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MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar

MnSEIA just wrapped up the fourth annual "MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar" Conference! Here's some numbers from the event:

2017 Statistics
419 attendees 
48 sponsors 
178 different installers, financiers, developers, distributors,
manufacturers, non-profits, trade unions, 
utilities and government agencies represented
124 speakers
31 educational sessions
14 companies, organizations and individuals were recognized
for their impact on the solar landscape in 2017

Mark your calendars for the 
2018 MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar
November 13 and 14, 2018

Watch for the launch of our new website in the coming weeks!  www.MnSEIA.org

2017 Awards
MnSEIA is pleased to announce the following 2017 MnSEIA Award Recipients 

2017 Ralph Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award 
Stacy Miller, Solar Policy Specialist, MN Department of Commerce

Stacy is a nationally recognized solar policy expert with a unique combination of technical, policy, and business knowledge gained through 15+ years' experience in various aspects of the solar industry. She has co-developed and promoted strategic plans leading to solar market transformation in pursuit of federal, state, and local clean energy policy goals.  Stacy earned a B.S. in Physics from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

Above all Stacy has been an advocate, friend and partner to the solar industry in Minnesota. 

2017 MnSEIA Non-Profit Partner Award Winner
The Clean Energy Resource Teams

The Clean Energy Resource Teams - or CERTS as most energy geeks know them-are a statewide partnership with a mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. They empower communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions. 

 

MnSEIA values the consistent and meaningful work that CERTs does for the industry and Minnesota.
 

2017 MnSEIA Rising Star
Representative Erin Maye Quade, 57A

In her first year in office, Erin Maye-Quade defined herself as a clean energy advocate. Born and raised in Apple Valley, Erin Maye Quade has deep roots in her community and is uniquely qualified to bring our values to the legislature. Before being elected as state representative, Rep. Maye Quade worked in both the public and private sector to help families achieve economic security and get ahead. As a State Representative, Erin is fighting for productive policy change driven by people. Erin is the chief House author of the 50% renewable energy standard and also co-authored both of MnSEIA's 2017 bills. She defended the Made in Minnesota program diligently, lead the opposition against the cooperative fees bill and is already one of the solar industry's strongest advocates.  

MnSEIA values the hardwork and committment that Erin has shown and looks forward to future collaborations. 

2017 MnSEIA Partner Award
Ellen Anderson, Director, University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab

Ellen Anderson has worked diligently over the course of her career to help transition Minnesota's energy system to the future. Ellen served for 18 years as State Senator and also served as Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. She has received numerous awards for her work, for good reason: Ellen's long track record of energy policy leadership in Minnesota led to her co-authorship and passage of Minnesota's leading energy laws, including the Renewable Energy Standard and the Next Generation Energy Act. These laws directly influence and support solar businesses across the state. Ellen continues to educate Minnesotans in her leadership role at the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab (ETL). MnSEIA is a proud member of the ETL's Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA), a focal point for innovative solutions and through leadership on energy storage.

Through this collaboration with Ellen, MnSEIA sees a positive pathway toward Minnesota's energy storage future.  

2017 MnSEIA Member Volunteer Award
Randy Moberg, Energy Services & Solutions Manager, Werner Electric

Randy joined Werner Electric in 1994 and worked in multiple roles from Sales to Management. Randy became engaged in the solar market in 2010 providing product solutions to the local solar community. He is active in MnSEIA and CEEM as a board member. He also invests time in his community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Feed my Starving Children, and other local non-profits.  Randy's commitment to the MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference has resulted in new and innovative ideas that have made the conference a stronger and more robust event. 

MnSEIA is proud to recognize Randy's dedication to the Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference and his service as a Board Member. 

