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Tuesday, October 6
 

9:00am PDT

Building the Market for Energy Resilience
This session will identify other parts of the country where solar+storage systems are currently being installed, what is driving interest in solar+storage in Oregon, and what "energy resilience" means. Attendees will participate in a facilitated brainstorming session to answer - What changes need to be made in order to build a thriving solar+storage market that supports resilient Oregon communities?

Moderators
avatar for Sushanah Boston

Sushanah Boston

Manager, ICF
Sue has over ten years of experience designing and managing programs and projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. Her passion is in the design and implementation of behavioral projects and programs where she seeks every opportunity to learn, innovate, and infuse human... Read More →
avatar for Jenni Cathcart

Jenni Cathcart

Director, Innovation, ICF
Jenni Cathcart is a business leader who combines experience in facilitation, human-centered design and strategy to help teams solve complex challenges via a collaborative, customer-first approach. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in energy, transportation and health care. Jennifer... Read More →
avatar for Dany Kahumoku

Dany Kahumoku

Project Coordinator Lead, ICF
Dany Kahumoku, Project Coordinator Lead, ICF: Originally from Monterey Bay, Dany has been in Oregon for the past decade. She’s driven by equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility, and has many passions, ranging from environmental and racial justice to organizational behavior... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Hall

Jeni Hall

Program Manager - Advanced Solar, Energy Trust of Oregon
Jeni Hall is a program manager with the Energy Trust of Oregon solar program where her work focuses on maintaining a strong and sustainable solar trade ally contractor network across Oregon. As the technical lead she is responsible for the programs solar ready program, solar installation... Read More →
avatar for Seth Mullendore

Seth Mullendore

Vice President, Project Director, Clean Energy Group
Seth Mullendore is vice president and project director for Clean Energy Group, overseeing projects ranging from customer-sited solar and battery storage to the replacement of power plants with clean technologies. Seth works with policy makers, project developers, industry, advocates... Read More →
avatar for Jonna Papaefthimou

Jonna Papaefthimou

Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
 Since 2013, Jonna Papaefthimiou [John—uh  Papa – eff—thee—ME—you]  is the Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.  She’s responsible for the City’s emergency response and recovery planning, and also supervises... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Solar Beam

9:00am PDT

Solar PV Systems Installation Best Practices & Energy Trust Requirements
The Photovoltaic Systems Best Practices session will provide participants with knowledge of the industry's current best practices and Energy Trust of Oregon's current installation requirements to ensure consistent and uniform installations for Photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course will be focused on the current products, safety practices and installation requirements. The course is intended for code electrical contractors, solar installers, building officials, engineers and designers in order to better understand current installation best practices and Energy Trust Installation requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Henderson

Jerry Henderson

Jerry Henderson is an adult educator, and has many years of experience in compliance and enforcement. One of his specialties is in creating meaningful standards and evaluation criteria, and then the communication and training necessary for implementation.Jerry’s detail-oriented... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Voltage

9:00am PDT

Concepts and Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce
In this session we will examine the sociocultural factors that are at work in green sector
organizations and industries that impact recruitment and retention of historically marginalized
workers. Participants will identify challenges specific to their organization before applying their
learning to the development of processes and materials for equitable and inclusive hiring and
onboarding.

Speakers
avatar for Derron Coles

Derron Coles

Principal Consultant at DRC Learning Solutions and Executive Director at The Blueprint Foundation, DRC Learning Solutions
Learning strategist adept at transforming individual and organizational performance goals into engaging and effective learning and development programs. Exceptionally analytical in entire approach to training and learning using research driven live-instruction, blended learning, and... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

9:15am PDT

Exhibitor Setup
Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:15am - 2:30pm PDT
Expo Hall

12:30pm PDT

How Communication Challenges in an Increasingly Hispanic Workforce Can Affect Safety, Risk Management & HR Operations
This session focuses on creating a better understanding of, and providing tools for companies striving to integrate a growing Hispanic workforce. Understanding educational differences, cultural norms, and communication styles, to improve HR Operations, Employee Benefits enrollment and Safety with regards to your Hispanic employees is the laser focus of this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Santiago Landazuri

Santiago Landazuri

Employee Benefits Consultant, USI Insurance Services
Santiago is an Employee Benefits Consultant with considerable experience in Workers’ Compensation, Employee Benefits and human capital management. His professional expertise, along with his bilingual and bicultural background, have uniquely positioned him to be a key risk-management... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

12:30pm PDT

Solar PV + Energy Storage Systems (Based on 2020 NEC)
The two-hour Solar + Energy Storage Systems course will provide participants a detailed overview of the current NFPA codes for Photovoltaic (PV) systems that integrate energy storage systems. The course is intended for code electrical contractors, solar installers, building officials, engineers and designers and to better understand current requirements for PV + Storage systems.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Mayfield

Ryan Mayfield

Founder & CEO, Mayfield Renewables
Ryan has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and founded Mayfield Renewables in 2007. His career has blended technical expertise with an affinity for writing and education. While serving as CEO at Mayfield Renewables, Ryan was also the PV Systems Technical Editor... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Voltage

12:30pm PDT

Expanding the Solar Workforce
This session will explore barriers to entry in the solar workforce that women and people of color face.  Come learn about the challenges and opportunities around solar installation jobs and talk with your colleagues about solutions and best practices to expanding the solar workforce. Facilitators will lead group activities to help identify some actionable steps to answers the question: How can we modify current practices to make the solar industry more reflective of our community?




Moderators
avatar for Sushanah Boston

Sushanah Boston

Manager, ICF
Sue has over ten years of experience designing and managing programs and projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. Her passion is in the design and implementation of behavioral projects and programs where she seeks every opportunity to learn, innovate, and infuse human... Read More →
avatar for Jenni Cathcart

Jenni Cathcart

Director, Innovation, ICF
Jenni Cathcart is a business leader who combines experience in facilitation, human-centered design and strategy to help teams solve complex challenges via a collaborative, customer-first approach. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in energy, transportation and health care. Jennifer... Read More →
avatar for Dany Kahumoku

Dany Kahumoku

Project Coordinator Lead, ICF
Dany Kahumoku, Project Coordinator Lead, ICF: Originally from Monterey Bay, Dany has been in Oregon for the past decade. She’s driven by equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility, and has many passions, ranging from environmental and racial justice to organizational behavior... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angela Crowley-Koch

Angela Crowley-Koch

Executive Director, OSEIA
Angela Crowley-Koch has spent the last two decades in public policy and advocacy.  Previously the Legislative Director at Oregon Environmental Council, her work was instrumental in passing the Toxic-Free Kids Act, renewing the Clean Fuels Program and getting coal out of Oregon's... Read More →
avatar for Ranfis Villatoro

Ranfis Villatoro

Portland Clean Energy Fund
Ranfis Villatoro is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Bluegreen Alliance where he works with labor and environmental organizations to advance climate solutions and create quality jobs. Ranfis has also worked as a community organizer for Latino/immigrant rights advocacy organizations... Read More →
avatar for Mike

