Schedule

Full Preliminary Schedule

Monday, February 4, 2019

Time Pre-Conference
3:00 pm
5:30 pm

Solar 101 Workshop (Additional registration required) | Harbor Ballroom III

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$50 National SEIA/SEPA Members | $75 Nonmembers

This solar energy fundamentals course will provide basic technical, business, policy and overall industry understanding for participants. Attendees will gain knowledge that enables them to immediately participate in a multitude of meaningful industry conversations, and prepare for more advanced, topical education available at the conference. Learn more.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Policy and Regulation Track Resilience and Innovation Track
8:00 am
6:00 pm
Registration Open | Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am
10:00 am

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

Part I: Effectively Telling the Solar Story: Lessons from the Front Line
Moderator:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speaker:
Jon Chesto, Reporter, Boston Globe
Representative Thomas A. Golden Jr., Massachusetts State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Lynda Tocci, Principal, Dewey Square Group

Part II: How the Grid of the Future is Coming to the Northeast
Moderator:
Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Gregory Dudkin, President, Electric Utilities, PPL Electric Utilities
Roger Kranenburg, Vice President, Energy Strategy and Policy, Eversource Energy

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  8:30 am - 9:15 am: Effectively Telling the Solar Story: Lessons from the Front Line
Too often the asks from the solar industry are buried in jargon, arcane technical detail, and obscure energy legalese. Join SEIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Abigail Ross Hopper, and a panel of experts to help the solar industry better understand how to communicate the needs of solar companies to key audiences. This panel brings together legislators, energy regulators, reporters, and communications professionals to help attendees learn better ways to tell their story, attract customers, and leverage the solar industry’s overwhelming popularity to develop a more active and engaged public network of supporters.

9:15 am  - 10:00 am: How the Grid of the Future is Coming to the Northeast
SEPA's President and CEO, Julia Hamm, sits down with executives from the region's leading utilities to discuss the growth in renewable energy, how new technologies are reshaping the way utilities do business, and what these new developments mean for the companies and customers they serve. Carbon and climate change, state, and federal policy, the economics of power delivery, and the utility business model -- everything is on the table. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear directly from these energy sector leaders about where we are going and how your business plays a role, in this energetic kick-off to Solar Power Northeast.
10:00 am
6:00 pm
Exhibit Hall OpenGrand Ballroom
10:00 am
10:30 am
Networking Break |Grand Ballroom Foyer Sponsored by
10:30 am
11:25 am
The Future of Solar Compensation and Incentives in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:
Dave Gahl, Director, State Affairs, Northeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Ilan Gutherz, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar Systems
Jim Kennerly, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
Katie Rever, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, IGS Solar Energy
Ian Springsteel, Director, U.S. Retail Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

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Solar Portfolio Optimization |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:
Zoe Berkery
, Vice President, CleanCapital
Speakers:
Rob Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Heliolytics Inc.
Thomas Biddinger, Chief Commercial Officer, Kenyon Energy, LLC
Reegan Moen, Business Development Manager, SOLV, Swinerton Renewable Energy

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Expectations for the Economics of Energy Storage Applications |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator: 
Benjamin Lowe, Senior Consultant, Enovation Partners
Speakers:
Benjamin Downing, Vice President, New Market Development, Nexamp
Sean Hamilton, General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department
Will Lauwers, Emerging Technology Director, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Juliana Mandell, Director, Policy and Business Development, ENGIE Storage

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  Clean energy ambitions in Northeastern states highlight the increased importance of getting incentive programs right so that the solar industry can scale as it continues to lower costs and become increasingly competitive. This session will discuss the future of incentive programs in the northeast, with a focus on New Jersey’s consideration of a successor to its current SREC program, the rollout of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program in Massachusetts, and insights from the evolution of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.
This panel will focus on the ways in which you can optimally manage your solar assets. From efficient and cost effective O&M strategies, to thorough asset management and financial analyses. We will look at way to ensure a healthy PV system both from a technical and financial standpoint. And we will explore some of the new technologies allowing us to get there.
Energy storage systems provide a wide array of technological capabilities to managing our power supply in order to create a more resilient energy infrastructure and bring cost savings to utilities and consumers. But how do we move beyond the hype and transition from talking about energy storage to a robust market for energy storage? This session will focus on the economic fundamentals of energy storage, its relationship with solar, value to the grid, and how the energy storage market will transform over the next five years.
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Key Pillars of Running a Healthy Solar Business |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:
Boaz Soifer, Chief Executive Officer, BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC
Speakers:
Lamara d'Arbeloff, Procurement Manager, SunBug Solar
Stephanie Bonini, Director, Sales Training, Sungage Financial
Peter Troast, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Circle

