Event Agenda Time and Date: 8:30am – 5:00pm, April 30th, 2015 Location: NANA Building, Nanatkut Room 909 West 9th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 Goals: The Alaska Solar Energy Workshop is a venue to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas regarding appropriate solar PV development in Alaska with emphasis on project performance, economics, best practices, and alternatives. Who Should Attend: Community and regional leaders, energy project developers, utility representatives, industry representatives, state and federal agency representatives, university and private researchers, and students. 8:30 am: Welcome and Introductions (Gwen Holdmann, ACEP and Sonny Adams, NANA) 9:00 am: PANEL DISCUSSION: SOLAR TECHNOLOGY NUTS AND BOLTS. Appropriate equipment and installation strategies for the Alaskan environment. (Moderator – Erin Whitney, ACEP) Panelists: Greg Egan (Remote Power Inc); Rob Bensin (Bering Straits Development Corporation); Daisy Huang (ACEP); Jesse Moe (Lime Solar) - invited Topics covered: • Choosing your PV modules – balancing capital costs with performance and O&M • Insuring proper installation of systems – code requirements, training and certification • Capturing the sun – array placement for the arctic environment • System monitoring and O&M • Mounting/racking of systems • Single and dual axis tracking systems in sub-arctic and arctic environments • Inverters and other system components • Investing in solar versus energy efficiency or other technologies 10:15 am: Break 10:30 am: PANEL DISCUSSION: CASE STUDIES FROM AROUND THE STATE (Moderator – David Lockard, AEA) • Solar PV on community buildings in NW Arctic Borough (Ingemar Mathiasson, NWAB) • Sizing a solar PV project – example from a proposed project in Galena (Marc MuellerStoffels, ACEP) • Overview of projects installed in Interior communities and lessons learned (David Pelunius-Messier, Tanana Chiefs Conference) • Solar in the rainforest - Kake solar project (Gary William, Kake First Nations) - invited 12:00 pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY PERSPECTIVE. Perspectives and programs relevant to solar energy. (Moderator – Brian Hirsch, NREL) • Alaska Energy Authority (Sean Skaling) • Regulatory Commission of Alaska (Brenda Cox) - invited • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (Scott Waterman) - invited • Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (Givey Kochanowski) 12:40 pm: Lunch (provided) and networking opportunity 1:10 pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: UTILITY PERSPECTIVES. Solar energy from the utility perspective – what does a successful project look like? (Moderator – Clay Koplin, Cordova Electric Association) • Bob Grimm (Alaska Power and Telephone) - invited • Steve Gilbert (Alaska Village Electric Cooperative) • Kord Christianson (TDX Power) • Matt Bergan (KEA) - invited 2:40 pm: Break 2:50 pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: SOLAR PV PROJECT ECONOMICS AND FINANCING. Solar PV economics in Alaska and strategies and opportunities for financing projects through grants, loans, and public-private partnerships. (Moderator – Antony Scott, ACEP) • Developer perspective and lessons learned - Jason McEvers (Capstone) - invited • Financing energy projects in rural Alaska – Hugh Short (PT Capital) • Native Corporations – Investing in your communities – Sonny Adams (NANA) • Federal landscape for solar energy projects, including financing and tax incentives – Chris Rose (REAP) 4:30 pm: WRAP UP DISCUSSION: PEOPLE, PROCESS, TECHNOLOGY. Road map to solar development in Alaska – addressing barriers to appropriate solar adoption in the Arctic and how to overcome them. (Facilitated discussion led by Sonny Adams and Gwen Holdmann) 5:00 pm: Adjourn For more information contact us at [email protected] Organized by: Visit our Webpage Hosted by: UAF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.
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