Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy in Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

Workshop 1: Technical Considerations for Commercial Solar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Materials for Downloading

Webinar recording

Presentation slides

Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy for Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

The Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy for Silicon Valley (CASE-SV) program is a new regional initiative to advance the use of solar energy at commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities in the Silicon Valley area. It is a joint effort of Joint Venture’s SEEDZ Initiative and Optony, supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. CASE-SV provides free, objective support to qualifying C&I energy customers for solar site assessments, education on technical and financing options, streamlined procurement and contractual processes, and opportunities for public recognition.

The first in a series CASE-SV workshops was held as a webinar on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, focused on key technical considerations for installation of commercial solar. This webinar, led by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Optony, provided facilities managers and energy professionals with current, locally-relevant technical information on solar energy generation potential, solar project costs, and recent regulatory developments.

Webinar speakers included Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Energy Officer, Ramé Hemstreet, who described Kaiser’s recent experience installing more than 13 MW of commercial solar PV across their building portfolio. Also, Jonathan Whelan, Sr. Project Manager at Optony, presented an overview of current PV system technologies that are best suited for various types of facilities, and the latest trends in technical design, project management, commissioning, operations and maintenance.


2:00 pm

Welcome and CASE-SV Overview

Ben Foster, Senior Vice-President for Optony

2:05 pm

Case Study: Kaiser Permanente’s 50MW+ solar project

Featured Speaker: Ramé Hemstreet, Chief Energy Officer for Kaiser Permanente

2:25 pm

Commercial Solar Technical Considerations Presentation

Technical Expert: Jonathan Whelan, Senior Project Manager for Optony

2:45 pm


Smart Energy (SEEDZ)

Joint Venture’s SEEDZ Initiative focused on building the ‘smart energy’ network of the future – demonstrating and delivering leading power performance and sustainability benefits on a commercially based, community-wide scale.

SEEDZ Strategy

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SEEDZ vision and strategy