The Energy Team brings together representatives from both the renewable energy sector and those working to conserve energy in the build environment. The Team is currently working to establish base line data on energy consumption in our region by consumer category. Additionally, the Team brings together commercial and residential renewable energy developers, installers, marketers, educators and customers to develop strategies to promote the deployment and use of renewable energy in our region.
Action Team Subgroups
The Energy Action Team has four subgroups focused on developing and implementing local energy projects.
The Solarize subgroup is working to promote residential solar through Solarize Cincy, Greater Cincinnati's regional solar initiative. Interested residents throughout the Tri-State area can sign up for a free solar assessment of their homes and learn more about how they can take advantage of solar PV. Contact Beth Robeson for more information.
The Energy Policy subgroup is exploring energy policy issues at the local and state level. Early projects includes better state energy codes and more flexible solar permitting in local communities. The group is also tracking the latest developments from state utility commissions. The group welcomes new voices and ideas on how to get involved with the most important policy issues of the day.
The Major Projects subgroup is currently focused on developing PACE projects within the City of Cincinnati. More about PACE here.
The Renewables Work subgroup is working to highlight the region's leading renewable energy projects. The group is planning series of events, which launched April 18th with a tour of one of Ohio's most advanced energy buildings - the Cincinnati Police Department's District 3 Police Station.
Green Umbrella’s Energy Action Team has been working with regional real estate professionals in an effort to help local homebuyers find greener and more energy efficient homes. As a result of a partnership with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) of Greater Cincinnati homeowners and their real estate agents are now able incorporate a number of new energy features into the MLS systems via an innovative Energy Efficient/Green Features form. With this form, a homeowner can identify a comprehensive set of energy saving enhancements, including specific building rating information such as LEED, Home Energy Score, HERS rating, and ENERGY STAR. The form is then uploaded into the MLS system and searchable by realtors to share with prospective buyers. In the year ahead, the Energy Action Team will lead an outreach strategy to implement these new tools, including enhanced training to regional real estate professionals.
More information available here.
Property Assessed Clean Energy is an economic development tool designed to assist commercial and industrial building owners to access affordable, long-term financing for clean energy improvements to their buildings.
PACE allows building owners to finance efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. The repayment obligation transfers automatically to the next owner if the property is sold. Capital is secured by a priority lien on the property, so long-term debt capital can be raised from the private sector.
Next Energy Action Team Meeting
Second Wednesday of every month
Green Umbrella offices