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MREA Online Course: PV Site Assessor Training

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 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.

MREA Online Course: Navigating the National Electrical Code

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017

This six-hour online course introduces learners to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Designed for first-time users and beginning or non-electricians, this course explores the layout, format, and language of the Code. Participants will become familiar with the contents of the NEC by exploring Chapters, Articles, and Tables, and will learn how to effectively navigate the NEC.

Principles and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Solar

Friday, November 17, 2017

This is the second in a two-part US Department of Energy (DOE) webinar course on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar policy and principles. The webinar course is being offered for participants in DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, but all are welcome to attend.

Resilient Solar for Affordable Housing

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This webinar examines a case study from the CUNY Smart DG Hub’s Resilient Solar Project on the solar+storage microgrid system at the Marcus Garvey affordable housing complex in Brooklyn, NY, a neighborhood that experiences rolling blackouts more frequently than other parts of the city. The housing complex uses its solar+storage microgrid system to cut electricity costs, improve grid reliability, and provide resilient backup power for tenants during extended outages. The $1.3 million project was part of a larger $50 million rehabilitation and energy improvement project for the property and features an anticipated 6.6 year system payback for the battery storage.

Opening Doors to Community Solar: Insights from Cook County, IL & Other Local Governments

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Community solar can bring significant value to communities across the country. As Illinois works to unlock that value through the state's newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners need tools and information to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar when regulations are finalized next year.

Join this webinar hosted by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Cook County to hear from local government representatives about key considerations for site owners, municipalities and other stakeholders interested in community solar, either as participants or through the development of a community solar project on their own land or building. This webinar is supported by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways effort.

Solar for Apartment Buildings: Addressing Rent Control Issues

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

As residential solar installations on single family homes have soared over the last 10 years, most multifamily dwellers are still unable to access energy powered by the sun. In California, virtual net metering (VNM) tariffs allow solar to be installed on multifamily building rooftops and for the benefits to be allocated between tenants and common area accounts via electricity bill credits. Other states have similar enabling policies, either through their versions of VNM or broader community or shared solar programs. In jurisdictions with rent control, however, limitations on how much a landlord may increase tenants' rents can present a barrier to multifamily solar uptake.

Join this Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) webinar to discuss the benefits of solar on apartment buildings for tenants and property owners and the challenges that rent control policies present. Explore ways in which local jurisdictions could (and have) sought to overcome these challenges while still preserving the important role that rent control plays in keeping rents stable and affordable.

Clean Energy Mobilization Workshop

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In this free evening workshop hosted by the Wisconsin Academy with the Office of Energy Innovation and UW-Extension, we will highlight tools, financing, and strategies to help advance community resilience and clean energy opportunities in Southwest Wisconsin. Join us to learn more about furthering local movement toward energy independence in Wisconsin, and obtaining funding and resources for solar and other local energy projects.

DOE Better Buildings Webinar: 2 for 1: Energy Efficiency and Water Savings are a Combo Deal

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The relationship between energy and water efficiency isn’t always obvious, but the two are closely tied. Energy efficiency projects can yield benefits in the form of reduced water consumption, especially in industrial and commercial settings. At the same time, water efficiency can yield energy savings. Join this webinar as speakers discuss the connection between energy and water savings and how to orchestrate the right-sized projects that achieve both. Presenters: Mark Dhennin and Nichole Morris, Cummins; Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webinar: Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers

Monday, November 6, 2017

New energy generation, storage, delivery, and end-use technologies support a broad range of value-added electricity services for retail electricity customers. Sophisticated energy management services, distributed generation coupled with storage, and electric vehicle charging are just a few examples of emerging offerings. Who should provide value-added services - utilities or third parties, or both, and under what conditions? What policy and regulatory changes may be needed to promote competition and innovation, to account for utility costs to enable these services, and to protect consumers? A new report in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series from Berkeley Lab, Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers, tackles these questions.

The report approaches the issues from three perspectives: utilities, third-party service providers and consumers: 

Jonathan Blansfield and Lisa Wood, Institute for Electric Innovation
Ryan Katofsky, Benjamin Stafford and Danny Waggoner, Advanced Energy Economy
National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates 

ENERGY STAR Webinar Series: How to Apply for ENERGY STAR, Portfolio Manager 101, Ask the Expert, 201, 301

Thursday, November 2, 2017 to Tuesday, November 28, 2017

US EPA's ENERGY STAR program is hosting a webinar series on Portfolio Manager consisting of five separate programs each held on a separate date and more advanced than the previous one. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool developed by EPA and used nationally by building owners and cities to measure, track, and compare energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. It is used to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.