2017 Education Program

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Solar Power Northeast 2017 featured two tracks: Business, Technology, and Market Insights and Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Time Event
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session featuring New York REV leader, Richard Kauffman, who will be receiving the Solar Champion Award.

Solar power demand continues to accelerate in the Northeast. This growth, attributed to early adoption of advanced smart technologies paired with forward thinking public policy and private demand, has helped create three top-ten solar states locally (NY, NJ, MA). Our opening general session will investigate what keeps this market moving - from policies that drive economic prosperity, to the role solar is playing in the distributed energy market, and the ways we can work together to carry this momentum in to 2017 and beyond.

Abigail Ross Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association
Tanuj Deora, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York

10:00 am - 6:00 pm Expo Hall Open
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Community Solar: Success Post Installation

Community solar programs and their subscribers have been key to unlocking this low-cost, renewable energy solution. We have learned a lot about the financial, political, and social considerations involved in developing these programs, but now what? With so many programs already available, how are subscribers reaping the benefits, what are the operational implications, and is this really a golden ticket for utilities?

Chris Barrett, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Project Economics
Christopher Gilrein, Policy and Regulatory Manager, Clean Energy Collective
Christine Hallquist, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Electric Cooperative

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: MA’s New Solar Incentive Program & What it Means for the Legislative Session

For years, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of solar – leaders in job creation,
investment, innovation, and policy. In early 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy
Resources’ released a new proposal to support another 1600 MW of solar development in
the Commonwealth. This panel will dive into key program design issues, discuss how the
proposal can be improved, and debate over what the new framework means for the 2017
legislative session.

David Gahl, Director of State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA

John Murphy, Vice President, Corporate Development, Nexamp
Ian Springsteel, Director, Regulatory Policy, National Grid
Mark Sylvia, Managing Director, Blue Wave, LLC

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: New Opportunities for Solar in the Smart Grid

The past few years have seen a flurry of action to rethink, upgrade, and modernize our aging power grid into ‘smarter’ systems that increase security, efficiency, and reliability while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will explore emerging business opportunities for the solar industry to find additional value from projects. Locational value, advanced inverter functionality, resource aggregation, and wholesale markets hold new opportunities by taking a more active role on the grid.

Vazken Kassakhian, Research Analyst, SEPA

Scott Baker, Senior Business Solution Analyst, Applied Solutions, PJM Interconnection
C. Scott Barrington, Sr. Project Manager, Trimark Associates, Inc.
Adje Mensah, Chief Executive Officer, A.F.Mensah

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Navigating Customer Acquisition to Success

As residential solar rapidly grows, customer acquisition has become competitive with companies
using advertising, marketing calls, and third-party lead generators to reach consumers.
Anyone in the space has to understand the rules of the game. Learn from industry experts
about customer acquisition issues, laws, and rules to ensure your success. This panel is vital
for all solar companies working with residential consumers.

Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, SEIA

Jarrod Loadholt, Consumer Compliance Counsel, SolarCity

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Making Solar + Storage Work for the Grid and the Customer

Energy storage is the buzzword in our industry and an ideal complement to solar power,
but its usefulness for utilities, RTOs, and end users vary across applications. This session will
provide key considerations for designing and deploying optimal battery systems that support
any system need, whether managing demand charges, providing backup supply, or shifting
solar energy to serve nighttime loads.

David Hebert, Director, Utility Business Development, SunVerge
Gary Lemay, Renewable Energy Engineer, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Communicating for Success

Drive your business by effectively communicating the importance of solar with SEIA’s help!
This session will demonstrate how effectively communicating the benefits of solar power
lifted the NEM cap in Massachusetts, and defeated Amendment 1 in Florida. Learn how to
translate these campaign lessons to everyday business.

Sean Garren, Regional Director, Northeast, Vote Solar
Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications, SEIA

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Operations and Maintenance Best Practices

This QuickTalk will feature a look at O&M in the Northeast and the best practices learned
throughout the US to support minimizing costs and maximizing ROI for commercial and
utility scale plants.

Kari Burman, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Election report and the ITC

This QuickTalk will review President Trump’s transition and first weeks in office and investigate the implications for future solar policy including the ITC, energy in any federal infrastructure proposal, and the fate of the Clean Power Plan.

Christopher Mansour, Vice President, Federal Affairs, SEIA

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour with complimentary beer, Sponsored by:  ced-greentech
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Group Happy Hour in Hotel Lobby (Full Conference attendees receive 1 drink ticket)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Networking Reception at Harpoon Brewery
Sponsored by:    energeiaworks-logo      pfister-energy-logo
Note - in order to gain admission, it is mandatory to bring ID and your ticket.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Time Event
8:00 am - 1:30 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 9:30 am SEIA Northeast-focused U.S. Solar Market Insight® Update

Like the U.S. at large, northeastern solar PV markets experienced a record-breaking 2016.
Join analysts from SEIA and GTM Research for the release of data and analysis from our 2016
report and a discussion of opportunities and challenges on the horizon.

Shawn Rumery, Director of Research, Solar Energy Industries Association
Austin Perea, Analyst, GTM Research

9:30 am - 10:30 am Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Expanding C&I Markets thru Financial Innovation

Despite the tax incentive roller-coaster, the C&I market in the Northeast continues to expand! Join our panel of solar finance experts as they discuss pricing & structures, PACE implications, and best practices for project development in the current policy environment.

Dana Allen Sands, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Partners
Chris Diaz, Principal, Seminole Financial Services, LLC
Stanley Fishbein, Managing Partner, CleanView Capital
Ben Healey, Director, Clean Energy Finance, CT Green Bank

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track:NY REV: The Value of Distributed Energy Order

New York’s Public Service Commission will soon be releasing its highly-anticipated Order that outlines a new framework for compensating distributed solar customers. As a centerpiece of REV, this Order begins to implement New York’s vision for a DER-centric future. Join experts as they unpack the Order and discuss its implications for New York and beyond.

Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel and Director of State Affairs, SEIA
Ryan Katofsky, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Advanced Energy Economy
Christopher Raup, Director, Utility of the Future, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Katie Bolcar Rever, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, IGS Energy

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Expo Hall Open
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Business, Technology, and Market Insights Track: Utility Scale Solar in the Northeast

Utility-scale solar power is the cheapest it has ever been. State and federal policies remain
supportive and corporate buyers are spurring new interest in large-scale solar throughout the
region. With maturity also comes new concerns over grid integration and longer interconnection
queues. Learn from experts how to sustain growth in this sector by adapting to new
market dynamics.

Melissa Kemp, Policy Director, Cypress Creek Renewables

Sean Hamilton, Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department
Jeff Lord, Vice President of Project Development, Clean Energy Collective
Houtan Moaveni, Policy Director, NYSERDA

Policy, Regulation, and Collaboration Track: Partnering for Success

Utilities and sustainable energy organizations in the solar and storage industries are evolving their customer relationships with consumers from more of a passive service models to a multi-faceted, holistic value proposition. This session will focus on win-win-win scenarios that benefit the customers, the utilities and its industry partners, and move as we move toward a more sustainable electricity marketgrid.

Ryan Edge, Programs Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Abigail Anthony, Director, Grid Modernization Initiative Acadia Center
Samer Arafa, Lead Engineer, New Energy Solutions, National Grid
Steve Hinchman, Chief Counsel, Director of Development, ReVision Energy and Grid Solar

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop: PV and the 2017 NEC
*** Attendees of this workshop receive a complimentary Expo pass
Workshop: SEIA Safety and Ergonomics Awareness Training and Best Practices for Solar Power Generation Employees