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Schedule subject to change. All events take place at the Intercontinental San Juan, unless otherwise noted.

MONDAY, April 29, 2019

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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pre-conference Workshop
Solar PV Sales: A Comprehensive Approach
| Atlantic Ballroom (Additional ticket required)
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI)
Lead Instructor:
Jeff Nicholson
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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Networking Reception | Boardwalk

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019

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8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introductions | Preciosa Balloom
Speakers:
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
P.J. Wilson, President, Solar + Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR)
9:15 am - 10:10 am Opening General Session | The Big Picture: Puerto Rico's Energy Future | Preciosa Balloom
Moderator:
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Eduardo Bhatia, Minority Leader, Senate of Puerto Rico
Jose Ortiz, Chief Executive Officer, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
Larry Seilhamer, Vice President, Senate of  Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico is preparing for significant energy system transformation. Hear from key leaders about what the future holds, and how solar and storage fit into the bigger picture.
10:10 am - 10:30 am Opening General Session | Solar Energy and a Shifting Political Landscape | Preciosa Balloom
Speaker:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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As we approach the turn of the decade, climate and clean energy are now part of the national conversation at an unprecedented scale. Polling shows that there is significant bipartisan appeal for solar, and bipartisan urgency to address climate change. Join SEIA’s President & CEO Abigail Ross Hopper for an exploration of where the solar industry fits into this new political reality, and what recent developments in Puerto Rico can tell us about the future of solar in the U.S.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby
10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking and Exhibits | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby
11:00 am - 11:55 am Preparing for the next Hurricane Season; Powering Critical Facilities | Preciosa Ballroom
Moderator:
Sanya Detweiler, Senior Project Manager, Clinton Foundation
Speaker:
Andrew MacCalla, Director of International Programs and Emergency Response, Direct Relief
Javier Rivera, Puerto Rico Community Foundation
Jose Juan Terrasa-Soler, Director ASLA, Resilient Power Puerto Rico
Alejandro Uriarte, Chief Executive Officer, New Energy
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Hurricane Maria demonstrated the urgent need for technologies that can withstand sustained power outages and as a result many residents and businesses turned to these solutions. Solar panel and battery makers have been active on the island to ensure that critical facilities are able to hold up in the next hurricane season. This panel of industry experts will showcase the work their organizations are doing on the island to build reslience in the face of future hurricanes.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm The Commercial & Industrial Solar Landscape | Preciosa Ballroom
Speaker:
Rodrigo Masses
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Commercial and Industrial scale solar faces its own set of challenges, namely interconnection obstacles and financing concerns. This QuickTalk will highlight best practices and lessons learned in the C&I solar space in Puerto Rico.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch and Exhibits | Plazoleta
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Funding Mechanisms for Solar Deployment in Puerto Rico | Preciosa Ballroom
Moderator:
Elaine Ulrich, Acting Senior Advisor, Department of Energy
Speakers:
Jon Bonanno, CXO, New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund
Dennis Gonzalez, Disaster Recovery Deputy Secretary, Puerto Rico Department of Housing
Marc Roumain, Attorney, Windmar
Sarah Salati, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, NY Power Authority
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Electricity rates in Puerto Rico are much higher than the U.S. average so solar and storage are attractive options for residents, businesses, and investors. This panel of experts will share insights on funding mechanisms and grants available to ensure solar makes good financial sense on the island.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm The Role of Electric Vehicles in Puerto Rico's Clean Energy Future | Preciosa Ballroom
Speaker:
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
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With an increasing amount of clean energy on the grid, electric vehicles will provide an opportunity to further Puerto Rico's energy independence and carbon reduction goals. As the island transforms its power sector, now is the time to think ahead to ensure EVs can benefit both the owners of the cars and all electricity customers.

