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Webinar: Affordable Pathways for Bringing LED Street Lights To Your Municipality

Thursday, November 15

ledstreetlights-624x362We hosted another in our series of webinar discussions on affordable steps that municipalities can take to convert to LED streetlights.

  • Why conduct a streetlight inventory?
  • Rent vs. own?
  • Negotiating a purchase price with your utility
  • Choosing a financing option
  • How/when to participate in an aggregated purchase

Whether your municipality decides to buy LED streetlights or lease them from your utility, it is prudent to understand the activities that would go into preparing for streetlight conversion.

Even if your municipality has started down the path to conversion, new information is available about NYSERDA funding opportunities, relevant Public Service Commission filings, and finance mechanisms.

George Woodbury helps communities nationwide analyze their conversion opportunities, negotiate buyouts from utilities, and purchase in aggregate to save money.

Jen Metzger will detail her work as an active Party before the NYS Dept. of Public Service to bring transparency to the street light acquisition process and to “right size” utility LED street light offerings, improve homeowners’ satisfaction, increase roadway safety and maximize municipal savings.

Nina Orville will describe the finance options that municipalities can choose from.

Pat Courtney Strong will review LED street light funding opportunities from NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program and announce next steps for Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium.

Download PDF of PowerPoint: Affordable Pathways to LED Street Light Conversion

Note: Recording is missing several initial slides. Full slide deck is downloadable, above.


Webinar: NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Clean Fleets


Clean Fleets: An Achievable High-Impact Action To Move Your Community Toward Sustainability
Municipal leaders will gather online Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 10:30am – 11:45am
for a webinar to:

  • Become familiar with funding available for infrastructure and vehicles through
    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York Power Authority
  • Introduce U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition (in the Capital District
    referred to as the Clean Communities Coalition to make connections with communities that would like to move forward with the Clean Fleets High Impact Actions.
  • Review the support that is available through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

Webinar Panelists:

  • Robyn Reynolds, Clean Energy Communities, Capital Region Outreach Coordinator
  • Nancy Welsh, NYS DEC Office of Climate Change
  • Patrick Bolton/Adam Ruder, Clean Transportation Program, NYSERDA
  • Seth Leitman, Drive Electric Hudson Valley
  • Jen Ceponis, U.S. Dept of Energy Clean Cities Coordinator

Click HERE to register.
You’ll have the option to call in or log in through your computer.


Event: The Benefits of PACE Financing For Your Community


Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions.

Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects.

To be designated a Clean Energy Community a municipality must complete four of the 10 High Impact Actions.
One of the 10 actions is Energize NY Finance.

Join Us On November 16th from 2-4pm at
Mohawk Valley Economic Development District
26 W. Main Street, Mohawk, NY to learn more about ENERGIZE NY PACE Financing.

Energize NY Finance leverages PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing to help commercial and non-profit property owners undertake deep energy improvements. This allows property owners to pay back the cost of clean energy upgrades to their commercial or non-profit property through a special charge on their property tax bill.

Hear from Joseph DelSindaco, PACE Advisor to the Energy Improvement Corporation,
on how your community can implement PACE Financing.

Email to RSVP
For more information, contact Dan Sullivan, Clean Energy Communities Coordinator
for the Mohawk Valley,
(315) 866-4671


Solar Power Purchase Agreements Webinar

Solar Power Purchase Agreements Webinar

Broadcast on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Thank you to all our presenters and attendees who made this webinar informative, interactive, and relevant to so many.  We have provided the slides (in PDF format) from all our presenters, below, for your reference.

Please contact Erika Maher with further questions or comments; we would love to hear feedback on your experience with the webinar.


Jason Coughlin (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) – presentation

Thomas Polich (TAP Renewable Energy Solutions) – presentation

Carol Dollard (Colorado State University) – split presentation below:

Slides 1-4

Slides 5-7

Slides 8-10

Henry Labalme (Tioga Energy) – split presentation below:

First half

Second half


Thank you for your interest in our recent webinar on solar power purchase agreements (PPAs).  Our panelists included several experts on various aspects of PPAs from both public and private institutions.

Facility owners and managers across New York State are reporting a sharp uptick in inquiries from companies seeking to offer them Solar Power Purchase Agreements. Questions abound, and many institutions and local governments are seeking a better understanding of this opportunity. On April 24, 2012, we hosted a webinar to hear from a panel of experts on the key information you need to know before entering into a PPA for your facility.

