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February 27, 2017


2017 Leadership in Energy Advancement and Development (LEAD) Series Forum #2 at the University of Richmond


On April 5th 2017, VA-REA will host its second LEAD series forum of 2017 in partnership with the University of Richmond, in Richmond Virginia.


The half-day event will consider the pros and cons of innovative financing mechanisms for renewable energy development in Virginia, feature a tour of the 205kW solar array at the University of Richmond, and provide networking opportunities with renewable energy stakeholders.


Register here today!


Date: Wednesday, April 5th 2017


Time: 9am - 12pm


Location: Carol Weinstein International Center, University of Richmond (52 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23226)


Event Registration:  

  • There is a $25 registration fee for non-members. Online registration can be found here

  • Up to 40 University of Richmond students and faculty receive one free registration; and

  • VA-REA members receive one free registration and should RSVP to Jesse Reist at


Purpose of event:

  • Hear from panelists defining the pros and cons of innovative financing mechanisms for utility and DG renewable energy development in Virginia 

    • Panelists include:

      • Chris McDonald - Special Advisor for Energy Policy - Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

      • Patrick Gleason - Director of Business Development - Direct Energy 

      • Eric Heintz - Vice President, Greater Washington Middle Market - M&T Bank

      • Karen Torrent - Chief Counsel and Strategy Officer - Secure Futures 

      • Jessica Greene - Program Coordinator - Virginia Energy Efficiency Council 

  • Strengthen professional connections and business opportunities by interacting with industry, utility, policy and financing leaders within the Virginia renewable energy market; and

  • Learn about innovative technology, financing mechanisms and research opportunities for solar energy as demonstrated be the solar array at the University of Richmond.


Why you should attend:  By participating in this event, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Insights from renewable energy panelists discussing ways that the private sector and utilities can finance the development of renewable energy in Virginia;

  • Interactive tour of the 205kW solar array at the University of Richmond;

  • Engage with leading renewable energy experts during two panel discussions and networking sessions; and,

  • Free morning refreshments.











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