ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 6-8, 2018 in Pasadena, California

ESNA Solar+Storage Summit Regional Event


​ESNA Solar+Storage Summit

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Energy Storage North America’s Solar+Storage Summit is a one-day, hands-on deep dive into market opportunities for solar+storage in California, the first program of its kind, specifically targeted toward the solar installer and integrator community. Highlights of the summit include a review of global energy storage trends, and the resulting impacts to both in-front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter solar value propositions. The business case for innovative commercial/industrial and residential solar+storage projects will be addressed, along with hands-on practical advice for how installers and integrators can incorporate storage into future solar projects from a sales, system design, procurement, and asset management perspective.

​California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman, the assigned commissioner for renewables, storage and alternative-fueled vehicles, will address the role of solar+storage for California’s clean energy future. Produced jointly by experts on grid storage and solar, Strategen and Energy Storage International, ESNA’s Solar+Storage Summit provides solar installers and integrators with essential insight for how to successfully engage in California’s large and rapidly evolving clean energy marketplace going forward.

​Keynote Speakers

Commissioner Carla J. Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Logan Goldie-Scot
Head of Energy Storage Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
Chelle Izzi
Executive Director Distributed Energy Resources, NextEra Energy Resources


8:00-8:10am Welcome
Janice Lin, ESNA Co-Founder and Conference Chair
8:10-9:00am Keynote Panel: Global Energy Storage Update​
This session will explore the global energy storage drivers, trends, applications and solutions being deployed, covering both in-front-of-the-meter and behind the meter applications, and implications for solar+storage opportunities.
Janice Lin, ESNA Co-Founder and Conference Chair, CEO Strategen (moderator)
Logan Goldie-Scot, Head of Energy Storage Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
Chelle Izzi, Executive Director Distributed Energy Resources, NextEra Energy Resources
9:00-9:30am Keynote Presentation: California’s Clean Energy Future: The Role of Solar, Storage and Alternative Fueled Vehicles
This session will explore the historic context of why California is leading the world in grid storage and elaborate on current developments. The role of energy storage, renewables and the electrification of transportation in achieving California’s clean energy future will be explained, including what this will mean for solar+storage opportunities going forward. 
Janice Lin, ESNA Co-Founder and Conference Chair, CEO Strategen (moderator)
Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Assigned commissioner to energy storage, renewables and alternative fueled vehicles
9:30-11:00am Coffee and SEIA TOU Tariff Design Presentation in Expo
11:00-11:30am Business Case and Value Proposition for Behind-the-Meter C&I Solar+Storage Applications in California
This session will present commercially-deployed examples of the value proposition of commercial & industrial solar+storage applications, including demand charge/bill management, and aggregated wholesale and utility contracted grid services. 
Alex Morris, Policy Director, CESA; VP Strategen (moderator)
Vic Shao, Founder and Chairman of Engie Storage
11:30am-12:00pm Business Case and Value Proposition for Behind-the-Meter Residential Solar+Storage in California
This session will present commercially-deployed examples of the value proposition of residential solar+storage applications, including rate design impacts and implications of EV charging and emergency backup capabilities.
Alex Morris, Policy Director, CESA; VP Strategen (moderator)
Poormehr Honarmand, Director of Product Management Energy Services Platform at Sun Run
Colin Law, Director of Sales and Marketing for Energy Services, Sun Run
12:00pm-12:30pm Business Case and Value Proposition for Low Income and Multi Family Solar+Storage Applications in California
This session will provide an overview of the challenges of deploying solar+storage at low income and multi family residences, and how newly proposed utility incentive programs pursuant to AB 2868 may alleviate these challenges and help encourage deployment.
Seth Mullendore, Vice President at Clean Energy Group (moderator)
Maya Bandy, Residential Customer Program Manager at SDG&E
Javier Mariscal, Senior Advisor on the Customer Distributed Resource Products at Southern California Edison
12:30-1:30pm  Lunch break in Expo
1:30-2:30pm Solar+Storage System Design (C&I and Residential): How to Optimize PV, Inverter and Storage Capacity to create a compelling value proposition.
This mini-workshop will provide practical guidance on how to size the inverter and storage solution for a variety of real world use cases (microgrid, C&I demand charge management, residential with backup), including the role of software optimization and implications to the customer value proposition
Peter Hamilton, Principal at Better Energies (moderator)
Doug Staker, VP Global Business Development at Demand Energy Networks/ENEL
Barry Cinnamon, CEO Cinnamon Energy Systems
Jennifer Worrall, CEO at Iteros, Inc.
2:30-3:30pm Solar+Storage Procurement (C&I and Residential): How to Buy, Finance and Own Storage – Evaluating and Communicating the True Cost of Ownership
This mini workshop will provide practical guidance on how to procure energy storage as a solar installer; including how to evaluate storage solutions, finance them, manage them, evaluate total cost of ownership… and communicate this to customers!
Steve Holman, Founding Attorney, Clean Energy Counsel (moderator)
David Kaltsas, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Operations & Investment at GAF
Kim Saylors-Laster, Chief Procurement Officer and Executive Vice President at Black Bear Energy Inc.
Dirk Morbitzer, Director Strategic Sourcing, Sunrun, Inc.
3:30-4:00pm Coffee break in Expo
4:00-4:30pm How to Succeed in the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
California’s Self Generation Incentive Program, the largest program of its kind in the world, provides commercialization incentives for behind-the-meter energy storage. This session will provide practical tips for accessing storage incentives for residential and C&I applications, as well as an overview of participation statistics to date, and an update on reforms currently underway.
Alex Morris, Policy Director, CESA; VP Strategen (moderator)
Andrea Woodall, Project Manager at Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
4:30-5:30pm Commercially-Available BTM Solutions Panel
This session will provide quick, five-minute overviews from an array of commercially-available storage solution providers; covering both C&I and residential applications, and an opportunity for real-time Q&A.
Janice Lin (moderator)
Ralph Fallant, Sales Director at Storage Solutions at Nextracker
Doug Staker, Vice President, Demand Energy An Enel Group Company
Caleb Waugh, Head of Business Analytics, Lockheed Martin
John Buchanan, Director of Services & Solutions, North America at Ecoult
Brent Harris, Chief Technology Officer at Eguana Technologies
5:00-6:00pm  Sponsored Reception in Expo
6:30-9:00pm Party at Barley Mash (optional)

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About Energy Storage North America
Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event covering all applications of grid storage in North America. ESNA is produced by Strategen Consulting and Messe Dusseldorf North America, and is part of the larger World of Energy Storage events happening in Europe, India, China and Japan. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. 
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