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Solar in Your Community Challenge Workshop, ASES Solar 2017 conference, October 11, 2017

Below you'll find presentations from the Solar In Your Community Challenge Workshop, which was held October 11 at the ASES Solar 2017 Conference in Denver, Colorado. During the morning session, challenge teams gave updates on their projects, innovations, difficulties, and successes so far. In the afternoon, teams heard presentations from several experts in solar finance.




Spotlight Presentations: Solar Success in the Making

Challenge teams provide brief summaries of their projects, each describing their project goal, one susprising strength, one suprising barrier, and technical or market-based solutions.





  • Title: Plan-It Green: Solar for All on the Path to 100% Renewable Electricity
  • Presenter: Gary Cuneen
  • Location: Oak Park, IL







  • Title: Blue Lake Rancheria: Tribal Community Solar Rezilience
  • Presenter: Jana Ganion
  • Location: Blue Lake, CA








  • Title: Glass City Community Solar
  • Presenter: John Kiely, Blaine Luszcak, Evan Nichols, and Randy Ellingson
  • Location: Toledo, OH





  • Title: Solar Synthesizers
  • Presenter: Jim Moran
  • Location: Meriden, CT








  • Title: Solarize Philly
  • Presenter: Laura Rigell
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA







  • Title: RC Cubed Inc.
  • Presenter: James Rector
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA







Working With Your Financial Partners: Strategies to Successfully Finance Your Project

Financing is critical for Challenge project success. Learn basic strategies you can use to improve your ability to attract and maintain positive relationships with sources of financing.



  • Presenter: Mary Rottman
  • Organization: Rottman-Associates






Nuts and Bolts of Project Financing

Experts discuss pitfalls and opportunites for financing your project.




  • Title: Nuts and Bolts of Financing
  • Presenter: Amy Hollander
  • Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)








  • Title: Platforms to Raise/Match Capital
  • Presenter: Mike Mendelsohn
  • Organization: SEIA







  • Title: Basic Tax Equity Finance
  • Presenter: Lee Peterson
  • Organization: CohnReznick






Lessons on Low-Income Solar from the Sustainable Solar Education Project

Learn about the Sustainable Solar Education Project, a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), which has developed resources on low-income solar.




  • Presenter: Jenny Heeter
  • Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)