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Solar Goes Corporate
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SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate1
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SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
8:30 am – 9:00 am Corporate Commitments to Clean Energy & Why Policy Matters
Reaching 20% of generation for solar by 2030 will require aggressive collaboration and establishing stronger relationships with corporate and institutional buyers. Hear about corporate commitments to clean energy and why policy matters if we want to remove barriers for these key customers and stakeholders to obtain the renewables that they demand.
Joe Rinzel Executive Director Employers for Renewable Energy
Abigail Ross Hopper President & CEO SEIA
George Hershman President
Mike Smith
Chief Business Officer SEIA
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Corporate procurement of renewables has grown rapidly in recent years as solar and wind prices continue to fall and more corporate buyers have announced substantial renewable energy commitments. Join analysts from SEIA, Wood Mackenzie and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as they discuss the trends behind this growth and the factors likely to impact the market moving forward.
Shawn Rumery
9:00 am – 9:45 am Tracking Growth in Corporate Renewables Procurement
Director of Research SEIA
Kevin Haley Director, Member Engagement Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Will the scheduled step-down of renewable tax credits impair commercial solar project economics? How do we ensure investors are getting the best possible system for their investment? How do we ensure the system operates safely, reliably and aligns with expected finance modeling? This session will focus on best practices to build confidence among potential solar customers, regulators, investors, rating agencies, and other stakeholders that C&I solar systems are a valuable building improvement, a consistent and long-term source of electricity generation, and a credit-worthy investment asset class.
Evelyn Butler
9:50 am – 10:35 am Built to Last: Best Practices for High-Quality Commercial Solar Projects
Senior Director of Codes and Standards SEIA
Mihir Mehta Vice President, Finance Soltage
Aidan Foley Principal Glenvale
Track 1 Barnett-Aden Room
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Kick things off with an interactive game to explore the range of renewable sourcing options available to large and small companies.
9:50 am – 10:35 am Navigating Renewable Sourcing Options & Understanding Customer Needs
Andrew Gilligan Sol Customer Solutions, Vice President Sol Systems
Jonathan Reinbold Sustainability Manager Lopez Foods
Track 2 Beverly Snow Room
Will Arnold SVP, Sales and Products Quest Renewables
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
10:40 am – 11:10 am Solar Means Business Awards Ceremony and Networking Break
Hear from Organic Valley and Dr. Bronner’s about how their energy transition journeys intersected, the challenges they encountered along the way and the need for flexibility in executing a successful renewable energy strategy.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Stories of Innovation: Navigating the Customer Journey (& Improvising the Plan)
Darcy Shiber-Knowles Quality, Sustainability & Innovation Dr. Bronner’s
Scott Elias Senior Manager of Programs & State Initiatives
Organic Valley
OneEnergy Renewables
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm Networking Lunch
During lunch, we encourage you to participate in the Solar Goes Corporate table topic discussions. Join other colleagues and professionals interested in discussing a common subject by choosing a table with a tent card featuring one of six topics listed below. Lunch will also include tables without any topic assignments for those who prefer less structure. Topics and facilitators can be found below.
Ask the Analysts • Shawn Rumery, Director of Research, SEIA
• Michelle Davis, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
• Colin Smith, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Increasing Quality in Commercial Solar Projects
• Evelyn Butler, Senior Director of Codes and Standards, SEIA
How to Incorporate Pollinator-Friendly Habitats
• Randi Grout, Project Supervisor, Ernst Pollinator Service
• Lindsey White, Director of Development, Ernst Pollinator Service
The Do’s and Don’ts of PPAs with Solar + Storage
• Pamela Mines, SVP, Business Development, Empower Energies
Engaging Legislators on Federal Policy
• Claire August, Congressional Affairs Coordinator, SEIA
Greening Your Supply Chain • Jeff McAulay, Co-Founder, Energetic Insurance
Green Roofs AND Solar - Yes You Can Have Both!