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The Rules of a Better Road: Improving Interconnection for Solar and Storage
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:
Kelly Friend, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp
Speakers:
Tim Corrigan, Senior Protection Engineer, TRC Solutions
Susan Jornov, Commercial Interconnection Coordinator, SunPower Corporation
Jeff Lord, Senior VP of Project Development, Clean Energy Collective
Tim Roughan, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, National Grid 

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Municipal Utility Roundtable Discussion |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Stephen Smith, Manager, Energy Commodities, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company

Speakers:
James Gibbons, Director, Policy & Planning, Burlington Electric Department
Jane Parenteau, General Manager, Holden Municipal Light Department, Town of Holden, Massachusetts
Jesse Stowell, Vice President, Business Development, Encore Renewable Energy

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  With the changes in the solar market increasing complexity for contractors, the struggle to run healthy businesses is real. Join us to learn how some businesses are internally managing change in this evolving marketplace. Our expert panelists will share how they are addressing change by looking at the key metrics and strategies around main pillars of business health. Clear interconnection standards are the “rules of the road” of the grid. They are essential to maintaining system safety and reliability, while also enabling the adoption of solar energy and energy storage. This session will discuss common interconnection challenges for solar and storage in the Northeast, how to most appropriately address energy storage in interconnection standards, and best practices for interconnection timelines, fees, technical requirements, and other related processes critical to sustained solar and energy storage market growth. Municipally-owned utilities and are accountable to their communities, not shareholders. This provides opportunities to invest in solar power, emerging grid technologies, and revenue-generating, or cost-saving programs, without the same regulatory hurdle sof investor-owned utilities. This session will explore opportunities to partner with small utilities for new growth of solar in the Northeast.
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
Networking Lunch | Marina Ballroom
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Community Solar in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway Energy Group

Speakers:

Doug Beebe, Vice President of Energy Finance, Key Equipment Finance Clean Energy

David Hill, Director, Distributed Resources and Policy Fellow, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

MJ Shiao, Director, Community Solar, Arcadia Power

Allan Telio, Senior Vice President, Community Solar, Nexamp

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Updates on Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources in PJM and ISO-NE |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Ari Peskoe, Director, Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School

Speakers:

Catherine McDonogh, Principal Analyst, Market Development, ISO New England

Becca Polisuk, Assistant General Counsel, Sunrun

Laura Walter, Senior Lead Economist, Advanced Analytics, PJM Interconnection

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Emerging Technologies Enabling Flexible Grid Management |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Medha Surampudy, Research Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:

Joe Crespo, Chief Executive Officer, Genbright LLC

Phil Martin, Director, DER Development, Enel X North America

Christopher Rauscher, Director, Policy and Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun

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  The ever-expanding promise of community solar has created buzz with utilities, developers, and customers, but what’s next for this unique business model in the Northeast? Will community solar plus storage become the norm? Can more “consumer friendly” product offerings be reconciled with efforts to make community solar projects financeable? Drawing from a diversity of experience, this session will investigate, analyze, and evaluate how to overcome key bottlenecks to the expansion of community solar in the northeast and better provide homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of shared solar energy generation. In this session, we will discuss PJM and ISO-NE’s plans for integrating energy storage into their markets. We will also highlight the key issues that may be slowing progress on a FERC rule requiring RTOs to facilitate participation of DER aggregators. FERC proposed a rule in late 2016 and held a technical conference in April 2018, and has not issued an update since.
What is the next innovation for the power sector now that solar and batteries are becoming the new normal? There is still plenty more digitization to come. Hear from companies leading in transactive energy, Internet-of-things, grid sensing and automation, and more. These technologies will have the potential to lower costs to consumers, increase system reliability and resilience, and better integrate solar, storage, EVs, and flexible demand to create the grid of the future.
3:05 pm
3:30 pm
Banking on Solar: Opportunities for Community and Regional Financial Institutions |
Harbor Ballroom I

Speaker:

David Feldman, Senior Financial Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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What the Hill is Going On? Harbor Ballroom III

Speakers:

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

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  This presentation will focus on how community and regional financial institutions (CRFIs), including community banks and credit unions, can provide a significant portion of the required capital while creating a large investment opportunity for themselves.
In Congress, 2019 offers opportunities to capitalize on infrastructure legislation, which has implications for energy and tax. Democratic takeover of the House also means more serious talk about carbon policy, as well as a potential opening for an extension of the ITC for solar. Come and hear an in-depth review of both short- and long-term opportunities with potentially massive implications for the industry and what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C.  
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall | Grand Ballroom Sponsored by
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Posters ReceptionHarbor Ballroom Foyer  
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
New England Development Beyond Massachusetts |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Jamie Dickerson, Senior Policy Manager, Northeast Clean Energy Council