2017 MnSEIA Excellence in Minnesota Solar Leadership Award
Chisago County

MnSEIA recognizes the Chisago County government’s leadership and vision in crafting proactive solar development policy resulting in economic growth and investment in renewables. MnSEIA recognizes that the County has done an excellent job of balancing the needs of developers, landowners and citizens resulting in successful installations of the 100 MW North Star Solar Project plus parts of the Aurora Project and Community Solar Gardens.

 

MnSEIA values the hard work and commitment of the residents, leadership and staff of Chisago County for setting such a great example for MN.

Clean Energy Resource Teams Video Contest
12 amazing, creative solar videos were submitted to the CERTs & Mn Seia - Midwest Gateway Solar Contest!  View them here

 

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Sponsors

Hanwha Logo
stoel logo
game change
IPS
brilliant rack logo
Hunt Logo
Center for Energy and Environment Logo
Prairie Restorations
MREA
APAlertantives
Jinko Solar
unirac logo
all energy
terra gen
Larkin Hoffman Logo
midwest solar expo
ameresco
Community Energy Solar
COMMERECE
Wrise
MRES logo

Event Details

When:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:30am to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm
Where:

Event Contact

Contact:
Jessica Ward-Denison, Event Coordinator

Session Descriptions

Registration/Continental Breakfast
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:30am
Foyer/Ballroom IV
Welcome by MnSEIA
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:15am
John Kearney, Executive Director; David Shaffer, Policy & Development Director; Liz Lucente, Communications Director & General Counsel Ballrooms I, II and III
Minnesota Welcome
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:30am
Commissioner Mike Rothman, MN Department of Commerce
Morning Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:45am
Mary Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel OATI, Energy Storage & Solar  Ballrooms I, II and III
IMPLEMENTING SOLAR IN MINNESOTA: A MULTI-AGENCY ROUNDTABLE 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:45am
Moderator & Presenter: Bill Grant, Dept of Commerce Presenters: Katie Sieben, Commissioner, MN Public Utilities Commission; Dean Hunter, Dept of Labor & Industry
UNDERSTANDING THE CAPACITY CREDIT & LEARNING FROM CALIFORNIA'S OPTION R
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:45am
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Presenters:  Brian Millberg, City of Minneapolis; Amy Liberkowski, Xcel Energy; Katie Rever, IGS Energy                                                                    
POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY SOLAR: HOW TO USE IT FOR SITING APPROVALS, REDUCED OPERATION & MAINTENANCE
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:45am
Moderator: Rob Davis, Fresh Energy Presenters: Chiara and Don Bolton, Bolton Bees; Ron Bowen, Prairie Restorations; Joe Schaffer, Minnesota Native Landscapes           
DEPLOYING A MICROGRID: A HOW TO GUIDE       
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:30am
Moderator: Matt Prorok, Great Plains Institute            Presenters: Greg Mowry, University of St. Thomas; Jennifer Peterson, Minnesota Power; David Heim, OATI
CommuNITY SOLAR GARDENS: INCREASING RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Moderator: Kim Havey, Minnesota Department of Commerce                                                 Panelists: Lee Gabler, Xcel Energy; Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Cooperative Energy Futures; Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
WHERE AND WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT THE NEXT UTILITY SCALE PROJECTS?
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Moderator: Drew Moratzka, Stoel Rives Presenters: Bobby Howard, Invenergy; P.J. Martin, Xcel Energy; Randy Synstelien, Otter Tail Power
RACKING SUPPLIER SHOWCASE
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Moderator: Randy Moberg, Werner Electric Presenters: Steve Schumacher, Preformed Line Products; Vishal Lala, Polar Racking; Amanda Bostleman, AP Alternatives; Representatives from Unirac; Julianne Bernstein, Brilliant Rack; Jeff Ryan, IronRidge
CUSTOMER DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE WAKE OF THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION   
