Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour - New Technologies in Action!
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour - New Technologies in Action!

  • InterContinental Hotel

**THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT**

This all-day tour after Intersolar closes will offer a unique opportunity to see truly cutting-edge solar, hydrogen, microturbine, microgrid, battery, and electronic controls technology AND sample some Napa area wines! The privately-funded Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project has generously offered us a tour of its facilities; this project is not normally open to the public. On two different sites, Stone Edge and its team of engineers from around the world are researching how to be self-sufficient in energy supply for all their needs, including making wine. After that, we will head to Silver Cloud Winery for box lunches (at a small additional cost), wine tasting, and a solar tour. Then, on the way back to San Francisco, will will stop for one more wine tasting and solar tour at Cline Family Cellars. 

Tour time: Friday, July 15, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Meeting point: Lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, 8:45am

Cost: Early bird $120, Regular $135, Onsite $150

Norcal Solar members receive a 20% discount.

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. 

Go to https://www.messe-ticket.de/INTERSOLAR/ISNA2016/Shop/ChooseArticles to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours.

 

Tour of NEXTracker's Center for Solar Excellence -- Tracking Systems, PV Modules, and a Botanical Garden
Jul
14
9:00 am09:00

Tour of NEXTracker's Center for Solar Excellence -- Tracking Systems, PV Modules, and a Botanical Garden

  • InterContinental Hotel

Click HERE to register. 

Learn more about the history of solar tracking systems from the people who created the first single-axis trackers over twenty years ago — NEXTracker. Designed for a variety of audiences, including solar professionals, laypersons, and students, the NEXTracker Center for Solar Excellence is a demonstration site adjacent to the company's headquarters in Fremont, California. The center demonstrates solar tracking systems, a variety of Tier 1 PV modules, and dual-purpose land use by co-locating a botanical garden on the site. Join us for a walk back in time to see tracker history and a view of the future to discover the latest in advanced technology. 

Learn more about NEXTracker at www.nextracker.com.

Tour time: July 14, 2016, 9am - 12:30pm

Meeting place: Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, 

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive a 20% discount code. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

Tesla Factory Tours
Jul
12
Jul 13

Tesla Factory Tours

  • InterContinental Hotel

**THESE TOURS ARE SOLD OUT**

NorCal Solar is offering six tours of the Tesla factory in Fremont (they are all the same; sign up for just one). Come experience firsthand the manufacturing of this world-famous company's unique electric cars. Tesla will use an electric tram to transport you around the facilities, as they show you the individual manufacturing steps as well as the overall assembly process. Hundreds of employees work side-by-side with robots to create a distinctive working atmosphere. 

Seating is limited - sign up soon!

All tours will meet in the Lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. There will be three tours each day. Tour times will be

July 12th and 13th:

9:15am - 1:45pm

11:15am - 3:45pm

1:15pm - 6:15 pm

These tours are organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 10% discount codes. 

Tour of SF Solar Sites
Jul
11
1:30 pm13:30

Tour of SF Solar Sites

  • InterContinental Hotel

Click HERE to register.

On this tour, we will visit a variety of solar systems within San Francisco. First, the City of San Francisco will show off its 182-kW PV system on top of the famous Davies Symphony Hall. Next, The Notre Dame Apartments, owned by The Chinatown Community Development Center, host a 40-collector solar thermal (hot water) system. Last, we will visit the California Academy of Sciences, a prominent science museum, to view a BIPV (Building-Integrated PV) system that forms the glass awning around the roof perimeter of the Academy. 

Tour time: Monday, July 11th, 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Meeting place: InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, SF

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 20% discount codes. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

Intersolar North America
Jul
11
Jul 14

Intersolar North America

  • Moscone Center

Exhibition: July, 12-14, 2016
Conference: July 11-13, 2016

+ NorCal Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour July 15th (see below)

Exhibition:    550 exhibitors | 18,000 visitors
Conference:    85 sessions, workshops, tours and networking events
Areas of Focus:    Photovoltaics | Energy Storage | Solar Heating & Cooling | Smart Renewable Energy

