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Converge Solar + Storage at the Grid Edge

September 10, 2014 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Where: The Community Church of New York 40 East 35th Street (downstairs auditorium) Manhattan
  • Hosted by: New York Solar Energy Society
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New technologies and business models such as smart inverters, battery storage, demand response, are aligning to making solar energy increasingly attractive both to building owners and traditional distributors. Local research projects featuring grid- connected solar + battery storage in multifamily and commercial buildings are shedding new light on how NYC can take advantage of exciting developments to move toward a cleaner, smarter, and more resilient electric infrastructure.   Keynote speaker: Del Allison, SolarBridge Technologies: New Architecture in Solar.   Presenters: Luke Clause, Senior Project Manager, NYCEDC “Brooklyn Army Terminal solar + storage project” Jeffrey Irvine, Lead Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY “DG and resiliency for multi-families” Sean Maxwell, Energy Consultant, Steven Winter Associates “City Lights-Battery storage for multi-families”   Suggested donation: $20 – $10 (sliding scale – no one turned away)   Co-sponsors: Green Sanctuary Committee, CCNY, UU – New York Solar energy Society –   Bios: Del Allison is a senior executive with SolarBridge Technologies with over 30 years’ experience in microelectronics, telecommunications and cutting edge solutions for the renewable energy sector. He has extensive domestic and international experience with major solar OEM’s, EPC’s and channel partners in the solar space. Mr. Allison has often spoken at many domestic and international forums on technology and trends in renewable energy as well as the American Electronics Association financial conference. Mr. Allison has served on boards in the United States, Canada and China and was formally a Vice President and senior executive at Lucent Microelectronics and Agere Systems. Luke Clause is a Senior Project Manager for the Center for Economic Transformation, Clean Technology and Energy, of the NYCEDC (NYC Economic Development Corporation). He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of International Affairs, and earned a BS in Environmental Studies and Political Science at Santa Clara University. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) serves as New York City’s primary engine for economic development and job creation, and works to enhance the city’s business sectors by identifying, analyzing and addressing challenges faced by industries. Luke will take us on a virtual tour of the groundbreaking Brooklyn Army Terminal solar + storage demonstration project, EDC in partnership with developed this smart grid demonstration project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal complex. The project combines 100kW of solar with a 700kWH battery bank, which can provide 100kW of power for 4 hours when called upon by ConEd’s Demand Response System. Sean Maxwell is an Energy Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. and has been working in multifamily buildings with Steven Winter Associates for more than 6 years. He has extensive experience in testing and evaluating buildings for better energy efficiency and performance. One of his current research projects is studying the application of large-scale battery storage for multifamily buildings, with the goals of reducing peak electric demand and improving building resiliency. Jeff Irvine is the Lead NYC Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY. Mr. Irvine works with partners and industry to reduce the non-hardware ‘soft costs’ of solar photovoltaics (PV) and make installing rooftop solar easier, faster, and cheaper for homeowners and businesses. He coordinates the efforts of 6 working groups for Sustainable CUNY’s NYSolar Smart initiative under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II to lower solar soft costs across New York State. Mr. Irvine manages numerous projects under NYSolar Smart, including a solarize campaign in Brooklyn, permitting streamlining with the NYC Dept. of Buildings and FDNY, and creation of an interactive online solar guide. Prior to joining the Sustainable CUNY Team, Mr. Irvine interned for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, managing the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge to universities and hospitals. He also previously worked as a NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator. Mr. Irvine has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BS in Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University.      

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