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Presenters: Michelle Rosier, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; Jim Horan, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
ITC SECTION 201 TRADE CASE: A VIEW FROM GLOBAL MANUFACTURERS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:30pm
Moderator: Aaron Pyfferoen, Blattner Energy Panelists: David Khuen, Jinko Solar; Steve Ostrenga, Seraphim USA; Mark Turley, Alexandria Industries; Martin Pochtaruk, Heliene; Dawson Rauch, Hanwha Q Cells  Ballrooms I, II and III Networking Lunch Sponsored by RDO Equipment Company
SOLAR PATHWAYS: A MINNESOTA PATH TO 6,000 MEGAWATTS, WITH A PRESENTATION OF VERMONT'S MODEL       
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Moderator: Liz Lucente, MnSEIA           Presenters:  Stacy Miller, Minnesota Department of Commerce; Damon Lane, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Morgan Putnam, Clean Power Research; Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute                            
ENERGY STORAGE LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY FOR MINNESOTA: SEEKING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Moderator:   John Kearney, MnSEIA Presenters:  John Frederick, Poly Tex; Bob Long, Larkin Hoffman Attorneys  Review & Discussion of MnSEIA ES Proposal with Members & Other Attendees
CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE TEAMS PRESENTS "MINNESOTA PROJECT SHOWCASE"
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Presenter: Dan Thiede, Clean Energy Resource Teams
ADVANCED PITCHED ROOF & IRONRIDGE DESIGN ASSISTANT (NAABCEP 1 CREDIT
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Presenter: Jeff Ryan, Iron Ridge
THE NEGLECTED SECTOR (1-10 MW PROJECTS): REFORMING THE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION TARIFF AND APPLYING PURPA
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Presenters: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Panelists: Mike Uda, Uda Law Firm, P.C.; Dan Juhl, Juhl Energy; Jeffrey Hammons, Environmental Law & Policy Center            
MAKING PACE AVAILABLE TO ALL: RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PROSPECTS   
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Moderator: Gary Thaden, National Electrical Contractors Association Panelists:  Peter Klein, St. Paul Port Authority; Brian Handshy, Renovate America                     
GENERAL SOLAR PRODUCT SHOWCASE: INVERTERS, CARPORTS, MODULES & MORE 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Moderator: Spencer Havemann, Allied Building Products Presenters: John Hulse, SolarEdge; Dawson Rauch, Hanwha Q Cell; Ed Heacox, Chint Power Systems; John Frederick, Poly-Tex; Chris Canfield, Outback Power; Darren Jones, TerraGen Solar
SOLAR ADVANCEMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS: THE PATH TO RESULTS
Moderator: Mike Piper, ICS Tax   Presenters: Peter Lindstrom, Clean Energy Resource Teams; Trevor Drake, Great Plains Institute; Shane Stennes, University of Minnesota; Eric Rehm, Midwest Renewable Energy Association     
Opening Reception Sponsored by Game Change Solar
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
Join your colleagues for hors d’oeuvres & libations, including the World Famous IPS Mashed Potato Bar, Sponsored by IPS Solar Foyer and Balcony
Registration/Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 8:30am
Foyer/Ballroom IV
Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 8:45am
Ellen Anderson, Executive Director, University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab & Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance Ballrooms I, II and III Sponsored by Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)
Keynote Speakers
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:15am
Keynote Speaker: Sean Gallagher, U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association, VP of State Affairs Keynote Speaker: Chris Clark, President Xcel Energy MN, ND, SD   Ballrooms I, II and III
GRID MODERNIZATION: ORGANIZING THE GRID TO ACHIEVE 6,000 MW & Beyond
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Moderator: Sara Bergan, Stoel Rives, LLC              Panelists:  Benjamin Stafford, Independent Consultant; Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute; Ralph Jacobson, Innovative Power Systems
