SESA Summit 2021

The Solar + Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA) -- a SEIA affiliate -- is excited and proud to announce the 5th annual SESA Summit, to take place August 16-18, 2021 as a fully in-person event (with proof of vaccination) at the beautiful Vivo Beach Club in San Juan, PR.  Join us at this meeting of leaders and collaborators committed to our shared vision of transformation and growth of sustainable energy in Puerto Rico. NOTE that masks must be worn inside and outside the venue, except when eating or drinking.


Why now:

  • The Solar+Energy Storage market is sizzling hot in PR
  • 30% year-over-year growth rate of residential / commercial market
  • PR law and energy regulator order for 3,750 MW of renewables, with 1500 MW of storage, to be constructed by 2025
  • $Billions in federal funding is finally flowing due to Biden Administration support


Why attend?

  • Network with PR industry leaders in politics and regulation
  • Learn about current and future opportunities
  • Develop relationships with potential business partners
  • Deep sponsor and ticket discounts for SESA-PR members 
  • Discount to SEI training course on August 24 




Hotel:

We are sold out of our special rate at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, a short walk from the Vivo Beach Club. You can try to get a room at the same hotel from one of the discount sites like Expedia or Kayak.  Alternatively, you can look for an airbnb in the Isla Verde area.



Agenda
Monday, August 16
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us at the oceanside Las Brisas, Courtyard by Marriott - Isla Verde Beach Resort hotel as we meet and greet friends and enjoy some drinks, appetizers, and a beautiful sunset. Sponsored by Windmar Home
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, August 17
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Check in at the Welcome Center and pick up your badge, then enjoy some breakfast while you start networking
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Keynote Speaker
9:20 AM - 9:35 AM
9:20 AM - 9:35 AM
Plenary: Manuel Laboy
9:35 AM - 9:55 AM
9:35 AM - 9:55 AM
Fireside Chat: Lillian Mateo, Javier Rua
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Panel: Josen Rossi, Roy Torbert, PJ Wilson
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM
Quick Talk: Woodrow Boles
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Fireside Chat: Mario Hurtado, Javier Rua
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Panel: Sila Gonzalez-Calderón, Mayor of Guaynabo (Mayor of Guaynabo) and Hon. Luis Javier Hernandez Ortiz (Mayor of Villalba)
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Fireside Chat: Marc Roumain, Chris Rauscher
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Presentation: Maretzie Díaz Sánchez
1:50 PM - 2:15 PM
1:50 PM - 2:15 PM
Panel: Andy Newbold, Chris Rauscher, McCrea Dunton, Javier Rua
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Panel: Bruce Levy, Victor Gonzalez, Javier Rua
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Fireside Chat: Carlos Fernandez, Javier Rua
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM
Panel: José Luís Santiago Quinones, Jose Garcia, Waldemar (Tito) Toro
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Fireside Chat: Andy Newbold, Jing Yu
3:50 PM - 4:05 PM
3:50 PM - 4:05 PM
Quick Talk: Fire Captain Richard Birt
4:05 PM - 4:25 PM
4:05 PM - 4:25 PM
Panel: Ramon Luis Nieves, Laura Esquivel, Javier Rua
4:25 PM - 4:40 PM
4:25 PM - 4:40 PM
Panel: Ramon Luis Nieves, Gilberto Guevara, Francisco Berrios Portela
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Fireside Chat: Leslie Hufstetler, Jussi Heikkinen
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Enjoy drinks while we chat and network with friends and colleagues. Sponsored by Bright Panel Solar.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
More drinks, paella, pasta, and live band!
Wednesday, August 18
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Recorded Messages: US House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva, Gretchen Sierra
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM
Keynote Speaker: Jigar Shah
9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Fireside Chat: Fermin Fontanes, Javier Rua
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Quick Talk: Carlos Parés
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Panel: Ferdinand Ramos, Gerardo Cosme, Alfonso Baretty
11:05 AM - 11:20 AM
11:05 AM - 11:20 AM
Panel: Awilda Cáez, Francisco Berríos Portela
11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
