2017

January 10, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge

This webinar provided an overview of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a DOE-sponsored contest to support innovative and replicable community-based solar business models and programs that will bring solar to underserved communities.

January 12, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Designing Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs

This webinar overviews CESA's new best practices guidebook on designing publicly supported residential solar loan programs. NREL's Travis Lowder and CT Green Bank's Ben Healey presented.

January 25, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Implementing Expanded RPSs in Oregon and Rhode Island

In 2016, both Oregon and Rhode Island strengthened and extended their RPSs. In this webinar, Rebecca Smith (Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy) and Linda George (Senior Legal Counsel at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission) described their states’ new RPS laws and explained how the states are preparing for implementation.

January 27, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2016 Year in Review

In this webinar, guest speakers from GTM Research shared insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.

February 2, 2017 1:00pm — 2:30pm ET

Federal Marine Spatial Planning: West Coast Update

In this webinar, panelists discussed the West Coast Regional Planning Body's efforts to prepare a marine spatial plan to guide offshore renewable energy development in the region.

February 9, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing & Certification: A Guide for States and Municipalities

CESA's new report is designed to inform state and municipal officials who are developing or revising solar standards and requirements. In this webinar, report authors provided an overview of the guide and addressed questions from the audience.

February 16, 2017 3:00pm — 4:00pm ET

American Samoa’s Solar+Storage Microgrid

A solar+storage microgrid in American Samoa provides clean, resilient and affordable power to the island's residents. In this webinar, guest speakers from EPA, Solar City, and the American Samoa Power Authority discussed the microgrid project.

March 1, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Interactions between Wind Turbines and Wildlife, Part 1

In this webinar, Taber Allison of the American Wind Wildlife Institute described the current state of knowledge of wind turbine interactions with wildlife, and explained the key issues that were discussed at the December 2016 national Wind Wildlife Research Meeting.

March 8, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Developing an Energy Storage Project: A Technical Perspective

In this webinar hosted by CESA's Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), Dan Borneo and Ben Schenkman from Sandia National Laboratories discussed how to successfully construct an energy storage project that is safe, reliable and cost effective.

March 10, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Implementing Expanded RPSs in Illinois and Michigan

In late-2016, both Illinois and Michigan strengthened and extended their RPSs. In this webinar, Brian Granahan of the Illinois Power Agency and Katie Trachsel of the Michigan Public Service Commission described their states’ new laws and explained how the states are preparing for implementation.

March 13, 2017 3:00pm — 4:30pm ET

Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services

Learn how to benchmark and compare very different distributed energy resources on their ability to supply each grid service. In this webinar, guest speakers from the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium discussed the drivers behind this research challenge, the technical problems that need solving, and their progress so far in the areas of energy storage and solar PV.

March 16, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

The webinar explained how solar+storage can benefit low- and moderate-income communities and described a variety of policy tools for doing so, including grants, rebates, utility procurement standards, financing support, opening markets, and soft cost reductions.

March 22, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Solar+Storage Industry Perspectives: JLM Energy

Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project is kicking off a series of presentations featuring experts from around the solar+storage industry. In this webinar, guest speakers from JLM Energy discussed their experiences in the solar+storage market, new product offerings, and where they see opportunities for solar+storage today and in the future.

March 23, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Low-Income Solar, Part 1: Lessons Learned from Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

Ian Hoffman from LBNL discussed the lessons learned from low-income energy efficiency programs, and how they can be applied to low-income solar programs. Topics covered include how programs can be tailored to different segments of the low-income population, such as multifamily vs. single-family housing, as well as what obstacles have been encountered and what new solutions are proposed.

March 29, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Interactions between Wind Turbines and Wildlife, Part 2

Because there were many more questions than we were able to answer on our March 1st webinar, “Interactions between Wind Turbines and Wildlife,” Clean Energy Group hosted a follow-up webinar to address additional questions from the audience. Taber Allison from the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) presented.

March 30, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Low-Income Solar, Part 2: Using the Tools of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Financing

In this webinar presented by CESA's Sustainable Solar Education Project, Greg Leventis from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reviewed low-income energy efficiency financing products and discussed how different financing products can address different barriers to low-income energy improvements.

April 4, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

NYC's Policy Target and Roadmap for Resilient Solar+Storage

Guest speakers from Sustainable CUNY, Meister Consultants, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability presented NYC’s Resilient Solar Roadmap, a 5-7 year plan for expanding the deployment of solar+storage in NYC, and discussed the city’s energy storage target.

April 6, 2017 1:00pm — 2:30pm ET

Tools for Building More Resilient Communities with Solar+Storage

In this webinar, Clean Energy Group's project director Seth Mullendore and senior finance director Rob Sanders provided an introduction to the concept of resilient power, and introduced Clean Energy Group’s new Resilient Power Toolkits. These toolkits are a good starting point for anyone interested in developing a resilient solar+storage project in their community.

April 12, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of implementing a new solar incentive program designed to maintain robust growth in the number of solar installations while reducing costs for ratepayers. Learn more about this program in a webinar presentation featuring Kaitlin Kelly, RPS Program Coordinator at DOER.

April 27, 2017 2:00pm — 3:30pm ET

The Value Proposition for Energy Storage at the Sterling Municipal Light Department

This webinar highlighted the economic case for the 2 MW battery storage project in Sterling, MA. Guest speakers from Sandia National Labs, Sterling Municipal Light Department and the US Department of Energy presented.

May 9, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Should There Be a Clean Peak Standard?

In this webinar, Lon Huber, Senior Director at Strategen Consulting, discussed the Clean Peak Standard concept and how it might be implemented.

