6:30 pm18:30

Sacramento Chapter Meeting

Sacramento Chapter Meeting

Where: Hoppy Brewing Company, Sacramento

When: January 24th, 6:30 PM

What: Join CALSEIA's Sacramento Area Chapter for a happy hour discussion of what 2017 might bring for the solar industry and how the 2016 California state elections has changed the landscape.

1:00 pm13:00

PROINSO Office Launch Party


Where: 1030 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 130, West Sacramento

When: January 31st, 1:00 PM

What: Join PROINSO for the afternoon in celebrating the opening of their new office & warehouse location in West Sacramento, and enjoy some food & beer! 

5:30 pm17:30

Central Valley Chapter Meeting


Where: TBD, Central Valley

When: February 9th, 5:30 PM

What: Join CALSEIA's Central Valley Chapter Meeting for a networking event at 5:30pm followed by two talks with Q&A periods for both.

9:30 am09:30

Intersolar Summit USA East

Intersolar Summit USA East

WHEN: March 23, 2017, 9:30am - 6:00pm

WHERE: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York, USA

PRICING: $295 until Jan/31 ($236 for Members)
$350 from Feb/1 onwards ($280 for Members)

CALSEIA is thrilled to once again partner with Intersolar Summit USA East, taking place in Brooklyn on March 23, 2017. The conference and networking event is one of the most informative and connection-building events for solar and storage professionals in the region.
Highlights and benefits … experience them firsthand!

  • Network with more than 400 solar and energy storage professionals
  • Benefit from valuable business matchmaking opportunities with regional market intermediaries and leading suppliers
  • Discuss the trends in the East Coast solar and energy storage markets, business climate updates, new potential growth areas, legislative issues affecting federal and state-specific industry developments as well as upcoming challenges - View Program Outline

CALSEIA members receive a 20% discount! 
Contact Us to get the CALSEIA member discount code.



Bay Area Chapter Holiday Mixer
5:30 pm17:30

Bay Area Chapter Holiday Mixer

  • Sungevity

Join Us in Oakland for a Holiday Mixer

While we wait to see if Santa is bringing coal or sunshine to all the boys and girls in the solar industry,  join CALSEIA and your fellow industry members for some good cheer and fun.

All are welcome, members and non-members alike. So bring a friend!

Special thank you to our event sponsors:

San Diego Chapter Holiday Party
5:30 pm17:30

San Diego Chapter Holiday Party

  • Renovate America

While we wait to see if Santa is bringing coal or solar-friendly rates to all the boys and girls in the solar industry, join CALSEIA and your fellow industry members for some good cheer and fun at our upcoming holiday party

All are welcome, members and non-members alike, so bring a friend!

Tickets are $30 per person.

Light food and drinks will be served.

Solar Drinks LA
6:00 pm18:00

Solar Drinks LA

  • Las Perlas

Get to know the solar industry in your area! Join us for an informal gathering to meet other LA Solar professionals — do business, make friends, and learn more about CALSEIA. Enjoy craft cocktails and tacos, courtesy of our sponsors:

ReGreen, Mitsubishi, and GigaWatt.

Co-hosted by Michael Kadish, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, Alex Pugh, Hecate Energy, and CALSEIA.

10:00 am10:00

Webinar: NEM Q&A

Have Questions about Net Metering? Ask the Expert

Now that NEM 2.0 is upon us for PG&E customers, CALSEIA Policy Director Brad Heavner will discuss the transition and answer your questions.

* Our webinar service can host 500 attendees. All registrants and attendees will receive a link for the webinar recording and slides shortly after the conclusion of the webinar.

** If you are a CALSEIA Member, contact us to receive the link for the free-of-cost webinar registration.

5:00 pm17:00

Bay Area Chapter Meeting

  • Sunpower

Mayor shares vision of Solar for San Jose

Join the CALSEIA Bay Area Chapter for the next bi-monthly meeting with networking and a great speaker!


Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo
Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015; San José has surged ever since.

