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SEIA @ SPI 2019

Solar Power International is the largest solar trade show in North America. Part of North America Smart Energy Week and co-located with Energy Storage International, these events bring together the smartest minds and biggest businesses in the solar, storage and smart energy industries for a packed week of networking, business development and education.

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There is a lot to absorb from this enormous event, including show floor education, full conference sessions, and much more. If you're a first-time attendee at SPI, there are some tips below for how to make the most out of your experience. In addition, we've gathered together key educational sessions and events where you can find SEIA staff experts to learn from and network with. You can check out the full schedule and more information about the full event here, and if you have questions about SEIA's activities or initiatives during SPI, please feel free to contact membership@seia.org.

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First Time at SPI? Here's What You Need to Know
  • Solar Power International and Energy Storage International are two co-located trade shows and conferences as part of North American Smart Energy Week.
  • Looking for a summary of the week's events? Check out the Schedule-At-A-Glance
  • Those interested in educational content should register as Full Conference attendees, whereas those interested only in business development and other opportunities on the trade show floor can register as Expo Floor Only registrants.
    • Note: Expo Floor Registrants can access Expo Floor Education
  • SEIA Members are eligible for discounted rates to attend or exhibit at SPI. If you're interested in learning more about membership, click here.  
  • The SEIA booth in the lobby is conveniently located to answer questions as well as provide a space to relax, network and recharge.
  • Don't forget your business cards! North America Smart Energy Energy Week is a great venue to meet with future partners.

Where to Find SEIA Staff at SPI

Monday, September 23

Policy and Regulatory Trends for DERs and Grid Modernization - 12:30pm-4:30pm

This workshop will examine policy and regulatory trends affecting distributed energy resources (DER) and dive into approaches taken by different states. The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will provide a national overview of DER and grid modernization policy trends, which will be followed by an opportunity for participants to learn about distribution system planning, interconnection, and net metering trends from experts from across the country. Panelists will provide information on best practices and innovative approaches related to grid planning for DERs, non-wires alternatives, DER locational value, net metering successor tariffs, and interconnection and net metering for solar-plus-storage projects.

Location

250A

Workshop (Additional Ticket Required)

$225 SEIA/SEPA Members 
$300 Non-members 

Workshop Instructors

NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Solar 101 - 2:00pm-4:30pm

This solar energy fundamentals course will provide basic technical, business, policy and overall industry understanding for participants. Attendees will gain knowledge that enables them to immediately participate in a multitude of meaningful industry conversations, and prepare for more advanced, topical education available at the conference. Through interactive learning sessions, attendees will gain knowledge on these fronts: 
1. Technical education focusing on the science, equipment, hardware and software technology that enable solar energy utilization at small and large scales. 
2. Business education including industry stakeholders, historical deployment and market models, future market projections, and notable industry trends and forthcoming development. 
3. Regulations and policies governing the industry nationwide, including historic and recent developments, that affected or may shift the supporting markets and sub-markets of the industry.

Location

251C

Workshop (Additional Ticket Required)

$75 SEIA/SEPA Members

$99 for Non-Members

Workshop Instructors

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 

Welcome & Opening General Session: The Role of Clean Energy in An Integrated De-carbonization Strategy - 5:00pm-6:30pm

PART I: THE VISION FOR SOLAR + SUPPORTING TECHNOLOGIES 

What does the future of solar + other clean energy resources look like? This session will start by laying out the vision for how these technologies fit into a comprehensive decarbonization strategy. 

The clean energy sector – particularly solar, wind, and storage – can credibly say that its growth prospects dwarf those of traditional energy industries, in terms of both capital investment and job growth. But we don’t act like it. Policymakers hear our industries and advocates speaking as individual voices rather than as a loud and persistent roar. The second part of this session will address how we can change that message and present policymakers with a comprehensive vision for a clean energy future that is affordable, reliable, sustainable, and represents a major growth engine for the U.S. economy.

*General sessions are included in all registration types

Tuesday, September 24

Unleashing Apollo’s Fire: State Policy, Political Organizing, and The New Climate Politics - 9:30am-10:30am

Calls for a “Green New Deal” and climate policy have captivated our nation’s political discourse with renewed fervor. Governors and state legislators are demanding new opportunities for a clean energy economy. What’s necessary to optimize and incentivize clean energy deployment across the states? How should state policymakers, regulators, industry, and advocates confront the realities of today’s political environment while addressing the need for immediate action on climate change? And what policies and programs are essential to decarbonizing the US economy in a just and equitable way?

