Program 2018

Plenary Session

08:00am-09:30amRegistration, Networking & Table Top Exhibition

What’s Next for Solar & Energy Storage in the U.S.? Synergizing Perspectives of Policy Makers, Opinion Leaders & Key Industry Players

Moderated by: Jennifer M. Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World

  • A Time of Transition: How NY Can Demonstrate Evolving From Net Metering While Maintaining Rapid Solar Growth
    Speaker: David Sandbank, Director of NY-Sun, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Global and U.S. Renewable Energy Financing Conditions and Trends
    Michael Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup, Inc.
12:00pm- 01:00pmBusiness Lunch & Networking

Track 1: SOLAR


Solar Business Models & Technologies to Bridge Through Change – Winning Strategies to Successfully Compete in the Marketplace

  • New York's Solar Outlook: A path to 50X30?
    Speaker: Valessa Souter-Kline, Policy Coordinator, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
  • The benefits of DC-Coupled Utility Scale Solar Plus Storage
    Speaker: Chris Larsen, Senior Engineer, Dynapower
  • Installation Costs as Part of the Value Proposition
    Speaker: Michael Orshan, General Manager, North America, Arctech Solar


01:00pm- 02:15pm

Energy Storage 2.0: Smart Solutions for Distributed Energy Storage and Energy Management Systems

  • U.S. Energy Storage Market 2017 Year-In-Review: Groundwork for Gigawatts
    Speaker: Brett Simon, Storage Analyst, GTM Research
  • Emerging Energy Storage Business Models
    Speaker: Tom Leyden, Senior Director, Distributed Electricity and Storage, EDF Renewables
  • Integrating Solar & Storage:  Learning from Success
    Speaker: Susan M. Buller, Principle Strategic Analyst, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Financing Solar Energy in America: New Insights on Different Business Models and Financing Solutions by Developers and Investors

  • Increase C&I Rooftop Solar Sales Through Innovative Financing Structure
    Jigar Shah, President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital | James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLC | Lyle Rawlings, President & CEO at Advanced Solar Products, Inc. | Dr. Panos Ninios, Founder & Partner, True Green Capital
  • NY Green Bank & Financing Solutions for Community Solar, and Solar + Storage Projects in NYS
    Speaker: Keely Conway, Operations & Finance Analyst, New York Green Bank
  • Fintech – Unlocking Financing for Non-Residential Solar
    Speaker: Oleg Popovsky, Chief Customer Officer, Braggawatt

Crowd-sourced Power Generation: Future Perspectives of Utilities and the Role of Energy Storage in Intelligent Grid Architecture

  • Shaping Energy Profiles at the Grid Edge
    Speaker: Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, sonnen Inc.
Networking Break & Table Top Exhibtion
Networking Break & Table Top Exhibtion

Managing Change in a New and Digitalized Energy World: What Does it Mean for the Solar Industry Today? Global Best Practices

  • Do Energy Systems Need Blockchain? - A Pragmatic Look
    Speaker:  Dr. Adarsh Nagarajan, Research Engineer, Power System Design and Studies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Sustaining Profitability with Smart Feed-in Management
    Speaker: Anthony Conklin, President, Solar Data Systems
  • Demystifying Blockchain and How it Relates to Solar
    Speaker: David Groarke, Managing Director, Indigo Advisory Group

Advances in Battery Design, Engineering & Manufacturing – Innovative Approaches and Value Propositions of Different Technologies

  • Solar + Storage: DC vs. AC Coupled – What is the Future?
    Speaker: Phil Fischer, Sales Director, NEC Energy Solutions, Inc.
  • Storing Sunshine Where the Sun Never Shines: An Underground Storage Solution to Intermittent Solar Power
    Speaker: Tom Barczak, Co-Owner, Solar Wind Storage LLC