Schedule

Below is the 2019 schedule for the Community Solar Power Summit!

Thursday, July 18

TimeSession Information 
8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration Open 
8:15 am - 8:30 amWelcome Remarks from SEIA, SEPA, and CCSA

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 amFireside Chat with Pennsylvania Legislator Community Solar Champions

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

Speakers:
State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Pa.)
State Rep. David Millard (R-Pa.)
State Sen. John Yudichak (D-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

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 
10:00 am - 5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open 
10:30 am - 11:10 amInnovation and Leadership in Community Solar Program Design

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

Speaker:
Hayley Book, Office of Commissioner Place, PA PUC
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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 the latest innovative program design elements being employed to sustainably scale community solar programs in key markets from across the country.
11:15 am - 12:00 pmWhat are the Main Drivers of Consumer Adoption for Community Solar?

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 
1:00 pm - 1:40 pmMarket Roundup: New Jersey

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

Speaker:
Kelly Friend, Director Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
Market Roundup: Voluntary Utility Led Programs for IOUs and Coops

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

Speakers:
Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Technology Center
Mark Brown, Senior Customer Programs Officer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission
 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.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.
1:50 pm - 2:30 pmMarket Roundup: New York

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

Speaker:
Melissa Kemp, Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Cypress Creek Renewables
Benoy Thanjan, CEO, Reneu Energy
Market Roundup: The West - California and Oregon

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

Speakers:
Tom Hunt, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Pivot Energy
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmNetworking Break 
3:00 pm - 3:40 pmMarket Roundup: Illinois

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

Speakers:
Mark Raeder, Principal, Summit Ridge Energy
Sara Wochos, Director of Policy and Business Development, Borrego Solar
Market Roundup: Maryland and the MidAtlantic

Moderator:
Jenn Spinosi, VP Regulatory and Compliance, CleanChoice Energy

Speakers:
Bryan Eckstein, Vice President, Project Finance & Business Development, Forefront Power Standard Solar
3:50 pm - 4:30 pmMarket Roundup: Massachusetts 

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

Speaker:
Jeff Lord, Senior Vice President, Clean Energy Collective Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway and CCSA Board Chair
Market Roundup: The Midwest - Colorado and Minnesota

Speaker:
Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Ross Abbey, Senior Development Specialist, US Solar
4:35 pm - 5:15 pmTranslating Finance to Policy -- How to Make Community Solar Work for Financiers and Policymakers

Moderator:
Peter Mostow, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Speakers:
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.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmOffsite Networking Reception at The Olde Bar 

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 Achieving Community Solar at Scale

Moderator:
Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, CCSA

Speakers:
Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Rick Hunter, CEO, 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 Interconnection: The Next Frontier – Finding, Faster, and Fairer Ways to Interconnect Community Solar

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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Community Solar Land Use, Permitting, and Zoning

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 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. 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.
10:40 am - 11:15 am Community Solar Customer Protections Best Practices

Moderator:
Nakhia Morrissette, Regulatory Counsel & Midwest Regional Director,  SEIA

Speaker:
Richard Caperton, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Arcadia Power
Betsy Glynn, Managing Director of Community Solar Business Development, BlueWave
Michael Strong, Strong Legal
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Achieving LMI Access to Community Solar at Scale

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

Speaker:
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 ...

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

Speakers:
Jessica Ennis, Legislative Director, Climate & Energy, EarthJustice
Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway and CCSA Board Chair
Grace Strom 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.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch and Viewpoints on Diversity and Inclusion in the Community Solar Market

Speakers:
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.