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Solar PV and Energy Storage

Dawning on North America: Unlocking the Full Solar & Energy Storage Potential

Solar & Storage DigiCon Live Day: Unlocking the Full Solar & Energy Storage Potential in North America

Canada, the United States of America and Mexico bear some of the world’s largest potentials for renewable energy generation with large open land areas, water and biomass resources as well as long coastal lines. The continent is also home to a highly skilled workforce, vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and plentiful financing opportunities – the best preconditions for a full transition to 100% renewable energy generation.

In recent years, the North American solar industry has been gaining momentum with political incentives attracting investments, technological advancements and a rapidly growing job market and service industry.

Today, solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in North America than ever before with a total installed capacity of 81.4 GW in the U.S. alone (Q1 2020)[1].

Despite impressive progress, significant challenges remain before solar can succeed conventional energy sources or large-scale, centralized power generation; While material costs are decreasing, market barriers, service offerings and grid integration challenges continue to hold back greater deployment.

[1] SEIA 2020

Dawning on North America – Solar and Storage in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Live Day: Unlocking the Full Solar & Energy Potential in North America

Taking various viewpoints of stakeholder groups (residential, commercial, large-scale) into consideration, this session will highlight important business solar and storage opportunities in Post Pandemic times and project future demands. Special focus will be put on technologies of tomorrow and the (potential) impact of COVID-19 on financing renewables across North America. Moreover, delegates will be provided a holistic overview of the market status incl. future scenarios and strategies on how to monetize solar and storage.

Moderator: Xenia Zoller, Senior International Marketing Manager, Joint Forces for Solar/IBESA

08:05 AM – 08:10 AM
Conference Opening & Welcome Remarks
Xenia Zoller, Senior Marketing Manager, JF4S/IBESA

08:10 AM – 08:30 AM
Applying the international ESS business models to the North America market
Josh Deng, Director – International Sales Department, Alpha ESS

08:30 AM – 08:50 AM
The COVID 19 Pandemic as an Accelerator for Renewable Energies?
Saif Islam, Senior Consultant, EUPD Research

08:50 AM – 09:10 AM
The Future of Energy Storage is Distributed
Sequoya Cross, Director of Global Sales and Business Development, SimpliPhi Power

09:10 AM – 09:20 AM
Break

09:20 AM – 09:40 AM
Modular Energy Storage for Resiliency in Commercial and Industrial Facilities
Chuck Rames, Business Development for Energy Storage, Socomec

09:40 AM – 10:00 AM
Pioneering a Clean, Reliable Energy Future with Virtual Power Plants
Adam Gentner, VP of Premium Products and Projects, sonnen Inc.

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
How to Speed the Development and Deployment of Solar and Storage Technologies
Jon La Follet, Energy System Integration & Storage Lead, Shell

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
How Long-term Debt Financing Can Support Solar Developers During COVID and Beyond
Jeff Just, CEO, RadiantREIT

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
How Best Practices from the Automotive Industry can Apply to Solar and Improve Project Efficiencies
Rob Souliere, Director of Energy & Infrastructure, Axsus

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM 
Technological Advancements in the C&I Segment
Adam Jordan, Head of C&I Solutions, Trina Solar North America

JF4S/IBESA

Xenia Zoller, Senior Marketing Manager

Xenia Zoller

Xenia has been part of JF4S and IBESA since 2017. With over five years of work experience in event management, she realizes formats ranging from small business meetings to large international conferences as well as webinars. She is passionate about supporting the transfer of knowledge in the global energy transition and bringing people together worldwide.

Socomec

Chuck Rames, Businesss Development for Energy Storage

Chuck Rames

Chuck is the Director of Marketing for Energy Storage, North America for Socomec. He has twelve years of experience in the renewable energy sector, with the past five years focusing on energy storage. He worked at Growing Energy Labs, Inc., GELI for two years, focusing on energy management software. The past three years he has been with Socomec working on their next generation of energy storage products.

