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SEPA CEO Julia Hamm and Ty Daul, president of Recurrent Energy Group, delve into the commercial opportunities and challenges that are influencing the future of solar power in the Southeast, including the changing investor landscape, evolving preferences of utilities and large-energy buyers, and whether grid-scale standalone energy storage and solar + storage are ready for primetime.

Utilities are buying solar power in the Southeast, but the market is changing. Some states are becoming more open to competitive procurement while others are closed to independent power producers. South Carolina is seeking to enhance or expand PURPA policies whereas most Florida utilities are prioritizing in-house procurement, with limited opportunities for third parties. Hear from experts on the range of programs and methods that enable utilities to procure solar in the Southeast.

EVs are a key technology for facilitating the switch from fossil fuels to renewable resources, growing electricity demand in the process. This new demand also brings new challenges, but the smart deployment of EVs and complementary technologies bring solutions as well. Much of the grid reliability challenge is balancing load with supply. Large quantities of solar and wind resources benefit from integration of other grid assets to promote flexibility. This session will explore the capabilities of managed electric vehicle charging, demand response, and energy storage to address system peaks and resource adequacy by bringing new flexibility in support of a cleaner power system.

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly declared 5,500 MW of solar and wind power in the public interest. This will facilitate rapid solar deployment in the Commonwealth, leading to significant ratepayer savings, rural economic development, and fuel diversification. Corporations helped drive the case for clean energy in Virginia: last year, Amazon brought 180 MW of new solar projects online and Facebook announced it would invest $1 billion in a data center in Henrico County, and meet all the data center’s electricity needs with solar.

Featuring key stakeholders in the Virginia energy industry, this panel discussion will consist of a review of the 2018 Grid Modernization legislation, the dynamics of Virginia’s solar market, and key barriers the industry will address in the coming years.

Recent hurricanes have brought to light the importance of the resilience and reliability of our power grid, particularly with respect to Puerto Rico. One important tool for enhancing system resilience is microgrids, which are gaining interest in the region. Learn from experts how distributed energy resources and microgrids can reinforce vulnerable areas of the distribution system and mitigate the impact of severe weather incidents.

States like North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida may dominate many conversations about solar power in the Southeast, but they are not the only places where the solar market has taken root. Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi are now seeing large scale projects energized or in the pipeline. Learn the nuances of these emerging markets from experts working at the frontier of the Southeast market.

Come and hear an in-depth review of federal policy trends from Washington, D.C. insiders. Will the appointment of four new FERC Commissioners bring changes to PURPA or new resilience regulations? You will hear detailed updates on the legislative outlook as it pertains to solar, the status of solar development on public lands, what you need to know about the recent tax reform and U.S. solar trade dispute, and what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C.

How has tax reform and the solar trade case impacted the capital stack in solar finance? What is the impact on the cost and availability of tax equity? Will developers need to rely on more debt? What does the final BEAT provision mean? This panel will review how tax reform has created new challenges and opportunities in the solar financing landscape.

From security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency, America’s military is making an unprecedented commitment to energy resilience, of which renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and storage, can play an important role. This session will focus on best practices for developing and financing energy resilience projects, such as solar and storage, with the military, and how successful partnerships can improve our Military’s energy resilience, reduce electricity costs, and provide greater energy diversity.

Solar power, more than any technology or policy reform in a generation, has permanently altered the way utilities do business. Distributed solar has been met by grid-tied batteries, electric vehicles, and smart devices that empower end-use devices with the flexibility to play an active role in the power system. Now utilities are adapting to their customers’ preferences for more choices in electricity service. Hear from innovative utilities and their industry partners on how the utility business model is changing to better serve modern consumers.

In the Southeast, solar developers and utilities are building big projects under tight timelines. Balancing community engagement and education is key to seeing a project through to the finish line. Join experts to hear more about tactics that developers employ to ensure local government and community leaders are informed and excited about solar in their backyards.

Fifth Third Bank is the first Fortune 500 Company and first bank to contract for 100% renewable power in a single PPA from a single new project. This discussion between representatives of SunEnergy1 and Fifth Third Bank looks at the agreement that will lead to the construction of an 80-MW solar project in North Carolina. Developed by Sunenergy1, this project will generate approximately 194,000 MWh of electricity annually while employing 1,000 people during the construction phase and offsetting 144,000 metric tonnes of emissions each year.

Utility planning is like few other industries due to the scale and long life of capital investments. The establish practices run contrary to the nimble, cutting-edge start-ups populating Silicon Valley because instead of chasing venture capital and popular trends they plan with an emphasis on ensuring the safety, reliability, and affordability of one of the most ubiquitous of all public goods — electricity. However, planning must adapt to keep pace with technologies, IT, and customer preferences. This session explores how to modernize utility planning and operations while embracing a cleaner, more distributed future.

Utility scale solar has traditionally dominated solar development in the Southeast. However, 2018 could be a banner year for policies supporting distributed energy resources in North and South Carolina. With a new rebate program in NC and a push to expand net metering in SC, multi-year market growth is on the horizon. This session will talk about lessons learned in states with a functioning rooftop market and how they might inform challenges in Georgia and other states in the Deep South.