In his brief tenure, Sam has:  

  • launched “San José Works,” an initiative that will provide jobs to over 1,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods this year;   
  • announced five new international flights at Mineta San José International Airport;
  • created after-school programs for hundreds of low-income children, boosted library services in every neighborhood, and expanded youth learning opportunities for coding and STEM skills;  
  • ushered a major expansion of tech employers into San José, from corporate titans like Apple and Google to fast-growing innovators such as Silver Spring Networks, Splunk and SuperMicro;  
  • launched San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.

In Sam’s prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking. In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San José’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San José Earthquakes.

Additionally, Sam serves on a number of boards of directors, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Valley Transit Authority Board, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Sam also is the co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and a founding board member for Cristo Rey High School. He also holds senior fellowships for the American Leadership Forum and the Aspen Institute and is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and Georgetown University, prior to receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  

10:00 am10:00

Webinar: Increasing Access to Solar- Virtual Net Energy Metering and Neighborhood Solar

California is pursing many options for increasing access to solar. Virtual Net Energy Metering (VNEM) can provide opportunities for property owners and renters in both residential and commercial multi-tenant buildings to go solar, but the adoption of this policy to date has been slow. Similarly, neighborhood solar policies such as the Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program (GTSR) have also faced challenges in their adoption. A panel of experts will present on barriers to accessing solar, provide examples and emerging policy and business models to address those challenges, and lead a targeted discussion around strategies to expand solar access to more Californians using VNEM and neighborhood solar. 


  • Kelly Knutsen, CALSEIA 
  • Alexandra Patey, Center for Sustainability Energy


  • Ross Williams, Home Energy Systems Solar
  • Bill Hilliard, EcoVolt Solar
  • Susannah Churchill, Vote Solar

* Our webinar service can host 500 attendees. All registrants and attendees will receive a link for the webinar recording and slides shortly after the conclusion of the webinar.

** If you are a CALSEIA Member, contact us to receive the link for the free-of-cost webinar registration.

10:00 am10:00

Webinar: Solar Permitting--Making it Easier, Faster and Cheaper for Everyone

The Expedited Solar Permitting Act, AB 2188, has helped make pulling a permit for a standard residential solar installation quicker and easier, but there are still many places across the state that have not yet adopted the streamlined permit forms for safe installs, leading to costly delays and inefficiencies on both sides of the counter. To lower everyone's costs, cities, counties, building officials, and the solar industry are working together to make permitting easier for everyone. The panel of experts will describe efforts and resources available to streamline and improve local solar permitting in your city or county. 


Kelly Knutsen, CALSEIA


  • Marcus Gilmore, Center for Sustainable Energy 
  • Jeff Spies, Quick Mount PV and member of the Solar Energy Action Committee
  • Philip Haddix, The Solar Foundation

* Our webinar service can host 500 attendees. All registrants and attendees will receive a link for the webinar recording and slides shortly after the conclusion of the webinar.

** If you are a CALSEIA Member, contact us to receive the link for the free-of-cost webinar registration.

GRID Alternatives 3rd Annual Solar Soiree
5:30 pm17:30

GRID Alternatives 3rd Annual Solar Soiree

  • Vizcaya


Join a dynamic group of guests for GRID's annual fundraiser and celebration, the Solar Soiree!  The Soiree helps GRID raise funds for and awareness of our programs fighting climate change and creating economic opportunities in Sacramento most disadvantaged communities.  Enjoy live music, and a short speaking program featuring Councilmember Steve Hansen and a live auction.  

Invest in climate equity and help to transform the local energy economy into one that benefits everyone! 

Event Program:

5:30-6:30   Networking hour with appetizers, wine & beer tasting, no-host bar
6:30-7:30   Short program and dinner
7:30-8:30   Live Auction and Dessert 

10:00 am10:00

Webinar: TOU Rate Changes

Time of Use Rate Structure is in Flux

All three IOUs are proposing to shift summer peak rates to the evening hours. Some proposals contain super off peak periods with extremely low rates in the middle of the day. What exactly does each proposal contain? How likely are they to get approved? CALSEIA’s Brad Heavner will have the data and answer your questions.



