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Events Calendar

Brighten Your Future: Career Opportunities in the Solar Energy Field
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Here is What You’ll Learn

Upcoming Growth in the Virginia Solar Energy Market

Learn about the growth in Virginia’s solar energy economy over the coming decades as the Virginia Clean Economy Act brings about a new era in renewable energy development.

Who is MDV/SEIA and What Role Do They Play in Virginia’s Transition to Renewable Energy

Learn about MDV/SEIA and the vital work they do to help build a future for solar energy across the region.

Career Opportunities in the Solar Energy Field

Discover opportunities to enter Virginia’s growing solar energy workforce and gain valuable skills that can open doors to a number of career paths.

What is the SHINE Program and How Can It Help Me Be Solar Career Ready In Two Weeks

Find out about SHINE’s Certified Solar Technician Program and how you can be ready to embark upon a career in the solar industry after completing the two-week course.

How VA-REA Will Implement Its Virtual Value Innovation
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Over the course of the first quarter VA-REA has been transitioning day-to-day activity with members, clients, and partners to become more digitally accessible. As part of its two year management contract with VA-REA, Secure Futures remains committed to fulfilling its obligations to continue to deliver results with and for VA-REA through value innovation. Although the pandemic circumstances moved our timeline for innovation up, VA-REA is thrilled to identify challenges and develop solutions the Alliance is likely to face in the direct and immediately began contingency planning to bring virtual solutions amidst this pandemic. We anticipate this will become an integral part of our strategy at least through the end of 2021.

VA-REA has applied a purposeful, consistent, and diligent methodology to select the best virtual platforms to ensure all of VA-REA operations can continue as planned in a virtual setting. VA-REA has slated all remaining 2020 events to be Virtual — with some flexibility for hybrid events pending public health recommendations — using digital tools to facilitate all events this year.

The Climate Crisis Report in Focus
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to join us for a briefing on the climate action report released by the majority staff of the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30. The full title of the report is: Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.


The Climate Crisis Committee, chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor (Fla.-14), was established at the beginning of the 116th Congress in 2019 to provide a comprehensive framework for future climate legislation. The Committee held 17 hearings on a wide variety of climate change issues and received hundreds of suggestions from stakeholders, including EESI, and the public to inform the report’s recommendations.

This briefing will focus on four core areas of climate policy: climate mitigation, climate adaptation, environmental justice, and public health. Through presentations and a Q&A session, panelists will unpack the key elements of the 538-page report and highlight next steps for congressional action to address the climate crisis.

More speakers for this forum will be announced shortly.

Valuing Resilience in Solar+Storage Microgrids: A New Critical Load Tiering Approach
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Finding an appropriate way to determine the value of resilience – keeping the lights on, essential loads powered, and critical services up and running – has been a common struggle for microgrid projects, particularly projects providing difficult to quantify community services. Based on real world experience with the design and implementation of solar+storage microgrids, the nonprofit Clean Coalition has developed a standardized and straightforward methodology for valuing resilience.

Clean Coalition’s value-of-resilience (VOR) approach applies to any type of facility and begins with tiering loads into three categories: Tier 1 (critical), Tier 2 (priority), and Tier 3 (discretionary). In this webinar, Clean Coalition Founder and Executive Director Craig Lewis will cover the “VOR123” methodology and provide specific solar+storage microgrid examples. The webinar will cover topics including:

  • Tiering loads
  • Valuing resilience
  • Managing energy storage for resilience and economic optimization
  • Managing loads via state-of-the-art load management solutions
  • Evaluating solar+storage microgrid economics

Clean Energy Group Vice President and Project Director Seth Mullendore will host.

This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group on behalf of the Resilient Power Project. Learn more at

North America Smart Energy Week @ Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

It’s not just a solar show anymore. SPI, ESI & North America Smart Energy Week is the largest event in North America for the renewable energy industry, including solar, storage, smart energy, wind, hydrogen & fuel cells, geothermal, and EV infrastructure. Anchored by the flagship event, SPI, North America Smart Energy week brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for four days of networking, education, and innovation that moves the industry forward. SPI, ESI & North America Smart Energy Week, has become the center of integration for the wider energy industry – with Energy Storage International (the largest energy storage event in North America), Smart Energy Marketplace + Microgrid, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells International, EV International, and Wind Energy International.