IREC’s webinar on Tuesday, September 21, at 2pm EDT (1pm CDT, noon MDT, 11am PDT, 10am Alaska, 8am Hawaii) on Community Solar, is now available for viewing.
Many utility ratepayers, such as renters or customers with shaded roofs, are unable to participate in solar energy programs because they are unable to host an on-site solar energy system. These same ratepayers contribute to successful state-level renewables programs and have strong desire to green their energy supply. Some states and utilities are beginning to address this program gap through well-designed community solar programs that allow these customers to participate in a system hosted at another location. In a successful community solar program, customers are allowed to receive the financial benefits of investing in a system even though the system is not located on their home or business.
As part of IREC’s mission to build sustainable markets for renewable energy, IREC has assisted stakeholders in developing community renewables programs that expand access to solar beyond the successful onsite renewables markets. IREC’s policy recommendations and review of State Policies are included in the upcoming Community Solar Guidebook sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The guidebook offers project design and planning advice, as well as examples of successful projects.
Learn from IREC and NW SEED experts about how states are implementing community solar programs and get a sneak preview of the updated Community Solar Guidebook, due out in October.
Joseph Wiedman is a partner with the law firm Keyes & Fox. Mr. Wiedman represents IREC in state-level rulemakings on many topic areas essential to building sustainable markets for renewable energy including net metering rules, interconnection standards, and community renewables. Mr. Wiedman is also involved in IREC’s efforts to shape emerging program areas such as wholesale distributed generation market design, smart grid, and plug-in electric vehicles to ensure those programs support the continued growth of renewable energy markets.
Linda Irvine is a Project Manager at Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development) based in Seattle, Washington. Northwest SEED empowers community-scale clean energy through expert guidance that combines technical support, community education and practical implementation. She is the project lead for the upcoming Community Solar Guidebook. Before joining NW SEED, Ms. Irvine spent eight years at Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. where she led energy-efficiency program design and implementation for the small commercial sector.
You can also view this webinar on Vimeo at Community Solar webinar 9/21/10