Distributed Finance Workshop

WHAT: Distributed Financing: Solar Lending by Community and Regional Financing Institutions
DATE: Wednesday, December 12
TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge, Park Slope Room
PRICE: $20 National SEIA/SEPA Members | $30 Non-members

Register to Attend

Join SEIA and NREL for a workshop that will examine the growing trend of solar lending by local financing institutions. This worship will describe the key lessons and opportunities in developing and operating a solar loan program. Speakers including the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and others will describe their product offerings, underwriting practices, partnering strategies, borrower characteristics and solar loan performance. We will work through the topics in an audience-interactive manner and attendees will come away with insights and strategies for entering this emerging asset class.

Tentative Schedule

All discussions will take place at the New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge, Park Slope Room. Schedule is subject to change.

Time Session Information
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome Remarks & Workshop Goals
Speaker:
Paul Schwabe, Senior Finance Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
1:05 pm - 1:30 pm Sneak Preview of SEIA/GTM’s Upcoming Q4 Research Solar Market Insight Report
This rapid session will to cover major trends in the U.S. solar industry and set the stage for projections of solar photovoltaic (PV) system costs and deployment through 2023
Speakers:
Shawn Rumery, Director of Research, Solar Energy Industries Association
Austin Perea, Senior Analyst at GreenTech Media
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Solar Lending Product and Credit Performance Discussion 
This session will describe the key lessons learned in developing and operating a solar loan program. Panelists will describe their product offerings, underwriting practices, partnerships with technology developers and local lenders, borrower characteristics and performance of their loan portfolio.
Speakers:
Kerry E. O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Inclusive Prosperity Capital
Jeff Pitkin, Treasurer, New York State Energy Research Development Agency
Kelsey Read, Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Role of Data in Credit Risk Analysis for Solar & Energy Efficiency Lending  
This session will discuss how improved access to and consistency in credit reporting data can demystify the solar and energy efficiency lending process and lead to new opportunities and a lower cost of capital. This panel and will discuss options such as addressing historical variations in data reporting, working towards unified credit reporting metrics, and how big data can enhance credit risk measurement.
Speakers:
Nick Andreadis, Director, Data Insights at PeerIQ
Lain Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer, SolFin Capital
Scott Miller, Chief Business Development Officer, T-REX Group
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Emerging opportunities discussion and closing remarks
This session will close the workshop with an audience interactive discussion on the opportunities for enhanced solar lending by community and regional lenders including commercial and community solar projects.

Workshop facilitated by SEIA & NREL