2022 Education Schedule

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Opens

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome to RE+ Florida

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Session: Accelerating Decarbonization and Deployment of Clean Energy in the Sunshine State


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break and Exhibits

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Renovating Rate Design in the Sunshine State

In markets across the country, rate design and energy policies are getting attention as carbon reduction efforts intensify. This session will investigate the current and future state of these efforts in Florida including net energy metering and the importance of distributed rooftop solar generation to Florida utilities’ net-zero carbon commitments. Speakers will also discuss lessons we can learn from H.B 741/S.B. 1024, including how we can work with legislators moving forward.


  • Will Giese, Southeast Regional Director, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Jim Purekal, Manager, Policy and Strategy, SunPower/Interim President, CHESSA/Board Member, FlaSEIA

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunities to Expand Utility Scale Procurement

How do we expand utility scale solar in Florida? During this session, panelists will describe the current Florida utility scale solar market, identify and discuss potential market reforms, describe business opportunities, and forecast what future growth looks like in Florida.


  • Bryan Jacob, Solar Program Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Education Session

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Resilience from Clean Energy in the Time of Extreme Weather

With extreme weather events occurring at a historic rate, climate models are becoming a key aspect of utility planning. Florida utilities are following suit by investing in resilience - how will these investments impact carbon reduction efforts? Panelists will discuss current adaptation plans and how they will contribute to a safe, reliable, clean and modern grid system.


  • Mary Palmer, Manager, Educational Programs, SEPA


  • Dave Click, CTO, esaSolar

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

EVs and Electrification

As the demand for electric vehicles and electrification grows, Florida must sustainably and competitively build out the necessary infrastructure. Panelists will discuss the push to electrify everything in Florida. Topics covered will include: the infrastructure build out needed for the load necessary to electrify vehicles, buildings and the industries that power Florida's economy, and how storage fits into the solution.


  • Brittany Blair, Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy, SEPA


  • Helda Rodriguez, Founder, NovaCharge
  • Kenneth Hernandez, EV Business Develop Manager, TECO
  • Jennifer Szaro, President and CEO of Association of Energy Services Professionals | Chair, Drive Electric Florida

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Removing Hurdles in Solar Permitting

Currently there is no consistency with solar permitting from one municipality to another, leading to delays in deployment and increased costs. There is an opportunity to build a common sense, inclusive solution that supports the needs of all stakeholders. Panelists will discuss the current issues and solutions in solar permitting in Florida and the use of SolarAPP.


  • Stephen Pope, SolarAPP+ Outreach Manager, SEIA

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Fireside chat: Demand Flexibility

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Solar in the Sunshine State

Utility led Community Solar programs are slowly rolling out to Florida Electric Customers. But, there is clearly room to accelerate the development of these programs throughout the state. Panelists will discuss how to build a competitive community solar plan in Florida and give an overview of how the utility driven projects are working, what models they are using, and how to scale these models.


  • Justin Vandenbroeck, Executive Vice President of Development at esaSolar | President of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Offsite Reception

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Session

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking and Exhibits

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Education Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SEI Installer Workshops (1 hours lunch time)