2016 Washington State Solar Summit

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October 14 & 15, 2016
Shoreline Commuity College, Shoreline, WA
Conference + Exhibition + Reception

Solar Washington hosted the Washington State Solar Summit in 2016 at Shoreline Community College.


Friday evening reception keynote

Rhys_head_shot_2014.jpgRhys Roth, Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) at The Evergreen State College
Rhys highlighted key findings of Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure, which draws on interviews with three dozen Northwest energy visionaries and leaders to explore how our region can develop one of the world’s most sustainable, resilient, affordable and integrated energy systems by 2040. Click to access presentation file. (PDF)

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Complete Schedule 

Friday, October 14: Reception
5-6pm: Doors open; Registration
6-8pm: Reception including keynote speaker, Rhys Roth, Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) at The Evergreen State College, author of Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure

Saturday, October 15: Conference
8:00-9:00am: Registration & breakfast
8:45-9:00am: Welcome by Solar Washington & Shoreline Community College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts

9:00-9:50: Session 1: The Current State of Solar

10:00-11:30am: Session 2: Solar and utilities: current challenges and successes

  • Forecasting WA State’s Energy needs : Ben Kujala, Power Division Director, Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Click to access presentation file. (PDF)
  • Distribution System Collaborative (DiSCo) update: Jeremy Smithson, Solar Installers of Washington/Puget Sound Solar. Click to access presentation file. (PDF)
  • Utility Roundtable discussing topics including the production incentive program, net metering and more. Moderated by Leslie Moynihan of Puget Sound Energy. Panelists include George Pohndorf of Snohomish PUD, Jake Wade of Seattle City Light, Adam York of Jefferson PUD, and Bart Hansen of Clark PUD.

11:30am-12:45pm: lunch/networking/announcements

12:45-2:00: Session 3: New opportunities in solar

  • Utility and commercial scale solar projects Travis Bryan, One Energy Renewables
  • Solar for low income housing making solar accessible to more people: Jaimes Valdez; NW SEED. Click to access presentation file. (PDF)
  • Updates and opportunities in the off grid marketplace; Robin Gudgel, MidNite Solar
  • Opportunities for solar in Indian country: Eugene Wilkie, Now! Solar. Click to access presentation file. (PDF)

2:00-2:15pm: break

2:15-4pm: Session 4: Stakeholders goals for 2017 and beyond

  • Moderated by Rep. Jake Fey (serving the state's 27th district) and Director of the WSU Energy Program and representatives from various stakeholders from the installation, manufacturing, NGO, utility and legislative sectors. Scheduled to appear on the panel include the following (subject to change):
    • David Kozin, Solar Installers of Washington
    • Joni Bosh, Northwest Energy Coalition
    • Greg Rock, Carbon Washington (I-732)
    • Stephanie Celt, BlueGreen Alliance
    • Rep. Chad Magendanz
    • Rep. Gerry Pollett
    • Rep. Jeff Morris
    • Phil Undercuffler, Outback Power
    • Karl Unterschuetz, itek Energy
    • Robin Gudgel, MidNite Solar
    • Adam York, Jefferson PUD
    • Jake Wade, Seattle City Light

4:00/4:30-6:00pm: Post conference reception

Photos above by Krittawat Nick Pattaramekanon


Solar Washington has presented the Washington State Solar Summit to bring industry stakeholders together to address important issues relevant to the solar industry in Washington. Click on the following links to view past Solar Summit agenda and supporters.

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