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Wednesday, August 28
 

7:30am

Light Breakfast
Wednesday August 28, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Navarro Prefunction

7:30am

Registration Open
Wednesday August 28, 2019 7:30am - 4:30pm
Navarro Prefunction

8:30am

Welcome to Solar Storage Fest
Welcome to Solar Storage Fest, the first conference of it's kind to focus exclusively on the integration at all levels of solar and storage.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Hardick

Erin Hardick

Lead Analyst, Zpryme
Erin Hardick is a Research Analyst at Zpryme Research and Consulting, whose areas of research include smart grid, smart transportation, microgrid, renewable and distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, and information and communication technology. Erin is a recent graduate... Read More →
avatar for Chris Moyer

Chris Moyer

Sr. Director of Content and Research, Zpryme Research
Chris has been writing about and working at the nexus of energy, the future of cities, clean energy, analytics, public policy, and customer engagement for nearly fifteen years. As a researcher and analyst, he brings industry experience from the UK, EU, and North America to the Zpryme... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 8:30am - 8:40am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

8:40am

The Renewable Future of Energy Now
Clean energy is no longer a hazy dream in some distant future. Rapid improvements in solar and storage technology have made widespread adoption possible. How can utility, business, and policy leaders prioritize affordable deployment throughout the grid?

Speakers
avatar for Paula Gold-Williams

Paula Gold-Williams

Chief Administrative & Business Development Officer, CPS Energy
Frank Almaraz oversees CPS Energy’s Compliance & Ethics, People & Culture, Business & Economic Development, Supply Chain and Facilities functions. Previously, he has held the positions of Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, Interim Group Executive Vice President, Treasurer... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 8:40am - 9:10am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

9:10am

Financing the Green Revolution: How Do We Pay for the Future of Solar and Storage?
Financing the renewable energy future is one of the biggest challenges facing utilities and consumers today. Jigar Shah pioneered  "no money down solar" as the founder of SunEdison. He will share his perspective on how we pay for solar and storage now and in the future. Around the country, municipalities are developing aggressive plans for decarbonizing energy and transportation systems. How can cities effectively promote and deploy solar and storage assets?

Speakers
avatar for Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison... Read More →
avatar for Chris Moyer

Chris Moyer

Sr. Director of Content and Research, Zpryme Research
Chris has been writing about and working at the nexus of energy, the future of cities, clean energy, analytics, public policy, and customer engagement for nearly fifteen years. As a researcher and analyst, he brings industry experience from the UK, EU, and North America to the Zpryme... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

10:00am

Networking Break
Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom

10:30am

Sustainability Partnerships: Improving Coordination Between Public and Private Stakeholders
Advancing sustainable energy requires a great degree of collaboration between public and private stakeholders. This session explores how innovative partnerships can unlock the growth potential of solar and storage projects in the ERCOT market and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Rozenfeld

Alex Rozenfeld

Founder & Managing Director, Climate Impact Capital
Alex founded Climate Impact Capital to help fill the market gap for early stage companies and investors seeking to make an impact on climate change. With 20 years of energy and innovation experience, Alex has worked extensively internationally as an entrepreneur, angel investor... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Britton

Kimberly Britton

Chief Executive Officer, EPIcenter
Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Silver Spring Networks and Lyndis+Gyr to focus on innovation in new energy. EPIcenter’s mission is to transform the historic Mission Road Power Plant into a world-class... Read More →
avatar for Anita Ledbetter

Anita Ledbetter

Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green
Anita has been working for the community of San Antonio as the Executive Director of Build San Antonio Green for 14 years, where she has worked to build San Antonio's nationally recognized affordable green building program and is a champion for the equitable distribution of solar... Read More →
avatar for Jon Bonanno

Jon Bonanno

CXO, New Energy Nexus & California Clean Energy Fund
Jon Bonanno serves as the CXO of the New Energy Nexus (Nexus) and California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). His responsibilities are in capacity expansion and financial innovation to support diverse entrepreneurs solving the Climate Crisis.  At Nexus/CalCEF, Jon is focusing on educating... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:30am - 11:25am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

11:25am

Building a Business Case for Solar + Storage
Widespread solar and storage don't have to lead to the utility “death spiral.” How can utilities build a business model to accommodate DERs and utility scale renewables?

