|THURSDAY, MAY 23|
PUTTING THE COMMUNITY IN COMMUNITY SOLAR
In 2013, Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City Light & Power partnered on the Solar Up North (SUN) Alliance to build a community solar array outside Cherryland’s headquarters in Grawn, Michigan. Since then, community solar has taken off across the United States, with states like Illinois including mandatory community solar in their renewables targets. Michigan has fallen behind, with only a few efforts coming to fruition. However, a recent project in Lansing has given hope that Michigan’s community solar days may be coming soon. Come hear from regional and Michigan experts about how we put the “community” in community solar to drive local, low-cost renewable projects.WORKSHOP: SHOW ME THE MONEY—FINANCING BIG & SMALL RENEWABLE PROJECTS
Recent polls have shown that nearly everyone wants more renewable energy, including large majorities of Americans and Michiganders. The reality of going renewable, however, can be daunting, particularly the upfront cost of buying a renewable project. Businesses and individuals looking to go solar on their own home, nonprofit, or business will participate in this workshop designed to provide renewable hopefuls with the tools they need to get it done!
EFFICIENCY: THE POWERFUL COMBINATION OF INNOVATION, CONSERVATION, AND GENERATION
While solar and wind have stolen the clean energy headlines of late, breakthroughs in energy, building, and social tech have opened up smart energy solutions. From deep efficiency upgrades to peak shaving to on-site storage, these breakthroughs hold huge promise to disrupt current energy markets—especially when coupled with onsite generation. Come hear panelists share their stories of innovation!
THE EV’S ARE COMING AND WE’VE GOT NO CHARGERS
Michigan’s electric vehicle and new mobility economy is growing by leaps and bounds. With EV production from our Michigan-based automakers growing, prices coming down for EVs, and an increasing number of EV owners heading up north for the summer, the EV revolution has arrived in an exciting, inspiring, visible way in Traverse City and beyond. Sadly, our local charging infrastructure is not keeping up—with folks left to charge at Meijers or one or two central charging stations in our resort towns. This session will explore what we need in order to build a robust network of chargers for the burgeoning electric vehicle fleet, and what that would mean for jobs and infrastructure investment.