Intersolar North America takes place each July in the heart of North America’s largest solar market: California. Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most-attended solar event (about 18,000 professionals) and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, energy storage, smart renewable energy and solar heating & cooling technologies, and is co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West. Intersolar North America has become the international industry's meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, installers and integrators, service providers and partners of the solar industry. 

www.intersolar.us

 

ees North America
Jul
11
Jul 14

ees North America

  • Moscone Center

Exhibition: July, 12-14, 2016
Conference: July 11-13, 2016

Exhibition:    100 exhibitors | 18,000 visitors

Areas of Focus:    Rechargeable Batteries |Energy Storage Systems |Charging Technologies |
Battery Production Equipment and Materials

Covering the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies, ees North America is the ideal platform for all stakeholders in the rapidly growing energy storage market. It takes place in the epicenter of the U.S. storage market: California - set to be the largest energy storage market in the world! Co-located with Intersolar North America, North America's most-attended solar event, ees North America provides the best opportunity to explore energy storage systems in combination with PV and beyond. In 2015, 74 energy storage exhibitors and 17,835 visitors participated in the co-located events. ees North America is part of the ees global exhibition series. Together with ees Europe in Munich, and ees India in Mumbai, ees events are represented on three continents.

www.ees-northamerica.com

Solar 2016
Jul
10
Jul 13

Solar 2016

  • Intercontinental Hotel

NorCal Solar's parent organization, American Solar Energy Society (ASES), is holding its annual conference in conjunction with Intersolar in San Francisco! It's SOLAR 2016: Progress toward 100% Renewables. It's more than just PV: it's solar buildings, policy, economics, transportation, resource assessment, thermal, and lots more, with networking opportunities, an awards gala, and a rollicking Emerging Professionals party. Opening reception is Sunday night, July 10, and the conference closes with a plenary session and Annual ASES Membership meeting on Wednesday, July 13, mid-day. SOLAR 2016 technical sessions, forums, posters and plenaries will take place on the 5th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street.

Registration for the ASES conference includes entry into the Intersolar sessions, ees (Energy Storage) sessions, and all Intersolar and SEMICON exhibit halls.  Pricing details: early bird pricing ends June 3rd; 25% discount for ASES Professional, Business, or Life Members; 70% discount for ASES Student Members.

Visit solar2016.org for details. 

San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour
Jul
10
1:00 pm13:00

San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

  • Pier 39

Click HERE to register. 

Sail with 50 solar peers and experience the beauty of San Francisco from the water. See some of the Bay's most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail around Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and head back admiring the city's famed skyline - it's quite a sight! Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and even the occasional whale. Whether you're looking for solar networking or sightseeing, your sail on the catamaran is sure to be a memorable highlight. We will choose the path the boat takes depending on weather, the sun, and on our NorCal Solar sailing experts Justis Fennell and Sean White! Food and drinks are included in the price. The spacious catamaran takes you on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on the deck with the protection and outstanding views from the covered cabin. Bring your camera, the views are extraordinary! 

All proceeds generated from this tour help support NorCal Solar's local, nonprofit, consumer education efforts in Northern California.

Tour time: Sunday, July 10th, 1pm - 4pm

Meeting point: Pier 39

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 20% discount codes. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

June Speaker Series: Community Choice Aggregation
Jun
21
5:30 pm17:30

June Speaker Series: Community Choice Aggregation

  • Sungevity

REGISTER HERE

The next NorCal Solar Speaker Event will be Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), held on the Summer Solstice at the beautiful Sungevity location in Jack London Square.

CCA is the process by which cities or counties can form entities to buy electricity in bulk for their residents, giving them an alternative to the local utility.  These CCAs have goals of increasing renewable energy and funding solar and other such projects in their areas.  Come hear speakers from active CCAs in the Bay Area to learn more about their process, prices, solar programs, and how they interface with customers and the local utility. 

Networking + complementary food and drinks: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Speakers: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

SPEAKERS

Michael Hyams, Director of CleanPowerSF

CleanPowerSF is the City and County of San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation Program, which is being implemented by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  As program Director, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the implementation and operation of the CleanPowerSF program, which commenced service to customers on May 1, 2016.  Michael has worked in various capacities for the SFPUC, most recently as Manager of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the SFPUC’s Power Enterprise.  

