Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA https://www.cesa.org/webinars/ How Solar Knowledge Spreads: Who learns what, from whom, and how? https://www.cesa.org/webinars/how-solar-knowledge-spreads-who-learns-what-from-whom-and-how/?date=2020-01-22 <p>Non-hardware “soft” costs now account for about 60% of the cost of a residential solar PV system. As part of the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 2 (SEEDS2) program, a team of researchers led by the University of Texas at Austin has worked to understand how best practices related to solar installation, permitting, and customer acquisition are transmitted. The project examined how solar information and best practices spread through knowledge “spillovers,” what kind of solar knowledge is most likely spillover, and how decisionmakers can design policy to facilitate the spread of solar knowledge and drive down solar soft costs. This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), will present the findings of this research, including network structures and strategies that promote solar knowledge transfer, organizational capacity building, and innovation. <br><br><strong>Presenters:</strong> <br></p><ul><li>Varun Rai, PhD, Energy Institute Director and Associate Dean for Research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Ariane Beck, PhD, Research Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin<br></li></ul><p><strong>Moderator</strong>: Nate Hausman, Project Director, CESA<br></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:25:55 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/how-solar-knowledge-spreads-who-learns-what-from-whom-and-how/?date=2020-01-22 Financing Resilient Power in Under-Resourced Communities: A Foundation’s Comprehensive Financing Initiative for Solar+Storage Projects https://www.cesa.org/webinars/financing-resilient-power-in-under-resourced-communities/?date=2020-01-28 <p><em>Financing Resilient Power </em>is a new, groundbreaking philanthropic effort—a $3.3 million initiative of The Kresge Foundation to accelerate the market development of solar PV plus battery storage (solar+storage) technologies in historically underserved communities. The Foundation’s financing initiative—developed with Clean Energy Group that will manage the effort—represents the first time a U.S. foundation has committed to use both its grantmaking and endowment resources in a comprehensive strategy to bring these new clean energy technologies to affordable housing and critical community facilities.</p><p>New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) is the lender selected to participate in the loan guarantee initiative. The new financing partnership consists of three key elements: a $3 million loan guarantee that provides borrowers and the participating lender a first-of-its-kind payment guarantee to help borrowers avoid default by keeping loan payments current, as well as capacity-building grants to the nonprofit participating lender, and technical assistance grants for eligible project owners and developers to assess the technical and financial feasibility of new solar+storage projects.</p><p><strong>Panelists</strong>:</p><ul><li>Jessica Boehland, Senior Program Officer with The Kresge Foundation's Environment Program</li><li>Curtis Probst, co-CEO of New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC)   </li><li>Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group </li><li>Robert Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group (moderator)</li></ul> Thu, 26 Dec 2019 15:08:00 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/financing-resilient-power-in-under-resourced-communities/?date=2020-01-28 Solar with Justice: Recommendations for State Governments https://www.cesa.org/webinars/solar-with-justice-recommendations-for-state-governments/?date=2020-01-29 <p>This webinar will present the findings and recommendations from a new report that are especially relevant to state policymakers and program managers. <a href="https://www.cesa.org/resource-library/resource/solar-with-justice"><em>Solar with Justice: Strategies for Powering Up Under-Resourced Communities and Growing an Inclusive Solar Economy</em></a> was produced by a team from the Clean Energy States Alliance, the Jackson State University Department of Urban &amp; Regional Planning, the Partnership for Southern Equity, PaulosAnalysis, the University of Michigan School for Environment &amp; Sustainability, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and The Solutions Project.</p><p>After members of the team give a brief overview of the report and describe case studies of model programs by state agencies, they will discuss the recommendations for actions that state governments can take to ensure solar empowers under-resourced communities and provides tangible financial and wealth-building benefits. More than 90 policymakers, community group leaders, solar experts, and energy equity advocates were interviewed as part of the research for the report.</p><p><strong>Speakers:</strong></p><ul><li>Berneece Herbert, Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jackson State University</li> <li>Warren Leon, Executive Director, CESA</li> <li>Nate Hausman, Project Director, CESA (moderator)</li> </ul> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:32:57 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/solar-with-justice-recommendations-for-state-governments/?date=2020-01-29 Soleil Lofts: The Largest Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant in the Country https://www.cesa.org/webinars/soleil-lofts/?date=2020-02-12 <p>With 5.2 megawatts of solar and 12.6 megawatt-hours of battery storage, a new 600-unit housing development in Herriman, Utah, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, is being developed as the largest solar virtual power plant in the country. The innovative, net-zero development, Soleil Lofts, will be completed electrified, include EV charging ports for 150 vehicles, solar on every roof, and sonnen home battery systems in every apartment.</p><p>The project was made possible through a unique partnership between the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power; the real estate developer, Wasatch Group; and technology providers, sonnen and Auric Solar. In addition to providing backup power and energy resilience to residents, Rocky Mountain Power will use the batteries as a demand response resources and to deliver additional grid benefits. Residents are expected to begin moving in at the end of this summer.</p><p>This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at <a href="http://www.resilient-power.org">www.resilient-power.org</a>.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:01:41 -0500 https://www.cesa.org/webinars/soleil-lofts/?date=2020-02-12