Community Shared Renewables for China

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by MiYeon Park on April 6th, 2016   318 views

When and Where

  • 06/04/2016
    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Media Cafe
    New Street Courtyard Bldg. 8, West Side, Chaoyang District
    Beijing
    China
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Community Shared Renewables for China

Event Details

China has set ambitious targets for distributed solar energy, and is still developing the regulatory and technical capabilities to achieve these. Community shared solar can be a major component of a strategy to meet these goals. A shared renewable project or “solar garden” involves multiple energy users owning shares in an offsite facility and receiving credit for energy used on their utility bills.

China has set ambitious targets for distributed solar energy, and is still developing the regulatory and technical capabilities to achieve these. Community shared solar can be a major component of a strategy to meet these goals. A shared renewable project or “solar garden” involves multiple energy users owning shares in an offsite facility and receiving credit for energy used on their utility bills.

China is the world’s largest potential market for community shared renewables, with an investment minded population living most often in apartment buildings that can host only a limited amount of onsite renewables and have rooftops already committed to solar water heating. Important components of a shared renewables program include finance, securities law, utility policy, and software. Joy Hughes will discuss the potential for community solar to expand in China and the challenges it is still facing.

Joy Hughes founded the Solar Gardens Institute in 2010 to support education, policy, and project development for community shared renewable energy everywhere, including advising university student research in China. The Institute is a member of the U.S. National Community Solar Partnership, a project of the White House and Department of Energy. Ms. Hughes has spoken on the topic throughout the U.S. and internationally. She holds a BS degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology and an MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group and several Silicon Valley startups.

This event is hosted by the Beijing Energy Network. Advanced registration is not required for this event.

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