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September 10-13, 2017

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV

General Sessions

The General Sessions at SPI celebrate the ever emerging possibilities of the solar industry. High-profile speakers bring future insight into the state of our rapidly evolving business. Attendees will leave General Sessions equipped with the key perspectives they will need as they navigate the “what’s next.”

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Welcome & Opening General Session: Competing and Innovating in a Disruptive Environment

WHEN: Sunday, September 10, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Oceanside A
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

The solar industry is rapidly changing. Hear from one of Harvard Business School’s top professors on how to adapt and grow your business in a disrupted environment. Learn about tactics to develop viable strategies and how to obtain resources that improve your business’ chances for success.

SPEAKERS:


Julia Hamm
President & Chief Executive Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


Abigail Ross Hopper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Rory McDonald
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Technology and Operations Management Unit
Harvard Business School

The ‘Other’ ITC: Perspectives on the Section 201 Filing

WHEN: Monday, September 11, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Oceanside A
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

For years, the solar industry focused on extending the Investment Tax Credit, with a successful deal struck in 2015 to provide a predictable ramp-down of the ITC. Now, however, our industry is focused on the “other” ITC. The solar trade case currently pending at the US International Trade Commission could result in the federal government imposing very high tariffs on imported solar cells and very high minimum prices on imported solar panels, actions that would slam the brakes on the continued growth of the solar industry in the U.S. and endanger the jobs and livelihoods of tens of thousands of American solar workers. Once again, SEIA is leading the fight to defend the American solar industry and the companies and the workers who make it a great American success story. Learn about the latest developments with this important trade case and what it could mean for the solar industry.

SPEAKERS:


Abigail Ross Hopper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Ed Fenster
Executive Chairman
Sunrun


George Hershman
Senior Vice President, General Manager
Swinerton Renewable Energy

The Intersection of Solar and Storage

WHEN: Tuesday, September 12, 8:00 am – 9:00 am
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Oceanside A
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

The installed capacity growth of solar has increased steadily over the last several years. With that growth comes a new challenge facing the industry – how to store the energy produced by solar at a higher capacity. In this session, you will hear from experts who have analyzed the challenge and are working towards developing strong technological partnerships and collaborating to find the best solution.

SPEAKERS:

General Session Sponsor:


Julia Hamm
President & Chief Executive Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


Hugh Bromley
Lead US Solar Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance


David Bywater
Chief Executive Officer,
Vivint Solar


Susan Kennedy
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Microgrid Systems

The Technical Symposium at Solar Power International Keynote Plenary: The Future of Energy

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Oceanside B
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI Full Conference attendees

Join us on Wednesday morning for the Inaugural Keynote Plenary Session for the Technical Symposium at Solar Power International, featuring Vic Abate, SVP & Chief Technology Officer of General Electric. 

Today, exponential technologies are fueling the accelerated penetration of renewable power faster than ever. Vic Abate, SVP and CTO of GE, will discuss the technologies driving rapid change across the energy industry, spurring revolutionary change in how our world generates, consumes and shares power.  Following his address, Vic will participate in an interactive fireside chat with key thought leaders at SEPA and SEIA.

SPEAKERS:


Vic Abate
SVP & Chief Technology Officer
General Electric


Justin Baca
Vice President of Markets & Research
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Tanuj Deora
Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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