Business Labs

New: Business Labs | Marina Ballroom

Led by curated experts for each topic, Business Labs are roundtable discussions geared towards improving your business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, HR, and more. This is a great opportunity for you or others throughout your organization to take back additional knowledge and expertise that helps elevate your job skills.

You must be registered for RE+ Northeast or the Community Solar Power Forum to participate. Business Labs are included in all registration types and will be held on Thursday, February 24.

Space is limited, so if you would like attend, please complete the interest form below.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice within the Solar Industry
February 24 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Discussion Leader: Rahiem Swann, Senior Regional Development Manager, SEIA

Many studies have shown that a more diverse workforce directly correlates to a successful business. The clean energy industry is committed to advancing the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all aspects of our work, but this requires intentionality and commitment. Join representatives from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to learn more about how your company can make progress on your own internal DEIJ journey and earn recognition through SEIA’s new Certification Program, as well as engage in a collaborative dialogue about centering equity in the clean energy transition.

Helpful for hiring managers, project managers, and executives


Technical & Economic Opportunities at the Grid Edge
February 24 | 9:00 - 10:00 am
Discussion Leader: Brian Patterson, Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Just as personal computers and other digital devices didn’t realize their full value until they were interconnected into local area networks, and eventually the Internet, microgrids won’t yield their ultimate compounded value until they are interconnected into campus, neighborhood, and community microgrid networks at the grid edge.

This Business Lab will discuss the technical means and potential “energy-as-a-service” business models for the so-called Grid-of-Grids that can do for electricity what networks and the Internet did for information. Recognized experts involved in actual projects involving planning, modelling, engineering, construction, and operation of various private, third-party and utility microgrid networking use cases will be on hand to help participants explore the opportunities.

Helpful for system users, engineers, installers, operators, and owners


The Great Resignation and the Future of Clean Energy Hiring
February 24 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Discussion Leader: William Liuzza, CEO, EnergieaWorks

While the full impact of The Great Resignation on the clean energy industry is still yet to be seen, initial information does show growing effect. Paired with an already limited talent pool, the pressure for renewable organizations to attract and retain high-performing employees is high. Join William Liuzza, Chief Executive Officer of EnergeiaWorks, as he leads an interactive discussion on the persistent and growing demand for talent in the clean energy industry and best practices for the “new normal”.

Helpful for hiring managers and team leaders

Customer Acquisition

How Creating Better Customer Experiences Will Drive Business Growth in 2022
February 24 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Discussion Leader: Jamey Vumback, CEO, Get The Referral

What is Customer Experience (CX), how does it differ from customer service, and how can optimizing it drive growth for your business? Discover how to design a Customer Experience so effective that current customers will turn into your most important source of new leads.

Helpful for sales teams, business development, and customer service


Advantages of Installing Solar PV on Metal Roofing & Best Practices
February 24 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Discussion Leader: Mark Gies, Director of Business Development, S-5!

Choosing the right platform for mounting solar panels can significantly impact both initial and long-term costs. With increasing popularity, the metal roof is the ideal host for mounting solar photovoltaics (PV) and is the only roof type with a service life that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system. Not only is a metal/solar roof system less expensive upfront than other roof system combinations, but it also leads to improvements in the lifetime return on investment of the system. Join this roundtable to discuss the advantages of installing solar PV on metal roofs and best practices.

Helpful for solar pv installers