Conference + Trade Show
2021 NYSEIA New York Solar Summit
Empire State Plaza, Convention Center
December 2, 2021
The 2021 NYSEIA New York Solar Summit brings together solar energy professionals, industry leaders, and decision-makers to discuss the market trends and policy developments that matter most to New York’s distributed solar and energy storage industries. Join us for a full day of discussion panels and data-driven presentations, connect with industry colleagues as well as NYSERDA and Department of Public Service staff, and learn about the legislative, regulatory, and programmatic issues shaping New York’s solar future.
Tickets & Hotel
This event is at capacity. Please register for the virtual broadcast.
Late Registration: $250
General Admission: $250
NYSEIA Members: $150
Join NYSEIA prior to registering! Visit our membership page.
COVID-19 Health Policy
NYSEIA and its event attendees must comply with all state, local, and venue guidelines to ensure a safe and successful conference. Currently, Empire State Plaza requires all entrants to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. We will update this policy if and when the situation in Albany County changes. For any questions, please get in touch.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
8:00–8:50 — Registration & Breakfast
8:50–9:00 — Welcome and Introduction
Zachary Dufresne, Executive Director, NYSEIA
9:00–9:10 — Keynote Address: Doreen Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA
9:10–9:30 — Fireside Chat: The Role of Distributed Solar in New York’s Energy Transition
David Schieren, Founder and CEO, EmPower Solar
Matthew Hankey, President and CEO, New Energy Equity
9:30–10:15 — Developer Roundtable: The State and Future of Community Solar and Remote Crediting
NY-Sun incentives and the community credit for community solar and commercial & industrial projects have been fully allocated across the state, leaving solar developers and long-term owners with one big question: What’s next? The industry awaits Governor Hochul's solar roadmap which will chart the path to 10 gigawatts of distributed solar installed by 2030. This session will examine the tea leaves, dive into proposed options for compensation changes, and learn from key industry voices.
Annika Colston, President and Founder, AC Power
David Gahl, Senior Director of State Policy, East, SEIA (Moderator)
Matt Kozey, Director, Community-Scale Markets, Cypress Creek Renewables
Brandon Smithwood, Senior Director of Policy, Dimension Energy
Christopher Turner, Director of Community Solar Business Development, Arcadia
10:15–10:30 — Networking Break 1
10:30–11:15 — Community Solar Customer Acquisition: Expanding Access Amidst Innovation
New York State has a thriving community solar market, but with recent changes to incentives, and efforts to revise the E-Value, as well as implementing cross-utility crediting and remote crediting for net crediting, how can we keep the growth of community solar going? This panel will discuss the recent policy shifts impacting community solar, its impact on customer acquisition, and the importance of expanding access to Low-to-Moderate Income communities.
Cara Humphrey, VP Sales & Strategy, Co-founder, Astral Power
Jason Kaplan, COO and General Counsel, PowerMarket
Kaitlin Kelly O'Neill, Northeast Regional Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access (Moderator)
Michael Mollin, Managing Director, Community Power Partners
Jessica Stromback, CEO, Joule Assets
11:15–12:00 — Siting, Permitting, and Property Taxes: Navigating Home Rule Complexities
There are a number of barriers to expanding solar within the state, and home rule policies can be some of the trickiest to navigate. With recent changes to property tax assessments, local resistance, and permitting roadblocks, lots of questions on deploying solar remain to be answered. Industry experts will discuss the intricacies of these various factors, and how to navigate the ever-changing policy landscape.
Kate Daniel, Senior Development and Policy Analyst, Catalyze (Moderator)
Brian Madigan, Project Manager, Renewable Properties
Michelle Piasecki, Partner, Harris Beach PLLC
Katie Soscia, Business Development Manager, Montante Solar
Daniel Spitzer, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
12:00–1:00 — Networking Lunch
1:00–1:45 — Interconnection: Addressing Hosting Capacity Saturation
New York State is at a critical juncture to address climate change and expand DERs in an effort to clean the grid, and to meet Governor Hochul’s 10 GW and the CLCPA goals. Despite growing support for renewable energy, the outdated structure of our grid leaves little room for expansion and growth of solar. This panel will discuss the technical and political challenges that must be addressed in order to expand hosting capacity and modernize the grid.
Jamin Bennett, VP Business Development, Sunkeeper Solar
Edward Brolin, Director of Market Development, ConEd Clean Energy Businesses
Kathryn Cox-Arslan, Director of Interconnection Policy, Borrego Solar
Casey Kirkpatrick, Director, Reliability and Research & Development (NY), National Grid
Peter Ross, Associate, Foley Hoag (Moderator)
1:45–2:30 — Legislative Roundtable: Beyond the CLCPA
New York's landmark climate law passed in 2019, mandating a state-wide transition to clean energy, as well as the equitable treatment of environmentally and economically disadvantaged communities. For advocates, passage of the law marked a new phase in the struggle for a cleaner New York, and left many questions unanswered about our path to a green future. More is needed on the legislative front in the interest of speed, scale, and justice. Leading advocates on this panel will share their visions for realizing the promise of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, along with stumbling blocks to progress in Albany.
Allison Considine, Senior Campaign Representative–NY, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club
Patrick McClellan, Policy Director, New York League of Conservation Voters
Patrick Robbins, Coordinator, New York Energy Democracy Alliance
Stephan Roundtree, Jr., Northeast Director, Vote Solar (Moderator)
2:30–2:45 — Networking Break 2
2:45–3:30 — On-Site Commercial and Industrial Solar: Maximizing Market Potential
2021 was a tumultuous year for C&I solar in New York with incentives sunsetting for most projects in the C&I space. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as sectors of the onsite C&I space still work very well. This panel will delve into the elements that drive successful onsite solar projects and how the market may evolve in 2022. Topics will include interconnection strategy, incentives, and overall project economics.
Stephen Foley, Director of Business Development, Sunrise Power Solutions
Steve Littlewood, Director of Solar Acquisitions, UGE
Daniel Montante, President, Montante Solar (Moderator)
Dennis Phayre, Originator, PowerFlex
Kevin Schulte, CEO, GreenSpark Energy
3:30–4:15 — Residential Solar and Storage: Sustaining Growth
The New York solar industry has had its share of ups and downs, and the COVID-19 pandemic only made the ride on the SolarCoaster wilder. Looking ahead, our panelists will discuss what's needed to increase momentum, and to thrive in these new times of opportunity and challenge. The panel will cover financing trends, attachment rates on storage, Virtual Power Plants, marketing techniques, and lessons learned from COVID-19.
Gay Canough, President, ETM Solar Works
Reid Garton, President & CEO, NY State Solar
Steve Kasselman, President & CEO, Kasselman Solar
T.R. Ludwig, CEO, Brooklyn SolarWorks (Moderator)
Kyle Wallace, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Sunrun
4:15–4:45 — Closing Remarks & Transition
4:45–6:00 — Reception