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March 19, 2013 Webinar: Renewable Energy Parks

This webinar was held March 19, 2013, and provided information on how two cities in Washington and New York integrated multiple renewable energy technologies to create renewable energy parks in their areas. Download the presentations below, watch the webinar (YouTube), or view the text version. Find more CommRE webinars.

Ellensburg's Renewable Energy Park

In 2006, Ellensburg, Washington, built the first community solar project in the United States. Then, as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the city expanded the original solar installation and added a variety of small wind systems and a MET tower. At the conclusion of the project the city hopes to show the benefits of consolidated versus dispersed small renewables to both consumers and utilities including the ability to mitigate the somewhat unique problem in the Northwest of having too much generation and not enough load at certain times of the year. In addition, the city will provide a detailed analysis of the efficiencies of a variety of renewables systems and is developing a K-12 renewables curriculum in conjunction with Central Washington University.

Presenter Robert Titus is the special projects manager for the City of Ellensburg, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. In addition, Mr. Titus has worked for the Orcas Power and Light Company as the manager of Engineering and Operations, the City of Port Angeles as the Deputy Director of Public Works & Utilities, and served in the U.S. Air Force as a combat targeting officer. Mr. Titus has more than 40 years of experience working in the utility sector and represented the Washington State Cities on the Governor's Task Force to produce a 2001 Biennial Energy Report.

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From Execution to Education: Town of Hempstead's Project Energy

The Town of Hempstead, located on the western south shore of Long Island, New York, started its pathway to renewable energy demonstration and education with a simple 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) project in 2005. Since then, through strategic partnerships and successful acquisition of grant funding, the town has completed an array of clean energy projects; many concentrated within the energy park in Point Lookout, New York. The various technologies at the energy park include a hydrogen refueling station powered by wind energy; various solar PV, solar thermal, and geothermal technologies; EV charging; a net-zero energy office; and an off-grid capable solar/wind shellfish aquaculture facility. This presentation will discuss the unique projects at the energy park, the town's successes and challenges during stages of implementation and operation, and the budding educational opportunity for the community.

Presenter Tara Schneider graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in natural resources. That same year, she began working for the Town of Hempstead, Department of Conservation & Waterways as a conservation biologist, working with various stakeholders to study and protect avian breeding populations. Under the leadership and guidance of Commissioner Ron Masters, Ms. Schneider began writing successful grants, resulting in more than $6 million in state and federal funding toward renewable energy projects for the town. Ms. Schneider is currently managing the town's U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, an ambitious and multifaceted strategy that includes 17 distinct projects and more than 35 different contractors.

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