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Events Calendar

How to Develop a Solarize Campaign
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This webinar will serve as a resource for communities that are interested in developing Solarize campaigns. How do you get a community-led Solarize campaign off the ground? When neighbors help, neighbors go solar a powerful network effect can take hold and expand solar more rapidly. With a community-led Solarize (or “solar co-op”) effort, community members help to launch the effort, to grow the group, and to select the installer. Hear from Solar United Neighbors (SUN) on how Solarize can also work for storage to expand distributed generation, increase resilience, and keep more economic value in the community. We will explore how to encourage low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities to participate. The Solarize Philly team, led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority will discuss how they took the traditional solar group buy model and modified it to enable participation by LMI customers. The webinar will also feature two cases studies; Anchorage, Alaska and Indiana. Now in year two, Solarize Anchorage brings together academic, non-profit and community partners to lower the barriers to installing solar in neighborhoods around town. Hear how this community went from 33 systems installed to over 130 rooftop solar installations in a year. One of our Solsmart Advisors will discuss her involvement with Solarize Indiana. She will present her local team’s efforts in northern Indiana. We will also hear about how the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) coordinated with volunteers and municipalities to develop and host Solarize workshops in 2017 and 2019, driven by volunteer decision-makers with municipalities supporting outreach and serving as guest speakers.
  • Jason Coughlin | Senior Researcher (Distributed Solar Project Finance & Development) at NREL
  • Corey Ramsden | Vice President for Go Solar Programs at SUN
  • Laura Rigell | Solar Manager at PEA
  • Chris Pike | Research Engineer at the Alaska Center for Energy & Power
  • Leah Thill | Senior Environmental Planner at MACOG & SolSmart Advisor
Virginia Clean Energy Summit @ Richmond Convention Center
Sep 17 all-day

Virginia’s inaugural clean energy conference will highlight the emerging technologies, policies, and business practices that are being implemented by Virginia’s solar power, wind energy, and energy efficiency leaders.  

The goal of the summit is to focus on the synergies among these clean energy businesses as well as the consumer, environmental, and business opportunities that are emerging from their deployment.  Conference attendees will include representatives from businesses, state and local governments, academia, and NGOs.

GRID Mid-Atlantic’s Solar Soirée: A Five-Year Anniversary @ THEARC: Black Box
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic invites you their Solar Soirée in celebration of their five-year anniversary. Celebrate community champions including Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali from the National Wildlife Federation, Ward 3 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia, Mary M. Cheh, Andy Shallal from Busboys and Poets and others who advance social justice, environmental justice, and employment diversity.

Enjoy live entertainment with Josanne Francis’ steelpan musical act and DJ Ra’s feel-good music. Our emcee for the evening will be stand-up comedian Jordan Segue. Your ticket includes dinner and drinks, and the opportunity to network with amazing advocates.

  • Cocktail hour & Live Music 6-7 pm
  • Dinner & Awards 7-8:30 pm
  • Dancing 8:30-9 pm

This is a fundraising event and proceeds support our efforts to bring solar power and solar jobs to low-income communities and communities of color.

North America Smart Energy Week @ Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 23 – Sep 26 all-day

Join the largest gathering of industry experts, leaders, and professionals from the solar, energy storage, smart energy, microgrid solutions, distributed wind, geothermal, and EV infrastructure industry for four days of networking and thought leadership at SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week from September 23-26, in Salt Lake City, UT. With more than 100 professional development opportunities including market insights, community solar, and customer acquisition topics and 750+ exhibiting companies, this is the only event you need to attend to grow your business in the U.S. market.

Solar Goes Corporate @ Eaton Hotel
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where Clean Energy Buyers and Providers Converge 

SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate is the leading forum to discuss and learn how businesses can effectively procure, deploy, and invest in clean energy technologies such as solar, battery storage, wind, and energy efficiency. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to  meet with over 200 leaders from across clean energy industries and the business community to discuss critical trends, challenges and solutions relating to expanding commercial use of clean energy.

Schedule at a Glance – November 7, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Solar Goes Corporate:  Where Clean Energy Buyers and Providers Converge

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Post-Event Networking Reception 

To view the agenda from last year’s Solar Goes Corporate event, click here. 

2019 Topics Include: 

Navigating Onsite & Offsite Renewable Sourcing Options

– StoragePlus – Co-locating Renewable Generation with Storage

Overcoming Landlord-Tenant Real Estate Complexities, Credit Hurdles & Financing Challenges in Energy Procurement

Importance of Policy in Shaping Renewable Sourcing Options

Case Studies of Unique & Innovative Commercial Energy Solutions 

All event proceeds support the expansion of the US solar energy market through SEIA’s year-round research, education activities, and advocacy efforts.

SEIA is accepting submissions for educational content until July 8, 2019. For more information about the submission process and to submit your proposal today, click here. For questions about content submissions, contact Scott Elias at

Solar Focus 2019 @ Baltimore Hilton, Maryland
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day

Join MDV-SEIA at its annual conference, Solar Focus. Held this year in Baltimore, Maryland to celebrate the passage of Maryland’s increased Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Solar Focus brings together the region’s leading solar professionals for a two day conference discussing the Mid-Atlantic’s trends and future. There is also a Women in Solar Breakfast, job fair, and multiple networking opportunities to help you expand your business contacts.

Solar+ Policy Summit @ SEIA
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

Join SEIA for the Solar+ Policy Forum on Dec. 4 for valuable updates and interactive sessions related to federal & state affairs, finance & tax policy and SEIA’s working group projects. Help make positive solar legislation happen during Solar Shines on the Hill Day on Dec. 5, SEIA’s power-packed lobby day on Capitol Hill. Exact details to be announced soon.

Solar+ Policy Summit Sponsorship Opportunities

Partnering with SEIA enables companies to meet their goals. Whether you are adding value to your brand, increasing customers’ interest in your company, or demonstrating your corporate philanthropy, sponsorship with SEIA gives your business the platform to thrive! For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email