Market Roundup: Voluntary Utility Led Programs for IOUs and Coops | Society Hill Ballroom A-B



Moderator:


Maggie Clark, State Affairs Senior Manager, Southeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)



Speakers:


Mark Brown, Senior Customer Programs Office, Fayetteville Public Works Commission


Chris Schroeder, Vice President, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


Achyut Shrestha, Project Manager, NC Clean Energy Technology Center


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Market Roundup: New Jersey | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Laurel Passera, Policy Team, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)


Speaker:


Kelly Friend, Director Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp


Bobby Pohlman, Director - Business Development/M&A, New Jersey Resources


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 Interconnection is fast becoming one of the central bottlenecks for deployment of community solar across the country. Hear from a panel of experts on the front lines seeking to implement faster and fairer interconnection processes.The community solar value proposition to customers has evolved since it's advent over a decade ago. Hear from a panel of community solar developers, markets, and aggregators on latest key market trends and innovations in consumer adoption, retention, and management.
1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

Market Roundup: The West - California and Oregon | Society Hill Ballroom A-B



Moderator:


Sara Birmingham, Senior Director of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)



Speakers:


Tom Hunt, COO, Pivot Energy


Rick Umoff, Regulatory Council and California Director of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Market Roundup: New York | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Amanda Vanega, Policy Team, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)



Speaker:


Melissa Kemp, Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Cypress Creek Renewables


Evan Kolkos, Senior Manager Customer Business Development, NYPA


Ean Mulligan, Cypress Creek Renewables


Benoy Thanjan, CEO, Reneu Energy

2:30 pm - 3:00 pmNetworking Break 
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Market Roundup: Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic | Society Hill Ballroom A-B



Moderator:


Jennifer Spinosi, VP Regulatory and Compliance, CleanChoice Energy



Speakers:

Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar


Bryan Eckstein, Vice President, Project Finance & Business Development, Forefront Power
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Market Roundup: Illinois | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Laurel Passera, Policy Team, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)


Speakers:

Barry Matchett, Head of External Affairs, Midwest and Gulf, Clearway Energy


Mark Raeder, Principal, Summit Ridge Energy

Sarah Wochos, Director of Policy and Business Development, Borrego Solar

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm

Market Roundup: The Early Birds - Colorado and Minnesota | Society Hill Ballroom A-B



Speakers:


Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota


Ross Abbey, Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, US Solar


Kacie Peters, Director of Business Development, Pivot Energy

Market Roundup: Massachusetts | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Dave Gahl, Senior Director of State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA


Speakers:


Jeff Lord, Senior Vice President, Clean Energy Collective


Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway and CCSA Board Chair

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm

Translating Finance to Policy -- How to Make Community Solar Work for Financiers and Policymakers | Society Hill Ballroom C-E



Moderator:


Peter Mostow, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati



Speakers:


Peggy Flannery, Head of Solar Origination, Generate Capital

Jesse Grossman, CEO, Soltage


John Murphy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Nexamp


Dave Riess, COO/CTO, Wunder


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 Translating policy goals into financeable projects is easier said than done. Financing community solar requires an optimal mix of program design elements to ensure projects have certainty in compensation and program rules and timelines. Hear from leading experts at the confluence of community solar and finance on latest trends in community solar finance and the challenges of making projects pencil while meeting myriad policy goals.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmOffsite Networking Reception at The Olde Bar Sponsored by: 

Friday, July 19

Time Session Information
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibits Open
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:15 am Opening Session & Breakfast: Achieving Community Solar at Scale | Society Hill Ballroom C-E

Moderator:
Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, CCSA

Speakers:
Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Tom Hunt, COO, Pivot Energy
Tom Matzzie, Founder and CEO, CleanChoice Energy
Laura Stern, Co-Founder & President, Nautilus
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Community solar remains one of the fastest growing sectors of the clean energy economy. With well over a gigawatt of community solar in the ground, and the market potential for 50+ more in the coming decade, hear perspectives from thought leaders and developers of community solar projects and programs on how the sector meets its potential.
9:25 am - 10:10 am Community Solar Land Use, Permitting, and Zoning | Society Hill Ballroom A-B

