Program 2018


Plenary Session

Time Session
08:00am-09:30am Registration, 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


  • Keynote: Advancing Renewables in New York State
    Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of the Governor of New York
  • New York: Sanctuary State for Clean and Green Energy
    Speaker: New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Representing the 21st Senate District
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Solar and Storage in the Current Federal and State Regulatory Climate
    Speaker: David Pringle, Environmental Advocate
  • 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)
  • Solar & Storage Developments in the State & City of New York
    Speaker: Tria Case, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Global and U.S. Renewable Energy Financing Conditions and Trends
    Speaker: Michael Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup, Inc.
12:00pm- 01:00pm Business Lunch & Networking

Track 1: SOLAR

Time Session

Rapid change for solar business models & technologies – 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
  • Residential Solar 2.0 – A Path to Profitability
    Speaker: Ravi Thuraisingham, Executive Vice President, Crius Energy


Time Session
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
Time Session

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: Nicholas Whitcombe, Managing Director, New York Green Bank
  • Keeping the Pulse on PACE: How Commercial PACE Delivers the Highest Solar NPV
    Speaker: Brandon Deno, Vice President of Solar, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.
  • Fintech – Unlocking Financing for Non-Residential Solar
    Speaker: Oleg Popovsky, Chief Customer Officer, Braggawatt
Time Session

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

  • The Evolution of a Distributed Utility Model
    Bharath Srinivasan, Senior Vice President – Operations, Distributed Sun
  • Shaping Energy Profiles at the Grid Edge
    Speaker: Olaf Lohr, Leed Green Associate, Utility Relations, sonnen, Inc.
  • Crowd-based Energy Storage and It’s Optimization in Future Grids
    Jens Martin, Head of Technology Policy Customer Solutions (Project-CEO), E.ON SE
Networking Break & Table Top Exhibtion
Networking Break & Table Top Exhibtion
Time Session

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
Time Session

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

  • Storage Logistics at High PV Penetration 
    Speaker: Dr. Richard Perez, Research Professor, University at Albany
  • 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
Time Session
05:30pm-6:30pm Networking Reception
Time Session
5:30pm-6:30pm Networking Receiption