Agenda

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Agenda

time iconMay 20, 2024 11:00 am

Exhibitor Setup

time iconMay 20, 2024 03:30 pm

Workshop: Workforce Development

Breakout Room 24

Panel: Growing and Supporting MWBE Solar Businesses: Partnerships, Incentives, and Considerations for Seamless Industry Growth

Quick Talk: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy

Quick Talk: The Value of Renewable Energy Apprenticeship Programs for Job Seekers and Employers

time iconMay 20, 2024 05:00 pm

Registration Open

Registration Area - 2nd Floor
time iconMay 20, 2024 06:30 pm

Opening Reception

time iconMay 21, 2024 07:00 am

Registration Open

Registration Area - 2nd Floor
time iconMay 21, 2024 08:00 am

Exhibit Open

time iconMay 21, 2024 08:00 am

Breakfast with Keynote Speaker: Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun

Main Stage

In an interview with Nico Johnson of SunCast Media

time iconMay 21, 2024 09:00 am

Exhibitors Speak

Main Stage

Each exhibitor gets to speak from the Main Stage for one-minute

time iconMay 21, 2024 09:00 am

TRAINING: Energy Storage Fundamentals (PV 451)

Breakout Room 24

This one-hour course details the fundamental components and aspects of energy storage systems (ESS) and solar plus storage (SPS) systems.

Participants will explore the different aspects of varying forms of energy storage; defining and differentiating between DC and AC coupled SPS

systems; and discuss some of the latest and greatest innovations in energy storage technologies.

1 NABCEP Credit

time iconMay 21, 2024 10:00 am

Featured Interview: Brian Granahan, Illinois Power Agency

Main Stage

An interview with Brian Granahan and John Delurey of Vote Solar.

time iconMay 21, 2024 10:00 am

Fireside Chat: How Community Microgrids Can Accelerate the Energy Transition

Breakout Room 24

The transition to renewable energy is constrained by outdated electricity infrastructure. But community-scale microgrids offer a solution. By decentralizing power generation and utilizing solar, storage and advanced controls locally, microgrids can accelerate decarbonization and improve resilience. In this talk, the Clean Coalition shares how they are partnering with utilities and communities in California and New York to develop innovative multi-megawatt microgrids. These projects provide utilities with appealing alternatives to traditional grid investments, enabling faster integration of renewables while serving community needs. Learn how microgrids can catalyze the modern, renewable grid we need.

time iconMay 21, 2024 10:30 am

COFFEE BREAK

Expo Hall
time iconMay 21, 2024 11:00 am

Quick Talk: Speeding up Land Acquisition with a SaaS for Site Due Diligence

Breakout Room 24

How developers can speed up site identification and acquisition by weeks or months with SaaS for title work. Get your land/title team flying and remove their 5 biggest delays and scale the entire process. 

time iconMay 21, 2024 11:00 am

Panel: Federal Deep Dive - IRA 101

Main Stage

The Inflation Reduction Act was the single biggest investment in climate action the world has ever seen. Some of that funding is targeted at clean energy deployment - to help you all put steel in the ground and panels on roofs - through tax credits and targeted incentives. Some of that funding is yet to come, via programs like the $27b Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that will soon be launched. This panel will discuss the state of the Inflation Reduction Act at this pivotal moment and what it means for your work.

time iconMay 21, 2024 11:20 am

Quick Talk: Scaling Green Hydrogen in the Midwest for Long Duration Energy Storage and Clean Transportation

Breakout Room 24

How can the Midwest utilize green hydrogen, produced through water electrolysis from renewable energy, as a clean fuel for long-duration energy storage and carbon-free transportation? This talk explores the potential to scale green hydrogen production and infrastructure throughout the Midwest's wind & solar corridor, enabling renewable energy growth while decarbonizing the region's trucks, trains, and buses.

time iconMay 21, 2024 11:40 am

Quick Talk: The importance of Recycling, Challenges and Opportunities for Solar Development and the Clean Energy TransitioC

Breakout Room 24

How recycling agreements improve decommissioning plans, help with project approval, and improve the project life cycle. New business partner opportunities. 

time iconMay 21, 2024 11:45 am

Quick Talk: Federal Deep Dive - The Alpha and the LPOmega: How to tap into DOE's $100b Treasure Chest