Speakers
avatar for Erin Autin

Erin Autin

Director, Research Programs, Zpryme
As Director of Research Programs, Erin Autin manages Zpryme’s research & content team and serves as a client liaison for all research efforts. She also helps develop event and webinar content focused on emerging technologies for utilities and vendors. Prior to joining Zpryme in... Read More →
avatar for Shalini Ramanathan

Shalini Ramanathan

VP, Origination, RES
Shalini Ramanathan is the Senior VP of Origination for Renewable Energy Systems, a leading developer/constructor of wind, solar, and energy storage projects and constructor of transmission and distribution lines. Shalini and her team have closed deals with more than $2B in transaction... Read More →
avatar for Judy McElroy

Judy McElroy

CEO, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants
Judy McElroy is CEO of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants, a leading energy storage consultant firm, providing technical design, financial analysis, procurement and owners engineering and advisory of services of energy storage projects. McElroy is a chemist by trade with energy consultation... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:25am - 12:05pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

12:00pm

Lunch/Networking Break
Wednesday August 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

12:00pm

Exhibits Open
Wednesday August 28, 2019 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom

1:15pm

Electric Vehicles and the Connected Energy Future
Electric Vehicles have the potential to dramatically increase load growth over the next twenty years. How can manufacturers, customers, and utilities use solar and storage to better integrate EVs onto the grid?

Speakers
avatar for Erin Autin

Erin Autin

Director, Research Programs, Zpryme
As Director of Research Programs, Erin Autin manages Zpryme’s research & content team and serves as a client liaison for all research efforts. She also helps develop event and webinar content focused on emerging technologies for utilities and vendors. Prior to joining Zpryme in... Read More →
avatar for Karl Popham

Karl Popham

Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy
Karl Popham is a frequent speaker, research contributor, and book co-author of “Smart Cities: Applications, Technologies, Standards & Driving Factors”. Currently, he is the Manager of Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy and is the Principal Investigator... Read More →
avatar for Erin Hardick

Erin Hardick

Lead Analyst, Zpryme
Erin Hardick is a Research Analyst at Zpryme Research and Consulting, whose areas of research include smart grid, smart transportation, microgrid, renewable and distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, and information and communication technology. Erin is a recent graduate... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 1:50pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

1:50pm

DERs, Data, and the Future Grid
DERs are becoming a fixture of the grid. Data and a robust IT infrastructure will be essential to properly deploy green but intermittent generation. Understanding the potential of utility scale and distributed solar in real-time will be crucial for load balancing and reliability. What are the keys considerations for utilities as they integrate more DERs?

Speakers
avatar for Tom Rose

Tom Rose

Principal and Senior Consultant, CMG
Tom is a governmental policy and regulatory affairs expert with over 40 years of experience in the power industry, having served 33 years in various staff, management and executive roles for TXU Corporation. This included leading TXU’s Governmental Policy and Advocacy Campaign from... Read More →
avatar for Chris Moyer

Chris Moyer

Sr. Director of Content and Research, Zpryme Research
Chris has been writing about and working at the nexus of energy, the future of cities, clean energy, analytics, public policy, and customer engagement for nearly fifteen years. As a researcher and analyst, he brings industry experience from the UK, EU, and North America to the Zpryme... Read More →
avatar for Nanveet Trivedi

Nanveet Trivedi

Co-Founder & COO, Vrinda Inc
Navneet co-founded Vrinda Inc. leveraging more than 26+ years of international Energy and Utility sector experience of working with 100+ utilities in 7 countries (North America, Latin America and Asia) across the value chain of utility industry. Navneet holds a master’s degree in... Read More →
avatar for Erika Bierschbach

Erika Bierschbach

Vice President of Energy Market Operations and Resource, Austin Energy


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

2:40pm

3:10pm

Incentivizing Solar + Storage: Whose job is it?
To meet aggressive state and municipal goals for decarbonization, the pace at which solar and storage projects are deployed will need to increase dramatically. Whose job is it to help incentivize customer adoption: utilities, solar and storage manufacturers, the government, or will it take an all-of-the-above approach?

