Solar Connect - Presented by Infocast

Infocast’s Utility Scale Solar Meeting… and More!

Solar Connect is Infocast’s Utility Scale Solar and more! It provides all the same great coverage of the ongoing developments in utility scale solar project origination and financing by the leading utility scale solar developers, investors and financiers. Plus, this year we have added discussions on hot new utility scale topics such as:

  • What utility scale developers need to know about the corporate market
  • The latest developments in the community solar market and the opportunities for utility scale and other industry sectors
  • The evolving community choice aggregation market—the new frontier for utility scale development
  • A changing utility scale sector—ramifications for players in the supply chain
  • Merchant supply and other structures: new models for utility scale solar development, finance, construction and operations

Yet, now there is more. Solar Connect also provides plenty of valuable insights for the C&I and residential sector, such as:

  • What’s new—Update on trends and issues at stake for the solar industry
  • Technology costs and efficiencies—where things are headed
  • Countdown to the ITC reduction—how the industry is preparing
  • Tax reform—potential impact on financing structures
  • Current trends in tax equity
  • The debt market: Trends and outlook on financings
  • Sourcing development and construction capital
  • Regional market outlooks—where to look for upcoming opportunities
  • Vertical dives into the C&I and residential market

Solar Connect has also been designed to provide a new and improved networking opportunity and platform. This is the place to make all the right contacts you need to advance your business goals—face-to-face meetings with senior executives from the industry’s leading developers, investors, financiers and other key industry players. It is all the right people coming together in one place—a focused networking experience for top solar players unlike anywhere else.

Executive Briefing—October 2, 2017
The U.S. Solar Market—Trends and Opportunities
Get a penetrating assessment of the future demand for solar power. Stay on top of the trends that will shape the increasingly diversified U.S. solar market and spot where to look for the next business opportunities.

Workshop—October 2, 2017
Fundamentals of the Energy Storage Market
Pick up all the information needed to build a solid understanding of the current U.S. energy storage market— both front-of-the meter and behind-the-meter. Find out the latest on storage technology, policy, business models, project economics, financing and the business development outlook.

Webinar: Top 5 Solar Industry Trends & Challenges Today

August 29, 2017 | 10 am PDT
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​Edgar Arvizu


George Ashton


Mike Bahr


Karl Brutsaert


Tom Buttgenbach, Ph.D


Cynthia Christensen


Tim Derrick


John Downey


Ed Feo


Mark Fillinger


Cliff Graham


Jesse Grossman


TJ Kanczuzewski


Ja Kao


Yumin Liu


​Robert Morgan


Shalini Ramanathan


Richard Rambaldo


Eugene Shlossberg


Scott Wiater


Akin Gump


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has one of the world’s leading project finance and renewable energy practices. We represent developers, lenders, equity investors, manufacturers, technology companies and other sector participants in a broad array of energy and infrastructure projects, with a focus on the development, financing, operation, acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects and renewable energy companies.

Our team has significant experience across all renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuel and hydroelectric projects and over the past year we have been lead counsel on the three largest renewable energy projects financed in the United States.

Phoenix Solar


Wilson Sonsini


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is uniquely positioned to help companies and their financial partners realize the vast promise of the energy and clean technology field. The firm’s traditional leadership in the technology sector makes us exceptionally well suited to serve as a strategic advisor to visionary companies at all stages of development.

To take full advantage of this unparalleled platform, we have assembled a highly specialized team of energy and clean technology attorneys, giving us top-tier expertise in everything from patents to project finance, government affairs to tax structures. Also setting the firm apart are our longstanding relationships with venture capitalists, private equity firms, and major financial institutions across the U.S. and abroad, which allow us to serve as a conduit to—and advisor regarding—-a wide variety of funding sources. When it comes to structuring and closing groundbreaking transactions in the emerging energy economy, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has become the firm of choice for leading companies, investors, and lenders.

Ballard Spahr


Ballard Spahr LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm with more than 650 lawyers in 15 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in business and finance, litigation, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. Our Energy and Project Finance Group is a nationally recognized practice in the areas of project development, finance, regulation, and investment.



Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solution provider, and the number one solar inverter company in the world by MW shipments. Relying on its powerful R&D capabilities, Huawei has developed and deployed globally the FusionSolar Smart PV Solution for string inverter based utility-scale solar plants. Huawei optimizes and innovates the entire process from design and construction, to the operation and maintenance of PV plants through a global digital O&M platform that is simple to track and maximizes the customer benefits. Huawei has over 180,000 employees and serves more than 170 countries and regions, and a third of the world’s population. Learn more at



Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising, and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals. For more information on Lazard, please visit Follow us at @Lazard.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP/Chadbourne


Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright merged on June 30 to make a combined firm with 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries, including 400 working in the power sector of whom close to a 100 are in the United States.  The prestigious Chambers directory has consistently ranked the Chadbourne project finance team at the top of the US renewable energy market based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms.  The group did $53.5 billion in financings in the last two years.   Approximately 60% of the work of the group in each of the last 11 years has been in renewable energy. The group has worked on projects in more than 80 countries.



