Aloft Boston Seaport, 401-403 D Street | 02210 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

SMART ENERGY America 2017


AM Plenary Session – Smart Energies to Empower Economic and Energy Security of the United States

The morning plenary session is specifically tailored to needs of renewable energy experts across the entire value chain and touches base on the crucial points currently impacting the U.S. clean energy landscape with particular focus on the Northeastern States. Highly respected opinion leaders, made up of government officials, industry champions and renowned research institutions, will debate on the future paths of the U.S. electricity business and provide advice on what is needed to achieve a truly sustainable energy policy under the current administration.


Registration & Get-Together



James Spano

Conference Opening & Welcome Remarks

James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLC


Judith Judson

Keynote Speech: How to Empower Economic and Energy Security in Massachusetts?

Commissioner Judith Judson, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)


Kevin Parker

Keynote Speech: The U.S. East Coast Success Story: Smart Renewables as the Paver for Energy Transition

New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Representing the 21st Senate District


Olaf Lohr

Keynote Speech: The Utility of the Future

Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, sonnen, Inc.


Ravi Manghani

Future Paths for the Electricity Business in the Northeast: 360° Review of Upcoming Market Trends & Challenges

Ravi Manghani, Director, Energy Storage, GTM Research


Bill Stillinger

Executive Roundtable Discussion: Successful Market Designs to Monetize Solar & Storage

Moderated by: Bill Stillinger, President, Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE)

Expert speakers:

  • Adje Mensah, Chief Executive Officer, A.F. Mensah
  • John Drexinger, Senior Vice President of Business & Project Development, Onyx Renewable Partners, L.P.
  • Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, sonnen, Inc.
  • Ram Akella, Managing Director & Board Member, Centrosolar America, Inc.
Adje Mensah
John Drexinger
Olaf Lohr
Ram Akella


Stanley Fishbein

Clean Energy Ownership Program: Energy Cost Reduction Plus Value Creation

Stanley S. Fishbein, JD, LLM (Tax), Managing Partner at CleanView Capital, LLC


Lunch & Networking


PM Track 1 – The Solar Roofing Program: Turning Capital Expenses into Real Value Assets

The commercial rooftop market segment has lost market share over the last few years, growing slowly while the residential and utility-scale segments have taken off. In this session, hear and meet with innovators who will describe how they are breaking down barriers to commercial rooftop growth, using innovative business models, new financing techniques, and new technologies. Focus of the session will include the progress of battery technologies in helping to create resilient buildings and resilient communities.


James Spano

The Solar Roofing Program: Turning Capital Expenses into Real Value Assets

James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLC


Jared Haines

Best Practices: Innovative Business Models, Financing Techniques and Technologies to Foster Commercial Rooftop Growth

Moderated by: Jared Haines, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Spano Partners Holding, LLC

Expert speakers:

  • Anthony Anello, President, EnerBlü Grid Services
  • James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLC
  • Larry Morgan, President, Nations Roof
  • Lyle Rawlings, President, Advanced Solar Products & Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA)
  • Dr. Panos Ninios, Managing Partner, True Green Capital Management
  • Peggy Flannery, Head of Origination for Solar, Generate Capital
Anthony Anello
James Spano
Larry Morgan
Lyle Rawlings
Dr. Panos Ninios
Peggy Flannery


Summary – Q&A with Session Speakers


Networking Coffee Break

PM Track 2 – Smart Energy Market Assessment, Technological Advancements & Sustainable Best Practices

This session will highlight renewable energy technologies that are enabling the marketplace and consumers to find the right balance among energy sources that are cost-competitive, clean and secure. Delegates will gain a deep understanding of smart grid functionality, next-generation technologies and tools in the areas of transmission, distribution, energy storage and smart home. Moreover, industry leaders will showcase first-hand knowledge from the field, successfully proven business strategies in the residential and commercial segments as well as sustainable financing vehicles.


Dr. Richard Perez

Keynote Speech: Achieving Very High Pv Penetration – the Need for an Effective Electricity Remuneration Framework and a Central Role for Grid Operators

Dr. Richard Perez, Research Professor, University at Albany


Best Practice Example Utility Scale Storage: Gained Field Experience and Lessons Learned

Bob Kirslis, Senior Microgrid Application Engineer, EATON


Vic Shao

Translating Different Applications and Business Models of Energy Storage into Income Streams

Vic Shao, Founder and CEO, Green Charge Networks


David Eisenbud

Winning in the Internet of Energy Age: Strategies for Deploying, Aggregating & Monetizing Distributed Energy Resources

David Eisenbud, Managing Director, Distributed Energy Resources, EnSync Energy Systems


Closing & Networking