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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
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First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church St., Cambridge

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum

Geoff Sparrow, P.E., Director of Engineering, ReVision Energy, will give a presentation on "Energy Storage Plus Solar: Building the New Utility Paradigm."

Elon Musk just offered to rebuild the Puerto Rico energy system with solar plus storage. California and Massachusetts are leading the nation and the world by accelerating the integration of hundreds of megawatts of energy storage onto the grid. The recent weather catastrophes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are increasing calls for a more resilient grid architecture including microgrids and solar plus storage.  The introduction of GM's Bolt and Tesla's Model 3 are significantly increasing battery pack production volumes and reducing battery costs.  Utilities around the country are scaling back their net metering programs, creating greater interest in consumers using storage to keep their electrons home.  The advent of low-cost storage coupled with low-cost solar is creating a new utility paradigm.

ReVision Energy, a Clean Energy Transition Company, continues to lead the solar-plus-storage revolution, with 50 completed energy storage projects among its more than 7,000 solar projects installed in ME, NH and MA since 2003. Historically, most solar-plus-storage systems were off-grid, but today backup power applications are taking the lion's share. Developing markets include customers in Hawaii and Nevada which can't afford to export excess solar to the grid, and customers encouraged by utilities to store excess production in high solar penetration markets. 

Geoff Sparrow is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced solar professionals in New England, having designed, installed and/or managed the installation of more than 2,000 renewable energy systems over the past 11 years. At ReVision, Geoff has led the company's expansion into air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, battery storage and microgrids, and is currently overseeing the buildout of a 1.5MW microgrid at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, in Maine. After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, he worked for one of the largest mechanical contracting firms in the northeast before starting his own small construction firm. He was the first person in northern New England to obtain dual NABCEP certification in Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Join us at the BASEA Forum, Thursday, October 12, to learn about how improvements in solar and battery economics are fundamentally changing the future of energy.

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