2019 Florida Solar Congress

Join us for the 2019 Florida Solar Congress!

Solar experts, activists, homeowners, and supporters from all over the state of Florida will be converging in Tampa this October. We’ll discuss the state of solar in Florida in 2019 and celebrate the progress our movement has made so far. Stay tuned on this page for a full agenda. See below for full details and to RSVP today!

2019 Florida Solar Congress

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center
4103 Cedar Circle
Tampa, FL 33620

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Special thanks to our campus hosts! This is a pre-approved event for students pursuing the Global Citizen Award.


Thank you to our Event Supporters!


Speaker Bios

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Doors open, registration

  • (Coffee & breakfast provided)

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening remarks 

  • Overview of the state of solar in Florida
    • Angela DeMonbreun, Regional Field Director (FL, TX, AZ, CO), Solar United Neighbors
    • Dr. Yogi Goswami, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group Photo

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Presentations – Session 1:

  • Solar 101 Information Session
    • Learn how solar works for a residential home, from the equipment, how it connects to your roof, warranties, and incentives, to financing options.
      • Erik Mariani, Go Solar Program Coordinator, Solar United Neighbors
  • Electric Vehicles and Solar – PV & EV 
    • Learn about the benefits of electric vehicles and how they interface with and expand solar energy. Also hear about the Driving on Sunshine EV roadshow and from EV & PV homeowners!  
      • Dory Larsen, EV Program Coordinator, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
      • Homeowners Charlie Behrens, Simon Rose
  • Walking Tour of USF Campus (meet at 10:30)
    • Limited Capacity. Sign up at morning registration for a USF Campus Solar Site Sampler!
      • Student-led

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Presentations – Session 2:

  • Battery Storage for Residential Homes
    • Heard the hype about battery storage? Come learn about the equipment, economics, and how it really works for a residential solar powered home.
      • Jody Finver, South Florida Program Coordinator, Solar United Neighbors of Florida
  •  Advancing Solar Grassroots Volunteer Panel:
    • Learn how volunteers are advancing rooftop solar and expanding access in their communities every day through neighborhood efforts, co-op support, and inventive collaborative projects.
      • Bryan Beckman, Suncoast Sierra Club Pinellas Ready for 100
      • Lynn Nilssen, Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Ready for 100, Green Realtors Alliance Sarasota, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
      • Rick Garrity, Solar United Neighbors of Florida Advisory Board, Hillsborough & Polk County Solar Co-ops
      • Alan Brand, Dunedin Committee for Environmental Quality, Solar Shepherd, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club
      • Maria Morales, USF student, Climate Action Coalition USF, ISES USF
      • Facilitated by Scott Greenler, Engagement Specialist, Solar United Neighbors

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, informal networking  

1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

  • Hear first-hand how Commissioner Pat Kemp has been leading the solar charge in FL.
    • Commissioner Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County.

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presentations – Session 3:

  • Financing Solar
    • Get the basics on how to purchase a solar PV system through various financing products.
      • Don Davis, CFO, The Fletcher Family Companies
  • Community Solar 101
    • Learn what true community solar is and isn’t. Who benefits? What are the impacts on LMI folks and renters? Learn more about virtual net metering, utility-scale subscription solar, a Renewable Portfolio Standard, and upcoming community solar legislation.
      • Heaven Campbell, Program Associate, Solar United Neighbors of Florida

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Policy, Future Trends & Closing Remarks

  • What’s happening in Florida solar policy, including priorities supporters should focus on in the coming year, and opportunities to get involved with helping to grow the solar movement across the state
    • Angela DeMonbreun, Regional Field Director (FL, TX, AZ, CO), Solar United Neighbors
    • Katie Chiles Ottenweller, Southeast Director, Vote Solar

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Parking day passes will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking will be in the Crescent Hill Parking Garage. ADA accessible parking and EV chargers are available in Lot 5A. We always encourage carpooling! Also see the below hotels that provide shuttle service. Explore more about on-campus parking here.

Marshall Student Center, Lot 5A and Crescent Hill Parking Garage denoted with sun symbol. See full map here.

Area Hotels 

Embassy Suites Hotel (on the USF Tampa campus, shuttle, ask for “USF” rate)
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612

La Quinta Inn & Suites (across from the USF campus, no shuttle, ask for “USF” rate)
3701 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33612

Tampa Wingate by Wyndham (across from USF campus, shuttle, no special rate)
3751 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33612

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Tampa – USF – Busch Gardens (5 minutes drive, shuttle, ask for “USF” rate)
2807 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612

Marriott – Fairfield Inn & Suites (5-10 minute drive, shuttle, ask for “USF” rate)
12260 Morris Bridge Road
Temple Terrace, Florida 33637
or visit http://cwp.marriott.com/tpatt/usfbulls for special USF rates

Best Western All Suites Hotel – Busch Gardens/USF (5 minute drive, shuttle, no special rate)
3001 University Center Drive
Tampa, Florida 33612

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