Schedule

Below is the preliminary schedule of events for Solar Power Southeast 2019. More information will be added each week. If you would like to receive event updates, please sign up for our mailing list.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Time Event Taking Place
12:30 pm
5:00 pm
Executive Exchange Forum (Invite Only). Lunch is included.   More Info
Note this is an invite-only event. Electricity grids across the nation are undergoing a rapid transition, in large part because of large-scale renewable deployment, driven by utility and corporate procurement and customer DER adoption. More recently, solar developers at all scales are adding storage to their offerings. This facilitated workshop will convene utilities and the solar and storage industries for a productive dialogue around how solar and storage can provide key grid services, including flexibility, in a manner that complements utility needs for resilience, flexibility, and customer satisfaction. Contact education@sets.solar with questions.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Time Market Trends, Policies, and Best Practices Storage, Resilience, and Microgrids
8:00 am
5:00 pm
Registration Open
9:00 am
9:05 am

Welcome and Introductions

Speakers:
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


9:05 am
9:45 am

Solar Means Business: Can Solar and Corporates harness the 10 GW Opportunity?

Speakers to be announced
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2018 was the biggest year on record for corporate procurement of renewables in the US and according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, solar capacity tied to corporate and industrial customers could top 10 gigawatts by the end of this year. How can the solar industry harness this 10 GW opportunity and position itself as the corporate procurement resource of choice in the Southeast? What drives the internal decision-making behind renewable energy purchases? Join SEIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Abigail Ross Hopper, alongside a panel of corporate energy buyers and advisers as they dive into these issues and discuss how solar providers and corporate energy buyers can better engage with each other.
9:50 am
10:30 am

Pathways to Smart Innovation in the Southeast

Speakers to be announced
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Renewable energy and enabling technologies are fundamentally changing the way that electricity is generated, delivered and consumed throughout the United States. How are electric utilities managing the challenge of a diversifying set of performance metrics driven by internal and external stakeholders, new technology, climate change, and regulatory policy?

Join Julia Hamm, President & CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for a roundtable with regional utility executives to discover their plans to innovate business models, address regulatory challenges, maximize grid integration opportunities, and plan for vehicle electrification, four key ‘pathways’ that reverberate throughout the electric sector in 2019 and beyond.

