Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Focus -- Research and Development and Market Transformation

Purpose: To focus on new opportunities to promote solar research and development (R&D) and market transformation in the Southeast. The 1st Southeast Solar Summit will facilitate strategic partnerships of established organizations in the region that understand the energy needs, economics, and market of our demographic. A technical report will be prepared as an outcome of the Summit.

7:15 AM Bus pick up at hotels

7:45 Registration Continental Breakfast Networking Opportunity


Welcome to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dr. Dana Christensen, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Engineering Sciences, ORNL


Welcome to Tennessee, Ryan Gooch, Director, Energy Policy, Tennessee Department
of Economic & Community Development


Craig Cornelius, Acting Program Manager, Solar Energy Technologies, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, The Department of Energy's Solar America Initiative

9:10 The U.S. Solar Market, Scott Hennessey, Manager of Policy and Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

9:35 What are they thinking?, Suzanne Shelton, President and CEO, The Shelton Group

10:00 Break Walk to Photovoltaic System Dedication Ceremony

10:10 Dedication Ceremony of the New Photovoltaic System Installation at ORNL


Break Walk back to Conference Center






Research and Development (R&D) Facilitated Discussions Technical Track 1

Chair: Curt Maxey, ORNL

Moderator: Dr. Craig Blue, Deputy Director for Technology, Materials Science and Technology Division, ORNL

Session 1: Photovoltaics (PV), Facilitator,
Dr. Ron Ott
, ORNL, and
Dr. Vijay Yelundur, University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics, Georgia Institute of Technology―Development of high-efficiency commercial-ready Si solar cells for cost-effective PV

Group Discussion








Market Transformation (MT)
Economic Development Track 2

Chair: Gil Melear-Hough, SACE

Moderator: Kevin Lynn, Sentech, Inc./U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program

Overview – will consist of targeted sessions focusing on market transformation needs for solar and other renewables specific to the Southeast

Justifying the Cost of Solar, Dr. Ross McCluney, Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)

Installer Certification and Training, Allan Gentry, Cleveland State Community College

Question and Answer Session

12 noon

Working Lunch Keynote Address ― Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), Steve Coonen, Vice President Business Development, Open Energy Corporation

1:00 PM




R&D Facilitated Discussions

Session 2 : Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), Facilitator, Steve Coonen, Open Energy Corporation,

Dr. Lew Fraas, President, JX Crystals, Inc.Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV): Path to Affordable Solar Electric Power

Group Discussion




Speaker & Breakout Facilitator Market Transformation Success Stories & Lessons Learned. Each panelist to provide overview of successful approaches and future opportunities for growth

John Morris, President & CEO, Sunlight Direct, Inc., Hybrid Solar Lighting

Thomas Tripp, Big Frog Mountain, Recognizing the Value of Solar

Jeff Curry, Alternative Energy Coordinator, Lakeland Electric, Solar Thermal Energy Production: The Next Generation

Question and Answer Session


R&D Facilitated Discussions

Session 3: Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV), Facilitator, Dr. Lew Fraas, President, JX Crystals, Inc., Carousel Trackers with 1-Sun or 3-Sun Modules for Commercial Building Rooftops, Bob Conner, Semprius―Concentrator Photovoltaic Modules Made By Micro Transfer Printing Process, and Rick Hurt, University of Nevada Las VegasConcentrating Photovoltaic Projects at UNLV

Group Discussion



Southeast Solar Summit: New Residential Construction , Beth Eason, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

State Solar Policy: Overview & Trends, Steve Kalland, Director, North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)


BreakNetworking Opportunity



R&D Facilitated Discussions

Session 4: Buildings and Grid Integration, Facilitators, Burak Ozpineci (ORNL) and Tom Jahns (University of Wisconsin)―Buildings and Grid Integration

Group Discussion




Renewable Portfolio Standards & Southeast Solar, Stephen Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)

