Show Floor & Technical Sessions

Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, April 25

Time Session Information
11:00 am – 11:30 am Designing for New Construction: From Carports to New Buildings
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater


Designing and installing solar for newly constructed buildings is emerging as a significant business opportunity for solar contractors around the country, as new policies that mandate or encourage solar emerge and more businesses commit to powering their operations with clean energy. While this is a momentous opportunity for the solar industry, it also represents a new challenge for solar contractors whose sales and business processes are focused on solar for existing buildings. In this session, attendees will learn methodologies for designing solar from roof plans and for designing carports in a more streamlined way. Attendees will also learn other important factors for solar design for new construction including how to forecast future loads, how to model the value of California-specific incentives, and finally how to compile all of this into a compelling sales proposal. They will come away with a clear understanding of some of the available tools to successfully serve the new construction market.

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm Faster Designs With Online Design Tools
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater


The right tools make all the difference. Learn how to ensure that you use the right design criteria to avoid problems at permitting. Also learn about integrate Unirac’s U-builder design tool with Helioscope to generate a complete engineering design in minutes.

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Solar Thermal: Opportunities and Benefits for an Evolving Industry
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater


Solar thermal technologies offer a unique opportunity for an industry that is primarily focused on photovoltaic modules. This complimentary technology to PV amplifies the value of PV to meet hot water needs of homes and industrial facilities throughout the state. This session will identify the solutions provided by the Solar Thermal industry and outline potential opportunities for your business. This session will be followed by an interactive walking session that features a guided tour from an industry leader and includes live demonstrations and discussions on the show floor from solar thermal companies.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Latest Trends in California Rate Design and How They Affect Your Business
Location:
Theater 1 – Education Theater

California has seen a host of new rate changes over the last several years, including the move to more TOU rates, shifting rate windows, and new rates to promote solar+storage. Join us in a discussion of how the rates are changing, why they are changing, and how these changes will impact your business.

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Why Mobile Workforce Management & Automation is the Next Big Solution for Solar
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

“Deskless” field workers account for 80% of the workforce, but their technology needs are often an afterthought. When it comes to data generated for solar project management, sales and O&M, much of it is still being collected and shared using outdated and inefficient methods like spreadsheets, and pen and paper. This inflates soft costs that the company has to recover. For solar companies to scale, these processes need to change to embrace worker mobility and connectivity, and centralize data in a way it can be living and shared. Many of the leading solar companies are rethinking their operations, starting with the field teams’ perspective. Hear from field operations expert Babak Sardary who will explain how you can improve your own company’s operational efficiency and bottom line by implementing time-saving management & automation technologies for your field teams.

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2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Low and Moderate-Income Markets: Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Installers
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

This session will focus on identifying business opportunities for an emerging market and overcoming obstacles to realize the widescale deployment of solar for all communities. Attendees will learn where information exists to move into this market and how to prepare for the opportunities by learning from industry experts experienced with working in the LMI markets.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm PV Mounting in Asphalt and Metal Roofs
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

Besides code and best practices, Roof Tech demystifies the perception for the need for using metal flashing when mounting PV systems on asphalt roofs. This presentation covers Roof Tech’s background, product design (RT MINI and E Mount AIR. You will learn about “Flexible Flashing”, a proven method to reduce installation time on the roof without affecting the roof warranty.

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2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Learn the Latest Innovations in Solar Mounting Systems
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

The training is ideal for solar professionals who want to learn the new solar mounting technology in the industry. Brandon Gwinner of SunModo will share SunModo’s latest solar mounting innovations to help you complete more installations in less time.
2:50 pm – 3:50 pm Solar Lead Generation – How to Make Lead Buying and Referrals Work for You (Small or Large)
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

This open discussion formatted session will allow for owners/directors of major solar lead generation/technology companies to give open perspective from their side. They will talk about challenges faced in the past and how they are positioned and view the upcoming five years in solar lead generation by state and nationwide both for digital paid leads and referrals.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Strategic Marketing with .Solar and .Energy Domain Names
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

Donuts Inc. is a leading global registry for new top-level Internet domain extensions including .solar and .energy. Donuts offers businesses, individuals and organizations in the energy sector new ways to manage and promote their online identities, as well as thousands of valuable, search engine-friendly premium domains to help launch new businesses or generate customers for existing ones.