Location

251C, Salt Palace Convention Center

Speakers

Sean Gallagher, Vice President, State Affairs, SEIA

Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar

Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director & Director, Policy Initiatives, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Joni Bosh, Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition

U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q3 2019 Update - 10:15am-11:00am

Despite facing challenges on multiple fronts, the U.S. solar market continues to see overall market growth due to the performance of emerging markets, and steady deployment in the utility-scale space. Analysts from SEIA and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables will discuss findings from their Q3 2019 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, with a focus on national trends in the residential, non-residential and utility-scale market segments, and a detailed look at western state markets.

Location

Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341, Salt Palace Convention Center

Speakers

Shawn Rumery, Director, Research, SEIA

Austin PereaSolar Analyst, GTM Research

Colin SmithSenior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables 

Storage as an Asset Beyond Arbitrage/Market Reforms for New Revenue Streams - 10:30am-11:00am

Energy storage is becoming increasingly relevant as a necessary tool for enabling high integration of renewable energy on the electricity grid. Historically, energy storage has been used solely for energy arbitrage, which can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and undervalues storage’s other benefits to the grid. Oftentimes, storage systems are charged by fossil fuel resources at times of low demand rather than by renewables during times of high generation. Understanding energy storage’s technological characteristics is useful to recognize the myriad revenue streams from which energy storage should benefit, while ensuring that it is incentivized as an emissions reducer. Today’s system as designed was not built with storage technology in mind, and new frameworks are needed to ensure responsible and beneficial storage integration onto the grid. A new design framework for storage that veers away from the traditional design of siloed grid operations is key to unlocking responsible storage deployment while displacing emissions from fossil fuel generators.

Location

Storage Central Theater, Booth 2901

Speaker

Rachel Goldstein, Research Analyst, SEIA

Financing and Technical Considerations for Modeling 40 Year Operational Life - 11:00am-12:00pm

Historically, standard PV module warranties of 25 years have dictated the assumed lifetime of the whole PV plant and ownership structures have been designed accordingly to extract most value early in the project. However, as lifetime projections extend to 40 years, project owners and developers have evolving options for extended warranties, repowering, and more robust design practices. This session will evaluate new considerations in technology selection, project design, maintenance reserves, and operational approaches to highlight critical financing and technical considerations for modeling projects with a 40-year operational life.

Location

251D, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Justin Baca, Vice President, Markets and Research, SEIA 

Speakers

Jackson MooreHead, Section, Solar Technology, DNV GL Energy

Raj SoiVice President, Asset Management, Soltage

Laura SternPresident, Nautilus Solar Energy

Leigh ZanoneDirector, Operations and Asset Management, 8minute Renewable Energy, LLC 

The Evolution of Consumer Protection in Residential Solar - Who Needs Protection? And From Whom? - 11:00am-12:00pm

Consumer protection issues have grown more and more important in residential solar over the last several years, and there's no indication that the trend is reversing. Many states, and even some public service/utilities commissions, have enacted solar-specific legislation or implemented solar-specific rules that include protections for residential consumers. In addition, many incentive program administrators have implemented program requirements that are intended to protect consumers. This panel would provide an overview of the current state of play across the nation, and also explore the policy rationale behind certain of these protections. The panel will also ask important questions about whether solar consumers deserve protection from other industry players that could negatively impact their investment in solar, including utilities and other electrical service providers.

Location

Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341, Salt Palace Convention Center

Expo Hall Speaker

Amir YazdiAssistant General Counsel, SEIA

Great Expectations: How Big will MA and NY Solar+Storage Applications Scale? - 11:00am-12:00pm

New York and Massachusetts are testing grounds in the radical transformation of electricity markets. This session will review new market procurement opportunities and the project economics, policy, and customer drivers in both states, with a particular focus on why the solar + storage market is orienting towards larger, front-of-the meter projects and how storage software can offer non-residential customers a new source of revenue in the wholesale and non-wires alternatives markets.

Location

251B, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Dave Gahl, Senior Director, State Affairs, Northeast, SEIA

Speakers

Ilan GutherzVice President, Policy and Strategy, Borrego Solar Systems

Juliana MandellDirector, Policy and Business Development, ENGIE North America

Ian SpringsteelDirector, U.S. Retail Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

A Trade Update - What’s Next and How Will Tariffs Continue to Impact the Industry? - 1:00pm-1:30pm

While the U.S. and China continue negotiations to resolve the countries’ broader trade dispute, managing the U.S.-China solar supply chain is becoming increasingly complicated for U.S. companies. To help the industry better navigate this shifting landscape, SEIA’s in-house trade expert John Smirnow will present on pending antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, Section 201 and 301 tariffs, U.S. Customs enforcement, and potential trade-related implications of U.S. cybersecurity initiatives. Mr. Smirnow will also provide unique insight into the Trump Administration’s trade policy objectives with respect to China.

