Friday, October 18, 2019
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA
Conference + Exhibition + Reception


The Washington State Solar Summit is a one day conference consisting of panels and presentations covering topics relevant to the Washington solar industry. Solar Summit attendees include representatives from solar installation companies, utilities, manufacturers, distributors, engineers, tribes, city and state government agencies, policy makers, consultants, educators and more.

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Photos of the 2018 Washington State Solar Summit by Coleman Schwartz Media (; FB; @ColemanSchwartzMedia, IG: @coleman0121)

Conference session topics and speakers:

All sessions, session titles, topics, speakers and order subject to change. We will add to the following list as information becomes available. A detailed schedule including times will be made available shortly before the Solar Summit. 


Introduction & Welcome


Dean Van Vleet
President, Solar Washington; Owner, Solar Forensic Services
Intro & Welcome


Sarah Vorpahl
Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce
Conference Emcee/Framing the day


Where are we at now? National and state updates, trends and perspectives


Austin Perea
Senior Solar Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Giving a broad overview of Wood Mackenzie’s five-year market outlook highlighting key drivers and opportunities in the space.


Lauren McCloy
Senior Policy Advisor, Energy, Governor Jay Inslee
Providing an update on the Washington energy landscape post 2019 legislative session and a look ahead to new opportunities.


Solar + Storage


Daniel Finn-Foley
Head of Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie
Lessons learned from the U.S. solar + storage market.


Reeves Clippard
Founder, CEO, A&R Solar
What's driving the local Washington market?



Solar & Resilience: Highlighting projects throughout the state and elsewhere that use solar (plus other technologies) to increase resilience on the grid and in communities


Bob Kirchmeier
P.E., Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Clean Energy Fund Grid Modernization Program, Washington State Department of Commerce
Giving an overview of several solar + energy storage programs co-funded by the Washington State Clean Energy Fund Grid Modernization program.


Edwin Wanji
Sphere Solar Energy
Covering microgrid project developments and climate adaptation initiatives using solar PV for rural electrification and post-disaster response.


Solar panel recycling & addressing the current Washington recycling legislation 


Kirk Haffner
Owner, South Sound Solar


Sam Vanderhoof
CEO, Recycle PV Solar, LLC


Scaling Up: What it will take to get to 100%

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Senior Vice President, Energy Resources, Avista Utilities
An electric utility’s perspective of building upon the largest utility scale solar project in Washington and moving toward a 100% clean electric grid. Opportunities and challenges of renewable integration while maintaining reliability and affordability.

Haley Gardner
Specialist, Zero Energy, International Living Future Institute
Haley will speak about ILFI’s role in creating pathways that make solar energy abundant, equitable, and scalable from a building perspective.


Senator Reuven Carlyle
36th Legislative District
As chair of the Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee, Senator Reuven Carlyle will provide a legislative update on solar developments in Washington. His remarks will include an in-depth discussion of the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act, which moves Washington off coal by 2025 and to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2045.

Check back for updates to the conference schedule, speaker information and more. 


Special thanks to the 2019 Solar Summit Sponsors




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Silver Sponsors:


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SunModo Verity Credit Union


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Conference Partners: Northwest Energy Coalition | Shift Zero | Spark Northwest

Solar Washington wishes to acknowledge the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program for its support for the 2019 Washington State Solar Summit.

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