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Policy, innovation, markets: will residential batteries hit the big time in 2021?

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The last decade saw residential storage take off, achieving vast industry growth and customer adoption in a relatively short time. While the 2010s became the decade of residential solar, can energy storage follow the same blueprint for success in 2021?

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Dr. Ben Damiani, CTO & Co-Founder | Solar Inventions
Karla Loeb, Chief Policy and Development Officer | Sigora Solar
Daren Goldin, Founder and CEO | Goldin Solar

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Tim Sylvia, Editor | pv magazine USA

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Policy, innovation, markets: will residential batteries hit the big time in 2021?

The last decade saw residential storage take off, achieving vast industry growth and customer adoption in a relatively short time. While the 2010s became the decade of residential solar, can energy storage follow the same blueprint for success in 2021?

The market for residential storage finds itself at a unique crossroads, where increasing uncertainty about the resiliency of the grid, dramatic weather events, falling costs, new technologies and the proliferation of electric vehicles are all leading homeowners to consider adding batteries.

However falling costs and an uncertain grid can’t make a robust market on their own and will need to be supported by strong policy and incentives, be they financial or otherwise, to make such a financial commitment.

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss the technological, policy, and market developments necessary for residential storage to become a mainstream technology, as well as what the industry can learn from PV and how electric vehicles fit into the mix. Typical home  PV/Battery backup systems will be examined and contrasted with extreme outliers and massive installations. Presenters Karla Loeb, Daren Goldin and Dr. Ben Damiani will shake-up the traditional webinar format, providing a unique conversation and complimenting each other’s presentations with their own personal and professional insights.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Driving factors for market growth in terms of technological innovations, recent event motivators (weather events, pandemic, etc.), and policy
  • Which states are prompting industry growth better than others
  • Conversation about what a typical PV/Battery backup system would look like on an average home and conversation about extreme cases (mega-mansions)
  • Future trends in residential battery backup
  • What the battery industry can learn from solar
  • The future of residential storage’s relationship with electric vehicles

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tim Sylvia from pv magazine USA will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Dr. Ben Damiani, CTO & Co-Founder | Solar Inventions

Ben has spent his career in solar. Ben received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and did part of his grad work at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Bridging the technology from the integrated electronics industry into the solar industry, Ben was responsible for the first-ever implementation of Ion Implanted Solar Cells in high volume production for Suniva, Inc. As the Director of Industrial Technology Development for Semco Engineering in France, he developed new processes for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, low pressure diffusion and oxidation, bifacial solar modules, and n-type PhosTop solar modules.

Karla Loeb, Chief Policy and Development Officer | Sigora Solar

Karla is a veteran in clean energy policy and business development. As the Chief Policy &Development Officer at Sigora Solar, Karla oversees legislative, administrative and regulatory efforts at the local, state and national levels, as well as coordinates and manages strategic development partnerships. Karla's clean energy expertise is extensive and diverse. Karla is an industry expert on issues relating to low‐to‐moderate income (LMI) access to clean energy and have resulted in the creation of LMI solar and energy efficiency policies in Virginia, Louisiana, New York, Mississippi and Connecticut. Additionally, on a federal level, Karla has worked to extend the federal Investment Tax Credit(ITC) and on a state level has worked with coalitions to establish and preserve net metering and expand third party financing and ownership policies in more than a dozen states.

Daren Goldin, Founder and CEO | Goldin Solar

Daren Goldin, Founder and CEO of Goldin Solar, is a Miami native who completed his MS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Engineering & Project Management from the University of Texas in Austin. While working as assistant project manager for a 57,000-panel solar farm installation in North Carolina, Daren saw the vast opportunities that solar offers homeowners, businesses, the economy, and the environment. Daren decided to take his skills gained working in construction management building residential buildings, commercial buildings, and a solar farm and founded Goldin Solar in 2014. Since then, Daren has served as Goldin Solar’s CEO overseeing the company’s growth to becoming one of the top solar contractors in Florida.

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