Solar Policy Conference

Solar Energy Policies And Opportunities: Half-day conference

Featuring "TOPs" & "POPs" briefs:

A series of fast-paced Technology Opportunity Presentations and Policy Option Presentations from people involved first hand in efforts to establish and grow the solar energy industry on Long Island, including industry leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, utility representatives, advocates and policy makers.

An overarching vision for the conference is to establish Long Island as a national leader in installing solar energy.

Solar energy is already a success story on Long Island with a growing number of installers adding solar to over 5,000 homes and with the award-winning, large-scale solar project at BNL, and the 4 recently constructed Suffolk parking lot solar carports. Now the goal is build upon that success and substantially scale-up the industry; creating jobs, reducing air pollution, fighting global warming and promoting energy independence. Major opportunities for policy changes that will be discussed at the event include feed-in-tariffs, S-RECs, and fast-track solar permits, among others.


Opening Comments:

Technology and Policy Presentations: Facilitator Joye Brown, Newsday

TOPs: (Technology Opportunity Presentations)

1.  Combining Solar Charging Stations & Electric Cars

Greg Banhazl, Director of Business Development, NYIT
Ed Olsen, Sales Representative, EmPower Solar

2.  Solar Farm on Closed Landfills, the Regulatory Perspective

Syed H Rahman, Regional Materials Management Engineer, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Materials Management, Region One

3. Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) & Solar Evolution, Inc.

David C Hamilton, Director of Business Development, CEBIP
Chris Mattei, Founder and CEO, Solar Evolution, Inc.

4. Solar Energy Research at BNL

POPs: (Policy Option Presentations)

1.  Residential Solar Fast Track Permit

David Calone, Chair, Suffolk County Planning Commission

2.  New York State Solar Jobs Act; S-RECs

Sail Van Nostrand, Chairman
, LISEIA (Long Island Solar Energy Industry Association), VP NYSEIA (New York Solar Energy Industry Association), CEO, Energy By Choice

3.  Commercial Solar Challenges: Utility Interconnection Requirements 

Gregory Sachs, COO, EmPower Solar
Carl Williams, Lead Engineer, LIPA Power Asset Management

4.  Solar Growth Opportunities: Financing Options & Remote Net Metering

David Schieren, CEO, EmPower Solar
John Little, Director of Regulatory Rates and Pricing, LIPA

5.  Is FIT (Feed-in-Tariff) a Good Fit for Long Island? 

Gordian Raacke, Founder and Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI)
Neal Lewis, Executive Director, The Sustainability Institute

Lunch Panel: How Technology & Policy Can Advance Solar Opportunities:

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