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Agenda - Novogradac 2016 Financing Renewable Energy Tax Credit Conference

Thursday, April 28

6:30-7:30 a.m.
Historical Chinatown Walking Tour (Optional)

Travel to the heart of Chinatown, for a fascinating close-up of the area’s unique cultural and historical heritage through a labyrinth of exotic food markets, colorful shops, temples, museums, restaurants, and Chinese business institutions.

8-9 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

9-9:10 a.m.
Welcome Address
(+) Speakers

  • Stephen Tracy, Novogradac & Company LLP
  • Amberlee Cook, Dentons
  • Jim Duffy, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Mike Mills, Renewable Energy Alternatives
  • Darren Van't Hof, U.S. Bank

9:10-9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address
Nat Kreamer, President & CEO, Spruce and Chairman of the Board, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

9:30-10:20 a.m.
Washington Report and Industry Update
What a holiday season we had in Washington in 2015. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (aka the extenders bill) was a great piece of news for the renewable energy industry. Now the presidential election campaigns are in full swing and taking center stage. Get the insights of how this legislation got done and which key players in Congress were instrumental in making it happen. Is renewable energy safe from future tax reform? Also come get a timely and informative industry update about what this legislation means for the renewable energy industry in addition to the latest news, trends and issues.
(+) Speakers

  • Michael Novogradac, Novogradac & Company LLP (Moderator)
  • Keith Martin, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

10:20-10:30 a.m.

10:30-11:45 a.m.
The Post YieldCo Transaction Landscape
Hear a market update and perspective as to what to expect after you thought you were selling your deal to a YieldCo. Panelists will address the marketplace for renewable energy projects and how the landscape has changed since the implosion of the YieldCo model.
(+) Speakers

  • Darin Lowder, Ballard Spahr LLP (Moderator)
  • Tim Beach, MVP Capital
  • Albert Luu, Solar City
  • David McIlhenny, SunPower Corporation
  • Dan Oros, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

11:45 a.m.-Noon
Renewable Energy Power Awards

Noon-1:15 p.m.

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Sponsor/Developer Financing Issues

Learn which transaction structures are working in the residential, commercial and industrial (C&I) and utility scale marketplaces.
(+) Speakers

2:15-2:30 p.m.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Debt Market Update

This panel will provide an update for developers sizing up the debt market for renewables including the latest information on:

  • Current lenders active in the market
  • Debt market update: loan sizing, rates, tenors
  • Lender underwriting issues/required guarantees etc.
  • Back leveraged debt products
  • Construction, permanent and mezzanine debt products
  • Securitizations
  • Debt market trends for renewables

(+) Speakers

  • Steven Mount, Squire Patton Boggs (U.S.) LLP (Moderator)
  • Craig Robb, Zions Energy Link
  • Joe Ritter, Seminole Financial Services

3:30-3:45 p.m.

3:45-5 p.m.
Tax Equity Update

Hear panelists discuss the tax equity outlook for 2016. Panelists will provide updates on the state of the market, the tax equity investor pool and investing plans for the balance of 2016.
(+) Speakers

  • John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (moderator)
  • Karin Berry, National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC)
  • Gary Blitz, Aon
  • Mike Mills, Renewable Energy Alternatives
  • Dick Rai, PNC Energy Capital
  • Darren Van't Hof, U.S. Bank

5-6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 29

7:00-8:15 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

8:15-9:15 a.m.
Accounting for Renewable Energy Investments: An in-depth look at the Hypothetical Liquidation at Book Value Method (HLBV)

Accounting experts will discuss the concept of the HLBV method, review modeling concepts and walk through an HLBV example.
(+) Speakers

  • John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Moderator)
  • Nat Eng, Novogradac & Company LLP
  • Amberlee Cook, Dentons

9:15-10:30 a.m.
Public Utilities and the Renewable Energy Industry

Hear a discussion of current challenges and issues from utility and industry perspectives. Included in the debate will be a look at net metering as it relates to the cost of procurement and transmission and electricity.
(+) Speakers

  • Marc Schultz, Snell and Wilmer (Moderator)
  • Marco Krapels, SolarCity Corporation
  • Joe Wiedman, Keyes Fox & Wiedman LLP
  • Carmine Tilghman, UNS Energy

10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Current Issues-Tax Practitioners Roundtable

Renewable energy investments often face tax, business issues and challenges that affect transactions industrywide. This popular panel is comprised of a group of expert tax attorneys who will address some of the most relevant and current issues affecting renewable energy transactions.
(+) Speakers

  • Forrest Milder, Nixon Peabody LLP (Moderator)
  • John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • John Eliason, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Jerome Breed, Bryan Cave LLP

Conference Concludes

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