2016 Calendar

Northwest SEED’s workshops and events help communities turn concepts into on-the-ground projects. Find an event below that fits your interest.

August

24
USDA REAP Grant Webinar
August 24, 1:00pm

Learn how to help your rural clients secure grant funding for their clean energy projects!

During this hour-long webinar, Northwest SEED will share lessons learned over 5 years of providing grant-writing assistance for business owners and farmers. USDA Rural Energy for America (REAP) grants can fund up to 25% of eligible project costs for renewable energy or efficiency projects. Participants will learn how to determine eligibility for these grants, how to fill out the application forms efficiently, and what USDA is looking for when scoring applications. After the webinar, you will receive a toolkit of templates and resources to streamline the process of collecting information and filling out the paperwork. This will be an interactive webinar so bring your questions.

Register here.

October

18
3rd Annual Clean Energy Revolution
October 18, 6:00pm

3rd Annual Clean Energy Revolution & Northwest SEED’s 15th Anniversary!

The revolution is under way and we want to celebrate with you!

Join us as we celebrate community, clean energy and changemakers with an evening of food, drinks and friends. Curious about the next generation of photovoltaics? Want to see an atomic force microscope in action? Don’t miss your chance to get an exclusive tour of the ground breaking work at the Clean Energy Institute at UW. This is sure to be a big hit!

Reserve your tickets with a suggested donation of $50. Space is limited – register today!

Sponsorships are available!

September

27
Solarize Shoreline Workshop!
September 27, 7:00pm

October

13
REAP Training
October 13, 12:00am

Jill Eikenhorst will present a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Training at the ORegon Energy Symposium. Learn how a REAP grant can help get your project off the ground! Learn more here.

05
Renewable Energy Farm Walk
October 05, 10:00am

Solar Energy on the Farm
Rents Due Ranch, Stanwood

Join us and Seattle Tilth to learn how to pursue solar energy on your farm. With experts from Fire Mountain Solar and Snohomish Conservation District, you’ll learn how solar works on Rents Due Ranch.

This Farm Walk is free to attend and will take place from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. starting at Stanwood PUD. Lunch is included for pre-registered attendees.

This Farm Walk is sponsored by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Learn more and register here.

 

November

17
November 17, 6:30pm

Northwest SEED, the King Conservation District, and Pierce Conservation District are working together to assist rural communities in Washington with renewable energy development and energy conservation.

This workshop will go over current opportunities such as how to get assistance with grants, utility incentives, tax subsidies and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems.

Learn more about the workshop here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Fall City Library – 33415 Southeast 42nd Place, Fall City, WA 98024

December

02
Funding and Rebates for Energy Efficiency
December 02, 8:00am

Contractors: learn how to help your rural clients secure grant funding and rebates for their energy efficiency projects!

Multiple funding sources can help clients afford energy efficiency upgrades, but navigating eligibility, requirements, and paperwork can be daunting. This workshop will focus on two of the most important: USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program and utility rebates.

Northwest SEED will share lessons learned over 5 years of providing REAP grant-writing assistance for business owners and farmers. REAP grants can fund up to 25% of eligible project costs for renewable energy or efficiency projects.

Participants will learn:

  • How to determine eligibility for these grants
  • How to fill out the application forms efficiently
  • What USDA is looking for when scoring applications

You will receive a toolkit of templates and resources to streamline the process of collecting information and filling out the paperwork.

Klickitat PUD will discuss rebates available for various upgrades in Klickitat County businesses and residences. You will learn eligibility requirements, what forms are required, and common mistakes.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Jill Eikenhorst, Project Coordinator with Northwest SEED: jill@nwseed.org, 206-547-5403.

Register: https://energizeklickitat12-2.eventbrite.com

09
Energize Your Business with Group Purchase
December 09, 8:00am

Energize Your Business with Group Purchase
December 9, 8-9:30am, Goldendale City Hall
Register: https://energizeklickitat12-9.eventbrite.com

Solarize group purchase programs have sparked the market for solar in communities across the country. How can this approach energize your business for efficiency upgrades?

Northwest SEED will share our lessons learned from 19 group purchase campaigns with dozens of contractors across Washington and Oregon.

Participants will learn:

  • What is group purchase?
  • What makes a successful campaign?
  • How to write a successful proposal

Energize Klickitat will launch a ductless heat pump campaign this winter. Participants will be prepared to write a successful proposal for this group purchase or future group purchases, and to use group purchase techniques for future marketing campaigns.

08
Energize Klickitat Volunteer Training
December 08, 5:30pm

December 8, 5:30-7pm at the Goldendale Library

To register and learn more, please email Jill @ nwseed.org call 206-457-5403.

Northwest SEED returns to Klickitat County with a new program assisting rural small businesses bringing energy efficiency to the region! We are seeking dedicated community volunteers to get involved and bring energy efficiency to your community!