MN DEPT of LABOR & INDUSTRY PRESENTS "CHALLENGES, TECHNICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS: NEC 2017 CODE UPDATE & LICENSING Q&A"
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Presenters: Dean Hunter & Marty Kumm, MN Dept of Labor & Industry
JOHN FARRELL OF THE INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF RELIANCE PRESENTS "MINNESOTA'S SOLAR VISION: BARRIERS AND LESSONS"
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Presenter: John Farrell
GEOLOGY, DEPTH & DRIVING PILES
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:30am
Moderator: Amanda Bostelman, AP Alternatives           Panelists:  Matt Wessale, Westwood PS; Jason Oberg, Blattner Energy; Scott Spisak, Frattalone Companies; Jeff Segar, Braun Intertec
2017 MnSEIA Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:45am
MnSEIA Awards Presentation: Dustin Denison, Board President of MnSEIA
WORKFORCE CHALLENGES: HOW WILL WE INSTALL 500 MW OF COMMUNITY SOLAR GARDENS IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Moderator: John Kearney, MnSEIA     Presenters: Dean Hunter, Dept of Labor & Industry; Pete Lindahl, IBEW 292; Rick Christensen, Blattner Energy; Gary Thaden, National Electrical Contractors Association; Karl von Knobelsdorff, Knobelsdorff Electric
SEIA PRESENTS "A SEIA VIEW OF NATIONAL & MIDWEST SOLAR MARKET DEVELOPMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR MINNESOTA 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Presentation By: Sean Gallagher, Solar Energy Industries Association, VP of State Affairs    Dialogue: with MnSEIA Members & other Attendees           
COOPERATIVE & MUNICIPAL UTILITIES: THE FEE INVESTIGATION & BEYOND
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA   Panelists:  Minnesota Senator John Marty, Allen Gleckner, Fresh Energy; Lisa Daniels, Windustry; Erik Hatlestad, CURE
OPTIMIZING YOUR RESIDENTIAL PV BUSINESS WITH SOLAREDGE (1 NABCEP CREDIT)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Presenter: John Hulse, SolarEdge
COMMUNITY SOLAR: HOW ARE DEVELOPERS MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF 1 MW INSTALLATIONS?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Moderator: David Shaffer, MnSEIA Panelists: Eric Pasi, Innovative Power Systems; Reed Richerson, US Solar Corporation; Ric Ahern, Community Energy; Tena Monson, Geronimo Energy
MESA PRESENTS: WHAT MAKES ENERGY STORAGE FINANCEABLE?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Moderator: Ellen Anderson, MESA & U of MN Energy Transition Lab Presenters: Brian Burandt, Connexus Energy; Ralph Jacobson, IPS Solar; Matt Prorok, Great Plains Institute
ROUNDTABLE: LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINNESOTA SOLAR   
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Moderator: Liz Lucente, MnSEIA Panelists:  Minnesota Representative Erin Maye Quade; Minnesota Representative Dario Anselmo; Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble; Minnesota Senator David Senjem; Minnesota Senator John Marty
ACCESSING CAPITAL IN MINNESOTA: FINANCING FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR PROJECTS
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Moderator: Brett Benson, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light  Presenters:  Marty Morud, TruNorth Solar; Ryan Buege, All Energy Solar; Cameran Bailey, Metropolitan Council
CLOSING CELEBRATION
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:30pm
Hors d’oeuvres & Libations - Sponsored by MnSEIA Ballroom IV

Event Details

When:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:30am to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm
Where:

Event Contact

Contact:
Jessica Ward-Denison, Event Coordinator

Sponsors

Hanwha Logo
stoel logo
game change
IPS
brilliant rack logo
Hunt Logo
Center for Energy and Environment Logo
Prairie Restorations
MREA
APAlertantives
Jinko Solar
unirac logo
all energy
terra gen
Larkin Hoffman Logo
midwest solar expo
ameresco
Community Energy Solar
COMMERECE
Wrise
MRES logo

Sponsors - Mark your calendars for the 2018 MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar November 13 and 14, 2018!

Can we count on you to support the conference this year?  Early commitment earns you extended exposure on the MnSEIA website, our social media platforms and in our email communications.  Early commitment will earn you discounts.  We'll keep you posted!