Location

251B, Salt Palace Convention Center 

Presenter

John SmirnowGeneral Counsel & Vice President, Market Strategy, SEIA

 

Solar on New Construction - 1:00pm-1:30pm

California is just the beginning for solar on new construction. In the coming years, we can make solar a standard part of new buildings in many additional markets. This quick talk will discuss the market opportunity, supporting policies, economics, and how solar companies can work with builders to deliver value to homebuyers.

Location

251C, Salt Palace Convention Center

Presenter

Joe Cain, P.E.Director, Codes and Standards, SEIA

 

How to Meet the Corporate Demand for Clean Energy - 1:00pm-2:20pm

With U.S. Businesses choosing solar and wind at a rapid rate to power their operations, this session will set the stage with latest trends in the commercial clean energy market, including how the C&I market segment varies widely in terms of project sizes, generation source, and customer offtake, and facilitate a robust discussion on the critical trends, challenges and solutions relating expanding commercial use of clean energy. 

Location

251D, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Shawn RumeryDirector, Research, SEIA

Speakers

Miranda BallentineChief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Will Conkling, Energy, Global Infrastructure, Google 

Heather Mulligan, Manager, Customer Renewable Energy Programs, Puget Sound Energy

Nam NguyenSenior Vice President, Commercial, SunPower Corporation 

Rob ThrelkeldGlobal Manager - Sustainable Energy, Supply, Reliability, General Motors

SEIA's Installation Best Practices for Commercial Portfolios - 2:00pm-2:30pm

Lead co-editors of SEIA's Installation Best Practices for Commercial Portfolios (expect publication August 2019) will provide an overview of this new publication. Updated from a previous NREL version and the continuously changing world how best to specify, procure, design, install and maintain a high quality solar system / project.

Location

Installer Training Theater: Booth 137, Salt Palace Convention Center

Expo Hall Speaker

Aidan Foley, Principal, Glenvale

Emerging Trends in Solar Manufacturing - 2:30pm-3:30pm

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.

Location

251B, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

John SmirnowGeneral Counsel & Vice President, Market Strategy, SEIA

Speaker

Nigel Cockroft, US General Manager, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. 

Greg Brabec, Director, Advocacy and Special Projects, Wacker

Becca Jones-Albertus, Deputy Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

The Quest for Resilience: Who Wants It? Who Gets It? Who Pays for It? - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Resilience has emerged as one of the most sought after and potentially valuable attributes of the modern grid, resulting from a convergence of trends including more frequent extreme weather events, electrification, and customer demand for high quality power. However, clear market mechanisms and regulatory frameworks to enable a more resilient grid are still emerging. This session will explore the policies needed to take advantage of technologies that offer resilience, how we will pay for it and who will benefit, and the commercial opportunity that will be unleashed in our quest for a more resilient grid.

Location

250A, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Rick UmoffRegulatory Counsel & California Director, State Affairs, SEIA

Speakers

Anne HoskinsChief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Gary Liardon, President & Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Division, Petersen-Dean

Dan SkopecVice President, Regulatory Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric

Meredith Pringle, Director of Converge, Strategies LLC

Wednesday, September 25

SEIA Member Power Breakfast - 8:00am-9:00am

This annual SEIA member-only networking meeting brings together SEIA members from across the industry for a networking breakfast to power your day. Participants will hear from SEIA’s CEO Abby Hopper on the state of the industry and have the opportunity to network, share stories, and learn from one another. Come enjoy breakfast and mingle with industry experts, SEIA staff, and our diverse membership.

*This event is only open to SEIA members. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot. 

Location

Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

75 South West Temple

Salon D

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

An Insider Look at How Federal Policy Trends Affect Your Bottom Line - 11:00am-12:00pm

Hear from Washington DC insiders as they review both short and long-term opportunities and challenges for solar and storage in Washington, DC and what SEIA is doing to protect your business.

Location

251C, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Erin DuncanVice President, Congressional Affairs, SEIA

Speakers

Erica DahlVice President, Government Affairs, Vivint Solar

Kevin GreshamVice President, Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON Climate & Renewables

Bret SowersVice President, Development and Strategy, Southern Current

Adam Gardiner, State Director for Senator Mitt Romney, United States Senate

Cutting Red Tape: How to Achieve Cost Reductions - 11:00am-12:00pm

As the solar investment tax credit phases down, the economic returns of residential and small commercial solar will decline, resulting in reduced deployment and associated declines in the solar workforce. Reducing soft costs, such as permitting and interconnection, could assist with addressing this concern. The SolarAPP is an effort underway to eliminate barriers to reducing soft costs with the ultimate goal of enabling solar customers to purchase, install and interconnect PV and storage without regulatory delays.