Mike "Bretto" Jackson

Co-director, Leaders Become Legends, Rosewood Initiative, POIC
Mike “Bretto” Jackson is a father, activist, musician and recording artist who has substantial experience in mentoring and workforce development. For eight years, he served as the Self Enhancement Inc. studio/music composition coordinator where he mentored youth through “Black... Read More →
avatar for Derric Thompson

Derric Thompson

Co-director, Leaders Become Legends
Derric Thompson is the Co Director for Leaders Become Legends, where he works with young adults by mentoring through employment and wellness. Derric has been working frontline in the community with young adults, especially justice-involved youth, helping them to reengage with school... Read More →
avatar for Amy James Neel

Amy James Neel

Workforce Diversity and Business Outreach Manager, Portland Community College
Amy is a Carpenter by trade with 20 years in the field. She enjoyed the work but did not see many others that looked like her, so she closed her construction company and dedicated the next 12 years to workforce diversity as the Training Director at Oregon Tradeswomen where she taught... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Solar Beam

2:30pm PDT

Networking in Expo Hall
Tuesday October 6, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Expo Hall

3:00pm PDT

Career Day Keynote with Abby Hopper
Speakers
avatar for Abby Hopper

Abby Hopper

President & CEO, SEIA
Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

3:30pm PDT

Career Day Speed Networking
Career Day Speed Networking will take place in the Expo Hall Lobby - drop in and out as you please to meet your future peers and colleagues. 

Speakers
avatar for Alison Adams

Alison Adams

Since 2006, Alison has worked in the US and abroad building mutually beneficial relationships that push the industry forward. Alison got her start interning at the German Solar Industry Association and has since worked for a local solar contractor, a global software provider, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Expo Hall

3:30pm PDT

Career Resource Center in the Expo Hall
Come check out the Career Resource Center located in the Expo Hall. Find information for Job Seekers and Job Providers, browse open positions, speak with a professional. 

Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Expo Hall

3:40pm PDT

Careers In Solar
As the nation's workforce becomes more ethnically, gender, age, and racially diverse, the solar industry will need to be responsive to more diverse clients and future employees. Whether you are new to the industry or are a seasoned veteran, come learn about the wide range of careers in solar.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Sefchick

Steve Sefchick

Founder, Phase3 PV
Steve Sefchick is the principal owner and head of engineering at Phase3PV. He has been working in the solar industry for 15 years in both manufacturing and installation companies. Throughout his career he has held a variety of positions including instructor, sales person, designer... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:40pm - 4:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

3:40pm PDT

Employer Resources for Hiring
In this session we will go over the different tools and resources available for Job Providers/Employers to make sure you stay competitive and have access to a diverse and sustainable workforce!

Speakers
KK

Kelly Kupcak

Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc
avatar for Bobby Hamilton

Bobby Hamilton

Case Manager, Constructing Hope
Bobby Hamilton is a Case Manager at Constructing Hope, where Bobby works closely with construction trades pre-apprentices of various backgrounds aiming to land placement into apprenticeships to begin their careers in the trades.After spending over a decade working directly with diverse... Read More →
MG

Melinda Gomez

Fellowship Program Manager, San Diego, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
avatar for Sarah Wilder

Sarah Wilder

Program Director, Licensed Renewable Technician (LRT) Program
Sarah Wilder has spent the past 18 years working across multiple sectors of the solar industry, including design and installation, manufacturing, and technical training. In 2009, Sarah was the first woman to earn a Limited Renewable Energy Technician's (LRT) license in Oregon, and... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel A. Salamanca

Gabriel A. Salamanca

State of Oregon Regional Business Specialist, Construction Sector, WorkSource Oregon
avatar for Kelly Haines

Kelly Haines

Senior Project Manager, Worksystems
Kelly Haines is the Construction/Infrastructure sector project manager, working with industry leaders to develop a regional workforce plan for the Construction trades. She also staffs the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity, a coalition made up of labor, community, training... Read More →
avatar for Zack Culver

Zack Culver

Business Manager, LiUNA Local 737
Zack Culver LIUNA Local 737 grew up in a small rural town at the base of the Northern Oregon Coast Range Gales Creek Oregon and graduated from Forest Grove High School. Upon graduating Highschool I joined the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 296 at the age... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:40pm - 4:00pm PDT
Voltage

3:40pm PDT

How to Build a Compelling Resume
In this quick session you will learn the fundamental tips and tricks to building a great resume. Learn how to leverage your experience to land your next career!

Speakers
avatar for Ursala Garbrecht

Ursala Garbrecht

Search Coach & Resume Writer, ResumeHorse / A Portland Career
I enjoy helping people identify and articulate their unique strengths to potential employers. I bring over 10 years of coaching experience and 8 years in career services with a specialty in resumes.I'm known for my collaborative approach that helps ensure authentic presentation of... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 3:40pm - 4:00pm PDT
Solar Flare

4:10pm PDT

Careers In Solar
As the nation's workforce becomes more ethnically, gender, age, and racially diverse, the solar industry will need to be responsive to more diverse clients and future employees. Whether you are new to the industry or are a seasoned veteran, come learn about the wide range of careers in solar.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Sefchick

Steve Sefchick

Founder, Phase3 PV
Steve Sefchick is the principal owner and head of engineering at Phase3PV. He has been working in the solar industry for 15 years in both manufacturing and installation companies. Throughout his career he has held a variety of positions including instructor, sales person, designer... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 4:10pm - 4:30pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

4:10pm PDT

Employer Resources for Hiring
In this session we will go over the different tools and resources available for Job Providers/Employers to make sure you stay competitive and have access to a diverse and sustainable workforce!

Speakers
KK

Kelly Kupcak

Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc
MG

Melinda Gomez

Fellowship Program Manager, San Diego, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
avatar for Sarah Wilder

Sarah Wilder

Program Director, Licensed Renewable Technician (LRT) Program
Sarah Wilder has spent the past 18 years working across multiple sectors of the solar industry, including design and installation, manufacturing, and technical training. In 2009, Sarah was the first woman to earn a Limited Renewable Energy Technician's (LRT) license in Oregon, and... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Haines

Kelly Haines

Senior Project Manager, Worksystems
Kelly Haines is the Construction/Infrastructure sector project manager, working with industry leaders to develop a regional workforce plan for the Construction trades. She also staffs the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity, a coalition made up of labor, community, training... Read More →
avatar for Zack Culver

Zack Culver

Business Manager, LiUNA Local 737
Zack Culver LIUNA Local 737 grew up in a small rural town at the base of the Northern Oregon Coast Range Gales Creek Oregon and graduated from Forest Grove High School. Upon graduating Highschool I joined the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 296 at the age... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Hamilton

Bobby Hamilton

Case Manager, Constructing Hope
Bobby Hamilton is a Case Manager at Constructing Hope, where Bobby works closely with construction trades pre-apprentices of various backgrounds aiming to land placement into apprenticeships to begin their careers in the trades.After spending over a decade working directly with diverse... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel A. Salamanca

Gabriel A. Salamanca

State of Oregon Regional Business Specialist, Construction Sector, WorkSource Oregon



Tuesday October 6, 2020 4:10pm - 4:30pm PDT
Voltage

4:10pm PDT

How to Build a Compelling Resume
In this quick session you will learn the fundamental tips and tricks to building a great resume. Learn how to leverage your experience to land your next career!

