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10th Annual Southern Solar Summit
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: GA Solar Events



Thursday, October 25th, 2018
9:00AM - 7:00PM
@ The Carter Center

Registration Open!
Early Bird Rates Extended Through Friday, 9/7

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Topics + Speakers to Include

KEYNOTE:  Bill Nussey is founder of the Freeing Energy Project, and author of the book, “Freeing Energy” to be released later this year (2018).  His mission is to accelerate the shift to cleaner, cheaper energy. Prior to Freeing Energy, Bill has been a Career CEO in SaaS software and digital marketing. His companies have created thousands of jobs and billions in market value. He was a venture capitalist with Greylock, IBM’s VP Corporate Strategy; has an MBA from Harvard Business School and NCSU Electrical Engineer.

(Excerpt from Freeing Energy): "In the same way personal computers upended the legacy mainframe computing world and mobile phones disrupted the landline telephone business, “local energy” will revolutionize the way we produce and consume electricity. By freeing energy from centralized fossil fuel power plants and the one-size-fits-all grid, entrepreneurs and innovators can re-invent the electricity business from the outside-in. Local energy also offers the bi-partisan benefits of local jobs, healthier communities and greater independence from large government bureaucracies."

KEYNOTE:  Anya Schoolman is the Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors (SUN). SUN began in Washington, D.C. when Anya’s son and a friend inquired about going solar.  Anya encouraged them to get the neighborhood involved to save costs.  Not only did 50 neighbors agree to go solar together, this effort then spread across Washington D.C.  SUN now helps communities across the country develop locally-owned renewable energy projects and fight for policies that support clean, local energy -- especially rooftop solar. Solar United Neighbors, a 501c3, has a database of 60,000 and manages state-based programs in nine states.  This fall, Solar United Neighbors is partnering with the American Solar Energy Society for the "2018 National Solar Tour!"  The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar, renewable energy, and sustainable living event in the nation. The Tour takes place the weekend of October 6 and 7.

WEATHER CHANNEL DOCUMENTARYKilling Clean is a documentary about Ohio that examines the forces pushing back on renewable energy progress. Opponents of solar and other renewable resources have mobilized across the country to undermine increasing adoption and deployment of renewable energy. “Killing Clean” demonstrates how they zeroed in on Ohio as an early win for their effort to fight clean energy policy at the state level. Ultimately, the initiative failed, in part because renewable energy advocates reminded Ohio’s leaders about the jobs and investment their commitment to renewable energy has produced. Producer Marisa Venegas, Reporter Brad Wieners and Greenlink Founder Matt Cox will discuss the Ohio face-off.

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The Carter Center, Thursday, 10/25/18


10:00am                          Summit Kick-Off with TIM ECHOLS, Georgia Public Service Commissioner

10:15am                          RUSSELL SEIFERT, GA Solar Chairman

10:30am                          GA Power – Wilson Mallard

11:00am – Noon:            ANYA SCHOOLMAN, Executive Director, Solar United Neighbors: “Rooftop Solar: Fighting for Energy Rights!”

Noon – 12:45pm:            LUNCH

12:45pm – 1:00pm         Killing Clean: Video Presentation Introduction

1:00 pm- 1:45pm            KILLING CLEAN: Weather Channel Documentary

Moderator : Julie Hairston, Gigaword Communications
Panelists : Brad Wieners, Editorial Director for Patagonia; Marisa Venegas, Cinematographer; Matt Cox, Greenlink Group

1:45pm-2:00pm              Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm           BILL NUSSEY, Author, Freeing Energy

3:00pm – 3:20pm           Lisa Bianchi-Fossati / Bailey Shea - Georgia Energy Data - Southface Map Project Update

3:20pm – 3:40pm           Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) – Dirty Dozen (solar fees)

3:40pm – 4:00pm           Presentation on Floating Solar - Stetson Tchividjian, D3energy

4:00pm – 4:45pm           Breakouts

5:00pm:                        Fireside Chat

5:30pm:                         CLOSING REMARKS & GA Solar UPDATE, RUSSELL SEIFERT

6:00pm:                         COCKTAIL HOUR & NETWORKING

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Contact Lauren Hart - [email protected] - 678.596.9223

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