Solar & Storage Finance USA 2017 - Post Event Report

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Our Solar and Storage event returned to New York this October.  The focus for this year shifted to include a whole day focused on finance and business models for energy storage.

Amongst the highlights of the conference:

  • A panel of tax equity providers evaluated the effect of the tax reform and section 201 on investor’s appetite in 2018
  • Philip Shen from Roth Capital provided an insightful commentary into the 31st of October proposal on tariff rates for Section 201 and helped the audience navigate through the key timelines, loopholes and probable strategy Chinese manufacturers will adopt.
  • Amongst the various new market segment discussed (CCAs, Community solar, tax exempt entities, PACE), energy storage colocation was rated as the biggest opportunity for solar moving forward.
  • One of the numerous polls conducted throughout the conference recognized the impeding tax reform as the biggest threat to solar right now. (followed closely by the “Changing agenda of utilities” and the “Explosion of the entire universe” J)
  • Some early drinks proved to be a great catalyst of discussion for the regional roundtable session in the afternoon.

All in all, lots of interesting discussion and practical advice on how what to consider when planning for 2018 and further. The post-event report (link below) details the demographics of delegates as well as a list of attending companies and testimonials and feedback from the 2017 conference.