Schedule

Monday, June 4, 2018

Time Event
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Solar 101 Workshop
Gone to Texas Room
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sips and S’mores Meet-Up
Feather Court

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Time Event
7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open, Lost Pines Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit Open, Lost Pines Ballroom 5-8
8:30 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session, Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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8:30 am - 8:40 am | Welcoming Remarks
Speakers:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Tanuj Deora, Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


8:40 am - 9:10 am| A Fireside Chat with the COO of ERCOT
Solar Power Texas will kick off with an intimate conversation featuring the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ERCOT, Cheryl Mele and SEPA’s Chief Content Officer, Tanuj Deora. Cheryl and Tanuj’s conversation will include a market update and forecast what’s on the horizon in ERCOT.
Speakers:
Cheryl Mele, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer at CPS Energy
Board Chair, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


9:10 am - 10:00 am | Strategies for Solar Growth in the Lone Star State
Join SEIA's President & CEO, Abigail 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 Lone Star State 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.
Moderator:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speakers:
Deborah Kimberly, Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy
Shalini Ramanathan, Vice President of Origination, RES Americas
Walker Wright, ENGIE Storage VP of Policy & ENGIE NA Strategy Group
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10:00 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Breaks & Exhibits
Lost Pines Ballroom 1
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Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
 11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Voice of the Consumer: Opportunities and Strategies to Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations in the Energy Industry
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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How Solar, Wind, and Storage are Getting Bigger in Texas
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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As the sustainable energy industry continues to mature in Texas, defining, meeting and exceeding the expectations that customers have at all levels is essential. This session will define what rate payers are looking for, investigate what that means for your business and discuss how to leverage these customers to grow the solar industry.
Moderator:
Amir Yazdi, Assistant General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Speakers:
Marc H. Burns, Vice President, State Policy and Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, Sunstreet Energy Group
Danielle Murray, Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy
Peter Troast, Founder/CEO, Energy Circle

The generation profile in Texas is changing as the value stack for renewable energy amplifies and creates opportunities for additional deployment. Although the economics driving an increase in renewable generation, variable resources challenge our existing frameworks for grid management and investments. This session will identify challenges and opportunities associated with integrating renewables in wholesale markets, potential opportunities for new technology deployment and define what is needed for greater grid flexibility as we transition today’s legacy grid into a low-cost, low-carbon engine for our economy.
Moderator:
Joshua Rhodes, Research Fellow at the Energy Institute and the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin
Speaker:
Colin Meehan, Director, Regulatory & Public Affairs, First Solar
Joachim Seel, Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lynnae Willette, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs Manager, EDF
 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits
 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Planning for Resilience: What Works and Why
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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Trade and Tariff Impacts on Solar Finance
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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Recent hurricanes have brought to light the importance of the resilience and reliability of our power grid. This session will identify and examine best practices in resilience planning throughout the United States with a focus on the East Texas response to Hurricane Harvey.
Moderator:
Jennifer Szaro, Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speaker:
Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy
Michael Gavenonis, Director for Strategic Technology, Sunnova
Arcenio Lopez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Texas Electric Cooperatives
Congress enacted the first major change to the tax code in more than 30 years and the Trump administration announced its decision in the Section 201 trade case, placing tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. This session will focus on understanding how less government transparency has created new challenges and opportunities in the solar financing landscape.
Moderator:
John Eliason, Partner, Foley & Lardner
Speakers:
Ty Bowman, Vice President, Prudential Capital Group
Helen Brauner, Director of Origination Strategy, 7X
Patrick McConnell, Managing Director, Cypress Creek Renewables
Jessie Robbins, Director of Project Finance, Sol Systems
 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm Quick Break
 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm Federal and State Legislative Updates for the Lone Star State
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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Leveraging New Technologies in an Evolving Grid
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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This session will outline and investigate current and upcoming State Legislation/policy issues as well as federal policies that are relevant to the Texas Energy Market.
Moderator:
Katherine Gensler, Director of Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Speakers:
Michael Jewell, Principal Attorney, Jewell & Associates, PLLC
McCall Johnson, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
Advances in the information systems that manage the large amounts of data which support the increasing deployment of distributed energy resources is transforming grid operations nationwide. This session will review successful programs that leverage this convergence and explain how regional utilities, and a growing industry of innovative companies, are incorporating smart metering, grid-scale battery storage, and distributed energy research management systems (DERMS) to further support the incorporation of more distributed resources on our grid.
Moderator:
Mike Kruger, Director of Communications , Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speaker:
Randy Boys, Strategy and Technology Manager, ONCOR
Rob Jackson, National Market Director, Solar Power/Energy Storage at TRC Companies, Inc
D. Andrew Owens, Director, Regulatory Research, Entergy Corp.
 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm Networking Break & Exhibits
Lost Pines Ballroom 5-8
4:10 pm - 5:10 pm A Tale of Two Cities
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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Battery Energy Storage Solutions
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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Texas is home to several communities that are leading the way in leveraging renewable energy goals to drive investment. This session will analyze these programs and share best practices, lessons learned, and opportunities to grow solar throughout the Lone Star State.
Moderator:
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director, Texas Solar Power Association
Speaker:
Walt Baum, Executive Director, Texas Public Power Association
Erika Bierschbach, Interim Director of Energy & Market Operations, Austin Energy
Neil McAndrews, Senior Principal, Enterprise Risk Consulting
What are the market opportunities for battery energy storage applications in Texas? This session will investigate recent Public Utility Commission rulings and business opportunities in application of both behind and in-front of the meter solutions.
Moderator:
Dan Seif, Owner, Seif Consulting
Speaker:
Bob Helton, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Engie North America
Thomas Kirkpatrick, Vice President, Customer Service, Marketing and Distribution Services, American Electric Power
Colleen Lueken, Director of Market Analytics, Fluence
 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits
Lost Pines Ballroom 5-8
 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Reception, LBJ Pavilion Sponsored by 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Time Event
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Exhibits Open
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits, Lost Pines Ballroom 5-8
8:30 am - 9:30 am Corporate Demand for Solar Power in the Southwest, Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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Corporate Demand for renewable energy continues to grow. This forward-thinking session will combine researchers from SEIA and SEPA with commercial solar buyers to connect the dots between trends and corporate needs and will investigate how providers can better position themselves to source and transact C&I and Solar + Storage deals.
Speakers:
Greg Carlson, Key Accounts Director, Engie Resources
Dan Chwastyk, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Shawn Rumery, Director of Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Brian P. Stevens, Energy and Sustainability Branch Manager, Construction and Facilities Management Office, Texas Military Department
9:30 am - 9:45 am Quick Break, Lost Pines Ballroom 1
  Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
9:45 am - 10:45 am Co-op and Solar: Opportunities for Collaboration
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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Solar Compensation in the Lone Star State
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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Are you aware of all the innovative programs and projects that Electric Cooperatives in Texas are providing for their members? Interested in learning more and identifying opportunities for your business? Join us in this session to learn more about Community Solar Programs and Rebate programs for installers to name a few.
Moderator:
Daisy Chung, Research Manager, SEPA
Speakers:
Gary Franzen, Director of Energy Engineering, CoServ
Yulia Lushnikova, Director, Preconstruction, RES Americas

Jim Spaulding, Director, Distributed Energy Resources, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

As solar and other distributed energy options continue to become more accessible and affordable for consumers, stakeholders are wrestling with how to structure electric rates in a way that serves the interests of solar consumers, non-solar consumers and utilities alike. As a result, rate design components such as net metering, time-of-use schedules and demand charges have become key factors in how solar power is generated, owned and valued in our changing electricity market. This session will help attendees understand how utilities and regulators are addressing these issues in Texas, and the implications of those requests on businesses and consumers with a vested interest in increased solar adoption.
Moderator:
Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
Speaker:
Kevin Lucas, MBA, Director of Rate Design, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Sam Telleen, Senior Manager, Growth Strategy & Product Innovation at Green Mountain Energy
10:45 am - 11:15 am Networking Break & Exhibits  Sponsored by 
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Quality Assurance Forum: Best Practices in Procuring PV Modules
Lost Pines Ballroom 2
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The Role of Software in the Solar Energy Ecosystem
Lost Pines Ballroom 4
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What does module quality mean, why is important and what steps can be taken to assure quality? This session will review best practices in module procurement and how module quality correlates with field performance.
Moderator:
Kent Whitfield,, Principal Engineer, Renewable Energy, UL
Speakers:
Pete Alyanakian, North American Director, Market Development, DuPont
Nigel Cockroft, US General Manager, Jinko Solar
Frank Faller, Vice President of Technology, 8Minutenergy
Ian Gregory, General Manager, SolarBuyer, LLC
As the solar industry continues to mature, new software solutions are emerging that are helping to automate business decisions and cut costs. Explore the state of the solar software ecosystem and how software solutions can cut costs and keep your business competitive.
Moderator:
Daniel Roesler, Co-founder & CEO/CTO, UtilityAPI
Speakers:
Alex Carter, Sales Consultant, Aurora Solar, Inc.
Aram Shumavon, CEO, Kevala Analytics
Colin J. Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Wave Solar
12:15 pm Conference Concludes  
12:15 pm - 4:00 pm Community Solar Design Workshop
Lost Pines Ballroom 1
 

About Solar Power Texas

Since it's debut in San Antonio, Texas in 2016, Solar Power Texas has garnered the attention of industry leaders and professionals from all cross-sections of the solar industry. Each year, more than 400 attendees and 40 exhibitors venture to the region's premier event to expand their business, connect with industry leaders, and gain the latest trends and policies impacting the Texas market.

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