Free Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference: Microgrids as a Recovery Tool During Social and Economic Disruption
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

Agenda at a glance

  • June 1: The Health, Economic and Environmental Influences Giving Rise to Microgrids
  • June 2: Who Microgrids Serve: From Business to Education to the Clean Energy Revolution
  • June 3: How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times & Places
  • Full 3-day agenda

Our Speakers

Who Should Attend

  • Businesses, institutions and communities curious about how microgrids can benefit them
  • Thought leaders who are shaping and guiding the microgrid industry
  • Innovators, developers, utilities, and technology & engineering firms
  • Investors, financiers and government funding agencies
  • Policymakers, regulators, researchers and advocates

Value of Attending

  • Gain insight into how microgrids aid society during periods of disruption — from pandemics to storms to economic downturns
  • Learn why and how a microgrid can serve your business, institution, community or utility through real-world examples
  • Get a front row seat to in-depth discussion and participate in live Q&A with microgrid leaders
  • Catch up on the latest market developments, business models, trends and microgrid opportunities

Register here.


Advanced Energy Economy Webinar – Net Energy Metering and State Authority: What’s at Stake for Advanced Energy in FERC Petition
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

States have long had the right to design retail billing and rate policies to facilitate the adoption of distributed energy resources, but right now that’s under threat of federal preemption. Net energy metering and similar practices have long been an important tool for states, as well as municipal and cooperative utilities, to empower consumers to take control over their energy supply.

A recent petition from a little-known group called the New England Ratepayers Association asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to upend the status quo and expand federal regulatory authority over these policies and the customers that participate in them – with ramifications well beyond just net energy metering for rooftop solar.

This webinar will explain how FERC ruling the wrong way could impact existing and emerging state and municipal and cooperative utility  approaches to supporting distributed energy resources in retail markets. 


  • Ted Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission
  • Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway Energy
  • John McCaffrey, Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association
  • Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy Economy


DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office Webinar: What’s Next for Solar?
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) hosts quarterly webinars to provide updates on the office’s work. Led by SETO Director Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, these webinars discuss SETO’s priorities, as well as provide information on current and upcoming activities.

Webinars will be announced in SETO’s newsletter.

Send us your questions before the webinar to


NREL Webinar: Two Studies Offer New Insights into Low-to-Moderate Income Solar Adoption
Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will cover two new data-driven studies examining solar adoption by low-to-moderate (LMI) households, a much-discussed but less-studied area. LMI households represent 42% of total potential for residential rooftop solar in the United States, yet solar adoption has been concentrated among middle- and upper-income households.

Two new studies, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program use data-driven methods to identify characteristics, motivations, and barriers to solar adoption in LMI communities.

The first study, “More alike than different: Profiles of high-income and low-income rooftop solar adopters in the United States”—authored by Kim Wolske at the University of Chicago—compares the motivations of LMI and high-income PV adopters in California. The results showed that these two groups are similar in their motivations for solar adoption:

Next, “Solar for all? Residential PV policy, potential and penetration in low-to-moderate income communities”—authored by Tony Reames of the University of Michigan—analyzes spatial trends in LMI solar adoption in four major U.S. cities to estimate relationships between PV penetration and socioeconomic, demographic, and housing characteristics. The results showed significant mismatches in LMI potential as compared to its realized penetration, and identifies several neighborhood-level predictors.

Both authors will discuss their findings in this webinar. Ben Sigrin, who leads the SEEDS project at NREL, will also explain the program’s broad goals. This is a great chance for policy makers and solar developers to get new insights into the low-income solar market in the United States.

Learn more about SEEDS here.

Register for the webinar here. 

SolSmart Webinar: Local Government Strategies for 100% Clean Energy
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

For both large and small communities, there is growing interest in achieving 100 percent clean or renewable energy. This SolSmart webinar will provide an overview of the approaches to setting renewable energy goals and processes for identifying the most impactful and appropriate implementation strategies, including considerations related to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will highlight case studies from communities that have developed renewable energy plans.


  • Daniel Falk, Project Manager, The Solar Foundation
  • Debra Perry, Senior Associate, The Cadmus Group
  • Featured local governments

This is the first in a series of three webinars on expanding renewable energy footprints at the local level.

Register now and you’ll have the option to join two additional webinars. (Dates forthcoming for both):

  • Using Community Choice Aggregation to Support the Expansion of Renewable Energy
  • How Local and Regional Governments Can Buy Renewable Energy and Support Market Development. 

Register Here.


American Solar Energy Society Virtual Conference 2020
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day


A message from ASES Conference Chair Scott Sklar

The clean energy community has faced a multitude of challenges and COVID-19 is just another. Our ASES June 2020 virtual meeting empowers all of us to broaden the participation by orders-of-magnitude to drive the ultimate goal of 100% renewable energy. We’ll embrace new technology to leverage the entire portfolio of renewable energy, high-value energy efficiency and energy storage to rebuild the US economy, lower regulated and greenhouse gas emissions, and create a better world.

The events of the moment — international pronouncements by international bodies of scientists on climate change; amazing technology and market advances by innovators and financiers; and a push by everyone across the political spectrum for more control of our energy choices to reduce costs, increase reliability and resiliency, reduce regulated greenhouse gas emissions of our air and water, and reinvigorate local economies with jobs and employment opportunities–all converge at this pivotal time and place to spark the next wave of ingenuity, partnership and action.

This is an exciting moment to create strategies and opportunities to push forth an even faster-paced clean energy agenda. I look forward to seeing everyone with an interest in clean energy, driving a new economy, and shrinking emissions and pollution as low as possible — all online at SOLAR 20/20.

Scott Sklar, Adjunct Professor and Energy Director of GWU’s Environment & Energy Management Institute (EEMI), President of The Stella Group, Ltd., and awardee of the The Charles Greeley Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and in 2014, the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia


Registration prices for members and non-members.



American Wind Week 2020
Aug 9 – Aug 15 all-day

What is American Wind Week?

AWEA hosted the inaugural “American Wind Week” in 2017 in celebration of wind power emerging as America’s No. 1 source of renewable energy capacity. Annually, wind companies and supporters now host a wide variety of events around the country that show how wind works for all Americans.

Each year in August, elected officials will visit wind farms and factories across the country to show their support. You can get involved by sharing on social media, requesting a proclamation from your mayor or governor, or attending a live event!

Learn more at: American Wind Week.Org

Additional Recommended Reading

#AmericanWindWeek 2020: Wind Builds the Future, by Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
We’re pleased to announce #AmericanWindWeek 2020 is going all virtual. We’ll harness the power of social media and the digital world to showcase and thank our 120,000+ wind workers, highlight the many ways wind projects are strengthening local communities and aiding in the economic recovery, thank our wind champions, and much more. Send any ideas or suggestions our way at