This year, the SEIA Finance and Tax Seminar presents four different formats for sessions during two days of intense, highly focused solar finance and tax education. These four formats include:
Long SessionsHour-long panel sessions present a diverse range of backgrounds and opinions on broad topics within the industry, giving attendees the chance to learn from a variety of sources. A Q&A period will provide attendees with the chance to have their questions directly addressed.Short SessionsIn half-hour, quick-fire sessions, a single speaker will take attendees on a focused exploration of specific and timely topics affecting the solar industry and finance and tax communities right now.
Foundation SessionsSpeakers will provide concise, comprehensive introductions to the various tax equity structures used in the solar market today. Common challenges for developers and financiers will also be addressed.Deep Dive SessionsSpeakers will offer more advanced reviews of transaction structures for professionals who are already comfortable with the basic mechanics of financing solar energy projects. Discussions will focus on the latest industry trends and project case studies.
More than you think! The experts will highlight several areas of new and emerging tax policy, from the Historic Boardwalk revenue procedure to the IRS’s take on recharacterization, and set the stage for the rest of the Seminar.
Speakers: Lee Peterson, CohnReznick David Lowman, Hunton & Williams LLP Forrest Milder, Nixon Peabody LLP
The 1603 Program may not be accepting new applications, but there’s plenty of activity going on in the Treasury Department. The expert will address current initiatives and trends at the Department.
The speaker will introduce the fundamental characteristics of this transaction structure and identify common challenges for developers and financiers.
Dick Rai, PNC Energy Capital
The expert will highlight the latest industry trends associated with this transaction structure and walk through specific project case studies.
David Weisblat, Troutman Sanders LLP
Experts will discuss the availability of and recent trends in debt financing for solar projects.
Confirmed Speakers: Michael Joyce, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Moderator) Jerry Hanrahan, John Hancock Financial Services Greg Rosen, Mosaic, Inc. Ric Abel, Prudential Capital Group Josh Goldstein, Recurrent Energy Chris Diaz, Seminole Financial Services
Experts will discuss the latest financing tool in the solar industry, securitization. This panel will provide an overview of what securitization is, how it has been used successfully, and what its future prospects are.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Effective state policies can make or break a market. Senior State Affairs staff from SEIA will review critical policy changes in California, Arizona, and the rest of the West. Speaker:
Sara Birmingham, SEIA
Stephen Tracy, Novogradac & Company LLP
Many pitfalls await unsuspecting projects, including yours. Finance industry veterans will discuss common development mistakes and why companies don’t spot these deal-killers until it’s too late.
Plentiful capital at half the cost; what could be better? Speakers will debate the merits of yieldcos and provide their take on what makes an attractive yieldco.
Proposals for comprehensive tax reform, the end of MACRS as we know it, and possible changes to the ITC, just for a start. Add in election-year politics and a new Chair atop the Senate Finance Committee … 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year in DC. Hear firsthand how SEIA is protecting federal solar policies.
Katherine Gensler, SEIA
Underwriting distributed generation projects is different from utility-scale projects. The experts will give perspectives on underwriting for both segments of the solar market.
Matthew Meares, Sunworks LLC (Moderator) Scott Reising, Bridge Bank Gianluca Signorelli, Rabobank
Private equity can be a smart source of capital for solar project owners, developers, EPCs, and equipment companies. The experts will discuss the types of investment they currently find attractive across the solar value chain, as well as future trends.
Acquisitions of solar projects continue to entice investors. The expert will explore the nuances of solar project sales and their implications for tax incentives and financing.
Terence Grant, Marathon Capital
Experts will address the current status of the tax equity market for residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar projects.
Laura Ellen Jones, Hunton & Williams LLP (Moderator) Mit Buchanan, J.P. Morgan Capital Corporation Santosh Raikar, State Street Corporation Darren Van't Hof, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation
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