Recovery and Resiliency: Solar and Storage Post COVID-19

As decarbonization and sustainability take a more central role in energy, solar power and storage are becoming linchpins of generation portfolios worldwide.Over the past decade solar energy has expanded rapidly as the price per KwH comes down; however, obstacles still remain. Grid reliability and intermittency challenges require integrated solutions, and the continued development of storage provides a pathway where renewables are the fulcrum of a clean energy future.

Over the course of two days, Virtual Solar Storage Fest will dive deep into the most crucial topics surrounding the rapidly evolving spaces of storage and solar to help bridge the gap between the current exploratory period and the clean energy future we are trying to build.

THOUGHT LEADERS

Betsy Glynn

Managing Director, Community Solar
BlueWave Solar

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer
CPS Energy

Debbie Brodt-Giles

Group Manager III – Data Science
NREL

Angel Lance

Founder
Motive Power

AGENDA

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

11:15 AM- 12:00PM | Key Tech and Trends Shaping the Next Decade of Solar and Storage Development

The 2020s were poised to be the decade that the clean energy transition hit the accelerator. Has COVID-19 stopped, paused, or highlighted the opportunity inexpensive solar and storage has in transforming the energy industry? A panel of experts looks at how key technologies and trends such as PPAs, community solar, DERMs, and tax-credits are impacting solar and storage development.

1:00PM – 1:30 PM | Power of Regional Innovation Hubs to Usher in a Clean Energy Future

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; rather it’s better served by collaboration and diversity of thought. Regional hubs offer the benefits of cultural and geographic familiarity with a mix of types of organizations and expertise. This panel will discuss how the power of regional innovation hubs can be harnessed to move us towards a clean energy future.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Just Save it for Later: Batteries for Bulk Power

Intermittency: one of the biggest barriers preventing renewables from displacing traditional centralized generation sources. What if it’s a cloudy day? What if the wind isn’t blowing when demand is high? Traditionally, this is where centralized coal-fired and natural gas plants come in to provide reliability for the grid. Recent technological developments in battery storage are solving the intermittency issue and displacing traditional centralized generation. Battery storage is the key to decarbonizing bulk power sources. This panel will discuss the role of batteries in the energy transition and decarbonizing the bulk power system.

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020

11:00 AM- 12:00PM | Expanding Solar to New Markets

We’re often told that solar power is more accessible and cheaper than it has ever been, but cost and accessibility are still obstacles to adoption in many areas. With the threat of climate change already affecting global weather systems, can we really afford to keep denying home solar generation to homeowners and landowners who want to be responsible but can’t handle the price or logistics? In this panel we will discuss how we can continue to remove barriers to home solar and how we can make access to it more equitable.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | The Next Decade of Solar and Storage Innovation

The 2020s were poised to be the decade that the clean energy transition hit the accelerator. Has COVID-19 stopped, paused, or highlighted the opportunity inexpensive solar and storage has in transforming the energy industry?

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Project Spotlight: JFK International Solar+Storage

In November 2019, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that JFK International Airport would be the site of the single largest solar energy project in New York, a project that includes onsite solar generation, battery storage, and a community solar facility. At a time when both resiliency and equity for disadvantaged communities are top of mind across society as a whole, this project highlights the intersection of energy, transportation, and community. This panel will discuss the role utilities and other stakeholders can play in increasing resiliency and leading an inclusive renewable energy transition.

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WHAT MAKES SSF STAND OUT?

Thought-Provoking Speakers


Whether it’s through our premiere executive networking opportunities, or regular breaks designed for connection,  we’re committed to building an intersectional community of talented, devoted people.

Content That Matters


SSF addresses the biggest issues facing the integration of solar and storage technology, including life after ITC in the energy transition, financing the transition, DER opportunities, wholesale and residential approaches to storage, solar and storage policy, innovation, and more. We take pride in curating content that challenges the industry to transcend the status quo and build a better future. From the mainstage to the exhibit hall, SSF delivers the most relevant, thought-provoking information available.

Quality Over Quantity


Whether it’s through our premiere executive networking opportunities, regular breaks designed for connection, or our intimate nighttime receptions, we’re committed to building an intersectional community of talented, devoted people. Unlike other events that cram as many people in as possible, we purposefully cultivate an intimate setting that attracts the right people. Not to mention, we’re serious about providing delicious food and live entertainment because changing the world should be fun!

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