Friday, October 19, 2018
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA
Conference + Exhibition + Reception


speaker.jpg 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.


Additional speaker and program information will be added as they are confirmed. All times, sessions, session titles, speakers, presenters, panelists subject to change.


  • Dean Van Vleet, Solar Washington President
  • Emcee for the Day: Dave Warren, Principal at The Warren Group, LLC, Former Legislative Director, Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands; Former Energy Services Director, WA PUD Association; Former Executive Director, New Mexico Public Utility Commission

SESSION I: State of Solar in USA and Washington State

  • Kendra Hubbard (State of Solar in USA), Board Member, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA); Vice President, Board Member, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA); Renewable Advisory Council, Energy Trust of Oregon; Strategic Account Manager, Unirac Inc
  • Lauren McCloy (State of Solar in Washington State), Senior Policy Advisor for Energy to Governor Jay Inslee, Former Legislative Director, WA Utilities and Transportation Commission, Former Legislative Energy Policy Advisor, WA Utilities and Transportation Commission, Former Compliance Investigator, WA Utilities and Transportation Commission attorney, graduate of Tulane University Law School

These two presenters will address recent policy changes and their impacts nationally and in our state. Topics include Section 201 Trade Tarrif, growth of solar, market forecasts, trend- setting examples from elsewhere, descriptions of large-scale projects located in Washington State, Clean Energy Fund accomplishments and showcase new projects. Kendra Hubbard will describe SEIA’s code of ethics and Lauren McCloy talk about the process for investigating complaints claiming ethics violations.

SESSION II: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Clean Energy

  • Sean Bagsby, Membership Development / PAC Director, IBEW Local 77
  • Ryan Miller, Tulalip Tribes Natural Resources, Tulalip Tribal Member
  • Nori Catabay, Project Program Manager, King County GreenTools
  • Francis Janes, JUST Program Manager, International Living Future Institute

Inequities are not random, but are the consequences of past and persistent policy and investment decisions. Local activists define social equity and describe the impact of lack of equity and inclusion. They discuss climate justice and how the communities who are first and worst hit by climate change are front and center in the movement to address climate impacts.

SESSION III: Initiative 1631 Purpose and Impacts

  • Nancy Nirsch, Yes on 1631 Spokesperson, Executive Director, Northwest Energy Coalition
  • Allison Arnold, Solar Installers of Washington, white paper (new research) on 1631 impact on solar growth and jobs

Nancy Hirsch describes the Jobs and Clean Energy Coalition, the goals of the Yes on 1631 campaign related to forest protection, carbon pollution, clean energy, and impacted communities. She will address how the carbon fee will be collected and dispersed How might passage of I-1631, the Protect Washington Act, impact Washington’s solar industry? The Initiative would disburse 70% of the pollution fees collected under the Act to clean air and clean energy programs. Allison Arnold of Solar Installers of Washington reports on new research that models how directing a fraction of these funds to an incentive program for residential, commercial, and community solar deployment could accelerate growth of the solar industry, generating thousands of new solar jobs.

SESSION IV: Net Metering 2.0

  • Bart Hanson, Key Accounts Manager, Clark PUD
  • Leslie Moynihan, Net Metering Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy
  • Jason Keyes, Attorney, Keyes & Fox LLP, Distributed Generation & Renewable Energy Law
  • Brian Lips, Senior Project Manager for Policy, Manager of Policy Research, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Jeremy Smithson, Solar Installers of Washington, Puget Sound Solar
  • Moderated by Jasmine Vasavada, Legislative Director, Department of Commerce

Brian Lips tracks solar across the country and will provide a national overview showcasing solutions that are working in other states. Jason Keyes will discuss what’s happening in the trend-setting California market which the Oregon and Washington programs often follow. Jeremy Smithson addresses customer-generators’ and installers’ perspective as existing net metering minimum requirements are met. Bart Hansen and Leslie Moynihan will be present to field question from the utility perspective. Time is reserved at the end for questions and comments.

SESSION V: Renewable Energy State Incentive Program, RESIP (SB 5939)

  • Jake Fey, Director, WSU Energy Office
  • Christine Haun, Solid Waste Management, Department of Ecology

Jake Fey will present analysis and challenges of first year of implementation of SB 5939, the Renewable Energy Systems Incentive Program. He will will cover data collected to date, provide an update on 2018 incentive payments to customers, and help us understand the information presented on the program’s website. Christine Haun will provide an update on solar module recycling requirements under SB 5939.

SESSION VI: Legislative Roundtable – Moderated by Dave Warren

  • Sen. John McCoy, LD 38
  • Rep. Beth Doglio, LD 22
  • Rep. Sharon Wylie, LD 49
  • Rep. Mark Harmsworth, LD 44
  • Rep. Matt Manweller, LD 13
  • Rep. Jake Fey, LD 27

Legislators will discuss energy related legislation expected to be introduced in 2019 and respond to suggestions about the future of the Renewable Energy Systems Incentive Program (RESIP).

Summary & takeaways

  • Led by Dave Warren

Evening Networking Reception




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