STOEL RIVES LLP is a U.S. law firm, with a full suite of transactional and litigation solutions for U.S. and international clients. Established in 1907, the firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Representative clients include financial institutions, public and private utilities, energy and renewable energy companies, developers, manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, universities, agribusinesses, software companies, food and beverage companies, charitable foundations, telecommunications and forestry companies, among others. We represent businesses at all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Troutman Sanders LLP


Recognized by U.S. News as a national top tier practice in the 2014 edition of U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” Troutman Sanders provides top legal advice to utilities, independent power producers, developers, and financial, industrial and government clients in energy-related businesses in the US and internationally. We have extensive transactional, financing and regulatory experience in the electric power, natural gas and water industries as well as the renewable and alternative energy sector. Known for providing advice that maximizes client value, our energy practice works closely with our clients to guide energy transactions through compliance with energy regulation at the federal and state levels.Our comprehensive understanding of the energy industry and regulatory landscape makes us a “go-to firm” for clients seeking counsel regarding all types of energy transactions.

Live Oak Bank


Our Renewable Energy lending team focuses on utility-scale solar projects nationwide. Securing the proper capital is the first step in successful project development, and working with a lender who knows the industry helps overcome challenges as transactions evolve. We focus on bringing innovation to the lending process to facilitate project success. Building on our team’s years of experience in the space, Live Oak Bank has made the solar lending experience better, faster and stronger.



Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 23 offices and approximately 1,700 attorneys. Our diversified practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the specific legal advice clients need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients range from a variety of small, entrepreneurial companies to a substantial number of the 500 largest U.S. corporations and many of the leading global companies. We have represented numerous governments, many of the largest banks — including virtually all of the leading investment banks — and major insurance and financial services companies. The firm has more than 40 practice areas and advises clients in matters involving, among others, energy and infrastructure projects, energy regulation and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, securities law, banking, antitrust, tax and intellectual property.

Strata Solar


Strata Solar was founded in 2008 and today is a leading provider of utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar PV systems nationwide. Strata has constructed over 1.2GW in total solar capacity and maintains a development pipeline of over 3.5GW. The company’s integrated approach, which includes development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance, allows Strata to consistently build quality projects with long-term ownership in mind. Strata is consistently ranked as one of the largest utility-scale solar integrators in the U.S. and has constructed the most utility-scale solar projects in the country.



Sungrow is a global leading PV inverter system solution supplier with over 31GW installed worldwide as of December 2016. Founded in 1997 by University Professor Renxian Cao, Sungrow is a global leader in research and development in solar inverters, with numerous patents and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter systems as well as energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications. With a 20-year track record of growth and success, Sungrow’s products are available in over 50 countries, maintaining a market share of around 25% in Germany and 10% globally.

Trina Solar


Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) is a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company’s industry-leading position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship. For more information, please visit



JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 8.0 GW for silicon wafers, 5.0 GW for solar cells, and 8.0 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2017.

JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. works closely with top financial institutions and key stakeholders in the solar industry.  Publicly vetted by trusted industry third party laboratories, JinkoSolar is one of the fastest growing and most reliable PV suppliers in the United States and Canada. The North American headquarters is located in San Francisco with 5 regional sales offices.

PRYSM Sustainable Solutions


PRYSM Sustainable Solutions provides value-added engineering services, with a focus on utility-scale solar PV power and energy storage projects. PRYSM operates on three core principles — Fast, Focused and Flexible. These principles allow PRYSM to deliver the results you need, when you need them.

Renewable energy project developers, utilities and financiers can depend on PRYSM to provide high-quality front-end design and owner’s engineering packages in order to improve technical designs, reduce life cycle costs, and maximize project returns.

