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Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook

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Webinars and Resources

GLREA received a grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Energy Services to update the
2013 Guidebook for Community Solar Programs in Michigan Communities. The updated Guidebook includes new information
and will help local units of government, organizations, and individuals learn about solar and geothermal renewable energy and be
a resource to support the deployment of it. The book includes information on Community Solar, the GLREA Solarize Program, the Solar Energy Return on Investment, Resources to Support Local Communities, and more. The Guidebook can be downloaded above or from the link here. Below are four webinars that explore topics included in the Guidebook.

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This webinar aims to provide information for advocates, organizations and local governments on how to finance and develop a community solar project, as presented in the updated Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook. The Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook features content about resources, sustainable finance options and examples of community solar models that fit into Michigan's framework. You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn what deployment and investment in solar energy means in Michigan.

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This webinar provides information for advocates, organizations, and local governments about energy efficiency and geothermal energy, as presented in the updated Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook. This webinar is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of geothermal energy and how to access other related resources to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Join us to learn the basics of geothermal energy, participation in initiatives like NCSP, and case studies of community scale geothermal systems in Michigan.

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Reducing the Cost of Solar through GLREA Solarize is a webinar that aims to provide information for local governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, or community groups on how to group buy residential solar, as presented in the updated Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook. GLREA Solarize is a program that supports communities effort to make going solar more affordable and easier to access for individuals. Come to the webinar and learn about the basics of Solarize, which will include topics such as the partnership between the community and an installer, community outreach and education, examples of Solarize models and more.

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Streamlining Solar Permitting and Benefits of SolSmart for Michigan's Local Governments is a webinar that aims to provide information for local governments to use SolSmart, as presented in the updated Michigan Solar Communities Guidebook. SolSmart is a national program that helps cities, counties and towns become solar leaders through technical assistance.

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Join us for an insightful webinar, where we will explore the benefits that energy storage offers to expand renewable energy projects. This webinar will provide an overview of energy storage technologies and how it can lead to cost savings, improve overall grid reliability, and enhance sustainability.  Additionally, we will examine how energy storage can be utilized during power outages, integrated with renewable energy, and help reduce peak demand.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable information about the MI Solar Access Program and how local governments and businesses can qualify to submit an application to fund a Community Solar, Solarize, or Energy Storage System project.

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