Speakers
avatar for Erin Hardick

Erin Hardick

Lead Analyst, Zpryme
Erin Hardick is a Research Analyst at Zpryme Research and Consulting, whose areas of research include smart grid, smart transportation, microgrid, renewable and distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, and information and communication technology. Erin is a recent graduate... Read More →
avatar for Darren Schauer

Darren Schauer

GM & CEO, GVEC
Darren Schauer is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of GVEC. He held several positions at the Cooperative prior to being named chief executive officer in 2003. As part of his responsibilities as CEO, Mr. Schauer also leads the Cooperative’s subsidiary companies. Mr... Read More →
avatar for Sol Bobst

Sol Bobst

President, Solar Ranch Development
Sol Bobst is the founder and President of Solar Ranch Development Company, based in Houston, Texas.  He has an MBA and Masters Degree in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston-Victoria.  Sol travels all over Texas to find and represent landowners... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:10pm - 4:05pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

4:05pm

Clean Energy Trends Across the U.S.
In the first quarter of 2019, 148.8 MW of storage were deployed in the US, representing a 232% growth in the market. The trend towards storage is unmistakable and accelerating. What are the most exciting clean energy programs around the U.S.?

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Campos Goodman

Natalie Campos Goodman

Founder & CEO, IncentiFind
Natalie Campos Goodman is founder of IncentiFind, the nation’s go-to database for green incentives. Her real estate technology startup is radically increasing green building by quickly connecting residential and commercial projects to incentives when they incorporate green practices... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

4:30pm

Happy Hour
Enjoy the beverage of your choice as you explore the many wonderful exhibits at SSF19.

Wednesday August 28, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom

5:30pm

Networking Reception
Network in style at our one-of-a-kind networking receptions! Relax, unwind, and have fun while enjoying drinks and small bites.

Wednesday August 28, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom
 
Thursday, August 29
 

7:30am

Light Breakfast
Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Navarro Prefunction

7:30am

Open Registration
Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 4:30pm
Navarro Prefunction

9:00am

Is Solar the New Fire?
In this compelling talk, Scott Nguyen will explore the incredible potential of solar power to transform not just energy production, but also society.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Nguyen

Scott Nguyen

CEO, 17TeraWatts
Scott Nguyen is co-founder and CEO of 17TeraWatts, a clean-energy software company ushering in the next wave of wide-scale solar adoption. He has spent his career inventing technology and business models to accelerate our transformation to a cleaner more, efficient energy economy... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 9:25am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

9:25am

The Future of ERCOT Reliability
This session will explore how policy, renewables, and storage are impacting the broader electric industry definition of reliability in an age of rapid innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Magness

Bill Magness

CEO, ERCOT
Bill Magness joined ERCOT in 2010, and became ERCOT’s president and chief executive officer in January 2016.  Before becoming CEO, Mr. Magness served as ERCOT’s general counsel.Mr. Magness has been active in the utility business for over 25 years, working with electric and telecommunications... Read More →
avatar for Chris Moyer

Chris Moyer

Sr. Director of Content and Research, Zpryme Research
Chris has been writing about and working at the nexus of energy, the future of cities, clean energy, analytics, public policy, and customer engagement for nearly fifteen years. As a researcher and analyst, he brings industry experience from the UK, EU, and North America to the Zpryme... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:25am - 10:05am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

9:45am

Exhibits Open
Thursday August 29, 2019 9:45am - 5:00pm
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom

10:05am

10:35am

Sun Spots: Leading Solar and Storage Projects Around the Country
The session will help demystify the process of building a customer-centric solar and storage program and explore the most cutting-edge solar storage projects around the country. What are the steps to building a utility scale solar program? What are the most innovative programs in Texas and around the country?

