Nov 16

12:30 PM

Mt. Vernon Square

01:00 PM

Mt Vernon Sq

02:45 PM

Mt Vernon Square

03:15 PM

Mt Vernon Square

Low Income Solar

by Anya Schoolman  , Melanie Santiago-Mosier  , Nicole Steele  , Shelley Cohen  ,

Recently, there has been increased interest in, and action to expand solar energy access and affordability for low-income residents.  New programs, policies, and incentives are taking shape all around the country, and in the Mid-Atlantic. Making solar more accessible and affordable creates a huge market opportunity in the low-income community for developers, suppliers and other solar service professionals. Additionally, expanding solar opportunities to new sectors creates meaningful jobs to meet the increased demand. This panel will discuss new programs and trends and how they are impacting development of solar in lower income communities and opening up market opportunities for the solar industry.

04:15 PM

Mt Vernon Square

Remote PPAs

by Ben Margolis  , Nathan Serota  , Richard Walsh  , James J. Walker, P.E.  ,

RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership organization for corporations that purchase renewable energy, tracks corporate PPAs. According to BRC, there were 1.18 GW of renewable corporate PPAs in 2014 and 3.24 GW in 2015. So far this year, there have been 0.59 GW of corporate PPAs. To meet those needs, RMI estimates that 60,000 MW of new wind and solar projects will have to be built by 2025 to serve the corporate market. The market is also expanding. Companies looking to gain market recognition for their environmental stance, like Apple and Google, were among the first to sign renewable PPAs. But in the past year, older, more established companies and companies involved in heavy manufacturing, such as 3M, Dow Chemical, General Motors and privately held candy manufacturer Mars, began signing renewable PPAs.

05:30 PM

Renaissance Ballroom

Reception

Sponsored by Boviet.

07:00 PM

Renaissance Ballroom

Dinner

Sponsored by WGL Energy.

07:00 PM

Renaissance Ballroom

09:15 PM

Capitale

Nov 17

08:00 AM -

Grand Ballroom Foyer

08:30 AM

Grand Ballroom Foyer

08:45 AM

Grand South/Central

09:30 AM

Mt Vernon Sq A

Maryland Fixing the SREC Market

by John Finnerty  , Todd Chason  , Brett Waikart  , Sara Rafalson  , Harry Warren  ,

The Maryland SREC market is currently significantly over-supplied. This issue has occurred in other states, and each has changed their RPS programs in order to either increase demand or limit supply of SRECs and bring the market back into balance. This panel will discuss how SREC oversupply has affected project development and programs like community solar, the status of the PJM queue, some of the options available to "right the ship" in Maryland.  

09:30 AM

Mt Vernon Sq B

Community Solar: Challenges and Opportunities

by Delegate Rip Sullivan  , Jennifer Spinosi  , Frank Caliva  , Delegate Luke Clippinger  , Joel Cannon  ,

Community solar presents an opportunity to greatly expand access to solar energy. Many states have created pilot programs that meet their unique needs. The design of these programs is imperative to ensure that they are successful. This panel will discuss some of the ways program design can increase access, as well as potential pitfalls of programs.

10:45 AM

Mt. Vernon Sq B

Utility Scale Project Development

by Leslie (Les) Knapp  , Colin Meehan  , Mike Volpe  , Colby Ferguson  ,

As more utility-scale solar projects are deployed, finding usable land with reasonable interconnection costs is a significant concern for the industry. Meanwhile, groups representing agricultural interests are also balancing land-use rights and concerns about productive land being taken out of use. This panel, with representatives from the Farm Bureau, Maryland Association of Counties and the solar industry will discuss the balance that all parties are seeking to find in order to resolve this debate.

10:45 AM

Mt. Vernon Sq A

Consumer Finance Crossroads

by Christina J. Grigorian  , Claudia Callaway  ,

Direct consumer access to clean energy alternatives means that lead generators, installers, finance companies and their investors must consider the federal consumer protection laws that apply to installation finance contracts. Join Claudia Callaway and Christina Grigorian of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as they focus on the role that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state regulators play in the clean energy market. The session will touch on:
  • State licensing for lead generators, installers and finance companies: from brokering to lending to purchasing loans
  • The "ABCs" of installation finance contracts: Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B, Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Regulation E, Truth in Lending Act and Regulation Z
  • The Dodd-Franks Act's Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Standards
  • Compliance Management Systems: policies, procedures, and the culture of compliance

12:00 PM

Grand South/Central

12:15 PM

Grand South/Central

01:15 PM

Mt Vernon Sq A

Solar Development in Urban Areas

by Nicole Rentz  , Steve J. Steffel  , Nicole Sitaraman  , Michael Healy  , Paul Lanning  , Aaron Kraus  ,

Solar deployment in urban areas is often more complex and expensive than suburban or rural areas. This panel will discuss what urban centers have been successful - and why - and how other urban areas can change their regulations, create new programs, and make other changes in order to facilitate more renewable energy deployment.

01:15 PM

Mt Vernon Sq B

Virginia: New Market Paradigm

by Jeff Nicholson  , Matthew Meares  , Katharine Bond  , Francis Hodsoll  , Anthony Smith  ,

Historically, Virginia has lagged behind in solar deployment. However, in the past few years, that has begun to change. As more companies, consumers and legislators recognize the benefits of solar energy and the State gears up for CPP compliance, further development is anticipated. This panel will discuss some of the potential market changes that utilities and solar association representatives have been evaluating over the summer and fall.

02:45 PM

Mt Vernon Sq A

Energy Storage

by Dr. Eric D Wachsman  , Delegate Marc Korman  , Colleen Lueken  , Elizabeth (Betty) Watson  , Magnus Asbo  ,

There are several attractive benefits to combining solar energy and storage in both residential and commercial capacities. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently announced that it has awarded 13 solar plus storage projects that will create resilient power for vital facilities such as emergency shelters. Solar plus storage provides security for the community, commercial value by reducing demand charges and residential value by storing rooftop solar generation for self-consumption. This panel will discuss the importance of solar plus storage to municipalities, as well as commercial and residential energy demands.

02:45 PM

Mt Vernon Sq B

Pennsylvania: Reinvigorating the Market

by Jim Kurtz  , Ron Celentano  , Allyson Browne  , Chris Ercoli  ,

Pennsylvania proves to be a unique case due to the shrinking of the PA solar market year after year. One obvious solution is closing the borders, but is that enough to alleviate the oversupply? This panel will discuss the current state of solar in Pennsylvania, including their claim to fame, SRECs, and ways to "reinvigorate" the market.

2:45 PM

Grand South/Central

Exploring Career Pathways in Renewable Energy

by Andrea Luecke  , Ben Stutz  , Erika Symmonds  , Joe Andronaco  ,

Job fair participants will have the opportunity to attend a career panel session organized by GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Speakers will discuss targeted efforts for building a qualified workforce that will enable the growth of the solar industry. Among other insights about exploring a career in renewable energy, speakers will also explore the importance of providing job training that includes accessibility, trends and entrepreneurship within local communities.

03:45 PM

Outside of Mt Vernon Sq

04:15 PM

Grand South/Central

05:30 PM

Grand South/Central