Wednesday, November 29 (7:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Registration – 07:30 AM – 08:00 AM | Lobby
Join us for coffee to kick off the event.
Track A: Solar Future (Opening Keynotes) – 08:00 AM – 8:40 AM |Room 3.102
Advancing Sustainable Technologies in Homes and Buildings
Connected home and intelligent buildings with solar energy
Smart energy home of the future
Speaker:Ron Zimmer, President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association – Canada
How Will the Solar PV Industry Look In 2020?
Solar insights from an energy industry veteran and innovator
Unique perspective of the future of solar energy industry
Speaker: Ravi Thuraisingham, Executive Vice President and Head of Solar, Crius Energy – Connecticut
Track B: The Deep Dive | Room 3.102 | Part 1
8:45 AM – 09:35 AM: The Big Picture – Key Trends Shaping the Solar Energy Development in Texas
Trends, Future Developments, Disruptions, and Opportunities
Forces urging the development of additional capacity for transmission
What insights can be gained from the other markets that might be applied in Texas?
Mohammed Abdalla, Founder & President, Good Faith Energy – Dallas, Tx
Wade Gungoll, General Counsel, 7X Energy – Austin, Tx
Brian Rodriguez, Co-Founder, President, SunSystem Texas – Austin, Tx
09:40 AM – 10:35 AM: Financing: Structuring Bankable Deals and Attracting Capital | Room 3.102
How are financing and structures evolving?
What flexibility is available to innovate on PPA structures?
Solar project financing
Joel Laubenstein, Austin Market Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP – Austin, Tx
Art Crowell, President & Co-Founder, A Work of Art Solar – Minnesota
Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar – Maryland
Chris Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Finance – Austin, Tx
Moderator: David Jankowsky, Owner, Francis Renewable Energy – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Coffee and Networking Break – 10:35 AM – 10:55 AM
Recharge with a cup of coffee between sessions
Track B: The Deep Dive (Part 2)
11:00 AM – 11:50 PM: Financing Solar and Storage Projects in Texas | Room 3.108
– Doing a solar and storage business in Texas
– What are the available financing options?
– Profitable business models
Thanasis Latrou, CEO, Caprock Renewables – Austin, Tx
Marc Natividad, Managing Partner, New Power Capital Group – Provo, Utah
Brad Stutzman, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, O3 Energy – Dallas, Tx
Moderator: Jim Kimo Storke, Managing Partner, KAS Consulting Group – Austin, Tx
Networking Lunch & Exhibition Viewing – 11:50 PM – 12:45 PM | Dinning
During lunch, come by the exhibition hall to network and see what’s happening!
There will also be a round-table lunch in the dining area, you can choose to join 1 of 4 round table discussions during lunch, where you will meet peers and partners with similar interests. (Open to all Participants)
Track C: Commercial Buildings Energy Forum | Room 3.102
12:50 PM: Neighborhood Scale Sustainability via EcoDistricts
Advancing Sustainability in Neighborhoods
Sustainability strategies at the neighborhood level
Keynote Speaker: Lucia Athens, LEED AP, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin – Austin, Tx
1:10 PM – 2:00 PM: Sustainable Commercial Building: Integrating Solar Power | Room 3.102
Energy efficiency, solar power, and sustainability to drive greener buildings.
Providing financing to commercial assets?
Integration of new technologies into building operations — from smart building solutions
David Dixon, Business Development, Native – Austin, Tx
Aaron Kraus, Director of Market Activation & Policy,Greenworks Lending -Washington, D.C
David Matiella, Chair, Texas Statewide Advocacy Committee, U.S Green Building Council – Austin, Tx
Jonathon Blackburn, Managing Director, Texas Pace Authority – Austin, Tx
Moderator: Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green – San Antonio
Track D: Sustainable Homes Forum | Room 3.108
12:50 PM: Leader Perspective
A Connectivity Vision
Smart Home and IoT: Growth
Keynote Speaker: Tim Costello, CEO, Builder Homesite Inc. – Austin, Tx
01:10 PM – 2:00 PM: Texas EcoBuilding: Designing Sustainable Housing
What’s next for sustainable housing and Solar marketplace for homeowners & installers
How are new forces driving the residential sector?
Solar marketplace for homeowners & installers
Improving safety in solar installations and sustainability of the built environment
Exploring the opportunities and innovations that technology in home industry.
Carlos Ramirez, Vice President of EHS, SolarCity – California
Stevie K Bear, President & CEO, Make It Modular – Austin, Texas
David Song, Market Growth Manger, Sunrun – California
Dexter Borbe, Director of Strategy and BD, NextEra Energy Services and Gexa Energy
Networking Break | 02:00 PM – 02:10 PM
Track E: Energy Storage Forum | Part 1
2:15 PM – 3:05 PM: The Next Big Thing in Energy Storage | Room 3.102
Address the need for energy storage and micro-grid solutions in Texas.
Discover what is driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends
Which applications show the most promise in the Texas market?
What we can expect to see from innovation and applications in the field
David Laderberg, Regional Director, Smart Charge America, Inc – Austin, Tx
JW Postal, Founder & CEO, Nikola Power – Colorado
Brendan Harney, Director of Business Development, Stem, Inc. – California
Moderator: Camron Barati, Analyst, Solar & Energy Storage, IHS Markit Technology – Austin, Tx
Track F: Solar Energy Development | Part 1
2:15 PM – 03:05 PM: Using Solar to Fight Energy Poverty in Texas | Room 3.108
Current efforts in Texas to expand the benefits of solar to address underserved communities with a focus on fighting energy poverty.
How is the development community tackling the Texas market?
Scott Nguyen, Executive Director, 1PlanetSol – Austin, TX
Tuan Pham, President & CEO, PowerFin Partners, LLC – Austin, Tx
Emmett Miranker, Everybody Solar – Austin, Tx
Tracy Wallace, Executive Director, Good Faith Impact – Dallas, Tx
Moderator: Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute – Austin, Tx
3:10 PM – 4:00 PM: Commercial Opportunities for Solar + Storage in Texas | Room 3.108
– Which segment drives market development?
– Which application type will be leading? (centralized vs. distributed)
– What is the impact of regulation? and what are the added values, and for who?
John Merritt, Director of Applications Engineering, Ideal Power Inc. – Austin, Tx
Omeed Badkoobeh, Co-Founder, Yotta Solar Inc. – Austin, Tx
Sam Ramirez, Vice President – Operations, Black Bear Energy – Colorado
Moderator: Katharine Beisner, Product Management & Business Development, Beam Energy Group – Austin, Texas
03:10 PM – 04:00 PM: Gear Up for ERCOT 20 New Utility-Grade Solar Projects by 2020 | 3.102
Drivers and challenges for the utility-scale solar in Texas
State of the market for ERCOT with incoming renewable generation
Solar in ERCOT—Challenges on the Horizon
Sol Bobst, President, Solar Ranch Development Company – Houston, Tx
Vijay Betanabhatla, MBA, Senior Consultant, Energy and Utilities Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP – Austin, Texas
Moderator: Judy McElroy, CEO, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants – Austin, Tx
Track G: Texas Future
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Next Steps in Distributed Generation in Texas | Room 3.102
– Innovative ways Texas can integrate solar distributed energy into wholesale markets
– Community solar programs and creative financing options.
– How distributed resources, and technology are changing the Grid
Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc. – Austin, Tx
David Cox, CEO, Go Big Solar LLC – Austin, Tx
Chad Blevins, Managing Director, Grid Economics – Austin, Tx
Track H: Sustainable Agriculture Forum | Solar in Agriculture
4:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Sustainable Farm Risk Management & Financing
Learn about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.
Challenges of growing local & organic food and farms and building resilient regional food systems.
New Farmers: Tools and Resources for Getting Started
Jarred Maxwell, Co-Founder, Partner, Austin Foodshed Investors – Austin, Tx
Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, Founder, La Flaca Urban Farms – Austin, Tx
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin – Austin, Tx
Michael Hanan, CEO & Co-Founder, Agua Ducle Farm – Austin, Tx
Moderator: Ashley Blake, Consultant, Impact and Sustainability – Austin, Tx
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM: Empowering Commons with Solar Farming Technology and Ecosystems Infrastructures throughout the Pantropical World | Room 3.108
Pantropical Realm: Eco-industrial Farmhouse, Solar Irrigation, and Green Schools, Carbon Credits and Community Capacity Building
Milestones and prospects on renewables, touching on sustainable buildings, sustainable & smart agriculture, community solar, international markets
Speaker: Arturo Restrepo Aristizabal, CEO, EcoTropics Inc, and United Nations Climate Change Expert – New York
4:55 PM – 05:20 PM: Sustainable Farming Practices with Solar & Drones
Abundant Sunshine: Time to Pave the Way
Jason Smith, President & COO, CalCom Solar – California
Josh Barnett, President, Drone Dispatch – Georgetown, Texas
Reception – 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
The action doesn’t end after the last session concludes. Join fellow Festival attendees to discuss the day. Cash bar. Cocktail Reception & Entertainment
SBF 2017 TO BE HELD AT:
Thompson Conference Center (TCC)
2405 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX, 78712