Community-Based Solar

February 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rm 335, Pyle Center, UW Madison
University of Wisconsin- Instructional Communications Systems
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
$75 WPUI Members, $125 Non-Members
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait


Open to anyone interested in the future of community-based solar options for Wisconsin

The course cost covers breaks and lunch and materials.

Community-Based Solar in Wisconsin, Thurs. Feb. 25, 2016


Business Model Innovations

Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation David Feldman,1 Anna M. Brockway,2 Elaine Ulrich,2 and Robert Margolis1 1 National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2 U.S. Department of Energy

Is Solar PV and Net Metering the Elephant in the Room?  Tom Stanton, NRRI

Distributed Generation – Implications for Utilities and Commissions, Tom Stanton

Middle Ground in Customer-Utility Relationship? Analyzing the Drivers of Variations in Deployment Models for Community Solar, Erik Funkhouser, Griselda Blackburn, Clare Magee, Varun Rai; March 60, 2015


8:00     Introduction.  Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, WPUI

8:15      The Community-Based Solar Option.  Dan Chwastyk, Solar Electric Power Association

  • SEPA – History and mission
  • What is being installed via different programs & business models
  • What needs to be done in advance of installing a system
  • What’s in the market now and likely in the future

9:15        Making Community-Based Solar a Win-Win for the Public and Energy Companies — The importance of Siting.  Tom Stanton, NRRI

9:50       Discussion

10:00     Break

10:15     The Opportunity for Solar as a Distributed Energy Resource.  Tyson Cook, Clean Wisconsin

  •  What crossroads do we face
  • What can help and what can hinder the movement to community-based solar installations

10:45     Discussion

11:00     The Benefits of Community-scale Solar PV.  Robert Mudge, The Brattle Group

11:30      Discussion

11:45      Legislative and Regulatory Response to Community-Based Solar.  Cynthia Smith, PSCW; Representative Robb Kahl

12:15      Discussion

12:30     Working Lunch

1:00       Lessons from Recent Community Solar Research.  Anna Brockway, UC Berkeley (formerly DOE SunShot Initiative); Erik Funkhouser, Research Into Action

1:50       Discussion

2:00       Break

2:15       Community Experiences, Panel Discussion.  Deb Erwin, Xcel Energy; Lynn Thompson, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative; Joe McDonald, Vernon Electric Cooperative

  •  Outcomes, Lessons Learned and Next Steps
  •  Results of Recent Program Applications

3:15       Wrap-up Panel Discussion.  Deb Erwin; Tyson Cook; Robert Mudge; Erik Funkhouser; Tom Stanton

  •  Where Do We Go from Here?  A Moderated Discussion

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