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9th Annual Southern Solar Summit
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta GA, 30307
USA
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: GA Solar Events

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Stay on Top of Solar Trends and Techniques

With Panel Discussions at the 2017 Southern Solar Summit

 

Technology Innovations, Best Practices and Policy Perspectives on the Daylong Agenda

   Panel discussions at the 9th Annual Southern Solar Summit will be livelier and more compelling than ever before. Join top experts at the solar-powered Carter Center in Atlanta at 10 a.m. on October 19 for their latest insights on utility scale solar best practices, fair utility rates for solar customers, battery storage technology and much more.

Our agenda (subject to change) has been released, below!

GA Solar Summit 2017 Agenda:  Carter Center – October 19th

9:00am – 10:00am:  Registration/light refreshments/networking

10:00am – 10:45 am: Opening and Updates Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Don Moreland, GA Solar Chair, Chuck Eaton, Georgia Public Service Commissioner

10:45am –11:00amWilson Mallard, Georgia Power

11:00am – 11:50am: Panel : Successful Large-Scale Solar in the Southeast: Best practices of top developers. Tips on civil engineering, wildlife protection with an emphasis on endangered species, wetlands, and tax abatement.

   Moderator: Stephen Elkind, Beltline Energy

   Panelists: John Gornall, AGG; Greg Nelson, Energy Renewal Partners; Christopher Kellar, Eagle Solar

11:50am - 12:00am: Richard Simmons, Georgia Tech - Model Solar Ordinance Update

12:00pm : Break for Lunch and Lunch Keynote

12:00pm – 1:30pm:  - Keynote Address - Jason Carter, Carter Center Chairman

1:30pm - 1:45pm: Jamie Barber, Georgia Public Service Commission Renewable Energy Manager

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel : Solarizing Georgia: A recap of what worked best in 2017 and what’s ahead for 2018

   Moderator: Shan Arora, Southface

   Panelist: Andrew Saunders, Athens Clark County; Tina Wilkinson, UMC Earth Keepers; K.C. Boyce, Boyce Company

3:00pm – 3:30pm:  Networking Break

3:30pm – 4:10pmAfternoon Keynote Address - Tom Kimbis, SEIA - Georgia Policy Update

4:10pm – 5:00pm:  Panel : Rate Discussion - The Future of Solar in a Post NEM World

   Moderator: Caroline Golin, Vote Solar

   Panelist: Carlos Restrepo, sonnen; Rick Gilliam, Vote Solar

5:00pm - 5:35pmPanel : Water Savings: Solar’s unrecognized potential to help protect Georgia’s precious water resources

   Moderator: Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia

   Panelists: Chris Manganiello, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; Kurt Ebersbach, Southern Environmental Law Center; Jen Hilburn, Altahma Riverkeeper

5:35pm- 5:45pm:  City of Atlanta Update - Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, City of Atlanta Chief Resilience Officer

5:45 - 6:00pm:  Closing Remarks and GA Solar Update - Don Moreland, GA Solar Chair

6:00pmCocktail Hour and Carter Center Library Tours

Join us for hosted bar and delicious bites as you network with fellow solar enthusiasts and enjoy a tour of The Presidential Library

Lunch, networking opportunities galore and a tour of the Carter Presidential Library are included in the registration price.

  

   Tom Kimbis, General Counsel for the Solar Energy Industries Association, will provide the afternoon keynote address for the 9th Annual Southern Solar Solar Summit on October 19 at the Carter Center.

   Kimbis works at the nexus of national policy questions now gripping the solar industry in Georgia and beyond. Having spearheaded SEIA’s push for consumer protection and education in the residential solar market, he now works with SEIA’s efforts to prevent the imposition of tariffs on imported panels and preserve the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar.

   He has been working in renewable energy since 2000, when he began supporting research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In his role there, he pioneered a number of important initiatives that helped accelerate solar commercialization. He led the creation of the Solar America Cities program, a DOE partnership with U.S. cities to develop innovative methods for the adoption of solar energy technologies. He served for six years as Chairman of The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit promoting the increased use of solar energy through education and research. He earned his B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

   Kimbis joins Carter Center Chairman Jason Carter in providing keynote presentations amid a day of timely panel discussions and networking opportunities. In addition to the keynotes, Panel topics for the Southern Solar Summit include:

  • Successful Large-Scale Solar in the Southeast: Best practices of top developers
    • Tips on civil engineering, wildlife protection with an emphasis on endangered species, wetlands, and tax abatement.
  • Discussion of Utility Rates for Solar Customers
  • Storage Evolution: Batteries making solar more versatile at every scale
  • Solarizing Georgia: A recap of what worked best in 2017 and what’s ahead for 2018
  • Water Savings: Solar’s unrecognized potential to help protect Georgia’s precious water resources
 
   Don’t miss this opportunity for the latest insights on solar in Georgia and around the nation. Take advantage of Early Bird Registration while it’s still available. Sponsorship opportunities also available.


Members Ticket 
Includes Lunch, Cocktail Reception, & Museum Tour

Early Bird Tickets will increase September 30th Register now to save money. 

$330.00

Non Member Ticket
Includes Lunch, Cocktail Reception, & Museum Tour

Early Bird Tickets will increase September 30th. Register now to save money.

$430.00

Reception Only - 6PM
Includes Cocktail Reception & Museum Tour

Only for those that wish to attend the networking part of the Summit which takes place at the end of the day.

$50.00 (Members)

$75.00 (Non-Members)

 

 Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
For more information contact Lauren Hart in the GA Solar Business Office 
admin@gasolar.org

 

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