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10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
Category: GA Solar Events



Thursday, October 25th, 2018
9:00AM - 7:00PM
@ The Carter Center

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Topics + Speakers to Include

KEYNOTEBILL NUSSEY, founder of the Freeing Energy Project, and author of the book, “Freeing Energy” to be released in 2019. His mission: accelerate the shift to cleaner, cheaper energy. Prior to Freeing Energy, Bill was a career CEO in SaaS software and digital marketing. His companies have created thousands of jobs and billions in market value. He was a venture capitalist with Greylock, IBM’s VP Corporate Strategy; has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Electrical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.

(Excerpt from Freeing Energy): "In the same way personal computers upended the legacy mainframe computing world and mobile phones disrupted the landline telephone business, “local energy” will revolutionize the way we produce and consume electricity. By freeing energy from centralized fossil fuel power plants and the one-size-fits-all grid, entrepreneurs and innovators can re-invent the electricity business from the outside-in. Local energy also offers the bi-partisan benefits of local jobs, healthier communities and greater independence from large government bureaucracies."

KEYNOTE:  Anya Schoolman is the Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors (SUN). SUN began in Washington, D.C. when Anya’s son and a friend inquired about going solar.  Anya encouraged them to get the neighborhood involved to save costs.  Not only did 50 neighbors agree to go solar together, this effort then spread across Washington D.C.  SUN now helps communities across the country develop locally-owned renewable energy projects and fight for policies that support clean, local energy -- especially rooftop solar. Solar United Neighbors, a 501c3, has a database of 60,000 and manages state-based programs in nine states.  This fall, Solar United Neighbors is partnering with the American Solar Energy Society for the "2018 National Solar Tour!"  The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar, renewable energy, and sustainable living event in the nation. The Tour takes place the weekend of October 6 and 7.

WEATHER CHANNEL DOCUMENTARYKilling Clean is a documentary about Ohio that examines the forces pushing back on renewable energy progress. Opponents of solar and other renewable resources have mobilized across the country to undermine increasing adoption and deployment of renewable energy. “Killing Clean” demonstrates how they zeroed in on Ohio as an early win for their effort to fight clean energy policy at the state level. Ultimately, the initiative failed, in part because renewable energy advocates reminded Ohio’s leaders about the jobs and investment their commitment to renewable energy has produced. Producer Marisa Venegas, Reporter Brad Wieners and Greenlink Founder Matt Cox will discuss the Ohio face-off.

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10th Anniversary Solar Summit AGENDA:
The Carter Center, 10/25/18

9:00am                                 REGISTRATION/LIGHT REFRESHMENTS/NETWORKING

10:00am                               Summit Kick-Off with TIM ECHOLS, Georgia Public Service Commissioner

10:15am                               WELCOME, Russell Seifert, GA Solar Chairman

10:30am                               Georgia Power – A. Wilson Mallard

11:00am                              “Rooftop Solar: Fighting for Energy Rights!” ANYA SCHOOLMAN, Solar United Neighbors

Noon                                     LUNCH

12:45pm                              KILLING CLEAN: Video Presentation

1:00 pm                                KILLING CLEAN PANEL DISCUSSION: Weather Channel Documentary

Moderator: Julie Hairston, Gigaword Communications
Panelists: Brad Wieners, Editorial Director for Patagonia; Marisa Venegas, Cinematographer; Matt Cox, Greenlink Group

1:45pm                                Tricia Pridemore, Georgia Public Service Commissioner

2:00pm                                 BILL NUSSEY, Freeing Energy

3:00pm                                 BREAK

3:20pm                                 Georgia Energy Data - Southface Map Project Update, Lisa Bianchi-Fossati and Bailey Shea, Southface

3:40pm                                 “Rooftop Solar Policies in the Southeast,” Jill Kysor, Southern Environmental Law Center

4:00pm                                 Floating Solar - Stetson Tchividjian, D3Energy

4:45pm                                 Permitting Panel- Andrew Saunders, Athens                     

5:45pm                                CLOSING REMARKS, Russell Seifert

6:00pm                                COCKTAIL HOUR & NETWORKING

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
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