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MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar

Registration is very limited.  Use this link to snap up the few remaining spots!

MnSEIA is proud to announce the third annual "MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar" Conference, in Minneapolis on November 15th & 16th, 2016. The conference will highlight Minnesota’s solar explosion. We will also address the industry’s future challenges and discuss how we can make solar more successful in the years to come. This two-day working conference will bring together solar industry practitioners from all over the country.

Last year our conference focused on implementation challenges from our 2013 Minnesota legislation and how our industry could overcome them. Now with the extension of the Investment Tax Credit the challenges have shifted from “how to maximize the Megawatts of solar in Minnesota with ITC expiration” to “how do we build all of the solar currently in the Minnesota solar pipeline?”  

Like last year, installers, financiers, developers, distributors, manufacturers, job trainers, trade unions, utilities and government agencies will hold key topical sessions for our national audience. We will have several networking opportunities and thought-provoking keynote speakers.  Our perspective and real time players at the edge of developing several market segments will share lessons from Minnesota.

Last year we had 300+ attendees and 45 sponsors. But because the solar industry has expanded and we had such great reviews from our first two conferences, we expect that our conference will grow considerably. Now is your chance to get involved early with the premiere solar event of the year.

Please use this link to book a room at the host hotel.  

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Event Details

When:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:30am to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where:
Hilton - Aiport/Mall of America

