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Along with Energy Storage and O&M topics, there are multiple tracks dedicated to solar located in the schedule below.

Energy Storage        Asset Management

Monday, February 5, 2018

Time Solar Track I: Business, Technology, & Market Insights Solar Track II: Policy, Regulation, & Collaboration ESI - Energy Storage Track
7:30 am
6:00 pm
Registration Open - Located in the Commonwealth Foyer
8:00 am
9:30 am

Opening General Session (All registrants can attend) | Harbor Ballroom II

Welcoming Remarks:
Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
The Grid of the Future, Featuring:
Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
Keynote Presentation: From Tariffs to Tax Reform: Strategies for Solar Growth in America:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Zaid Ashai, Chief Executive Officer, Nexamp
Sara Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Sungage Financial
Costa Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer, PanelClaw
 
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This year’s Opening General Session features an intimate presentation from Professor Peter Fox-Penner, author of Smart Power, who will discuss the grid of the future. Following Fox-Penner's presentation is the Keynote - From Tariffs to Tax Reform: Strategies for Solar Growth in America. Hear from Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, who has played an integral role in the section 201 trade case.
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9:30 am
6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open - Located in the Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom
9:30 am
10:30 am
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom.
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10:30 am
11:25 am

Solar Track I

Bringing Solar to Underserved Communities | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Malcolm Bliss, Chief Executive Officer, Co-op Power
Speakers:
James Nail, President, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
Steph Speirs, Co-founder and CEO, Solstice
Ben Underwood, Co-President & Founder, Resonant Energy
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Solar Track II

The Evolution of Solar Rate Design in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, SEIA
Speakers:
Mark LeBel, JD, Staff Attorney, Acadia Center
Nathan Phelps, Program Manager, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar
Ian Springsteel, Director, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid
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Storage Track

Resiliency and Microgrids | Webster
Moderator:
Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA
Speakers:
Daniel Girard, P.E., EPC Director, S&C Electric Company
Andy Haun, Microgrids Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric
Carlos Nouel, VP of New Energy Solutions, National Grid
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Solar track I
As the solar industry continues to grow in the Northeast, it is important to bridge the gap between those who can and can’t access local, affordable, clean energy. Our experts will explore successful case studies of Solar’s impact on underserved communities in the region, looking at the business models, policies, and unique opportunities for increased collaboration. This session is ideal for professionals interested in this emerging market.
Solar track II
As solar and other distributed energy options continue to become more accessible and affordable for consumers, stakeholders are wrestling with how to structure electric rates in a way that serves the interests of solar consumers, non-solar consumers and utilities alike. As a result, rate design components such as net metering, time-of-use schedules and demand charges have become key factors in how solar power is generated, owned and valued in our changing electricity market. This session will help attendees understand recent proposals across the Northeast, such as New York’s Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceedings, how other utilities and regulators are addressing these issues, and the implications of those requests on businesses and consumers with a vested interest in increased solar adoption.
Storage track
Recent hurricanes have brought to light the importance of resiliency and reliability of our power grid. One important tool is microgrids, which are highly concentrated in the Northeast. Following Sandy, about 20 microgrids were developed. Learn from experts how microgrids reinforce vulnerable areas of the distribution system and how you can leverage the technology to increase your offerings in battery and solar deployment
11:30 am
12:30 pm

Solar Track I

Utility Scale Solar in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Daisy Chung, Research Manager, SEPA
Speakers:
Jay Carlis, Executive Vice President, Community Energy
Jesse Grossman, CEO and Co-Founder, Soltage LLC
Gary Lemay, Renewable Energy Engineer, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Jonathan Klavens, Principal of Klavens Law Group
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Solar Track II

A Deep Dive: How to make The Massachusetts SMART Program work for your business | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
David Gahl, Director of State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA
Speakers:
Christie Bradway, Manager - Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy
Michael Judge, Director, Renewable & Alternative Energy Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
John Murphy, Vice President, Corporate Development, Nexamp
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Storage Track

Business Models and Value Stacking in Energy Storage | Webster
Moderator:
Nick Esch, Senior Research Associate, SEPA
Speakers:
Dan Berwick, General Manager, Energy Storage, Borrego Solar Systems
Phil Fischer, Director – Distributed Storage Solutions, NEC Energy Solutions
Peggy Flannery, Head, Solar Origination, Generate Capital
Dave Hebert, Sales Director, Demand Energy
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Solar track I
Utility scale solar is key to helping the Northeast achieve its renewable energy targets, some of the most ambitious in the country. However, certain challenges like siting and permitting need to be clarified so that developers can find solutions in a land-constrained region. This session will explore creative approaches for renewable project development, including siting and transmission of energy across the region, and provide helpful insights for working with ISO-New England and the bulk power market.
Solar track II
As the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program replaces Massachusetts’ successful solar renewable energy credits (SREC 2) program, understanding the program requirements and latest developments with respect to SMART implementation will be critical in helping your business grow. This session will provide an overview of the new policy, review the SMART auction results, discuss the key issues in the SMART tariff itself that is pending at the MA Department of Public Utilities, discuss the activities of the program administrator, and provide an up-to-minute timeline for SMART’s rollout.
Storage track
Battery technology's versatility can fulfill most grid reliability needs. Learn from experts how strategic deployments can simultaneously monetize numerous capabilities maximizing the value of installations. Additionally, our speakers will outline what drives high-value energy storage projects by investigating successful utility, C&I and residential aggregation projects and will discuss what’s next in the space. This session will outline what drives high-value energy storage projects by investigating successful utility, C&I and residential aggregation projects and will discuss what’s next in the space.
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
Networking Lunch - located in the Marina Ballroom
12:30 pm
1:30 pm

Fronius' Sponsored Workshop: The Fronius Smart Solution | Hancock

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During this discussion we will cover the Fronius Smart Solution, the most adaptive solution to the market. Including the combination of cell-string optimized modules, the Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box, a Fronius SnapINverter, the optional Fronius Smart Meter and the Fronius Solar.web online monitoring portal, we will also discuss the service options to apply the tools at your disposal.
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2:00 pm
3:00 pm

Solar Track I

Partnering with Public Power for Success: Opportunities and Case Studies from Munis and Co-ops | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Jared Leader, Senior Associate, Utility Strategy, SEPA
Speakers:
William Bottiggi, General Manager, Braintree Electric
Jonathan Fitch, General Manager, West Boylston Municipal Lighting Plant
Robb Jetty, Vice President of Business Development, groSolar
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Solar Track II

Hot Topics in Emerging Markets across Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Janet Besser, Executive Vice President, Northeast Clean Energy Council
Speakers:
Christopher Kearns, Legislative Liaison & Chief, Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Mark LeBel, JD, Staff Attorney, Acadia Center
Dylan Voorhees, Climate and Clean Energy Project Director, National Resources Council of Maine
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Storage Track

Regional Storage Outlook | Webster
Moderator:
Nitzan Goldberger, State Policy Director, Energy Storage Association
Speakers:
Michael Berlinski, Director of Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
Sean Hamilton, General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department
Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Juliana Mandell, Director of Policy and Business Development, Green Charge
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Solar track I
Municipally-owned utilities and electric co-ops are accountable to their members, not shareholders. This provides opportunities to invest in solar power, emerging grid technologies, and revenue-generating, or cost-saving programs, without the same regulatory governance of investor-owned utilities. This case study focused session will explore opportunities for Munis,Co-ops and the solar industry to partner together in the Northeast.
Solar track II
This session will feature recent policy developments and market opportunities that underscore Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine’s important roles in driving the renewable energy economy in the Northeast.
Storage track
Join us for a discussion on policies and regulations governing the storage market in the Northeast, including Massachusetts’ procurement goals, NY storage targets, and other programs in New England.
3:05 pm
3:30 pm

Solar Track I

SEIA Northeast-focused U.S. Solar Market Insight Update | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Shawn Rumery, Director of Research, SEIA
Speaker:
Austin Perea, Solar Analyst, GTM Research
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Solar Track II

Insights on Business Best Practices for Customer Relations | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, SEIA
Speakers:
Rubens Pessanha, Senior Director of Market Research, Insights, and Strategy, Council of Better Business Bureaus
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Storage Track

FERC NOPR | Webster
Speaker:
Frank Lacey, President, Electric Energy Advisors Consulting, LLC
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Solar track I
Like the U.S. at large, northeastern solar PV markets experienced a record-breaking 2017. Join analysts from SEIA and GTM Research for the release of data and analysis from our 2017 report and a discussion of opportunities and challenges on the horizon.
Solar track II
The residential solar business has boomed and matured over the past decade resulting in more opportunities, customer acquisition tools, and competition to secure and grow your business. These developments are exciting but don’t necessarily come with an instruction book on running your business. Like other industries, residential solar is not immune from consumer complaints which can hurt your reputation, relationship with customers, and bottom-line. This session will feature a conversation with experts on building strong relationships with current and prospective customers, and avoiding messy customer experience pitfalls that can put your business at risk.
Storage track
Late last year FERC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would require RTO and ISO’s to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregations in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets. Now that FERC is back to a quorum, what should we expect? Is the republican majority more likely to advance these technologies or leave the status quo in place? Could this be the next legal battleground for traditional generators, similar to FERC Order No. 745?
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom.
Sponsored by:
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4:00 pm
5:00 pm

Solar Track I

The New Jersey Market: What's on the Horizon? | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Robin Dutta, Market Development & Policy - Eastern US, SunPower Corporation
Speakers:
Pam Frank, Vice President, Gabel Associates
Todd Hranicka, Director of Solar Energy, PSE&G
Katie Rever, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, IGS Energy
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Solar Track II

Orange Button: A Standardized Solution for Reporting Solar Performance Data | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Aaron Smallwood, Senior Director, Technical Services (SEPA)
Speakers:
Jason Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer, kWh Analytics
Debbie Brodt-Giles, Data Science and Innovation Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tom Tansy, Chairman and CEO, SunSpec Alliance
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Storage Track

Financing Solar + Storage | Webster
Moderator:
Joel Meister, Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP
Speakers:
Tom Athan, President & Co-founder, Altus Power America, Inc.
Mark Barnett, Partner, Foley Hoag
Christopher Elias, Senior Manager, SunPower Corporation
Everett Smith, Managing Partner, GoldenSet Capital Partners LLC
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Solar track I
With a new Governor in New Jersey who campaigned on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, what will an administration change mean for the solar industry? This session will offer a deep dive into the New Jersey market, and what ongoing legislative efforts around solar carve outs in the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, the possibility of raising New Jersey’s Net Metering Cap, and an emerging opportunity for Community Solar may mean for your business.
Solar track II
Designed for and by the solar industry, the Orange Button data taxonomy is impacting how data from every phase of the solar project lifecycle is managed and shared. By reducing investor uncertainty, Orange Button is lowering the cost of capital and advancing solar adoption.

More than 60 early adopter firms are engaged with the two-year old DOE program and implementing the Orange Button taxonomy in their software products and streamlining their business processes and data management practices – and reaping the benefits in feasibility, construction and deployment, finance, asset management, business to business data exchange, and more.

Orange Button program leaders will discuss early adopter plans, the future of the Orange Button data taxonomy, and what the solar industry can expect when the tools and taxonomy are officially launched. Orange Button’s continued development and penetration into the solar industry is changing the way solar business is done.

Storage track
Achieving a manageable ROI with solar + storage is a familiar challenge, but how well do you know how to get a deal done and whether it is eligible for incentives? This session will investigate new structures and offerings​ that enable growth of new solar+storage business models. Topics to be covered will include subscription models, hardware versus software services, bankability and resulting procurement options.
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom.
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6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Happy Hour - Join your colleagues at Birch Bar at the Boston Waterfront Hotel (1 drink ticket is included for Full Conference attendees)
7:30 pm
10:00 pm
Networking reception at Harpoon Brewery (Tickets sold separately for $75) Sold Out!  
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Time Solar Track IV: Opportunities for Collaboration Solar Track V: Advanced Topics in Solar
8:00 am
1:30 pm
Registration Open - Located in the Commonwealth Foyer
8:30 am
9:30 am

Solar Track IV

Community Solar Opportunities in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Brandon Smithwood, Policy Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access
Speakers:
Liz Argo, Manager, Programs & Administration, Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative
Ben Downing, VP New Market Development, Nexamp
David Hill, Distributed Resources Director, Policy Fellow
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Hannah Muller, Vice President Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy Collective
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Solar Track V

