Solar Energy Update
August 2017
Trade Case Threatening Solar Industry Heats Up 

More than 300 people attended an August 15 hearing before the International Trade Commission on the Suniva trade case, marking the biggest crowd ever at such an event. Many came to oppose the request for tariff protections, arguing that most solar workers and companies would be hurt if tariffs are imposed that could double the cost of U.S. solar panels.

COSEIA worked hard this summer to garner support among member companies and Congressional Representatives to oppose the trade case petition. Both U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with Reps. Dianne DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter signed letters opposing the petition. Thanks to all of them for their support of Colorado solar jobs! If you live in a district represented by another Representative, please ask them to sign on.   More information and links to model letters are on our  website here.

Jefferson County wins "SolSmart Gold'' designation 

Jefferson County this week received a ``SolSmart Gold'' designation
for its efforts to make it faster, easier and more affordable for residents to go solar. COSEIA has been working with Jefferson County as a SolSmart advisor to help the county achieve designation. Jefferson County, among the state's most populous, gained the recognition for its efforts to eliminate barriers to solar energy. Among the county's practices that were cited are allowing online submissions and eliminating excess inspections. Jefferson County is one of more than a dozen Colorado cities and counties that COSEIA is working with through a contract with SolSmart in hopes of getting the national recognition. Many of them previously worked with COSEIA's Solar Friendly Communities program. 

Solar Ready Colorado Partnership Provides Training 
COSEIA is again partnering with Solar Energy International's (SEI) on the Solar Ready Colorado initiative. Recently, SEI received the 2017 IREC State/Local Government Achievement of the Year award for the statewide training and career outreach program funded through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's WORK Act Grant. 
The Solar Ready Colorado program was honored for its innovative approaches to outreach, especially the Solar Ready Colorado Career Expo and Envision360 Virtual Reality project. The Career Expo was co-sponsored by project partners COSEIA and GRID Alternatives Colorado at COSEIA's annual Solar Power Colorado conference. More than 150 job seekers attended the expo and engaged with Colorado solar companies about the jobs available in this growing industry. The partners will once again present the Career Expo event at the newly expanded  Solar Power Mountain West conference slated for March 12-14 2018. 

CleanFund Launches in Colorado 

CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc. ,  a leading direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy ("C-PACE") financing, completed its first transaction in Colorado, opening up a new source of capital to finance energy efficiency, solar energy and many other building improvements throughout the state.  CleanFund's PACEDirectâ„¢ financing product now available in Colorado enables local owners and developers to have access to fixed rate, long-term, non-recourse capital that can transfer to the new owners when the building is sold. More information   here .
 COSEIA Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Early-Bird Rates End Soon for the  
Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit
  November 7-8, 2017 | History Colorado Center, Denver 

Business leaders in the mountain west are increasingly seeking ways to lower
energy costs and advance sustainability plans. This gathering will provide executives and energy management leaders concrete information about how to pursue clean energy projects and save money by managing energy costs.  Presented by COSEIA, the event will showcase regional and national pioneers in the corporate clean energy space. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable insights on clean energy solutions, best practices and financing strategies. Prices will rise September 1 so register today! Please visit our website  here.

Solar Power Mountain West 2018
March 12-14, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center

COSEIA's annual conference has a new name-  Solar  Power  Mountain  West - and a new venue to ensure that our gathering continues to grow as the Rocky  Mountain Region's biggest  solar industry conference.  

Regular attendees know that COSEIA's gathering is THE conference to attend each March for professional networking, exceptional content, inspiring sp eeches, effective professional training and the kind of value that lasts all year.  We want to expand the opportunities beyond Colorado's borders by inviting solar professionals and other interested attendees from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. 

Additionally, we're planning our first solar industry awards ceremony to open the conference on the evening of March 12. We are currently looking for volunteers to help organize the awards ceremony. Please contact COSEIA Board Member Rebecca Langton if you would like to help plan this event: 

Please visit our website for sponsorship opportunities and current conference news. Interested in speaking or moderating a panel? Please contact Rebecca Cantwell at with details about your topic and credentials.

Any organizations that sponsor both Clean Energy Means Business and Solar Power Mountain West will receive a 15% discount on BOTH sponsorships. Please contact Keelin Kelly for further details about event sponsorship: or 303-333-7342.

Denver Metro Green Homes Tour
October 7, 2017 | Jefferson Unitarian Church , Golden, CO

Come and see some of the most unique homes featuring sustainable technologies  in the Denver Metro area! Register at the Jefferson Unitarian Church,  4350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden, CO. There, you will receive a map and guidebook to take a self-guided tour of homes throughout the region.  Visit each home and talk with the home owners and volunteers about the unique  features.  Full details are available  online

We are looking for volunteers to help up staff this event. Please contact Sheila Townsend at  if you are interested.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon
October 5th-15th | The 61st and Pena Blvd. Light Rail Station, Denver

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Additional activities will include educational talks provided by COSEIA.  

COSEIA and partner organizations will be staffing a table which nearly 100,000 people are expected to visit during the event. Please volunteer for a shift if you can. Contact: John Avenson if interested. More details can be found here.

Upcoming Events from our Partners

Solar Power International

September  10-13, 2017 | Las Vegas, Nevada 

Join us at the largest solar trade show in North America. COSEIA members get 15% off when they register by using discount code P1517COSEIA

Learning from Europe
September 11   5:30-7:30 p.m. Alliance Center, Denver  
Learn from European state and local leaders how they are taking action on climate change . RSVP HERE

German American Chamber Advanced Energy Symposium
September 13th |  NREL Campus , Golden
Topics will include advanced energy, in-state manufacturing, and skilled labor. More information is available here.

Energy Day Denver 2017
  September 23, 2017 | Denver East High School
Energy Day 2017 is Colorado's inaugural FREE family festival showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Energy Day will feature interactive demonstrations and exhibits with industry experts to spark students' interest in energy, efficiency, conservation and STEM careers. Participants of all ages will enjoy music, food and fun activities.

AESP  2017 Energy Industry Mixer & Raffle
September  25th, 2017 | Bohemian Biergarten, Boulder
Join us at the 2017 Energy Industry Mixer & Raffle in Boulder. The event will feature raffle prizes (including a Nest Thermostat!), appetizers, and and of course the chance to network with energy industry organizations.
Information and registration details can be found here.

American Planning Association State Conference
October  4-7, 2017 | Telluride, CO 
Join APA Colorado in Telluride for the 2017 APA Colorado State Conference. More information available here .

Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon
October 6th | Denver Four Seasons Hotel 
The Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon honors those making an impact on environmental, economic and social sustainability issues.
The 2017 luncheon will feature a keynote address by Amory B. Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, who  will share his thoughts on  the ongoing and rapidly accelerating energy transformation at home and around the world. 

The Wirth Chair will  be giving a special award this year to Rebecca Cantwell, the Executive Director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association.

Early bird prices end this week! Registration details and more information can be found here.

ASES Solar 2017
October 7-12, 2017 | CU Denver

SOLAR 2017 marks the American Solar Energy Society's 46th annual National Solar Conference, an event long-regarded for delivering cutting-edge research and valuable trends and analysis to the solar and renewable energy community.

More details can be found here.

USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit
November 2-3, 2017 | Arvada
The Green Schools Summit is Colorado's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents to further advance healthy, safe and sustainable schools statewide. More information can be found here .

Colorado Business Roundtable Awards  Luncheon
December 7, 2017 | Denver, CO 
This event will recognize Colorado's leaders in collaboration, partnerships, and those that go the extra mile to make Colorado's business ecosystem stronger. Award nominations are open now! You can nominate company or organization  here .

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