Come see Berkeley Lab and DOE at Solar Power International

August 30, 2017

Going to the Solar Power International (SPI) conference this year? So are we, supported by the DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Specifically, come see Galen Barbose during a panel titled "The Next Frontier: Rates, NEM 2.0 and Value of Solar" on Monday, September 11, at 9:30 AM (room: Lagoon H). Also, Joachim Seel will be summarizing Berkeley Lab's solar data resources at the Data and Analysis Needs for Solarworkshop hosted by the SunShot Initiative on Sunday September 10 at 1 PM in the Surf Room A, as well as a poster on "Utility-Scale Solar: Empirical Analyses of Project Cost, Performance and Pricing Trends in the U.S." on Monday, September 11, at 5 PM in the poster area.

In addition, our colleagues at the U.S. Department of Energy will be hosting numerous activities at Solar Power International this year, as listed below. They are also sponsoring Start-Up Alley in the Exhibit Hall, which will feature 16 companies that have received awards from SunShot's small business portfolio. Please join them and stop by the Department of Energy booth (#1469)!

Sunday, September 10

The SunShot Initiative is hosting three free workshops:

Solar in Your Community Challenge Workshop (Register here)
Location: Surf Room A, Mandalay Bay Conference Center
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by SunShot, is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to low and moderate (LMI) income households; state, local, and tribal governments; and non-profit organizations. Over 170 teams across the country were selected to participate in the Challenge. Within an 18-month period that began in May 2017, these teams must demonstrate innovative, scalable business and financial models that expand underserved communities' access to affordable solar. The teams will compete to win a total of $1 million in final prizes. SunShot's Solar in Your Community Challenge Workshop is an opportunity for the solar industry to learn more about emerging business models for LMI solar and to meet the teams and experts working on them. Challenge teams, consultants and coaches will share their innovative ideas for overcoming barriers to solar projects in their communities and discuss strategies for overcoming barriers to realizing their goals. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, network and make connections.

Data and Analysis Needs for Solar (Register here)
Location: Surf Room A, Mandalay Bay Conference Center
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
SunShot is holding a workshop to gain insight into the data and analysis challenges facing researchers, project developers, regulators, and others in the solar industry. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss the new tools and datasets that are needed for the next generation of solar deployment.  Participants will explore existing informational gaps and discuss innovative solutions. The workshop will be a place to learn and network with thought leaders at the cutting edge of solar, and discussions will help to guide SunShot's long-term strategic planning.

Race to 7-Day Solar Highlights and Lessons Learned (Register here)
Location: Surf Room A, Mandalay Bay Conference Center
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
In 2015, SunShot launched the "SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar" to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to collaborate on improving the "going solar" experience from permit to plug-in for all Americans. Competing teams were asked to show innovation at-scale by installing small photovoltaic systems from September 2015 to March 2017 that aggregated to a minimum 10 megawatts of total installed capacity. The two teams that received the best scores for repeatability, time performance, and geographic replicability were eligible to win grand prizes. This 1-hour discussion will be the first opportunity for teams that completed the competition in March to share their journey of change. These teams will reflect on their successes and setbacks, draw from lessons learned, highlight insights, and offer recommendations for utilities, solar companies, and local governments that are trying to dramatically improve the going solar experience from permit-to-plugin.

Monday, September 11

SunShot Quick Talks
SunShot Booth #1469

How to Work with SunShot

  • 11:00am - 11:20am: Applying for a SunShot Award
  • 11:20am - 11:40am: Managing a SunShot Award
  • 11:40am - 12:00pm: Communicating a SunShot Award

Meet SunShot Leadership

  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm: Meet SunShot Director Charlie Gay, SunShot Deputy Director Becca Jones-Albertus, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power Tim Unruh 

Poster Session and Reception
: Exhibit Hall Poster Area
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SunShot's systems integration team members are participating in the SPI poster session and will be available to discuss their research.

Tuesday, September 12

SunShot Start-Up Showcase
 Innovation Stage

  • 10:00am - 3:45pm: Start-Up Showcase: Start-Up Alley participants explain their innovative offerings to SPI attendees and get feedback from industry leaders

SunShot Quick Talks
SunShot Booth #1469

Meet SunShot's Systems Integration Team

  • 11am - 12:00pm: Meet SunShot's system integration team, which oversees the office's work to better integrate solar energy into the grid, advance power electronics technologies, and develop solar + storage solutions.