The Solar Powering Your Community was huge success thanks to our wonderful presenters. Below are some of the presentations from the day. If you are looking for a specific presentation that is not found below, please contact the MREA for presenter’s contact information.

Best Practices in Net Metering and Interconnection – Joseph F. Wiedman

Interconnection Standards – Don Wichert

Keynote address – Dr. Sarah White

Keynote Presentation – Paula Mints

Midwest Solar Policy Landscape – Brad Klein

CERET and Train the Trainer – Barb Anderegg

Building Workforce Capacity in the Midwest Solar Industry – Nick Hylla

Kankakee Community College Solar Training Program – Tim Wilhelm


Thursday October 11, 2012
Monona Terrace – Madison, WI

7:30 – 8:30
Continental Breakfast & Explore Exhibits

8:30 – 8:45
Niels Wolter
, Madison Solar Consulting and
Nick Hylla, MREA

8:45 – 9:30
First Keynote Presentation:
Paula Mints
, Navigant Consulting

9:30 – 10:15
Second Keynote Presentation:
Sarah L. White, Ph.D., Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

10:15 – 10:45
Morning Break

First Breakout Sessions
10:45 – 12:00
Solar-ready communities are better prepared to handle increasing solar permit applications without increasing demand on staff time or resources. In most communities, the solar permit and inspection process can be poorly defined, complex and time consuming for city staff and for solar installers. This non-technical session will provide tools and share practical examples for how your community can begin to streamline and simplify the permitting processes. Get tips on easy steps such as clearer communications with installers, and learn how to gain more impactful results by defining processes for expedited approvals.
Amy Heart, Milwaukee Shines, Solar Program Manager
Bryant Moroder, Sustainable Resource Group LLC, Principal
James Tong, Clean Power Finance

10:45 – 12:00
Net Metering & Interconnection Standards:
Net metering policy and interconnection rules are critical aspects in reducing the installed cost of solar. This session will describe the best state practices in both areas, will update participants of the current Wisconsin policies (including pending utility proposals on net metering) and rules, and will present the Grow Solar Wisconsin efforts to improve the Wisconsin policies and rules.
Joseph F. Wiedman, Partner, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
Don Wichert, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin
Michael Vickerman, Director of Policy & Programs, RENEW Wisconsin

10:45 – 12:00
Solar 3.0

12:00 – 1:30
Lunch, Explore Exhibits
Lunchtime Keynote: Tom Tansy, Solar 3.0

Second Breakout Sessions
1:30 – 2:45
Third Party Ownership (Clean Energy Choice)
Clean Energy Choice describes a policy initiative aimed at authorizing utility customers to purchase energy directly from third party-owned renewable generators located on their premises. Current law is ambiguous on this matter. Panelists on this session will examine the impacts of Clean Energy Choice in other states, discuss its potential contribution to Wisconsin renewable energy policy, and articulate strategies for advancing legislation to establish Clean Energy Choice in Wisconsin.
Chris Taylor, WI State Representative, 48th Assembly District
Chris Kunkle, Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach
James Tong, Clean Power Finance

1:30 – 2:45
Solar Training and Labor Market Development
An overview of efforts to define and build capacity in the solar labor market. This session is geared towards training program managers, economic development agencies, and employers seeking to understand the dynamic and expanding solar industry and the opportunities it offers for career placement.

Building Training Capacity for the Midwest Solar Industry
Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Challenges and successful approaches to building quality training programs that serve the needs of the solar industry in the Midwestern US.

Midwest Solar Policy Landscape
Bradley Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center
A review of state policy and legislative initiatives in the Midwest and their impact on solar market development.

CERET: Career Education in Renewable Energy Technology
Barb Anderegg, Instructor, Madison Area Technical College
Lessons learned in 6 years of offering an NSF-funded Renewable Energy Certificate that provides model career pathways to give students broad-set skills and flexibility in tough and unpredictable labor markets.

Confronting the Conundrum: A Community College Job Market Transformation Model
Tim Wilhelm, Professor, Kankakee Community College
An overview of the NSF-funded, community college training and market development model designed to provide students with real-world experience, network home and business to facilitate the installation of solar electric systems, and align market stakeholders in support of policies and processes that advance the market.

Solar Career Panel Q&A (20-30 minutes)

1:30 – 2:45
Solar 3.0

2:45 – 3:15
Afternoon Break

Third Breakout Sessions
3:15 – 4:30
Case Studies and Models for Success
Three experts will present models and case studies showing how Wisconsin’s solar electric generating stock can grow to become a valuable contribution to our power generation mix. Alex Rein will focus on incentive options including solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), Charles Severance will speak about third party power purchase agreements (aka, Clean Energy Contracts) and Steven Johnson will share ideas on innovative system ownership models and storage. After the panelist’ presentations the audience will be invited to ask questions.
Alex Rein, Principal, Project Finance, SunPower
Charles Severance, Solar Operations Manager, Integrys Energy Services
Steven Johnson, Vice President of Business Development, Convergence Energy

3:15 – 4:30
Financing and Cost Reduction
Financing is becoming one of the most apparent obstacles to the large-scale deployment of solar in the United States. This seminar will discuss options that municipalities have for financing various projects. The City of Milwaukee developed a public-private partnership with a local credit union to create low interest loans for City residents. Michael Allen has been practicing law for 25+ years, and will be identifying suitable solar finance options for your community. Casey Johnson, the Renewable Energy Programs director for ICLEI, a membership association of communities dedicated to sustainability, will provide information on their new initiative, the Energy Benefits Program. This program will provide municipalities with the tools to go solar by providing municipalities the ability to pool together resources, increasing their buying power and helping to cut the upfront cost of going solar.
Dan Milbrandt, Summit Credit Union
Michael J. Allen, – Attorney, Energy Law Wisconsin
Casey Johnston- Director, Renewable Energy Programs, ICLEI

3:15 – 4:30
Solar 3.0

4:30 – 6:00