SPI 2018

Powering One Million New York Homes with Solar

Thursday, September 27
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Industry Trends: Booth 189

Your job and projects are probably in states with policies that enable a solar market. But are those policies sufficient for solar to survive - and grow - under the Trump Administration's attacks? Despite New York's ambitious clean energy goals, federal policies and state inaction have caused massive uncertainty and disrupted market development.

Vote Solar, SEIA, and other solar advocates recently launched a roadmap that lays out key policy changes to keep New York's distributed solar industry thriving. The Million Solar Homes Roadmap outlines what changes are needed to power one million households with solar by 2023 - an ambitious and achievable target. This session will walk through those state policy barriers and opportunities that are critical to reaching this goal and will call on you - the solar industry - to get involved.

Sean Garren

Senior Director - Northeast
Vote Solar

Sean Garren directs Vote Solar’s campaigns in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. He has led coalition efforts to expand access to solar in New York and Connecticut and protect critical solar policies, like net metering, in Massachusetts. He has also worked on groundbreaking energy and regulatory initiatives like New York's Value of Distributed Energy Resources and Reforming the Energy Vision. Prior to joining Vote Solar he was the Legislative Director at Fair Share, an economic justice non-profit, where he was lead lobbyist and set campaign strategy for the organization. Previously, he ran the federal clean energy program as Clean Energy Advocate at Environment America, a national network of state-based, grassroots environmental groups. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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