Speakers
avatar for Ursala Garbrecht

Ursala Garbrecht

Search Coach & Resume Writer, ResumeHorse / A Portland Career
I enjoy helping people identify and articulate their unique strengths to potential employers. I bring over 10 years of coaching experience and 8 years in career services with a specialty in resumes.I'm known for my collaborative approach that helps ensure authentic presentation of... Read More →



Tuesday October 6, 2020 4:10pm - 4:30pm PDT
Solar Flare

4:30pm PDT

Resumation Station
Get personalized help and tips for your resumé. 

Speakers
avatar for Ursala Garbrecht

Ursala Garbrecht

Search Coach & Resume Writer, ResumeHorse / A Portland Career
I enjoy helping people identify and articulate their unique strengths to potential employers. I bring over 10 years of coaching experience and 8 years in career services with a specialty in resumes.I'm known for my collaborative approach that helps ensure authentic presentation of... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Expo Hall
 
Wednesday, October 7
 

8:00am PDT

Avatar Set up. Tips, Tricks and Networking with CED Greentech PNW and Friends!
Avatar Set up. Tips, Tricks and Networking with CED Greentech PNW and Friends!

Speakers
avatar for CED Greentech PNW

CED Greentech PNW

CED Greentech is a one-stop solar pv and electrical wholesale distributor for installers– now in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!


Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Expo Hall

9:00am PDT

How to Build an Abundance of Value in your 2020 Solar & Storage Proposal
The best solar advisors in the U.S. know the secret.  Customers will most likely give you a quick ‘yes’ if you show an abundance of value in your solar presentation.  This includes both solar and storage. This also includes doing so despite declining incentives and uncertain payback timelines.  Attend this seminar and you will uncover the secrets of building not just value, but an abundance of it, so that your customer will say yes, quickly!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh is a 36 year Sales veteran, specializing in sales and management training strategies for consumer products.  Greg has personally trained in excess of 30,000 professional sellers since 1992, travelling and training in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 15 different countries.In... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Solar Beam

9:00am PDT

Maximizing the Value of Technical Content
Mayfield Renewables outlines best practices for technical content creation (webinars, white papers, articles, infographics, etc.), and how to increase ROI by transforming one project into many valuable pieces of content.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Alfsen

Jennifer Alfsen

Director of Business Development, Mayfield Renewables
A mechanical engineer with nearly a decade of solar PV engineering, project management, and business development experience, Jennifer helps engineers create high-value, high-quality content in less time.


Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Voltage

9:00am PDT

Resilience, Passive Design, and Grid-Optimal Workshop
Changes in the climate and the electrical grid are creating new demands and opportunities for buildings. Critical synergies are emerging between renewables, energy-storage, and passive strategies to take our buildings and our electrical grid into a decarbonized future while supporting resilience. Join us to reconsider the potential for high-performance buildings.

Speakers
avatar for Ralph DiNola

Ralph DiNola

CEO, New Buildings Institute
New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum... Read More →
avatar for Marc Brune

Marc Brune

PE, LEED AP, Principal, PAE
Marc is a mechanical engineer and Principal with PAE. He leads teams in passive, resilient, and net zero strategies with projects such as the Bullitt Center, Rocky Mountain Institute, The Kendeda Building, and the PAE Living Building. He is grateful to be part of a community working... Read More →
avatar for Mark Perepelitza

Mark Perepelitza

Director of Sustainability, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SERA Architects
As Director of SERA’s Sustainability Resources Group, Mark provides expertise to project teams. He collaborates in the pursuit of aggressive energy and carbon reduction goals, while enhancing occupant comfort and well-being. For more than 25 years, Mark has played a significant... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Solar Flare

9:00am PDT

Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs: Wire Management & Best Practices
This course unpacks metal roof installations with a brief overview on the various types of metal roofs & their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques are presented in detail, along with other best practices & “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Finally, methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to homeruns are discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gies

Mark Gies

Business Development Director, S-5!
Mark Gies is Business Development Director at S-5! and focuses on its solar business. He actively participates in industry associations and has 20 years of engineering and management experience, with 10+ years of solar energy industry expertise, including product development, operations... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Electron

9:00am PDT

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Industry
This panel will dive into the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) challenges in the renewable energy field. We will explore real-world industry practices, including the virtual conference platform technology used at OSEC. Digitalization of business and linkage to the rollout of clean technology provides an opportunity to design innovations to be more inclusive and avoid the "source code error" of embedding inequities into advanced energy technology and communications.

While jobs in the renewable energy fields continue to grow at a rapid pace according to the IREA, women and people of color still can't seem to break through the "PV" ceiling. Finally, alliances are starting to form to try to address a cultural shift in the RE field, and many organizations are launching their own internal DEI teams and even fully employed positions.

This team of panelists will talk about their own personal and professional challenges and also share the innovative successes of moving in this direction with intention and thoughtfulness. We hope to have an open discussion from multiple perspectives and engage the audience around this sensitive and yet vitally important topic.

Speakers
avatar for Chaun MacQueen

Chaun MacQueen

Senior Director, CE Bright Futures, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
avatar for Dana Clare Redden

Dana Clare Redden

Founder/CEO, Solar Concierge
Celebrating a decade in the solar industry, Dana Clare Redden is a passionate solar professional dedicated to the development of distributed generation solar globally.   Growing up in a small rust-belt town in western Pennsylvania, the environmental impacts of fossil fuels shaped... Read More →
avatar for Laura Zapata

Laura Zapata

Co-Founder, Clearloop
Laura Zapata is a co-founder of Clearloop Corporation, a Nashville-based startup that helps companies offset their carbon footprint and expand access to clean energy in the United States. Laura made a career in crisis communications and reputation management—mostly as a happy accident—having... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

10:00am PDT

Keynote Address with Yusuf Arifin
Yusuf Arifin is a freshman at Sunset High School in the Beaverton School District. He is one of the co-founders of his school's Climate Change Club. He has been a climate activist for approximately 1.5 years now, and understands how serious the climate crisis is. As a world traveler, he has gotten to see some of the impacts of the climate crisis with his own eyes, such as species endangerment, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels. Yusuf has been working with Renew Oregon to pass comprehensive climate legislature in our state government. He has had the opportunity to talk to the Governor, give speeches at the Capitol, and talk in press conferences about the severity of the climate crisis. He will never stop fighting for this cause.