Alex DiGiorgio, Development Manager for Marin Clean Energy

Alex collaborates with stakeholders throughout MCE's service area to advance sustainable development programs and expand access to competitvely-priced renewable energy.

Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection

Woody is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer that specializes in Community Choice Aggregation. His involvement with CCA began in 2006, working to support a program in San Francisco. He joined the staff of the Center for Climate Protection in 2010 to help establish Sonoma Clean Power, the second CCA program in California. Woody is a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and has a degree in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.

SunDraft Energy Advisor Connect
May
7
9:00 am09:00

SunDraft Energy Advisor Connect

  • HanaHaus

SunDraft Energy is looking for dynamic individuals to help and support in building Smart Sustainable Cities. Our belief is sustainable growth of the planet, conserving our natural resources, building better economies and communities globally. Our focus is to provide services for building Smart Buildings and Transportation solutions including for low income families and small business. If you share our vision to enable renewable energy integrated smart buildings and transportation which is sustainable and hi-tech you need to support us by joining us in developing the innovative designing, products and services we are working on. We are looking for experts from diverse background including electrical, software, mechanical, business and urban development. 

Location: HanaHaus 456 University Avenue, Palo Alto CA

Contact info@sundraftenergy.com

Visit www.sundraftenergy.com

Join on Linkedin / twitter / facebook

Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Net Energy Metering 2.0: The Latest Scoop

  • SF Environment

The event went exceedingly well! To view a video of the event, click HERE. To view Pete Shoemaker's slides click HERE. To view Brad Heavner's slides click HERE.

Major decisions have just been made in the solar net metering laws in California and these will have a significant effect on the state’s PV industry.  Come get the latest information on the new rules and rates, along with an analysis of what effect they will have on paybacks and ROI. 

For tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/net-energy-metering-20-the-latest-scoop-tickets-22552798026

SPEAKERS:

Pete Shoemaker, Renewables Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC)

Pete teaches and facilitates courses on a variety of subjects, including solar electric (PV) systems, solar water heating systems, integrating and evaluating energy efficiency and renewables, smart grid, energy storage and others.

Brad Heavner, Policy Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) 

Brad has over sixteen years of clean energy advocacy experience with statewide and national organizations. He was the architect of the nation’s strictest state policy on existing coal-fired power plants, the Healthy Air Act, and he led the campaign for Maryland’s law modeled on California’s AB 32. Before joining CALSEIA’s staff in 2013 he was working to support the development of Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Aggregation initiatives in California.

Melissa Brewster,  Manager of Community Engagement, Luminalt

Melissa manages Luminalt’s Project Administration and Community Engagement efforts. She came to the company from Asian Neighborhood Design, a local jobs training non-profit.

Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

NationWISE Roundtable

  • SunRun

Join Women in Solar Energy for their 2nd Annual Multi-City Round Table to advance women in every local market. 

Dec
7
6:30 pm18:30

2015 NorCal Solar Annual Membership Meeting

  • Quick Mount PV

Please join us at our annual membership meeting as we look back on the year's activities in 2015 and announce the results of the current election for the Norcal Solar Board of Directors. It's also a great opportunity to meet the new and existing Board Members, as well as a chance to network with other NorCal Solar members.

We are very excited to announce Jim Augustyn as our keynote speaker at this year’s annual meeting! As the author of The Solar Cat Book and The Return of the Solar Cat Book, Jim has helped people understand solar through hisobservations of cats using solar energy along with his delightfully funny comments. He is also a consultant and researcher in the solar field. The focus of his work is solar radiation measurement, but he has also designed and built solar thermal and electric systems, assisted in the energy design of buildings, and development of large scale solar power installations over a career stretching back to the days of the first U.S. energy crisis. Augustyn & Company's clients include national laboratories, foreign governments, utilities, research laboratories, domestic electric utilities, solar power plant developers, state and municipal governments, as well as the occasional regular person. Of course his most prestigious work is as Humanity's Primary Emmisary to the International Solar Cat Society.Jim lives in Berkeley California with his wife, Elizabeth, and three cats.

