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Growing Local Solar Workshop

March 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Event Details

Date: March 20, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: University of Dayton, Daniel J. Curran Place (Meyer Room), 1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409

Registration Fee: Individual ticket are $25. For organizations attending with 3 or more people, apply the discount code OHIOSOLAR for 20% off your entire purchase.  University of Dayton students may attend for free through the registration link provided.

Lunch and guided tour of University of Dayton solar array are included.

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The Ohio Environmental Council and Green Energy Ohio are teaming up with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the University of Dayton to host a workshop entitled Growing Local Solar: Community-based tools to enable solar development in Ohio on March 20th 10am-3pm at the University of Dayton Daniel J. Curran Place.

The event page and registration can be found hereThe modest registration fee will cover lunch and refreshments. The day’s agenda will also include a tour of one of the University of Dayton’s Daniel J. Curran Place (formerly the River Campus) solar array. Please be sure to register by March 13. 

Presentations and panel discussions with policy, legal and business experts will cover a range of topics: Community choice aggregation; solar project interconnection standards; land use, building codes and zoning considerations; neighborhood-based solar cooperatives; best practices for residential rooftop solar in historical districts and homeowners’ associations; energy special improvement districts (eSIDs) and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, and; community engagement best practices including how to address concerns over property values. 

This workshop is open to any and all, but specifically geared toward decision-makers and their staff within county, township, city and village jurisdictions. You will walk away with knowledge and resources that can be applied in your community.



9:30 a.m. Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. Welcome & Setting the Stage for the Day

Welcome – Ben McCall, Executive Director of the Hanley Institute, University of Dayton
Overview of Ohio’s Development Environment for Solar Energy – Trish Demeter, VP of Energy Policy, Ohio Environmental Council

Panel: Becoming a Solar-Ready Community

Using Energy Special Improvement Districts (eSIDs) and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing to Encourage Commercial Solar Projects

Colin Kalvas, Bricker & Eckler
Chris Meyer, TEfusion Group

Building Code and Zoning Issues

Sarah Conley-Ballew, Sustainable Energy Solutions Director, Rural Action

Panel: Siting of Solar Projects

Distribution Utility Standards, Interconnection Processes and Timelines for Smaller Projects

Bob Sisco, Ohio Power Solutions
Mark Wiley, Solar Integrated Resources

Addressing Community Concerns Related to Solar Siting

Geoff Greenfield, New Resource Solutions
Phil Leppla, North Dayton Solar Co-op Member & Dayton Landmarks Commission

Special Guest Speaker, City of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

Panel: Creative Financing to Enable Solar Projects

Working with your Community: Of PPAs and Crowdfunding

Theresa Isemann, University of Dayton RE-volv

Establishing and Encouraging Neighborhood-Based Solar Co-operatives

Luke Sulfridge, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio

Local Case Study Plenary: The Story of UD’s Solar Project

Steve Melink, Melink Corporation
Steve Kendig, Executive Director of Energy Utilization & Environmental Sustainability, University of Dayton
Chris Wettle, Stillwater Creek Solutions
Moderator: Leah Ceperly, Sustainability Planning and Evaluation Manager, Hanley Sustainability Institute, University of Dayton

Guided Tour UD Solar Array
3:00 p.m. – Workshop Concludes



Ohio Environmental Council


University of Dayton
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409 United States
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