Schedule

The schedule is being updated regularly with new speakers and additional event information. Check back often to find out the latest happenings at Solar Power Southeast (schedule subject to change).

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Monday, May 14

Time Session Information
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Interconnection Workshop (additional ticket required) | Atlanta room | More Info
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Microgrid Workshop (additional ticket required) | Atlanta room | More Info
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm sonnen InnovationHub Tour  (RSVP required) | sonnenBatterie R&D and Manufacturing Innovation Facility in Tucker, GA. | More Info
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Opening Reception | Pool deckMore Info
Start networking and making connections before the event officially kicks-off the following morning. The opening reception is included with your Full Conference registration to Solar Power Southeast.

Tuesday, May 15

Time Session Information Session Information
8:00 am
5:00 pm
Registration Open
Opening General Session | Capitol Ballroom
8:30 am
10:15 am
What’s Next? The Outlook for Solar in the Southeast | Capitol Ballroom
Moderator:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
James Marlow, President & Co-Founder, Radiance Solar
Joe Brotherton, Executive Vice President, Cypress Creek Renewables
Andrew Barron Worden, CEO, GameChange Solar
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Join SEIA's President & CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper and industry executives as they discuss national and local trends facing the solar industry. Hear executive insights regarding outlook for the solar market in the Southeast and their companies’ strategies for growth, as well as other hot topics in the region, including utility scale solar procurement, corporate demand for clean energy, and how solar at all scales can contribute to reliability and provide grid services.
Fireside Chat
Featuring:
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Ty Daul, President, Recurrent Energy Group
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SEPA CEO Julia Hamm and Ty Daul, president of Recurrent Energy Group, delve into the commercial opportunities and challenges that are influencing the future of solar power in the Southeast, including the changing investor landscape, evolving preferences of utilities and large-energy buyers, and whether grid-scale standalone energy storage and solar + storage are ready for primetime.
10:00 am
5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 am
11:00 am
Coffee Break | Exhibit Hall Sponsored By:

10:15 am
11:00 am
Speed Networking | Capitol North
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Promoting Competition in Utility Scale Solar Procurement | Capitol South
Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Roger W. Bredder, Eastern US Business Origination, First Solar, Inc.
Chris Hansen, Director, Power Origination at TVA
Steve Levitas, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Strategy, Cypress Creek Renewables
Steve McInall, Director, Electric Production Resource Planning, JEA
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Electric Vehicles, Managed Charging, and New Strategies for Balancing the Grid | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Stephen Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Speakers:
Gary Brinkworth, Director of Enterprise Research and Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority
Mandy Mahoney, President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Erika Myers, Director, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Peter Westlake, Manager, Sustainability Programs, Orlando Utilities Commission
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Utilities are buying solar power in the Southeast, but the market is changing. Some states are becoming more open to competitive procurement while others are closed to independent power producers. South Carolina is seeking to enhance or expand PURPA policies whereas most Florida utilities are prioritizing in-house procurement, with limited opportunities for third parties. Hear from experts on the range of programs and methods that enable utilities to procure solar in the Southeast. EVs are a key technology for facilitating the switch from fossil fuels to renewable resources, growing electricity demand in the process. This new demand also brings new challenges, but the smart deployment of EVs and complementary technologies bring solutions as well. Much of the grid reliability challenge is balancing load with supply. Large quantities of solar and wind resources benefit from integration of other grid assets to promote flexibility. This session will explore the capabilities of managed electric vehicle charging, demand response, and energy storage to address system peaks and resource adequacy by bringing new flexibility in support of a cleaner power system.

** Get a head-start by reading the latest report from SEPA: Utilities and Electric Vehicles: Evolving to Unlock Grid Value

