3iForumWe’re here in Anaheim at IREC’s 2015 3iForum at Solar Power International with two days of insightful 30-minute sessions from IREC’s solar thought leaders.

Join us in the Solar Industry Trends booth #3717 on the SPI exhibition floor, September 15-17 in Anaheim, California. On Wednesday, September 16, we’ll honor innovation, ingenuity and inspiration with our 2015 3iAward winners. Also at this year’s awards ceremony: Special Recognition Awards to IREC’s ACTION HEROES and a very special LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Here’s a rundown of who you’ll see and what you’ll hear. Put us on your calendar. See you there!

Tuesday, September 15

2:30pm Solar’s Regulatory World – What it all Means. A primer on the critical and wonky world of rules and regulations. Insight into the latest regulatory trends, state actions and best practices, and what it all means for the national solar market. Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC
3:00pm Scaling Shared Solar: Reaching New Markets, Seizing New Opportunities. 
More states are looking to shared/community solar to expand access to solar energy. What’s happening to scale the model to reach more consumers and new markets, including low-income customers? What challenges are on the horizon? Erica Schroeder McConnell, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
3:30pm Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: Is Adding Batteries Worth It? Distributed solar valuation studies are cropping up in states across the country, but what happens to that value proposition when you introduce energy storage? A new Solar + Storage Valuation report prepared for IREC by Clean Power Research (CPR) is an important first step in addressing that underlying question. Jason Keyes, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP

Wednesday, September 16

4:00pm IREC 3iAwards Ceremony; Special Reconition Awards to IREC’s Action Heroes; Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, September 17

10:30am Growing State Energy Storage Markets with Proactive Regulatory Policies. The distributed energy storage market is still in its infancy. There is a significant need for regulatory guidance and proactive policies to ensure a smooth integration into the existing electrical system. IREC has identified key regulatory changes that states may want to consider in the near term in order to maximize the benefits of storage and promote sustainable markets.
Sky Stanfield, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
11:00am Solar Jobs: Next Gen Tools. The solar job market is booming – as is demand for quality workers in allied industries. Come see the latest interactive digital platforms for training, “upskilling” and mapping solar careers. Joe Sarubbi, IREC
11:30am Anticipating Solar Growth: the Critical Role of Interconnection in New and Established Solar Markets. As states and utilities grapple with increasing penetrations of solar and other renewables, and as outdated standards bump into rapidly evolving technologies, best practice interconnection processes hold the key to the future for existing and emerging markets alike. Learn more about what’s happening nationally and which elements regulators should be considering to prevent pitfalls and align state standards with best practices. Sky Stanfield, IREC/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP