Event Description

The Virginia Solar Summit is a statewide gathering of solar policy interests, including local and state governmental officials, land use planners, solar industry representatives, utilities, and the non-profit community. 

The event is composed of a one-day educational event, followed by a half-day of interactive sessions for highly-engaged organizations and individuals seeking to enhance solar power in Virginia . The presentations provided on the first day of the event will be especially useful for local governments responding to the land use implications of this technology.  

We hope you can join us at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel on September 12th and/or 13th for this deep dive into Virginia’s solar power industry…as your schedule permits.

Welcoming Remarks

Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade at Office of Governor Ralph Northam

Angela Navarro serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor McAuliffe where she focused on energy and clean air policies. Prior to her appointments, Angela spent five years practicing law with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) as a member of the Clean Energy and Air team. 

Event Schedule

Attend one or both days as your schedule permits
Sept 12th, 2018
Welcoming Remarks

- Deputy Secretary Navarro

Trends, policy history, and regional outlook

- Ken Jurman (DMME)

Applying solar policy: Utilities, Non-profit, and distributed systems

- Lisa Moerner (Dominion)
- Tony Smith (Secure Futures)
- Damian Pitt (VCU)

Permit By Rule and Local Authority

- Beth Major (DEQ)
- Patrick Mauney (Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission)

Land Use Considerations

- Steve Kalland (NC Clean Energy Center)
- Barbara Jacocks (Richmond Regional Planning District)

Fiscal Considerations and Risk Management

- David Murray (MDV-SEIA)
- Joe Lerch (Virginia Assoc. of County Orgs)
- Karla Loeb (Sigora Solar, VP of Policy & Dev.)

Sept. 13th, 2018

Three roundtable discussions will be held with stakeholders. Input will be used as suggestions for Virginia Energy Plan the Solar Permit by Rule enhancement processes. Individuals and groups interested in advancing the following topics should join:

Local Policy Roundtable

Help improve state guidance to local government and start a statewide technical assistance campaign

Solar Research Roundtable

Academic research can help balance the tradeoffs

Municipal Solar Rountable

Rooftops, distributed, and local policy considerations


Registration Fee

Cost to attend is $140/ person in advance. $200 for those registering onsite, the day of the event. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Sept 12th, and breakfast on the 13th. Handouts will be provided. Lodging and travel not included. Payments may be made by paper check or electronically.

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Registration Instructions

Registration provided by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. To register, each person will need to:

  1. Create an account with Weldon Cooper using the link provided below. If you already have one, simply logon using your credentials and complete the purchase as normal.
  2. A customized email will confirm your account creation and provide a link with username and password.
  3. Log into the Weldon Cooper registration system, SelectRegister for an Event“, Select your payment method, Select the “Virginia Solar Summit” from the available programs.
  4. Select the check boxes to the left of the days you plan to attend and click Continue.
  5. Complete the purchase according to your payment type

NOTE: “on site registration” is not used unless registering at the event, the day of. 

Lodging and Facility Information

Lodging available at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel and Resort (event location). A special rate of $128/ night has been arranged for September 11th and 12th. Arrangements should be made by August 24th COB to ensure availability. To reserve a room use the link provided or call (434) 971-5500.

Parking is included for overnight guests. For others parking is available at an hourly rate not to exceed $12/day.

Lodging Deadline Aug. 24th

Thanks to our event partners!
MDV-Solar Energy Industry Association
Virginia Chapter, American Planning Association