Speakers
avatar for Julio Romero Agüero

Julio Romero Agüero

Vice President, Strategy and Business Innovation, Quanta Technology
Dr. Julio Romero Agüero is Vice President, Strategy and Business Innovation at Quanta Technology. He provides leadership to Quanta Technology in the areas of technology and business strategy, innovation, grid modernization, distribution systems analysis, planning and engineering... Read More →
avatar for Erin Hardick

Erin Hardick

Lead Analyst, Zpryme
Erin Hardick is a Research Analyst at Zpryme Research and Consulting, whose areas of research include smart grid, smart transportation, microgrid, renewable and distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, and information and communication technology. Erin is a recent graduate... Read More →
avatar for Bill Hetherington

Bill Hetherington

CEO, Bandera Electric Cooperative
Bill Hetherington has over 35 years of experience in the electric utility and renewable energy technology industries, including 6 years working internationally for SGC Energia, based in Lisbon, Portugal on renewable energy projects. He joined Bandera Electric Cooperative in Bandera... Read More →
avatar for Dan Seif

Dan Seif

VP, Market Development, 7x Energy
Dan is VP, Market Development for the solar development company 7X Energy Inc.  Dan leads business development for 7X power projects involving new technological permutations and market participation models.  Dan was previously a private practice consultant providing market research... Read More →
avatar for Aleksi Paaso

Aleksi Paaso

Dir. Distribution Planning/Smart Grid/Innovation, ComEd
Dr. Aleksi Paaso is Director of Distribution Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation at Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the electric utility serving Northern Illinois, including city of Chicago. He is responsible for ComEd’s distribution planning activities, distributed energy resource interconnection... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:35am - 11:30am
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

11:30am

The Role of Solar + Storage in Microgrids
Pecan Street has developed a whole home residential microgrid capable of full islanded operation for long periods. This presentation will cover the lessons learned during a two-month deployment of the Energy Switch microgrid in Austin, Texas residences. Learn about one of the most innovative microgrid programs in the country.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hinson

Scott Hinson

CTO, Pecan Street
Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pike Powers Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 11:55pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

11:55am

Microgrids for Energy Security
Speakers
avatar for Massoud Amin

Massoud Amin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Dr. Massoud Amin, IEEE and ASME Fellow, is a professor of electrical & computer engineering (ECE), and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is on leave from the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI.umn.edu), where he served as the Director and the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership since March 2003. In part, to complete his forthcoming book on “Powering Progress and Fueling Prosperity: Resilience & Sensitivity in Face of Chaos,” to continue his R&D in this... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:55am - 12:20pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

12:20pm

Lunch/Networking Break
Thursday August 29, 2019 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

1:30pm

Customer Choice Driving Change: Trends in Residential Solar and Storage
From improving data collection and analytics to developing customer engagement platforms what are the key steps to marketing to new customers? What’s next for sustainable housing and Solar PV for homeowners & installers? How are new forces driving the residential solar marketplace? How can utilities, installers, and builders innovate to attract new solar and storage customers?

Speakers
avatar for Dylan Lockwood

Dylan Lockwood

Content Editor, Zpryme
As Zpryme's Online Content Editor, Dylan manages online articles, blog posts, and social media. He also edits, produces, and hosts 'Zpryme on the Grid', Zpryme's industry-focused podcast.
avatar for Dana Harmon

Dana Harmon

Executive Director, TEPRI
Dana Harmon has 13 years of leadership and management experience in the energy and consumer products industries. As Executive Director of TEPRI, Ms. Harmon has overall strategic and operational responsibility for execution of TEPRI’s mission to collect actionable data that industry... Read More →
avatar for Austin Rosenbaum

