Our annual 3iAwards ceremony and three timely regulatory updates drew industry, government, advocates and other stakeholders over three days at Intersolar North America 2017. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t there.

Monday, July 10 
The Next Frontier: Pioneering Local Resiliency with Solar+Storage
IREC’s Regulatory Program Director, Sara Baldwin Auck, moderated this panel on solar+storage success stories and case studies for local resiliency and emergency planning from three key markets, San Francisco, New York City, and Salt Lake City. Related successes from the US Department of Energy Solar Market Pathways Teams across the country were also highlighted.

Tuesday, July 11
IREC’s 3iAwards Ceremony

It’s always an honor to recognize the nation’s best of 2017 Innovation, Ingenuity and Inspiration in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. Along with our 3iAward winners, we also recognized exemplary people, projects and programs – our Energy Heroes. Read the full story here.

The State of the States: National Shared Renewables Scorecard and Other Tools You Can Use
IREC’s Sara Baldwin Auck moderated this session on IREC’s newest online tool, a first-of-its kind assessment of state shared solar policies and key insights on what’s working and what’s not for community shared solar programs. This session also featured other navigational tools and resources for community solar and multifamily solar policy decision-making and program design. [PDF] [Introduction]

Wednesday July 12 
Grid Saturation: Improving Local Capacity Analysis to Host More Solar 
Experts including Sky Stanfield, who represents IREC through Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP, discussed grid saturation’s early successes, pitfalls and key lessons learned, so states and industry representatives can be aware. The panel featured industry experts who are working on grid modernization in policy and regulatory arenas in key states. [PDF]