Speakers
avatar for Yusuf Arifin

Yusuf Arifin

Student, Sunset High School
Yusuf Arifin is a freshman at Sunset High School in the Beaverton School District. He is one of the co-founders of his school's Climate Change Club. He has been a climate activist for approximately 1.5 years now, and understands how serious the climate crisis is. As a world traveler... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

10:30am PDT

Networking in Expo Hall
Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Expo Hall

11:00am PDT

Modernizing Your Solar Sales Process With Battery Storage and Software
New solar software tools and services have been emerging on the market to help solar companies stay competitive. From generating a 3D model of a roof with a few clicks of a button to modeling storage with PV installations, learn how software tools can help you. Topics will include using LIDAR to meet your customers’ needs, how to streamline your sales processes, and functionalities to help you scale your business. A demo of Aurora will be included.

Speakers
avatar for JT McCook

JT McCook

Senior Account Executive, Aurora Solar
JT McCook is an Account Executive at Aurora Solar. Previously, JT was a Senior Remote Solar Designer for Sungevity, and was one of their top performing designers for three years. He graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and played four years of Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Solar Beam

11:00am PDT

Resilience: What Does It Really Mean?

The ship continues to take on water and we need to keep the pumps running at full blast (carbon reduction) but global carbon and climate data being what it is, we'd be crazy to not start handing out life jackets (resilience). Everyone's new favorite word - but what does it really mean?

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Schreiner

Shawn Schreiner

Sales Manager, True South Solar
Shawn Schreiner, co-founder of True South Solar, has had the good fortune to wear just about every hat you can find in a solar electrical shop: solar apprentice, license holder, designer, sales consultant, and sales manager. He has been working in the solar industry for 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Alan Hickenbottom

Alan Hickenbottom

President, Latitude45
Alan Hickenbottom, Principal at Latitude45 Associates, is an experienced NW energy and technology entrepreneur recognized for developing extensive alliances in for-profit, non-profit, utility and government sectors, Alan has been involved in the NW energy sector for over 25 years... Read More →
avatar for Richard Engel

Richard Engel

Director of Power Resources, Redwood Coast Energy Authority



Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Solar Flare

11:00am PDT

Calculating Payback On Solar & Storage
Energy Storage Systems are becoming a common add-on option to residential and commercial solar installations, but do they make financial sense? In this session, we explore financial considerations that impact energy storage installation and how customers view the value of time shifting, demand shaving and backup power.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Palmquist

Michael Palmquist

Co-founder, SolarNexus
Michael holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and has spent most of the past 25 years working in the Solar industry - from a designer/installer, to becoming a licensed solar contractor, to co-founding the SolarNexus platform and supporting the operations of solar contracting... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Spies

Jeff Spies

President, Planet Plan Sets
Jeff Spies is President of Planet Plan Sets a solar plan drafting company serving contractors in all 50 states. Jeff serves as board member and secretary for NABCEP, board member for California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), and Chairs the CALSSA Codes/Standards committee... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Voltage

11:00am PDT

Sizing, Installation & Maintenance of Battery-Based Systems
Session will cover proper selection and sizing of battery banks for off-grid & grid-connected systems. Installation, inspection, charge programming and maintenance for systems using flooded or sealed AGM & GEL models will be outlined. Integration and setup of Rolls LFP lithium models in new and existing systems will also be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins

Technical Services Manager, Rolls
Steve Higgins, Technical Services Manager at Rolls Battery Engineering, has over 25 years of hands-on experience and product knowledge related to battery-based renewable energy systems. He offers remote, classroom and on-site professionally-certified training workshops for Dealers... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Electron

11:00am PDT

Solar Siting Challenges and Solutions
Siting projects in Oregon is a multi-step process.  This session will explore solutions for wildlife co-existing with solar, land-use challenges and best practices for working with stakeholders


Moderators
avatar for Amy Berg Pickett

Amy Berg Pickett

Founder / CEO, Sunstone Energy
Amy has a BS in sustainability from Oregon State University that led to 5 years working in Utility Solar Scale development. The focus of this work is in the Northwest with a focus on Oregon. Amy is a Permitting and Stakeholder engagement specialist for solar farm development. Amy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Salvo

Mark Salvo

Program Director, Oregon Natural Desert Association
Mark Salvo is responsible for supporting Oregon Natural Desert Association’s dedicated conservation staff and empowering members to advance campaigns to protect, defend and restore wildlands, wildlife and other public values throughout southeastern Oregon. Prior to arriving at ONDA... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Albrich

Elaine Albrich

Legal Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Elaine Albrich teams with clients to offer practical, strategic solutions for navigating and resolving complex situations involving use of land, impacts to natural resources and resource lands, discretionary permits and licenses, and other government-imposed hurdles. Her practice... Read More →
avatar for Carla McLane

Carla McLane

Owner, Carla McLane Consulting, LLC
Carla McLane spent 18 years in the Planning Department of Morrow County, most of those years serving as the Planning Director overseeing all aspects of land use planning. Energy generation and transmission are a component of the local economy, with significant impacts to the land... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

12:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

What’s New in Resi Financing From CED Greentech?
Non-cash sales are growing in Oregon and Washington. Matt Keay from Ensemble by CED Greentech will discuss residential project financing solutions. Join us for a breakdown of residential financing trends, point-of-sale financing, dealer fees, and the benefits of working with a finance partner.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Keay

Matt Keay

Ensemble by CED Greentech
Matt got started in the Solar industry with CED Greentech in 2013, after studying Solar sales & design at Ohlone College in Newark, CA and earning the NABCEP Entry Level credential.  At CED, he spent 3 years working with Residential, Commercial, and Utility installers, followed by... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Solar Beam

1:00pm PDT

The Future is Electric and What that Means for Solar
Electrification has emerged as a primary strategy to combat climate change.  This session will explore how combining established solutions like onsite solar, EVs and building management systems with emerging technologies like distributed batteries, V2G charging and flexible loads will create the clean fueled, grid-interactive society of the future.  


Speakers
avatar for Karina Hershberg

Karina Hershberg

Lead Engineer, PAE-Engineers
A lead engineer passionate about sustainable development, Karina has over twelve years of experience in innovative electrical systems design. Her post-baccalaureate research focused on renewable energy development, green building methods, and eco-districts. Karina is a key contributor... Read More →
avatar for Joe Wachunas

Joe Wachunas

Program Manager, FORTH
Joe lives in Portland, Oregon, and is a program and development manager for the transportation nonprofit Forth. He also is a contributor to the blog CleanTechnica and volunteers with Electrify Now because he believes that electrifying everything, from transportation to homes, is the... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Solar Flare

1:00pm PDT

Advanced Commissioning, Care & Troubleshooting of Battery-Based Systems
For the experienced installer, this session will offer advanced technical instruction relating to flooded and sealed lead-acid deep cycle battery-based system design, product selection, installation and maintenance. System adjustments, monitoring and effective troubleshooting techniques used to maximize efficiency and maintain battery capacity will be outlined in detail.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins

Technical Services Manager, Rolls
Steve Higgins, Technical Services Manager at Rolls Battery Engineering, has over 25 years of hands-on experience and product knowledge related to battery-based renewable energy systems. He offers remote, classroom and on-site professionally-certified training workshops for Dealers... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Electron

1:00pm PDT

FIMER Solar Product Training: Residential Solar + Storage
FIMER offers a single-box solution for the residential solar market.  Learn how our Universal 10|4 storage solution is capable of simultaneous AC and DC coupling and can be used in on- and off-grid mode.  See if the 10|4 is right for your new or existing residential solar installation.

