ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based energy provider Exelon Corp., is sponsoring a three-day conference this week on community solar.
The conference, titled “The Fundamentals of Community Solar Design and Implementation,” will be held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24. According to the company, solar industry experts, community solar project developers, fellow energy companies and community-based solar advocates are participating in the workshop-style conference, which will address the basics of community solar design and how projects can be financed and implemented.
ComEd says its sponsorship of the conference is part of the company’s commitment to supporting the integration of solar into the grid and the clean energy choices its customers want.
“As we prepare for the growth of solar in Illinois, we are proud to be supporting the kind of learning and collaboration taking place at this EUCI conference,” comments Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of governmental and external affairs at ComEd. “We regularly hear from and work with community partners who want to bring solar into their neighborhoods, so we are eager to learn with them from others who have successfully brought community solar projects to fruition.”
Topics that will be discussed by program participants include designing a community solar framework; the roles of utilities, solar developers and consumers; and identifying the metrics for success. The conference also incorporates a focus on low-income community solar, with a session highlighting models and tactics that have proven successful.