Applied Solutions Webinar Series
Applied Solutions holds webinars that spotlight the clean economy at work.  Local government and subject matter experts are engaged to provide detailed presentations on clean economy projects from design to implementation.  The webinars are open to all and captured in full for our online archive for future reference and review.

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Webinar Archives

Rooftop Revolution: Municipal Opportunities for Solar

June 9, 2015

How can cities save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the local economy?

By installing affordable solar energy on their buildings of course. This webinar highlights the Institute of Local Self-Reliance report, Public Rooftop Revolution, which explores the potential of solar rooftop projects on local government and public buildings. John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, will be discussing the many benefits of rooftop solar and opportunities to overcome barriers that have slowed adoption of solar on public property.

Learn how rooftop solar can:
  • Save Energy and Operating Costs – Lancaster, CA saves $450,000 per year with 9 megawatts (MW) of solar
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Washington, D.C. plans to install 10 MW of solar on municipal buildings, which will displace 12,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide
  • Significantly Impact the Economy– 1 MW of solar results in 20 construction jobs and $2.5 million dollars added to the local economy

Insights into District Energy

October 21st, 2014

Local governments and their communities that inhabit dense locations can take advantage of district energy systems as a way to increase energy efficiency and reliability while reducing maintenance costs and capital costs. District energy technology, originally implemented in the early 20th century, continues to provide a group of buildings the opportunity to heat and cool air or water from a central unit. Because district energy systems are a collective group of buildings, they often have the flexibility to use a variety of fuel sources in larger, more economical volumes reducing the impact of supply and price variations. District energy can be used along with combined heat and power (CHP) which reuses thermal energy left over from generating electricity. This webinar shares best practices and project insights from district energy systems in different stages of implementation.

  • Michael Ahern, Senior Vice President, Ever-Green Energy
  • Jessie Baker, Assistant City Manager, City of Montpelier, VT
  • Brian Kuhn, Project Manager, IBC Engineering Services
  • Chris Somers, Community Energy Specialist, Arlington County, VA
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Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus: Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection

June 30th, 2014

In the past, water and energy have been addressed as two separate issues. But in reality, water and energy are profoundly connected and sustainable management of either resource requires consideration of the other. As the need for energy increases, the need for water also increases, and vice versa. With the growing human population there is growing demand for both of these resources. It takes a considerable amount of water to produce energy for fuel production, cooling, and power production. It also takes a large amount of energy to extract, treat, and transport water for household, commercial and industrial uses. This webinar features several case studies that examine this connection, and reveal fresh approaches to the management of energy and water.

  • Ned Spang, Ph.D., Program Manager for the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Heather Cooley, Director of the Pacific Institute's Water Program
  • Amanda Acheson, Sustainable Building Program Manager for Coconino County, Arizona

Models for Promoting Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Within Your Community

March 10th, 2014

In this webinar we explore how municipalities are supporting and expanding electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Local government strategies for facilitating electric vehicle infrastructure and helping to increase electric vehicle use among the public in California and Washington are presented. The Charge Up LA! program in Los Angeles, California, offers rebates for home, workplace, and public EV charging installations and the program has already helped to install over 500 residential chargers. The City of Bellevue in Washington has streamlined charging station permitting and offers over 50 charging stations to the public. Developing electric vehicle support programs and policies have multiple benefits for local communities including promoting energy security, reducing greenhouse gases and taking advantage of available incentives. Watch this webinar to learn how these successful approaches in Bellevue and Los Angeles have been implemented.

  • Marvin Moon, Director of Power System Engineering Division and Electric Vehicle Program Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Paul Andersson, Environmental Stewardship Initiative Program Administrator, City of Bellevue
  • Scott DeWees, Air Resource Associate, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (speaker during question and answer portion)

Turning Trash Into Cash with Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects

October 17th, 2013

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills are the third-largest human-generated source of methane emissions in the US (EPA, 2011). Local governments can benefit from this decomposing solid waste and transform methane into usable energy sources through landfill gas-to-energy projects. Landfill Gas-to-Energy projects can help communities achieve economic and environmental benefits. The City of Albuquerque, NM and Will County, IL have successfully implemented this renewable energy technology and share program design and lessons learned in this webinar.


  • Mark Dear, Environmental Compliance Coordinator/Facilities Engineer, City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department
  • Marcia Pincus, Mountain Region Manager, SCS Engineers
  • Dean Olson, Director, Will County Land Use Department, Resource Recovery & Energy Division


On-Bill Financing Spurs Water and Energy Retrofits - Two Thriving Programs Reveal Lessons Learned

July 18th, 2013

Water and energy retrofits can be expensive and unattainable for the average customer, but On-Bill Financing aims to overcome those barriers. On-Bill Financing has provided the ability for many utility customers to make efficiency improvements, improve their home, and save money. In this webinar, two On-Bill Financing programs will be discussing program design and lessons learned.


