Presenters: Eric Paul, Analyst, AltaTerra Research
Jeffery Wolfe, CEO, groSolar
Matt Horowitz, Government Affairs Manager, Solar Energy Industry Association
For most companies and organizations considering rooftop or other on-site solar in the U.S. today, government economic incentives strongly influence when, how, and whether or not to "go solar" at a particular facility. For solar product and service providers, the state and federal policy environment is crucial to determining which markets will be the most active.
In California and New Jersey, advantageous policies have stimulated the creation of the two largest solar markets in the United States. Now other states are beginning to follow suit--including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina.
In this online briefing, Eric Paul, analyst at AltaTerra Research, opens the session with an overview and outlook for federal and state support for distributed renewable energysystems. Jeff Wolfe, chair of the Photovoltaics (PV) division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and CEO of groSolar, provides a perspective on how commercial, institutional, and industrial customers evaluate solar project opportunities. As head of one of North America's oldest and most geographically diversified solar energy distributors and installers, Mr. Wolfe has unique insight into how customers are actually deploying solar energy systems and which policies have been the most effective at stimulating the market.Mr. Wolfe will be joined by a speaker from SEIA's Government Affairs division discussing the current state of play and legislative agenda in Washington.
You will learn:
- What types of policies have been the most effective at encouraging the adoption of distributed solar energy systems and where similar markets are emerging today.
- How solar incentives and policies have recently changed and what changes can be expected in 2011 and beyond.
- What commercial, institutional, and industrial customers need to know about incentives and policies before installing a solar energy system.
- Overview of federal, state, and selected local policies
- Comparison of different policies and financial incentives
- Renewable energy credits / Renewable energy portfolio standards
- Performance-based incentives
- Feed-in tariffs / Standard offers
- Renewable portfolio standards
- Renewable energy rebate programs
- Tax credits
- Net metering
Who Should Attend
- Clean technology policy and business professionals
- Facilities, energy, and sustainability managers
- Organizations considering adoption of a renewable energy system
- Clean technology manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors
- Clean technology contractors and installers
- Clean technology project developers
- Regulatory and PR staffers
- Financial and investment groups
- Legal staff and compliance officers
- Municipal officials
- Policy-oriented nonprofits, environmental organizations, educational institutes, and governmental bodies
About the Presenters
Jeffery Wolfe is cofounder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of directors of groSolar. A recognized leader in the solar energy industry and a leading voice on solar energy policy throughout the U.S., Jeff is in charge of strategy, commercial sales, M&A, and PV procurement for groSolar. Under his direction, groSolar has become the largest 100% U.S.-owned distributor of solar equipment and systems and a large commercial systems provider. Prior to forming groSolar, Jeff was a partner in Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Jeff is the elected chair of the Photovoltaic (PV) Division of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). He also serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory. Jeff holds a BSME from Cornell University.
Matt Horowitz is manager of government affairs at the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), where he focuses on international commerce and trade, domestic content and local sourcing requirements, appropriations, and the clean energy standard (CES). In past Congresses he was part of SEIA's tax advocacy team.
Before joining SEIA, Matt worked for 7 years on Capitol Hill, serving as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) and as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (NV-01) where, in addition to energy issues, he focused on national security and foreign policy. He has also served as the Targeting Director and Field Director for several Congressional Campaign. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Eric PaulEric Paul is an AltaTerra Research analyst specializing in clean energy markets and industries, where he has contributed to consulting engagements with solar industry clients on market-facing projects and recently published the report "Utility Solar: U.S. Market Takes Off" as co-author. Prior to joining AltaTerra, Eric worked for the Business Environmental Alliance in Sonoma County, assisting a wide variety of companies with implementation of sustainable business practices. Eric holds a degree in economics from Carleton College.
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On-site Distributed vs. Large Centralized
On-site Policies and Incentives
Direct Cash Incentives
Renewable Portfolio Standards
Power Purchase Agreements
Market Growth and Solar Policies
Bid or Negotiate?
Speed of Change
US Solar Market: The View from Washington
World's Largest Solar Markets
Solar Trade Assessment
Solar Ready to Go Big
Estimated Solar Industry "Revenue"
Annual Growth of US Solar Electric Capacity Additions
PV Installations in 2010
Trends in PV System Prices
Solar Water Heating Growth
US States with more than 10 MW of PV Installations
PV Manufacturing Across the Country