Seminar objective: For professionals to better recognize opportunities to incorporate solar energy systems into their projects, respond to related inquiries from their clients with up-to-date information, and acquire general knowledge about hiring installers, and available incentives for solar installations.
Seminar audience: This seminar is for professionals in the building and infrastructure, energy, planning, remodeling or design industries who wish to know more about the basics and benefits of solar, designing for solar, tips on choosing an installer, and financial incentives for installing solar. It may also be of interest to those in the residential sector.
3 CE hours (pending) from GBCI (LEED GA & AP), AIA, PE.
Topics covered in this seminar
Why Solar is Important
Presenter Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Director, Louisville Climate Action Network Steering Committee
The costs of solar energy have come down dramatically and solar currently enjoys a generous federal tax credit. Solar also offers advantages of pollution prevention and improved comfort, and is an energy solution under the Clean Power Plan.
In this session you will learn about:
- National and international trends in solar
- Benefits of solar from a cost, competitiveness, and compliance standpoint
- Making use of solar
- A look at Kentucky's solar resources
Improving Energy Efficiency Before Installing Solar
It is a best practice to first improve energy efficiency in the building design to reduce overall energy demand and then to install solar. This reduces the size of solar installation needed and will maximize the materials-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the project. In this session you will learn about:
- Why energy efficiency first is a best practice for solar energy installations
- Strategies to improve energy efficiency (brief review)
- How energy efficiency and solar energy can be used together to create net zero energy design (Ex.: Richardsville Elementary School)
- When solar becomes less necessary: Passive building design for heating/cooling (still need solar for electricity)
Passive Solar Design (No or minimal equipment)
Presenter Claude Stephens, Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Passive Solar Design options can be incorporated in the building design to further reduce energy demand before sizing and installing a solar system. In this session you will learn about:
- Elements of passive solar design; thermal mass, daylighting, building orientation, and landscaping
- Benefits of building “solar ready” when you are not ready to install solar (Example: Green Schools in KY)
Active Solar Design
Presenter Johnny Miller, President, Earthwell Energy Management
Active solar systems require equipment to be purchased, installed, and maintained. These include solar hot water heating, solar electric (photovoltaic), and solar thermal (space heating) systems, and electric vehicle charging stations. In this session you will learn about:
- The different types of active solar systems: their components and how they are connected
- Relative costs, and potential for cost-savings for the various solar system types
- How net-metering works
- Net-metering — with and without battery systems — for photovoltaic (PV) solar systems
What to Look for in an Installer
Presenter Joshua Bills, NABCEP Certified Installer, Energy Efficient Enterprises Program Coordinator, MACED
- Being an informed consumer (or helping client become informed) to save money, time, and aggravation.
- Professional installer credentials, training and experience
- Knowledge of site constraints, basic design options, equipment and suitability
- Specification and bid tips
- Monitoring and service contracts
Incentives and Financing Mechanisms
Presenter Kenya Stump, Assistant Director - Renewable Energy, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
- Investment Tax Credits
- ePAD - Energy Project Assessment Districts
- Net Metering
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Coffee and muffins will be provided at registration.