Event Contact

Contact:
Jessica Ward-Denison, Event Coordinator

Session Descriptions

Opening Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 8:15am
Welcome by John Kearney, Executive Director of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association Minnesota Welcome - Mike Rothman, Commissioner, MN Department of Commerce Keynote Address: Tina Smith, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor - "A Call to Action, Minnesota's Clean Energy Future" Ballrooms I, II and III
COMMUNITY SOLAR GARDENS: MEETING THE BUILDOUT CHALLENGES
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:45am
Moderator: Phyllis Reha, PAR Energy Solutions Panelists: Kerry Klemm, Xcel Energy; Ross Abbey, Bright Green Consulting; Eric Passi, Innovative Power Systems; Jean-Paul LaMarche, SunShare
IMPLEMENTING SOLAR IN MN: A MULTI-AGENCY ROUNDTABLE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:45am
Panelists: Bill Grant, MN Dept of Commerce; Dean Hunter, MN Dept of Labor & Industry; Kari Howe, MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development
PRESENTING ENTERPRISE MINNESOTA: THE VOICE OF MN MANUFACTURING
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:45am
Introduction: Paul Ebnet, Straub Design Presenter: Bob Kill, Enterprise MN
OPTIMIZING YOUR BUSINESS WITH SOLAREDGE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:45am
NABCEP Credits Available
CONTRASTING CA & NY APPROACHES TO GRID INTEGRATION FOR HIGH LEVEL OF DISTRIBUTED SOLAR; IMPLICATIONS FOR MN?
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:45am
Presenters: Rick Umoff, Solar Energy Industries Association; Bernadette Del Chiaro, California Solar Energy Industries Association
MINNESOTA ENERGY POLICY: PUTTING CLEAN ENERGY FIRST
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:45am
Joe Sullivan, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE); Michael Noble, Fresh Energy; Anthony Newby, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
MADE IN MINNESOTA: APPLICATION CHANGES AND PROPOSED RULES
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:45am
Presenters: Kim Havey, MN Dept of Commerce & Michelle Gransee, MN Dept of Commerce
THE POLLINATOR PALOOZA: A LOOK INTO THE POLLINATOR PLEDGE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:45am
Presenters: Rob Davis, Fresh Energy; Ron Bowen, Prairie Restorations; Joe Schaffer, MN Native Landscapes; Laura Caspari, SoCore
LUNCH SESSION -- THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF USA SOLAR
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director, CALSEIA and Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel & Director of State Affairs, SEIA Ballrooms I, II and III
MN IN THE SPOTLIGHT: NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL COMPANY PERSPECTIVES ON MN INVESTMENT
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
Moderator: Jennifer Laidlaw, GP Joule Panelists: Dallas Meyer, Ten K Solar; Torsten Nimtz, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics; Harry Lopes, Solstice
THE 2016 CSEO REPORT (MN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES) & THE ROLE OF SOLAR
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
Presenters: Will Seuffert, MN Environmental Quality Board (MEQB) & Stacy Miller, MN Dept of Commerce
RACKING SUPPLIER SHOWCASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
Moderator: Spencer Havemann, Allied Building Products Panelists: Michael Dunlap, Roof Tech; Amanda Bostelman, AP Alternatives; Dylan Pugh, Patriot; Lester Salinas, Brilliant Rack; Steve Schumacher, Preformed Lined Products; Sasha Hansl, Solar FlexRack
REPORT ON MINNESOTA'S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GRANTS FOR INCREASING SOLAR INSTALLATIONS
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
Presenters: Kim Havey, MN Dept of Commerce; Lissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
PACE: NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN MN COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PV
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:45pm
Presenters: Peter Klein, St. Paul Port Authority; Julie Padilla, Renovate America
INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLANS, EMPHASIZING SOLAR DEPLOYMENT, FROM XCEL, MN POWER, AND OTTER TAIL
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:45pm
Presenters: P.J. Martin, Xcel Energy; Paul Helstrom, Minnesota Power; Brian Draxten, Otter Tail Power Company
INVERTER SUPPLIER SHOWCASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:45pm
Moderator: David Fries, Werner Electric Presenters: Jonathan Helmuth, Solectria; Steven Leidig, Crenlo; Brian Lawrence, Outback Power
ENERGY STORAGE: DEVELOPING THE MIDWESTERN MARKET
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:45pm
Moderator: Phyllis Reha, PAR Energy Solutions Panelists: Christina Andrews, MN Energy Storage Alliance (MESA); Ralph Jacobson, Innovative Power Systems; John Frederick, Energy Storage Consultan
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Sponsored By GameChange Solar Minnesota Made Mashed Potato Bar Sponsored by Innovative Power Systems and Minnesota Farmers Union Ballroom IV/Foyer/Balcony
General Session: Key Forces Driving the Solar Boom: The Market, Policy & Innovation
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 8:15am
KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: Catrina Rorke, R Street Institute and Gretchen Bakke, McGill University Ballrooms I, II, III
UPDATE ON MN SOLAR FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 9:45am
Presenters: Dan Rogers, Ten K Solar; Matt Hankey, New Energy Equity
WHAT WILL MINNESOTA'S GRID MODERNIZATION PLANNING MEAN FOR MN SOLAR?
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 9:45am
Presenters: Rolf Nordstrom, Great Plains Institute; Jenny Edwards, Center for Energy and the Environment; Tricia DeBleecker, MN Public Utilities Commission
THE LATEST IN MN SOLAR ELECTRICAL COMPLIANCE: LICENSING, PERMITS & INSPECTIONS
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 9:45am
Moderator: Randy Moberg, Werner Electric Presenter: Dean Hunter, MN Dept of Labor & Industry Panelists: Ralph Jacobson, Innovative Power Systems; Brandon Denne, Blattner Energy
HIGHLIGHTING AND DEVELOPING SOLAR FRIENDLY CITIES
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 9:45am
Presenters: Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute; Rob Davis, Fresh Energy
Award Presentation and Keynote
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 10:45am
Award Presenter: Lynn Hinkle, Policy Director, MnSEIA Awards Keynote: Karl R. Rábago, Rábago Energy and Executive Director, PACE Energy and Climate Center, Pace Law School MnSEIA Excellence in Policy Development Award Ballroom I, II, III
Awards Luncheon Sponsored by New Energy Equity
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 11:15am
Awards Presenter: Dustin Denison, MnSEIA President MnSEIA Excellence in Solar Implementation Award: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, accepted by Commissioner Ken Peterson MnSEIA Member Company Leadership Award: All Energy Solar, accepted by Michael Allen, CEO All Energy Solar MnSEIA Non-Profit Partner Award: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, accepted by Julia Frost Nerbonne MnSEIA Committee Member Award: Ross Abbey, Bright Green Consulting CERTS and MnSEIA Solar Video Contest: Presented by Dan Theide, MN CERTS MnSEIA Ralph Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award: Darryl Thayer, Solar Educator, Presented by Ralph Jacobson, Owner Innovative Power Systems Ballroom I, II, III
COOPS & MUNIS: FIGURING OUT FEES
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Panelists: Allen Gleckner, Fresh Energy; Kevin Lee, MN Center for Environmental Advocacy; Amy Heart, The Alliance for Solar Choice
SITING CHALLENGES FOR LARGE SCALE SOLAR
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
Moderator: Sara Bergan, Stoel Rives Panelists: Michelle Medina, MN Farmer's Union; Eric Hansen, Westwood; Steve Hansen, Mortenson; Jason Oberg, Blattner; Chase Whittney, Community Energy
ENTERING THE SOLAR MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN: A HOW TO
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
Presenter: Dale Reckman, Clean Energy Manufacturing Center; John Shoffner, MN Dept. Of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
TEN K SOLAR PRESENTS: MAXIMIZING PROJECT ECONOMICS FOR COMMERCIAL FLAT ROOFS
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
Presenter: Dan Rogers, Ten K Solar
MICRO-GRIDS FOR ENERGY SECURITY
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:15pm
Presenters: Gretchen Bakke, McGill University; Massoud Amin, University of MN
LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES FOR MN SOLAR
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:15pm
Panelists: Senator John Marty; Paula Sunde, Senator Franken's Office; David Strom, Conservative Energy Forum; Catrina Rorke, R Street Institute
HOW MANY MEGAWATTS OF COMMUNITY SOLAR GARDENS WILL BE INSTALLED BY 2018? 2019?
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:15pm
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Presenters: Lee Gabler, Xcel Energy; Dean Leischow, Sunrise Energy Ventures; Dan Rogers, Ten K Solar; Joe Devito, Ecoplexus; Kevin Adelman, SoCore
MN MANUFACTURING SUPPLIER ROUNDTABLE
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:15pm
Presenters: Paul Ebnet, Straub Design; Mark Turley, Alexandria Industries; Steven Leidig, Crenlo; John Shoffner, MN Dept. Of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Kaco & MnSEIA Closing Celebration
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:30pm
hors d'oeuvres & libations Ballroom IV

Event Details

When:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:30am to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where:
Hilton - Aiport/Mall of America

Event Contact

Contact:
Jessica Ward-Denison, Event Coordinator

Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors!