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Lead the Charge in Solar Advancements

Get actionable insights from industry experts to help you navigate the evolving solar landscape and propel your business forward. From sales to design to operations, there’s something for everyone at Empower 2024.

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Empower 2024 has something for everyone.


Inspiring keynotes: Hear solar industry experts speak on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the solar landscape.


Engaging panels: Explore the latest advancements transforming the solar industry’s future. Learn how businesses are using cutting-edge tech to navigate obstacles and propel sales forward, even in turbulent times.


Strategic growth sessions: Gain actionable insights into navigating market dynamics, leveraging policy incentives, and adopting best practices to propel your solar business or career forward.


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Agenda: Day 1

2024-06-05 12:00 pm 2024-06-05 12:00 pm 2024-06-05 11:00 am 2024-06-05 10:00 am 2024-06-05 09:00 am 2024-06-05 08:00 am

Keynote: A Solar Future for All

We’ll kick Empower 2024 off with a keynote that highlights the remarkable power of grit, perseverance, and human spirit dedicated to forging new paths and innovation. Join us to celebrate how pioneering leaders have overcome challenges and forged new paths, driven by the vision of creating a greener, brighter future for all.

Alex Honnold
Alex Honnold Adventurer rock climber & Founder, Free Solo & Founder, Honnold Foundation for solar energy access
Christopher Hopper
Christopher Hopper Co-founder & CEO, Aurora Solar
2024-06-05 12:30 pm 2024-06-05 12:30 pm 2024-06-05 11:30 am 2024-06-05 10:30 am 2024-06-05 09:30 am 2024-06-05 08:30 am

Uniting Forces to Unlock the Electrification Movement

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The solar industry and the broader electrification movement have a significant opportunity to work together more closely. Roofers, HVAC professionals, and electricians can all play a critical role in expanding customer interest in solar, just as solar sales reps can increase customer awareness in whole-home electrification opportunities. So, how can we work with other industry professionals to remove barriers to electrification and solar? This panel will focus on home and building-owner misconceptions about electrification, communications and sales tactics to promote electrification to homeowners, and the future of electrification in the face of increased pressure on the grid, storage uptake, and climate events. NABCEP Credits: 1 CEU for PVIP or PVTS or RE (Renewable Energy Elective)

Ari Matusiak
Ari Matusiak Co-founder & CEO, Rewiring America
Donnel Baird
Donnel Baird CEO, BlocPower
Krystal Persaud
Krystal Persaud Founder and Co-Founder, Grouphug and Wildgrid
Reynolds Holmes
Reynolds Holmes VP of Product, GAF
Riley Neugebauer
Riley Neugebauer Solar Installer, Namaste Solar
Victoria Garcia Massimo
Victoria Garcia Massimo National Operations Manager, AirZone North America
2024-06-05 01:40 pm 2024-06-05 01:40 pm 2024-06-05 12:40 pm 2024-06-05 11:40 am 2024-06-05 10:40 am 2024-06-05 09:40 am

Trends Driving the Residential Solar Market and How to Adapt

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There’s a lot going on in the residential solar industry. The headwinds (still-high interest rates, new net-metering policies) and tailwinds (incentives, falling hardware prices) are stronger than ever. And that’s before mentioning the increased scrutiny installers are under around trust and good business practices. It’s one thing to know about these trends in the abstract, but how do they affect business on the ground, and more importantly, what can you do about it? In this panel, we’ll see what solar leaders from across the industry are doing. They’ll share their expertise, strategies for succeeding in the current market, thoughts on what’s coming next, and more. NABCEP Credits: 1 CEU for PVTS or RE (Renewable Energy Elective)

Carina Brockl
Carina Brockl CRO, Aurora Solar
Megan Nutting
Megan Nutting Executive Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Sunnova
Scott Nguyen, PhD
Scott Nguyen, PhD Founder/CEO, Bodhi
2024-06-05 02:40 pm 2024-06-05 02:40 pm 2024-06-05 01:40 pm 2024-06-05 12:40 pm 2024-06-05 11:40 am 2024-06-05 10:40 am