  • Bill Blair, How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
  • Lauren Casey, Climate Protection Program Manager, Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority



Three Water Agencies in California and Washington Pursue GHG-Free Water

June 20th, 2013

Water systems are notoriously energy intensive and utilities are beginning to seek greenhouse gas reduction as a means to lessen their environmental impact. Three water utility greenhouse gas reduction programs of varying completion are explored during this webinar. The utilities address questions from other interested agencies.


  • Paul Fleming, Climate Resiliency Group Manager, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Sarah Young, Senior Project Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Rebecca Simonson, Engineer III, Energy Resources Group, Sonoma County Water Agency


On-Bill Financing in Kansas and Oregon - It Works!

May 16th, 2013

Two successful On-Bill Financing models, Clean Energy Works Oregon and Midwest Energy How$mart®, are presented during this webinar. Clean Energy Works Oregon has transformed over 2,500 homes with two separate models for financing energy efficiency upgrades. Midwest Energy How$mart® is a utility run program which has financed improvements for over 700 customers in Kansas. Each model addresses questions of general program details and results, loan product details, customer service, banking compliance and borrower protections, contractor management, and billing issues.  


  • Brian Alfano, Lender Relations Manager with Clean Energy Works Oregon
  • Michael Volker, Director of Regulatory & Energy Services with Midwest Energy, Inc.


Three Business Models for Organic Waste to Energy

March 6th, 2013

Three different models of local government organic waste-to-energy (biodigestion) projects will be presented during this webinar. Representatives of these successful biodigester programs will be providing insight and advice to help guide others with their own program design with expertise ranging from garbage and food waste digestion, to wastewater digestion, to manure digestion.


  • John Welch, Recycling Manager of Dane County (WI)
  • George Dreckmann, Recycling Coordinator of Madison (WI)
  • Dale Doerr, Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Department of Sheboygan (WI)


3 Successful PACE Models Collaborate to Provide Best Practices for an Emerging PACE Program

January 31st, 2013

Rich in content, this collaborative webinar will be structured as direct support to Charlotte County, Florida and some of their adjoining counties who are working to develop a PACE program of their own. Charlotte County will be providing a specific set of questions to three successful PACE programs, Efficiency Maine, Western Riverside Council of Governments and Sonoma County, to help guide their own program design.


  • Jason Stoltzfus- Program Liaison for Charlotte County (FL).

  • Liz Yager-Energy and Sustainability Manager for Sonoma County (CA)

  • Barbara Spoonhour-Director of Energy and Environmental Programs for the Western Riverside Council of Governments (CA)

  • Dana Fischer- Residential Program Manager for Efficiency Maine (ME)


Larimer County's Regional Energy Master Plan Consortium (with Applied Solutions' Techinical Advisory Council (ASTAC)

December 19th, 2012

Larimer County, CO is working with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop a Regional Energy Master Plan. Two local government organizations who have successfully developed Regional Energy Plans participate in this interactive, collaborative work session with Larimer County, CO via this webinar.

The Applied Solutions Technical Advisory Council (ASTAC), led by Applied Solutions, is an advisory group of highly skilled local government professionals who together serve as a technical support network on clean energy and sustainability work to counties and cities across the country. This facilitated peer exchange platform provides assistance, best practices and "what works" knowledge to accelerate clean energy, efficient water, and low impact transportation development to advance a clean economy.


  • Michael Kirk, Director of Facilities Services at Larimer County (CO)

  • John Hume, Montachusett Regional Planning Commission's Planning Development Director (MA)

  • Elisabeth Russell, Special Projects Manager of Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (CA)


Riverside County's PACE Program

November 14th, 2012

On November 14th, 2012 Applied Solutions hosted a webinar that highlighted one of the Country’s leading PACE programs. The HERO Program which launched December 2011 in Riverside County, California has been named the Nation's largest PACE financing program that helps residential and commercial property owners pay for solar installation, energy retrofits, and water conservation projects.

Speaking on behalf of the program was Barbara Spoonhour, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs of the Western Riverside Council of Governments who reveals the secrets to their success. In addition to addressing the basics of why their program works Spoonhour was also able to speak to a wide array of compelling questions from the audience.


  • Barbara Spoonhour, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs, Western Riverside Council of Governments


Allegheny County Strategic Facilities Plan [with Applied Solutions' Technical Advisory Council (ASTAC)]

October 18, 2012

The webinar featured a collaborative discussion among Jeaneen Zappa, Sustainability Manager from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, who presented the County's vision of the Strategic Facilities Plan, with response and input from Eric Coffman, Senior Planner of Energy Programs for the Department of Environmental Protection of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Susanna Sutherland, Manager of the Office of Sustainability, from Knoxville, Tennessee. This interactive webinar featured live input from participating local government professionals.

The Applied Solutions Technical Advisory Council (ASTAC), led by Applied Solutions, is an advisory group of highly skilled local government professionals who together serve as a technical support network on clean energy and sustainability work to counties and cities across the country. This facilitated peer exchange platform provides assistance, best practices and "what works" knowledge to accelerate clean energy, efficient water, and low impact transportation development to advance a clean economy.


  • Jeaneen Zappa, Sustainability Manager from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

  • Eric Coffman, Senior Planner of Energy Programs for the Department of Environmental Protection of Montgomery County, Maryland

  • Susanna Sutherland, Manager of the Office of Sustainability, from Knoxville, Tennessee

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Milwaukee's Shines Solar Loans Program

September 26, 2012

On September 26 2012 Applied Solutions hosted a webinar focused on the Milwaukee Power Pack. Milwaukee Shines is teaming up with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to launch a pilot solar purchase program called the Milwaukee Power Pack. The Milwaukee Power Pack program, the first of its kind in the United States, will market solar in a new way while utilizing existing modified PACE financing to provide no upfront cost installations. The program supports local manufacturers, builds a customer base for local installers, and makes solar more affordable for customers. Utilizing funding sourced from local credit unions while supporting local manufacturing and simultaneously dramatically lowering installation costs.


  • Amy Heart, Solar Program Manager, City of Milwaukee

  • Nick Korth, Market Development Coordinator, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)

Amy Heart presented an overview and the goals of the Milwaukee Shines program, the Milwaukee Power Pack, and Milwaukee Shines Solar Financing, along with lessons learned so far. Nick Korth explained the roles of the MREA through education marketing, and management.

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Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) Guidance Discussion (Part 1 & Part 2)

July 5 and 12, 2012

Applied Solutions hosted two webinars in July to provide an overview of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs), how local governments might utilize them to develop clean energy projects and answer any questions attendees might have about the newly issued IRS guidance on QECBs. The webinars lasted approximately 30 minutes, and were an excellent opportunity to ask any questions of Dr. Jim Barrett, Applied Solutions Chief Economist, who has played a key role in securing the IRS guidance on QECBs.


  • James P. Barrett, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Applied Solutions

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Low Interest Financing for Clean Energy Projects: QECBs

May 30, 2012

On May 30th Applied Solutions hosted a webinar focused on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs), a low-cost option for financing local clean energy projects and spurring clean economic development. QECBs are municipal and state-issued bonds that are eligible for federal subsidies. This funding has been available governments since 2009, but has been dramatically underutilized due to a variety of factors. Take a look at the below materials to learn if QECBs are right for your community and how you might be able to use them to help jump start clean energy projects.


  • Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, Applied Solutions

  • James P. Barrett, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Applied Solutions

  • Phil La May, Deputy Director of Public Works, Allegheny County, PA

  • Greg Casciato, Deputy Director of Budget, Allegheny County, PA

  • Mark Zimring, Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Webinar & Additional Information

Dr. Barrett presented an overview on QECBs and their potential uses in local government clean energy work. He will also be unveiling the new Applied Solutions QECB Guidebook which provides background and working guidance on how local governments can use QECB funds.  Phil and Greg discussed how Allegheny County has used QECBs and why they chose it as a financing mechanism for their energy savings program. Mark spoke about how QECBs have been used by other local governments around the country.


Sustainable Energy as an Infrastructure Investment: The SEU Model

March 22, 2012


Applied Solutions’ March webinar featured the Sustainable Energy Utility model which is being implemented in Sonoma County, California. The Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) is a the result of 20 years of research conducted by Dr. John Byrne and his colleagues at the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware. A key component of the SEU is the Sustainable Energy Bond Program that generates tax-exempt sustainable energy infrastructure financing to perform energy and water efficiency retrofits. Webinar participants received an overview of the SEU model and FREE’s Sustainable Energy Bond Program as well as how the program is being replicated in Sonoma County.



  • Dr. John Byrne, Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment

  • The SEU Model

  • Amy Bolten, Sonoma County Water Agency

  • Sonoma County's SEU Model



NACO Green Government Programs Webinar

March 1, 2012


The Applied Solutions March webinar featured the National Association of Counties Green Government Program. The National Association of Counties presented their recently released 2012 Emerging Sustainability Strategies and shared the resources available through their Green Government Initiative. In addition, Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks discussed how NACO's Green Government programs have helped the county implement its goals.



