LEED & Community Solar in the National Capital Region


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The U.S. has seen significant growth in the solar industry over the last five years. Much of this growth has been catalyzed by positive market conditions, governmental programs, incentives in green building systems like LEED, creative financing paradigms, and the investment of market leaders. Still, solar energy production accounts for less than 1% of our total energy production. Why are building owners and operators not taking advantage of solar energy production and incentive on their properties? Solar market incentives across metro Washington make renewable energy an attractive strategy for building owners who care about their bottom line, and corporate social responsibility. This session unveils the often confusing world of solar incentives and opportunities available to building owners in DC, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County. We will navigate the details of technical feasibility and financial incentives, while also understanding how solar energy can contribute to LEED v4 project certification. Options for community solar will be explored for companies seeking to enhance their corporate social responsibility programs, or project teams seeking to achieve the LEED pilot credit for Social Equity in the Community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigate local incentives and programs in the metro Washington DC area that make on-site solar energy production feasible for new and existing building projects to achieve the LEED v4 renewable energy credits
  • Discuss how offering Community Solar on projects in metro Washington DC can enhance your organization’s corporate social responsibility goals and contribute to your LEED certification through the LEED v4 pilot credit, “Social Equity in the Community
  • Articulate the bottom-line business case for on-site solar energy production, and how community solar can contribute to your company’s corporate social responsibility goals.
  • Explain the role of alternative energy in achieving Energy & Atmosphere credits in LEED v4 (BD+C, ID+C & O+M) and how to track onsite solar production through the Arc platform as part of your buildings’ energy performance.

Location

Nixon Peabody LLP
799 9th Street Northwest, #500
Washington DC 20001

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