2019 Education Schedule

Below is the schedule from the event that took place this past March. The 2020 schedule will be posted as soon as event information is finalized.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

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9:00 am -3:00  pm Workshop: Expanding Opportunities for Solar Across the Caribbean and South American Region  | Grande View Ballroom More Info

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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8:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration Open | Commodore Pre-Function
8:00 am - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Commodore Ballroom
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session | Grande View Ballroom
Mike Antheil, President, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA)
Sean Gallagher, Vice President State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Jen Szaro, Vice President Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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Samantha Danchuk, Assistant Director, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience

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Recent policy advances in Florida’s solar market have invigorated the solar industry in the Sunshine State. Kick off the inaugural Solar Power Florida with welcoming remarks from SEIA’s Vice President of State Affairs, Sean Gallagher, SEPA’s Vice President of Research and Education, Jennifer Szaro, and FlaSEIA president, Mike Anthiel. After brief presentations by SEIA on the Solar Markets Insight Report 2018 Year in Review, and SEPA’s 4 Pathways for achieving a smart transition to a clean and modern grid, hear from Samantha Danchuk, assistant director of environmental planning and community resilience in Broward County about how a local government is at the frontlines of energy resilience and battling the changing climate.

10:00 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Break and Exhibits | Harbor Lights Room
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Maximizing Megawatts: Utility-Scale Solar Opportunities in Florida | Grande View Ballroom
Marsha Rule, Administrative Law Attorney, Rutledge Ecenia
Steve McInall, Vice President, Energy and Water Planning, JEA
Jamie Resor, CEO, EDF Renewables
Scott Thomasson, President, Sunbelt Strategies
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This panel discussion will investigate the differing perspectives, opportunities, and challenges for utility-scale solar development in Florida.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch and Exhibits | Commodore Ballroom (with overflow seating in Harbor Lights)  Sponsored By: 
1:30 pm - 1:55 pm QuickTalk: What’s New in Inverters? | Grande View Ballroom
Issa Batarseh, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida
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Recent updates to the standards governing inverters interconnecting with the grid are changing the way inverter-based resources are integrated. This session will cover the state of smart inverters, including functionality, revisions to the IEEE standard, and other key considerations Florida should keep in mind so that the state is best equipped to integrate new technologies, optimize the benefits of DERs, and improve system power quality.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Unpacking Permitting, Building Codes, and DG Solar in the Sunshine State | Grande View Ballroom
Evelyn Butler, Senior Director, Codes and Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Rick Castillo, PE, SE, MSEE, President & Principal, Castillo Engineering
Doug Harvey, Assistant Building Official, City of West Palm Beach
Justin Hoysradt, CEO, Vinyasun
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Solar on homes and businesses has become mainstream in most states. However, the Sunshine state is a long way from realizing its full potential—in large part because of strict permitting and certification requirements and processes and some of the nation’s toughest building codes. What’s the impact of local permitting and building codes on the cost of residential solar power? Is there a better way for residential and small commercial solar and battery storage installers to attest that their projects are compliant with applicable codes, laws, and industry practice? This session will focus on how to make solar permitting more straight-forward while maintaining the safety and reliability of systems in hurricane-prone areas.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break and Exhibits | Commodore Ballroom  Coffee Sponsored By:
3:30 pm - 4:25 pm Energy Storage: A Look Behind-the-Meter | Grande View Ballroom
Nick Esch, Research Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Jill Dvareckas, Director Development, Florida Power & Light
John Gurski, Founder & CEO, Energy Toolbase
Rick Meeker, President, Nhu Energy
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As the solar market grows in Florida, so too does the opportunity for energy storage. This session will explore issues relating to behind the meter storage interconnection, new codes and technologies relating to the solar+storage market, and financing opportunities available.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm How Effective Messaging Can Win Over Audiences | Grande View Ballroom
Maggie Clark, State Affairs Senior Manager, Southeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Angela DeMonbreun, Program Director, Solar United Neighbors of Florida
Andrew Newbold
, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, Sunrun
Katie Chiles Ottenweller, Southeast Director, Vote Solar
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Solar energy has a complex history in the Sunshine State, even though a majority of Florida voters love solar. In this session, you’ll hear from a diverse set of professional communicators and campaigners on how to best communicate the value of solar. We’ll dive into the latest public opinion polling to show you what works and what doesn’t, and help attendees learn better ways to tell their story, attract customers, and leverage the solar industry’s overwhelming popularity to develop a more active and engaged public network of supporters.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Happy Hour and Exhibits | Commodore Ballroom  Sponsored By:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Networking Reception | Outdoor Gardens at the Waterfront More Info

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open | Commodore Pre-Function
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast and Exhibits | Commodore Ballroom
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Commodore Ballroom
9:00 am - 9:30 am Community Solutions Powered by Solar | Grande View Ballroom
Rob Wallace, Co-Founder, Power52
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As the solar industry continues to grow, we must ensure those benefits are accessible to people of all races, genders, ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Drawing upon the experiences of Power52, an organization committed to building a skilled workforce with underserved communities members, this session will share key insights on effective workforce development and community solar subscriber acquisition programs. Power52 aims to pair the growth of community solar and solar jobs training with breaking the cycle of poverty as a method to empower disenfranchised communities across the nation. Power52 has developed a model that disrupts the historical injustices that plague the Low to Moderate Income (LMI) communities they serve by creating equal access to clean and renewable energy, education, and resources.

9:35 am - 10:30 am Building Resilience in the Sunshine State | Grande View Ballroom
James Fenton, Director Florida Solar Energy Center, University Central Florida
Chris Melley, Sales Manager Microgrids and Energy Storage, ABB
Flavia Tonioli, Sustainability Manager, City of Miami Beach
Brian Patterson, President, Emerge Alliance
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There is a need for greater grid resilience in the face of severe weather, cybersecurity, and physical threats to electricity delivery. These developments, when coupled with falling costs for distributed solar power and energy storage are creating new business opportunities for the expansion of distributed generation, grid modernization technologies, and microgrids.

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break | Commodore Ballroom  Coffee Sponsored By:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Promise of Electric Vehicles for Florida | Grande View Ballroom
Jennifer Szaro, Vice President, Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Marcy Bauer, Director, Program Operations, EVgo
David Dunn, Fleet & Facilities Management Division, City of Orlando
Peter King, Project Manager, Electric Transportation, Duke Energy Florida
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Electric Vehicles are a promising opportunity for significant electric load growth not experienced over the past decade. This new technology presents important questions around cost recovery and rate design for industry, policymakers, and regulators alike. This session investigates what the electrification of vehicles means for the grid in Florida, including the importance of load management, and whether utilities should serve as facilitators, managers, or providers of EV charging stations.