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3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Deep Cycle Battery-Based Applications
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

Offering an introductory overview on battery sizing, selection as well as ongoing maintenance for residential applications, this session will provide information for system installers, dealers as well as customers who currently own or may be considering a deep cycle lead acid battery-based system for their home.

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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Installer Walking Session
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

Featuring a guided tour from an industry leader and includes live demonstrations and discussions on the show floor from companies who are leading the charge in innovation in the solar, smart, and energy storage industries.

Friday, April 26

Time Session Information
10:00 am – 10:30 am PV Mounting in Asphalt and Metal Roofs
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

Besides code and best practices, Roof Tech demystifies the perception for the need for using metal flashing when mounting PV systems on asphalt roofs. This presentation covers Roof Tech’s background, product design (RT MINI and E Mount AIR. You will learn about “Flexible Flashing”, a proven method to reduce installation time on the roof without affecting the roof warranty.

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10:15 am – 11:15 am Tapping into Resources, Being Creative, and Partnering More Than Ever to Hire and Retain in a Tight Job Market
Location:
Theater 1 – Education Theater

Are you feeling the heat? 92% of construction companies say they have a problem filling open positions, both craft and salaried. The construction industry is facing a labor shortage and it’s predicted that by 2024, construction jobs will increase 13% while baby boomers are hitting retirement and unemployment is at an all time low. In this panel discussion, you will hear what companies are facing and what organizations are doing to calibrate the talent pipeline for continued economic growth in the clean energy market during a tight job market.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Why Mobile Workforce Management & Automation is the Next Big Solution for Solar
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

“Deskless” field workers account for 80% of the workforce, but their technology needs are often an afterthought. When it comes to data generated for solar project management, sales and O&M, much of it is still being collected and shared using outdated and inefficient methods like spreadsheets, and pen and paper. This inflates soft costs that the company has to recover. For solar companies to scale, these processes need to change to embrace worker mobility and connectivity, and centralize data in a way it can be living and shared. Many of the leading solar companies are rethinking their operations, starting with the field teams’ perspective. Hear from field operations expert Babak Sardary who will explain how you can improve your own company’s operational efficiency and bottom line by implementing time-saving management & automation technologies for your field teams.


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11:00 am – 11:30 am Deep Cycle Battery-Based Applications
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

Offering an introductory overview on battery sizing, selection as well as ongoing maintenance for residential applications, this session will provide information for system installers, dealers as well as customers who currently own or may be considering a deep cycle lead acid battery-based system for their home.

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11:30 am – 1:00 pm Strategic Thinking for the Long Tail (Walking Session included)
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

The struggle to run a healthy businesses in a maturing market like rooftop solar in California is real. But, a strategic approach can help you predict, plan, and capitalize in this type of market. Our panel of industry leaders will identify strategies you can apply to your own business to investigate new opportunities for growth and consistency in an evolving market. Topics covered will include: just in time inventory management, utilization of data, and new opportunities such as energy storage and smart home technologies.
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Who’s the Right Finance Partner for You?
Location: Theater 1 – Education Theater

This session features a lineup of the leading financiers, who will explain their products and opportunities and how to improve access to financing for your company.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Safer, More Reliable Lithium-Ion Storage Solutions: Meeting the Demands of California Customers
Location: Theater 2 – Technical Training Theater

With demand for on- and off-grid solar+storage deployments increasing, it’s essential to understand the various battery chemistries available and how chemistry matters when it comes to safety, reliability, performance, choosing the right battery for every application and growing your business. Join SimpliPhi Power for a discussion that includes: (1) Important form factor and lithium ion chemistry considerations when designing energy storage systems, (2) The advantages of Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) – including safety, efficiency, levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and warrantied cycle life – and how those advantages resonate with residential and C&I customers in California, and (3) System sizing and installation best practices, including how to integrate energy storage with leading inverters.

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