How the Global Solar Energy Market Will Use AI to Optimize for Demand

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The world faces an unprecedented increase in energy demand in the coming decades. This means innovative technologies like AI will be critical to helping us optimize energy production and use. No one knows this better than Steph Speirs, CEO of Solstice. Her team has been building a machine learning model to increase demand for community solar by finding a more accurate way to qualify customers. Join us for a fireside chat between Steph and our own Rachel Liddell, Senior Product Manager for Aurora AI, as they discuss AI’s transformative role in the solar industry, its economic and environmental impacts, and how it will help contribute to a more sustainable energy future for all. NABCEP Credits: 1 CEU for RE

Rachel Liddell
Rachel Liddell Sr. Product Manager, Aurora Solar
Steph Speirs
Steph Speirs Co-Founder & CEO, Solstice Power Technologies
2024-06-05 03:50 pm 2024-06-05 03:50 pm 2024-06-05 02:50 pm 2024-06-05 01:50 pm 2024-06-05 12:50 pm 2024-06-05 11:50 am

Strategic Growth: Leveraging Transferability and Other IRA Incentives for C&I Expansion

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The commercial and industrial sector is poised for significant expansion, fueled by decarbonization goals and incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act. Central to this transformation is the IRA’s introduction of transferability for tax credits, a game-changing mechanism that empowers solar professionals to accelerate project financing and construction. In this session, we'll explore how to leverage transferability and other IRA features to seize unparalleled opportunities for sustainable growth. Our panel of experts will shed light on overcoming common challenges, optimizing project efficiency through advanced data analytics and AI, and drawing on transferability to revolutionize project funding. NABCEP Credits: 1 CEU for PVTS or RE

Amanda Li
Amanda Li COO, Co-Founder, Banyan Infrastructure
Andy Moon
Andy Moon Co-founder & CEO, Reunion
Jim Alderson-Smith
Jim Alderson-Smith Founding Principal, Crux
Paul Grana
Paul Grana General Manager, HelioScope by Aurora, Aurora Solar
2024-06-05 04:50 pm 2024-06-05 04:50 pm 2024-06-05 03:50 pm 2024-06-05 02:50 pm 2024-06-05 01:50 pm 2024-06-05 12:50 pm

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Paul Grana, the General Manager of HelioScope, will close out the first day of Empower 2024, setting the stage for what's to come. Be sure to join tomorrow's sessions, where we'll dive into what's coming to the Aurora and HelioScope platforms to fuel the next phase of growth for the industry and explore how leaders in the industry are using innovation to navigate toward a brighter future for all.

Paul Grana
Paul Grana General Manager, HelioScope by Aurora, Aurora Solar

Agenda: Day 2

2024-06-06 12:00 pm 2024-06-06 12:00 pm 2024-06-06 11:00 am 2024-06-06 10:00 am 2024-06-06 09:00 am 2024-06-06 08:00 am

Brighter Horizons: Charting the Future of Solar

Day two of Empower begins with an exploration of how companies are using AI to shape a sustainable solar future. Join our opening session, where we’ll discuss how technology is transforming the solar industry and explore future expectations.

Dr. Jesse D. Jenkins
Dr. Jesse D. Jenkins Energy Systems Expert & Professor & Co-Host, Princeton University | Shift Key podcast
Matt Idema
Matt Idema President & COO, Aurora Solar
2024-06-06 12:40 pm 2024-06-06 12:40 pm 2024-06-06 11:40 am 2024-06-06 10:40 am 2024-06-06 09:40 am 2024-06-06 08:40 am

Powering the Energy Revolution: Aurora’s Vision for a Brighter Future

There’s no doubt about it — the world has entered the solar era. But despite cheaper hardware costs, the solar industry still faces challenges like rising soft costs and workforce scarcity. Trusted by solar sales reps and designers in over 20 million residential solar projects, Aurora’s AI-powered solar software reduces costs by reducing complex tasks and sales processes from hours down to seconds. In this session, we’ll show you our latest upgrades and our vision for a brighter future, powered by groundbreaking applications across the solar industry.