Speakers
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Geoffrey Owens

Technical Training Manager, Fimer
Geoff Owens is the technical training manager and pre-sales technical support function for the FIMER solar team since 2014.  Geoff’s extensive background includes aerospace, multispectral imaging, and solar power technology.  Among his positions in those fields are training instructor/manager... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Voltage

1:00pm PDT

The Future of Utility Scale in Oregon: Regionalization and Transmission
What could regionalization look like in Oregon?  What is holding us back?  How can we get there? Learn about current efforts and challenges

Moderators
avatar for Laurie Hutchinson

Laurie Hutchinson

Renewable Energy Developer, Obsidian Renewables
Laurie Hutchinson is a Renewable Energy Developer at Obsidian Renewables. She works on all aspects of project development – from working with landowners to the permitting process to construction coordination. She is the liaison in the local communities for our team.  She monitors... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hughes

Nicole Hughes

Executive Director, Renewable Northwest
Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. She has experience in project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar energy, working... Read More →
avatar for Alan Comnes

Alan Comnes

Senior Director, Energy GPS LLC
My passion is solving complex business and regulatory problems faced by energy generators, developers, and consumers. Areas of expertise include:o Transmission access: strategic assessments and project interconnection supporto Electricity market design: renewables integration and... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

2:00pm PDT

Networking in Expo Hall
Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Expo Hall

2:30pm PDT

Productive Residential Solar Sales Follow Up and Customer Development
In this fast paced seminar learn the do’s and don’ts of effective and productive sales follow up from a solar sales training expert that has been there, done that and now trains that!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh is a 36 year Sales veteran, specializing in sales and management training strategies for consumer products.  Greg has personally trained in excess of 30,000 professional sellers since 1992, travelling and training in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 15 different countries.In... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Solar Beam

2:30pm PDT

Hot Topics at the Public Utility Commission
Oregon's Public Utility Commission is a busy place for solar this year.  Come learn about Community Solar, interconnection, PURPA, general capacity, distribution system planning and more.

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Souza, P.E.

Shannon Souza, P.E.

Founder, Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC
Based in Coos Bay, Shannon supports strategic growth, responsible development, and sustainable living by serving as OSEIA’s Policy Chair, on Gov. Brown’s Resilience Mitigation Activity Council, Board Member for the Professional Engineers of Oregon, Executive Director of Oregon... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

PUC Commissioner, Oregon PUC
Mark Thompson was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in November 2019 to a four-year term. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Thompson was a partner at a small law firm that specializes in energy and administrative law, where he provided... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

2:30pm PDT

Microgrids and Building Electrification
From solar PV to energy efficiency, it will take a concerted industry-wide effort to decarbonize our society. Microgrids are emerging across the U.S. to provide versatility in balancing load requirements with a diverse generation and storage mix. These systems serve a collection of individual households, businesses or industrial facilities. In this session, we will explore the design principles, value and replicability of neighborhood and commercial microgrids, coupled with building electrification, through several case studies, notably the Oakland EcoBlock, a microgrid prototype on the block-neighborhood-district scale.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ginsberg

Michael Ginsberg

Founder, Mastering Green, LLC
Michael Ginsberg is a solar energy specialist, buildings systems consultant and author with over a decade of experience performing technical analyses of renewable energy and building systems at U.S. Embassies in West Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Europe. He is a lecturer... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Solar Flare

2:30pm PDT

Wildfire Resilience for Grid-dependent PV
Wildfires across the U.S. west coast, and recently Australia, shut down electrical grids, along with hundreds of thousands of grid-dependent solar PV systems. These shutdowns sparked interest in the addition of energy storage, or "AC Coupling".  Come learn about use cases, frequency shifting, and important limitations and safety considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Magluyan

Bo Magluyan

Director Product Management, Outback Power
Fifteen years of experience releasing new products. Ten years of B2B Product Management experience. Great at prioritizing and weighing customer-driven feature requests against longer-term market requirements.Specialties: Strategic Planning, Tactical Marketing, Project Management... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Voltage

2:30pm PDT

Multimode Energy Storage System Design
Whether providing backup power when the grid is down, operating in self-consumption mode, or reducing peak demand charges, there are numerous use cases for PV systems with energy storage that interact with the utility grid. Lessons include detailed design considerations for AC and DC coupled systems, along with analyzing equipment specifications and thorough design examples.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Bolger

Kyle Bolger

Instructor, Solar Energy International
Growing up in Alaska, Kyle developed a unique appreciation for our sun that fuels his ambition to harness the perpetual energy source.  After installing hundreds of solar energy systems under the scrutiny of Oregon regulations he began traveling far and wide to spread his lessons... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Electron

3:40pm PDT

The Business Model for Integrating PV into Zero Energy Ready New Homes
Learn how several progressive production builders are using the Earth Advantage Zero Energy Ready home certification program and Energy Trust's Solar Ready requirements for new homes to generate new sales leads for their preferred solar contractors and how integral the quality of the solar proposal is to the entire process.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Shanahan

Ryan Shanahan

Zero Energy Certifications Manager, Earth Advantage
Ryan Shanahan is the Zero Energy Certifications Manager and a Senior Green Building Consultant at Earth Advantage. He is also the chair of the technical committee of the ZERO Coalition.



Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT
Solar Flare

3:45pm PDT

The Secrets to Reaching a Decision in 2020 during a Residential Solar Sales Presentation
Join us in this soup to nuts seminar on the keys to helping our customers reach a decision the ethical way. You may be surprised at some of the things you have been doing to slow or even derail the process. We can help you make the process quite simple.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh

Greg Welsh is a 36 year Sales veteran, specializing in sales and management training strategies for consumer products.  Greg has personally trained in excess of 30,000 professional sellers since 1992, travelling and training in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 15 different countries.In... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Solar Beam

3:45pm PDT

Intelligent Energy Storage: Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition with the Electricity Grid of the Future
With 50,000 systems installed worldwide, sonnen is a world leader in energy storage, offering the safest, longest-lasting battery technology for homes. With its revolutionary virtual battery, sonnen offers new, cutting-edge energy services, and proof of concept for a decentralized, distributed, digitalized electricity grid of the future. Learn more about sonnen’s leadership and innovation within the residential energy storage space at sonnenusa.com.

