Program 2017


Moderated by:
Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director, CALSEIA

U.S. East Coast Solar Market Update & Outlook – Implications of the new administration

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

Conference Opening & Welcome Remarks

Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH


Keynote Speech: Latest Policy Developments Impacting the Eastern U.S. Regional Markets

New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Representing the 21st Senate District


Keynote Speech: Reforming the Energy Vision in New York - Building the 21st Century Grid

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of the Governor of New York


New York State of Solar - Road to a Sustainable Industry

  • Landscape of NY Solar – The Past, Present and Future 

David Sandbank, Director NY-Sun, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


Real Projects: Successes and Challenges

  • Several solar developers discussing business models, challenges, why they came to New York to do business
  • Exclusive project showcases based on multiple key parameters

Moderated by:
David Sandbank, Director NY-Sun, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


  • Pat Doyle, President, Delaware River Solar
  • Jeff Lord, Senior Vice President of Project Development, Clean Energy Collective
  • Amy McDonough, Director of Project Development, New York, Borrego Solar Systems
  • Dennis L. Phayre, Business Development Director, EnterSolar, LLC
  • Chase Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Distributed Sun, LLC

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) in Action: Interconnection Solutions

  • Interconnection review of what’s been going on and how it could work
  • Solving the interconnection challenges
Houtan Moaveni, Deputy Director of NY-Sun Initiative/New York State Distributed Generation Interconnection Ombudsman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

What’s Next for Solar in the U.S. – Implications of a Trump Administration

  • A critical assessment of the status-quo industry outlook on the next five years
  • Key factors to maintain sustainable market development and increase stakeholders’ confidence
Jigar Shah, President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
12:30pm- 02:00pm Business Lunch & Networking

See Track 1: SOLAR and Track 2: STORAGE

See Track 3: SOLAR and Track 4: STORAGE

Track 1: SOLAR

Riding on the Wave of Success – Critical Factors to Maintain Sustainable Solar Market Growth in the U.S.

Moderated by:
Eckhart Gouras, Managing Director, pv magazine group

02:00pm- 02:20pm

Utility Scale Solar Assessment: Potentials for PV Power Plants in the U.S.

  • Share of large scale PV power projects compared to total market development
  • Project characteristics: Development of system size, applications and locations
  • LCOE development and further potentials for cost reduction

Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO, EuPD Research


Northeast States Solar Market Update: Regulatory Updates, Business Climate & Untapped Market Potentials

  • Representing New York:
    Valessa Souter-Kline, Policy Coordinator, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
  • Representing New Jersey:
    Lyle Rawlings, President, Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA)
  • Representing Massachusetts:
    Tom Thompson, Board Member, Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE)
  • Representing Connecticut:
    Mike Trahan, Executive Director, SolarConnecticut, Inc.

Moderated by:
James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLC


Solar Operations, Maintenance and Performance Best

  • Practices Solution based approaches to maximize financial performance of PV systems
  • Real-world field experiences: Improving serviceability and minimizing maintenance costs of solar inverters

Moe Mahone, Commercial Sales Manager, Fronius USA

03:30pm- 04:15pm Coffee Break & Networking
See Track 3: SOLAR and Track 4: STORAGE

Track 2: STORAGE

Assessing the U.S. Energy Storage Market – Latest Market Trends & Technological Advancements in the Residential Segment (presented by ees North America)

Moderated by:
Christian Roselund, Americas Editor, pv magazine group


Turnovers and Hurricanes: Triggering a Storage Evolution

  • Advancements by Sustainable CUNY’s solar, and now solar+storage program
  • New York City Resilient Solar Roadmap: Long vision solutions

Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability, City University of New York (CUNY)


U.S. Energy Storage Prospects: Market Landscape and Evolution

  • Market overview and forecast through 2022
  • Policy and regulatory structures affecting storage
  • Business model development and expected evolution

Brett S. Simon, Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research

02:50pm- 03:10pm

Advanced Multi-Resource Microgrid Project Delivers Real Value On Both Sides Of The Utility Meter In Brooklyn

  • Best practice: The microgrid at the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn
  • Providing resiliency during an outage, lowering operational cost and delivering essential load relief for utilities

Doug Staker, Vice President Global Sales, Demand Energy Networks

03:10pm- 03:30pm

Leapfrogging the Grid - Plug-and-Play Microgrids Making Transmission Line Extensions Obsolete

  • Understand the economics and lifetime throughput of plug-and-play solar+storage microgrids
  • Evaluate battery technologies for performance characteristics, with minimal maintenance, in remote and/or rugged environments
  • Assessment of the pros and cons of microgrids and grid extensions for obtaining reliable access to power

