Solar Power Colorado Conference
Tuesday, February 25th
Note: Expo Stage Training Sessions of 90-minutes will count for 1.5 NEC CE credits for NABCEP certified professionals.
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary: Solar CEO and Executive Panel
Moderator: Ron Binz, principal at Public Policy Consulting
Public Policy Consulting specializes in energy economics, serving clients including Dow Solar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ceres, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Future of Privacy Forum and American Efficient, among others. Mr. Binz was the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 2007 to 2011, leading many of the policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature as Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.” President Obama nominated Ron to become Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in June of 2013 but as his nomination was vigorously opposed by the coal industry and conservative political groups, he asked the president to withdraw his name.
Bryan Conklin, VP of Marketing, Residential & Small Commercial for RGS Energy (formerly Real Goods Solar)
Mr. Conklin has held senior management and marketing roles with Mainstream Energy/REC Solar; BP Solar; Accenture, and Resurgent Solutions – a marketing consultancy focused on the renewables and energy efficiency space. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rutgers University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Cary Hayes, Director of Business Development, REC Solar
Mr. Hayes leads the commercial business unit in developing new channels, strategic partnerships, and key accounts. Having founded and built the REC Solar regional business unit starting in 2006, he has been with REC Solar for more than eight years, and played an important role in achieving company growth rates in excess of 100%.
Blake Jones, Co-Owner, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Namaste Solar
Blake Jones co-founded Namasté Solar in 2004 and passionately pursues achieving its mission. He has extensive experience in both the renewable and conventional energy industries and has worked in the USA, Asia, and the Middle East. He began his career in 1996 as a civil engineer at Halliburton/Brown & Root in the oil and gas industry; after a life-changing epiphany, he decided to leave the oil industry and dedicate his life to propagating the use of renewable energy. Mr. Jones is a civil engineer and NABCEP certified PV installer.
, Vice President Sales, RSC North America at Sun Edison
Shane Messer is a veteran solar sales executive and he is currently Vice President for Sales in the Residential & Small Commercial Business unit at Sun Edison. Previously Mr. Messer was Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for the North American division of aleo solar, and prior to that, Senior Director of Sales for North America, Residential and Light Commercial at Sun Power.
Rob Morgan, Chief Development Officer, RES Americas
Mr. Morgan joined RES Americas as Chief Development Officer in 2013. He has spent 25 years in the global independent power business, including several years with the AES Corporation. His successful track record spans all aspects of the electricity industry value chain, and includes developing, acquiring and operating utility-scale power generating assets with both renewable and conventional technologies. Mr. Morgan has raised more than $2 billion in project and corporate finance capital and was instrumental in building companies such as Agile Energy and Ausra, Inc. .
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Keynote
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the state Capitol are working hard to restore faith in good government and leading Colorado out of the nationwide recession.
Lunch in Expo Hall
Browse our Exhibitors’ booths and catch up on the latest technology
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Centennial 1 – Solar for All: Community Solar and Shared Rooftops
Moderator: KK DuVivier Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
K.K. DuVivier has taught law school full-time since 1990, including ten years at the University of Colorado School of Law before joining the Denver Law faculty in 2000. Her current research and teaching focuses are Energy Law and Renewable Energy Law, with a special emphasis on wind, solar, and energy efficiency. Her book, The Renewable Energy Reader, was published by Carolina Academic Press in 2011. http://RenewableEnergyReader.com Prof. DuVivier is chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law.
Kelly Crandall, Energy Sustainability Specialist, City of Boulder
Ms. Crandall is part of the team exploring the feasibility of forming a city-owned local electric utility. Her roles span risk analysis, financial and resource modeling, public process facilitation, and project management. She co-facilitates a working group that is looking at innovative ways to increase solar in Boulder. Prior to joining the city, she received a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and was a smart grid analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Chris Jedd, Portfolio Energy Manager, Denver Housing Authority
Mr. Jedd is responsible for the primary oversight of the development and management of Denver Housing Authority’s (DHA) energy management programs including; energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy initiatives, resident education, and staff training. Chris’s recent projects include an $11 million self-managed energy performance contract (EPC) and a 2.5 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) throughout DHA’s portfolio. Prior to joining DHA, Chris gained experience in sustainability and real estate development including over $50 million of multi-family developments.
Shirley Moore, Program Manager, Grid Alternatives
Ms. Moore is a Colorado native and has a background in physics and PV materials. She spent several years after college in California, where she found first found GRID Alternatives as a volunteer. When GRID announced it was expanding to Colorado, she jumped on the chance to help bring solar power to low-income families in her home state. When she’s not at work, you can find her skiing, rock climbing, and exploring Colorado.