Moderator:
Sara Bergan, Energy Law Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP

Speakers:
Chelsea Barnes, New Economy Program Manager, Appalachian Voices
Brent Buchberger, Senior Development Manager, ENGIE Distributed Solar
Joel Thomas, Director, Community Solar, Community Energy, Inc.
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Interconnection: The Next Frontier – Finding Faster and Fairer Ways to Interconnect Community Solar | Society Hill Ballroom C-E

Moderator:
Laurel Passera, Policy Team, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)

Speakers:
Brandon Bowles, Manager, Smart Grid Programs, Pepco Holdings
Ilan Gutherz, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar
Melissa Kemp, Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Cypress Creek Renewables
Gia Mahmoud, Director DG Ombudsperson, National Grid
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Navigating the multitude of permitting, zoning, siting regulations can be a challenge. But best practices for both regulators and developers alike have evolved, with work from local stakeholders and national associations like CCSA and SEIA. Hear from a panel of experts on their experiences and latest trends in managing land issues in community solar. Interconnection is fast becoming one of the central bottlenecks for deployment of community solar across the country. Hear from a panel of experts on the front lines seeking to implement faster and fairer interconnection processes.
10:10 am - 10:40 am Networking Break
10:40 am - 11:25 am Community Solar Customer Protections Best Practices | Society Hill Ballroom A-B

Moderator:
Nakhia Morrissette, Regulatory Counsel & Midwest Regional Director,  Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:
Richard Caperton, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Arcadia Power
Betsy Glynn, Managing Director of Community Solar Business Development, BlueWave
Elizabeth Mahony, AAG and Senior Policy Advisor, Attorney General Maura Healey
Michael Strong, Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn (FVLD)
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Achieving LMI Access to Community Solar at Scale | Society Hill Ballroom C-E

Moderator:
Marta Tomic, Program Director, Community Solar at Vote Solar

Speakers:
Trenton Allen, Sustainable Capital Solutions
Tom Figel, Director of Community Solar at GRID Alternatives
Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell
Sandhya Murali, Co-Founder & COO, Solstice
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New and existing regulations and standards are being developed to ensure community solar offerings best serve interested customers. The panel will explore the latest in model consumer protection standards, disclosure statements, and areas in need of improvement in developing regulations that serve customers and expand solar access. According to a 2018 NREL report, 43% of the U.S. population is at or below 80% of their area median income, representing almost 50 million low-income households that face major barriers to solar access. Community solar, if properly designed, is a critical tool to provide local, affordable solar to this traditionally underserved customer segment. The panel will explore success strategies to serve low income households through community solar, potential barriers to scale, and success stories to date.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Emerging Markets for Community Solar- Community Solar, Coming Soon ... | Society Hill Ballroom C-E

Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:
Jessica Ennis, Legislative Director, Climate & Energy, EarthJustice
Sean Garren, Senior Director Northeast, Vote Solar
Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway and CCSA Board Chair
Grace Power, Chief of Staff, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
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State legislatures across the country are considering the expansion of existing and development of new community solar programs to meet growing pent up demand for solar. Hear from national and local advocates leading the expansion of community solar programs, with a detailed look at the state of latest new markets to consider community solar, starting here in Pennsylvania.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Working Lunch: Viewpoints on Accessibility and Inclusion in Community Solar | Society Hill Ballroom C-E

Speaker:
Kyle Fricker, Technology Manager, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Rob Wallace, CEO, Power52 Energy Solutions
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Community solar has unique potential to offer all customers access to the benefits of local and affordable solar energy. Hear perspectives from solar leaders working to ensure the promise of community solar lives up to expectations of our community stakeholders, and where work is needed to increase diversity in the community solar industry to ensure the benefits of solar energy can actually reach all customers.