Community Shared Solar (CSS) provides homeowners and businesses with the ability to buy solar power. These individuals would not be able to get to solar energy otherwise because they do not qualify for solar panels due to the shape of the roof or the location of the home or business. Chapter leaders who attend this event will be able to learn more about CSS and hear from fellow leaders about their projects and some of the challenges they face.
What the night will look like:
6-7: Informal meal and opportunity to meet and greet.
7-7:30: Go around the room and chapters talk about what they are working on
7:30-8: Panelists present
8-9: Q&A and problem solving
Ani Krishnan joined Metropolitan Area Planning Council Energy team in January 2013. As an Energy Planner, Ani identifies projects and initiatives that promote sustainable energy use, and facilitates their implementation across MAPC’s member jurisdictions. Ani is currently working on the MAPC energy toolkit. This is an online resource that will serve as a comprehensive database of energy-related strategies for MAPC communities, and help both novice and experienced cities and towns pursue clean energy efforts.
Isaac Baker brings expertise in financing structures for renewable energy, community finance, and cooperative development. He is an entrepreneur with experience building an anaerobic digester business focused on developing community-scale biogas systems. Isaac has built Co-op Power's community shared solar business model with a world class team of lawyers and accountants. He has worked at Co-op Power over the last 7 years in a variety of roles ranging from community outreach to business planning and development to financial planning. He taught a class on microgrids and built a solar house as part of the Solar Decathalon while at Middlebury College earning his degree in Environmental Studies.
Emma Krause works between the Green Communities and Renewables Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to manage the U.S. DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge II grant program, implement the $30 million Mass Solar Loan residential solar financing program, support the solar carve-out program's community shared solar policy initiatives, and provide communication and outreach materials for the Green Communities program. Emma previously worked for former Governor Deval Patrick's political committee and the Obama for America campaign. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from
Dave Beavers has helped homeowners and communities pursue and manage renewable energy projects since 2002. While working for the Cadmus Group of Waltham, Massachusetts, he has lead a team that has provided technical, financial and business assistance to close to 100 hundred communities in Massachusetts. In addition, he has helped the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Department of Energy Resources, and Department of Public Utilities, to design policies and implement programs that incentivized renewable energy purchases. In 2013 he and a colleague completed two reports for DOER that recommended Community Shared Solar (CSS) models for Massachusetts, and guidance for communities pursuing CSS projects. Through Cadmus, he is currently supporting two communities in their efforts to launch CSS programs. He is a Certified Energy Engineer (CEM) and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP).
There will be plenty of parking at the church and it is T accessible.