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PHOTON's 7th Solar Electric Utility Conference

EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF CALIFORNIA'S LARGE-SCALE SOLAR BOOM 

 


 

Conference outline:
California is the epicenter of large-scale solar power development in the US, with about 600 MW of wholesale solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects currently on line, and more than 2.5 GW under construction. But that’s just the start: approximately 10 GW of big solar projects have requested permission to connect to the California Independent System Operator’s wholesale transmission grid in the coming years. When including the lower-voltage networks operated by investor-owned utilities, the volume of solar interconnection requests grows to around 70 GW. 
Clearly, solar developers and equipment suppliers worldwide have heard the news about California’s solar gold rush. But just like in the days of the original gold rush, there will be winners and losers. PHOTON’s 7th Solar Electric Utility Conference in San Francisco will explore how to make the most out of the Golden State’s solar development opportunities.

 

Topics covered:  

  • The current and future impact on the solar and traditional electric power industries including:   
    • Market growth scenarios through 2020
    • Regulatory and policy efforts
    • Transmission and project-siting challenges
    • Cost-competitiveness of solar technologies. 
  • Solar project finance
  • Executive panel discussion

 

February 2, 2012, San Francisco
Registration: 8 am, start: 9 am,
End: approx. 6 pm

 

Ticket: US$ 840
(US$740 for PHOTON International and PHOTON – The Photovoltaic Magazine subscribers)

 

Discounts:

10% with ticket purchase before December 15, 2011

5% with ticket purchase before January 7, 2012

10% when buying tickets for two or more PHOTON USA conferences 

   

 


 

 

PROGRAM

 

TIME


INVITED SPEAKER, ORGANIZATION 


  

TOPIC


9:00 - 9:05

CONFERENCE OPENING

 

 


Chairperson:

Garrett Hering, PHOTON International, USA


 

  


9:05 - 9:30

KEYNOTE

 

 


Julia Hamm, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), USA


Trends in utility solar engagement


9:30 - 10:45

GOLDEN STATE FUNDAMENTALS

– CALIFORNIA'S SOLAR MARKET IN TRANSITION

Co-moderator: Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition, USA

Carla Peterman, California Energy Commission (CEC), USA

California's evolving solar energy market

 

 


Sara Birmingham, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), USA


Legislative and regulatory update


10:45 - 11:15


Coffee Break

 


 

 


11:15 - 12:45

INTEGRATING INTERMITTENT SOLAR

– PLANNING FOR GREATER PENETRATION

Co-moderator: Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition, USA

Jim Blatchford, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), USA

Preparing California's grid for large volumes of solar

Brandon Owens, GE Energy, USA

Strategies for a smooth integration of PV and CSP

Udi Helman, BrightSource Energy, USA

Adding value to solar with storage

 

 


Jürgen Krehnke, SMA Solar Technology, USA

 


Connecting and monitoring large PV plants


12:45 - 13:45


Lunch

 


 

 


13:45 - 14:45

CALIFORNIA'S SOLAR FUTURE – A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Co-moderator: Sanjay Shrestha, Lazard Capital Markets, USA

Jim Avery, San Diego Gas & Electric, USA

Julie Blunden, SunPower, USA

Matt Cheney, CleanPath Ventures, USA

Joe Como, Division of Ratepayer Advocates, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), USA

 


David Kirkpatrick, NRG Solar, USA


 


14:45 - 16:00

UTILITY SOLAR PORTFOLIOS – COSTS AND BENEFITS

Co-moderator: Sanjay Shrestha, Lazard Capital Markets, USA

Aaron Johnson, Pacific Gas & Electric, USA

PG&E's growing solar portfolio

Sherri Eklof, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), USA

SMUD's Feed-In Tariff Experience

 

 


Yuliya Shmidt, Division of Ratepayer Advocates, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), USA


Containing the cost of California's RPS


16:00 - 16:30


Coffee Break

 


 

 


16:30 - 18:30

THE WORLD'S LARGEST SOLAR PROJECTS – DEVELOPING, FINANCING AND BUILDING

Co-moderator: Sanjay Shrestha, Lazard Capital Markets, USA

Brian Kunz, First Solar, USA

Building the world's largest solar power plants

Chris Laursen, Quanta Power Generation, USA

An EPC's perspective on large-scale solar

Boris Schubert, Q-Cells North America, USA

PV power plant predictability

 

 


Mike Eckhart, Citigroup, USA 

 


Financing large-scale solar projects


 

Conference program - download here

 

Sponsored by:

 

 

Chint Power