One of the Midwest’s most accomplished renewable energy advocates, David Konkle was the lead author of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association’s Community Solar Guidebook for Michigan, a partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.  He will share various models available for community solar in Michigan and outline some potential plans for how the business community could lead such an initiative. Haris Alibasic will share a concept for redeveloping the Butterworth landfill as a solar energy field.  The meeting will conclude with a town hall on community solar featuring Konkle and representatives of the WMSBF Energy Committee. 

Dave retired from the City of Ann Arbor in 2008 and is currently the Energy Programs Director for the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.   He has made a lifelong commitment to educating people on energy issues and the importance of combating climate change and preparing for the end of the fossil fuel age.  A nationally known speaker, Dave has been a speaker at national meetings of the US Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Dept of Agriculture, the American Planning Association, the US Green Building Council and numerous others.   

Dave was awarded the EPA’s “Climate Protection Award” for individual achievement in Washington DC, on Earth Day in 2003, by EPA Administrator Christy Todd-Whitman.  In June, 2007 Dave accepted the 1st ever Climate Innovation Award from the US Cities for Climate Protection Program.  He was an invited speaker at the Sundance Mayor’s Climate Summit in Utah in September, 2007 to speak about the innovative LED lighting program in Ann Arbor.  In January, 2008, Dave received an Inspiring Energy Efficiency Award from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for founding the Ann Arbor Energy Office and establishing a longstanding commitment to Energy Efficiency and sustainable energy use.

Dave’s latest projects include installing 18 public electric car charging stations in downtown Ann Arbor, serving on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association where he has just completed a grant funded project to publish a Community Solar Guidebook for Michigan and promoting the mysterious Whirlydoodle Project.

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Featured Speakers:

David Konkle
Energy Programs Director
Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Haris Alibasic
Office of Energy and Sustainability Director
City of Grand Rapids

Monday, December 9
12 pm to 2 pm
Kentwood Office Furniture
3063 Breton, Grand Rapids
$10 members/$15 non-members

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