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.

The safety and wellbeing of our attendees and their families are of the upmost importance. In light of COVID-19, please review the Health & Safety Protocols for the Solar & Storage Summit.


Registration is officially sold out and will not be accepting any further registrations. Stay tuned for details on the 2022 Summit!


8:15 a.m. Connection Corridor Opens (open all day)

8:30 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 (Sponsored by Captura Solar) & Cornhole Grudge Tournament

Panel Topics and Associated Speakers

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; Doug Coward, Founder and CEO at Solar Energy Loan Fund (SELF); and John Grady, Vice President at Mosaic.

Software’s Role in Running A Successful Solar Company
Panelists: Desmond Pressey, Customer Success Manager at Folsom Labs; Deep Chakraborty, Chief Executive Officer at Enact Systems; and Jorie Rottman, Senior Utility Rates Consultant at Energy Toolbase.

How Municipalities Can and Are Streamlining Permitting
Moderator: Tyson Grinstead, Director of Public Policy at SunRun
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: Rick Gilbert, Co-Chair of the Florida Solar Apprenticeship & Managing Partner at SolarSource, 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 esaSolar
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:
Moderator: Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability and Resiliency at the City of Orlando
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; Mike van Teeffelen, SVP, Practice Leader of Non-Deposit Financial Institutions & Structured Finance at BankUnited; and Morgan Brawner, Vice President of Business Development at esaSolar

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.

Creating Dual Use Solar Farms
Moderator: Justin Vandenbroeck, Vice President of the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association
Panelists: Kelley Burke, Energy Director at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy; Rhett Kerby, Principal and Founder at KerTec; and Michael Amati, Sr. Sales Application Engineer at Jinko Solar

Enhancing Resiliency in Florida with Micro-Grids and Nano-Grids

Moderator: Dr. Olga Lavrova, Associate Professor at New Mexico State University
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)

9:30 a.m. Fundamentals of Florida Construction Contracts, BP, 1 hr , #0613190
Instructors are Erik F. Szabo, Esq. and Kathleen Krak, Esq. of Shutts & Bowen LLP

10:30 a.m. Solar Roofing Codes & Best Practices – GEN, 2 hr, #0613075
Instructor Susan Stark, NABCEP Certified Senior Manager, Training at IronRidge, Inc

2:00 p.m. Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis – WS, 1hr, #0613226
Instructor David Viola of CIM Commercial Insurance Marketing Group

3:00 p.m. Understand the Experience Modification Formula to Determine Workers’ Compensation Cost – WC, 1hr, #0613204 Instructor David Viola of CIM Commercial Insurance Marketing Group

Photovoltaic System Inspection, GEN, 1 hr, #0610296, Cancelled

Expo and Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in participating in this event as a sponsor? Please email wendy@flaseia.org.