Finance & Industry

State budgets are strained and federal government support for solar programs is dwindling; the ASES conference will explore ways that solar can continue to be financed without subjecting the industry to roller coaster market conditions. Other themes include the impact of net metering policies, the challenges of grid integration, the burgeoning movement to develop community solar projects, and efforts to bring solar to a more diverse economic population.

Wednesday, April 17

8:30-10:00 AM Forum – Predicting Job Growth From Renewable Energy Technologies

Moderator: Karin Sinclair, NREL, Golden, CO
Panelists: David Keyser – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dane Zammit – James Madison University
Peter Olmsted – The Vote Solar Initiative

1:30-3:00 PM Financing Distributed Generation Solar Projects

Moderator: Steve Remen, Executive VP of Business Development, groSolar

George Ashton
Chris Lord, the Managing Director of Capiron, Inc
Rich Deutschmann, Senior Project Development Engineer at Ameresco
Mark Crowdis, President of Reznick Think Energy
This panel includes a strong mix of solar professionals with significant leadership in the industry. It will include open conversation and project examples regarding the current economic and regulatory factors for solar development as well as construction with particular focus on distributed generation projects in the 1mw – 15mw size range. Leading industry practitioners will review a variety of opportunities and challenges in key states and Puerto Rico. The participants will cover the following topics, offering their individual experience and expertise on each subject matter: increasing number of financing participants for distributed solar projects matching financial investor’s requirements to project characteristics operating in key srec states without availability of long-term SREC contracts importance of credit-worthy off takers for the electricity risks associated with the “solar shakeout” (bankruptcies, consolidations and warranty issues)how to reduce financing and other “soft” costs now that they are a larger proportion of the total project costs (equipment and construction costs continue to decrease) what about O & M and project performance after commercial operation commences?

3:30-5:00 PM Benefits, Risks, & SRECS

Moderator: Don Wichert, Renew Wisconsin
Presenters: Kim Walton, Shawn Kerrigan, Hazem Rashed-Ali

Benefits of renewable and domestic energy technologies for income qualified homes

Author and Presenter: Kim Walton, Masters Environmental Affairs, Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Solar Portfolio Weather Risks
Authors: Shawn Kerrigan, Emma Rudie
Presenter: Shawn Kerrigan, CTO, Locus Energy, San Francisco, CA

Spatial Analysis for Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment
Author and Presenter: Dr. Hazem Rashed-Ali, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio

Thursday, April 18

8:30-10:00 AM SREC Market Uncovered

Solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market – East Coast Update – successes, challenges & lessons learned

Panelists: Kevin Quilliam, Larry Barth, Emil King, Michael Judge & Doug Hinrichs
Moderator: Joananne Bachmann
Affiliations: SRECtrade, San Francisco, CA; NJR Clean Energy Ventures, Wall, NJ; District Department of the Environment (DDOE), Washington, DC; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Boston, MA; Maryland Energy Administration, Annapolis, MD; Vermont Energy Investment Corp (VEIC), Burlington, VT

Program managers and vendors that actively participate in the SREC markets in the east coast will share perspectives and trends of these markets. Representatives of this panel will discuss the policy and explore key issues and challenges facing SREC markets and attempts by policymakers to address these market barriers.

1:30-3:00 PM Net Metering + New Finance & Policy Approaches

Moderator: Paulette Middleton, Panorama Pathways

Presenters: Richard Perez, William Nowak, Stephen Levy, Jason Keyes
More details on each presenter/presentation below.

Smart fit: remunerating pv electricity for the high-penetration long-term

Authors: Richard Perez, Thomas Thompson, Thomas E. Hoff, Ken Zweibel, Lyle Rawlings, Pradeep Haldar, Rick Lewandowski
Presenter:Richard Perez, Ph.D., Arsc, University at Albany, NY
Affiliations: University at Albany, Asrc, Albany, NY; Advanced Solar Products, Flemington, NJ; Clean Power Research, Napa, CA; GW University Solar Institute, Washington, DC; University at Albany, cnse, Albany, NY; Direct Gain Consulting, Cottekill, NY

Clean energy and implementation through feed-in-tariff
Author and Presenter: William Nowak, Sierra Club, NY

A vision of how micro-investments in solar pv can create a new class of investors
Authors: Stephen Levy, Kenneth Lutz, Jim Ostrowski
Presenter: Stephen Levy, EE, M.S. in Eng Sci, Worcester Polytech, NJ Inst. of Tech., Knoxville, TN
Affiliations: Tennessee Solar Energy Association, Knoxville, TN; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Amr Strategies LLC, Ocean, NJ

The costs and benefits of net energy metering
Authors: Jason Keyes, Thad Culley
Presenter: Jason Keyes, MA, JD, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, Oakland, CA

Massachusetts’ System of Assurance of Net Metering Eligibility: Early Experiences and Lessons Learned
Presenters: Erin Sweet, Associate, Cadmus; Nathan Phelps, Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities; Laura Bickel, Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

3:30-5:00 PM What Contractors Really Think

Implementation Contractors Perspectives of the District of Columbia Small-Scale Solar Initiative (DCSI)

Moderator: George Nichols, DC SEU
Mark Davis, President, WDC Solar, Inc.
Richard Franey, Vice President, Trusted Solutions Group
Atta Kiarash, President, Solar Solution LLC
Affiliations: WDC Solar, Inc., District of Columbia; Trusted Solutions Group, District of Columbia; Solar Solution LLC, District of Columbia; DC Sustainable Energy Utility, District of Columbia

The DC SEU, an organization managed by VEIC has supported solar electric and thermal installations for low-income residents in single family and multi-family dwellings. A panel of implementation contractors will share their perspectives on what makes these programs successful in order to guide future initiatives.

Friday, April 20

1:30-3:00 PM Unveiling financial value

Moderator: Bill Spratley, Green Energy Ohio

Presenters: Larry Burton, Andrew Mills, Mesude Bayrakci, Kacey Hoover, Anthony Perez Santiago
More details on each presenter/presentation below.

Societal benefits of Solar PV
Authors: Bobby Robertson(MBA, Renewablegenerations LLC), Larry Burton
Presenter: Larry Burton
Affiliations: Clearesult, Las Vegas, NV; Burton Consulting, Reno, NV

An evaluation of solar valuation methods used in utility planning and procurement processes
Authors: Andrew Mills, Ryan Wiser
Presenter: Andrew Mills, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Using avoided cost metrics to communicate present value in photovoltaic projects
Authors: Mesude Bayrakci, Jeffrey R.S. Brownson
Presenter: Mesude Bayrakci, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Power purchase and rate structure options for commercial customer pv systems
Author and Presenter: Kacey Hoover, Pursuing M.S. Appropriate Technology, Technology & Environmental Design, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Homer: a valuable tool to facilitate the financing process of photovoltaic systems in Puerto Rico
Authors: Anthony Perez Santiago, Randy Ortiz Dejesus, Eduardo Ortiz Rivera
Presenter: Anthony Perez Santiago, Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez,, Puerto Rico

3:30-5:00 PM Forum – Bridging the Gap: Solar Decathlons to Habitat for Humanity

Moderator: Rona Banai, Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Orlando Velez, Manager of Housing Services, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C.
David Riley – Penn State Faculty Advisor Solar Decathlon 2007
Lisa Brown – Current Manager of Morning Star House, Penn State,Solar Decathlon House from 2007
Amy E. Gardner – University of Maryland Faculty Advisor Solar Decathlon 2011
Luke Witmer – Team Member of Penn State Solar Decathlon Team 2009