Dissecting History: An Inside Look at California’s Decision to Incorporate Solar on All New Homes

Wednesday, September 26
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 206AB

California’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require that nearly all new low-rise residential buildings incorporate PV beginning January 1, 2020. This session will provide a deep dive into the technical requirements of the new codes, evaluate the options and flexibility builders have for compliance, and the market opportunity for how solar will be deployed and financed.

Kelsey Misbrener

Senior Editor
Solar Power World

Kelsey is the senior editor at Solar Power World magazine where she covers inverters, policy, software and other topics of interest to solar installers. She joined the SPW team in 2017. She’s passionate about solar power and sustainability and spends much of her free time outdoors, going hiking and birding.


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Matt Brost

Senior Director of Sales, New Homes
SunPower Corporation

Matt Brost is the Sr. Director of Sales, New Homes, at SunPower Corporation. Mr. Brost has over 12 years experience at SunPower working with national production homebuilders to incorproate high levels of energy efficiency and renewables into new home construction. In his role, Mr. Brost is responsible for top line growth, strategic planning and key financial metrics. Prior to SunPower, Mr. Brost was Vice President of RLW Analytics, a leading energy consulting firm focsued on demand side planning, utility load forecasting and measurement and verification of utility programs. Mr. Brost holds an Environmental Studies degree in Energy Management and Design.


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Richard D. Brown

West Coast Business Development & Senior Consultant/CEO
Power Panel & SunWorks International Consulting

20+ years of operations and sales success with high-profile solar, real estate development, and telecommunications companies; clients include Power Panel, Totalis Energy, The Bedford Group, Martifer Solar, MCI-WorldCom, and AT&T. Currently working for Power Panel, Inc. leading West Coast Business Development efforts promoting the use and adoption of the hybrid PVT-1 solar module combining PV and Thermal in a single panel. This state of the art panel captures 75-80% of the Sun's total energy on a normal day - supplying hot water and electricity at the same time in the same space.

Richard has acccomplished the following in the past few years:
* Led the completion of over $60 Million in new construction;
* Completed solar PV and Thermal, multi-family affordable, multi-family podium and townhouse ground-up developments;
* Achieved 100% client satisfaction by directly leading 3 major solar project installs (2.3 MW of PV) at Martifer Solar USA for the US Veteran’s
Administration, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the San Diego USD;
* Completed 2 major (over 100 kW) Virtual Net Metering PV projects in SCE territory.
* Obtained over $ 2 Million in rebates on 35 projects (totaling over 2.5 MW of PV/ST) for Totalis Energy and it’s investors.


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Joe Cain

Director, Codes and Standards
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

As Director of Codes & Standards, Joe leads SEIA’s efforts in advocacy for development of reasonable and pragmatic codes & standards for design and installation of safe, reliable solar energy systems. In this capacity, he has authored and provided testimony as proponent of numerous SEIA code change proposals to improve national model codes, and has engaged in numerous speaking opportunities at Solar Power International and other industry and professional forums. He is staff liaison to the SEIA Codes & Standards Working Group and the Mounting System Manufacturers Committee. Prior to joining SEIA, Joe was Chair of the SEIA Codes & Standards Working Group since January 2011 -- near its inception.


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Megan Cordes

CBIA Lead Technical Consultant

Megan has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over ten years, four of them at the California Energy Commission. She is the lead technical consultant to the California Building Industry Association on building codes and standards, and works closely with builder members to provide technical support and receive feedback about compliance with California's energy code. She currently manages the WISE program for ConSol to promote the market adoption of high performance walls and attics in the California market. She has an extensive background in energy policy and building science and has worked with builders, government agencies, utilities, and other industry stakeholders to promote and execute energy efficiency and renewable projects and programs. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Environmental Studies.


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Mazi Shirakh

Senior Engineer/Technical Lead, Zero Net Energy, Building Energy Efficiency Standards
California Energy Commission

The California Governor, the Energy Commission, CPUC, and CARB, have established the goal of zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020 for residential buildings and 2030 for nonresidential buildings and Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Parts 6 and 11) have been identified as one of the primary vehicles for delivering the ZNE goals. Mazi Shirakh, PE is a senior mechanical engineer and the ZNE lead for the upcoming 2019 cycle of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) at the California Energy Commission. Previously he was the project manager for the 2008, 2013, and the 2016 cycles of the Standards, working with the PG&E, Edison, SDG&E, SMUD, LADWP and a large team of consultants to make the building envelop and systems as efficient as possible and then require appropriate PV sizes to achieve ZNE in buildings.


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