Other event highlights include:

  • Event hosted by NorCal Solar sponsor Quick Mount PV at its headquarters in Walnut Creek
  • Introduction of newly elected Board of Directors Members
  • Presentation of 2015 activities
  • Open discussion of important solar related topics and activities in 2016
  • Networking and refreshments
Nov
17
5:30 pm17:30

“Net-Zero Energy” Homes and “Passive” House

  • Pacific Energy Center

What is a “Net-Zero Energy” home or “Passive House”? What kinds of technologies are used in these homes? How is policy driving the adoption of Net-Zero Energy buildings? Who are the primary players in the Net-Zero Energy building industry and how are these players influencing the market? Come hear from our panel of experts to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Space is limited, register today!

Sep
24
5:30 pm17:30

Rays of Solar Finance 2015

  • Energy Foundation

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Networking & Refreshments

How to Choose From all the Choices

Everyone seems to agree that more financial options for solar is a good thing, but it does increase the complexity of choosing the right one? Our next speaker series focuses on new financial models and how customers can sort through the options to find the best fit.

Speakers:

Eric Larson Vice President, NorCal Solar Board of Directors

Eric joined the board of NorCal solar to get involved in making a positive change in our environment and community. Advocating alternative energy is a way to leave the world in better condition than he found it. He has taken solar energy classes through PG&E, and has done a solar roof install with GRID Alternatives. Eric and his family decided this was the year to invest in rooftop solar to power his house and an electric car. He will describe a homeowner’s perspective on the odyssey this turned out to be!

 

John Powers CEO, Extensible Energy

An energy economist with more than 30 years of experience in consulting and technology development for the electric utility industry, John has worked in energy efficiency, demand response, and renewables since the Reagan administration. John currently serves as Project Officer for the Community Solar Value Project, a DOE SunShot project helping utilities to develop better Community Solar programs.  That project includes developing a framework for analyzing financing, siting, storage options, demand-response options, and other program design decisions. John will discuss community solar.

Andreas Karelas Executive Director, Re-Volv

Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Prior to founding RE-volv in 2011, Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. Andreas will talk about his company’s innovative solar financing for nonprofits.

Rosana Francescato Communications Director, Domino

Rosana is the Communications Director for Domino, a concierge service that helps consumers save energy and money. She writes about the solar industry for PV Solar Report, Mosaic, and other publications, and she serves on the boards of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and Everybody Solar. Rosana will talk about her methods of analyzing a customer’s needs and proposing the right system and financial package.

 

Jul
28
Jul 29

Solar 2015

  • The Pennsylvania State University

American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Conference.  #Solar2015

Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

Solar Jobs Fair

  • PG&E Pacific Energy Center

Register in advance to be entered into the raffle:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grid-alternatives-solar-jobs-fair-hosted-by-pge-tickets-17371513665

Meet face-to-face with employers who are hiring!

All day: mock interviews and resume review

1:15-1:30: How to take advantage of job fair

2:30-3:00: How to move your way up the 

 solar career ladder

3:30-4:00: Diversity in the solar workplace

THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES WERE PRESENT AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT. WE ARE EXPECTING A SIMULAR TURNOUT THIS YEAR.

A-C Solar

BrightCurrent

Enphase

GCL Solar Energy

Green Grid

Heliopower 

Luminalt 

Solar Edge 

Solar Universe 

Solar City 

Soligent

Sun Edison 

Sun Light & Power

Sungevity

Sunpower

Verengo

Jul
13
Jul 16

InterSolar North America

  • InterContinental Hotel San Francisco

North America's most attended solar event and premier networking platform.  Please find us at the NorCal Solar booth. 

Jun
18
5:30 pm17:30

NorCal Solar 2015 Speaker Series Part 2: "PV Systems and Grid Integration"

  • SolarCity headquarters

We are excited to announce Part 2 of a special 2 part NorCal Solar Speaker Series focusing on PV system design and grid integration! Part 1, "New Developments in Inverters and PV System Design" was held on Tuesday, May 19 at SolarCity headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

Part 2: Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

(Networking & Refreshments 5:30 pm)

Sungevity, 55 Harrison St., Ste. 300, 2nd Floor Entrance, Oakland, CA 94607

As more PV systems are installed, integrating their variable energy output into the electric grid becomes a significant problem, and solving this is key to continuing the growth of the PV industry.  New inverter technology, along with storage, will play a major role.  Speakers from both utilities and the solar industry will discuss grid stability, voltage support, overcurrent protection, and other aspects of this important issue.

Speakers:

Dr. Terry Surles, Lead for Clean Energy Solutions, University of Hawaii

Dr. Surles has a distinguished career in energy and environmental management and consulting positions. He has more than 250 publications, technical reports, and presentations to his credit. He has served on a number of committees, including five appointments with the National Academy of Sciences and continues that service for government agencies, including the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has recently consulted for a number of organizations, including the Economic Development Alliance for Hawaii, Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the East-West Center, the United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, and the State of Victoria.

Chase SunPrincipal Engineer, PG&E Distribution Planning

Chase is responsible for assessing system-wide DG issues, and representing PG&E, on various IEEE-1547, UL-1741, California Rule 21, CEC/CPUC Smart Inverter working groups. He joined PG&E in 1977, and has worked in various departments including, distribution planning, switchyard engineering, alternative energy engineering, power plant engineering, station construction, project management, substation asset management, distribution protection, substation maintenance, and transmission planning. He coordinated the first complete set of PG&E generator interconnection requirements in 1984, and was on the team that drafted and issued the PG&E Interconnection Handbook for both load and generation in 1997.

Additional Speakers TBA

NorCal Solar would like to thank our sponsors Quick Mount PV and Intersolar North America for their generous support!

May
19
5:30 pm17:30

NorCal Solar 2015 Speaker Series Part 1: "New Developments in Inverters and PV System Design"

  • SolarCity

We are excited to announce Part 1 of a special 2 part NorCal Solar Speaker Series focusing on PV system design and grid integration! Part 2, "PV Systems and Grid Intgration" will be held on Thursday, June 18 at Sungevity headquarters in Oakland, CA. Event speakers TBA.

For more information, including advance ticket purchase, please click here.

Part 1: Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

(Networking & Refreshments 5:30 pm)

SolarCity, 3055 Clearview Way, San Mateo 94402 CA

Solar electric system design is constantly evolving along with inverter technology.  The idea of “one inverter and all panels facing south” has been replace by a multitude of options in inverter size and location—along with maximizers, storage, and “smart” communications—and also in panel orientation.  Come hear from industry experts on the latest developments that are shaping design in both small and large PV systems. 

Speakers:

John BerdnerSenior Director of Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy

Mr. Berdner has more than 30 years of PV industry experience and has been active in Codes and Standards development for more than 20 years. John is a recognized expert on utility interconnection requirements and advanced inverter grid functionality. At Enphase, John is responsible for all global regulatory compliance, standards development and policy activities within the company.

 Rich MoorePresident and co-founder, Freedom Solar

Rich has worked in the solar PV installation business for almost 10 years.  Prior to starting Freedom Solar in 2009, Rich worked for Real Goods Solar & Regrid Power.  Before solar, Rich worked in the semiconductor industry for 20 years with Texas Instruments, ITT, NEC, and Multilink.  Rich has a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University.

 Greg SmithSenior Technical Training Specialist, SMA

Greg has been a technical training specialist for the SMA Solar Academy since May 2008. He has 20 years of technical training experience specializing in curriculum development. Greg travels extensively in the United States and Canada teaching customers about SMA products, electrical code compliance and installation best practices. 

Also Appearing: guest speaker from host SolarCity (TBA).

NorCal Solar would like to thank our sponsors Quick Mount PV and Intersolar North America for their generous support!

Dec
8
5:30 pm17:30

2014 NorCal Solar Annual Membership Meeting

  • San Francisco Department of Environment

Please join us at our annual membership meeting as we look back on the year's activities in 2014 and announce the results of the current election for the Norcal Solar Board of Directors. It's also a great opportunity to meet the new and existing Board Members, as well as a chance to network with other NorCal Solar members.
 