Finding Efficiencies in the Era of Big Data | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Christine Stearn, Utility Strategy Analyst, SEPA
Speakers:
Michael Constantine, CEO TrueLight Energy
Chris Ashley, Vice President, Utility Sales, EnergyHub
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Solar track IV
The ever expanding promise of community solar has created a buzz with utilities, developers and customers, but what’s next for this unique business model in the Northeast? This session will investigate, analyze, and evaluate the substantive issues across the region, from the developed markets to emerging markets.
Solar track V
Advances in electricity-usage data management, coupled with the surge of internet-connected consumer goods and progressive state policies have created a unique opportunity to amplify the value of grid-tied solar generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles. This session will review programs that leverage this technology convergence and explain how they are conceived, designed, and implemented.
9:30 am
2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open - Located in the Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom
9:30 am
10:00 am
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom, Foyer & Commonwealth Ballroom.
Sponsored by:baywa-re
10:00 am
11:00 am

Solar Track IV

What the Hill is Going On?! A Federal Update | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Ashley Patterson, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy, Ameresco
Speakers:
Brandon Audap, Director of Federal Affairs, SEIA
John Marciano, Co-Head Global Project Finance, Akin Gump
Hewitt Strange, Director of Government Affairs, Cypress Creek Renewables
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Solar Track V

Securitizations: Tapping Low-Cost Debt Through the Capital Markets | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Mike Mendelsohn, Senior Director of Project Finance and Capital Markets
Speakers:
Jessica Bailey, CEO, Greenworks Lending
Ronald Borod, Principal, Ram Island Strategies LLC
Thomas Byrne, Co-founder, CleanCapital
Dave Levy, Vice President, State Street
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Solar track IV
Come and hear an in-depth review of national trends in the solar industry from Washington D.C. insiders. You will hear detailed updates on tax reform in Congress, what you need to know about the U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C.
Solar track V
Learn how securitization is opening debt markets and may transform the solar industry. Representatives from leading companies and other experts provide insight into the pooling and structuring of project cash flows in order to reduce risk and facilitate investment by pension funds and other global money managers.
11:15 am
12:15 pm

Solar Track IV

The Future of Incentive Programs in the Northeast | Harbor Ballroom II
Moderator:
Alex Hobson, Director of External Communications, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Ilan Gutherz, Senior Director of Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar
Colin Murchie, Senior Director, Customer Energy Services, Sol Systems
Chris Rauscher, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
Richard Walsh, Program Lead, Clean Energy Solutions, WGL Energy
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Solar Track V

Understanding DER Capabilities and Valuation | Harbor Ballroom III
Moderator:
Elizabeth Wilson, Professor and Director, Dartmouth
Speakers:
Kevin Lucas, Director of Rate Design, SEIA
Ryan Edge, Program Manager, SEPA
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Solar track IV
Ambitious clean energy standards in Northeastern states and Pennsylvania’s decision to officially close its borders to out of state solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) highlight the increased importance of getting incentive programs right. This session will discuss the future of incentive programs in the northeast, with a particular focus on figuring out the right incentive structures needed in New York and the broader Tri-State and New England region to create conditions under which the solar industry can scale as it continues to lower costs and become increasingly competitive.
Solar track V
This session features two presentations that explore state-level efforts to modernize the electric utility grid and the ways in which the location of distributed energy resources (DER) can provide various grid benefits and may lead to changes in DER compensation. Following these presentations both speakers will participate in a collaborative discussion on how grid modernization efforts present significant risks and opportunities for solar and how the modern grid can effectively use DERS, such as solar, to transform the electric grid into one that better meets the needs of all customers.
1:00 pm
4:00 pm
Business Opportunities in Asset Management, Operations, and Maintenance Institute
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Business Opportunities in Asset Management, Operations, and Maintenance Institute | Stone
This institute will investigate how to evaluate business opportunities and performance challenges and explore how to leverage process management and performance improvement techniques such as data standardization to increase operational efficiency in residential solar installations.
Improving The Customer Experience Institute | Webster
This institute will investigate common pain points and identify how residential and commercial contractors can implement a customer centric view, from acquisition through delivery and beyond in maturing markets with tighter margins due to higher costs.