The New Frontier: Utility-Scale Solar Plus Storage - Breakfast & Panel Discussion

When:  Jul 16, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM (MT)

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and 8minutenergy are convening a panel discussion the morning of Monday, July 16, 2018. The breakfast event will be held on-site in the Arabian Room at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel.

Current designs and technologies have made storage - especially when paired with solar photovoltaics (PV) - fully dispatchable and cheaper than building a new natural gas-fired peaker plant. This dynamic has driven groundbreaking utility-scale solar and storage contracts, like the NextEra project for Tucson Electric Power, the First Solar plant to deliver evening power to Arizona Public Service, and Nevada Energy's recent request, as part of its integrated resource plan, to build more than 1,000 megawatts of new solar energy and 100 megawatts of battery energy capacity in Nevada, the state's first major battery energy storage capacity.

In the coming years, will utilities across the country be adding larger and larger solar and storage projects at lower and lower costs?

Learn about this recent trend and how the dispatchability of solar-plus-storage improves the ability and speed with which utilities and grid operators can conduct frequency regulation and empower utilities and grid operators to optizmize their transmission system.

The breakfast will run from 7:30 - 8:45am, with the panel discussion beginning at 7:45am.


  • Moderator: Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs, SEIA
  • Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
  • Ted Burhans, Director, Renewable Energy Resources, Tuscon Electric Power/UniSource Electric
  • Rebecca Wagner, Former Nevada Commissioner 

Topics Include:

  • Solar developers' move into incorporating storage into utility-scale projects
  • Utility persepctive on how solar + storage can satisfy resource and grid needs, TEP's 100MW/120MWh solar + storage project with NextEra, and how TEP looks at integrating storage into solar projects
  • Discussion of the NV Integrated Resource Plan recently filed for Commission approval that includes highly competitive solar and storage resource options

For additional information about the panel discussion, please contact Heather Whitpan of SEIA at

This event is not sponsored by NARUC nor is it a part of the meeting agenda.


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - Arabian Room
7575 E. Princess Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85255


Heather Whitpan