The 2012 Arizona Solar Summit kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona this morning. The event will convene CEOs from the renewable energy and clean tech industries, state public utilities commissioners, and transmission experts and developers to discuss the legal and policy structures necessary to make the state a “solar hub” for the region. Check out the full conference agenda here.

ACEG’s own Bill White will today speak to how transmission is key to realizing the region’s clean energy future during the 2:45 PM panel today titled “A solar super hub in the Southwest: Imagining Arizona and surrounding states as the exporters of solar energy to the rest of the nation.”

This panel will envision a future in which the Southwest is propelled to a solar future by a national transmission overlay or a national REC market, becoming both a hub for utility scale solar as well as a region rich in distributed generation. Panelists will address what policies and market changes would be required for this to occur.

Bill will be joined on the panel by:

  • Vijay Vittal, Professor, Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, ASU, and Director, Power System Engineering Research Center
  • Peter Esposito, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Tres Amigas
  • Keith Sparks, Director of Development, Centennial West Clean Line Energy
  • Bill White, Senior Advisor, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid
  • Craig Robb, Senior Vice President, National Bank of Arizona, and Managing Director, Zions Energy Link

Tomorrow at 9:00 AM, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will discuss how the federal government is working to help the Southwest develop its solar potential during the “Future Promise of Solar Energy” Keynote address.

The Summit is being hosted by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University with sponsorship support from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid.

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