The Roundhouse – Colrain, MA
October 23rd, 5 pm to 24th, 5 pm, 2015
Community Leaders share knowledge and experience in building large solar projects that 20 to 500 families can share.

Keynote Speaker: Steven Strong, Solar Design Associates

Steven Strong is acknowledged as a pre-eminent authority on integration of renewable energy systems in buildings. Drawing on his background in architecture and engineering, he has pioneered the concept of integrated design with applications such as solar electricity (photovoltaics), solar thermal and wind energy. Steven has designed dozens of homes and buildings powered by solar electricity - from the Outermost House to the White House.


Friday, October 23

  • 5 – 6 pm Dinner
  • 5:30 – 6:20 pm Pre-Training Workshop
    Eli Moulton, Merritt, Merritt and Moulton - Community Shared Solar Projects and Securities Law
  • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Solar Energy On the Line
    Keynote Address: Steven J. Strong, President Solar Design Associates.
  • 7:45 – 9 pm Music, socializing, etc.

Saturday, October 24

  • 8 – 8:45 am Breakfast
  • 8:45 – 9:15 am Putting the Community Back in Community Solar - Welcome and Introductions with Lynn Benander, Co-op Power’s CEO
  • 9:30 – 10:45 am Workshop 1
    • Community Shared Solar for All · Peter Wingate, Community Action and Lynn Benander, Co-op Power - Brainstorming Strategies for Including Participants from Limited Resource Communities in Community Solar
    • Solar Options for Homeowners · Dwayne Breger, UMass Energy Extension - Lease, Buy a System, or Buy a Share in a Community Solar Project - How do you choose?
  • 11 – 12:15 pm Workshop 2
    • Community Shared Solar Basics · Josh Hilsdon, PV Squared - Site Selection and Solar Technology Options for Community Shared Solar
    • Community Shared Solar Policy · Claire Chang, The Solar Store of Greenfield - An overview of Solar Policies supporting Community Shared Solar in Massachusetts and what we’re doing to ensure they continue. Claire will also talk about the community solar project she’s working on with Greening Greenfield.
  • 12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:45 pm Workshop 3
    • Community Shared Solar Legal Considerations · Jill Winans, McCauley Lyman LLC - Legal Considerations for Community Shared Solar
    • Co-op Power’s Model for Community Solar · Isaac Baker, Co-op Power - Community Shared Solar Partnership Flip Financial Model
  • 3 – 4:30 pm What’s Next?
    • Building Community Shared Solar - Options and Opportunities
    • Massachusetts Solar Loan Program
    • Next Steps

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