Alpha ESS

Josh Deng, Director – International Sales Department

Josh Deng

Josh has been working in the renewable energy industry for more than 10 years, prior to AlphaESS he serves as the business development manager in Canadian Solar for 3 years. For the past 6 years in AlphaESS he spent most of his time exploring and developing the energy storage market globally, therefore he has tons of experiences especially in the residential and C&I applications to share with everyone

sonnen Inc.

Adam Gentner, VP of Premium Products and Projetcs

Adam Gentner

Adam has been in the renewable energies industry for 7 years. In his current roles as Senior Director of Latin America and New Markets with sonnen, Inc, and as the Director of Operations at the del Sol Foundation for Energy Security, he has the privilege to focus on expanding the new energy storage market throughout Latin America.

EUPD Research

Saif Islam, Senior Consultant

Saif Islam

Saif is a senior consultant at EUPD Research since 2014 and maintains since a close and ongoing dialogue with many of the biggest manufacturers in the industry. He serves as a consultant for their market research demands and analyzes current needs in order to set up exclusive research projects.

Shell

Jon La Follet, Energy System Integration & Storage Lead

Jon La Follet

Jon La Follett leads the Energy System Integration & Storage (ESIS) research team in the Shell New Energies Research & Technology department. The ESIS team focuses on integration technologies that enable system components like solar, batteries, flexible loads such as EVs, and conventional generators to provide services to the power grid and value to the component owners.

Axsus

Rob Souliere, Director of Energy & Infrastructure

Rob Souliere

As the Director of the Axsus division, Robert is responsible for overseeing all areas of the organization. Robert created Magna’s most successful Canadian solar division in 2011, leveraging one of Magna’s core competencies in manufacturing steel components. After four years with Magna’s solar division, he took an opportunity with a private solar development and EPC organization as Director of Products. Robert returned to Magna in 2019 to run Axsus.

SimpliPhi Power

Sequoya Cross, Director of Global Sales & Business Development

Sequoya Cross

Sequoya has been involved in numerous renewable energy companies since 2004. Currently, she is the Director of Global Sales & Business Development for SimpliPhi Power, interfacing with and growing their distributor network as well as managing a portfolio of storage-based projects with development partners. She was previously employed as a solar engineer and operations manager.

RadiantREIT

Jeff Just, CEO

Jeff Just

Mr. Just has founded and operated businesses for over 30 years. He was Founder and President of Dianet Communications, a company that built multiple, large-scale, complex Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”) projects. He negotiated multiple large financings, including a $200 million DAS network in the New York City Subway system through a subsidiary, Transit Wireless.

Trina Solar North America

Adam Jordan, Head of C&I Solutions

Adam Jordan

Joining the Trina Solar team in 2018, Adam Jordan brings nearly 15 years of solar industry experience to lead the new C&I Solutions business unit. From humble solar beginnings as an installer, Adam has held a number of installation and sales management positions with EPC solar companies in New York State where he resides with his family.

Solar Session: Assessment of Post Pandemic Solar Business Potentials Across Segments – Focus: Technology, Business Models & Finance

Taking various viewpoints of stakeholder groups across all segments (residential, commercial, large-scale) into consideration, this session will highlight important business opportunities in Post Pandemic times and project future demands and successful business strategies. Special focus will be put on technologies of tomorrow and the (potential) impact of COVID-19 on financing renewables across North America.

Energy Storage Session: A Guide to Do Successful Energy Storage Business in North America & Canada

Is energy storage the holy grail of all renewable technologies? Where are the returns and what are current market drivers? This session is specifically tailored to needs of manufacturers, distributors, installers and project developers and touches base on the crucial points currently impacting the North American energy storage landscape. Delegates will be provided a holistic overview of the market status incl. future scenarios and strategies on how to monetize solar and storage.

In addition to first-hand knowledge from the field, experts will discuss different technologies and showcase successfully proven business strategies in the residential and commercial segments.