For the third year, IREC brought some of the nation’s most involved thought leaders to the floor of Solar Power International 2015 to share their forecasts, innovative programs and recommendations based on best practices and cutting-edge thinking. SPI 15 also saw the release of our 2015 Annual Updates and Trends Report.

Missed us at SPI last year? Here are the 2015 presentations in PDF.

Tuesday, September 15

2:30pm | Solar’s Regulatory World – What it all means

Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC
A primer on the critical and wonky world of rules and regulations. Insight into the latest regulatory trends, state actions and best practices, and what it all means for the national solar market. [PDF]

3:00pm | Scaling Shared Solar: Reaching new markets, seizing new opportunities

Erica Schroeder McConnell, IREC /Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP
More states are looking to shared/community solar to expand access to solar energy. What’s happening to scale the model to reach more consumers and new markets, including low-income customers? What challenges are on the horizon? [PDF]

3:30pm | Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: Is adding batteries worth it?

Presenter: Jason Keyes, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP

Distributed solar valuation studies are cropping up in states across the country, but what happens to that value proposition when you introduce energy storage? A new Solar + Storage Valuation report prepared for IREC by Clean Power Research (CPR) is an important first step in addressing that underlying question. [PDF]

Wednesday, September 16

4:00pm | IREC Awards Ceremony

Thursday, September 17

10:30am | Growing State Energy Storage Markets with Proactive Regulatory Policies
Presenter: Sky Stanfield, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP

The distributed energy storage market is still in its infancy. There is a significant need for regulatory guidance and proactive policies to ensure a smooth integration into the existing electrical system. IREC has identified key regulatory changes that states may want to consider in the near term in order to maximize the benefits of storage and promote sustainable markets. [PDF]

11:00am | Solar Jobs: Next Gen Tools 

Joseph Sarubbi, IREC
The solar job market is booming – as is demand for quality workers in allied industries. Come see the latest interactive digital platforms for training, “upskilling” and mapping solar careers. [PDF]

11:30am | Anticipating Solar Growth: The critical role of interconnection in new and established solar markets
Presenter: Sky Stanfield, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP

As states and utilities grapple with increasing penetrations of solar and other renewables, and as outdated standards bump into rapidly evolving technologies, best practice interconnection processes hold the key to the future for existing and emerging markets alike.  Learn more about what’s happening nationally and which elements regulators should be considering to prevent pitfalls and align state standards with best practices. [PDF]







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