Speakers:

Claire Coleman, Climate and Energy Attorney, Connecticut Fund for the Environment

Chad Farrell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Encore Renewable Energy

Madeleine Mineau, Executive Director, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association

Dave Wilby, President, Wilby Public Affairs

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Turning Solar Landfills into Reality: A Case Study |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Sonja Britland, Administrator, Customer Care & Public Communications, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant
James Irving, Principal Resource Analyst, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant

Lisa Raffin, Chief Investment Officer, Green Street Power Partners

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Resilience and Microgrids |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Jared Leader
, Senior Associate, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speaker:

Michael Bakas, Executive Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, Ameresco

Tom Chorman, Senior Engineer, National Grid

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  The development of solar projects in New England from design to commissioning requires a keen understanding of property taxes, and regional zoning laws. These variables will most directly affect the likelihood of a project moving forward and can create delays and drive up development costs when mistakes are made. 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. With thousands of closed landfills covering acres across the country, both solar developers and landfill owners have been understandably eager to take advantage of the opportunity to leverage landfills as viable solar platforms. With Green Street Power Partners recent construction of Taunton Municipal Light Plant’s (TMLP) first community solar farm, located on a landfill in Raynham, MA, this session will provide a case study about the community engagement and project management necessary for effectively turning a landfill into a renewable energy source for local residents, without interfering with the ongoing environmental management of the landfill. The need for greater grid resilience in the face of growing threats from severe weather, cybersecurity, and physical threats to electricity delivery is creating a unique opportunity microgrids. Falling costs for distributed solar power, energy storage, coupled with innovative state and local level programs, are enabling a market for microgrids in a durable, sustainable way. This session will dig into the trends in the microgrid market with case studies to illustrate the drivers of adoption.
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Grand Ballroom Happy Hour
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5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Commonwealth Ballroom Happy Hour
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7:30 pm
10:00 pm
Networking reception at Harpoon Brewery (Tickets sold separately for $100) 
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Icebreaker Speed Networking

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track Policy and Regulation Track Resilience and Innovation Track
8:00 am
10:30 am

The Changing Workforce: How a New Era of Benefits Can Attract and Retain Talent | Stone Room
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8:30 am
1:30 pm
Registration Open | Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am
9:25 am
Financing Solar and Storage |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator: 

Mark Barnett, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Speakers: 

Jason Barrett, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Investments and Structured Finance, GAF Materials, LLC

Rebecca Glazer, Director, Structured Finance, Sol Systems, LLC

Jesse Grossman, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Soltage, LLC

David McIlhenny, Vice President, Project Finance, SunPower Corporation

Henry Shine, Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital

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Cutting the Red Tape: How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the U.S. |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Justin Baca, Vice President, Markets and Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Karyn Boenker, Public Policy Manager, Sunrun

Danielle Burns, Senior Associate, Distributed Energy Resources, The Cadmus Group

Philip Haddix, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, The Solar Foundation

Costa Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer, PanelClaw, Inc.

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Unpacking the Future of EVs in the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Stephen Russell, Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Speakers: 

Pamela Frank, Chief Executive Officer, ChargEVC

Sara Rafalson, Director, Market Development, EVgo

Rishi Sondhi, Emerging Products Manager, National Grid

Matt Stanberry, Vice President, Market Development, Advanced Energy Economy

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This session will provide an in depth look at leading perspectives on financing trends, structures, deal terms, current market conditions, and a forecast on where the solar and storage industry is heading in the Northeast. Permitting fees, inconsistent code interpretation, wet stamps, truck rolls, redesign, delays, lost customers, meeting inspectors, frustration. They each add cost and those costs make your systems more expensive. More expensive systems are harder to sell, adding customer acquisition costs. It’s a vicious cycle that is far worse in the U.S. than in other developed countries and it contributes to a typical residential PV system in the U.S. costing twice is much in the U.S. as in Germany or Australia. Why? It doesn’t have to be this way. We can improve safety and quality while cutting unnecessary costs and massively expand the addressable market! Come learn about and join the effort to fix the process. Electric Vehicles are a promising opportunity for significant electric load growth not experienced over the past decade that presents important questions around cost recovery and rate design for industry, policymakers, and regulators alike. This session investigates what the electrification of vehicles means for the grid in the Northeast, including the importance of load management, and whether utilities should serve as facilitators, managers, or providers of EV charging stations.
9:30 am
10:00 am
Training and Retraining a Diverse Solar Workforce |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Colin Silver, Director of Digital & Internal Communications, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Mara Cerezo, Senior Program Officer, Green City Force