12:00 pm
1:30 pm
Networking Lunch | Capitol Foyer
12:00 pm
1:30 pm
Installer Training and Networking Lunch 
Atlanta Room
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1:30 pm
2:30 pm
Virginia Outlook | Capitol South
Moderator:
David Murray, Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
Speakers:
Dianne Corsello, Director of Business Development for Renewables, Dominion Energy
Blair Kendall, Director of Origination, Coronal Energy
Brian O'Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy & Government Affairs, Strata Solar
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Building for Resilience: Are Microgrids the Answer? | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Ken Horne, Director, Navigant
Speakers:
Steffanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations, Southern Current
Tom Fenimore, Technology Development Manager, Emerging Technology Office, Duke Energy
Representative Holly Raschein, Florida House of Representatives
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Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly declared 5,500 MW of solar and wind power in the public interest. This will facilitate rapid solar deployment in the Commonwealth, leading to significant ratepayer savings, rural economic development, and fuel diversification. Corporations helped drive the case for clean energy in Virginia: last year, Amazon brought 180 MW of new solar projects online and Facebook announced it would invest $1 billion in a data center in Henrico County, and meet all the data center’s electricity needs with solar.
Featuring key stakeholders in the Virginia energy industry, this panel discussion will consist of a review of the 2018 Grid Modernization legislation, the dynamics of Virginia's solar market, and key barriers the industry will address in the coming years.
Recent hurricanes have brought to light the importance of the resilience and reliability of our power grid, particularly with respect to Puerto Rico. One important tool for enhancing system resilience is microgrids, which are gaining interest in the region. Learn from experts how distributed energy resources and microgrids can reinforce vulnerable areas of the distribution system and mitigate the impact of severe weather incidents.
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
Networking Break Sponsored by:

3:00 pm
4:00 pm
Hot Topics in Emerging Markets in the Southeast | Capitol South
Moderator:
Katie Chiles Ottenweller, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
Speakers:
Matt Beasley, Chief Marketing Officer, Silicon Ranch Corporation
Caleb Bales, Senior Analyst, Resource Planning, Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
Jeff Cantin, President, Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association
John M Kemp, Director- East U.S. Development, E.ON Climate & Renewables
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What the Hill is Going On!? A Federal Update | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Katherine Gensler, Director, Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speaker:
Steve Koerner, Director, Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
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States like North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida may dominate many conversations about solar power in the Southeast, but they are not the only places where the solar market has taken root. Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi are now seeing large scale projects energized or in the pipeline. Learn the nuances of these emerging markets from experts working at the frontier of the Southeast market. Come and hear an in-depth review of federal policy trends from Washington, D.C. insiders. Will the appointment of four new FERC Commissioners bring changes to PURPA or new resilience regulations? You will hear detailed updates on the legislative outlook as it pertains to solar, the status of solar development on public lands, what you need to know about the recent tax reform and U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C.
4:15 pm
5:15 pm
Tax Reform and Trade Impacts on the Capital Stack | Capitol South
Moderator:
Eli Katz, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Speakers:
Lacie Clark, Managing Director of Energy Assets, Monarch Private Capital
Chris Diaz, Principal, Seminole Financial Services, LLC
Melissa O'Buch, Senior Loan Officer, Live Oak Bank
Matthew Shanahan, Managing Director, Marathon Capital
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Best Practices for Partnering with the Military | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Betsy McCorkle, Partner, Kairos Government Affairs
Speakers:
Frank Conley, Senior Vice President, Solar Finance, Regions Bank
William Houser, Sr. Project Manager - Resource Planning/Renewable Development, Georgia Power
David Irwin, Director, Opportunity Development, Office of Energy Assurance, United States Air Force
Dave McIlhenny, Managing Director, Project Finance, SunPower
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How has tax reform and the solar trade case impacted the capital stack in solar finance? What is the impact on the cost and availability of tax equity? Will developers need to rely on more debt? What does the final BEAT provision mean? This panel will review how tax reform has created new challenges and opportunities in the solar financing landscape. From security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency, America’s military is making an unprecedented commitment to energy resilience, of which renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and storage, can play an important role. This session will focus on best practices for developing and financing energy resilience projects, such as solar and storage, with the military, and how successful partnerships can improve our Military’s energy resilience, reduce electricity costs, and provide greater energy diversity.
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
Networking Reception | Max Lager's
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Wednesday, May 16

Time Session Information Session Information
8:00 am
11:00 am
Registration Open
8:00 am
9:00 am
Networking Breakfast Sponsored By:

