2018 Schedule

Take a look at last year's schedule to get a sneak peak of what top-notch education is expected at Solar Power New York 2019. This year's schedule will be available in the fall. Interested in participating in the program as a speaker? Complete the speaker interest form

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time Event Location
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Workshop: Distributed Financing | Solar Lending by Community and Regional Financing Institutions

Hosted by: SEIA and NREL

Park Slope Room

Join SEIA and NREL for a workshop that will examine the growing trend of solar lending by local financing institutions.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open Grand Ballroom E
8:50 am - 9:35 am Welcome and Opening General Session: The State of Solar in the Empire State Grand Ballroom F-I

With a new majority in the New York State Senate and State Senator Kevin Parker primed to be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, there will be a host of opportunities for clean energy and energy storage in the state. Join State Senator Parker and SEIA's President and Chief Executive Officer, Abigail Ross Hopper, as they kick off Solar Power New York with a discussion about the state legislative outlook and how recent electoral outcomes factor into the key trends, opportunities, and challenges facing the solar and storage industries in New York.
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
State Senator Kevin S. Parker, New York State Senator

9:40 am - 10:00 am QuickTalk: Solar 100 | New York City’s Municipal Solar Strategy: Getting to 100 MW and Beyond Grand Ballroom F-I

In 2014, New York set ambitious targets to reduce citywide emissions to 80% below 2005 levels. One way the Big City is working to reach this goal is through the expansion of rooftop solar deployment to 100 MW by 2025. This session will highlight the city's strategy for expanding solar across public facilities and provide insights into the city's current building stock. The speakers will demonstrate the need to look to innovative installation solutions across a variety of city assets to achieve the 100 MW goal.


Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation, City University of New York
Steve Caputo, Assistant Commission of Operations, Department of Citywide Administrative Services

10:00 am - 10:25 am QuickTalk: The Utility as a Service Platform Grand Ballroom F-I

Con Edison has piloted an evolution in the traditional utility business model by providing a first-of-its-kind platform for customer services. Home energy marketplace provider Pick My Solar partnered with the utility to feature an end-to-end consumer facing and co-branded home energy shopping experience. Con Edison customers can easily see home energy options including rooftop solar, community solar, energy storage, EV charging stations and more. A pre-vetted pool of highly qualified local installers bid on the projects and each customer is assigned an energy advisor whose only goal is to build the best solution for each customer's unique personal energy needs. This session will identify the goals and objectives for launching the program, early findings, and product expansions and future development plans.

Cristina Coltro, Manager, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Demonstration Projects at Con Edison
Kyle Cherrick, Head of Business Development, Pick My Solar

10:30 am - 11:25 am Cracking the Code on New York Development Challenges Grand Ballroom F-I

New York is a large and diverse state, from Niagara Falls to Downtown Manhattan, that presents an interesting suite of challenges for the development of distributed energy projects. These challenges include interconnecting PV systems, property taxes, local land use considerations, zoning laws, safety issues relating to energy storage, and community engagement. These factors impact the likelihood of a project moving forward and can create delays and drive up development costs. This session will emphasize the importance of understanding and identifying barriers to development and will help you ‘crack the code’ with insights and best practices designed to guide you through the interconnection, safety, and development landscape in New York.
Shyam Mehta, Policy Director, NYSEIA
Emilie Flanagan, Project Developer, New York, Borrego Solar
Elizabeth Grisaru, Policy Advisor, NYDPS
Jeff Lord, Senior VP of Project Development, Clean Energy Collective

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Speed Networking Grand Ballroom D
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Rate Design for Residential Distributed Energy Resources Grand Ballroom F-I

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision seeks to reform the utility business model and to align ratemaking practices with an evolving set of regulatory and policy objectives, such as Governor Cuomo’s goal of ensuring all New Yorkers “regardless of their zip code or income have the opportunity to access clean and affordable power.” This session will offer a deep dive into New York’s transition away from traditional net metering and evaluate the impact that changes in solar compensation might have on residential and small commercial solar businesses.

Karl Rabago
, Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Stephen Lassiter
, Public Policy Manager, Sunrun
Kevin Lucas, Director, Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Steve Wemple, General Manager in the Utility of the Future, Consolidated Edison

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm NYISO Carbon Pricing Initiative Grand Ballroom F-I

Carbon pricing is seen widely by economists and environmentalists as a method to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, New York Independent Service Operator (NYISO) proposed a carbon pricing initiative as a tool to meet the state’s ambitious climate goals. Come hear from experts how a carbon price would affect the wholesale power market, ratepayers, and the economics of energy storage.