JW Postal, Senior Vice President, SunShare
Mr. Postal oversees SunShare’s business development and public policy. Before joining SunShare, he served as the Renewable Energy Executive for Milender White Construction Co. He also co-founded Main Street Power in 2008 and helped to grow it to one of the largest owner and operators of solar assets in the country.
Tim Rehder, Senior Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
Mr. Rehder is currently leading regional office’s efforts to put contaminated or formerly contaminated lands back into productive use; with emphasis on green, energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy systems. He was instrumental in establishing EPA’s Repowering America’s Lands initiative, which was recognized by Harvard as a top ten government program in 2013. Earlier, Mr. Rehder was a project manager for EPA’s hazardous waste cleanup program where he oversaw two of the largest cleanup projects the Agency has been involved with: The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility and the Denver Radium site.
Breakout Room – Attracting Venture Capital to Clean Tech
Moderator: Piper Foster, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Amatis Controls
Piper Foster is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Amatis Controls in Aspen. The firm engineers and manufactures metering and control technologies for energy monitoring, distributed generation, and Direct Current commercial applications. A key market for the company is in solar water heating monitoring and controls. She is President of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, and is a member of the Aspen Rotary. Ms. Foster is a former Alexander von Humboldt fellow. During this fellowship, she worked in Berlin, at Ecologic Institute, an environmental and policy research consultancy — named one of the top 10 international environmental think tanks in 2010. She is the former Executive Director of the Sopris Foundation where she focused on finding and communicating best practices in electricity policy, land use planning and transportation for counties and cities of the US West.
David Cornelius, Director of Portfolio Development, Two Seven Ventures
Mr. Cornelius has expertise in new ventures, growth strategies, business turnarounds, and growth platforms. He led company-wide efforts to create new growth platforms at the Dow Corning Corporation where he was Executive Director of a New Ventures Business unit, and where he started and led a Business and Technology Incubator. These organizations delivered a portfolio of new businesses with revenue potential of over $1 billion in fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, alternative energy, compound semiconductor materials, silicon modified organic materials, photonic & optical materials, and plasma materials & systems. His work included industry-university consortiums, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. His global experience includes several years in Asia in commercial and business management and he was the CEO of a biosensor and diagnostics company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Mark Perutz, Partner at DBL Investors
Mr. Perutz is on the board of Revolution Foods and RallyPoint and works or has worked with: SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Primus Power, NexTracker, Ogin, PowerLight, eMeter, Labcyte, XDx and Bentek. Prior to DBL, he was at JPMorgan where he helped manage the Bay Area Equity Fund since its inception in 2003. He has also been an equity research analyst at Robertson Stephens and has held roles at Interwoven, The Tower Group and Accenture. Mark received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a MBA from MIT-Sloan.
Joel Serface, Serface Ventures
Mr. Serface is nationally recognized as one of the early leaders in the cleantech community, having created or funded more than 20 companies, non-profits, and policy organizations over the last decade. He advises and serves on boards of directors for companies and non-profit organizations that advance cleantech policy, community development, technology commercialization, and finance. He previously served as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He previously headed renewable energy efforts at the Austin Clean Energy Incubator, Eastman Ventures, and Sierra Ventures.
Centennial 2 – Building Resilience: Batteries/Storage
Moderator: Wes Kennedy, Application Engineer, Hybrid Energy Solutions Group, SMA America
Mr. Kennedy has made his career in the photovoltaic space since 1996, when virtually all projects were built around batteries, and off-grid. He worked with Jade Mountain, Real Goods, Namaste Solar, Gro Solar, and Abound Solar. His skill sets include engineering, design, training, education, installation, service, O&M, software modeling, sales, marketing and management His current project scope ranges from residential back-up to MW scale microgrids.
Brian Champlin, Master Distributor, Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries
Mr. Champlin has been trained over the past seven years by manufacturers regarding advancements and enhancements in battery technology and innovations and improvements. He has sold into renewable storage markets and has partnered with installers in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. He has conducted numerous workshops/classes and has spoken to numerous groups and businesses instructing their employees concerning deep cycle batteries, their care and maintenance. He will be discussing Trojan Batteries’ new “SmartCarbon” technology that addresses partial state of charge (PSOC) on deep cycle storage batteries.
