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Financing for Solar Deployment on University Campuses
April 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDTFree
University campuses have seen a significant rise in solar deployment over the recent past. This webinar will focus on how campuses can finance solar deployment. Eric O’Shaughnessy (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL) will share information on existing trends in solar deployment at universities. Nicole Harman (Intentional Endowments Network, IEN) will present on IEN’s recently developed white paper, “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments.” She will focus on several options for investing in clean energy, as well as some common barriers and solutions to these investments. Specifically, she will highlight how endowment capital can be leveraged to make these investments, and will offer several examples of colleges and universities that use their endowments, operations budget, capital budget, or a combination thereof to invest in clean energy. Finally, Eric Rehm (Midwest Renewable Energy Association, MREA) will cover four case studies on different financial models used by universities around the country for solar deployment. He will also explain how universities can use a web-based Solar Project Financial Simulator tool developed by MREA to model and compare financial performance of solar photovoltaic investments.