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Innovative Solar Solutions for Nonprofits

April 6, 10:00 to 11:00 am


Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Cindy McCabe, Program Manager, Montgomery County Green Bank

Harry Warren, President, CleanGrid Advisors, LLC

Lisa Walsh, Commercial Solar Developer, Solar Energy Services

David Kelly, Director, Head of Sales, Forbright Bank C-PACE Division




Nonprofit organizations sit in a challenging position to take full advantage of solar benefits. From lacking a tax appetite to take advantage of tax credits to complexity of the internal capacity needed for managing a solar project, nonprofits need convenient and attractive solutions for implementing solar.  This session will cover a breadth of innovative options that ease the path to solar for condominiums, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit organizations interested in solar.


The session will be a panel event that brings together technical and financing experts that cover a range of issues important for nonprofits to consider when implementing a solar project. They will focus on the gamut of approaches to system design and interconnection – from net metering to community solar to virtual connections – and which are best suited for nonprofit organizations.  They will also focus on financing strategies to implement projects – from outright purchase models like the Green Bank or C-PACE to third-party models like Power Purchase Agreements.  Finally, the speakers will draw in up-to-date legislative updates that are key for nonprofits to consider when implementing solar.

Learning Objectives

  1. How should nonprofits think about solar system design and interconnection.

  2. What solar incentives are available to help nonprofits implement solar.

  3. What types of financing options are available within outright purchase vs third-party models.

  4. What are the steps a nonprofit should take in preparing to analyze and implement a solar project?



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