Speakers
avatar for Mo Abhat

Mo Abhat

Sr. Regional Manager, sonnen
avatar for Geoff Ferrell

Geoff Ferrell

Residential Spec Manager, sonnen
As chief technology officer of Mandalay Homes, Ferrell championed significant technological innovations in home building and building science, playing a central role in contributing to Mandalay Homes winning the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Housing Innovation Award... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Voltage

3:45pm PDT

Creating a Storage Market in Oregon
More customers, utilities and public agencies want storage as part of their solar projects.  What are other states doing to grow the storage market?  How do microgrids help us get there? What is Oregon doing now to increase resiliency through solar+storage?

Moderators
avatar for Mark Farrell

Mark Farrell

OSEIA Board President, A&R Solar
Mark Farrell has spent the last 8 years selling solar photovoltaic equipment for integrators, a distributor and a manufacturer.  He is a NABCEP Certified Technical Sales professional and enjoys promoting solar energy at every possible opportunity. He sees our country's transition... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Les Perkins

Les Perkins

Manager, Farmers Irrigation District in Hood River, OR
Les Perkins holds a degree in Biology from Lewis and Clark College. Les has worked as a microbiologist, co-founded FCA, an energy and water focused non-profit, and currently manages Farmers Irrigation District in Hood River, OR. Les has also served as a Hood River County Commissioner... Read More →
avatar for Jason Burwen

Jason Burwen

Vice President, Policy, Energy Storage Association
I seek to develop markets for clean energy technologies and services through market analysis, business strategy, and policy/regulatory engagement. My goal is to reshape markets to “put steel in the ground” and drive business growth.
avatar for Eklas Hossain

Eklas Hossain

PhD, PE, CEM, REP, Oregon Institute of Technology
Eklas Hossain, PhD, PE, CEM, REP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy at Oregon Institute of Technology. He is working as an Associate Researcher at Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC). He is also the senior member of IEEE and... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

4:15pm PDT

Weather Dependency of Battery Performances In Remote Areas
The design temperatures and humidity for lead acid battery types is considerably below the average values in tropical regions. We discuss how it impacts community-managed solar PV projects and how to minimize risks of failure through alternative battery options.

Speakers
avatar for Mohammad Pakravan

Mohammad Pakravan

Technical Program Manager, Green Empowerment



Wednesday October 7, 2020 4:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Solar Flare

4:45pm PDT

Speed Networking
Mix and mingle with fellow conference goers in a fun and informal way.  Break the virtual ice and get in front of industry peers and potential partners to discuss recent market trends, find new opportunities, and exchange ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Adams

Alison Adams

Since 2006, Alison has worked in the US and abroad building mutually beneficial relationships that push the industry forward. Alison got her start interning at the German Solar Industry Association and has since worked for a local solar contractor, a global software provider, and... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 4:45pm - 6:00pm PDT
Expo Hall
 
Thursday, October 8
 

8:00am PDT

Registration, Download Virtual Environment and Setup Avatar
It can take up to 30 minutes to download the environment and setup your avatar; please be patient - it’ll be worth it when you arrive!

You only need to do this once. Not everyday.

Thursday October 8, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Expo Hall

9:00am PDT

Innovation in Community Solar: Using Public/Private Partnerships to Benefit Low Income Subscribers
Moderators
avatar for Damien Hall

Damien Hall

Ball Janik, LLP
Damien Hall is Ball Janik LLP’s Chair of the Land Use and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. Hall represents both property owners and local governments, helping them navigate Oregon’s unique land use requirements and political sensitivities to controlled growth and land development... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carly Sellers

Carly Sellers

Program Manager, Oregon Shines
Carly Sellers is the Program Manager for Oregon Shines, a Portland based subscriber acquisition and management company focused on Oregon's Community Solar Program. Carly works to build a strong, connected subscriber base for the community solar projects represented by Oregon Shines... Read More →
avatar for Sherrie Villmark

Sherrie Villmark

Program Director, Community Energy Project
avatar for Stephania Fregosi

Stephania Fregosi

Portland Community College


Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Sunbow Auditorium
  • about Damien Hall is Ball Janik LLP’s Chair of the Land Use and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. Hall represents both property owners and local governments, helping them navigate Oregon’s unique land use requirements and political sensitivities to controlled growth and land development. Mr. Hall’s approach is based on working collaboratively with developers, local government, and communities to establish common objectives and allow clients to achieve their development goals. His practice is focused on urban redevelopment and utility scale renewable energy project siting. In addition to his land use practice, Mr. Hall regularly assists clients with real estate transactions, natural resources law, municipal law, and formation and organization of business entities. Mr. Hall was recognized in 2016 by&nbsp;<em>Portland Business Journal</em> as a member of its esteemed “Forty Under 40.”

9:00am PDT

How I Increased Referrals by 344%
For solar installers, referrals are the most cost effective way to get new customers. Here’s the catch: about eighty-three percent of satisfied customers are willing to give a referral, but only twenty-nine percent actually do. That’s a huge gap. This session outlines a three-step program that solar installers can use to close the gap and dramatically increase referrals. When I implemented the program for one of my clients, their referrals swelled by 344%, or about seven percent every month, for twenty-four consecutive months.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Hoelzer

Bill Hoelzer

Principal, Volta Marketing
Bill Hoelzer runs Volta Strategies, a mission-driven marketing partner for solar and energy efficiency contractors. Before Volta, he managed marketing for GreenSavers, a five-time ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year. Hoelzer increased sales appointments for GreenSavers by 635% - an... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Solar Flare

9:00am PDT

New Sales Techniques For A Mature Solar Industry
In this presentation, Folsom Labs will share best sales practices for ethical solar proposals, based on dozens of customer interviews from a variety of U.S. states. The presentation will showcase the ways that well-intentioned sales managers can get themselves into trouble and will provide specific templates and best practices. 

Speakers
avatar for Evan Sarkisian

Evan Sarkisian

Director of Sales & Marketing, Folsom Labs
Evan Sarkisian is Director of Sales & Marketing at Folsom Labs. He owns customer success, support workload balancing, and revenue growth. Before joining Folsom Labs, Evan was a key contributor to the success of the SolarEdge IPO, with the highest revenue share of any global sales... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Solar Beam

9:00am PDT

Load management for whole-home battery backup
Rooftop solar is a technology that promises to power homes with clean, renewable sunshine AND save money. However, solar alone cannot power a home during a grid outage, leaving the solar customer vulnerable when the grid goes down. System owners have turned to energy storage to overcome these challenges. Although solar + storage systems are becoming more powerful, most energy storage systems are only capable of powering a couple of appliances for a few hours during a power outage, and powering the whole home requires a prohibitively expensive multi-battery installation. In this webinar, learn how to design a cost effective solar + storage system for whole home backup power using load management technology.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Surman

Craig Surman

Market Development Manager, Generac
Craig Surman is the Market Development Manager at Generac for the North West Region.  Craig has held many roles within Solar, from kitchen table sales to growing his own company. For the past few years he has worked with power conversion manufactures such as SolarEdge and now Generac... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Electron

9:00am PDT

The Benefits of Shared Rail Racking Systems
NABCEP accredited presentation from Everest. This course will overview how to successfully mount to various roof types with truly engineered products from Everest Solar Systems. Standard dual rail and shared rail options for both residential and commercial will be covered. New product introductions! 

