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Sustainable Bellingham Solar Salon: A Look at Community Solar Projects

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Sustainable Bellingham Solar Salon: A Look at Community Solar Projects

Time: October 19, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Bellingham Community Co-op
Street: 1220 North Forest St.
City/Town: Bellingham
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q…
Event Type: solar, array, discussion, presentation
Organized By: Sara Charette
Latest Activity: Nov 17, 2011

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Sustainable Bellingham Solar Salon: A Look at Community Solar Projects

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
WHERE: Community Co-op Connection Building, 1220 North Forest Street (please carpool/park on street - parking is limited)
TIME: 7:00-9:00pm

According to a 2008 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, less than 30% of residential buildings in the United States are suitable for hosting a PV system. So neighborhoods across the country are developing Community Solar Gardens. These Solar Gardens emphasize small to mid-scale energy distribution and are being sited on large roof-tops in a neighborhood or on “unusable” land. These projects are providing an opportunity for residents and businesses who otherwise could not accommodate private arrays, to invest in and benefit from a shared, local, clean, renewable energy source.

Come learn about what a Community Solar Project is from the experts. We will discuss the current legislation that is governing how a community solar operates; what kinds of projects your neighborhood could become involved in; and, the nuts and bolts of financing, tax breaks, and economic incentives. Residents and businesses welcome to participate as opportunities for collaborative partnerships exist!

AGENDA:
7:00 - Welcome & Introductions - Sustainable Bellingham
7:10 - Introduction to State Solar Project Statute: What is the law? What are the incentives? What are the tax breaks? How does a community solar project work? Who needs to partner? What is the time frame? Our experts will provide the Big Picture Overview. - Tom Anderson
7:40 - Q & A: Experts will answer our questions.
7:55 - Break
8:05 - Nuts and Bolts: How would a community solar project work in Bellingham? Experts will present two hypothetical scenarios:
     a.) Elementary school project
     b.) City park solar project
8:35 - Next Steps: Form a Bellingham Solar Project Interest Group to identify a specific site and develop ideas. Group discussion.

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