10:30 am
5:15 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 am
11:00 am
Networking Break & Exhibits | Exhibit Hall Sponsored By:
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Emerging Trends in Solar Manufacturing
Moderator:
John Smirnow, General Counsel and Vice President, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Debbie Brodt-Giles, Data Science and Innovation Group, National Renewable
Jade Jones, Market Strategy Manager, LONGI Solar
Scott Moskowitz, Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwa Q Cells
Costa Nicolaou, CEO, Panel Claw
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Improving Interconnection for Solar & Storage
Moderator:
Karen Kemerait, Partner, Fox Rothschild
Speaker:
Brian O'Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy and Government Affairs, Strata Solar
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Between tariffs on a variety of solar imports, new announcements around domestic manufacturing facilities, and DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize, the past year has brought the spotlight to solar manufacturing. This session will cover manufacturing trends, including the prospect for new domestic facilities, and how these developments impact the industry downstream. This session will discuss common interconnection challenges for solar and storage in the Southeast, 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.
12:00 pm
1:25 pm
Networking Lunch
1:30 pm
2:30 pm
An Insider Look at What SEIA's Doing in DC to Protect Your Business
Speakers:
Erin Duncan, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, SEIA
Katherine Gensler, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, SEIA
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Energy Storage: Balancing Both Sides of the Meter
Moderator:
Kristi E. Swartz, Reporter, E&E News
Speakers:
Steve Baxley, Manager - Renewables, Storage, and Distributed Generation, Southern Company
Ronald DiFelice, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Energy Intelligence Partners
Bill Dougherty, Eastern Region Sales Manager, Outback Power
David Stripling, Director of Storage, NEXTracker
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In Congress, 2019 offers opportunities to capitalize on infrastructure legislation, which has implications for energy and tax. Meanwhile, the solar industry faces renewed pressure on PURPA implementation and enforcement, with continued calls for reform and many active regulatory proceedings. Hear from SEIA's Vice President of Congressional Affairs and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs as they review both short- and long-term opportunities with potentially massive implications for the industry, discuss what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C, and give attendees a preview of the policy direction that SEIA will pursue throughout 2019. Energy storage systems provide a wide array of technological capabilities -- from locally managing a consumer’s power supply, to smoothly integrating renewable resources -- to create a more resilient energy infrastructure. This session moves beyond the hype of talking about energy storage to discussing what is necessary to form a robust market for it. Speakers will focus on the economic fundamentals of energy storage on both sides of the meter, its relationship with solar, added value to a more resilient grid, and how the energy storage market will transform over the next five years.
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
Networking Break & Exhibits | Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
Community Solar in the Southeast
Moderator:
Jen Szaro, VP Research and Education, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Sam Choi, Manager, Orlando Utilities Commission
Jeff Pratt, President, Green Power EMC
Katie Chiles Ottenweller, Southeast Director, Vote Solar
Bill SIlva, CEO, United Renewable Energy
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Virginia Outlook
Moderator:
Will Reisinger, Counsel, Greene Hurlocker
Speakers:
Will Cleveland, Staff Attorney, VA Office, Southern Environmental Law Center
Kaitlin Savage, Principal, SOL-VIS
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Community solar has created buzz with utilities, developers, and customers, but what’s next for this business model traditionally driven by utilities in the Southeast? Will customer popularity result in increased accessibility for other players? Or will the lack of legislation prevent more entrants into the field? 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 southeast and better provide homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of shared solar energy generation. Featuring key stakeholders in the Virginia energy industry, this session will discuss the progress, challenges and business opportunities present in meeting the historic renewable energy goals outlined in the 2018 Grid Transformation and Security Act (GTSA) legislation. Panelists will discuss how Virginia can meet and exceed the outlined 5,000 MW of new solar facilities on or before July 1, 2028, and what legislative and market barriers still stand in the way of these targets.
4:15 pm
5:15 pm
Overcoming Land Use Issues in the Southeast
Moderator:
Stephen Kalland, Executive Director, NC CETC
Speakers:
John Buffington, Vice President, Business Development, SolAmerica
Rob Davis, Director, Media and Innovation, Fresh Energy
Jordan Macknick, Lead Analyst, NREL
Beth Trahos, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
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Bringing Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources to the Southeast
Moderator:
Thad Culley, Southeast Regional Director, Vote Solar
Speakers:
Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager, Georgia Public Service Commission
Nanette Edwards, Acting Executive Director, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff
Tyson Grinstead, EDirector, Public Policy, Sunrun
Cat Wong, Manager Customer Product Engineering, Entergy
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Innovative solar companies are taking the lead and benefitting from the active and vocal support of beekeepers, pheasant and quail hunters, pollinator advocates, birders, and specialty crop farmers – as well as more unusual allies including brewers and chefs. This session will detail the civil engineering and vegetation designs, as well as tools and tactics, that can move people to actively support large-scale solar projects even when they don’t care about the clean energy. Utility scale solar has traditionally dominated solar development in the Southeast, but, is this paradigm shifting with a mix of solar legislation and rooftop solar rebates? This session will identify and investigate the opportunities and barriers to bringing more behind-the-meter distributed energy resources to the southeast.
5:30 pm
7:00 pm
Offsite Networking Reception | STATS Brewpub | More Info

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time Market Trends, Policies, and Best Practices Storage, Resilience, and Microgrids
8:00 am
11:30 am
Registration Open
8:30 am
9:30 am

