Date(s) - May 27, 2023
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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32nd Monthly Presentation
Saturday, May 27, 2023 (rescheduled); 7:00- 9:00 AM US Pacific Time
Distributed Photovoltaic (PV) Generation in California: Shining Path to Climate Action
Since the Million Solar Roofs Initiative was signed into law (2006, SB1 – Murray) California has led the way on distributed generation, having recently installed its 1.5 millionths small-scale photovoltaic (PV) system. PV, often paired with energy storage systems are the leading – and increasingly affordable – democratically controlled form of renewable energy, which is used by residential consumers, schools, NGOs, small businesses, and farms to take control of rising utility bills, improve resiliency, achieve energy independence, and combat climate change. This presentation will provide an overview of the history, present, and future of distributed generation in California, pathways to further catalyze equitable access to it, and statewide and national policy levers that can either support or stem its growth.
Mr. Igor Tregub, a Ukraine native, is a Senior Policy Advisor with the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), California’s largest renewable energy trade association, where he manages a broad portfolio that includes energy equity and affordability, net energy metering, and automated rooftop solar and battery storage permitting. Prior to CALSSA, Igor spent 12 years at the U.S. Department of Energy serving in roles spanning nuclear safety, nonproliferation, energy, and intergovernmental affairs in California, Nevada, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Central Asia and completed Emergency Safety Function (Energy) and COVID-19 response assignments. His local public service experience includes two recent elected terms on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, various appointed roles, and service on the Sierra Club’s California Executive Committee and as chair of its Northern Alameda County Group, co-chair of its SF Bay Energy and Climate Committee, and SF Bay Chapter’s immediate past chair. Igor has founded and/or has served as a partner at several small businesses specializing in campaign strategies consulting. He holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Duke, Certificates in Public Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and International Security from Stanford, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Since February 2022, Igor has raised over $67,000 for Ukraine relief, resistance, and resettlement efforts.