Solar America Initiative―Market Transformations, Kevin Lynn, Sentech, Inc./U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program

Questions and Answers


Session 5: Direct Use Solar Technologies R&D, Jeff Muhs, Director, Strategic Planning, Engineering Science and Technology Division, ORNL

Group Discussion







Brainstorming session to begin coordinating the regional plan for solar and renewable energy market transformation

Facilitator: Scott Hennessey, SEIA Manager of Policy and Research

The Role of Utilities' Renewable Energy Green Power Programs, Edward Colston, Tennessee Valley Authority

The Role of Non-profits in Market Transformation, Alex Tapia, Kilowatt Ours


R&D Track Wrap-Up


MT Track Wrap-Up


Reception (Tour option: CATS Facility)


Dinner ― Keynote Address, Integration of Solar Electric Power―A National Review, Mike Taylor, Technical Services Manager, Solar Electric Power Association


Thursday, October 25, 2007
Focus -- Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) and Clean Energy Technology (CET) Industry Developments and Field Trips

7:15 AM Bus pick up at hotels


Registration Continental Breakfast (Tour option: CPV system)

8:30 - 10:15 Building Solar into the Southeast, Facilitator, Dr. Robert Shelton, Sr. Associate for Energy Policy, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, the University of Tennessee


8:30 Tennessee Clean Energy Technologies, Brian Hensley and Clinton Berry, Tennessee Economic & Community Development, Energy Policy

  9:00 Building Solar into Commercial Buildings, Herb Stonebrook, Energy Management Administrator, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration


9:15 The Pursuit of Affordable Zero Energy Homes , Jeff Christian, Director, Buildings Technology Center, ORNL

  9:45 Walden Reserve: A Deep Green Community, Paul Radtke, Director of Community Relations, Walden Reserve, LLC and Patrick Hughes, Building Technologies Integration Manager, ORNL

10:15 BreakNetworking Opportunity


Track 1
Finalize R&D Summary of Outcomes/Action Items
(Chair: Curt Maxey)

Track 2
Finalize MT Summary of Outcomes/Action Items
(Chair: Gil Melear-Hough)


Summary of Outcomes to Participants


Working Lunch ― Keynote Address ― Towards a Transformational Solar Energy R&D Portfolio, Jeff Muhs, Director, Strategic Planning, Engineering Science and Technology Division, ORNL

12:30 PM

Industry Roundtable – Renewables and Success Stories, Facilitator, Tom Ballard, Interim Director, Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED), and Director, Economic Development and Partnerships, TTED, ORNL

Steve Johnson, LightWave Solar Electric, Solar Electricity Photovoltaics in Tennessee

Mel Jones, President and CEO, Sterling Planet, Renewable Energy Success Stories―Making the Most from Renewable Energy Projects


Moderator: Kay Thompson, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, Is the Next Step Exporting?

Lawrence Markel, Sentech, Inc., Developing Renewable Energy Projects in Central Asia

Brian O'Hanlon, International Trade Specialist, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Government Export Assistance Program


Optional Tours:

  • Tour of Near-Zero Energy Homes (41 cents per day) at the Habitat for Humanity subdivision in Lenoir City, Tennessee, led by Jeff Christian (ORNL).

5:00 Bus departs ORNL to Hotels
  • Tour of Buffalo Mountain Wind Farm – Comprised of 15 1.8MW Vestas V80 turbines atop Windrock near the town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, led by Rick Carson (TVA).

  • Tour of Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) – an accelerator-based neutron source built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by the Department of Energy, led by Al Ekkebus (ORNL).

Limited Space is available for Workshops on Friday morning!

This is an opportunity for companies to discuss market-ready technologies and answer questions, contact Melissa Lapsa for more details.

Friday, October 26, 8:30 - 12 noon (Hybrid Solar Lighting Workshop)

Friday, October 26, 10:30 - 12:30 (Solar Air Heating for Commercial Buildings)

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