Community Solar Workshop

WHAT: Community Solar in New York
DATE: Friday, December 14, 2018
TIME: 1:30pm - 5:10pm
LOCATION: New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge, Park Slope Room
PRICE: $245 National SEIA/SEPA/CCSA Members | $295 Non-members

Join SEIA, SEPA, and CCSA for this half-day workshop on community solar. The New York Community Solar workshop will discuss challenges and opportunities in community solar in New York, share model program designs and decision tools that will make it easier for communities to reap the benefits of solar, and highlight successful case studies.

Agenda

Financing for community solar projects has come a long way in recent years, attracting more and more traditional lenders and tax equity investors that are becoming more comfortable with community solar as an asset class. But challenges remain as community solar expands to new York, particularly as developers and financiers grapple with the changing calculation of community solar compensation. This session will feature businesses and financiers that will describe their successes and challenges in making community solar projects financeable in New York, with a particular focus on efforts to refine the VDER value stack and market transition credit (MTC) for community solar projects in New York.

Time Session Information
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Welcome
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Market Snapshot: The Past, Present, and Future in Community Solar in NY
We will kick off the day’s discussion of national, regional, and state community solar market trends with a brief presentation on the state of the market with latest figures, analysis, and updates about Community Solar in New York.
Speakers:
Brandon Smithwood, Policy Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Bringing Down Customer Acquisition Costs
Demand for community solar continues to rise across customer types, but companies are still navigating how best to reach potential customers and convert them into new subscribers. Learn from a panel of experts who will share best practices from the field.
Moderator:
Max Joel, Program Manager, NY-Sun Initiative, NYSERDA
Speakers:
Shubha Jaishankar, Technical Management Analyst, Department of Energy
Jason Kaplan, General Counsel & Director of Operations, PowerMarket
Richard Keiser, Chief Executive Officer, Common Energy
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Getting the Customer Experience Right
Utility regulations and tariffs are complicated but community solar subscriptions shouldn't be. Learn about how community solar providers are working towards a seamless experience for customers, what rules of the road providers need to follow, and how regulators and utilities can improve the customer experience.
Speakers:
Bradley Clark, Senior Director, Community Solar Customer Enrollment, BlueWave Solar
Juan Parra, Community Solar Program Manager, Solar One
Allan Telio, Senior Vice President, Community Solar, Nexamp
4:20 pm - 5:10 pm Dollars and Cents: Making Community Solar Projects Financeable
Financing for community solar projects has come a long way in recent years, attracting more and more traditional lenders and tax equity investors that are becoming more comfortable with community solar as an asset class. But challenges remain as community solar expands to new York, particularly as developers and financiers grapple with the changing calculation of community solar compensation. This session will feature businesses and financiers that will describe their successes and challenges in making community solar projects financeable in New York, with a particular focus on efforts to refine the VDER value stack and market transition credit (MTC) for community solar projects in New York.
Moderator:
William Nicholson, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Speakers:
Joe Bowers, Director of Project Finance, Borrego Solar Systems
Ean Mulligan, Northeast Market Manager, Cypress Creek Renewables
Brandon Smithwood, Policy Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access

Workshop facilitated by SEIA & SEPA