9:00 am
12:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am
10:00 am
Diversifying Utility Business Models | Capitol South
Moderator:
Jared Leader, Senior Associate, Utility Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Jim Leverette, PE, CEM, Research Engineer, Southern Company Services, Inc.
Tyler Norris, Manager, Policy & Market Development, Cypress Creek Renewables
Cory Ramsel, Senior Director, Development, Florida Power & Light Company
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Buy-In Before Build: Utility-Scale Solar | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Maggie Clark, State Affairs Senior Manager, Southeast, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Laura Abram, Director, Government & Public Affairs, First Solar
April Montgomery, Owner & Principal, REAP
Kaitlin Savage, Principal, SOL-VIS
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  Solar power, more than any technology or policy reform in a generation, has permanently altered the way utilities do business. Distributed solar has been met by grid-tied batteries, electric vehicles, and smart devices that empower end-use devices with the flexibility to play an active role in the power system. Now utilities are adapting to their customers’ preferences for more choices in electricity service. Hear from innovative utilities and their industry partners on how the utility business model is changing to better serve modern consumers. In the Southeast, solar developers and utilities are building big projects under tight timelines. Balancing community engagement and education is key to seeing a project through to the finish line. Join experts to hear more about tactics that developers employ to ensure local government and community leaders are informed and excited about solar in their backyards.
10:00 am
10:30 am
Networking Break Sponsored by:

10:30 am
11:00 am
Quick Talk: Case Study of kWh Analytics’ Solar Revenue Put | Capitol South
Speaker:
Richard Matsui, CEO, kWh Analytics
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Quick Talk: Case Study: 100% Renewable With Single Solar PPA | Capitol Central
Speakers:
Jeremy Faust, Environmental Sustainability Leader, Enterprise Workplace Services, Fifth Third Bank
Kenny Habul, Chief Executive Officer, SunEnergy1
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  Hear from kWh Analytics about the industry’s first solar revenue put for three solar projects totaling 30 MW-AC in Virginia and how new developments in reinsurance can significantly reduce the cost of solar finance. Fifth Third Bank is the first Fortune 500 Company and first bank to contract for 100% renewable power in a single PPA from a single new project. This discussion between representatives of SunEnergy1 and Fifth Third Bank looks at the agreement that will lead to the construction of an 80-MW solar project in North Carolina. Developed by Sunenergy1, this project will generate approximately 194,000 MWh of electricity annually while employing 1,000 people during the construction phase and offsetting 144,000 metric tonnes of emissions each year.
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Modernizing Utility Planning | Capitol South
Moderator:
Jake Berlin, Principal, Distributed Energy Resources, ICF International
Speakers:
Sara Baldwin Auck, Director, Regulatory Program, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
Elizabeth Bennett, ‎Strategic Outreach and Communications Manager, Duke Energy Corporation
Hunter Ellis, Strategic Research Analyst, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga
Caroline Golin, Regulatory Director, Grid Integration, Vote Solar
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DG Opportunities & Challenges in the Southeast | Capitol Central
Moderator:
Chris Worley, Director of Regulatory Rate Design, Vivint Solar
Speakers:
Tyson Grinstead, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
Bob Kingery, Co-Founder, Southern Energy Management
Wilson Mallard, Director of Renewables at Southern Company
Tom Neyhart, Chief Executive Officer, PosiGen Solar Solutions
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  Utility planning is like few other industries due to the scale and long life of capital investments. The establish practices run contrary to the nimble, cutting-edge start-ups populating Silicon Valley because instead of chasing venture capital and popular trends they plan with an emphasis on ensuring the safety, reliability, and affordability of one of the most ubiquitous of all public goods -- electricity. However, planning must adapt to keep pace with technologies, IT, and customer preferences. This session explores how to modernize utility planning and operations while embracing a cleaner, more distributed future. Utility scale solar has traditionally dominated solar development in the Southeast. However, 2018 could be a banner year for policies supporting distributed energy resources in North and South Carolina. With a new rebate program in NC and a push to expand net metering in SC, multi-year market growth is on the horizon. This session will talk about lessons learned in states with a functioning rooftop market and how they might inform challenges in Georgia and other states in the Deep South.
12:15 pm
4:00 pm
Community Solar Design Workshop | $25 ticket required to attend, lunch included |
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About Solar Power Southeast

Solar Power Southeast has proven to be the premier solar event in the region. The event continues to grow in part due to the exponential solar growth that’s happening in the southeastern United States, as well as the passion the of the region. This year's event will host over 600 attendees and 50 exhibitors.

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