Patrick Donahue
Patrick Donahue Chief Product Officer, Aurora Solar
2024-06-06 01:00 pm 2024-06-06 01:00 pm 2024-06-06 12:00 pm 2024-06-06 11:00 am 2024-06-06 10:00 am 2024-06-06 09:00 am

Customer-Centric Innovation: The Accuracy Advantage with EagleView and Aurora

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Join our fireside chat with Pete Cleveland, VP of Solar Business at EagleView, and our Director of Partnerships, Kyle Kelly, as they discuss our transformative partnership. Learn how EagleView’s aerial imagery and property data, integrated with Aurora’s solar design software, enhance service offerings to empower our customers by improving project scoping, reducing errors, and accelerating timelines. This collaboration boosts profitability and customer satisfaction. Discover how EagleView's high-resolution data gives solar professionals a competitive edge, providing strategic insights on maximizing efficiency and driving growth. Participate in an interactive Q&A session to explore how these tools meet the specific needs of solar professionals and homeowners, ensuring better outcomes for all involved. NABCEP Credits: 1 CEU for PVTS or RE

Kyle Kelly
Kyle Kelly Director, Partnerships, Aurora Solar
Pete Cleveland
Pete Cleveland VP of Solar Business, EagleView
2024-06-06 02:00 pm 2024-06-06 02:00 pm 2024-06-06 01:00 pm 2024-06-06 12:00 pm 2024-06-06 11:00 am 2024-06-06 10:00 am

Day 2: Closing Remarks

As Empower's two-day journey draws to a close, Eraj Siddiqui, Aurora Solar’s SVP of Customer Success & Services, will offer a moment to reflect on the insights shared, the connections forged, and the path forward for a sustainable solar future for all. Please join us for this final session to celebrate our collective achievements and set the stage for continued collaboration and growth in the ever-changing world of solar energy.

Eraj Siddiqui
Eraj Siddiqui SVP, Customer Success & Services, Aurora Solar
2024-06-06 02:10 pm 2024-06-06 02:10 pm 2024-06-06 01:10 pm 2024-06-06 12:10 pm 2024-06-06 11:10 am 2024-06-06 10:10 am

Hands-On Workshops: Aurora and HelioScope

60 min

Join us for live workshops and virtual help desk sessions designed for Aurora and HelioScope users. Our team of product experts and trainers will share best practices and answer your burning questions across four concurrent workshops:

  • Designing in Aurora
  • Recreating Proposals in Sales Mode
  • Deep Dive into Plan Sets
  • HelioScope Best Practices

Dale Houghton
Dale Houghton Senior Manager, Customer Enablement & Education, Aurora Solar
Jason Miller
Jason Miller Engagement Manager, Aurora Solar
Lane Wenner
Lane Wenner Senior Sales Engineer, Aurora Solar
2024-06-06 02:10 pm 2024-06-06 02:10 pm 2024-06-06 01:10 pm 2024-06-06 12:10 pm 2024-06-06 11:10 am 2024-06-06 10:10 am

Live Demos: Aurora and HelioScope

60 min

New to Aurora or HelioScope? Join us for a high-level overview of Aurora Solar’s products to learn how to drive business growth using our AI-powered solar sales and design software. Our team of experts will perform demos every half hour and answer questions live across four concurrent workshops:

  • Aurora: Design Mode for Residential Design
  • Aurora: Sales Mode for Residential Sales

Callen Farringer
Callen Farringer Account Executive, Enterprise Sales, Aurora Solar
Jamie Kinnaird
Jamie Kinnaird Account Executive, Corporate, Aurora Solar
Jordan Walters
Jordan Walters Account Executive, Enterprise Sales, Aurora Solar
Morgan Altizer
Morgan Altizer Account Executive, Enterprise Sales, Aurora Solar