  Brad Heavner
  Policy Director, CALSEIA

ACORE Finance West
7:30 am07:30

ACORE Finance West

  • Parc 55 Hotel

Bringing together renewable energy investors, developers and purchasers to access current market trends

ACORE Finance West convenes a select group of prominent renewable energy executives, investors, corporate purchasers, and other top transactional professionals to assess recent developments, increase deal flow and maximize opportunities for financing and development of renewable energy in the Western U.S.

  • Assess how emerging trends in corporate procurement, distributed generation, community solar, grid modernization and other market developments will impact a changing electricity marketplace and affect renewable energy finance and growth in western states;

  • Discuss challenges in securing capital for the diverse range of renewable energy projects in the West, including small, mid-market, and large/utility scale;

  • Identify financing mechanisms and policies that help reduce costs and promote deployment of integration and storage

  • Examine how the changing policy and regulatory landscape will impact investment in renewables, including the recent tax credit extensions and related guidance, expanded RPS policies, legal uncertainty surrounding Clean Power Plan implementation strategies, and efforts to create a west-wide RTO.

ACORE Finance West is hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit group with hundreds of organizational members from across the spectrum of renewable energy technologies and a producer of REFF-Wall Street, the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.

U.S Solar Market Insight 2016
Oct 26

U.S Solar Market Insight 2016

  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort


GTM presents the 6th annual U.S. Solar Market Insight conference. Underpinned by years of in-depth market analysis, and published in conjunction with SEIA, this conference will give you exclusive access to the top industry executives and thought leaders while providing actionable insights into the U.S. solar industry. Learn how to navigate complex market dynamics and local policies to access innovative project finance and unlock hidden growth markets. 

CALSEIA is a proud partner of this must-attend event. Join us with GTM October 25-26 in San Diego, CA using our exclusive discount code CALSEIA15 for 15% off your conference registration.

5:30 pm17:30

Annual Dinner & Live Auction


Please join CALSEIA for our Annual Dinner and Live Auction. We will be taking stock in the important work being done to keep California’s solar market growing and strong while wining and dining in a unique, formal setting at the beautiful and historical Berkeley City Club. 

Sponsorships Available & Tickets Available

10:00 am10:00

Webinar: Achieving Zero Net Energy – How Solar Water Heating Helps

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) invites city and county staff, contractors, architects and developers to a free webinar on the opportunities for solar water heating to reduce natural gas and electricity use, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs. As both a renewable and energy efficiency technology, solar water heating is well positioned to support state and local ZNE goals. 

This webinar will provide background on solar water heating technology and the available incentives for solar thermal installation. We will discuss how such technologies can directly impact ZNE goals, and we will showcase solar water heating projects in California. Discussion will also cover recent legislative efforts to extend the CSI Thermal program and the future of the technology as it relates to Zero Net Energy. 


  • Erin Malcolm-Brandt, CSE, will discuss how solar water heating fits into the structure of ZNE policy and will discuss resources for municipalities, industry partners and end users. 
  • Nicholas Oliver, CSE, will discuss the basics of both solar water heating and the CSI Thermal Program and how potential projects and customers can take advantage of available rebates. 
  • Kelly Knutsen, CALSEIA, will provide an update on the solar water heating policy landscape and recent legislative activity in the space. 
  • William Chen, Adroit Energy, will discuss several recent solar water heating projects that his company has completed and specific financing or technical considerations that future customers should keep in mind. 

This is the second webinar in CSE’s 2016 ZNE webinar series and builds off the ZNE Roadmap for Local Governments, which provides a collection of best practices, current efforts and policy recommendations that local jurisdictions can implement to support and drive the ZNE market. You can view the Roadmap and supporting webinars here.

5:30 pm17:30

Solar Power Happy Hour with GRID Alternatives

  • Fox & Goose Public House

Solar Power Happy Hour is back at Fox & Goose!  Join GRID Alternatives for an enjoyable evening that unites industry, trainers and interested recruits for a fun networking event to elevate the local conversation about the growth of solar jobs in Sacramento region. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, and no-host bar.  The event is free of charge, but donation to support nonprofit's solar workforce program is encouraged.

We’ve invited fellow solar industry professionals, workforce and training agencies, and solar job hopefuls for a business casual evening for a discussion on local opportunities to place good people with more good, solar jobs.

