Green Gigawatt Partnership: Reinventing Renewable Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education

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The Green Gigawatt Partnership is designed to help AASHE members catalyze one gigawatt of renewable generation capacity by 2020. In 2017, this AASHE initiative will offer members support for both on-campus solar projects, as well as larger, offsite renewable energy projects. Learn about the support available for both strategies in this three-webinar series. The first webinar took place on December 7, 2016 (recording and presentation materials), this second webinar took place February 8, 2017 (recording and presentation materials) and this is the last webinar of the series. Subscribe to AASHE's newsletters to receive further information about other Green Gigawatt initiatives.

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Webinar Date:
March 29, 2017, 3:00-4:00PM ET

The higher education renewable energy market has grown dramatically in recent years as campus buyers have executed power purchase agreements (PPAs). But for all of the successes, two substantial obstacles are challenging further growth as many colleges and universities:

  1. Are uncomfortable with the 15-20 year commitments required by most PPAs
  2. Don’t have the energy demand to offtake 100+ megawatt (MW) projects

Until now, those organizations have been excluded from large renewables sourcing or have been faced with complicated, slow-moving aggregation projects. An innovative new model in renewables sourcing, PowerBloks™ squarely addresses those issues, opening the U.S. renewables market to new participants and providing experienced buyers a new flexibility as they build out their renewables portfolios.

Attend this important webinar to learn:
- Why these two major obstacles have prevented buyers from sourcing renewable energy
- How the innovative PowerBloks structure addresses these challenges
- How one buyer, Iron Mountain, has implemented a multi-element renewables portfolio
- How to identify renewables procurement options that will best meet your needs

Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the presenters.


Kevin Hagen, Director Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain
hagen.jpg Kevin Hagen is Director Corporate Responsibility at Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) the global leader in storage and information management services with over $3.5B in sales operating over 1400 facilities in 46 countries. In his role, he and his team serve as advisors and consultants to global leaders and business units to develop and implement sustainable business strategy, including environmental performance, corporate philanthropy and community engagement.

Kevin serves on a number of professional sustainability advisory boards including Sustainable Brands, Net Impact and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Over a 25-year career spanning Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial organizations in the US and Europe he has held leadership roles in product development, marketing, sales and business strategy. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, he led sustainable business strategy at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).

Paul Schuster, Managing Director - Strategic Commercial Development, Altenex
schuster.jpg Paul joined Altenex in July 2016 and oversees the execution of Altenex’s growth strategies, focused on bringing to market innovative structured financial products and analytics packages that continually help Altenex customers better manage their energy programs. Concurrent to this role, Paul also manages the talented analytics group at Altenex. Paul’s background is in capital project finance and risk management. He came to Altenex after being the founder and CEO of The Trimountaine Group, a consultancy in Boston that helps multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects manage and control capital risks during initial project financing. Prior to that, he was a co-founder and vice president of PowerAdvocate, a technology and consulting services company that continues to help large utilities across the globe manage and optimize their supply chains.

Chris O’Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex
obrien.jpg Chris O’Brien is the Director of Higher Education Programs. He came to Altenex from American University where, as Director of Sustainability, he was responsible for the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for large-scale on and off-site renewable energy projects, including a 52 megawatt solar PV project, which was the largest non-utility PPA in higher education at the time. At Altenex, he shares his experience with other colleges and universities across North America, helping the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. Chris teaches about energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management program at AU's Kogod School of Business. He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee.