Wednesday, November 29 (8:00 Am – 6:30 Pm)
Registration – 07:30 AM – 08:00 AM
Join us for coffee to kick off the event.
Track A: Solar Future (Opening Keynotes) – 08:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Going Further, Faster and Together
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
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 (CABA)
Track B: The Deep Dive
8:35Am – 09:25Am: 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
Wade Gungoll, General Counsel, 7X Energy,Inc
Brian Rodriguez, Co-Founder, President, SunSystem Texas
Mario Portela, Managing Director, TPG ART
09:30Am – 10:25Am: Financing: Structuring Bankable Deals and Attracting Capital
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
Art Crowell, President & Co-Founder, A Work of Art Solar
John Bereckis, President, Module Division, Boviet Solar USA
Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar
Chris Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Finance
Coffee and Networking Break – 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Recharge with a cup of coffee between sessions – Sponsorship Available
Track D: Commercial Buildings Energy Forum
10:50Am: 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
11:05Am – 11:55Am: Sustainable Commercial Building: Integrating Solar Power
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
Aaron Kraus, Director of Market Activation and Policy, Greenworks Lending
David Matiella, Chair, Texas Statewide Advocacy Committee, U.S Green Building Council
Jonathon Blackburn, Managing Director, Texas Pace Authority
Moderator: Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green
Track E: Sustainable Homes Forum
12:00Pm: Leader Perspective
A Connectivity Vision
Smart Home and IoT: Growth
Keynote Speaker: Tim Costello, CEO, Builder Homesite Inc.
12:15Pm – 1:10Pm: 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.
Dexter Borbe, Director of Strategy and BD, NextEra Energy Services and Gexa Energy
Carlos Ramirez, Vice President of EHS, SolarCity
Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and Founder, EnergySage
Stevie K Bear, President & CEO, Make It Modular
David Song, Market Growth Manger, Sunru
Networking Lunch & Exhibition Viewing – 01:10 PM – 01:50 PM
During lunch, come by the exhibition hall to network and see what’s happening!
– Sponsorship Available
Track G: Energy Storage Forum
1:55Pm – 2:45Pm: The Next Big Thing in Energy Storage
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
Judy McElroy, CEO, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants
Camron Barati, Analyst, Solar & Energy Storage, IHS Markit Technology
Panel supported by IHS Markit
Track H: Solar Energy Development
2:50Pm – 03:40Pm: Using Solar to Fight Energy Poverty in Texas
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
Tuan Pham, President & CEO, PowerFin Partners, LLC
Younnes Scally, Co-Founder, Everybody Solar
Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
Tracy Wallace, Executive Director, Good Faith Impact
02:50Pm – 03:40Pm: Gear Up for ERCOT 20 New Utility-Grade Solar Projects by 2020
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
David Cayce, Partner, Mercer Thompson LLC
Sol Bobst, President, Solar Ranch Development Company
David Cox, CEO, Go Big Solar LLC
Vijay Betanabhatla, MBA, Senior Consultant, Energy and Utilities Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Moderator: Judy McElroy, CEO, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants
Track F: Sustainable Agriculture Forum
3:45 Pm – 4:00 Pm: Empowering Commons with Solar Farming Technology and Ecosystems Infrastructures throughout the Pantropical World
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
4:00Pm – 04:50Pm: Sustainable Farming Practices with Solar & Drones
Abundant Sunshine: Time to Pave the Way
Brandi DeCarli, Founding Partner, Farm from a Box
Jason Smith, President & COO, CalCom Solar
Josh Barnett, President, Drone Dispatch
4:00Pm – 04:50Pm: 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
Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, Founder, La Flaca Urban Farms
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin
Michael Hanan, CEO & Co-Founder, Agua Ducle Farm
Moderator: Ashley Blake, Consultant, Impact and Sustainability
Reception – 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
The action doesn’t end after the last session concludes. Join fellow Festival attendees to discuss the day. Cash bar.
– Sponsorship Available