Austin Rosenbaum

CEO, Demand IQ
Austin Rosenbaum is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Demand IQ, a digital marketing agency and software provider specializing in customer acquisition services and data analytics. Prior to founding Demand IQ, Austin worked for SunShare in the development of over 80 MW of... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Edwards

Nancy Edwards

Principal, Clean Power Marketing Group
Nancy Edwards, principal of Clean Power Marketing Group, likes nothing better than a giant-sized marketing challenge. She built a career in entertainment and technology marketing working for such brands as IBM, Applied Materials and Frank Zappa before moving into clean energy in 2010... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:05pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

2:05pm

Clean Energy Policy in the Era of Hyper Innovation
Around the country, states and municipalities are developing aggressive plans for decarbonizing the energy system. How can policy makers incentivize innovation and integration of solar and storage with better policy and regulations?

Speakers
avatar for Becky Klein

Becky Klein

Principal, Klein Energy LLC
Ms. Klein is Principal of Klein Energy, LLC, an energy consulting company based in Austin, Texas. Over the last 25 years she has worked in Washington, DC and in Texas in the energy, telecommunications and national security arenas. Ms. Klein’s professional experience also includes... Read More →
avatar for Lorraine Akiba

Lorraine Akiba

CEO, LHA Ventures
Lorraine H. Akiba is President/CEO of LHA Ventures. She is a recognized thought leader with technical expertise and knowledge in the development of Hawaii’s renewable and clean energy policy and regulatory framework. She served from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018, as a commissioner... Read More →
avatar for Peter Grabiec

Peter Grabiec

Press assistant, UTSA
Peter joined the UTSA: SBDC: International Trade Center in 2017 as a Sr. International Business Advisor. Prior to that, he spent 15 years living and working on five different continents. Working with private companies, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations as well... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

2:45pm

3:15pm

How Do We Integrate? A Vision for Solar and Storage
To take full advantage of the respective potential for solar and storage, we must strategically move towards integration. How can utilities, technologists, and business leaders collaborate to achieve integration?

Speakers
avatar for Erin Autin

Erin Autin

Director, Research Programs, Zpryme
As Director of Research Programs, Erin Autin manages Zpryme’s research & content team and serves as a client liaison for all research efforts. She also helps develop event and webinar content focused on emerging technologies for utilities and vendors. Prior to joining Zpryme in... Read More →
avatar for Robert Miggins

Robert Miggins

CEO, GoSmart Solar
Robert co-founded Go Smart Solar to be a part of the future of energy. He believes moving to more renewable energy is not just the right thing to do, but it also creates opportunities, jobs and growth. Prior to founding GO Smart, he spent 15 years in senior executive roles at high-growth... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Brodt-Giles

Debbie Brodt-Giles

Group Manager III - Data Science, NREL
Debbie Brodt-Giles is the D.A.T.A. Group Manager in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. For more than 20 years, Debbie has been leading web-based data management and visualization projects with the goal of making open data accessible and reusable for the benefit of the energy community... Read More →
avatar for Omeed Badkoobeh

Omeed Badkoobeh

Co-founder and CEO, Yotta Solar
Omeed Badkoobeh is the Co-founder CEO of Yotta Solar. Prior to founding Yotta, Omeed has 10 years ofexperience in the solar PV industry and has developed over 10M in revenue of new energy technologies from home batteries to electric vehicles.
avatar for Rick Luna

Rick Luna

Interim Director, Technology and Product Innovation, CPS Energy
Rick Luna is Interim Director, Technology and Product Innovation for CPS Energy. Rick manages a product portfolio that includes energy efficiency, demand response, distributed solar, and electric vehicles. He has 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry in account management... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 4:10pm
Navarro (Main Ballroom)

4:10pm

Happy Hour
Enjoy the beverage of your choice as you explore the many wonderful exhibits at SSF19.

Thursday August 29, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Navarro Prefunction/Hidalgo Ballroom