We are very excited to announce that Dan Shugar will be our keynote speaker at this year’s annual meeting! Mr. Shugar is a solar veteran, with over twenty five years advancing the renewable energy industry, and is currently the CEO of NEXTracker, maker of the world’s first utility-scale self-powered solar tracker. He is the former CEO of Solaria Corporation, and also previously served as president of SunPower/PowerLight Corporations where he was responsible for the completion of approximately 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. Mr. Shugar has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University, and serves on the Board of the Sierra Club Foundation and PV Evolutions Laboratories.

Other highlights include:

  • Event hosted by NorCal Solar partner SF Environment at its LEED Platinum headquarters
  • Introduction of newly elected Board of Directors Members
  • Presentation of 2014 activities
  • Open discussion of important solar related topics and activities in 2015
  • Networking and refreshments
Nov
18
5:30 pm17:30

NorCal Solar 2014 Speaker Series, November 18 - "Rays of Solar Finance"

  • SunPower Corp

There is tremendous innovation and change happening in solar finance. GreenTech Media says residential third-party ownership looks to be flattening, with a swing back to homeowners actually owning the solar system but without having the burden of the high upfront cost. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is alive and well. And much more! Let our experts bring you up to date with what's happening with Solar Financing!

Speakers:

Gregory RosenFounder and Principal, High Noon Advisors

Greg is a 15-year solar finance veteran who has developed or financed more than $400 million worth of rooftop and utility-scale solar projects. Previously, he has served as Chief Investment Officer at Mosaic, and as Vice President of Solar Finance at Union Bank. He also managed a solar tax equity fund for Citi and held various other positions in solar finance and investment banking, including several years at PowerLight and SunPower Corporations where he financed many industry-leading solar projects.

Paul Fenn, Founder & President, Local Power, Inc.

Paul wrote the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) legislation in Massachusetts and went on to write the nation's first CCA laws, including California's 2002 AB 117. He also wrote the nation's first municipal bond authority to finance renewables and efficiency measures in 2001 in San Francisco, which helped spawn PACE.

Cliff StatonExecutive Vice President, Renewable Funding, LLC

Cliff launched and currently manages the CaliforniaFIRST program, the nation's largest commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, serving 14 counties and 127 cities in California. Cliff will discuss the current state of PACE financing.

Also Appearing:

Katie DeWitt from SolarCity will discuss the company’s innovative new financing program "MyPower", and Jason Michaels from Enphase Energy will discuss commercial PPAs.

 

NorCal Solar would like to thank our sponsors Quick Mount PV and Intersolar North America for thier generous support!

Sep
24
5:30 pm17:30

NorCal Solar 2014 Speaker Series - Net Metering and Grid Parity

  • SFun Cube

Net Metering, like solar PV itself, is conceptually elegant: Use more than you produce and get the rest from the grid, or use less than what you produce and get paid for what you contribute back to the grid. But there are lots of devils in the policy, energy consumption, and financial details. Grid Parity is just as confusing and controversial. So come let our experts bring you up to date with what's happening with Net Metering, and how to understand its relationship with Grid Parity!

New Speakers:


Jenya Kahn-Lang and Kushal D. PatelE3
Jenya Kahn-Lang and Kushal Patel have both recently joined E3. Ms. Kahn-Lang's experience includes academic studies in economics and mathematical environmental analysis, and leadership in organizations to promote energy efficiency and environmental awareness and responsibility. Mr. Patel is a consultant who brings a deep understanding of renewable energy operational expertise from working in a rapidly growing solar and energy efficiency engineering, procurement, and construction company as the Director of Corporate Development and Project Finance.

Featured Speakers:

Walker WrightDirector of Policy, Sunrun & Western Spokesman for the Alliance for Solar Choice
At Sunrun since 2011, Walker has been focusing on regulatory and legislative initiatives in Western states to help those makets develop policies that support long-term rooftop solar growth. Prior to Sunrun, Walker led the policy efforts to suipport utility soluton project development for Petra Solar, a New Jersey based utility and smart grid solutions provider. Previous to Petra, Walker was a consultant to the carbon market, non-profit and clean-tech manufacturing sectors. Walker holds a BA from Princeton University and an Msc from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Scott MurtishawEnergy Advisor to President Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Scott  has played a key role in shaping the CPUC’s climate policy. His work has focused on the design of the cap and trade system, renewable energy policies and programs, community choice aggregation, and electric rate design.