Sam Jaffe, Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research Smart Energy program
Sam Jaffe’s work with Navigant focuses on energy storage technologies and applications. After a successful career in magazine journalism, Jaffe co-invented a novel compressed air energy storage technology and founded a company to commercialize it, Panea Energy. Before joining Navigant Research, Jaffe spent 3 years at IDC Energy Insights as a senior analyst and a research manager, producing research reports on distributed energy technologies, providing custom research and consulting services to clients, and managing IDC’s Distributed Energy Strategies service.
, Manager- Hybrid Energy Solutions, SMA America
Mr. Kreager specializes in remote off-grid, grid interactive backup and industrial-scale microgrid applications. He has been business development and strategy manager within this sector for SMA America, LLC since 2011 and active in the renewables industry since 1994. Mr. Kreager has provided first-hand project development and consulted on stand-alone communities throughout the Americas and Africa.
Robert R. Walters, Chief Technical Officer, Remote Solar
Mr. Walters has overseen the design and installation of more than 265 renewable energy systems, including PV, solar thermal, wind, and hydropower systems. Projects have included both off- grid battery- based systems and grid inter-tied systems. Beginning with his first PV installation in 1986, Mr. Walters’ work has spanned from wind and solar powered water pumping systems for villages in Morocco with the Peace Corps to commercial and utility scale grid tied PV systems in numerous states. For more info, please visit: www.remotesolar.com
Expo Hall Training Stage
Training sponsored by Solectria
Trainer: Jon Fiorelli, Applications Engineer, Effective Grounding
A small number of electrical utilities across the country, including Xcel Energy, are requiring “effective grounding” of grid-tied PV system. Solectria has supported interconnections of PV system in many of these utility service territories. The presentation will include Solectria’s understanding of utilities’ basis of the requirement of effective grounding, Solectria’s perspective on effective grounding, and information on how Solectria can support PV projects that require effective grounding.
Training sponsored by Quick Mount PV
Trainer: Jennifer Silkowitz, Solar Roofing Best Practices
Roof penetrations can be a tremendous potential liability for solar installers. Learn how to “respect the roof” by following roofing best practices when installing PV systems on all roof types. This technical training will guide solar professionals on how to follow code, maintain the roof warranty, and reduce installer liability.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Centennial 1 – Solar Thermal Policy: Successful American Models
Moderator: Chris Worley, Senior Manager of Research and Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Energy Office
Dr. Worley has worked on energy policy for the CEO since 2011, and has provided expert testimony on dockets before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He serves as the CEO representative on the State-Provincial Steering Committee and the Western Governors’ Association Siting Task Force, which focus on regional transmission and electrical sector issues in the West. Dr. Worley earned his Ph.D. in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines (2011), and previously worked on energy analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2010-2011).
Jeff Curry, Alternative Energy Coordinator, Lakeland Electric (Florida)
Since 1992, Mr. Curry has developed and implemented renewable energy and conservation programs at Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest municipal utility. Mr. Curry manages all of Lakeland’s net metering accounts, oversees the activities of a 24 MW PV project and directs Lakeland Electric’s highly-regarded metered solar hot water program. In 2006, Mr. Curry was elected to the Board of Directors for the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. He also served as a member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Advisory Group, a sub-committee of the Florida Energy Commission which was created by then-governor Jeb Bush.
Mike Healy, Director of Market Development for Skyline Innovations (Washington, DC)
Mr. Healy leads the solar energy finance and development company’s market development efforts, including new business development, strategic partnership development, and government affairs. Prior to Skyline Innovations, Mr. Healy led the photovoltaic division of smart grid company, GridPoint, where he focused primarily on utilizing solar PV as a distributed peaking power resource and established a national network of solar PV installers. He spent several years on Capitol Hill as an energy policy specialist, and has been actively engaged with policy makers at the state and federal levels, most recently focusing on solar thermal policy initiatives. Mike also serves as Vice President of MDV-SEIA.
Katherine Stainken, Manager of Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Ms. Stainken serves as SEIA’s lead staff on solar heating and cooling issues, working with the members of the Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance. In addition to this work she is the lead staff on SEIA’s work with the EPA, including the regulation of existing power plants.Prior to working at SEIA, Ms. Stainken worked at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Washington, DC on climate and energy issues. A former Fulbright and ThinkSwiss Scholar, she holds a M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.S. in Chemistry and German from Boston College.
Breakout Room – Colorado Cannabis: Can Solar Power the Marijuana Industry?
