Watch Solar Summit 2019 Right Here on May 14-15

by Nicholas Rinaldi
May 10, 2019

GTM Squared will livestream our most popular event right here on May 14 and 15. Squared members get exclusive access. Click here to join today!

That's more than 11 hours of panels and presentations from the conference, as well as unlimited access to the video on-demand after the event. See the complete two-day agenda below.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (all times PT)

8:50 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Polling Session: Get to Know the Audience
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Keynote Panel: Towards a Solar-Dominated Energy Future
  • Tom Werner, President & CEO, SunPower
  • Cris Eugster, Chief Operations Officer, CPS Energy
  • Kris Mayes, Professor of Utility Law and Energy Policy, Arizona State University
  • Mathew Sachs, Vice President, Distributed Energy, National Grid Ventures
  • Moderator: Julia Pyper, Contributing Editor, Greentech Media
10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Research Presentation: The Global Solar Outlook for 2019
  • Tom Heggarty, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Panel: Maximizing Project Margins Throughout the ITC Phasedown
  • Kenneth Labeja, Director, Business Development, Avangrid
  • Scott Moskowitz, Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwha Q CELLS America
  • Phil Robinson, Director of Solar Project Structuring, Constellation Energy
  • Moderator: Michelle Davis, Senior Analyst, Solar, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
12:05 p.m.-12:35 p.m. Research Presentation: 2019 State Policy Compass
  • Austin Perea, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
1:35 p.m.-2:05 p.m. Research Presentation: Mapping System Pricing Reductions – How Far Can the Drop in Prices Go?
  • Benjamin Gallagher, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
2:05 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Panel: Single-Axis Trackers & Bifacial Modules - Overall System Impacts on Performance and Costs

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  • Hongbin Fang, Ph.D., Director of Product Marketing, LONGi Solar
  • Sergio Prado, Sales Manager Mexico, Soltec
  • Greg Beardsworth, Sr. Director of Product Management, NEXTracker
  • Travis Rose, VP of Sales, Array Technologies
  • Moderator: Benjamin Gallagher, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
2:50 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Betting on Floatovoltaics: Shedding Light on Floating PV Opportunities in the U.S.
  • Teresa Barnes, Ph.D., Group Manager, PV Reliability and Systems Engineering, NREL
  • Robert Spencer, Data Scientist & Software Developer, NREL
  • Moderator: Molly Cox, Research Associate, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
3:50 p.m.-4:35 p.m. Panel: Reducing Operational Costs – A Look into Enhanced Efficiency in Solar Asset Management and Operations & Maintenance
  • Chris Prescott, Director of Renewable Operations, Southern Company
  • Laura Stern, President, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC
  • Chris Frantz, Vice President Asset Management, Cypress Creek Renewables
  • Kent Miller, Sr. Vice President, Shoals
  • Moderator: Chad Singleton, Principal Analyst - Americas Power & Renewables, Wood Mackenzie
4:35 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Panel: Maximizing the Performance of Legacy Assets Through Repowering to Drastically Improve System Economics
  • Steven Wozniak, Sr. Director of Global Engineering & Design, First Solar
  • Lida Jauregui-Rivera, Sr. Manager of Performance Engineering and Optimization, Clearway Energy Group
  • Levent Gun, CEO, Ampt, LLC Erik Johnson, Director of Engineering, Swinerton
  • Moderator: Lindsay Cherry, Analyst, Solar, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
5:05 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Closing Roundtable: A 5-Year Technology Outlook for Module, Tracker and Inverter Systems
  • Nigel Cockroft, General Manager, Jinko Solar U.S. Inc.
  • Leila Madrone, CTO and Founder, Sunfolding
  • Nicola Sicchieri, VP Business Development Americas, Royal DSM B.V.
  • Ravi Dodballapur, Director of Application Engineering, SMA America
  • Moderator: Benjamin Gallagher, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (all times PT)


8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Briefing: The New Paradigm – Solar + Storage’s Role in the Energy Transition

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  • Daniel Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Colin Smith, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Fireside Chat with Shell
  • Boris Schubert, General Manager, Solar and Storage Projects, Shell New Energies
  • Moderator: Daniel Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Keynote Interview
  • Shelee Kimura, Senior Vice President Business Development & Strategy, Hawaiian Electric
  • Moderator: Emma Foehringer Merchant, Writer, Greentech Media
10:00 a.m.-10:10 a.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch
  • Kevin Berkemeyer, Co-Founder & CEO, Station A
10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Live Podcast
  • Hayes Barnard, Founder & CEO, Loanpal
  • Moderator: Julia Pyper, Contributing Editor, Greentech Media
11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Case Study: Resiliency – Solar’s Input in Microgrids
  • Dr. Charlie Gay, Solar Energy Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Moderator: Emma Foehringer Merchant, Writer, Greentech Media
12:00 p.m.-12:10 p.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch
  • Maulik Patel, Co-Founder, Prodigal Sun
12:10 p.m.-12:55 p.m. Beyond the RPS: IRPs, QFs and CCAs — Panel: Ensuring Equitable Access to Solar
  • Jason Rondou, Manager of Strategic Development & Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Senior Director for Access & Equity, Vote Solar
  • MJ Shiao, Director of Community Solar, Arcadia Power
  • Andie Wyatt, Policy & Regulatory Manager, GRID Alternatives
  • Moderator: Ken Berlin, President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project
12:55 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Case Study: Solar for New Construction: 3 Key Tools to Crack the Fastest Growing Sector in Solar
  • Samuel Adeyemo, Chief Operating Officer, Aurora Solar
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Research Presentation: Emerging Community Solar Markets – Towards True Scalability
  • Austin Perea, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
2:45 p.m.-2:55 p.m. Emerging Tech Speed Pitch

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  • Thomas Folker, CEO, Leap
2:55 p.m.-3:40 p.m. Panel: Winds of Change – A Look at Wind-Dominated State Markets That Will Become More Solar-Prone in 2019-2022
  • RJ Johnson, Vice President of Origination, NextEra Energy Resources
  • Hans Isern, SVP of Origination, sPower
  • Will Mitchell, Director, Origination - West Region, Strata Solar
  • Moderator: Chad Singleton, Principal Analyst - Americas Power & Renewables, Wood Mackenzie
3:40 p.m.-4:25 p.m. Closing Roundtable with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables Analysts
  • Tom Heggarty, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Michelle Davis, Senior Analyst, Solar, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Colin Smith, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media