Jordan Little, Applications Engineer, SimpliPhi Power

03:30pm- 04:15pm Coffee Break & Networking
See Track 3: SOLAR and Track 4: STORAGE

Track 3: SOLAR

360° Review of Emerging Technology & Financing Advancement

04:15pm- 04:35pm

Solar’s Next Rise – Not About Cheap Panels Anymore

  • As Solar continues to grow in penetration, consideration needs to be given to controllability & system visibility
  • Solar’s standard output curve will cause stability issues on high penetration grids and potentially interfere with the efficient operation of generation
  • Solutions will lead to load factor improvement - efficiency of the overall grid will increase (Generation & Transmission)

Dia Dean Koujak, Associate Director, Navigant - Energy | Electric Power & Renewable Energy

04:35pm- 04:55pm

Advanced Structured Solutions to Advance Solar in the State of New York

  • Solutions to advance financing for residential, commercial and industrial, and community solar effort
  • How can existing barriers preventing the wider deployment of C&I, community, and other solar structures be successfully addressed and alleviated?

Jason Moore, Director Investment & Portfolio Management, NY Green Bank

04:55pm- 05:15pm

Making Commercial Solar Affordable – Leasing for the US Commercial & Industrial Market

  • Showcase of how a lease can be structured as an alternative form of financing to make solar ownership affordable
  • Why tax credit monetization is a big problem for the majority of privately owned companies in the US and how leasing solves this problem
  • Comparison of benefits of the “traditional lease” to a loan, power purchase agreement and the solar industry lease

Stanley S. Fishbein, Managing Partner, CleanView Capital, LLC

05:15pm- 05:35pm

How Solar Asset Management Software is Changing the Way Investors and Owners Manage Risk and Improve Returns

  • Solar Asset Management Software is the foundation of an owner’s contingency plan in the event of bankruptcy, changing staff and a project/portfolio sale. Capturing key data, processes, and institutional history in a centralized data base is a growing best practice
  • Integral piece of a PV owner and O&M Provider’s tool set to help owners learn from their portfolios and improve production. Key operating trends and performance issues can be identified and acted upon
  • Efficiency improvement of asset management personnel by automating performance and financial reports, compliance and performance tasks

Stephen Condon, Business Development Director, Radian Generation

05:35pm- 05:45pmQ&A with Session Speakers
05:45pm Closing

Networking Reception “Solar Futures“

Hosted by
New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker
Venue: Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Track 4: STORAGE

The Role of Energy Storage in the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Space – Maximizing Returns & Increasing Investors’ Confidence (presented by ees North America)

04:15pm- 04:35pm

Innovative Business Models for Battery Storage

  • Current business models for energy storage significantly underutilize an asset capable of generation, transmission and distribution functions. Recent studies place in-field asset use between 5-50%
  • These models not only underutilize the asset, but also limit the battery from capturing multiple revenue streams - decreasing the number economically viable projects
  • A lot of research and modeling has been performed on the potential to “stack” multiple value streams of storage to increase utilization rate and maximize value. However, there is little operational experience

Adrienne Lalle, Project Specialist, Con Edison

04:35pm- 05:15pm

Industry Leaders’ Debate: The Future of Energy Storage in the U.S.

  • State regulatory and legislative policy vs. industry advancements
  • Evaluation of competitive market designs


  • Ram Akella, Managing Director & Board Member, Centrosolar America, Inc.
  • Pedro Elizondo, Senior Manager of Business Development, Energy Storage, Flex Energy Solutions
  • Livio Filice, Regional Sales Director, sonnen
  • Tom Leyden, Senior Director Distributed Electricity & Storage, EDF Renewable Energy
  • Yayoi Sekine, Energy Smart Technologies, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Moderated by:
Robb Jetty, Vice President of Business Development, groSolar

05:15pm- 05:30pm

Eliminate ‘Cycle Life Anxiety’ – Behind Meter and Utility Scale Projects

  • Technological advancements for behind the meter projects
  • Avoiding economic uncertainly: Tariff schedule changes to new regulatory policies

Matthew M. Maiers, Business Development - North America, GILDEMEISTER energy storage

05:30pm- 05:45pm

Lowering Electricity Costs with Demand Charge Management

  • Positive business impact: Improvement of consumption profile
  • Interplay of storage and intelligent software controls
  • Real world field experiences

James Karavakis, C&I Business Development, Energy Storage Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC


Networking Reception “Solar Futures“

Hosted by New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker
Venue: Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201