Utility Business Model in the Southeast

Moderator:
Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, SEIA
Speakers:
Reagan Farr, CFO, Silicon Ranch
Heather Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy
Bret Sowers, Vice President, Development and Strategy, Southern Current
Mark Webb, Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Dominion Energy
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It will be important for utilities to think outside of the box as more renewable and distributed energy resource development occurs. This session will tackle the “what if’s,” for the utility sector in the southeast -- what if a state were to implement decoupling, for instance? What if new markets were to open for efficient competition to provide end-user services? What if distributed solar takes off en masse? This session will explore how the solar and storage industries might participate in these hypothetical opportunities (common to other parts to the U.S.). Could a potential refresh to the utility business model creates wins all around -- leaner, efficient utilities, new development opportunities for solution providers, and cleaner, cheaper electricity to consumers? Find out in this dynamic, interactive session.
9:00 am
12:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 am
9:45 am
Networking Break & Exhibits | Exhibit Hall
9:45 am
10:45 am
Training and Retraining a Diverse Solar Workforce
Moderator:
Dana Clare Redden, CEO, Solar Concierge
Speaker:
Jairo Garcia, Executive Director National Black & Latino Council
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Best Practices in Solar Portfolio Optimization
Moderator:
Rob Andrews, CEO, Heliolytics
Speakers:
Michael Eyman, Managing Director, Origis Services
Lynsey Tibbs, Solar Operations Project Manager, Southern Power Company
Mehrad Saidi, Co-Founder/CFO, SunSystem Technology
Nick de Vries, Vice President, Technology & Asset Management, Silicon Ranch
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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 while women and people of color continue to face significant hurdles to achieving equal pay and positions. This session will highlight the importance of workforce development efforts and ongoing industry efforts to improve training and hiring more women, people of color, veterans, and underrepresented groups. Even armed with years of historical operation data, owners of PV systems may have left money on the table by not fine-tuning their system portfolios to more optimal performance evaluations. From efficient and cost effective O&M strategies, to thorough asset management and financial analyses, we will discuss ways to develop quicker detection and response methods to performance changes in PV systems through both a technical and financial standpoint. This panel will also explore some of the new techniques and technologies allowing us to more accurately optimize growing PV portfolios.
Quicktalk: Leveraging Qualified Opportunity Zones to Improve Returns on Renewables
Speaker:
Sherman E. Golden, Jr., Senior Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP
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What are Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ)? How does the incentive work? What are the benefits? Who can use the incentive and will it help solar and storage projects? This session will answer all of these questions and more, as speakers evaluate what the QOZ incentive means for the solar and storage industries.
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Sunrise in the Palmetto State, Maximizing Solar in South Carolina
Moderator:
Maggie Clark, State of Affairs Senior Manager, SEIA
Speaker:
Hamilton Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Southern Current
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Transportation Electrification
Moderator:
Erika Myers, Research Director, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:
Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
Mike Waters, Director of Utility Solutions, Chargepoint
Lincoln Wood, Electric Transportation Policy Manager, Southern Company
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Still considered an “emerging market”, hear why South Carolina is prime for rapid adoption of utility scale solar generation. This session will investigate how South Carolina is modernizing its energy market by digging in to topics including avoided cost, interconnection, and comprehensive solar legislation with engaging perspectives from industry, a policymaker, and a utility. Electric vehicles can be a key technology for facilitating the switch from fossil fuels to renewable resources — growing electricity demand in the process. While this new demand could challenge grid distribution capacity, the smart deployment of electric vehicles and complementary technologies can bring benefits to the integration of solar resources as well. This session will explore the capabilities of managed electric vehicle charging to address system peaks and resource adequacy by bringing new flexibility in support of a cleaner power system and more solar energy resources.
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
PV Magazine Quality Roundtable - Trouble in the South: Hurricanes, floods and damp heat | More Info
Join pv magazine and explore the unique challenges of deploying solar in Southern states. Through interactive investigations of projects gone wrong and a panel discussion with industry experts, the quality roundtable will investigate how to deal with the many challenges that the South can throw at solar projects, including hurricanes, flooding, and the ever-present difficulties posed by warm, humid climates. Click to view the full agenda.

This workshop is free, however, you must RSVP Here

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 700 attendees and 60 exhibitors.

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