Mayfield Renewables Education Summit 2024

Overview

Overview

Education Summit

The Summit will consist of a full day of training sessions — 3 educational tracks with 5 sessions in each — bookended by networking opportunities the nights before and after the Summit.

Topics covered will include PV and energy storage codes and standards, engineering best practices, safety, and O&M intended for anyone interested in learning real tangible technical topics fundamental to support the planning, sales, design, installation, oversight, and management of solar and storage assets. All session content will be developed by Mayfield Renewables and taught by a combination of our own expert trainers and guest subject matter experts.

Who we are:

Why now?

Why Austin, TX?

What is the “Welcome & Great Transformation”?

Registrations Filled

Event Location

UT Commons Conference Center
10100 Burnet Rd Building 137, Austin, TX 78758

Located in the JJ Pickle Research Campus,
The University of Texas Austin

Date

October 2-3, 2024

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Note: Separate registrations for the two events.
Note: Separate registrations for the two events.
Agenda

Agenda

Thursday, October 3rd

8:00 – 9:00 AM | Check-in, breakfast + networking

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Critical Updates to the 2023 NEC

9:00 – 10:30 AM | UL 9540A and Energy Storage Fire Risks

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Insulation Resistance Testing for PV Systems

10:30 – 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | UL 3741 Product and Design Requirements

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Energy Storage Design Considerations

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Developing Internal Training to Safely Scale

12:30 – 1:30 PM | Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM | PV Interconnection & the 2023 NEC

1:30 – 2:30 PM | An Overview of Microgrid Feasibility Studies

1:30 – 2:30 PM | Placeholder

2:30 – 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM | 2023 NEC Requirements for Energy Storage Systems

3:00 – 4:00 PM | Energy Management with Power Control Systems 

3:00 – 4:00 PM | 2023 NEC Requirements for Energy Storage Systems (Spanish)

4:15 – 5:45 PM | 2023 NFPA 855 and Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems

4:15 – 5:45 PM | Transformer Design Considerations

4:15 – 5:45 PM | 2023 NFPA 855 and Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems (Spanish)

6:00 – 9:00 PM | Evening Networking Reception + Dinner

Trainers

Trainers

Ryan Mayfield

Founder & Educator; Mayfield Renewables

Founder of Mayfield Renewables, an engineering consultancy for the solar and storage industry, Ryan has been widely known for his commitment to understanding and demystifying codes and standards for decades. He has over 25 years of experience designing and consulting on solar PV projects. His career has blended technical expertise with an affinity for writing and education. Ryan was also the PV Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro Magazine from 2010 to 2018 and authored the PV Design & Installation for Dummies in 2010. He is passionate about bringing up the next generation of experts through teaching nationwide PV courses on topics such as: the National Electrical Code, commercial and utility-scale PV systems, energy storage systems best practices and electrical testing O&M best practices. He is also a NEC Code Making Panel 13 member tasked with reviewing NEC sections 480 and 706.

Lucas Miller

Senior Engineering Consultant; Mayfield Renewables

Lucas dove into the renewables industry straight out of college by moving from Madison, Wisconsin, to Portland, Oregon, to join a PV contractor. In the years since, he has held many roles in the solar and energy storage industry, spanning marketing, market research, product development, and project coordination. Lucas’s expertise blends engineering acumen and industry knowledge with a backbone in technical content development. He now holds both a marketing degree and a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology. In his current role at Mayfield, he brings his talents in research and writing and provides much of the leadership in our educational content development.

Tyson Bittrich

Market Research Consultant; Mayfield Renewables

Tyson is enthusiastic about the forthcoming energy transition and aims to support renewable solutions-makers. He brings a unique perspective to the Mayfield team recently finishing his B.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering from Oregon Insitute of Technology, an M.A. in Philosophy and B.A.’s in Music and Philosophy. He is a teacher at heart; teaching hot yoga, music, and even cocktail and wine training. Tyson calls Portland, OR, home. His engineering studies focused on electrochemical storage technologies that best empower intermittent RE generation and distributed energy resources. Tyson has been instrumental in researching and developing Mayfield Renewables content with an eye toward unbiased clear education. Beyond work, Tyson is an avid musician leading a jazz quartet since 2019.

Brian Bruggeman, P.E.

Engineering Director; Mayfield Renewables

Brian has been working in the solar industry for more than 25 years, is a registered electrical Professional Engineer in over 11 states, a licensed Colorado Master Electrician, and NABCEP-certified PV installation professional. His technical and industry experience spans PV+ESS installation experience, controls design, solar PV and energy storage, electrical engineering, microgrid feasibility, and engineering oversight. Brian is committed to designing projects with professionalism and integrity. For the past 10+ years Brian has been specializing in commercial PV-plus-storage project engineering and provides a wealth of engineering technical knowledge rarely seen in the PV industry. 

