|Event Date||Tue Sep 18 EDT (about 3 years ago)|
Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown
475 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7, Canada
In 2009, the Green Energy and Green Economy Act jump started the solar industry in Ontario with attractive government subsidies and programs that resulted in the solar installation boom of 2009 and 2010. However, with the popular FIT program now ended, the Canadian market stands at a crossroads. The end of the FIT program in Ontario has stalled new project propositions and has left considerable gap in solar financing and has made project bankability farther from reach. Meanwhile, Alberta is being heralded as the new solar frontier in Canada, but will the upcoming elections help or hinder solar subsidies?
While some say that the future of solar depends on alternative subsidies such as BC Hydro’s net metering program, other’s are less optimistic- citing the growth of other competing renewables like wind, biomass, and hydro. Whatever your outlook, one thing is clear: future solar growth in Canada will continue to depend on government support.
Our summit aims to discuss this dependence, highlighting new programs and trying to map out the future of solar installations from Ontario to the western coast of Canada.
While the subsidized future of Canadian installations is still up for debate, the growing demand for small to medium sized rooftop installations cannot be denied. While other more established solar industries in Europe focus on utility scale solar, Canada’s market has proven to be more demanding, splitting the demand for solar evenly between utility scale and rooftop installations. Consumers of all sizes, from homeowners and community organizations to established companies and building owners, see the growing benefit of rooftops solar and energy efficiency. Our program promises to explore this dichotomy, presenting the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of investing in both types of solar energy production.
Designed specifically to encourage development in not one province, but Canada as a whole, our programme will present the most effective financial and legal strategies to make solar projects of all sizes not only financially feasible, but profitable- with the participation of banks, investors, asset owners, and local government representatives.
Learn from local government official on the subsidies and tax breaks still in place by province
Hear from asset owners and investors on the best way to structure solar investment.
Network with companies in all aspects of the industry- from EPCs and developers to legal consultants, manufacturers, equity providers, and banks.
Join interactive round tables, panels, and discussions with like minded peers and competitors and get updated on the latest industry trends, news, and challenges.
Communications Manager, The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative
COO, Sunny Day Energy Inc., BA's Management Inc.
Senior Managing Director, Project Finance, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.
Senior Director Global Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings
Co-Founder, Isla Power
Biao Gong, CFA
Senior Vice President, Project Finance, DBRS Limited
Chairman and CEO, Unique Surety and Insurance Services
Principal, Sussex Strategy Group
Managing Director, PearTree Securities Inc.
CEO, CarbonFree Technology Inc.
Director of Government Affairs, Northland Power Inc.
Co-Founder and President, RESCo Energy Inc.
Greg P. Shannon
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
President and Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Global
Country Manager, U.S. & Latin America, Alectris
Chief Strategy Officer, Grasshopper Solar
President, Solar Krafte
Director of Energy, Hatch
Country Manager (Canada), Northland Power Inc.
Founder and CEO, UGE
Chief Customer Officer, Braggawatt
Senior Vice President & Country Manager - Canada, Marathon Capital
Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
Sean Robertson, CFA
Senior Associate, Brookfield Infrastructure Group
Swami Venkataraman, CFA
Senior Vice President - Power/Utilities - Americas, Moody's Investors Service
Senior Principal, Relationship Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
• Peartree Securities
• Unique Surety
• Fitch Ratings
• Kroll Bond Rating Agency
• EDF Renewables
• Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
• Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA)
• Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC)