The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is the region's leading event for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. This year's event will be Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2019 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.
The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2019 is Know-How. This year's Conference Chairs are developing a session line-up that focuses on practical skills and immediately applicable knowledge—the innovations we're working on now, our recent lessons learned, the skills we wish all our colleagues had.
Throughout the country, we have seen rapid growth in the residential solar space supported by a wide range of industry players and solar offerings. However, growth has been slow in our low and moderate-income communities where the benefits of solar and energy efficiency services are more impactful. The goal of this session is to showcase various state approaches to bringing solar and energy efficiency resources to underserved communities and educate attendees about how these innovative solutions have been effective in doing so. We will highlight programs that offer a solar lease, solar loan, and community solar offerings.
WHY is this session important?:
This session proposes solutions that have been effective in spreading solar energy
and energy efficiency to underserved buildings and populations. New England is
home to aging housing and building stock as well as high energy costs. There is
great opportunity to improve building comfort, reduce energy costs, and increase
renewable energy adoption. Traditional solar companies, financiers, and other
solar industry payers have left this space untapped. We seek to show attendees
some non-traditional solar options for multifamily housing properties and low-
income homeowners. This session will cover community solar, the Massachusetts
Solar Loan program, and the Connecticut Green Bank’s Solar for All lease program.