Zach Snyder

Senior Engineering Consultant; Mayfield Renewables

 In 2018, with a background in geology, technology, and education, Zach decided to commit to the solar industry. After spending a year as a marketer at an Oregon PV installation company, he went on to lead the statewide consumer education nonprofit Solar Oregon. There he developed and managed educational programs and tours funded by the Energy Trust of Oregon to teach home and business owners about the ins and outs of solar plus storage. Zach also brings a wealth of IT skills, in 2022 he contracted independently with PV Evolution Labs to develop computer vision algorithms and automation used for PV module quality testing. At Mayfield, he provides valuable financial and electrical modeling expertise for microgrid feasibility studies and provides resiliency project recommendations to stakeholders.

Jason Fisher

Founder; Solar Technical Consulting

Jason has been working in renewable energy since 1994. In that time he has gained a wealth of experience and expertise. He holds a master electrician license and is a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional. He serves on multiple UL technical committees. Jason also serves as a NEC code making panel 4 member representing SEIA and code making panel 13 member representing SEI.

Angel Zayas, P.E.

Principal Engineer and Host of DrPower; AZ Engineering

Eng. Angel Zayas is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (1992), and holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (1996). He founded AZ Engineering in 2000, providing consulting and design services. He is a certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional and has been a leader in the PV industry in Puerto Rico since 2007, with more than 550 renewable energy projects totaling over 200 MW. He currently instructs courses in the design and installation of photovoltaic systems in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin American countries. Since May 2024, Angel has been an approved instructor and Mayfield partner teaching Spanish language versions of Mayfield Renewables content. He is also the host of the popular live webcast Dr Power PR.

Volney Naranjo

Renewables Business Development Manager; Megger

Volney Naranjo received his BSEE from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. After graduation, he worked in electrical design and testing and commissioning power systems as a field engineer and project manager. In 2011, he joined Megger as an application engineer, focusing on the products for transformers, low-voltage and high-voltage circuit breakers, and battery testing. Currently, Volney is the Renewables Business Development Manager for North America at Megger. He is an IEEE senior member and has published multiple articles in conferences such as TechCon, PowerTest, TSDOS, BattCon, and EIC, as well as various technical magazines.

Karo Fernandez

O&M Training Manager; AES Clean Energy | The AES Corporation

Karo is passionate about scaling the renewable energy workforce safely. A seasoned veteran with 15 years of experience in the PV industry, her background combines hands-on system installation, design, inspection, commissioning and troubleshooting with a passion for technical training and curriculum development. She has collaborated with SEI both in the US and in Latin America, providing training services and developing training campuses. Karo advocates for increasing knowledge of PV systems as a foundation for worker safety. In her current role with leading renewables developer AES Corporation, she has spearheaded the development of internal training programs for O&M technicians to ensure the workforce in the field grows safely and with a strong understanding of the systems they maintain. Karo is also NABCEP PVIP certified and volunteers her time and expertise as a member on NEC Code Making Panel 13.

Rey Guerrero, Ph.D

Principal Engineer; Xendee

Reynaldo C. Guerrero Jr. is a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (University of the Philippines, Diliman 2019), Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Ateneo de Manila University 2011), Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (Ateneo de Manila University 2007). He is a co-founder and board member at SolarSolutions, a social enterprise on renewable energy for communities. Previously, Reynaldo worked at SunPower Corporation as a Senior Staff Device Engineer and as an affiliate implementing multi-period investments in DER modeling and sizing at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Nick Konen

Technical Solutions Consultant, Hammond Power Solutions

Nick Konen is a technical solutions consultant for Hammond Power Solutions (HPS). He joined HPS in 2019 as a quotations & technical support specialist with a focus in renewables and power quality magnetics. Much of his time was spent reviewing transformer specifications and electrical single lines to provide accurate product offers in renewable applications. In Spring of 2024, Nick moved to the technical solutions team to bring his application knowledge outside the walls of HPS.

Brian Mehalic

Instructor & Curriculum Developer; Solar Energy International

Brian has over 22 years of experience in the PV industry, ranging from installing on and off-grid PV systems to instructing Code officials across the country to designing, inspecting, and commissioning large-scale systems. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional and an alternate on the NEC Code-Making Panel 4. Brian has instructed over 250 classes and 6,000 students for Solar Energy International. He has developed and maintained SEI’s curriculum focused on operations and maintenance (O&M), system design and installation, and Codes & Standards.

Partners

Partners

Partners are key to making any large effort successful. Mayfield Renewables is fortunate to have such wonderful partners, from our marketing agency, Outfit, to our educational partners and clients across the industry landscape. 

We have very limited spaces for select partners to be showcased during the Mayfield Renewables Education Summit & Welcome Events. If you think you would be a good fit for this event please submit a request to be considered with the below form. 