May 18, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Customers

CESA has produced a guide for state and municipal officials on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. In this webinar, report author Ben Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) provided an overview and addressed questions from the audience.

May 24, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

ESyst: Optimizing Energy Storage Savings with Geli’s New Online Tool

In this webinar, guest speaker Andrew Krulewitz will present Geli’s newly released online energy storage and solar+storage design tool, ESyst, and walk through an example of how the free tool can be used to optimize electric bill savings for an actual affordable housing property.

May 25, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Crowd-Financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities

In this webinar, Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv, and Todd Bluechel, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at CollectiveSun, presented two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar.

June 1, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Community Solar for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers

Because community solar can be made accessible to renters and can include flexible terms, it holds promise for spreading the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. In this webinar, guest speakers from Solstice and from Alpine Bank presented two financially sustainable models for making community solar more available to LMI consumers.

June 6, 2017 3:00pm — 4:00pm ET

The Case for Building a U.S. Offshore Wind Vessel + Other Opportunities for the U.S. O&G Sector in Offshore Wind

In this webinar, Renewable Energy World chief editor Jennifer Runyon highlighted some of the new commercial opportunities for the O&G sector, including shipbuilding, substructures, and a strong national supply-chain and workforce. Brian Cheater from GustoMSC discussed the vessel study commissioned by the Northeast Multi-State Offshore Wind group.

June 7, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

New York's Clean Energy Standard

In this webinar, guest speakers from NYSERDA explained the Clean Energy Standard and how it will be implemented.

June 8, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Utility-Driven Solar Projects for Low-Income Customers

Some utilities have begun developing solar projects specifically to serve low-income customers and underrepresented neighborhoods. This webinar features two utility pilot projects that are installing solar panels on rooftops in low-income neighborhoods.

June 14, 2017 9:00am — 5:00pm ET

Workshop for State Officials: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

CESA hosted a full-day workshop for state officials on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar. The workshop examined the challenges states face in promoting LMI solar and highlighted ideas for overcoming those challenges. State employees from any state were welcome to apply to attend the workshop.

June 15, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing

Wayne Waite and Seth Mullendore presented their new report on how energy storage can effectively hedge against proposed changes to California’s solar policies and utility rates that could drastically reduce the value of solar.

June 22, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Consumer Protections for Community Solar

This webinar discussed consumer protection issues that may arise in community solar projects for residential consumers, and the role states play in ensuring appropriate consumer protections.

June 28, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

RPS Webinar: When Renewable Portfolio Standards Max Out

Many state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies will reach their peak requirement over the next few years. In this webinar, guest speaker Ed Holt discusses what could happen to state RPSs when they max out, and what options the states have when, and if, they begin to plan for the end of RPS in their states.

August 3, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

SolarResilient: A New Tool for Resilient Solar+Storage Design

In this webinar, Jessica Tse (San Francisco Department of the Environment) and Russell Carr (Arup) introduced and demonstrated a first-of-its-kind, publicly-available online tool for optimizing the size of solar+storage systems.

September 6, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2017 Annual Status Report

Lead author Galen Barbose presented the key findings of LBNL's newly released report, "U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2017 Annual Status Report."

September 19, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Identifying Potential Markets for Commercial Behind-the-Meter Battery Storage

Report authors Joyce McLaren (NREL) and Seth Mullendore (Clean Energy Group) presented the findings of the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States.

September 27, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Energy Storage for Rural Affordable Housing: The McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project

This webinar will provide operational and economic updates on the McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project, a rural solar+storage affordable housing project that has been in operation since October 2016.

October 6, 2017 12:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Low and Moderate Income Solar Policy and Principles, Part 1

This is the first in a two-part webinar course on low and moderate income solar policy and principles. Speakers from CESA and PaulosAnalysis will present.

October 12, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Factors Influencing Public Support for RPSs

A recent article in Nature Energy examines various factors that influence whether the public supports a state RPS and other renewable energy policies. In this webinar, Leah Stokes, one of the article’s two authors, will discuss her findings and their implications.

October 13, 2017 1:00pm — 2:15pm ET

Income Verification for Low-Income Solar Programs

In this webinar, speakers from the California Department of Community Services and Development, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will discuss their income verification processes for low-income solar programs.

October 17, 2017 8:00am — 3:00pm MT

Workshop on Solar for Public and Affordable Housing

CESA is offering a special full-day workshop on deploying solar for public and affordable housing. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) 2017 Annual Conference on October 14th-17th in Denver, CO.

October 19, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Follow-Up Discussion on Income Verification for LMI Solar Programs

This interactive webinar discussion is a follow-up to CESA's 10/13 webinar, "Income Verification for Low-Income Solar Programs." This webinar is open to state and municipal officials only.

October 26, 2017 1:00pm — 2:15pm ET

Colorado’s Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project

In this webinar, guest speakers from the Colorado Energy Office, Lotus Engineering and Sustainability, and NREL will describe and evaluate the Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project, which provides over 1 MW of electricity and serves over 300 low-income Coloradans.

November 7 - 8, 2017

2017 National Summit on RPS

The 2017 National Summit on RPS will take place on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8 in Arlington, Virginia at the Westin Crystal City Hotel. The Summit is hosted by CESA, with generous financial support from the Energy Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

November 17, 2017 12:00pm — 2:00pm ET

Low and Moderate Income Solar Policy and Principles, Part 2

This is the second in a two-part webinar course on low and moderate income solar policy and principles. Speakers from CESA and Vote Solar will present.