Living With the Sun - Arizona Style - Special session
This Arizona Solar Center Meet-Up Session is geared towards solar professionals and businesses - providers and installers of photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot water (SHW) equipment and services. Non-professionals interested in the development of solar in Arizona may also benefit from attending. A panel of industry experts will initiate the discussion but attendees will have an opportunity for input as well.
Lee Feliciano - Kyocera; Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association Nancy LaPlaca - former Policy Advisor, Arizona Corporation Commission Geoff Sutton - Helios Focus; Arizona Solar Center, Inc. Tom Bohner - Solar Hot Water systems manufacturing, standards and business Background:
Last year, Arizona was in the top 2 or 3 states in the amount of solar installed. At the same time, Arizona solar businesses are experiencing one of their most difficult periods in recent years and are facing an uncertain future.
Currently, the status of the solar equipment industry (PV & SHW) is in flux as conditions in Arizona are changing:
Arizona utilities are meeting with stakeholders to evaluate the long-term value and efficacy of net metering; Incentive programs at the federal and state levels are being reduced with programs expected to expire in the near future; and The Arizona Corporation Commission has indicated intentions to reassess established policies and programs. This situation is not unique to Arizona - similar things are happening in numerous States across the country as solar becomes more mainstream and the solar industry evolves from a fledgling industry.
Unfortunately, there has been no forum for the equipment industry to interact and share their views. The intent of this AzSC Meet-Up Session, therefore, is to provide an opportunity for individuals in the solar industry to share information and discuss issues that are significantly impacting solar in Arizona.
While the format for the panel discussion will be flexible, some of the questions to be posed may include the following:
What issues in the net metering discussion must be understood and how can the industry effectively influence where it is going? Should Feed in Tariffs (FITs) be part of the discussion going forward? How are utilities positioning themselves for the future? How will "track and record" affect the industry? How might REC ownership evolve after incentives disappear? What
should the industry be aware of for the near and mid-term future (batteries, new products, etc.)? ---
The Meet-Up session will be 16 May 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the City of Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center just north of the intersection of Granite Reef Road and McDowell Rd. in South Scottsdale.
While the focus of the session will be on the solar professional and business community, the session is open for anyone to attend.
The Arizona Solar Center Meet-Up sessions are an activity of the Arizona Solar Center, Inc. (www.azsolarcenter.org); with support from the Arizona Solar Energy Association (State Chapter of ASES) and AriSEIA (State Chapter of SEIA). The Living With the Sun Program is presented under the auspices of the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program.
Daniel Peter Aiello - Arizona Solar Center - 602-503-5574 (cellular)