  • Jared Lang, Program Manager, National Association of Counties' Green Government Initiative

  • NACo Green Government Program

  • Commissioner Paula Brooks, Franklin County, Ohio

  • Franklin County Green Programs



Creative Approaches to Clean Energy Financing

January 26, 2012


The Applied Solutions webinar series in January featured a look at Creative Approaches to Clean Energy Financing through the lens of project development in Salt Lake, Utah and Sonoma County, California. Salt Lake County representatives discussed their 1.65 MW Salt Palace Solar Project and how they used a combination of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, a Power Purchase Agreement and other partnerships to fund the project. The Sonoma County Water Agency highlighted its innovative Farms to Fuel project, which will use an anaerobic digester to make energy and fertilizer out of chicken manure, which will be funded in part by a PPA, a public private partnership and with other mechanisms.



  • Greg Folta and Darrin Casper, Salt Lake County

  • Dale Roberts, Principal Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency


  • No video


2012 Federal Sustainability Policy and Funding Outlook

December 8, 2011


The December Applied Solutions webinar consisted of an assessment of the current state of federal policy and an outlook of potential Congressional legislative direction in 2012. Through 2011, local governments had seen concerted efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to slash and cut important federal sustainability programs that benefit cities and counties. In the name of deficit reduction, Congress sought to eliminate funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean vehicles, smart growth, green infrastructure and more. This federal investment is critical to local efforts to reduce energy use, curb greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality and decrease vehicle miles traveled. As communities have demonstrated, federal sustainability funding enables cities and counties to leverage additional public and private dollars, and helps to create new jobs and economic growth.



  • Supervisor Valerie Brown, Sonoma County, California

  • Supervisor Brown discussed the value of a local government voice at the national level.

  • Andrew Seth and Matt Ward, Climate Communities


Mr. Seth and Mr. Ward identified opportunities for cities and counties to support local priorities with federal sustainability funding next year, and provided an overview of the federal sustainability policy landscape in 2012.


Community Choice Aggregation

November 10, 2011


On November 10th, 2011, Applied Solutions hosted a webinar that brought together experts to discuss Community Choice Aggregation, as well as to share firsthand accounts of how local governments have succeeded in creating a CCA. Marin County, California and the Village of Oak Park, Illinois each presented their Community Choice Aggregation programs which have been designed as vehicles to facilitate the clean energy development.



  • Shawn Marshall, Director, LEAN Energy US, Vice Chair, Marin Energy Authority (presentation)

  • K.C. Poulos, Sustainability Manager, Village of Oak Park (presentation)


Ms. Marshall gave an overview of Community Choice Aggregation programs and how it works, and provided lessons learned from the Marin Energy Authority, which is the first CCA to be launched in the state of California. Ms. Poulos discussed specifics of the Oak Park Community Choice Aggregation Program including the timeline of events and activities, and lessons learned along the way.



Municipalization Efforts in the City of Boulder, Colorado

October 13, 2011


On October 13, 2011, Applied Solutions invited the City of Boulder, Colorado, to discuss its efforts to form a municipal utility. In the Fall of 2011, citizens of Boulder, Colorado, had a historic opportunity to vote for the creation of a community-controlled electric utility that maintains low rates, achieves high reliability and produces local jobs. The program, Boulder’s Energy Future, aims to ensure that residential, business and other institutional customers have access to safe, reliable energy that is competitively priced, increasingly clean, and is as locally produced as possible – giving customers more choice and control in their power. After months of rigorous analysis and hours of debate in City Council Chambers, the important issue of where and how Boulder gets its energy moved to a new arena-the voting booth where voters gave their approval to move forward.



  • Jonathan Koehn, Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, CO

  • Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power Inc.


Mr. Koehn discussed the project goals, and the process of managing this highly charged community discussion. Mr. Fenn discussed the City of Boulder's Localization Portfolio Standard and how Local Power Inc. has created a strategy to deliver change at competitive retail power and gas prices.


CLEAN Programs (Feed-in-Tariff)

September 8, 2011


On September 8th, 2011, Applied Solutions launched a new webinar series that looks at local government options for renewable energy and sustainability project financing. To kick off the series, Applied Solutions invited experts in the field of CLEAN Programs (Feed-in-Tariffs) to talk about options and possible programs for local governments. Representatives from River Falls, Wisconsin and Fort Collins, Colorado, discussed their experience in developing or operating feed-in-tariff models and discussed successful program strategies.



  • Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition

  • Local CLEAN Program Guide Presentation

  • Fort Collins Presentation

  • Mike Noreen, River Falls Municipal Utility

  • River Falls Feed-in-Tariff Program