Oct 30

12:30 PM

Registration Opens

1:00 PM

Members-only Session

by David Murray

2:15 PM

Regional Solar Market Outlook 2019

by Jennifer H. Tribulski , Katherine Gensler , Frank Caliva ,

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

Battery Storage: How the Mid-Atlantic Stacks up to Neighboring Markets

by Magnus Asbo , Robin Dutta , Sara Rafalson , David Walter , Nitzan Goldberger ,

According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the battery storage market grew 60% since last year, driven by significant increases in residential applications. States and utilities across the country are continuing to launch programs and policy initiatives to grow the storage sector. While national market growth is promising, policy and regulatory issues - coupled with a global supply shortages - inhibit regional market development. Join expert panelists on energy storage policy and technology for a robust discussion of local market trends and opportunities.

4:30 PM

Coffee Break

5:00 PM

Grid Grill: Clean Energy Debate

by John Farrell , Katherine Hamilton , Colin Murchie ,

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

Opening Dinner

by Miranda Ballentine

9:15 PM

After Party

Join us at the Crown & Crow, 1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Oct 31

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

8:45 AM

Women in Solar Breakfast

by Sally Jameson , Leigh Yeatts ,

10:00 AM

Virginia’s Rapid Solar Growth: How is the Commonwealth’s Energy Market Evolving?

by Becky Campbell , Angela Navarro , Josh Levi , Will Reisinger , Katharine Bond ,

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

Solar Financing Trends: The Rise of the Loan

by Stephanie Bonini , Alina Kasprik , Jennifer Williams , Nick Kerwin ,

In 2018, solar loans claimed the lion's share of residential solar financing in the U.S. This panel will explore current trends in solar financing across industry sectors, provide an overview of how the landscape for solar loans has evolved, and discuss what the solar industry can expect from financing in the next few years.

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM

Reclaiming Maryland’s Solar Leadership in 2019

by Rich Walsh , Brooke Harper , Jennifer Spinosi , Todd Chason ,

The 2018 election has already yielded significant implications for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which will raise the RPS to 50% and solar carve-out to 14.5%. Meanwhile, the Power Plant Research Program reviews the existing RPS and will provide an interim report in December to the General Assembly on the economic and social implications of an increase. Join us for a preview of the PPRP report, political insight on upcoming legislation in the 2019 session, and explore what's next for Maryland solar.

11:30 AM

DERs and a Modern Grid: A Look at the District

by Bryan Clark , Mishal Thadani , Harry A. Warren , Nicole Sitaraman , Mike Healy ,

The role of DERs and other non-wires alternatives is becoming much more important as utilities and grid operators look for alternative methods to meet system needs. This panel will discuss the current challenges in incorporating more distributed energy to the grid, and use the District of Columbia as a model to explore innovative solutions.

12:30 PM

Awards Luncheon

by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

1:45 PM

Customer Acquisition of the Future

by Sam Adams , Allison Mond , Garrett Nilsen , David Murray ,

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

by Melanie Santiago-Mosier , Christy Nagle , MJ Shiao , Jacob Ouslander ,

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

Land Use & Community Engagement: A Forum for All Solar Stakeholders

by Ethan Case , John Sakers , Laura Caspari ,

Responsible development is pivotal to community and utility-scale solar deployment. As MDV-SEIA members commit significant resources to implementing best practices in solar construction and maintenance, it is critical to review issues related to decommissioning, PV recycling, and co-locating solar projects with agriculture. Following two symposiums organized by the University of Virginia and the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in September, this workshop will continue dialogues between industry, local stakeholders and public officials.

3:30 PM

Training and Retaining a Solar Workforce

by Karla Loeb , Keith Harkins , Chris Walker , Nicole Steele ,

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.