Main Stage

Forget everything you think you know about the Department of Energy's Loan Program Office. It's no longer just Research and Development and tomorrow's concepts - they've been supplied with $100b and told to aim it at whatever is getting in the way of clean energy deployment. 

time iconMay 21, 2024 12:00 pm

Quick Talk: Federal Deep Dive - Stacking Value: Maximizing the ITC in a Post-IRA World

Main Stage

Energy communities. Domestic content. Prevailing wage. The Investment Tax Credit is no longer a binary option, but a spectrum of value that your projects can capture through additional commitments - or just sheer luck. We'll hear from those who know the full value of the ITC best - prepare to walk away with insights about how the Departments of Treasury and Energy will guide the ITC forward.

time iconMay 21, 2024 12:00 pm

Fireside Chat: How Interconnection Policies at the IOUs are Helping or Hindering the Roll-out of DG in the Midwest

Breakout Room 24

What are some case studies of Midwestern utilities that have progressive, DG-friendly interconnection processes versus those that have more barriers in place? It may advocate policy changes at the state public utility commission or regulatory levels to encourage simpler, faster DG interconnections in this region.

time iconMay 21, 2024 12:15 pm

Quick Talk: Federal Deep Dive - Green Banksy: Preparing for the $27b Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

Main Stage

Over the next year, $27b will be heading to state and regional entities to deploy equitable clean energy. This includes $7b through the Solar for All program specifically targeting solar savings for income-qualified families. The other $20b is designed to catalyze a network of "green bank" entities that could drastically change the landscape of clean energy financing. Enjoy this crash course on all things green bank.

time iconMay 21, 2024 12:30 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker, Raghu Belur, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Enphase Energy

Main Stage

In an interview with Nico Johnson of SunCast Media

time iconMay 21, 2024 02:00 pm

Panel: Upcoming Legislation in the Midwest

Main Stage

Will PPAs ever be legal in Wisconsin? What is happening to net metering in Illinois? Come listen to our expert panel talk about legislative wins, losses, and what policy is on the horizon across a variety of market segments from residential to utility-scale solar. 

time iconMay 21, 2024 02:00 pm

Panel: Extreme weather events: What happens before, during, and after the storm?

Breakout Room 24

A perspective from the Scottsbluff, NE solar project that hit the national news in June of 2023. Before: Best practices during O&M activities that can prevent damage. During: Weather prediction and DAS communications. After: What is the process to get a storm back online and how long does it take? 

time iconMay 21, 2024 03:00 pm

Panel: Five-year Forecast for the Growth of Community Solar in the Midwest

Main Stage

Community solar markets continue to evolve and grow across the midwest. Several states have good legislation brewing - what do developers and stakeholders predict for Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and other markets that are now playing catch up to Illinois and Minnesota who are stepping on the gas with their already robust CS programs. Get the skinny on the five year outlook from community solar experts.

time iconMay 21, 2024 03:00 pm

Panel: Rooftop Rumbles: Tailwinds and Tailspins in Residential Solar

Breakout Room 24

Wood MacKenzie and SEIA predict that 2024 will see the first dip in new residential solar capacity since 2017. People who bet against solar often lose their lunch money. Still, there are rumbles in the foundation, especially in big solar states like California. What's behind the figures? What are people experiencing across the residential industry? And which Midwest states hold promise for a brighter residential future?

time iconMay 21, 2024 03:45 pm

PM BREAK

Expo Hall
time iconMay 21, 2024 04:30 pm

Fireside Chat: Signal from ILlinoise: CEJA Updates

Main Stage

Long gone are the formula rates that ComEd and Ameren relied on for rubber stamped grid upgrades. Thanks to CEJA's grid planning and rate case policies, we now have real insights into how we can build the equitable clean energy grid in a way that prepares for electrification and ubiquitous distributed generation. Come learn how this dovetails with the future of NEM and the ability to electrify everything.

time iconMay 21, 2024 04:30 pm

Fireside Chat: Designing and Building Landfill Solar Projects

Breakout Room 24

Brownfield to Brightfield projects are an important piece of the clean energy transition plan, with huge amounts of potential land that is ready for development across the country. These unique projects offer win-win-win solutions that benefit local communities, landowners, and the environment. Join us as we hear success stories, key learnings, and how it differs from greenfield project development.

