Oct 30

12:30 PM

Registration Opens

1:00 PM

Members-only Session

2:15 PM

Regional Solar Market Outlook 2019

Providing a birds-eye view of the solar market, panelists will discuss key issues related to trade and federal tax policy, and industry engagement with FERC and PJM. Market analysts will provide an overview of changes in technology prices expected for 2019.

3:30 PM

State-level Perspective: Federal Intervention in Energy Markets

4:30 PM

Coffee Break

5:00 PM

Grid Grill: Clean Energy Debate

by Katherine Hamilton

Should all new solar policy legislation advance energy storage? Will Blockchain prove transformational or a fad? What will the average solar company look like in 2025? Two energy experts will engage in a spirited debate on the hottest topics in solar. We welcome topic suggestions from conference attendees - submit yours in advance here!

6:00 PM

Kickoff Reception

7:00 PM

9:15 PM

After Party

Oct 31

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

8:45 AM

Women in Solar Breakfast

10:00 AM

Grid Modernization and Beyond: Virginia’s Solar Future

by Will Reisinger

Governor Ralph Northam ushered major changes to the Virginia energy landscape after signing SB 966 into law, declaring 5.5 GW of solar and wind energy in the public interest. This session will provide a preview of the Governor’s Energy Plan, potential changes to solar access and compensation structures, and topical regulatory issues. Panelists will also discuss the implementation of SB 966 and likely policy changes proposed by for the 2019 legislative session.

10:00 AM

Battery Storage: How the DMV Stacks up to Neighboring Markets

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM

Maryland Plenary: Breaking Down Markets and Policies

by Jennifer Spinosi

11:30 AM

DERs and a Modern Grid: A Look at the District

by Nicole Sitaraman

12:30 PM

Awards Luncheon

by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

1:45 PM

Customer Acquisition of the Future

A wave of technological changes, coupled with innovative policy, will reshape the sales landscape for solar and storage. What does your business need to know to stay ahead of the curve? This workshop will give you a better understanding of emerging trends in customer acquisition that are unlocking new markets in our region and what should you consider offering your customers to guarantee a sale.

1:45 PM

Customer Expectations & Community Solar

Community solar programs are now coming online in DC and MD, join us for a discussion on the customer experience. Questions this workshop will answer include: What do we see in the industry that is working well and where have we identified obstacles that could improve the customer experience? If we're in the first stage of community solar now, what will the next stage look like?

3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Demystifying Solar Land Use Impacts

3:30 PM

Training and Retaining a Solar Workforce

Securing an experienced, local workforce is one of the best ways to ensure your project’s success. Whether you are building a 80 MW project in Southern Virginia or installing an 8 kW system on a Baltimore roof, the regional solar community has resources to match companies with a well-trained labor force to get the job done in their backyard. This workshop will detail regional programs and partnerships that support every segment of the solar industry labor force and offer insight on best practices for recruiting employees representative of your projects’ community.