Energize Klickitat is a group purchase opportunity for Klickitat County residents and small businesses to install ductless heat pumps while supporting the local economy. Ductless heat pumps are an energy efficient way to heat and cool your home at a lower cost than traditional heating systems. The Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce and Northwest SEED will partner with local installers, and community volunteers to boost awareness, deliver education, and provide considerable savings opportunities for Klickitat residents, while supporting local rural businesses and the clean energy economy.

February

16
Energize Rogue Community Workshop – Talent
February 16, 6:00pm

Join this community workshop at the Talent Community Center from 6:00-7:00PM on Monday, February 16th. Participants will learn about Energize Rogue, which will work with local businesses and citizens to run a ductless heat pump group purchase campaign.

Ductless heat pumps provide a highly efficient way to heat and cool homes that results in energy cost savings, and they often come with significant rebates or tax incentives. The group purchase campaign will provide local residents with an opportunity to purchase a ductless heat pump system at a discounted rate. Citizens will learn about financing options and incentives, cost savings associated with the technology, and benefits for the long-term health of the environment.

Sign up today!

March

14
Energize Rogue Community Workshop – Ashland
March 14, 6:00am

Join this community workshop at the Ashland Library from 6:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, March 14th. Participants will learn about Energize Rogue, which will work with local businesses and citizens to run a ductless heat pump group purchase campaign.

Ductless heat pumps provide a highly efficient way to heat and cool homes that results in energy cost savings, and they often come with significant rebates or tax incentives. The group purchase campaign will provide local residents with an opportunity to purchase a ductless heat pump system at a discounted rate. Citizens will learn about financing options and incentives, cost savings associated with the technology, and benefits for the long-term health of the environment.

Sign up today!

April

11
Energize Rogue Community Workshop – Central Point
April 11, 6:00pm

Join this community workshop at the Central Point Library from 6:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, April 11th. Participants will learn about Energize Rogue, which will work with local businesses and citizens to run a ductless heat pump group purchase campaign.

Ductless heat pumps provide a highly efficient way to heat and cool homes that results in energy cost savings, and they often come with significant rebates or tax incentives. The group purchase campaign will provide local residents with an opportunity to purchase a ductless heat pump system at a discounted rate. Citizens will learn about financing options and incentives, cost savings associated with the technology, and benefits for the long-term health of the environment.

Sign up today!

January

23
Solar in Your Community Challenge: Workshop
January 23, 1:00pm

Register for the workshop today! Learn how to bring solar to your community through this opportunity!

When: January 23rd, 1-3PM

Where: 12th Avenue Arts Building 1620 12th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122 – at Pine Street on Capitol Hill

At the workshop, representatives from US Department of Energy will talk about the SunShot Initiative, explain the emerging National Community Solar Partnership, and address the “Solar In Your Community” Challenge rules, including prize structure, teams, and timeline.  You’ll also watch sample pitches and even brainstorm a pitch of your own.

Solar in Your Community” is part of the SunShot initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Energy to inspire hundreds of local teams to participate by bringing community solar programs and projects to their communities.

Competing teams will be eligible for cash prizes and technical assistance from the Department of Energy and other experts nationwide. As a result of this challenge, teams will build local capacity to address the legal, technical, financial, and administrative aspects of community solar programs and projects, and solar will become a dream realized for many more people.

May

09
Oregon Solar Energy Conference
May 09, 8:00am

2017 Oregon Solar Energy Conference

May 9 – 11, 2017 – Portland, OR

Join solar professionals to learn and network together at this three day event! The 2017 Agenda includes tracks on:

  • Electricians & Installer Training and Best Practices
  • Sales Training: Selling Quality
  • Solar Policy, Utility Scale Solar Issues, PUC Dockets
  • Manufacturer Product Training

Learn more and register today!

February

23
Solar Lobby Day in Olympia
February 23, 12:00am

This Thursday, Feb 23rd there is a Solar Lobby day in Olympia for advocates to help support passage of House Bill 1048, which improves and extends the WA Renewable Cost Recovery Incentive.

Along with partners including Solar Installers Washington, we urge you to use this opportunity to raise your voice and connect with your legislator to support this bill. To sign up for the Solar Lobby Day on Thursday, click HERE

Even if you can’t make it to the Lobby Day, you can play an important role by providing support for the bill and contacting your local legislator.

Please take a moment to Comment on HB 1048 – You can indicated support for the bill and also add brief comments. While we support the bill, we are also seeking changes that would make it more equitable and inclusive, especially regarding community solar. We suggest the following brief comments in addition to supporting the bill:

  • Ensure there are clear goals to bring low-income customers into community solar programs.
  • Allow cities, tribal governments, and housing providers to organize community solar projects.

We also encourage you to contact your legislator and tell them to support HB 1048. At this point, it is most important to contact your local House Representative, and you can use Find your Legislator to obtain their contact info.

April

10
2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo
April 10, 9:00am

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 10-12, 2017, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Organized by BBI International and produced by Biomass Magazine, this event brings current and future producers of bioenergy and biobased products together with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. Northwest SEED’s Mia Devine will attend.

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