Solar+ Manufacturing Summit Schedule

All events associated with the SEIA Solar+ Manufacturing Summit will be held in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton hotel unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time Event
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 pm

Welcome Address 

Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

9:10 am - 9:45 am

Keynote: The Solar+ Manufacturing Opportunity

Assistant Secretary Simmons will highlight DOE's role in driving advanced manufacturing and leveraging the national labs and regional incubators to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. 


Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

9:45 am - 10:45 am

U.S. Manufacturing Success Stories & Lessons Learned 

How have the U.S. steel and metal forming industries maintained a domestic supply chain? What are the lessons learned from these industries? What are the opportunities for transitioning to new technologies or industries? What are the key challenges when competing in a global market?


Leila Madrone, CTO and Founder, Sunfolding


Mark Goodreau, General Manager, Yaskawa Solectria Solar

Kevin Mickey, Business Development Executive, Nucor Corporation

Gary Schuster, President & CEO, OMCO Solar

10:45 am - 11:00 am Interactive Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Solar+ Manufacturing Today 

How do we grow the U.S. solar supply chain? What are the key challenges for U.S. solar manufacturers? What do solar customers want from U.S. manufacturers?


Constantino Nicolaou, CEO, PanelClaw, Inc. 


Cary Hayes, President-America's, REC

Phil Dembowski, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hemlock Semiconductor 

Kendra Hubbard, Strategic Account Manager, Unirac

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

SEIA's Solar+ Decade Vision 

Abby Hopper will present SEIA's Solar+ Decade Roadmap and the importance of manufacturing for solar to reach 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. 


Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Federal Investments in Solar+ Manufacturing

What is the relationship between R&D, innovation and U.S. manufacturing? How can we leverage the national labs to spur more domestic manufacturing? How is the federal government investing in U.S. manufacturing?


Becca Jones-Albertus, Deputy Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy


Sarang Supekar, Systems Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Ardeshir Contractor, Professor of Practice & Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, The Ohio State University

Nancy Haegal, Center Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Fireside Chat: Attracting Foreign Direct Investment 

What programs are available to help foreign companies navigate the U.S. market? What challenges does the U.S. government face in recruiting foreign companies to invest in U.S. manufacturing facilities? How important are state and federal investments to recruiting foreign direct investment?


Scott Moskowitz, Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwha Q Cells 


Brian Lenihan, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

State Investments in Solar+ Manufacturing

How are state and local governments investing in solar manufacturing? What are new entrants' priorities when selecting a manufacturing site? What is the role of ancillary services in site selection?


Nigel Cockroft, U.S. General Manager, Jinko Solar 


Kirk Wendland, Executive Director, City of Jacksonville Office of Economic Development

Crystal Stiles, Director of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light 

Jon Clark, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Economic Development 

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Interactive Networking Break
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Interactive Session: Key Takeaways and Next Steps on Promoting U.S. Manufacturing 

Summit attendees will have the opportunity to discuss key themes, challenges and opportunities for the future of solar+ manufacturing, including providing input on the ideal market and policy environment needed to incentivize new domestic facilities. 


John Smirnow, Vice President of Market Strategy & General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks 


Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception 

In partnership with the Illinois Solar Energy Association