Signal Energy Constructors


Signal Energy Constructors is a leading design/build general contractor providing engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) services for utility-scale renewable energy projects across North
America. Our preconstruction, engineering and project teams are focused on bringing innovative
solutions to each project and are among the most experienced in the renewable energy industry. With
more than 8,000 megawatts of utility-scale project experience, Signal Energy Constructors possesses a
wide range of expertise in the design and construction of wind, solar, infrastructure and other power
projects. Signal Energy Constructors is the renewable energy arm of two of the nation’s strongest
construction companies, Barnhart Crane & Rigging and EMJ Corporation. WE HARNESS CREATIVE

Paragon Energy Advisors


Founded in 2004, Paragon is a leading provider of financial advisory services and has unparalleled expertise in tax equity and sponsor equity structuring, solicitation and placement as well as M&A for renewable and conventional energy projects. Paragon’s professional team has advised project sponsors and tax equity investors in connection with over 50 renewable energy projects totaling over 5,000 MW of generating capacity and requiring approximately $10 billion of capital. These capital raises have included development stage projects and portfolios, projects under construction and projects in operation, and have involved tax partnerships, sale-leasebacks, pro rata sales and other financial structures. In the solar power segment, we have provided both sell-side and buy-side tax and sponsor equity advisory services on residential, distributed generation (C&I), and utility scale projects totaling over $2 billion in transaction value. Our solar power project geographic experience includes projects located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam.

Paragon clients and partners include leading energy project developers, tax equity investors and lenders, strategic investors and private investment firms.

MMA Energy Capital


At MMA Energy Capital, we use our experience and expertise to partner with renewable energy developers, constructors and system owners to provide project capital necessary to develop and build world class renewable energy systems.

Our approach allows us to provide custom solutions around construction debt, development capital and permanent debt that enable our customers to effectively develop and build projects with the certainty that their capital needs will be met through an efficient and collaborative process.

Our primary investment types include:

  • Construction Financing
  • Development Capital
  • Project Term Debt

Through its former ownership of MMA Renewable Ventures, MMA has over a decade of renewable energy investment experience. Our deep knowledge of the renewable energy business provides for an exceptional experience working through complicated transactions as our staff understands the specific needs of our customer’s projects.

For our entire business, the key to our success is our commitment to performance built on our core values of Integrity, Innovation and Service.

MVP Capital


MVP Capital provides mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity capital raising, and strategic and valuation advisory services focusing on the renewable energy, media, telecom and technology sectors. Founded in 1987, MVP has completed over $18 billion transactions and has offices in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Kansas City and Boulder.

Apex Clean Energy


Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on building utility-scale generation facilities. Apex is constructing one of the nation’s largest, most diversified portfolios of renewable energy resources, capable of producing more than 12,000 MW of clean energy. This year, Apex is bringing five new U.S. wind energy facilities online, comprising 1,161 MW of capacity. Apex will provide asset management services on four of these facilities.



Wildlands is a full-delivery habitat mitigation solution provider servicing the renewable energy industry and utility transmission projects through the development of project-specific habitat preserves. Wildlands’ solutions allow developers to comply with resource agency permit requirements with no trailing costs or obligations. The company’s comprehensive approach enables renewable energy developers to comply with regulatory permit requirements for a fixed-fee and focus on their core objective of developing wind, solar and transmission projects.

On behalf of our renewable energy clients, Wildlands has acquired and gained agency approval on nearly 25,000 acres of highly suitable private land habitat throughout California for 27 different utility scale renewable energy projects. Our private lands habitat mitigation preserves have received approvals from the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), and various local jurisdictions.

Wildlands is based in Rocklin, California and operates throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

Innovative Solar Systems


Innovative Solar Systems (ISS) is the #1 Developer of Utility Scale Solar Farm projects in the US with a yearly pipeline of approximately 200 projects (20MW-200MW in Size) totaling over 10GW’s per year. ISS currently has projects in over 35 US states. ISS sells its projects to Investors at either Early Stage, Shovel Ready, NTP or COD. ISS has the ability to provide sREC’s and Purchase Power Agreements (PPA’s) to both Credit Worthy Utility Companies and Corporate Off Takers.

Rath, Young and Pignatelli


RATH, YOUNG AND PIGNATELLI was founded in 1987 to provide clients with a comprehensive, solution-oriented approach to law that was often lacking in more traditional law firms. We recognize the importance of merging traditional legal practice areas with legislative and public policy expertise. We have earned a reputation for achieving client success through skillfull and creative advocacy in private party negotiations, before courts, regulatory agencies and legislatures. Our professionals are leaders in key sectors of our economy where business and government interact, including business and finance, energy, tax, healthcare, environmental and insurance. Our clients range from the largest publicly-traded and privately-held businesses in the world to individuals and small businesses. Our experience spans from structuring complex energy projects to monetize federal tax credits, to advocating for enactment of federal tax legislation to improve retirement savings opportunities, to defending physicians against malpractice lawsuits. In 2005, to better serve our clients, we established a law office in Boston, and we also established a new service of the firm, The Rath Group, through which we provide targeted and strategic business and public affairs advice to clients with regional and national interests. Our attorneys are admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in New Hampshire, and are also licensed to practice in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Shoals Technologies Group


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