Location

Installer Trends Theater: Booth 137, Salt Palace Convention Center

Expo Hall Moderator

Justin Baca, Vice President, Markets and Research, SEIA

Expo Hall Speakers

Karyn Boenker, Public Policy Manager, Sunrun

Jeffery Cook, Renewable Energy Policy and Market Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Richard Lawrence, Program Director, The Solar Foundation

 

Help SEIA #DefendTheITC: Campaign Updates and Next Steps - 12:00pm-1:00pm

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most successful clean energy policies in history and has helped the industry grow by more than 10,000% since it was passed. That’s why SEIA and our partners and allies are fighting tooth and nail in Washington to defend this key policy. Hear the latest updates from Capitol Hill and find out how you can get involved to help extend the ITC.

Location

Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341, Salt Palace Convention Center

Speakers

Erin Duncan, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, SEIA 

Dan Whitten, Vice President of Public Affairs, SEIA

Sustainable Pathways for Solar - 1:00pm-2:00pm

Through the use of solar energy as a primary electricity source, we contribute to the wider benefits of creating and developing a more sustainable economy. However, we must also look inward to our own industry and examine the various ways in which we can improve our value chain and achieve the benefits of a sustainability approach. An expert panel will share the latest approaches in extending sustainability in the solar value chain, how we can continue to bring new ideas forward and how industry can demonstrate its continued commitment.

Location

251B, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Evelyn Butler, Senior Director, Codes & Standards, SEIA

Speakers

Garvin HeathSenior Environmental Scientist & Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phil RauschBusiness Development Manager, Hemlock Semiconductor Operations, LLC

Vikash VenkataramaDirecor, Product Management and Technical Services, JinkoSolar

Changing Dynamics for Marketing & PR in the Solar + Decade - 2:30pm-3:50pm

As we approach the Solar+ Decade, climate and clean energy are now part of the national conversation at an unprecedented scale. Hardly a week goes by without a cable news outlet or a high profile politician discussing the challenge of climate change and the opportunities for addressing it. Polling shows that there is bipartisan appeal for solar energy, and bipartisan urgency to address climate change. At the same time there are critics in positions of power who embrace solar’s economic and jobs benefits, but are turned off by environmental messages. Learning how to communicate in the context of our broader energy transformation will be critical. Join experts from inside and outside the solar industry to learn how to thread the needle in product marketing and public affairs to grow the solar industry in the 2020s and beyond.

Location

251B, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Colin Silver, Director, Digital & Internal Communications, SEIA

Speakers

Miranda Barnard, Vice President of Marketing, Vivint Solar

Misty Chioffe, Head, Marketing, Americas, BayWa r.e. 

Deborah Knuckey, Managing Director, Renewables, Kiterocket

Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, Environment America

The Great Debate: Grid Modernization for a Clean Energy Future - 2:30pm-3:30pm

This interactive session will explore the various competing stakeholder perspectives on grid modernization efforts taking shape across the country. The session will explore key questions related to grid modernization dockets and activities such as how does society justify the investment in grid modernization? Who are the primary beneficiaries of grid modernization and what types of measures are needed to truly enable a clean energy future?

Location

250A, Salt Palace Convention Center

Moderator

Arjun Krishnaswami, Policy Analyst, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Speakers

Kevin Lucas, Director, Rate Design, SEIA

Miles FarmerSenior Attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program, The National Resources Defense Council

Hilary PearsonKey Manager, Energy and Environmental Policy, Exelon Utilities

Christopher VillarrealPresident, Plugged in Strategies

Thursday, September 26

The PV Afterlife - 10:00am-11:00am

There's an opportunity to revitalize the equipment value chain after a PV module or inverter has had its first useful life. Industry experts will share new advances in recycling technology or refurbishment, the policy landscape, and how to build a more robust network geared toward reuse and recycling.

Location

Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341, Salt Palace Convention Center

Expo Hall Moderator

Evelyn ButlerSenior Director, Codes and Standards, SEIA

Expo Hall Speakers

Cara LibbyPrincipal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute 

Ryan SimpsonHead, Products and Marketing, Americas, Trina Solar

Jason Schott, Vice of President Sales, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

Garvin Heath, Senior Environmental Scientist & Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.