Megan Howes, Program Coordinator, Solar Training Network, The Solar Foundation

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What's Next for Solar Thermal in Massachusetts |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:

Meg Howard, Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Samantha Meserve, Renewable Thermal Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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US-China Solar Trade Update |
Harbor Ballroom III

Speaker:

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

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The number of solar jobs has nearly tripled in the past seven years. However, the rise in solar jobs has gone hand-in-hand with shortages of skilled employees and women and people of color continue to face significant hurdles to achieving equal pay and positions in the solar industry. This session will highlight the importance of workforce development efforts and ongoing industry efforts around improving training and hiring more women, people of color, veterans, and underrepresented groups.  This quick talk will dive into the current incentive landscape for solar thermal in Massachusetts, including renewable thermal energy credits, rebates, and state and federal tax incentives. The discussion will include how these incentives apply to an example residential and commercial project and what's next for the solar thermal industry in Massachusetts, in terms of policy developments and market changes.
Responsible development is pivotal to community and utility-scale solar deployment. This session will continue dialogues between industry, local stakeholders and public officials around best practices in solar construction and maintenance, decommissioning, and co-locating solar projects with agriculture.
10:00 am
10:45 am
Networking Break | Grand Ballroom Sponsored by
10:00 am
2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open | Grand Ballroom
10:30 am
1:00 pm
Solar Power Northeast Career Fair | Webster Room
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10:45 am
11:40 am
Opportunities and Challenges in C&I Solar |
Harbor Ballroom I

Moderator:

Chris Cantone, Vice President, Commercial Markets, SunPower Corporation

Speakers:

Jonathan Abe, CEO, Sunwealth

Budd Batchelder, Senior Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Comcast Northeast

Rebecca Gallery, Director, Business Development, Wunder Capital

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Bringing Large-scale Solar to the Northeast |
Harbor Ballroom II

Moderator:

Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:

Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

Christy Martell, Vice President, Midmarket and Channels, Stem, Inc.

Paul Raducha, Senior Director, Kearsarge Energy

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What's New in Inverters? |
Harbor Ballroom III

Moderator:

Ryan Edge, Program Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Speakers:

Babak Enayati, Manager, Technology Deployment, National Grid

Emily Hwang, Applications Engineering Manager, Yaskawa Solectria Solar

Blair Reynolds, Residential Product Manager, SMA America

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Compared to residential and utility-scale projects, commercial development can range widely in size and complexity -- and depend heavily on state policies. This session will dive into the range of solar options available to large and small companies and discuss opportunities and challenges for C&I solar deals in the Northeast. Utility-scale solar is critical to helping the Northeast achieve its renewable energy targets. However, the Northeast is a land-constrained region, with unique siting and permitting barriers and without vast tracts of public land like in western states. This session will assess and identify barriers to development and discuss strategies for accelerating large-scale solar deployment in the Northeast. Recent updates to the standards governing inverters interconnecting with the grid are changing the way inverter-based resources are integrated. These changes are increasing the hosting capacity for solar generation while harnessing inverters capabilities to provide ancillary services. Hear from experts how these revisions affect your business and your customers.
11:45 am
12:15 pm
Construction Best Practices for Harsh Winter Conditions and High Labor Costs |
Harbor Ballroom III

Speakers:

Shamor Paul, Director, EPC Operations, North America, GP JOULE

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How to Make the MA SMART Program Work for You |
Harbor Ballroom I

Speakers:

Michael Judge, Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Solar and EVs on Wineries Case Study |
Harbor Ballroom II

Speakers:Suzanne Hunt, President, GreenHunt, LLC

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As more solar photovoltaic facilities are being installed in the northern regions of the United States and Canada throughout the year, including in winter, it’s important to be aware of some of the challenges that could arise which may have fatal and/or costly consequences. This presentation covers some best practices to address the challenges of operating in harsh winter conditions or expensive labour markets during the construction phases of your project, which starts with the selection of your products. With the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program now fully launched, understanding program requirements and latest developments with respect to SMART implementation will be critical in helping your business grow. This session will provide a deep dive into the new program, including an update on applications received to date, a discussion of the upcoming 400 MW program review and the policy issues that will be under consideration, and next steps for service territories where program blocks have already been filled. Hunt Country Vineyards, a 7th generation farm and winery, has been working to address climate change through a diverse mix of sustainability initiatives including solar PV, geothermal heating and cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, energy efficiency, and soil health. This session will include information about Hunt Country as a case study in leveraging customer facing businesses as living demonstrations of the clean energy transition.