Courtesy City of Scottsdale
Green Building Lecture Series
Solar Energy and Battery Storage Systems
Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)
This is an exciting time for renewables and on-site energy storage systems as solar continues to take off in the valley. Just this year, Scottsdale has had a record year with more than 500 residential solar electric installations and a growing number of battery storage system installs.
ASU Senior Sustainability Scholar Paul Hirt will discuss the solar energy revolution, why solar is coming faster than anyone expected and how it will change our world. His current research includes a history of electric power, transition to renewable energy, and collaborative interdisciplinary research on water use, urban growth and sustainability.
Titan Solar Power Director of Business Development Jack Walker joins Hirt. He’ll discuss residential battery storage options for utility-connected solar photovoltaics systems. Walker is set to address homeowners’ concerns about time of use rates, controlling demand charges and having a backup system in the event of a utility grid failure. For some homeowners it’s about control over time of use rates, for others it may be about controlling demand charges while for others it may be about having a “back up” system in the event of utility grid failure.
Paul Hirt, Senior Sustainability Scholar, ASU
Professor Hirt is an historian and Senior Sustainability Scholar at ASU specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and books on energy history, water, and natural resources conservation. His current scholarly activities focus on the transition to renewable energy in the U.S. Professor Hirt is a passionate renewable energy advocate and was elected last year to serve as an at-large member on the SRP district board.
Jack Walker, Director of Business Development, Titan Solar Power
Jack Walker is a veteran of the Solar Industry having worked for such prominent companies as Echo First and SunEdison. His
current role with Titan Solar Power includes developing new markets, driving new finance products, recruiting selling teams to further grow the industry and creating hybrid products to support a wide variety of challenging rate plans across multiple markets allowing residential and commercial customers to realize true savings while generating their own power.
Admission: The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.
Contact: Anthony Floyd, green building program manager, city of Scottsdale, afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, 480-312-4202.
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