D.C. Solar Congress

Join us for the 2018 D.C. Solar Congress!

Solar supporters from across the District joined the 2017 D.C. Solar Congress.

Over 100 solar supporters from across the District joined the 2017 D.C. Solar Congress.

Saturday, April 14
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
UDC – David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008

 

The D.C. Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across D.C. to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in the District. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with helping to grow solar in D.C. Topics will include: solar 101 information session, DC’s Solar for All program, grid modernization, battery storage in the residential setting, emerging D.C. solar policy initiatives, ways to get involved, and much more! The event will conclude with a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss priorities and opportunities that solar supporters in D.C. should focus on in the coming year. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!

 

The 2018 D.C. Solar Congress is hosted by Solar United Neighbors of D.C., in collaboration with University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.

Please feel encouraged to share this event with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or community organizations who may be interested! Download the event flyer here.

AGENDA

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            Doors open, registration (coffee & breakfast provided)

 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Opening Remarks – Overview of the state of solar in D.C.

– Yesenia Rivera, Solar United Neighbors of D.C.

 

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          Presentations – Session 1:

1.           Solar 101 Information Session

Learn how solar works for a residential home from the equipment, how it connects to your roof, warranties, incentives, and financing options.

– Ian Reichardt and Vincent Jerkovich, Solar United Neighbors

2.         Solar Energy, Equity, and Health

Solar power brings economic benefits to those who can participate but it does so much more. Find out why solar equity is important and how communities broadly benefit from its expansion.

Panel Discussion:

– Denise Fairchild, Emerald Cities Collaborative

– Edward Yim, DC Department of Energy & Environment

– Yinka N. Bode-George, Maryland Environmental Health Network

Moderated by: Yesenia Rivera, Solar United Neighbors of D.C.

 

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Presentations – Session 2:

1.           Solar For All: How we got here and what’s next

The District has an ambitious plan to reduce low-to-moderate income residents’ cost of energy across the city and make solar accessible to everyone. Find out what’s happening and what’s on the horizon.

Panel Discussion:

– Nora Hawkins, DC Department of Energy & Environment

– Jacqueline Brown, 51st State Solar Co-op participant

2.           Battery storage for residential homes

Heard all the hype about battery storage? Come learn about the equipment, economics of it, and how it really works for a residential home. 

– Sam Polino, Solar United Neighbors

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Lunch, informal networking

Lunchtime brownbag session on Electric Vehicles at 1:00 p.m.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              Presentations – Session 3:

1.           Solar For All: Stories from the frontlines

The District has an ambitious plan to reduce low-to-moderate income residents’ cost of energy across the city and make solar accessible to everyone. Hear from organizations on the frontlines, making it happen.

Panel Discussion:

– Dant’e King, Groundswell

– Genevieve Fugere Hulick, New Partners Community Solar Corp.

– Laura Vendetta, Grid Alternatives

– Moderated by: Corey Ramsden, Solar United Neighbors

2.           Grid modernization for the District

The city’s grid is undergoing a transformation before our eyes with expanding solar generation, increased energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, and more. Where’s all this headed?

– Larry Martin, GRID 2.0

– Edward Yim, DC Department of Energy & Environment

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              Participatory Open Forum Discussion

Open discussion on the future of solar in D.C., including opportunities to get involved with helping to grow the solar movement across the District.

Moderated by: Anya Schoolman, Solar United Neighbors

 

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