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Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: Crowd-financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities

May 25, 2017
12:00 p.m.

Nonprofit community service providers that serve low-income communities have faced challenges in financing solar for their own facilities. These organizations' lack of credit history, potentially unreliable revenue, and inability to take advantage of tax credits and accelerated depreciation can make traditional solar financing models a poor fit.

One answer that has emerged is "crowd funding," in which many individuals each provide a small amount of money for a project. This webinar will explore two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar:

  •  RE-volv's model, which allows for crowd-sourced donations
  • "crowd lending," one of CollectiveSun's financing options that facilitates loans to fund solar projects after tax credits have been applied
  • Q&A with the audience

This is one in a series of webinars presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income residents. The Sustainable Solar Education Project, funded through a grant from the DOE SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials to ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly.

MREA: Basic Photovoltaics

May 30, 2017 to June 25, 2017

This four-week online course teaches the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webinar: Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization

May 31, 2017
12:30 p.m.

LBNL hosts this webinar to discuss a new report, Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization. The webinar features three speakers:

  • Steve Kihm, financial analyst from Seventhwave
  • Dr. Janice Beecher, from the Institute for Public Utilities, Michigan State University
  • Ronald Lehr, former commissioner and clean energy consultant

2017 USGBC Wisconsin Leader Awards & Transformation Awards Reception

June 08, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Honoring sustainability leaders who are driving market transformation within Wisconsin's built environment.

In today's ever changing world, there are individuals and organizations who are leading the way toward a brighter and more sustainable future. They understand that a sustainable approach can result in improved bottom lines, resilient communities and healthy ecological systems.

Each category is intended to highlight projects, individuals and partners from within Wisconsin. Nominees may apply for consideration if their impact occurred between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016 in the following categories:

  • Innovative Design, New Construction — This is the next evolution of the Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE2) award program. This award is for a BD+C (Building Design and Construction) project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design, and meet project challenges in an innovative way. Nomination Guidance Document (revised)
  • Building Performance — This is the next evolution of the SE2 award program. This award is for an O+M (Operations and Maintenance) project that demonstrates a significant increase in building performance through the implementation of sustainable design solutions. Nomination Guidance Document (revised)
  • Most Successful Community Engagement — For a project team who has demonstrated creative and innovative strategies for connecting either with their internal or external community through a building project. Nomination Guidance Document (revised)

MREA: 28th Annual Energy Fair

June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will host its annual Energy Fair where more than 15,000 attendees get the most up to date clean energy and sustainability education, connect with others, and learn how to make a sustainable future.  There are over 250 beginner to advanced hands-on education workshops, 200 exhibitors, keynote speakers, and live entertainment.  The keynote speaker this year is JB Straubel, Chief Technical Office (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla. The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest running energy education event of its kind.

M-WERC Annual Meeting

July 20, 2017

This M-WERC Member Meeting will focus on growing the Energy, Power, and Controls regional cluster of industry and academia. Presentations will address state-wide Economic Development activities, Advanced Manufacturing, and EPC Supply Chain activities aligned on growing cross-cutting technologies in our region.

Grid Evolution Summit

July 25, 2017 to July 27, 2017

The summit features a day devoted to roundtables with experts in Demand Energy Resources (DER), demand response, and smart grid and a discussion on how the electric sector will evolve to modernize the grid and better integrate distributed energy resources. Participants will:

  • Discuss and debate the latest trends, issues, and business developments.
  • Attend panel discussions, case studies, and presentations on best practices.
  • Connect with top business leaders and policymakers.
  • Broaden industry relationships through receptions and networking sessions.

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

August 15, 2017 to August 18, 2017

Advancing industrial energy efficiency through collaboration is the theme of this American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2017 summer study. This conference provides an opportunity to network with industry professionals and hear the latest thinking on managing plant energy use, national energy policy, and industrial energy efficiency program administration.


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ENERGY STAR Webinar Series: Portfolio Manager 101, 201, 301

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017

US EPA's ENERGY STAR program will be hosting a series of Portfolio Manager webcasts.  The series consists of three separate webinars each held on a separate date and more advanced than the previous one.


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webinar: Advances in EM&V – DOE’s Uniform Methods Project and M&V 2.0

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Efficiency project and program impacts have been assessed using evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) methods for some 40 years. Recently, there have been significant advances in EM&V. This webinar covers two major areas of improvements - DOE's Uniform Methods Project (UMP) and M&V 2.0.

MREA: PV Site Assessor Training

Monday, May 22, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017

Participants in this four-week online course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site.

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ENERGY STAR Webinar: How to apply for the ENERGY STAR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the systematic process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Customers

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This webinar for state and municipal officials about successful and promising approaches, discuss factors policymakers should consider, and provide policy and program design recommendations for bringing the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. 

ENERGY STAR Webinar: ENERGY STAR and green building rating systems

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

MREA: PV System Design

Monday, May 15, 2017 to Sunday, July 9, 2017

This eight-week online course by MREA teaches the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV System. Participants learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations. 

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ENERGYSTAR Webinar: Tips for Hosting Your Own Energy Competition: Lessons Learned from BOOTCAMP Success Stories

Thursday, May 11, 2017

During EPA's National Building Competition, organizations across the country saved energy, water, and money by tapping into their building occupants' competitive spirits. After seven successful years, this competition model has proven to be effective, and now EPA invites you and your organization to host your own energy battle! First, we will take a tour of the set of resources EPA has developed to help partners run their own energy competitions, including a comprehensive competition guide and a variety of activity kits.

M-WERC Webinar: Energy Storage Policy Developments at FERC and MISO

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This webinar will provide M-WERC Members and Partners with an update on current FERC dockets addressing various policy issues related to energy storage, including participation in ISO/RTO capacity, energy and ancillary service markets and utilization of energy storage in organized markets as transmission assets. 
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Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Clean Energy Trust (CET) invests in the entrepreneurs leading the clean technology revolution from the Midwest. The CET Challenge is designed to provide high-potential startups invaluable seed capital and unparalleled coaching and mentorship to help them commercialize their innovations.  This event brings together venture capitalists, industry executives, civic leaders, the media and public to watch startups pitch their businesses and hear keynote addresses by prominent thought leaders.