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A Roadmap to Community Solar (Workshop series through July 30) - RSVP

Date: July 23, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440

 

 

Tuesdays
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  July 9, 16, 23 and 30

 

 

Solar panels at Every Woman's Place, Muskegon, MI.

 

MAREC is presenting “A Roadmap to Community Solar,” a four-week series that will help participants learn how to launch a community solar project that will develop renewable energy by pooling resources, reducing individual risk, and maximizing the benefits of solar energy for local communities.

The “Roadmap” will run Tuesday evenings at MAREC from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, from July 9 through July 30.  Register Now!

Printable Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Cost is $60.00 per person.  

 

Read about

Community Solar in Michigan

on CBS Detroit

Speakers in the series will include:

  • Anya Schoolman, founder of Community Power Network (CPN) and affiliate of The Center for a New American Dream
  • Sara Bronin, Program Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • John Sarver, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)
  • Mark Clevey, Michigan Energy Office
  • Allan O’Shea, Michigan solar contractor
  • Rachael Johnson, Cherryland Electric Cooperative (a community solar project)
  • David Konkle, GLREA Community Solar project coordinator

Moderators:

  • Kim Walton, Program Director, MAREC
  • Mary McGraw, Technical Outreach and Instructor, Grand Rapids Community College

*  Speakers subject to change.   Anya Schoolman and Sara Bronin will present via live interactive webcast, available onsite only at MAREC.

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Agenda

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     SPEAKER BIOS

Anya Schoolman.    Sara Bronin.   
From left:  Anya Schoolman, Sara Bronin.

 

Anya Schoolman, founder of Community Power Network (CPN) and affiliate of The Center for a New American Dream

CPN Founder Anya Schoolman presents and talks about solar cooperatives, bulk purchasing, group net metering, and more.

Sara Bronin, Program Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

Sara C. Bronin joined the faculty in 2006 and is an Associate Professor of Law and the faculty program director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Law.  A licensed architect and licensed attorney, Professor Bronin has researched and published in the areas of property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable energy law.  Her scholarship focuses on creating economically and environmentally sustainable American cities.  A sought-after speaker, she recently presented  at Yale Law School, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, the AIA National Convention, and the Environmental Law Institute, among other places.

John Sarver, Executive Director, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)

Mark Clevey, Michigan Energy Office

Allan O’Shea, Michigan solar contractor

Rachael Johnson, Cherryland Electric Cooperative (Traverse City community solar project)

David Konkle, GLREA Community Solar project coordinator

The GLREA is taking the lead on the effort to bring Community Solar to Michigan. With Michigan Energy Office funding, GLREA is conducting a Feasibility Analysis of Community Solar in Michigan, which will assess Community Solar efforts in the state and across the nation as well as the future for Community Solar in Michigan.

Moderators:

Kim Walton, Program Director, MAREC
Mary McGraw, Technical Outreach and Instructor, Grand Rapids Community College

 

 
     AGENDA

 

July 9

Week 1: Learn your route

Presenter:  Anya Schoolman, Community Power Network

Introductions
Solar 101
Organizational structures
Municipalities
Utilities


July 16

Week 2: Road Blocks & Construction Areas

Presenter:  Sara Bronin, Center for Energy & Environmental Law

Site Selection; PV requirements vs. community support
Policy & Incentives
Case Study Reports
Business models pros & cons
Project Management


July 23

Week 3: Ask for Directions

PANEL FORUM & DISCUSSION

PANELISTS

  • John Sarver, GLREA
  • Mark Clevey, Michigan Energy Office
  • Allan O’Shea, solar contractor
  • Rachael Johnson, Cherryland Electric Cooperative (CS project)

Networking & Tour of MAREC (LEED facility and Michigan Energy Demonstration Center)


July 30

Week 4: Driving your Campaign Home

Presenter:   David Konkle, GLREA Community Solar project coordinator

Campaign Process
Evaluate and refine project timeline
Resources
Media Contacts
Community Solar

 

 
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For more information, please contact Kim Walton, MAREC program director, at waltonk@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-6907.