Fireside Chat: Lilian Mateo, Ignacio Diaz, Javier Rua
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel: Antonio Medina, Christian Sobrino, Meghan Nutting
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch Speakers: Sila González Calderon, Naomi Betancourt, Awilda Cáez
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Fireside Chat: Matt Thibodeau, Javier Rúa
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop: Emily Levin, Angel Rivera de la Cruz, Francisco Berrios Portela
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Workshop: Juan Carlos Diaz-Galarza, Carlos Velazquez Lopez, Francisco Berrios Portela
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Mini Workshop: PJ Wilson, Javier Rua
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Synergy together until we meet again
Speakers
Governor
Puerto Rico
Associate Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories
The White House
CEO
Fortress Power
Project Manager
Sonnedix Puerto Rico
Executive Director, Energy Policy Program
Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio
Chairman of the Board
Aireko Construction Group
Senator of the Commonwealth of PR
Government of Puerto Rico
Executive VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs
Sunnova
Director, Loan Programs Office
US Department of Energy
CEO
Sonnedix Puerto Rico
Senior Vice President
Sargent & Lundy
Vice President of Federal Policy and Advocacy
Hispanic Federation
Executive Director
COR3
Counsel, Corporate Practice Group
McConnell Valdéz
Manager of Grid Transformation
LUMA Energy
Associate Commissioner
Puerto Rico Energy Bureau
Director of Renewables SCADA
NuGen Automation
Chairman
House Committee on Natural Resources
Disaster Recovery Deputy Secretary
PR Department of Housing
Program Director
The Solar Foundation
NEPR Commissioner & 2nd VP
SEARUC
Executive Director
Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority
PV & ESS Project Manager
Dynamic Solar
President
Solar & Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico
Senior Manager
PR Science Trust
Partner & President Industrial & Energy Group
Aireko
Mayor of Guaynabo
Mayors Federation
President
Windmar Group
Founder
Solar And Fire Education (SAFE)
Mayor of Villalba
Mayors Association of Puerto Rico
Associate Director | Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure
Guidehouse
Senior Director, Market Dev. & Policy
Sunrun
Associate Commissioner
Puerto Rico Energy Bureau
President
Pura Energia
Chief Regulatory Officer
LUMA Energy
Owner
Solartek
Co-Founder & Partner
Carpe Diem Developers
Director of Grid Services
Sunnova
President
BMR Energy
Communications Director
Enphase Energy
Director, Growth & Development
Wärtsilä
Principal - Africa, Islands, SE Asia Program
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Energy Regulatory & General Counsel
Máximo Solar
Board Member
Puerto Rico Financial Oversight & Management Board
Marketing Director
inverSOL
Principal Consultant
VEIC
Director of Sales & Marketing
Glenn Internatnional
Caribbean Regional Manager
Tetra Tech
Director
WindMar Home
Managing Member
RL Legal & Consulting Services
Corporate Attorney & General Counsel
Chief Policy Officer
Solar+Energy Storage Association of PR (SESA-PR)
Attorney
McConnell Valdés
Sponsors
All Island Sponsors
Gigawatt & LANYARD SPONSOR
Gigawatt Sponsors
Megawatt Sponsors
Kilowatt Sponsors
Education Partners
LOCATION
Vivo Beach Club, 7000 Carr. 187 RR2, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00979
Map
Location: Vivo Beach Club, 7000 Carr. 187 RR2, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00979

SESA Summit Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.  We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.  The SESA Summit aims to provide a harassment-free experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, or technology choices.  Additionally, sexual language or imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, dinners, and social media. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.  For problems, please contact our staff.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

We expect this to be a fully in person event. However, the venue policy only allows people with proof of vaccination to attend.  Participants will be required to comply at all times with current COVID requirements of Puerto Rico, the venue, and the event. This could mean being required to wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking, and could mean a strict amount of physical distancing.  Also please take all appropriate precautions when mingling with other people, especially inside buildings. Thank you!