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Networking and Exhibits | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Overcoming Barriers to Distributed Energy Resources in the Residential Market | Preciosa Ballroom
Speakers:
Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
David Sandbank, Director Distributed Energy Resources, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Maximo Torres, Owner, Maximo Solar
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Distributed solar growth is on the horizon in Puerto Rico. This session will address some of the challenges to overcoming barriers in the residential market such as interconnection problems and financing challenges. Join this panel of experts to hear how to move forward with DG solar positively.

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm 100% Renewable Energy Standard: How Do We Get There? | Preciosa Ballroom
Moderator:
Javier Rúa-Jovet, Director of Public Policy, Sunrun
Speakers:
Jussi Heikkinen, Director, Growth & Development Americas Energy Business, Wartsila North America
Jonathan Marvel, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects
Carlos Parés, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Maximo Solar Industries
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The 100% Renewable Energy Law passed by the Puerto Rico Legislature includes the requirement of increasing the percentage of renewable energy on the island from 2.7% to 25% by 2025. Which rulemakings and proceedings will be required by the Energy Bureau for implementation, and what is the industry's role in supporting this ambitious ramp-up of solar?

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Happy Hour | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019

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8:00 am - 2:30 pm Registration Open | Ballroom Lobby
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast | Atlantic Ballroom
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby
9:00 am - 10:00 am The Value of Storage to Puerto Rico's Energy Future | Preciosa Ballroom
Speakers:
Pablo Barrague, Market Development Director, Fluence
Adam Gentner, Senior Director of Latin America and New Markets, Sonnen
Gregg Murphy, VP of Business Development, Blue Planet Energy Systems
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Storage has a huge role to play in Puerto Rico's future at all scales. Hear about the relevant applications and deployments underway and in plans for the island's energy system.

10:00 am - 10:30 am Solar for All: Ensuring solar Reaches Low-income Communities in Puerto Rico | Preciosa Ballroom
Speaker:
Professor Marcel Castro, Associate Professor, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez
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Many see solar and storage as the silver bullet for Puerto Rico's energy problems. However, ensuring that solar reaches low-income communities must be addressed through infrastructure development and grid hardneing services. These panelists have direct experience working in low-income communities and can share insights on how to achiever solar for all in Puerto Rico.

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break and Exhibits | Caribbean Ballroom & Lobby
11:00 am - 11:45 am Microgrids: From Regulation to Reality | Preciosa Ballroom
Moderator:
Ramón-Luis Nieves, Attorney at Law
Speakers:
Ernesto Jacob, Chief Operations Officer, IBD Energy
Javier Rivera, Puerto Rico Community Foundation
Ronny Sandoval, Senior Director, Grid Modernization, Environmental Defense Fund
Roy Torbert, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
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Puerto Rico Energy Bureau issued microgrid regulations in 2018 and the market is now moving forward quickly with project development. Learn about the latest developments and projects in this session.

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Workforce Development Opportunities Through Solar and Storage Expansion | Preciosa Ballroom
Speakers:
Hon. Manuel Laboy Rivera, Secretary, Department of Economic Development and Commerce
Adele Ferranti, Program Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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Not only do solar energy and storage offer the potential to provide clean, reliable, and affordable electricity, they also offers job creation and economic growth for Puerto Rico.

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch | Plazoleta
1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Putting the Pedal to the Metal on Large-Scale Solar | Preciosa Ballroom
Moderator:
Carlos J. Fernández, Capital Member and Chairman, Environmental, Energy & Land Use Practice Group
Speakers:
Samy Esayag, Chief Executive Officer, Yarotek
Victor Gonzalez, President, Windmar Renewable
Jose Torres, Managing Partner, Monllor Capital Partners
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2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Energy Efficiency: A Complement to Renewable Energy | Preciosa Ballroom
Speakers:
Steve Bukowski, PhD, PE, Associate Director Energy, Navigant
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Puerto Rico's ambitious 100% renewable portfolio standard means that focus goes to renewable energy, sometimes at the expense of energy efficiency. However, energy efficiency is a way to help ease energy demands and lighten the load on the grid. In this session, we will hear how energy efficiency and renewable energy work hand in hand to address thermal and comfort issues while lowering the energy demand.

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