Moderator: Ricardo Baca, Denver Post Marijuana Editor
Michael Bowman, Advisory Board member to the North American Industrial Hemp Council
Michael Bowman is a fifth-generation native of Colorado from the northeastern rural community of Wray, Colorado. Over the past decade, he has devoted the bulk of his time and talent to creating a new paradigm for rural America, rooted in the nexus of renewable energy, water and the local food movement. He serves on the National Steering Committee for “25x’25” and was a founding member of the alliance. He currently serves as an Advisory Board member to the North American Industrial Hemp Council, and has recently worked on removing federal barriers to industrial hemp production for American farmers.
Sean Coleman, President, 36 Solutions
Shawn Coleman began work in marijuana policy while serving as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in Washington D.C. He is also a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Colorado State Advisory Board serving as the Vice-Chair. Shawn is a graduate of the Juilliard School and The Graduate School of the University of Colorado with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Clarinet Performance. Shawn is now in private lobbying practice in Colorado focusing on state and local Government Affairs.
Michael Elliott, Executive Director, Medical Marijuana Industry Group
Mr. Elliott is an attorney, and the Executive Director of the Marijuana Industry Group, a trade association of licensed marijuana businesses based in Denver. The association was founded in 2010 to advocate for a comprehensive regulatory framework for licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado. Mr. Elliott has also run several political campaigns, including the 2010 campaign that defeated a proposed ban of medical marijuana centers in El Paso County (Colorado Springs).
Brian Nye, Electrical Inspector, Boulder County
Mr. Nye has been in the electrical industry for more than 25 years. He specialized in residential and commercial remodels and new construction projects working throughout the Boulder/Denver area. In 2006 Brian became involved in the solar industry installing grid tied and battery backup PV systems. Currently, Brian is an electrical inspector for unincorporated Boulder County. He performs all of the solar plan reviews and the majority of solar inspections for the county. Brian also performs the electrical plan reviews and electrical inspections for all of the new and existing marijuana grow facilities throughout the county.
Centennial 2 – Ready to Go: Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations
Moderator: Jim Burness CEO, National Car Charging
For Mr. Burness, the EV charging business is a natural combination of his two prior careers. He spent nearly two decades in the automotive industry before starting a career in clean energy. He has worked with prominent companies such as J.D. Power and Associates, American Honda, and Microsoft CarPoint. Immediately prior to entering the solar business, he was the founder and CEO of DealerMiles, a ground-breaking customer loyalty program serving hundreds of car dealers nationwide. After leaving the car business, Jim served as COO of both a large solar integrator company and a solar finance firm. He serves on the COSEIA Board of Directors.
Joel Ebersole, Master Electrician, Ebersole Electrical Services
Mr. Ebersole performs mostly residential electrical work and service calls in the Denver metro area. His work includes estimating/selling, troubleshooting, installing electrical wiring and equipment to include solar systems. He previously worked at Brothers Plumbing Heating and Electric as Electrical Service Manager.
Jim Rio, President, Alliance Electrical
Mr. Rio has installed or managed the installation of more than 330 commercial EV charging stations across the country.
Will Toor, Director of Transportation Program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
Mr. Toor served as a Boulder County Commissioner from 2005-2012, and Mayor of Boulder from 1998-2004. He spearheaded the efforts to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, the ClimateSmart Loan Program, and the Boulder community transit network. Mr. Toor served on the board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments from 1998-2012. He led DRCOG in adopting goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled in the region. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Christopher Votoupal, Deputy Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association
Christopher became the Deputy Director of CCIA in February 2012 after working for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter for over five years as the Deputy Press Secretary. In addition to press duties he specialized in energy, environmental, water and foreign policy issues. He completed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s “Energy Executive” program in 2011. Prior to working in Congressional politics, he was a travel nurse for six years working all over the West. Mr. Votoupal graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B. S. in Nursing and has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver with a focus on American politics, international relations and the role energy plays in the geopolitical landscape.
Expo Hall Training Stage
Training sponsored by Solar Energy International
Although the concept of AC coupling has been maturing over the last ten years or so, there are still questions that surround this unique model of grid-tied with battery backup and stand-alone systems. By exploring how AC coupled systems are different from DC coupled PV systems, the presentation will review the basics behind AC coupling: what it is, how is it accomplished, advantages of using, configuring/sizing, and when it makes sense to use this topology.
Battery Maintenance and Safety
Batteries store energy that is produced by the PV array for use at a later time. Batteries also provide stabilization to the array’s continually changing output. There are several different kinds of batteries used in PV systems, varying in physical size, energy capacity, voltage, and number of life cycles. Working with batteries can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing or don’t have the correct equipment. Batteries also need a bit of tender loving care so they will last as long as expected and designed for. This presentation will address protection of yourself and the batteries and techniques to keep a battery-based system in tip-top shape.