• Lisa Walsh, Solar Energy Services
Risks Related to Offsite Procurement Contracts
• Benoy Thanjan, CEO and Founder, Reneu Energy
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Track 1 Barnett-Aden Room
Discover how commercial and industrial companies aim to increase value, reduce risk and streamline energy usage with hybrid solar + battery storage projects and stand-alone storage.
1:20 pm – 2:05 pm Storage Goes Corporate: Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risks
Rohit Sachdev Partner Orrick
Mike Nolan Director, Analytics Advisory Edison Energy
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Finding the right confluence of roof control, ownership appetite, incentives, energy use and lease duration to make solar deals ‘just right’ can be daunting. Why is snagging that first deal the hardest? What factors play into the difference between green-lighting a single project or executing a broader portfolio? How can the solar industry better address the commercial real estate community’s specific needs and barriers? Learn about the opportunities, common barriers, and range of solutions for bringing solar to the real estate community, as well as some of the pitfalls that still need to be overcome.
1:20 pm – 2:05 pm Lessons Learned from Bringing Solar to the Real Estate Community
Marta Schantz Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance Urban Land Institute
Matthew Singleton SVP, Global Energy Prologis
Eugenia Gregorio VP, Strategy & Sustainability The Tower Companies
Track 2 Beverly Snow Room
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
Take a comparative look at different utility green tariff programs, with a focus on states that have limited retail choice.
2:15 pm – 2:40 pm Quick Talk: Customer Options and Utility Green Tariffs
Jennifer Mersing Of Counsel Stoel Rives LLP
Jessica Bayles Associate Stoel Rives LLP
Track 1 Barnett-Aden Room
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
As businesses continue to pursue carbon-neutrality and sustainability goals, will companies look for renewable energy investments that allow them to see financial returns beyond electricity savings? Learn how corporates can directly invest in solar through tax equity from companies that are currently taking advantage of this growing opportunity.
2:15 pm – 2:40 pm Quick Talk: Lessons Learned from Corporate Tax Equity Investments
Adam Shor Principal Shor Power
Track 2 Beverly Snow Room
Scott Gubbels Executive Director Nelnet
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break
Track 1 Barnett-Aden Room
Corporate customers procure solar energy for many reasons: cost savings, branding, sustainability goals, and more. However, not every contract offers all of these benefits at once. To keep prices low, it may monetize the project’s RECs, preventing the buyer from making claims to their customers about using green power. Find out how to ensure a contract is meeting the customer’s unique goals, accurately message a project’s impacts, and effectively communicate the pros and cons of different contract structures.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Renewables, RECs, and Representations: Understanding and Communicating Project Claims
James Critchfield Program Manager US EPA Green Power Partnership
Tom Starrs Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy SunPower
SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate
There are many urban areas where rooftop space exists and is suitable to host a solar facility, but the building owner/ tenant doesn’t have the necessary load, meet the necessary underwriting criteria, or have power costs that economically justify the existence of a system. Find out how community solar can offer an optimal solution for this challenge and can provide economic benefits that surpass the typical savings from a PPA.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm PPA vs. Community Solar: Utilizing Commercial Rooftops for Optimal Value Creation
Benoy Thanjan CEO and Founder Reneu Energy
Ben Myers Director of Sustainability Boston Properties
Omar Blayton Chief Financial Officer Sunwealth
Sam Walker Director of Finance New Columbia Solar
Track 2 Beverly Snow Room
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Networking Reception
As renewable energy markets mature, new opportunities are emerging for buyers to maximize the value of their energy transition. Learn about the business-case for pollinator-friendly solar sites and how sophisticated energy buyers view the intersection between their energy, brand, and business.
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Maximizing the Value of Your Energy Transition
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Office
Director, Origination
Suite #1000 1425 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005
Rob Davis Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy; Director, Media & Innovation Lab
Fresh Energy
Perdue Farms
For information about membership at SEIA, contact
Roderick Lewis Director of Membership, SEIA (202) 540 - 5347