National speaker leads discussion on solar energy
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will welcome renewable energy advocate David Konkle on Monday for a presentation and town hall meeting on solar energy.
The program will take place from noon-2 p.m. at Kentwood Office Furniture in Grand Rapids, at 3063 Breton Rd. SE. It costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Konkle is 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.
Representatives of the WMSBF Energy Committee will then join Konkle for a town hall discussion on solar energy.
Additionally, Haris Alibasic — director of the Office of Energy and Sustainability at the city of Grand Rapids — will share a concept for redeveloping the Butterworth landfill as a solar energy field during the program.
David Konkle background
Konkle retired from the city of Ann Arbor in 2008 and is the energy programs director for the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.
He is a national speaker on energy issues and climate change.
Konkle has been a speaker at several national meetings: the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Planning Association, U.S. Green Building Council, Sundance Mayor’s Climate Summit and numerous others.
Konkle has won various awards over the years: the EPA’s Climate Protection Award, the first-ever Climate Innovation Award from the U.S. Cities for Climate Protection Program and the Inspiring Energy Efficiency Award from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
People can register for the event online.