Schedule

Below is the preliminary 2022 schedule for the Community Solar Power Forum! Check back for more details, schedule subject to change.

Thursday, February 24

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Executive Panel: The State of the Community Solar Industry

From finance, to project development and dynamics, policy and market development, and everything in between, Keith Martin, a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright takes us on a tour of the state of community solar through the eyes of leading industry executives.

Moderator:
Keith Martin, Co-Head of Projects, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Panelists:
Tom Matzzie, Founder, President, & CEO, CleanChoice Energy
Manish Nayar, Prinicipal, OYA Solar
Laura Stern, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Nautilus Solar

2:20 pm - 3:05 pm

Part One: Community Solar and Storage Policy and Market Overview

We'll discuss the latest developments at the federal level, what it will take to achieve the Biden Administration’s aggressive clean electricity goals by 2035, and the significant investment required in distributed solar and storage. This session will provide an overview of the community solar industry at large on the policies, market design, and other components needed to reach these ambitious goals.

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

Panelists:
Kelly Friend, Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
Katherine Hamilton, Chair, 38 North Solutions
Joe Henri, VP Business Development, Dimension Renewable Energy

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm

Networking Break

3:40 pm - 4:25 pm

Part Two: Innovative Modeling: The Next Frontier for Distributed Energy Resources

In the second half of this session, join us to learn about the WIS:dom tool and why it is different from current modeling and planning tools. How does it value the role of distributed energy resources? What are the implementation challenges? What is the opportunity for community solar? Join the experts to discuss these questions and discuss the future in grid planning for DERs.

Moderator:
Karl Rábago, Principal, Rábago Energy LLC

Panelists:
John Bernhardt, Head of Policy and Regulatory Efforts, Pivot

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Improving Equitable Participation in Community Solar At Scale

As climate goals are being developed across the country, prioritizing social equity and creating affordable access to clean sources of energy such as community solar should be top of mind. Even more importantly, the needs of underrepresented and marginalized communities should be well understood in order to maximize program participation. This panel will discuss how to create access to affordable solar energy and engage local communities while making progress toward industry goals.

Moderator:
Alexandra Wyatt, Policy Director and Legal Counsel, GRID Alternatives

Panelists:
Chris Nichols, Senior Director, Programs, Groundswell, Inc.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Event

Friday, February 25

7:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Registration Open

8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:15 am

The Next Frontier of Community Solar Markets Across the Nation

Red states, blue states, old states, new states. Where is the next phase of growth for community solar? In this session we’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of passing community solar legislation in red states, expanding programs in existing states, and evolving industry business models and program designs to meet the moment and fuel the next frontier of growth.

Moderator:
Matt Hargarten, Director, Public Affairs, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)

Panelists:
Leslie Elder, Mid-Atlantic Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)
Richard Caperton, Vice President, Policy and Market Development, Arcadia Power
Salar Naini, Executive VP Business Development, Turning Point Energy

9:20 am - 10:05 am 

Finding Faster and Fairer Ways to Interconnect Community Solar

How can interconnection policy unlock the potential for states to build a clean, equitable grid? As states move toward 100% clean energy goals, we need to transform interconnection policy to eliminate the bottleneck and allow states to transform their distribution grids.

Moderator:
Mike Judge, VP Strategic Initiatives, CCSA

10:05 am - 10:35 am 

Networking Break

10:40 am - 11:25 am 

Engaging Utilities Through Revenue Opportunities

With utilities adopting an all of the above approach to reaching a clean and modern grid, they are faced with the challenge of designing and implementing successful distributed energy programs into their generation mix. This panel will explore ways future community solar markets or updates to existing programs can be structured to meet utility performance metrics and support a vibrant community solar industry.

Moderator:
Leigh Yeatts, Program Manager, SETS Program, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Panelists:
Laurel Passera, Policy Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)