time iconMay 21, 2024 05:00 pm

Happy Hour & Games

Expo Hall
time iconMay 21, 2024 08:00 pm

After Party

time iconMay 22, 2024 07:30 am

Registration Open

Registration Area - 2nd Floor
time iconMay 22, 2024 07:30 am

TRAINING

time iconMay 22, 2024 08:30 am

Exhibit Open

time iconMay 22, 2024 08:30 am

Breakfast with Keynote Speaker, Art Fletcher, EVP Global Sourcing, Invenergy

Main Stage
time iconMay 22, 2024 09:30 am

Quick Talks: State of the States - Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin

Main Stage

Meet the people in the room where it happens. In four Quick Talks, each speaker will give a crosscut of the policy landscape and dynamics in their state and, if we're lucky, peer into the political crystal ball to tell us what lies ahead.

time iconMay 22, 2024 10:30 am

COFFEE BREAK

Expo Hall
time iconMay 22, 2024 11:00 am

Fireside Chat: Storage + Solar in the Midwest: Can Storage Improve Project Economics?

Main Stage

Learn how energy storage improves financial returns on solar projects. In-depth updates on the available incentives and how to leverage behind-the-meter solar+energy storage systems to reduce costs, earn revenue from providing grid services, protect your operation from outages, and provide environmental benefits.  Case studies from existing successful Midwest projects.  

time iconMay 22, 2024 11:00 am

Fireside Chat: The Future of Net Metering in the Midwest

Breakout Room 24

This session focuses on the challenges and implications of restrictions imposed on net metering in California. It explores how these limitations can have a broader impact on the solar industry across different states, examining the interconnected dynamics and potential consequences for solar development.

time iconMay 22, 2024 12:00 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker John Berger, CEO, Sunnova

time iconMay 22, 2024 01:15 pm

Panel: Beyond the Hype: Leveraging AI to Lower Solar Soft Costs

Is AI really revolutionary? This panel discussion explores practical AI applications already lowering solar soft costs—from automated lead gen conversations to machine learning for production modeling. Learn how solar companies can harness AI, without the hype, to accelerate real business growth.

time iconMay 22, 2024 01:15 pm

Panel: How Tax Credit Transferability is Reshaping Investment in Renewables

Tax Credit Transferability: Is investing in renewables getting easier? Will transferability revolutionize all project financing? Learn about how the market is growing and what advances have been made possible because of the Inflation Reduction Act. 

time iconMay 22, 2024 02:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Gaining Ground: Building Community Trust to Overcome Solar Opposition

By proactively educating, listening, and partnering with local communities, solar developers can counter misinformation, address concerns, and gain public support for renewable energy projects. This talk explores best practices for stakeholder engagement, trust building, and messaging to tackle NIMBYism.

time iconMay 22, 2024 02:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Opportunities and Challenges in the Midwest for Agrivoltaics and Dual-use Solar

Breakout Room 24

Developers and asset owners are starting to integrate agrivoltaics and dual-use solar into their solar projects in the Midwest. What are the opportunities and challenges, what’s working and what’s not? From sheep grazing the strawberry farming the dual-use applications for solar farms is manifold and potentially an important public relations angle with rural farming communities who are increasingly pushing back against solar farm development. 

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time iconMay 22, 2024 02:55 pm

Fireside Chat: Deploying Solar Energy for Multifamily Housing

Main Stage

A discussion on different types of projects for multifamily housing. From behind-the-meter to community solar, what project structures make the most sense and where? What are the different challenges faced with new development vs. existing facilities?

time iconMay 22, 2024 02:55 pm

Fireside Chat: Supercharging Solar for All

Every Midwestern state applied for federal Solar for All funding to accelerate solar savings for income-qualified communities. Only two states have existing programs dedicated to fostering income-qualified solar: Illinois and Minnesota. We'll ask our experts to compare these two programs and even dare them to dream what a perfect program or policy looks like. When the federal Solar for All tap turns on this summer, we must ensure that it's pointed in the right direction.

time iconMay 22, 2024 03:30 pm

Fireside Chat: It's Time to Tackle Domestic Content: When will we get there?

As federal funding from both the Infrastructure Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) begins to get released, domestic content requirements have had very different definitions from various federal agencies. How do we navigate requirements, who are the first manufacturers making big moves Stateside, and what will domestic content do to construction costs?

time iconMay 22, 2024 04:00 pm

Conference End