Join us in Orlando, Florida on June 3 as we safely kick-off the 2021 event season with a line up of dynamic panel discussions, continuing education courses, and an exposition hall. Industry experts across solar, storage, electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure will be joining us to explore current and future trends across the State of Florida and the Southeast at-large. Below you will find information on the event location, registration and the agenda.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32836
Group Room Block Rate: $159
Online Hotel Reservations
Ranked #1 on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards for Orlando Resorts, the resort sits on 1,500 lush acres with a private lake, tennis courts, and a unique lagoon-style pool. Explore the pool’s swim-through cave, tee off at the Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course or unwind after the event at the spa. Located near world-class theme parks and attractions.
Note: Pre-registration is required. The event is limited to 300 attendees (167 tickets remaining).
- Registration Rate: $395 for a single ticket. If additional tickets are purchased at once, subsequent tickets are $295.
- Florida SEIA Member Rate: $295 for a single ticket. If additional tickets are purchased at once, subsequent tickets are $195.
- Non-Profit Organization Rate: $195 per ticket.
- Public Official or Student Rate: $95 per ticket.
Schedule and Featured Speakers
(as of April 19, 2021 – Check back for updates)
8:15 a.m. Connection Corridor Opens (open all day)
8:45 a.m. – Keynote by Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industry Association
9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Panel Presentations & CE Courses
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch and Learn on the Future Electric Vehicle Transportation in Florida
Featuring: Britta Gross, Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute; Helda Rodriguez, President of NovaCharge; Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability and Resiliency at the City of Orlando; and Ebo Entsuah, Policy Principal at Advanced Energy Economy
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Panel Presentations & CE Course
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour & Cornhole Grudge Tournament
Track 1 – Residential & More
The Present and Future of Residential Solar Finance
Moderator: Ben Millar, Director of Sales Operations at Dividend Finance
Panelists: Ken LaRoe, Founder and CEO at Climate First Bank; and Grant Campbell, Director of Business Development at LoanPal
Software’s Role in Running A Successful Solar Company
Panelists: Desmond Pressey, Customer Success Manager at Folsom Labs; and John Gurski, Founder and VP of Product at Energy Toolbase.
How Municipalities Can and Are Streamlining Permitting
Moderator: Jen Barenholtz, formerly SolSmart Advisor at South Florida Regional Planning Council
Panelists: Doug Harvey, Former Executive Director at Building Officials Association of Florida; and Jeff Benavides, Chief Sustainability Officer at Orange County, and Rick Castillo, PE, President at Castillo Engineering
Adding Value with Residential Battery Storage
Moderator: Bill Johnson, President of Brilliant Harvest
Panelists: Henry Colton, Market Development Manager at Generac; and Livio Filice, Director of Residential Sales at Eguana Technologies Inc, and Mohammad Bozchalui, Director of Product Line Management at Enphase Energy
Building a Workforce in the Sunshine State
Moderator: Heaven Campbell, Florida Program Director at Solar United Neighbors
Panelists: Colleen Kettles, Director of Workforce & Business Development at the Florida Solar Energy Center, Jennifer Szaro, President and CEO at the Association of Energy Service Professionals; and Edwin Perkins, President of Solar at Moss & Associates.
Designing and Building Your Solar Project for Florida’s Next Big Hurricane
Moderator: Dave Click, PE, Chief Technical Officer at ESA Solar Energy
Panelists: Max Greene, Application Engineer at Jinko Solar and Yann Shwartz, Sr. Director, Product Testing & Compliance at IronRidge; and Kimandy Lawrence, PE, Principal at Lawrence Consulting Engineers.
Track 2 – Commercial & Utility
1MW Floating Solar Project Spotlight – City of Altamonte Springs:
Panelists: Stetson Tchividjian, Director of Business Development at D3Energy; Frank Martz, City Manager at City of Altamonte Springs; and Lisa Pearcy, Chief Executive Officer at 15 lightyears
The Challenges and Opportunities with Commercial Financing in Florida
Moderator: Joe Ritter, SVP of Business Development at Seminole Financial Services
Panelists: Byrne Huddleston, Chief Executive Officer at Green Bridge; Britt Lothridge, SVP of Renewable Energy Finance at United Community Bank; and Mike van Teeffelen, Vice President, Corporate Banking & Specialty Finance at BankUnited
Grid-Scale Solar + Storage. Does 1 + 1 = 3?
Moderator: Rob Moore, Senior Director Structuring and Origination, Recurrent Energy
Panelists: Jan Aspuru, Chief Operating Officer at Orlando Utilities Commission; Johan Vanhee, Chief Commercial and Procurement Officer at Origis Energy; and Alfredo Espinosa, Vice President of Solar at Moss & Associates.
From Trackers to Holistic Land Management – How Folks Are Enhancing Project Benefits
Moderator: Justin Vandenbroeck, Vice President of the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association
Panelists: Michael Baute, Director of Regenerative Energy and Land Management at Silicon Ranch; and Michael Amati, Sr. Sales Application Engineer at Jinko Solar
Enhancing Resiliency in Florida with Micro-Grids and Nano-Grids
Panelists: Justin Kramer, Supervisor of Emerging Technologies at Orlando Utilities Commission; Adam Nygaard, Director of Energy Storage, Microgrid and CHP Development at Duke Energy; and Tony Ruffine, Head of Renewables at Emera Technologies.
Leveraging Solar to Enhance Social Equity in the Florida Market
Moderator: Rahiem Swann, Regional Development Manager at Solar Energy Industry Association
Panelists: Mike Vergona, CEO at Urban Solar; Maria Duanne Andrade, CFO at Solar Energy Loan Fund, and Dana Clare Redden, Founder at Solar Stewards.
Track 3 – Florida Contractor CILB Continuing Education Classes
(CILB Providership #0000917)
Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis – WS, 1hr, #0613226
Instructor David Viola of CIM Commercial Insurance Marketing Group
Understand the Experience Modification Formula to Determine Workers’ Compensation Cost – WC, 1hr, #0613204 Instructor David Viola of CIM Commercial Insurance Marketing Group
Solar Roofing Codes & Best Practices – GEN, 2 hr, #0613075
Instructor Susan Stark of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
Photovoltaic System Inspection, GEN, 1 hr, #0610296,
Fundamentals of Florida Construction Contracts, BP, 1 hr , #0613190
Instructor Erik F. Szabo, Esq. , Shutts & Bowen LLP
Expo and Sponsorship Opportunities
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