Our experts discussed:

•   Key differences: Solar PPAs vs. leases

•   How PPAs can overcome many of the traditional barriers to solar adoption

•   The benefits and challenges of a PPA to the host customer

•   The PPA model’s impact on the solar market

•   Who is doing PPAs and why

•   Ideal host customer characteristics

•   The steps necessary for a successful PPA


Solar Power Purchase Agreement Webinar Panelists:

Carol Dollard
Carol Dollard is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado and LEED Accredited Professional, and a Utility Engineer and Adjunct Professor in the Construction Management Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  She works on the design, construction and maintenance of the campus utility systems, and with design teams to implement green buildings on campus.  She also leads the team that implements the campus energy efficiency program and has been a part of bringing more than 5,500 kW of alternative energy projects to Colorado State.  Prior to her career at CSU, Ms. Dollard worked for the City of Fort Collins Utilities department as an Energy Services Engineer, Implementing energy and customer service programs for industrial & commercial customers.  While working for Fort Collins, she negotiated the wind power agreement between New Belgium Brewing Company and the City to make them the first 100% wind powered brewery in the nation.  In her 30-year career, she has amassed extensive experience in conducting commercial and industrialenergy audits; designing, implementing, and marketing demand-side management programs; creating educational materials for and responding to customer inquiries regarding energy usage and conservation; managing accounts for large electric customers; performing technical and economic analysis of efficiency options; and acting as Project Engineer on a variety of solar and energy conservation research projects.”

Colorado State University is internationally known for its green initiatives and clean-energy research including alternative fuels, clean engines, photovoltaics, “smart” grid technology, wind engineering, water resources, and satellite-based atmospheric monitoring and tracking systems. It’s also known as a “green” university for its sustainability efforts on campus and abroad.”

Henry Labalme

Henry Labalme is head of East Coast sales for Tioga Energy.  With Tioga since its earliest days, Mr. Labalme led the company’s entry into the East Coast state markets and was responsible for Tioga’s first solar PPA projects in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, including the bond-financed regional solar programs for New Jersey’s Morris and Union counties.  Presently, he assists with a wide range of initiatives including new market development, multi-state strategic sales and solar policy.  Possessing more than 20 years of experience in business development, project management and consulting, Mr. Labalme began his career with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency that provides political risk insurance and project financing for U.S. companies investing in developing countries. Later, Mr. Labalme managed business development efforts in Latin American for Ecology & Environment, Inc., a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm. Prior to joining Tioga, Mr. Labalme was a principal with Climate Change Partners, a greenhouse gas risk management firm, where he identified and analyzed investment opportunities in the clean energy sector for a new $250 million equity fund. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a degree in the General Course from the London School of Economics.

Tioga Energy is one of the nation’s largest and most experienced power purchase agreement (PPA) providers, with more than 100 commercial-scale projects in operation or under construction across the United States. Through its SurePath Solar PPA, Tioga provides organizations an efficient solution for deriving the economic and environmental benefits of solar without the cost or complexity of ownership.

Thomas Polich

Thomas Polich has over 17 years of working experience in the photovoltaic (PV) industry covering all aspects of the solar industry. His solar experience includes research and development, technology development, manufacturing, legal, finance, training and consulting, product distribution, project development and installation, system management, system design and integration, market development and sales management. He currently serves as GC/Secretary for Brightergy Solar Solutions, and was previously CAO/General Counsel/Secretary, Genesis Renewable Energy, Inc., a solar developer, installer, construction and maintenance company with a team history of over 150 MW of projects installed, both roof-top and ground-mounted. Previously, he served as COO, TurtleEnergy, Inc. an integrator developer with 40+ systems installed primarily in NJ and Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (OTC BB:SNRY), a company with multiple business lines, including a distributor network in 24 states, 2 training academies (for professionals and installers), government contracts and grants programs, and special projects (RT and GB up to 1 MW). Prior to that, he was VP North American Development of Clairvoyant Energy, Inc. and has also served as Chief Administrative Officer of Skypoint Solar, Inc., Chief Legal Officer/Acting Treasurer of DayStar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ/DSTI) and Corporate Counsel for Evergreen Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EVG). Mr. Polich earned a J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law and has a B.A. Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jason Coughlin

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Jason Coughlin focuses on the financial aspects of installing PV systems, particularly in the public sector. From 2009-2011, he managed NREL’s technical assistance outreach for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities Program and provided direct technical advisory services relating to financing solar on municipal buildings for dozens of major US cities. Currently, Mr. Coughlin is focused on community solar, tax-equity-based solar project finance and research into potential alternative financing mechanisms for solar such as asset securitization and REITs.

A former corporate finance banker and Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Coughlin has an undergraduate business degree from SUNY-Binghamton, a Master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina, and a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the only national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application. For 35 years, NREL innovations, analysis, and expertise have enabled the emergence of a U.S. clean energy industry and led to numerous success stories from across the laboratory.