Katherine Gensler, Interim Vice President of Federal Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Ethan Avallone, Senior Market Design Specialist, NYISO
Gavin J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Power Producers of New York
Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm QuickTalk: Bringing Solar to Affordable Housing: A Case Study with Fifth Avenue Committee Grand Ballroom F-I

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), Brooklyn’s second largest affordable housing operator, is putting 400 kilowatts of solar across 18 facilities in their housing portfolio. But developing solar on FAC’s portfolio of buildings in densely crowded Brooklyn and Queens is a complicated undertaking. This case study will cover the motivations and unique challenges and opportunities around this project, which is part of the US Department of Energy’s Solar In Your Community Challenge, a national competition aiming to expand solar electricity access to underserved segments of the population including low- and moderate-income households.

Michelle de la Uz
, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee
Kedin Kilgore
, Founder, Gowanus Grid & Electric

4:25 pm - 5:25 pm Improvements to the VDER Value-Stack Grand Ballroom F-I

A central component of New York’s landmark Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceeding is a transition away from traditional net energy metering and the creation of ‘value stack’ compensation mechanism for community solar, commercial, and industrial projects. Regulators seek to improve the method of customer compensation by considering the locational, environmental, and temporal values of a every project. This session will evaluate ongoing efforts to refine and further improve the ‘value stack,’ and investigate how New York’s experiment with DER valuation is impacting project finance and development.

David Gahl
, Director of State Affairs, Northeast Policy, Solar Electric Industries Association (SEIA)

Mike Brusic
, Technical Director, Bright Power
Ilan Gutherz, Senior Director of Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar Systems
Lauri Mancinelli, Principal Analyst, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour Grand Ballroom E
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Reception Gotham Market at The Ashland

Friday, December 14, 2018

Time Event Location
7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Opens Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
8:00 am - 11:00 am Exhibits Open Grand Ballroom E
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
8:30 am - 8:55 am Opening General Session Fireside Chat Grand Ballroom F-I

With the pace of the reform in New York, it can be hard to keep up with it all. Want to know what is happening on the utility side of REV? Join Tanuj Deora from SEPA and Rudy Stegemoeller, special assistant for energy policy at the New York State Department of Public Service for a conversation on topics including the 50% renewable portfolio standard, the state of utility business model reform in the state, and other concerns of the industry.
Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Rudy Stegemoeller, Special Assistant for Energy Policy, New York State Department of Public Service

9:00 am - 9:30 am VIP Remarks by Congressman Paul Tonko Grand Ballroom F-I

Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Congressman Paul Tonko, U.S. Representative from New York's 20th Congressional District

9:35 am - 10:30 am Energy Storage Roadmap and Progress Report Grand Ballroom F-I

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo unveiled New York State’s ambitious Energy Storage Roadmap which would make the Empire State the nation's leader in energy storage, with a target of 1,500 MW deployed by 2025. This session will feature a panel of experts from the business community, utilities, and regulatory agencies who will share key insights into the process of commissioning energy storage projects in New York, investigate challenges, and identify key opportunities that our industry must focus on as this program ramps up.

Benjamin Falber, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Bill Acker, Executive Director, NY-Best
Tim Ash, Market Director, Fluence
Adrienne Lalle, Project Manager, Con Edison
Jason Moore, Director, NY Greenbank

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Breaks & Exhibits Grand Ballroom E
11:00 am - 11:55 am The Interaction Between Distributed Solar and Wholesale Markets Grand Ballroom F-I

Distributed energy is beginning to reshape the generation profile in New York. What effect will this paradigm shift have on markets? And how can the solar and storage industries, grid operators, and state/local regulators adapt? This session will seek to uncover opportunities, address challenges and reveal lessons learned on issues relevant to distributed energy moving forward.

Sharon Thomas, Senior Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Thomas Guzek, Managing General Partner, SolarPak Energy
James Pigeon, Manager, Distributed Resources Integration, NYISO
Ronny Sandoval, Senior Director Grid Modernization, Environmental Defense Fund
Seth Frader Thompson
, President, EnergyHub

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Bringing Large Scale Solar to the Empire State Grand Ballroom F-I

New York’s Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of electricity sales come from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to accelerate large-scale solar development. In April, New York announced the second in a series of major procurements that are expected to result in the development of dozens of large-scale renewable energy projects. This session will provide insights from the initial large-scale solar solicitations, identify and assess barriers to and mechanisms for large-scale solar development in New York, and discuss what is necessary to accelerate large-scale solar development across the state.

Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy, New York

Cameron Bard, Director, Cypress Creek Renewables
Eric Miller, Vice President Renewables, Invenergy

1:30 pm - 5:10 pm Workshop: Community Solar in New York Park Slope Room

During this half-day workshop, learn about what's in store for the community solar market in New York State.