Winter Solar Webinar Series

MEO Executive Director John Kinch continues our series of conversations on solar and related technologies this winter, with three more experts providing their insights on the fast-changing world of clean energy.


The Grid: 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

What is the current shape of our transmission and distribution grid? What upgrades are being made or need to be made in order to handle all the renewable energy being developed as we speak?

Gretchen Bakke, PhD, has literally written the book on The Grid.  Subtitled “The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future,” Dr. Bakke’s book is learned, compelling, lively and enjoyable—as is she as a speaker.

Watch the webinar in full below.





The Detroit Solar Feasibility Study
Friday, January 31, 2020

The City of Detroit has recently completed a comprehensive study of the challenges and opportunities for introducing more solar power in this comeback metropolis. Hear about the highlights of this unique project.

Nishaat Y. Killeen: Nishaat is the Project Manager in the Office of Sustainability in the City of Detroit, Office of the Mayor, and was one on a team of city staff and consultants to create the solar feasibility study.

Download the presentation here or watch the webinar in full below.





Solar Plus Storage as Resiliency
Friday, December 13, 2019

How does solar plus storage create resiliency for communities—and what exactly is resiliency?

Seth Mullendore: Seth is vice president and project director for Clean Energy Group, overseeing projects ranging from customer-sited solar and battery storage to the replacement of power plants with clean technologies.

Download the presentation here or watch the webinar in full below.





Past  Webinar Series

Catch up with our past solar webinar series below.  We hope these informative webinars will interest local governmental officials, business owners and community members.

Community Solar-“Like”
Thursday, September 19, 2019

MEO has helped to develop and launch two pioneering community solar projects in Michigan. As community solar continues to expand, it can take on a variety of models to fit a communities’ needs. Our final webinar offered insights into a few community solar- “like” models around the country.

Featured Presenter:

Marta Tomic: Marta serves as Vote Solar’s Community Solar Program Director, working to expand community solar programs and best practices across the U.S. through advocacy and policy initiatives.



What’s New in Michigan’s Solar Laws
Friday, July 26, 2019

Our second webinar covered updates and discussion on changes in solar laws, from the state to the local level.

Featured Presenter:

Margrethe Kearney: Margrethe is an attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy Center and has been a tireless advocate for clean energy in Michigan both at the legislature and the Michigan Public Service Commission.



Solar Siting
Friday, June 28, 2019

Siting—that is, locating—solar is a critical aspect of developing a solar project, whether it is residential, commercial, community solar or utility scale.

Featured Presenter:

Brian Maillet: In his career in solar development, Brian has brought online more than 100 megawatts of solar across the country and recently, in the past four years, over 15 megawatts in the Midwest.