Speakers
avatar for Johan Alfsen

Johan Alfsen

Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Everest Solar Systems
Johan has over 15 years of experience in the solar industry with installation, product development, technical training, codes & best practices. His presentations are highly engaging and geared to provide technical installation solutions, best practices, and product selection.



Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Voltage

10:00am PDT

Networking in Expo Hall
Thursday October 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Expo Hall

10:30am PDT

Legislative Keynote with Tina Kotek

Speaker Tina Kotek will address attendees regarding the Oregon Legislature's accomplishments and future plans.  She will take questions from the audience after her speech. 

Speakers
avatar for Tina Kotek

Tina Kotek

House Speaker, State of Oregon House of Representatives
Tina Kotek is the longest-serving Speaker of the House in Oregon history and the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation. Speaker Kotek has been a longtime champion of combating climate change, and increasing access to housing and health care for all Oregonians... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

11:00am PDT

An Introduction to Virtual Power Plants
Utilities across the country are beginning to tap into hundreds, sometimes thousands, of devices in homes and businesses to create virtual power plants (VPP). These VPPs can deliver many of the same services as traditional power plants but they’re power by distributed resources, including water heaters, smart thermostats, and, increasingly, solar and battery storage. This session will cover the basics of what a virtual power plant is and how it can create value for both utilities and customers, with examples from real-world programs.

Presenters will include the software company Virtual Peaker and Portland General Electric (PGE). PGE recently launched a new VPP pilot program that will incentivize the installation of more than 500 residential battery storage systems, representing up to four megawatts of energy.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Burkhardt

Audrey Burkhardt

Product Manager of Energy Storage & Resiliency, Portland General Electric
Audrey Burkhardt is a Product Manager of Energy Storage & Resiliency for Portland General Electric, and works on the utility’s battery energy storage and demand response efforts. Audrey has been in the energy industry for over ten years, with experience spanning the electric and... Read More →
avatar for Shadea Mitchell

Shadea Mitchell

Head of Client Services, Virtual Peaker
Shadea Mitchell is the Head of Client Success for Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based software provider that is helping realize the utility of the future through harnessing distributed energy resources. She ensures clients have support, training, and guidance to use Virtual Peaker's software... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Solar Beam

11:00am PDT

Grids of the Future - New Technologies and Better Planning
Technology and business model innovation in the energy sector is moving with blinding speed across the globe. Virtual Power Plants, Transactive Energy, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Decarbonization as a Service.... Learn what’s really behind the buzzwords and how technology and new business models enabled by distributed renewables are disrupting business as usual in the energy industry and offer a path to a more resilient, efficient and competitive electricity sector across Oregon. 

Moderators
avatar for Max Greene

Max Greene

Regulatory & Policy Director, Renewable Northwest
Max Greene is Renewable Northwest’s Regulatory & Policy Director. He works on matters ranging from resource planning to renewable-energy siting, all with a goal of decarbonizing the northwest. Previously Max worked as a staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation in Providence... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Barhman

Tanya Barhman

CEO & founder, Community Energy Labs
Tanya’s leadership track record spans 20 years as an industry innovator and managing executive. She’s managed complex energy technology projects and programs, including the oversight and management of multidisciplinary project teams, subcontracting and drafting of partnership... Read More →
avatar for Ed Smeloff

Ed Smeloff

Director of Grid Integration, Vote Solar
Ed is on Vote Solar's regulatory team working to transform the electric power system to be cleaner, smarter and more durable by integrating solar power and other clean energy technologies at all scales from rooftop to the utility-scale power plant. Vote Solar is involved in regulatory... Read More →
avatar for Frederick Harris

Frederick Harris

Manager, Distribution Planning, Portland General Electric
Derrick Harris is an Oregon native who grew up in the NE Portland area.  He earned his degree in electrical engineering at Oregon State University in 2000.  From there, he began his career at Portland General Electric as a Distribution Engineer for primarily the downtown core secondary... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

11:00am PDT

Resi storage for 2020 and beyond!
Do you think homeowners will get scared away by home battery complexity and price?  Times are changing!  With more frequent grid outages, new incentives, new products, and increased demand for resiliency in the face of changing climate, now’s the time to wrap your head around home energy storage products.  Get charged up with the info you need at today’s talk.

Speakers
avatar for Mike August

Mike August

Manager at CED Greentech Portland & Bend, CED Greentech
Mike August is the manager of CED Greentech's Portland and Bend, Oregon locations.  Mike has 15 years of experience in the PV and battery industry, has solar and batteries on his own SE Portland home, and enjoys getting down and nerdy when talking about anything renewable energy... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Electron

11:00am PDT

Learn the Latest innovations in Solar Mounting Systems
This training is ideal for solar professionals who want to learn the new solar mounting technology in the industry.  Brandon Gwinner of SunModo will share SunModo’s latest solar mounting innovations to help you complete more installations in less time.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Mumma

Steve Mumma

General Manager, SunModo
Steve is the General Manager of SunModo. He is passionate about working with the SunModo team to constantly innovate and improve products to drive down the installed cost of solar. He is determined to make the customer experience for the distributors and installers that work with... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Voltage

12:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

A Guide to Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Small Business Owners (No Technical Skill Needed)
Local Search Engine Optimization (Local SEO) is imperative for small business owners. All of your local SEO efforts should be targeted towards building relevance and prominence on Google. Follow the 7 steps in this course and dominate local search results.

Topics
  • What is Local SEO?
  • Why Small Businesses Need Local SEO?
  • What is Local Pack and Why Bother
  • Seven Steps to Start Ranking Locally
  • Tracking your results
Questions are allowed to be asked at any time.

View Presentation Here

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Presented by muON Marketing

Learn More: Is SEO for Solar Companies Worth It?

Speakers
avatar for Adam Walters

Adam Walters

Founder, Muon Marketing
Adam Walters has 5+ years of working in and around the solar industry. Over the years, he has helped multiple solar companies gain a better understanding of the value and importance of Local SEO driving up sales.



Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Solar Flare

1:00pm PDT

Commercial New Construction ​Early Engagement Strategies
Energy Trust of Oregon’s New Buildings program can help connect design teams and solar trade allies early in the design process of commercial buildings. Energy Trust Outreach Manager Robert Doughtie and Outreach Coordinator Connor O’Brien will share the many ways the program can support solar trade allies working on commercial new construction or major renovation projects.

Speakers
avatar for Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien

Outreach Coordinator - New Buildings, Energy Trust of Oregon
Connor uses his experience to promote solar installation and solar-ready design in the commercial sector across the state. He is committed to integrating solar early in the design phase and enjoys engaging with various solar partners.
avatar for Robert Doughtie

Robert Doughtie

Outreach Manager - New Buildings, Energy Trust of Oregon
With a background in energy efficiency and solar, Rob supports commercial projects in Central Oregon and solar outreach efforts throughout Oregon to help bring solar into the forefront of commercial design discussions.



Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Solar Beam

1:00pm PDT

Increasing Access to Solar
New exciting programs in Oregon seek to address the current inequity in acces to solar.  Hear about opportunities in Oregon to increase access to solar including Community Solar, the Portland Clean Energy Fund, and Power to the People PDX.

Speakers
avatar for Oriana Magnera

Oriana Magnera

Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator, Verde
As Verde’s Energy and Climate Policy Coordinator, Oriana leads Verde’s work on energy and climate policy. Her background includes a focus on deepening organizational commitment and engagement with environmental justice and issues for low-income and marginalized communities in... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl L. Roberts

Cheryl L. Roberts

Executive Director, African American Alliance for Homeownership
Cheryl L. Chandler-Roberts is the Executive Director and a founding member of the African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH), a non-profit 501(c) 3, HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Roberts has worked in the non-profit housing arena for over... Read More →
avatar for Heather Moline

Heather Moline

Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
I'm a policy analyst and advocate with a background in international development, popular education, faith-based and racial justice organizing. Before NW Energy Coalition, I worked for Renewable Northwest, and received a master’s in policy analysis from Oregon State. I'm interested... Read More →
avatar for Ranfis Villatoro

Ranfis Villatoro

Portland Clean Energy Fund
Ranfis Villatoro is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Bluegreen Alliance where he works with labor and environmental organizations to advance climate solutions and create quality jobs. Ranfis has also worked as a community organizer for Latino/immigrant rights advocacy organizations... Read More →
avatar for Janet  Hammer

Janet Hammer

Portland Clean Energy Fund Start-up Team, City of Portland



Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

1:00pm PDT

SimpliPhi I.Q. Advanced Training Module: Understanding Charge, Discharge and State of Charge
Join SimpliPhi for an advanced I.Q. training module to explore best practices related to charging, discharging and state of charge. Beyond SimpliPhi’s basic set point recommendations, learn how you can use advanced operations and charge settings to align with modes of operation to help your customer achieve precisely the energy storage system performance they are seeking. 

Speakers
avatar for Troy Daniels

Troy Daniels

Technical Services Manager, Simpliphi
As Technical Services Manager, Troy works with the company’s distribution partners, installers and end customers to ensure every SimpliPhi system is installed and commissioned to the highest quality standards. In this role, he and the technical team deliver SimpliPhi trainings worldwide... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Electron

1:00pm PDT

Structural Solutions for Solar on Flat Roofs: Ballasted, Attached or Hybrid
IronRidge presents some of the key challenges and considerations when dealing with flat roofs, especially smaller ones, and how to choose between a ballasted, attached or hybrid approach. Topics Covered: Building codes for flat roofs, planning your solar array, structural options, building a proposal, and designing a system using BX Design Assistant.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Haeme

Jon Haeme

Senior Technical Product Support Representative, IronRidge
Jon Haeme is a Sr. Technical Support Representative at IronRidge where he supports customer training, application engineering and product support.



Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Voltage

2:00pm PDT

Networking in Expo Hall
Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Expo Hall

2:30pm PDT

Demystifying Digital Marketing: What Tactics Work for Solar and How Much Should You Be Spending
Digital marketing has taken on new importance for solar contractors as Covid has shut down many in-person marketing channels, like events and door-to-door. In this session, Energy Circle’s Founder and CEO, Peter Troast, will bring clarity to the rapidly-paced digital marketing landscape, and show you simple ways to take advantage of digital marketing tools, and how to calculate your ideal marketing spend to ensure ROI within industry standards.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Troast

Peter Troast

CEO, Energy Circle
Peter Troast is the Founder and CEO of Energy Circle, a team of digital marketing experts and strategists who work with over 350 HVAC, solar, insulation, and home performance companies in 49 states to grow their business through services like website design and development, search... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Solar Flare

2:30pm PDT

Net Zero Incentives and Solar Referrals: How to Leverage Energy Trust's Residential New Construction Offerings
Energy Trust of Oregon has multiple new offerings to facilitate the installation of solar on residential new construction projects: net zero, Solar EDAs, and a solar referral process. During this presentation you will learn what it takes to qualify for these incentives and how Energy Trust can support you in working with builders to integrate solar, solar ready and solar + storage ready on new homes.

Speakers
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Matthew Mills

Solar Outreach Coordinator, Energy Trust of Oregon



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Solar Beam

2:30pm PDT

What's new in Oregon and Washington State Policy
Oregon and Washington had short but intense legislative sessions this year.  Come hear what happened - and what didn't happen - at the Legislatures.  You'll also hear about Oregon's Climate Executive Order and its impact on solar.

Moderators
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Shannon Souza, P.E.

Founder, Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC
Based in Coos Bay, Shannon supports strategic growth, responsible development, and sustainable living by serving as OSEIA’s Policy Chair, on Gov. Brown’s Resilience Mitigation Activity Council, Board Member for the Professional Engineers of Oregon, Executive Director of Oregon... Read More →

Speakers
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John Hobbs

Project Development Officer, Oregon Department of Energy
John Hobbs is a Project Development Officer with Oregon Department of Energy. Mr. Hobbs administers the agency’s energy incentive programs including the Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program and the Small-Scale Energy Loan Program. Prior to joining the department, Mr. Hobbs worked... Read More →
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Angela Crowley-Koch

Executive Director, OSEIA
Angela Crowley-Koch has spent the last two decades in public policy and advocacy.  Previously the Legislative Director at Oregon Environmental Council, her work was instrumental in passing the Toxic-Free Kids Act, renewing the Clean Fuels Program and getting coal out of Oregon's... Read More →
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Joni Bosh

Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
Joni leads the Coalition’s efforts in Washington state.  She moved to Washington from Arizona in 2013, where she worked in the solar industry and most recently with Arizona State University’s Global Institute on Sustainability.  Besides working as an activist on public lands... Read More →
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Rob Del Mar

Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Rob Del Mar is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy.  He is responsible for evaluating policies relating to distributed renewable energy projects in Oregon and is currently involved with development of the New Energy Resilience for Oregon Communities program... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Sunbow Auditorium

2:30pm PDT

Best Practices for Metal Rooftop Solar Installation
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, metal roofing materials have seen a healthy increase in popularity in recent years. They’re well liked for their fire-resistance and durability. But if you’re also wanting to mount solar panels on them, metal roofs present unique challenges in installation process.

Join this session to learn best practices for managing metal rooftop solar installation. Topics covered will include rolled roofing type installations as well as standing seam roofs.  In addition we will cover insulated metal roofs and the challenges involved with variable thickness insulations and anchoring to Q deck sub-roofs. Following the presentation we will hold a Q&A session.

Speakers
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Cliff Schrock

Solar Guru
Cliff has designed and supervised the installation of over 130 solar systems since 2002 ranging in size from 2-3 KW residential Grid-tie PV systems, residential hot water systems to large commercial systems, including the Pocono Raceway 3 MW design and the PSEG 1.3 MW rooftop systems... Read More →


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