Schedule

Solar Power Florida will include topics about DG permitting and building codes, resilience, Utility-Scale solar opportunities in Florida, workforce development, electric vehicles, energy storage, inverter interconnection requirements, and more to be announced.

Speakers and session descriptions will be added as we get closer to the event date. Check this page for updates, or sign up for our email list.

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TUESDAY, March 12, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration Open  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session More information coming soon
8:00 am - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open  
10:00 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Break and Exhibits  
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Maximizing Megawatts: Utility Scale Solar Opportunities in Florida More Info
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  
1:30 pm - 1:55 pm QuickTalk: What’s New in Inverters? More Info
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 More Info
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  
3:30 pm - 4:25 pm Energy Storage: A Look Behind-the-Meter More information coming soon
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm How Effective Messaging Can Win Over Audiences More Info
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  
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Networking Reception More information coming soon

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time Session Information  
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open  
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast and Exhibits  
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open  
9:00 am - 9:55 am Building Resilience in the Sunshine State More Info
There is a need for greater grid resilience in the face ofsevere 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.

10:00 am - 10:30 am Community Solutions Powered by Solar More Info
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.

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break  
11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Promise of Electric Vehicles for Florida More Info
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.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Post-Conference Workshop More information coming soon