5:30pm- 6:00pm:  Free appetizers, no-host bar and informal networking
6:00pm- 7:00pm:  Speaker panel, a focus on Recruitment, Diversification, and Future Industry Growth  
7:00pm- 7:30pm: “Speed Networking” with a Panelist

For more information contact Becca Russell, Corporate Relations Officer at 916-585-8536 or brussell@gridalternatives.org.  Sponsorship packages available.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar


Fox & Goose Public House - 1001 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 - View Map

8:30 am08:30

Solar Worker Lobby Day


Help educate lawmakers about the importance of solar jobs in California, about the need to protect net metering throughout the state including in municipal utility territories such as:
                        Palo Alto
                        Los Angeles
                        and many others…

And, help educate lawmakers about the importance of solar water heating technologies and passage of AB 2460 (Irwin).

T-shirts, lunch, and an afternoon reception with food & drinks will be provided to all attendees. 

1:00 pm13:00

CleanFund Webinar: Accelerating Solar Project Cash Flow with SolarPACE

CleanFund Webinar: Accelerating Solar Project Cash Flow with SolarPACE

CleanFund, the nationwide leader in commercial PACE financing, is hosting an introductory webinar on the benefits of its new SolarPACE™ financing program.

SolarPACE™ has been specifically designed to combine and maximize the economic benefits of a commercial solar project along with the credit enhancing simplicity of PACE financing.
Join us on Thursday, August 4th at 1 PM PST for this concise 20 minute webinar, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session to learn how SolarPACE™ will help solar developers offer more attractive projects to commercial, industrial, and certain non-profit property owners.

Hear from industry leader Brandon Deno Vice President, Solar at CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.

Hear from industry leader Brandon Deno Vice President, Solar at CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.

And Bruce Chandler Senior Director, Business Development at CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.

And Bruce Chandler Senior Director, Business Development at CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc.

The flexibility of SolarPACE™ financing delivers significant benefits to a wide range of property owners.

7:00 am07:00


What do runners and solar supporters have in common? They both love clean air! Held alongside the events at Intersolar North America, this 5k fun run/walk hosted by Sol Systems and benefitting the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) features great views of San Francisco Bay. Attending a conference doesn’t mean putting a healthy lifestyle on hold, so come run or walk with Sol Systems and CALSEIA!

he 5K is a flat loop course on the Embarcadero Walk Way on the San Francisco Bay.  The iconic views along this waterfront course include: AT&T Park (home of World Champion San Francisco Giants), the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, South Beach Harbor, Cupid’s Span. 

Water will be available at the start and finish of the run/walk.   

Start & Finish Location: The race will start and end at South Beach Harbor at Pier 40, the intersection of The Embarcadero and Townsend Street - next door to AT&T Park San Francisco, CA.

Please arrive by 7:15 AM for the 7:30 AM Start. 

Registration Price:

Early Bird (April 4- June 3): $40

Regular (June 4 - July 8): $55



5:00 pm17:00

Solar Summerfest

With over 2,000 solar professionals expected to attend, thanks to a thriving California market, we are celebrating the 80’s with retro-themed appetizers, drinks, and live entertainment encapsulating the best of that memorable decade in a beautiful rooftop setting. This is the perfect venue for unwinding from the day, continuing your business discussions, and enjoying unique views of San Francisco, all while celebrating the fact that, thanks to our landmark wins on NEM and the ITC, we can enjoy 80's cultural phenomena but avoid re-living its solar market disasters.

10:00 am10:00


This is not your typical conference experience. CALSEIA’s Contractor Days are an all-day all-inclusive package deal designed for both the sales and installation teams of your contracting business.

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 10:00AM–5:00PM

Where: Moscone West, Level 3

747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

5:00 pm17:00

North Bay Chapter Meeting

Join Us on Wednesday June 22, 5 to 7 PM
at the Hopmonk Tavern beer garden in Sebastopol

Join us Wednesday June 22, at 5:00pm for an evening of informative discussion, drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking with the CalSEIA North Bay membership at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol.  Drinks and hors d'oeuvres at 5, speakers and discussion begin at 5:30.  We hope to see you there!

