The 7th annual Solar Valley Conference took place on May 5th, with a keynote address from California Energy Commission Vice Chair Siva Gunda.
This year’s conference focused on four themes: 1) The State of Solar in Inland Southern California; 2) Impacts of New NEM 3 Policies on jobs and the local economy; 3) What the 2035 Grid should look like (key attributes); and 4) Key Regulatory Actions affecting solar and storage in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Experts panelists included California Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, Chair, Utilities and Energy Committee, V. John White (CEERT), Rick Umoff (SEIA), Bernadette Del Chiaro (CalSSA), Ed Smeloff (Vote Solar - Retired), and Jaime Alonso (Grid Alternatives), as well as industry leaders Suzanne Leta (SunPower), Devon Muto (EDFR), Tom Soto (Latimer Partners LLC) and Marisa Mitchell (Intersect Power), and Supervisors Manuel Perez (County of Riverside) and Paul Cook (County of San Bernardino).
Jaime Alonso, our Executive Director, who was speaking at the conference was proud to accept a Solar Valley Award of Recognition on behalf of GRID Alternatives Inland Empire. Alonso comments,
"GRID IE is honored to have been recognized by UCR's Solar Valley Consortium. Collaboration is an essential value that underpins all of the renewable energy projects GRID develops and installs. Whether it's a community solar, microgrid, or a stand alone solar project, our work would not be possible without the participation, support and engagement of tribal nations, Inland Empire cities, and partner organizations."
More information about the Solar Valley Consortium is available at their website.