What is Included:


  • 1 all-access pass to both the Welcome/Great Transformation and the Education Summit, including happy hour networking times. ($445 value)
  • 6-foot long display table with tablecloth located in the networking and eating shared Atrium space along with select few other partners (up to 12). 
  • Individual LinkedIn promo from Mayfield Renewables company page.
  • Logo included on event correspondence in Mayfield newsletter to our entire network of 6,000+ industry professionals including executives, owners, engineers, sales, and technical field. 
  • Logo included on Event landing page here.
  • Mentioned by Ryan Mayfield during the Welcome keynote.
Venue + Hotels

Venue + Hotels

Event Location

UT Commons Conference Center
10100 Burnet Rd Building 137, Austin, TX 78758

Located in the JJ Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas Austin

Reservation Details

Reservations are available at the “Mayfield Renewables Education Summit” room block rate until sold out. Links below to all available event rate blocks.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin NW


$109
11201 North MoPac Expressway Austin, Texas 78759
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Book by September 17, 2024

Towne Place Suites by Marriott


$199
2237 West Braker Lane Austin, Texas 78758
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Book by September 2, 2024

Residence Inn Austin NW by Marriott


$215
11301 Burnet Road Austin, Texas 78758
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Book by September 2, 2024

Home2Suites by Hilton Austin


$210
2800 Esperanza Crossing Austin, Texas 78758
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Book by September 9, 2024

Event Location

UT Commons Conference Center
10100 Burnet Rd Building 137, Austin, TX 78758

Located in the JJ Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas Austin

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us at hello@mayfield.energy

Welcome + Great Transformation

Welcome + Great Transformation

The Great Transformation is a space to convene experts together to provide a meaningful discussion on a topic of importance to the transition from a centralized energy world to the more distributed generation of energy.

For this edition of the Great Transformation Mayfield Renewables Ryan Mayfield will host a panel presentation on “The Role of Education in the Transition”. We are thrilled to have representation from many different areas of the workforce development, education and training world for the solar-plus-storage industry. They will share their experiences and insight into how we can improve connectivity between various education resources and grow our workforce quickly and safely.

Event Location

UT Commons Conference Center
10100 Burnet Rd Building 137, Austin, TX 78758

Located in the JJ Pickle Research Campus,
The University of Texas Austin

Date

October 2, 2024
4:30pm – 8:30pm

Agenda

Presenters

Ryan Mayfield

Founder & Educator; Mayfield Renewables

 Founder of Mayfield Renewables, an engineering consultancy for the solar and storage industry, Ryan has been widely known for his commitment to understanding and demystifying codes and standards for decades. He has over 25 years of experience designing and consulting on solar PV projects. His career has blended technical expertise with an affinity for writing and education. Ryan was also the PV Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro Magazine from 2010 to 2018, and authored the PV Design & Installation for Dummies in 2010. He is passionate about bringing up the next generation of experts through teaching nationwide PV courses on topics such as: the National Electrical Code, commercial and utility-scale PV systems, energy storage systems best practices and electrical testing O&M best practices. He is also a NEC Code Making Panel 13 member tasked with reviewing NEC sections 480 and 706.

Laure-Jeanne Davignon

Workforce Partnerships; Heatspring

Laure-Jeanne Davignon coordinates workforce partnerships for HeatSpring and is focused on accelerating the just transition to a carbon-free economy through national and international efforts to cultivate a diverse, highly skilled workforce. Prior to HeatSpring, she served as vice president for a national clean energy nonprofit at IREC. LJ conceptualizes, secures funding, and implements projects across the workforce ecosystem, and is a frequent presenter in national and international forums. She lives in upstate NY, where she enjoys hiking and skiing NY’s natural wonders and powers her home through one of the first community solar projects in the region.

Shawn O’Brien

President & CEO; NABCEP

Shawn O’Brien is the President & CEO of the North American Board for Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  NABCEP is the most respected and widely recognized certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies. In his role at NABCEP he has had the privilege to work with many organizations addressing climate change and the challenges of moving to renewable energy resources.  Shawn has twenty years of experience in the certification industry, he brings an extensive background in certification management, continuing education, and global expansion. He has presented internationally on issues regarding fair testing, credentialing standards, examination, education, continuing competency, and workforce development.

Brian Korgel

Director of the Energy Institute; University of Texas at Austin
Director, Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for a Solar Powered Future; The University of Texas at Austin

Brian A. Korgel is the Director of The University of Texas Austin Energy Institute and the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. He also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for a Solar Powered Future and is on the Texas Hydrogen Production Policy Council. He is a former Fulbright Fellow. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCLA in 1997 and was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin. He has given over 320 invited talks and published more than 300 papers. He is also an artist, exploring language and human/technology cohabitation. He has co-founded two companies, Innovalight and Piñon Technologies, and received various honors including being named a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Tatianna Cannon

Executive Director; CleanTX
Founder and Co-Executive Director; Green Workforce Collaborative

Tatianna is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, having led Aster Collaborative, the Green Workforce Collaborative, Solar Austin, and now CleanTX. Throughout her career, Tatianna has pioneered initiatives that empower diverse groups for workforce opportunities, bridging gaps and creating pathways for underrepresented individuals to thrive. Her strategic guidance and mentorship have propelled Aster Collaborative’s success and, more importantly, inspired countless individuals to realize their full potential. In her roles as the executive director of CleanTX and the Green Workforce Collaborative, Tatianna continues to lead by example, championing equity and clean energy initiatives with unwavering dedication and raising millions to support these efforts. Her ability to lead, mentor, and accomplish ambitious goals underscores her commitment to driving positive social impact and shaping a more inclusive future.