We are pleased to announce that our sponsors for the evening are IronRidge Inc. and CED San Leandro.  Mella Hunter from IronRidge and a representative from CED will be on hand to meet you and give us an update on the latest product releases and news.

And we are especially pleased that our featured speaker is Michael Heid, Commercial & Strategic Account Manager with Enphase Energy.  Michael will present the latest in Enphase Storage initiatives.

We'll also be discussing recent news and events of interest to everyone. 

This meeting is open to CalSEIA members and invited guests only. If you are a prospective member you are welcome to attend up to two North Bay Chapter meetings, after which you must become a member.


Food and Drinks Sponsored by:

5:00 pm17:00

Bay Area Chapter Meeting

Join us for the next CALSEIA Bay Area Bi-Monthly meeting!

Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: SolarEdge HQ
47505 Seabridge Dr. Fremont, CA 94538
(seating limited)


Paula Mints
SPV Market Research

Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst of the global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints began her solar market research career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she left Strategies Unlimited for Navigant where she continued her practice as a Director in Navigant's Energy Practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints is the author of many articles on the economics and behavior of the solar industry. Ms. Mints is currently Vice Chair of the Silicon Valley Photovoltaic Society, and IEEE Chapter. 

Jon Norling
Cleantech Law Partners

Jon is a seasoned renewable energy attorney with experience working as general counsel for a regional energy developer in the process of developing over 1,500 MW of wind, solar and wave energy projects. Jon has represented clients in all aspects of renewable energy project development and finance, including asset acquisitions, divestitures, document drafting and negotiations, and due diligence analysis.
Jon is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he teaches classes on renewable energy and climate change.  He serves on the Oregon State Bar Law-Sustainability Task Force. Jon is the former chair of the energy section of the Oregon State Bar and was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of Portland's "Forty under 40" in 2008. Jon holds a J.D. degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and a B.A. from Middlebury College.


Food & drinks sponsored by:

1:00 pm13:00

LA Chapter Meeting

Join Us at the June 21 Greater LA Chapter Meeting!


Paul Dailey, Sr. Manager, Product & Technical Sales, AEE Solar will speak to us about new battery technology, energy storage and self consumption. The Utilities are proposing changes in their rate plans, some moving the “peak” periods for residential to 4:00pm to 9:00pm, while others are not offering net metering claiming that they have reached their 5% cap. So future PV systems that are paired with a energy storage component will be more effective at paying for themselves.


It’s not a new concept, but it looks like it may be getting traction. Can a small player play or is this just for the “big fish”? 

I (Ron) have been invited to join a Dept. of Energy sponsored panel to evaluate and develop ways to create a successful Virtual Net Metering program, (NEM V). I will reveal the up sides and down sides to getting involved in the concept. It can be a very complicated program, but once one has the formula, it could take off like a rocket. 


Rod will stimulate our contract writing intelligence. Always great information.

Update on the FIT program, any new players?  The DWP website has a matrix that allows you to enter production during the day at the various hours the system is producing. It then calculates the amount of revenue paid to the system owner.


What: Greater LA Chapter Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 21st, 1:00 to 4 PM
Where: Coco's Family Restaurant
10841 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345

5:00 pm17:00

CALSEIA SoCal Golf Tournament


This "4-Person Scramble" format tournament in Southern California is great for golfers of all skill levels while helping raise money for a worthy cause. This event is sure to attract many solar professionals for the opportunity to enjoy a day on the green to develop or further business relationships with customers and vendors while networking with fellow industry members. 

When: Wednesday June 8th

Shotgun @ 8:30am

Where: Oak Creek Golf Club

1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

8:00 am08:00

CALSEIA NorCal Golf Tournament


This "4-Person Scramble" format tournament in Northern California is great for golfers of all skill levels while helping raise money for a worthy cause. This event is sure to attract many solar professionals for the opportunity to enjoy a day on the green to develop or further business relationships with customers and vendors while networking with fellow industry members. 

When: Friday May 20th

Shotgun @ 8am

Where: Hiddenbrooke Golf Club

1095 Hiddenbrooke Parkway, Vallejo, CA 94591